I'm trying to do a clean install of Windows XP Home Edition SP3 32-bit onto my friends old Toshiba Satellite laptop which currently has Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit (don't ask why). I get to the part where you must choose a partition and I do. I choose the non-quick NTFS format, but when it gets to the next screen saying "Setup is formatting...", it is stuck at 0%. I've tried waiting about a half an hour, but nothing happens. Does anyone have an ideas on how to fix this. What could it be?
Delete partitions, then re-make them and choose the one you want. When you are in XP, open the other drive (supppose you installed it on "c", well double click "d"). It'll say "the disc has no format", you format it on NTFS. I did it with mine. And choose the quick one if you don't have any bad sector in the HDD.
You could also try another program that manages partitions. Partition Magic is one, if you need to find it it, it is part of Hiren's Boot CD.
Format the partition with NTFS and then the Windows XP setup should give you a choice to use the existing formatted partition.