"Guinness74" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> She gets to blue HP screen, then screen where it detects storage drives
> and what not then goes to a black screen screen with a blinking cursor.
> Got the new discs from HP in the mail. They are marked with the exact
> same build ID as the ones they gave me before. I'll give 'em a go so I
> can at least say I tried them. 30 min in I'm up to 11% of "reformatting
> the windows partition of your hard drive".
It can take a while to do a complete reformat on a large drive but those
times you mentioned do seem extreme. If the harddrive is indeed okay then
you could look for things like BIOS drive controller setting set to PIO
rather than DMA. Resetting the BIOS to defaults might even be in order.
Other possibilities, the harddrive data cable could be iffy, causing
interruptions or frequent data resends. If the drive was previously serviced
it might have a jumper left in the wrong position for normal use, some
drives have service jumpers that should normally be left open, some have
speed limiting jumpers for compatibility with slower older mobos or 40 wire
As a worst case scenario the drive interface on the motherboard could have
been damaged when the original harddrive failed.