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Reformatting a master HDD with a disk from another computer

Q: Reformatting a master HDD with a disk from another computer

So my desktop croaked, and my best guess was to just reformat. However, due to boot issues, I cannot do this from the desktop. So I pulled the master HDD (since I also have a slave) and hooked it up to my laptop with a HD casing via USB. I have the proper Dell XP Pro SP3 disk, and I was advised to type the following into "run" to get the laptop to reformat the desktop's HDD:


D:\I386\winnt32.exe /syspart:G: /tempdrive:G: /makelocalsource /noreboot


D:\ being the path assigned to the disk drive and G:\ to the HDD.

Unfortunately this has not worked. For whatever reason I keep getting the message "Cannot install CGIPLUS.CA_", along with about a dozen other files. The problem seems to be that "All values are zero", and, although I cannot find any of these files on the disk, they seem to at least exist. I thought I could just skip the step and add the necessary files via the laptop, but at the end it tells me the reformat failed because it could not install these files. In the end I spend about 30 minutes getting no where.

I also get these exact same messages when trying to install using the Dell XP Pro SP2 disk, so I sincerely doubt it has anything to do with the OSCD's.

I realize I can completely reformat the drive from the laptop by just right clicking on the "G:" icon under My Computer and clicking "format", wipe it completelyl clean, put it back into the desktop, and try installing windows from scratch on the desktop. However, I am concerned this may have the effect of deleting certain basic OS files that may be necessary to even access the CD-ROM, which would leave the harddrive and, effectively, the whole of the desktop computer dead, since there would be no way to install any OS. Maybe I'm just paranoid.

Anyways, all I want is the desktop to get to Windows, no matter how it gets there. Any ideas?

A: Reformatting a master HDD with a disk from another computer

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I am having to reinstall XP - the setup starts and then reformats the hard drive. After it has done that it won't start the program installation it just keeps looping and reformatting the hdd.

Anyone any ideas on that one??


A:Installation disk keeps reformatting disk not installing program

If this is happening where setup restarts and the display shows "Press any key to boot from CD"... do NOT press any keys.

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Hello guys

This computer is a Raid 1 with 2 x Western digital WD200 Hard Drives.

I was checking connections to see which of them has apparently failed (noise).

When I reconnected them I received the message' Master Disk none, Slave Disk none.

How can I get this working and will a WD software disk help ?.

Thanks for all your help.


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Seems like the symptom is for a failing HD at least the general consensus online is that.
But How do I identify which drive this is ?
Is it the drive with XP os on it or my other drive which is storage only ?
Where can i click into to find out ?

error mess is :
4th master S.M.A.R.T hard drive bad etc etc
press F1 to resume.

can i run a repair on it or just replace ?

A:4th master s.m.a.r.t. disk

The easy way would be to lay the PC down on its side, take the side off, then unplug the power for each drive, one at a time. BUT; you be ready to pounce on that F8 key so you can boot into Safe Mode because, if it is the data drive, Windoze will have a meltdown with all of your files missing.
Once you know which drive it is (hopefully not the C drive), buy a replacement of the same size, and unless it is really toast, reconnect it (and the replacement), hit F1, then use RawCopy to clone the failing one (Use the physical drives)

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I think my computer must have some kind of virus because I get the error:

C:\windows\system32\config\system is missing or corrupt.

I have replaced this file several times in several different ways and always received the same error. I've been told that means virus.

I would like to use UBCD to reformat the computer, but I realized that would leave me without an Operating System...correct?

I don't have an XP Media Center cd. A friend gave me a copy of XP Professional, but I don't have a key for it.

If I do a quick reformat (which I haven't figured out how to do) will that most likely not help with the virus?

Can I do a full wipe without an XP cd?

Thank you for your help, this has been a month long process to get here, and I feel I'm almost done.

A:Reformatting XP without Disk

You can't replace XP without a key.

I am assuming the XP Professional disk your friend gave you is from a computer that has been either discarded or has had another OS installed, AND it is a "full" version rather than an OEM version. (It is legal to sell or give away an MS operating system disk if you are the original owner and the computer you bought the OS for is no longer running the OS from that disk.)

If that is the case, contact your friend and request the key. Otherwise, you might as well toss that disk.

Before you do anything else, though, check the Hijack this thread from the main page of TSF. Follow the steps to post the log and one of the well trained techs may be able to help you reconstruct your OS.

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When I open my pc, this shows up
Last line is
3rd master ide hard disk
And then the pc will shut down after that. How will I fix it?

A:3rd Master IDE Hard Disk

I'm wondering if more than one HD's first partition has been flagged as primary and active; what does diskmanager show?  And, my security software won't let me see the jpg - hence my question about primary and active flags.

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I recently had a trojan worm virus on my laptop, i tried running avast whisch got rid of some of it but still had error messages and couldnt log on to the internet, so i decided to format my hard drive and reboot from the master disk. I managed to format the hard drive from the disk but then it just stopped and i had a black screen with this on. c:/>.
could not get it to boot up to windows xp at all , i tried some stuff that i found on the internet. like f8 and f12 and tried to rebbot in safe mode but it still wont boot. tried to put the master disk back in and boot from that but that wont work, i have just got a black screen with the cursor on now.
Please help!!

A:Will not boot from master disk

change of plan!! Ive turned it on today and its booted up windows but it looks like its not completed the installation of windows. My master disk will not read also my usb port is not working. it looks like the drivers are not installed how do i get my master disk to complete the installation.

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Googled for some info on an error I recv'd while working on a freind's pc. I am unable to get the pc to go into the bios so that I can turn off the SMART manager. Question is this, I do not hear the machine post on startup and after checking the ram it quickly goes to the screen where it informs me the HD is bad and needs to be backed up and replaced, it appears locked up as pressing any key to continue does nothing. Is the problem more than likely just the HD or possibly the mobo or other devices?


A:Pri Master hard Disk: S.M.A.R.T.

found this site and have read some posts and answers yet still have questions

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As someone who bought a master disk of Win 7 Home Premium with his new computer, I'd like to know how I use the master disk to fix any damage done to the system. I seem to remember that all it took with the old Windows 98 was to simply pop the disk in the drive and it more or less was straight forward from there. But with Win 7 it seems a bit more involved.

