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87Warrior

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Help a dumbass reformat
« on: January 29, 2014, 11:52:31 PM »
Apparently I have done something wrong or I have just lost my mind trying to reformat my old Dell desktop. This isn't my first time trying to install a fresh copy of XP Pro on a Dell, but it is the first time I have run into issues. I am currently trying to reformat my Dell XPS400 I got in college. Yeah, it is almost 10 years old and XP is soon to be out the door, but the machine works fine for my needs.

After I boot from the CD, set up loads and I press enter to run Windows set up and agree to the license. Then the existing partitions and unpartitioned space list should show up, but there is none:

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Unknown Disk
      (There is no disk in this drive.)
Unknown Disk
      (There is no disk in this drive.)
Unknown Disk
      (There is no disk in this drive.)
Unknown Disk
      (There is no disk in this drive.)
I am unable to select any disk to install Windows to.

Regardless of what I do, I always see a blue screen next that reads:
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The problem seems to be caused by the following file: setupdd.sys

PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA

I am not sure where to go from here. What do the experts suggest?

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Re: Help a dumbass reformat
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2014, 04:05:23 PM »
Have you tried formatting the disk again without partitions?




e: googling reveals it it's most likely a hardware issue -- failing sectors on the disk or bad RAM stick.
« Last Edit: February 02, 2014, 04:07:00 PM by angry hampster »