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How long does a complete reformat take on a laptop

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June 1, 2012 3:55:04 PM

Hello,
My Dell laptop stopped working and continually tries to restart. I've started the "Formatting" process
It says Setup is formatting and the percentage that is complete. After 1 h our. Nothing has happened and percentage is still 0%
a b D Laptop
June 1, 2012 4:25:19 PM

LTPlano said:
Hello,
My Dell laptop stopped working and continually tries to restart. I've started the "Formatting" process
It says Setup is formatting and the percentage that is complete. After 1 h our. Nothing has happened and percentage is still 0%

How big is your HDD ?

There are other options to inhibit the auto restart in safe mode, for example.
It will allow you to view the stop code on the BSOD screen and research it.

You could have also booted from the windows Cd and repaired the OS.
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June 1, 2012 5:10:14 PM

With this problem, your RAM (memory) may be corrupted. Make sure your OS CD is inserted from a cold boot & that you have enabled the CD drive as your first bootable drive, instead of your hard drive.
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a b D Laptop
June 2, 2012 6:26:10 AM

if formatting is stuck at 1% you may have a bad hard disk
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