A:Fixing Win 7 with the master disk

Chips some system specs would be nice mate and what damage are you referring to that cannot be perhaps diagnosed with just a sfc? SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker or chkdsk
Disk Check

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i got sata disk with windows 7 on it,and ide disk...i changed jumper on ide to master..?? now in bios,ide configuration ,onboard ide controller is enabled,serial ata devices are mark as "device0/1" .(i have sata dvd/rw and sata disk) that ok.... problem is when starting pc ,after changing jumper from cable select to master,althought its only ide device ,my pc takes time about 30 sec to list all devices....what to do to solve it and still leave ide as master..thx!

A:master jumper ide disk

Why did you change it from Cable Select? What is the make a and model of the drive? some older IDE drives had a Jumper for Master Single and no Jumper for Master w/Slave, or vice versa.

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Ok I have a small video game/computer store in my small town and I sometimes run into people bringing me laptops with hard drives that are completely shot and need replaced and of course they didn't create the recovery discs. My question, is there a master dvd of Windows 7 that that can be downloaded or purchased that will allow me to reinstall Windows 7 on these machines using the product keys on the bottom of these laptops?

A:Windows 7 master disk?

About any windows CD works with the right product key. Asuming you have a windows 7 CD. Try it once. Put your cd in with they're product key, You'll see that it will work.

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I went out to lunch, came back, and found my computer had crashed and was displaying the error message

"Primary Master Disk Failure, Insert CD-ROM to Boot and Press Enter"

This was a slight shock as you can imagine since I left it with only the calculator and Olympus Camedia open, though neither were doing anything.

Apparently a colleague had to tried to run the Find program from the start button at which point the computer crashed.

I tried using a 98 boot disk to access the drive and was told that the drive had no valid partition or file allocation table.

My question is how bad is this, and how do I fix it?

ps the drive is a 20gig hdd, don't know the make off hand. comp specs are a p3 500mhz running 256mb ram.

Edit: Right then I just searched the forum for Disk Failure, and have browsed through the other posts of poor souls who have been faced by a similar predicament. So some more information that may be relevant. The drive has not been making noises other than its usual grinding and thrashing. It is about 2 years old.

I checked CMOS first thing after the crash, the drive was still displayed in the BIOS, but doing an autodetect failed to find it.

The drive is currently in another machine slaved to the master. The good news is that the drive was recognised in this machine, and we have been able to start diagnostics in dos. The bad news is that a bad cluster has been found, though I find it doubtful that this could have been the sole cause.

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A:Master Disk Failure.

If you can get hold of the Norton Utilities, Disk Doctor will probably fix the problem.

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Was given a dvd-r disk with video material on it. I would like to erase the files and reformat the disk. Not knowing much about these things, I assumed that all I had to do was to put the disk into the dvd-rw drive and reformat. While reformatting I got the message that formatting couldn't be completed??? The disk holds two folders (audio_TS and Video_TS) and several read-only files (with these extensions: .IFO, .BUP, .VOB). Maybe the disk can't be reformatted, or can it?

A:Trouble reformatting a disk?

if it's a dvd-r, it can only be used the once.

what you want is a dvd-rw, which can be used in much the same way as an old-skool floppy disk, allowing you to erase, format etc.

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my girlfriends parents have a pc which they got second hand. now they are getting rid of it and dont want to leave any data on it, so i was going to reformat the hard came with windows xp on it. but there were no windows disks or back ups of any kind with it. , but any instructions ive read on the net all go on about inserting the windows disk. is there any way to do it without this disk?

A:Reformatting Without Windows Disk

Go to and download a Windows 98 boot disk.Go into DOS and delete the files that you're concerned about. Then, use the Format utility to format the drive and then the Fdisk utility to remove the partitions.Also, there's a free tool available here: that may also help you out.

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i was having massive boot issues, Windows was hanging at "Starting Windows"

fixmbr, bootrec, bootsect, repair, system restore, run from previous good config.. nothing worked.

so i completely wiped my HDD clean to do a fresh install and the install hangs on the last phase (completing installation)

is this because i'm retarded and only have the upgrade disk or is my HDD hosed?

A:Reformatting with upgrade disk

You can clean reinstall with Upgrade version. If you install to new or wiped HD, leave the Product Key blank initially then use the quick registry workaround given here after install to activate: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Boot the DVD, select Custom Install, use Drive Options to Delete all partitions, Create New ones as you wish, then format before installing Win7 to first partition after 100mb boot partition installer will create: Clean Install Windows 7

Sometimes the installer will hang on last phase while loading drivers. Try entering Device Manager using this method to uninstall Devices in error (likely the display driver - try it anyway) to complete install, then Update driver from Desktop: Device Manager - Access During Windows 7 Installation

Next reset your CMOS, while in BIOS setup set SATA controller to AHCI to try install, unplug all other HD's and peripherals: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS

Test your HD using maker's diagnostics/repair extended booted CD scan: HD Diagnostic.
Next from the HD CD Clean the HD.

Next test your RAM for 5-6 passes or overnight. RAM - Test with Memtest86+ Remove all but 2gb to try install, swap RAM sticks.

When I run out of time to troubleshoot installs, I move HD to another computer to installed with all other HD's unplugged, then SysPrep to remove all drivers before moving back to problem machine where it will start like a new install: SysPrep to move HD to another computer

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I moved my computer to my wifes place this last weekend with good intentions of doing some work. I guess what happened is the cmos battery is not working and it lost memory of configuration.

I have entered the setup and tried to detect the harddrive and reboot but nothing is working.

I have an old version of bios, Award modular bios v4.51PG. How should this be configured?

A technician told me that if I just unplug the hard drive and move it to another computer I will know if the hard drive is bad or not. How do i do that exactly?

Help is appreciated, I am getting stressed.

A:primary master disk failure please help

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I came home from work tonight and my wife told me that are computer was broke.I went and turned it on and it looked normal at first. But the load up screen just never went away. at the bottom of the screen it says to hit delete to start setup or the tab key to go to bios. I hit them both and it did nothing. After about ten minutes this screen I have never seen befor popped up. ( 3RD MASTER HARD DISK ERROR) HIT F1 TO CONTINUE. When I hit F1 it takes me to bios and all starts over again. PLEASE HELP!

Vista home premium ZT Desktop pc

A:master hard disk error

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hi i have a sony vaio xp computer and ive started having problems. when switching on, an american megatrends page comes on where it states Pri master hard disk:S.M.A.R.T status bad. it takes a very long time to load and when it does it is very slow. i have access to internet on that computer but i did before. ive read around and it has stated it could mean the hard drive may need replacing. firstly, is there anyway i can avoid this as i have a lot of work on this computer that i do not want to lose. also if i do need to replace it, can i transfer my work anywhere or save it before it completely goes. any help is much appreciated.

