I recently purchased a HP compaq presario c62 320.By default, it had windows 7 Starter.I wasnt pleased with windows 7 starter and decided to install windows 7 ultimate.The installation was successful. After three days, I decided to partition the hard drive so that I could leave one bigger partition for windows and have the other partition for Linux. I used the windows 7 control panel to partition and the process was successful. Now it was the time to install Ubuntu.Ubuntu successfully installed and had to restart the machine so that I can boot windows. Trouble started.Windows 7 couldnt boot and only showed a blue screen that disappears immediately. I realized that Widows has crashed. Upon trying to reinstall windows,it wont read the drive on which to be installed to and installation wont go beyond this point=( .I have tried many options including installing windows xp first so as to format the hdd but windows xp also wont install.Instead,it brings an error message.I have also tried to format the hdd into NTFS format using ubuntu but it refuses to format and brings 'drive already in use' error message. I am confused and frustrated.Any one with solution? please help.=(
Two possible solution assuming you want to completly refor the drive.
1) Hard drive Testing - Bootable CD: (Some of these CD have a zero wipe option, if so use it.)
If you have a new Seagate hard drive the very next thing would be to download Seagate's Seatools (the bootable CD)
and check for bad sectors:
For Western Digital drives download the WdDiag .iso file: http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=611&sid=30&lang=en (Use the wipe First/Last sectors of the drive option).
Samsung's Estool: http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/support/utilities/ES_Tool.html
Samsung's Disk manager software: http://www.samsung.com/Products/HardDiskDrive/utilities/shdiag.htm
Hitachi's Drive Fitness Test software: http://www.hgst.com/hdd/support/download.htm#DFT
Diagnostic tool available for use by customers who feel their Fujitsu Branded Toshiba hard drive:
Fujitsu's Notice of drive Utilities suport: http://www.fujitsu.com/us/services/computing/storage/hdd/
Toshiba bootable CD: (DOS Diagnostic Tool Ver. 7.0 For IDE/ATA/SATA Hard Drives)
2) Partition Wizard Home Edition:
Note: There is also a bootable CD or bootable Flash drive versions:
Some of the features and Functions include: Create partition, Delete partition, Format partition,
Resizing a partition, Move partitions, Restore Partition after accidental deletion,
Convert partition, Explore partition, Hide partition,
Change drive letter, Set active partition, partition explorer (View contents).
Note: To complete any task use the 'Pending Operations' box located in the lower left.
Alternative to Partition Wizard (Somewhat easier to use but both Partition Wizard and EASUS have nearly identical user interfaces)
EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition (Free):
ALL-IN-ONE partition software and the most convenient hard disk partition manager toolkit
Includes Partition Manager, Disk & Partition Copy Wizard and Partition Recovery Wizard on MBR and GUID partition table (GPT) disk under Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7 and Windows Server 2000/2003/2008 (32 bit and 64 bit).
It allows users to Resize/Move Partition, Extend System Drive, Copy Disk & Partition, Merge Partition, Split Partition, Redistribute Free Space, Convert Dynamic Disk, Partition Recovery and much more.
UBCD4Win is a bootable recovery CD that contains software used for repairing,
restoring, or diagnosing almost any computer problem.
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