Originally Posted by Mikey
hmmm well idk id rather not buy a new hard drive.......i know none of these 3 are dead cause they were workin a few days ago..........is there any way to reformat besides through windows like through the bios??
What exactly do you mean through windows? You start your computer and start the install before windows loads. And you have to go through the install process if you want a OS on the drive. Yes you can format the drive as a slave on another computer or on yours if you have another OS you can boot from on a different HD. It could be many alot of different things causing the problem thats just the one that comes to mind.
You do realize what a format is right? You will erase the HD and start from scratch. Which means I hope you have a OS on one of them otherwise if you can't get it to install XP then you won't be using the computer until you figure out what the problem is.
Were exactly is it hanging up? Does it go through the intial install then hang up were you enter in your computer name etc. Any CD scratchs?