A:Pri master hard disk:S.M.A.R.T status bad

Check out this link: and read. If I was you I would save all of my important things.

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Okay, I know my hard disk is dying, and I need to back up my files before it goes. Can anyone tell me how to do that (maybe step by step)? I'm pretty decent at computers and programming, but not at troubleshooting hardware problems. I just purchased an external hard drive so I can back up the files I need. Could somebody explain to be how to do this? When I press F1 to continue from the error on startup, it gives me another one:

Windows could not start, following file is missing or corrupt:
<windows root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe
Please reinstall a copy of that above file

How do I copy this file (could I copy it from a disk from a friends XP OS?) I would really like to get into XP (in any mode) so I could backup the data.

Also, I heard it suggested that I could slave the bad drive to another PC and access the files from there. How would I do that exactly?

If anyone can give me a play by play so as I could simply backup my data as easily as possible it would be greatly, greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

A:4th Master Hard Disk: S.M.A.R.T. Status BAD

I would recommend getting Norton Ghost for this task OR if you purchase a new drive it comes with a program for cloning your existing hard drive.

Your best bet would be to use your external drive internally in your PC with Windows XP installed and put your new INTERNAL drive (most ext USB drives can be used as internal if you take them apart) and your current internal drive chained together on the IDE channel.

If you have the program disk that originally came with your current bad hard drive (maxblast for maxtor) you can use it to simply clone your failing drive to the new drive by putting the maxblast boot floppy in the PC and choosing the drive to drive copy.

Using it Externally with NO working OS would require you to find a working windows XP system and connect your drive internally and the other externally and copy files that way.

Ghost Sometimes can clone your existing drive to an external one but it does not always support every external USB drive. Basically you would boot off the Norton Ghost disk and it would allow you to clone your current drive to the external one outside of windows.

All of the above is ONLY possible though if your drive still functions.

Good Luck

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I have a Packard Bell imedia 2423.It has nVidia GeForce 8400GS,Amarillo 2 motherboard,AMD Phenom 9500, DVD dual layer drive and a Seagate Barracuda 7200 250GB hardk disk.It came pre-installed with Windows vista home premium.

I had problems with corrupt files and not knowing much about computers i got my friend to have a look at it. I wish i hadn't.He took the last resort and without my consent reformatted it and installed an illegal copy of Windows vista ultimate on it(at the time i didn't have a recovery disk).I ended up with a computer stuck in reduced functionality mode and in despair. I bought a DVD master disk from Packard Bell and hoped i could fix my PC and return to my legal copy of Windows Vista home premium.

My hard drive seems to have two partitions.Things have not gone smoothly though. I chose the recovery option from the master disk.
It seemed to go ok until it told me to take the second disk out and the computer restarted. It then went to "start of the INITIALISE
phase of the process" window.It seemed to be installing but then froze on 14% of installation and the HDD light stopped blinking.
I aborted and it took me to Windows Boot Manager screen and left the following message:
File: \Boot\BCD
Info: An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration
I tried the "windows and smart restore" option on the master disk.When the computer restarted i changed the boot priority to boot from
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When I boot up, instead of the windows xp logo and bar, I get a black screen which states the congifuration of system, it detects the keyboard, mouse, usb, both cdrom drive, but states the following with reference to the drive:

Third Master Hard Disk Erro
Press <F4>to Run Setup

When I press F4, I hear to beeps from the tower, a black screen with the words "enter CURRENT password:

Which I don't know what it is. I have pressed f10 to get the bios, and have noticed that my harddrive is no longer listed under boot/boot device priority. When I press enter or esc I get a black screen stating

Reboot and Select proper boot device
or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device.

I have a hybrid PC that is about 8 years old, and do not have any type of back up or bootable floopy. I don't have alot of information on the hard drive, so nothing major will be destroyed...however, I would like to get the computer functioning again if possible
Does anyone have any suggestions? In lamens terms please

A:Third Master Hard Disk Error

Most likely, your hard drive has gone bad.
For a PC that is 8 years old, it should have failed a long time ago.
Consider buying a replacement, but remember you will need an install CD.

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About last week my comp crashed to the bootup screen and said

Pri master hard disk S.M.A.R.T stats BAD backup and replace
CPU fan error
Press f1 to continue

I can format, it always crashes or gets an error. (formatting with NFTS) (not quick)

Is this just my HD's problem?


A:Pri master hard disk S.M.A.R.T // Cpu fan error

Yes. S.M.A.R.T. is telling you that HDD is getting ready to fail...backup what you can and replace the drive.
If it's still under warranty write down the error codes the manuf will need them to ship you a new drive.


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I went out of town for a few days, I think I left the computer turned on, and when I got home it was off, power failure? and when I turned it on windows won't load. The error I get says Pri Master Hard Disk : S.M.A.R.T. status BAD, back up and replace
Press F1 for set up, F2 to continue. When I press F2 I get a message that say disk read error occurred press ctrl alt del................. and when I do it starts all over. I don't have a xp disk. My computer came loaded already. Any idea what to do. I think its shot. I just want to get my pictures I have on the hard drive.

A:Pri Master Hard Disk error

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After using my computer in the current configuration for two years now I suddenly get the following error message and the comp. will not boot : Primary master disk fails. It happened after a crash of my TNT 2 driver related to OpenGL while starting medal of honour.

Hardware: Maxtor 30Gb DiamondMax.
MB Asus P3v4x: via 4-1 version 4.27
Win XP pro
VGA: Viper 770 TNT 2.

I have tried all i could think of:

HDD scan with CHKDSK and MAXTOR tool: no errors found.
Virusscan (bootsector): no virus.
Full format and repartitioning (was needed anyway).
Rewrite bootsector: FDISK /mbr
Reflash BIOS to 1005.
Cabling and jumpers are fine!
Still the same message!!

The odd thing is that my drive will work properly on another comp. and another HDD works ok on my computer!!!

How can there be a conflict while the same configuration worked for 2 years now??

Can anyone help me?

Regards Tom from Amsterdam.

A:Primary Master disk Fails!!

