Answer Best answer as chosen by user DanzigBonzai
To totally wipe a HD clean, I use either one of these pgms., KILLDISK or DBAN. Google and get from a trusted website and use them. Once done, your HD is wiped clean. Upon using your XP install disc, continue to use the format command to install. If you still get some errors, when either consider the HD bad, the CD drive bad or your install disc bad. One or all can be at fault, don't find a fix until you resolve which is causing the problem.
If this thread is an post to your Dell 3000 problem, then disc cleaning may not help, if the tools and devices are the same you used before. Due to wear&tear plus any aging, will cause some problems, maybe minor but enough to cause headaches. If you don't replace or swap out parts with known good tested ones, expect more of the same.
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