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>'m on red hat 9, i know that my hd has errors because i cannot install windows xp, red hat installed ok<
Pardon my ignorance here, but you don't make clear how your hard drive is set up. Is your WHOLE hard drive formatted for Linux? Windows won't install to a Linux filesystem. Are you trying to dual boot? Are you replacing Red Had 9 with XP?
Depending on the answers, a lot of possibilities present themselves, none of which have anything to do with errors on the hard drive, but rather with incompatibilities between OS's and the drive filesystem.
i have a thinkpad 600e laptop it had winxp installed, yesterday the hard drive crashed without reason, when booting it keeped saying 'disk reading error press ctrl alt supr to restart'...
so i tried to install winxp again and the install cd says the same, the hard disk has errors, then installed red hat 9 and it runs very good, i don't know why it isn't affected but the error remains there because i can't reinstall winxp, so is there software for linux for scan and repair my hard disk, or what else can i do to have it working again?
Sorry, but we're out of my league at this point. If there is nothing of value on your hard drive, I would reformat the hard drive and try the WinXP install again. I'm still not sure what you mean by the Red Hat install. I don't know from what you have told me if Red Hat has taken over the whole disk, or if it is just using a partition on that disk. I'm afraid my knowledge of Linux tools stops here.
In any case, I know of no Linux tools that will restore an NTFS filesystem. Linux won't even WRITE to an NTFS system, so there is no way that it is going to repair it. You are going to need Windows tools to do that.
backup everything that you need on that hard drive on cds
insert the RH cd again , start the installer, when you go to the part where you have to partition, select the one partitoning for experts only, then delete all your partitions, and then you can add them and format them with FAT32. right after you finish with the partitioning part, but before you start installing redhat , exit the installation. insert the XP , cd and format the whole drive, install XP , install partition magic, partition your hard drive, and install RH on the partition for RH . you may try using the links that I posted to try to fix your hard drive first if you don't want to go through the process, I just described