If it works on another machine, it could be a problem with your motherboard, try swapping ide 0 and ide 1 and see if the disk works on the other channel, if it does its your motherboard.

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I have sent already a message to maxtor but I get not the right answers.

Does somebody know what the message "Primary master disk fails" means? This message comes after the BIOS check. If I connect the disc on the Secondary IDE, I get the message "Secondary master disk fails". I this situation I can achieve the disc. Put files on it. But I want to use this disk as bootable disk.

I think it has something to do with MBR or the partition table, but what? And is it possible to repair? Does have anybody experience with this? Repair the MBR, or repair partition table or install new firmware on the disk?

I have already done a lot of things like:

Format (by installing XP as well, the files are copied to disk)
Change cable
Put the disk in another computer
Low level Format (tool from maxtor)

What I want to know is simple: is this disk lost, can drop it in the garbage collector or does somebody know a tool with which I can repair the disk?

With regards,


A:primary master disk fails

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Hi i have ONE 75gb HDD in my laptop.

I installed securedocs to encrypt the hardrive. On reboot it blue screened so tried to rebuild.

When i run windows setup disk it now shows a MBR with 38gb and a MBR with 15gb... on the ONE disc.

So i deleted the partitions and they don't combine, it jsut now has two unpartitioned spaces in the windows setup screen "S. It like it thinks the one disk is now two???

Someone please help how do i combine them again?


A:2 Master Boot Records on one disk


Welcome to Tech Support Guy
Your other topic you opened, as you may now know, it neing on the same problem, has been closed.

It was on that link, where you have been asked to continue here.

I see the answer as firstly, may I refer you back to the XP installation
On the screen where the partitions are listed

Now that the previous partition is removed, all of the space on the hard drive is unpartitioned. In this step, you will create a new partition for Windows XP to use.
Using the arrow keys on your keyboard highlight the line that says Unpartitioned space. Press C to create a partition on this unpartitioned space.
Warning Note: You may have other partitions on this drive and on other drives that may be installed in your PC. If so, you may have a number of entries here. Be careful not to remove partitions that you may be using as this will remove all data from those partitions permanently.

So having deleted BOTH of them you then proceed to the next screen, where it shows you the size of the partition that can now be created
Here you need to choose a size for the new partition This will become the size of the C drive, the main drive on your PC that Windows XP will install to.

HAVE you please checked that size?

Alternatively you may install windows on the first partition/disc shown on the above installation screens and then format the other partition using Disk Management and then use Eas... Read more

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I have a PLC programming software installed in one PC. To open the program, I have to insert a Floppy disk as a Master Key. But now floppy disk has started to create problems and I want to create another disk. Copy and pasting of data from original disk to new be not valid i.e. new disk donít open the program. Any other idea to achieve this goal?

A:How to create another floppy disk as Master key?

I used to work in manufacturing, and ran into the same problem periodically. The best option is to call the application vendor for a new floppy.

The potential problem here is that many of these vendors have gone to USB dongle, and no longer support floppies.

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I recently had some issues with my wimpy work laptop, and they were quickly resolved by making a repair disk with my gaming rig.
However, when I tried to reformat the disk, it seems to be read-only and only formattable to some weird file system.
Is this purposeful? Are these disks forever repair disks?
I guess it might be useful to have one lying around, but I would like to recycle the disk.

A:Windows 7 Repair Disk Reformatting

How are you trying to reformat the disk? Normally you would do this during the Windows 7 install process.

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Yeah, I have a friend who has a really really really slow Acer laptop. I told him I would be happy to reformat his hard drive and reinstall everything back to it. However I told him if you don't have the XP cd then forget it. lol. Now let's say he can't find the XP cd. What are my other options if I wanna reformat his hard drive? Thanks.

A:Reformatting an Acer laptop without the XP disk!!

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I have a Gateway don't know the model # right now but it has a 64 bit processor and was originally loaded with Windows XP Media. I had Tigerdirect add memory to total 2 or 3 GB and I had Nvidia 8500GT graphic card installed to make it a little peppier for my kids. It started acting funny a few years ago so TigerDirect reformatted the HD that I assumed had Windows XP Media on a partition on the HD. I was prompted to burn recovery disks but never did. The computer ran fine for awhile until last year when it would just continually restart. I took it to an independent computer programmer who wiped that version off and added Windows XP Pro which was fine until I found out the drivers for the 8500GT video card were not compatible with XP Pro. I brought it back to him and he loaded Windows XP Home version and it was okay until the first virus scan that recommended a few files to be removed which I allowed that he later told me were crucial to running the unauthorized version of XP. The computer would load up the Windows page but gave some type of error message pertaining to the unauthorized version.

Since this is a spare computer and I wanted to roll up my sleeves and try a repair for myself once I found an old XP disk I had from a computer I had custom built back in 2001. It wasn't for 64 bit processor but I figured to give it a try. I found the label that was on that computer that had the authorization code. I put that XP disk in the disk drive and pressed the butto... Read more

A:Reformatting a Gateway with another XP Boot Disk

You need to install the chipset driver followed by all other drivers. The chipset driver can be obtained from the website of either the computer mfg or the mobo mfg. All other drivers should be obtained from the websites of the various hw mfgs (ie, the video card from the video card provider, etc)

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I am trying to re-format the hard disk drive on my bro-in-law's CTX Cyrix P150+ PC running an OEM version of Windows 95. It no longer boots up into Windows.

I've rebooted off of a Windows 95 startup disk. I've tried 3 different format commands:

format c:
format c: /S
format c: /U /S

All 3 allow me to start the process, but after only "3 percent completed," the computer says "Not ready. Format terminated."

What can I do?

A:reformatting hard disk drive

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I have this HP thats been out of use for awhile because it was full of a bunch of stupid stuff courtesy of my younger brother. I'm wondering if theres anyway that I can format the harddrive and start fresh without the discs that have been long lost. Is this possible? and if so, how?

I ask this because last week my mothers dell inspiron wouldn't boot up windows and kept giving her a blue error screen. The place she got it from gave her directions on how to do it with a built in recovery thing? I'm just curious to know if my hp has this as well?

Thank you.

A:reformatting a hp pavillion zt1130 without disk?

Hello ,

now what you need to do is tell me what you see in the defragmenter

if you see 2 partitions and one of them is really small as in 2 to 3 gigs or smaller / or / it may even tell you that it is a recovery partition


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I have three partitions on my Dell pre-installed hard disk, a small FAT, around a Gb FAT32 and C: NTFS comprising my remaining storage. I need to reformat and re-install XP. When it comes to deleting existing partitions do I delete all three and create just one new NTFS partition with all the available space? Having never carried out such exercise I am a bit apprehensive as I have no clue about boot record, disk driver etc. However, I am clear that I will have to backup all the drivers for my peripherals before reformatting. This article seems straightforward to follow. I had previously tried to repair from CD but it didn't solve my problem so I am going to be a bit daring this time. Please allay my fears and point me in the right direction.


A:Solved: Reformatting hard disk

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This should be my last thread here about these problems. please selp me get it running full potential.

It's a Sony Vaio PCV-RX651 80G HD, 256MB ram, 1.72ghz running XP.

I got it used and could have swore it was pretty fast before I reformatted. When I got it, it had service pack 2 and windows update hadn't been run, it had tons of bells & whistle programs like movie shaker and stuff like photo editing that comes with the VAIO that make it a digital studio PC, tool bars, pop up blockers, etc, add/remove had like 50 things not counting Windows updates. I stress tested the internet and Windows Explorer and thought it was decent but reformatted to start from scratch and get the highest performance.
explains how to format this model:

I didn't make a recovery disk with drivers or the Sony Shared Library thing to get the VAIO programs. I read the VAIO programs are actually not needed to run the machine and are better off not installed if not used, making the Shared Library obsolete too, no?

I updated drivers, but saw no difference, the format instructions ^ say to download them if without the original CD. The drivers:
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A:Help reformatting without VAIO recovery disk

256MB RAM is absolute minimum RAM regardless of type / model, for any XP - It was OK for a basic Windows 98, but not XP1Gig is a minimum to run (yours x 4) to have any decent running system - I run 4G on my XP Pro these days.Google your Make / Model for details on adding RAM and how to DIY (usually quite simple).I installed Norton Antivirus and didn't notice it get slower, but then I uninstalled it, and saw no change. Did you use the Norton Removal Tool ??How many times have you reinstalled now, and how many CDs have you used ??

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Hey Guys,
I have a pentium4 2.4ghz, 512ram, gigabyte motherboard.
i was burning a dvd and it suddenly stopped at 70% i waited about a half hour to see if it would go but it was stuck at 70%
so then i restarted my computer and everything went bad after that. it wouldnt boot up correctly and it found errors in my system folder. so i started to format my C://hard drive and install windows xp again but when it was formatting it got stuck at 34% for hours didnt know what to do so i turned computer off.
now when i boot up it says Primary Master Hard Disk Failed.
Press F1 to continue or press del for bios.

what do you guys recommend i do?? i dont wanna screw my computer up anymore then i already have, i know i lost all my C:drive but i dont wanna lose my other hard drives too.
thanks to anyone who helps out and sorry for not being more computer smart.

A:Please Help!! Primary Master Hard Disk Failed

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i have 2 HDD in my computer(mainboard intel D101G),

first one is parallel ATA (contains OS, 80GB)
second one is SATA (installed recently, 320GB)

everything was working fine , suddenly system hanged so badly that i was unable to end processes Via Task manager. i turned off power. when i restarted i got this error

"IDE Channel 4 Master Hard Disk S.M.A.R.T. Status Bad "

when i remove my SATA everything goes fine.
hard disk is quite new(3-4 months old),
i have no clue what to do,
pls help i have over 150 GB of DATA that i don wanna loose.

A:IDE Channel 4 Master Hard Disk S.M.A.R.T. Status Bad

You can download speedfan and check your hdd with it including SMART values to see whether the drive is dying / or dead.

Here is some useful info about how smart works.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 6000+, x86 Family 15 Model 67 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2047 Mb
Graphics Card: ASUS EAH5450 Series, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 238464 MB, Free - 208201 MB; D: Total - 76316 MB, Free - 56031 MB; I: Total - 953868 MB, Free - 952582 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC., M3A
Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

About 6 months ago, I installed a 1TB HDD in my system. It has worked fine until about a month or so ago. About that time, when I wanted to save a document to the drive, it took approximately 15 to 20 seconds to access the drive. Last week when I booted my system, it took approx 1 to 1/2 minutes to get past the BIOS splash screen and then I got an error message:
"4th Master Hard Disk Error. Press F1 to resume." I pressed F1 and the system went to the Windows Start up screen. At this time, the system blue screened and rebooted. It did this 4 times before it continued to another screen. The screen was black with a blue bar across the top and in the middle of the screen was the word "Wait". I waited. In fact I waited all night. I left the system running all night and in the morning it hadn't changed. On a hunch, I shut the system down and disconnected the 1TB drive. This time when I rebooted, Win XP started normally. Since this wa... Read more

A:Solved: 4th Master Hard Disk Error

I found the problem. My 1TB drive is gone. After a few tries, it would activate. Now it won't start at all. I'm just waiting for the RMA info from WD. Thanks anyway folks. Rob

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can anyone here help me out it just started doing this yesterday

which drive is it the main(smaller one with the os) or the bigger one with all the bs on it?? and what do i need to do

A:pri master hard disk: smart status bad????

do you have 2 seperate harddrives or two partitions is the question, the physical primary drive sounds like it has some physical problems. So it will be the drive set to master on an IDE channel , or if its SATa just note make/model from bios and follow the lead connected to the lowest plug number usually masters are plugged into SATA point labelled 1

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guys i have a maxtor 3.5 series 40G hard disk and when i turned on my computer it says primary hard disk fail. if i click F1 to continue it says disk boot failure what should i do guys need your help i have important ducoments in this hard disk.. thanks guys... my computer is a windows xp 2003 version with a 128ram with a pentium 4 processor 1.2G.. thanks guys

A:primary master hard disk fail...

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Hi, yesterday while I was burning a cd on my computer, suddenly my computer started making jamming sounds, and then turned off. When I tried to restart it, the screen said "primary master hard disk fail" then "press F1 to continue or DEL to enter setup". I pressed F1 and it then said "disk boot failure, instert system disk and press enter". The thing is, my mother got me this computer from a friend, and it didn't come with any extra disks or anything. I tried using my sister's boot disk but that didn't work either. It just said that my windows 98 setup files were not found. Can someone help me? I'm worried I permanently screwed up my computer.

A:Primary master hard disk fail, please help!

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yeah, thats the error message i get when i start up my computer sometimes. It doesn't happen all of the time, mostly if the computer has been running and recently got turned off. My guess is that it has something to do with the fans in my computer but i have no idea. i opened my comp up recently and made sure the plugs were in all the way but i still get this error. this has been going on for many monthes (3-4 i think) so i'm not too concerned cause nothing's stopped working. can i fix this or should i get a new hard drive?

A:primary master hard disk fail

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I have a Packard Bell imedia 2423.It has nVidia GeForce 8400GS,Amarillo 2 motherboard,AMD Phenom 9500, DVD dual layer drive
and a Seagate Barracuda 7200 250GB hardk disk.It came pre-installed with Windows vista home premium.

I had problems with corrupt files and not knowing much about computers i got my friend to have a look at it. I wish i hadn't.He
took the last resort and without my consent reformatted it and installed an illegal copy of Windows vista ultimate on it(at the
time i didn't have a recovery disk).I ended up with a computer stuck in reduced functionality mode and in despair. I bought a
DVD master disk from Packard Bell and hoped i could fix my PC and return to my legal copy of Windows Vista home premium.

My hard drive seems to have two partitions.Things have not gone smoothly though. I chose the recovery option from the master disk.
It seemed to go ok until it told me to take the second disk out and the computer restarted. It then went to "start of the INITIALISE
phase of the process" window.It seemed to be installing but then froze on 14% of installation and the HDD light stopped blinking.
I aborted and it took me to Windows Boot Manager screen and left the following message:
File: \Boot\BCD
Info: An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration

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A:Cant reinstall Vista with master recovery disk

Hi SImonFoot,See if this will help:;x=7&y=13Zllio

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You know, these previous days I haven't used my laptop because of some problems, I already posted my problem still waiting for the result and i'm really out of patience now.. So what's on my mind now is to reinstall the os or reformatting hard disk.. which is better can i choose reformatting the hard disk because it is faster than reinstalling windows? What will happen when i reformat the hard drive? will the system go back normal? i don't care now about my files since i have a backup what i want is to back my laptop in good state.. please i need answers and please teach me how to reformat hard drive thank you..

A:Reinstalling Windows or Reformatting Hard Disk?

Without knowing what problems you are experiencing, if you want to start from scratch with a "clean system" you should format.Boot to your OS disc. Choose the option to delete the existing partition and then recreate it. Format. Install. After installing you'll need to download and install all drivers starting with the chipset driver and followed by the video driver, sound driver, etc. Obtain the drivers from the website of your laptop manufacturer, not from Windows Update. Next install a GOOD anti virus application. Then download and install all Windows Updates (except for hardware / driver updates as previously explained).If you need more detailed instructions you can look at any or all of these links:

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If I re-format my hard disk will all the updates I downloaded from the site have to be done again? After all I am on a 56k and the thought of it does sound a little scary.
Thanks in advance.


A:Reformatting Hard Disk - Will I lose all my updates?

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Here is the problem:
I have run a windows repair twice, and no luck either time. After the first repair the computer worked fine, until I installed SP2, and lost the taskbar, and couldn't fix that (you can view that thread here: After the recent repair everything went fine until I tried to install SP2 again. I will start the computer, and windows will load. Everything is fine until the login screen appears (windows XP home ed.). The screen lasts for about 1.5 seconds and then it goes BSOD. If a windows repair won't fix it I am thinking of just doing a complete reformat (I have everything backed up, program files etc.). When I went to Computer Management, and then Disk Management, and right clicked on (C the format option is grayed out. I also noticed something. While there should be two partitions (correct me if I'm wrong) under the C: drive, one for the main drive and one for the cache, there is just the main drive. Could this possibly be creating a problem?

Computer info is as follows:

-Dell inspiron 8200 notebook
-Windows XP home ed. (SP1 because I just did a windows repair and don't have SP2 on disk)
-onboard 802.11b wireless card (has caused many problems in the past, wouldn't put this one past it-when I have restarted after BSOD or crash and sent the error report, the web pop-up site cites the card and/or card drivers as the problem).

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Everytime I turn on my computer, this screen pops up:

Press <F8> for BBS POPUP
DDR Frequency 400 Mhz, Dual-Channel, Tiled Mode
Checking NVRAM..
504 OK

Auto-Detecting Pri Master..IDE Hard Disk
Auto-Detecting Sec Master..ATAPI CD-ROM
Auto-Detecting Sec Master..ATAPI CD-ROM
Pri Master: YAR41BWO Maxtor 6Y160P0
Ultra DMA Mode-5, S.M.A.R.T. Capable and Status BAD
Sec Master: 1.10 PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-107D
Ultra DMA Mode-2
Sec Slave : B400 SAMSUNG CD-ROM SC-148A
Ultra DMA Mode-2
Auto Detecting USB Mass Storage Decives ..
00 USB mass storage devices found and configured.

Pri Master Hard Disk:S.M.A.R.T. Status BAD, Backup and Replace
Press F2 to Resume

When I press F8 or F2, nothing happens. It just stays on that screen. I can't do anything other than turn it off. I can't go to BIOS either. I pressed all the other F Keys before and after that screen pops up. Does anyone know the problem?

A:Pri Master Hard Disk:S.M.A.R.T. Status BAD, Backup and Replace

your hard drive is failing or already dead.
As you have access to another PC, find and download the diagnostics software from the makers website (maxtor is now seagate)
this will confirm if I am right! Do not keep trying to access the drive as it usually makes it worse and limits the chances of data recovery.
Hope you have a backup -

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Hi, i had my PC running XP fine, no problems that im aware of. i partitioned the hdd and installed Windows 7 x64 on second partition and now every now and then the PC reboots and displays the error;

4th master hard disk error, press f1 to continue

any help would be great, let me know if anymore info is needed.



A:4th master hard disk error, press f1 to continue

That is a BIOS error, check your PSU.

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I went out of town for 3 days and came back and the pc was stuck on the message:
primary master hard disk fail

I asked the wife and kids if they did anything strange and the answer is NO.
I tried and tried with boot disks and rescue and recovery disks to get this to work but to no avail.
Then I un plugged the machine and started it up, did this a few times, at it finally cycled through.
I ran a virus check , scan disk and nothing showed up. It froze last night and the same thing happened. This morning, I powered it off and on several times, each time unplugging it and I kept getting this master hard disk fail....I finally got it to open.

I'm running windows 98 and am not sure if this is WORM related or something else????


Help.....Its homework season and dont want to buy a new machine, just yet

A:[SOLVED] primary master hard disk fail

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My motherboard is Intel 915GAV. where there are only one IDE channel. Now When I use my Hard Disk (Samsung 80GB, 72000 RPM) with this mother board its ok. But when I add any other harddisk or DVD/CD ROM with it as a slave, then it says "Pri Master hard Disk S.M.A.R.T. status BAD, Backup and Replace" during boot up and wait for "Press <F4>..." and after I press "F4" it takes much time to load OS(WinXP Sp2). And after loading if I check with Intel desktop Utilities there it pops up "ERR_SMART" or in details of Dard disk says "Status: Error ID=02". Now I think my hard disk is ok. Now please tell anyone how to solve this problem. If you need any more information please tell me. I will be waiting for your response. Thanks in advance.

A:Pri Master hard Disk S.M.A.R.T. status BAD, Backup and Replace

Do you have any jumpers on your hard drive? Are they set correctly? It should be Master and Slave Present (if possible). The slave drive should be set to slave of course.

If you are using a 80-connector IDE cable, then it does matter which plug goes where. Black is master and grey is slave.

How about replacing your IDE cable?

In BIOS, have you set all your IDE devices and attributes to "auto"?

If your BIOS version is earlier than 0457, then you could try updating to the latest version.

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I know that there has been post about this situation before and i have looked over it but i have questions of my own and i'm not sure if my situation is that similar to the other threads.

here's my situation:
I was scanning for some viruses on my brother's computer when it started lagging really bad. I decided to restart the computer but it ended up freezing. I've tried the alt+ctrl+ del method but that didn't work either so i manually closed it. When i booted up the computer a screen appeared and said:

Intel (r) Celeron (r) processor, 2.80 GHz
504 MB system RAM
Legacy keyboard....Detected
Legacy mouse........Detected
USB Legacy...........Enable

Auto-detecting USB Mass Storage devices..
00 USB mass storage devices found and configured

Fixed Disk 0: PM-HDS722580VLAT20
(Ultra DMA Mode ATA/1000


Pri Master Hard disk: S.M.A.R.T Status BAD, Backup and Replace
Press <f4> to Resume

when i press <f4> it went to a screen that said

a disk read error occurred
Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart

When i press ctrl + alt + del it restarted and ended up going to the skreen above and it wont load the window os.

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A:Pri Master hard disk: S.M.A.R.T Status BAD,Backup and Replace

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

You should be able to disable the S.M.A.R.T function in your bios settings.

You can usually get to these by pressing the delete or F2 key at bootup.

It would seem that your HDD is getting ready to fail. This may not happen for a while, but nonetheless it is deffinitely a good time to backup all your important data.

Please see the following article for more info.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:

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Hello, here is my problem
upon cutting my pc on, it runs a ram check and then i get this messege

i am using windows 98. 200 mghz pentium. 5 gig drive

this happens before i get the desktop to show.
i just installed a hp1115 printer. i unistalled and reinstalled it 3 times. no luck
any help you can give is appreciated. i am using windows 98. 200 mghz pentium. 5 gig drive
God bless you ---Jack

A:pri master hard disk: S.M.A.R.T. STATUS BAD, BACKUP AND REPLACE

Hi Jack3807,Thats a warning you get when the hard drive is going bad.You can read about it here.

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I'm getting the following error when my computer tries to boot up: "primary master hard disk fail". I tried to boot the computer using a bootup disk on the floppy drive and get the same error. If I hit F1 to continue, the computer hangs up on "Verifying DMI Pool Data". The computer does acknowledge the hard drive as the Primary Master during the initial bootup. I'm not sure if this is a hardware or BIOs issue or just a bad drive. (The BIOs settings appear to be correct.) I was planning on reformatting the hard drive, if I could just boot up the computer. Any suggestions?

This is the first time I'm trying to use this computer. I got it from a friend who had several spare PCs. If it is a bad hard drive, I can get another PC.

Thanks in advance.

A:primary master hard disk fail during bootup?

The simplest solution if you have access to another pc is to install it as a slave on a working machine and see if you can format it that way.


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I have a laptop which has been giving me a hard time lately, and I need to reinstall windows 7 (for the 4th time in 1.2 years). I have never reformatted it before and all I have is the windows 7 upgrade disk that came with it (I got it back in September when all of those free upgrade deals were going on, it originally had vista.) I read that you can have activation issues after formatting the hard drive while installing using the upgrade disc. I think Microsoft let you do it if your email them to activate it, but I'm not sure and I don't know where you would do this. Since I don't feel like formatting it, installing vista, and then reinstalling 7, can anyone help?

A:Clean install with upgrade disk reformatting question

We frown on double posting.

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I recently tried to reinstall windows xp, but the installation was interrupted and left me with a partially installed windows on my hard drive. Now, whenever I try to install again, it gives me the error: NTLDR is missing. I made a msdos boot disc to reformat my drive such that I can try installing windows again. However, I have two hard drive (one for windows and programs and one for storage) and I don't know which one is which letter. How can I find this information, so that I don't accidentally wipe my storage drive?

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Hey how's it going out there?
I recently ran into a little problem. I some how acquired a keylogger and unfortunately my World of Warcraft account was hacked.

I bought my computer from and when it shipped almost a year ago it came with a Recovery disk made by CPC.

My old computer was pretty simple to reformat;
I would wipe the entire harddrive clean, install my own Windows XP Pro and proceed fine.

Well unfortunately it's not as easy I as hoped.

I guess my main question is; where do I begin?

A:Reformatting Vista Home Premium with recovery disk

and welcome to the Forum

Their website is incredibly unhelpfull, but you might can contact them here:

If you want to experiment, boot from the Recovery disc and look at the options

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I have a Maxtor 40GB HD as my primary drive and a WD 160GB as my secondary. I was using my computer a few hours ago just fine and all of a sudden it locked up on me with the computer led light blinking like crazy (motherboard is an Asus A7N8X Deluxe). After waiting a few moments, i decided to shut the pc off. After turning it back on, i get the message Primary Master Hard Disk Fail. Both drives are IDE and i also have an NEC dvd-rw and an LG dvd drive connected. The NEC and LG drives were detected just fine, as was the WD HD. The Maxtor was detected as: Maxtor N40P NAR6159Z.
After doing some searching on this, I found out that the drive may not necessarily be dead (thankfully--because all i need from it are a few important documents). However, I'm not the brightest when it comes to configuring things in the BIOS or using a bunch of recovery tools. Can anyone please help me??

I also have this link if it helps:

A:Primary Master Hard Disk Fail (Maxtor 40GB)

After more hours of research, i've read many mention that the firmware could be corrupt and that it may work to somehow reconfigure the firmware. Anyone know how to do that? I tried Seatools but I don't see an option to fix the firmware.

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I know there are threads on the forum about ?A disk read error has occurred? but think this may be different and I believe it not to be a harddrive defect and maybe somehow can be repaired.

Right, this is where I left off on the forums, Revention did a great job helping me, I wound up sending system back to gateway to be repaired. All they did was reinstall bundled OS software, ran it for a bit and sent it back to me. The document they sent me said that the harddrive tested fine and was no defective.

Got it back from Gateway May 6th, as of May 7th it was totally unuseable again. Computer froze, so bad I had to use system switch to restart it(I barely even got windows updated), Windows kept running slowly and kept freezing, tried both a Windows Vista install dvd and system repair dvd to repair my installation, NO GO.

I started in safemode and tried a system restore, left the system restore for a while (5 hours), that froze up. Now windows would not start at all either Normally or safemode, so I tried my System Recovery disks to try and restore to OEM. Let them run for a while, they came back with an I/O error and after a lot of tries would not work. Then I got my FIRST ?A disk read error has occurred, press ctrl alt del to restart?. Tried to format and Install Vista Home premium from disk, but harddrive would not appear and asked to load drivers at the... Read more

A:A disk read error has occurred... Master boot record? please help!

This is a important question.
Is your W7 Pro disk a full version or upgrade disk?
Assuming it is Full then it is fine.

If different please post back prior to any of the rest of this post.
There will be a couple of differences, that are very important.

I believe that a full wipe and format will eliminate your issues.
Sometimes OEMs and Windows can leave some things that can be an issue.
The following will be the same as a brand new HD.

Is there anything that you Need to Keep?
If NO then lets proceed.

Since you know that the install disk works well and boots properly.

First this
This will ERASE your disk.
All traces of OEM will be gone.
It may show that there is more than one partition.
Erase all partitions.

Then you can use the install disk to delete partitions, create new partitions, format and then install.

Please be sure of the following.

Run this

Also get this done prior to...
New Gateway W7 drivers on a CD

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I have a Pavilion Elite HPE-210-y with a 3rd master disk error, it tells me to hit F2, but without a boot disk I keep going around in circles. Any suggestions? Im about to just go get another computer, but need some of the things on this computer. Thanks!!

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I have an HP Pavillion 23 Touchsmart. The same thing happended to me 6 months after purchase. Tech Support said the hard drive needed replacing which they did. Same day I received it back it was doing the sane thing. Tech support said they dont know why they replaced the hard drive, it needs can new mother board. They replaced the mother board. Received it back, it still does the same thing. Frustrating .

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Hey is there anybody out there that could hellp me. When I boot my computer I get a 'primary master hard disk fail' error? message. Is this because the hard disk is not being recognized, if so Is my connection right. The CD-ROM is set @ master, IDE connected to the hard disk, the IDE from the hard disk connected to the mother board. Please help if you can? Sorry if this is not posted in the right place.

I'm new to the BBS, so please be gentle.

A:{SOLVED} Primary master hard disk fail on boot up

I think you want your IDE Hard drive set to Master and your CD set to Slave (if they are using the same cable). If you're setting the CD as Master because it's first in the chain (and you don't have another IDE cable), spend the money and buy a cable and use your primary (for the hard drive) and secondary (for the CD drive) ports on the motherboard.

Why is it that they don't automatically give cables with CD drives?? Makes me nuts - they're a cheap commodity.


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Hello all. I'm new to these forums. Was hoping someone could help me with a problem I'm having.

I'm running a Dell Dimension 5150c. When I try to boot up I hear clicking noises from the tower that always click in the exact same pattern (six clicks, silence, two clicks, silence, two clicks). You could set your watch by them. Then I get the error message "error auto-sensing secondary master hard disk drive. Press F1 to retry boot or F2 to enter setup." I've heard before that any clicking noise from the hard drive (if that is what's clicking) generally means it's close to death. However, if I constantly reboot, one in every twenty times or so the computer will load windows. When it does, everything works perfectly and there are no clicks once everything is running.

The hard drive will give me no problems whatsoever once it is finally detected, even if I have it running for a week straight. On one of the occasions that the computer booted up properly, I downloaded and ran the WD diagnostic utility for the hard drive which stated that everything was perfect with the drive. If it wasn't for the results of the diagnostic tool I would have assumed the drive was simply beginning to fail.

I opened the tower once to check if there were any loose wires but I really had no idea what I was looking at. A wire may or may not have been loose. But I'm guessing a loose wire would stop the drive working all together and not just 99% of t... Read more

A:Error auto-sensing secondary master hard disk dirve

Check your BIOS at <F2> and <F12> on that Dell Be sure your boot order is correct... That clicking can come from simple error checking as Dell tries to work around setup issues.

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A:Error message: 4th master hard disk: S.M.A.R.T. status bad, backup and replace:

I advise you to get any important data off of the drive, before it fails, then replace it.

Regards Howard

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I just want to have another local disk on "MY COMPUTER". I used to have 2: "C" and "D" but I it became one when I installed Windows 7 Home Premium. Just let me know what information u need. Thank you.

A:How to create another local disk using EASEUS Partition Master 6.1.1 Home Edition?

I'm assuming this is your HP Mini 110
The D partition was probably the HP Recovery Partition ..
It's not needed (can't be used) with the newer W7.

Are you trying to create a separate Partition ... Something like this ???
Windows 7 should be able to do this by Shrinking the C Partition ..
Then it can add another partition in the space left over after the shrink.

And Welcome to the TSG Forum

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How do I reformat my HP PC?
The model is dx5150.

I heard about various methods such as using F10 when in the blue HP screen during startup to reformat it. But it doesn't work for me 'cause I don't have a blue HP screen.

By the way, I don't have a Windows XP CD or any boot disks or such.
Is there anyway to reformat without an XP CD?

A:Reformatting the Computer

Well you need to have some kind of boot disc whether it be a cd or a floppy. You can use DBAN put it on a floppy and wipe the drive that way. And if you plan on using the computer again you need to have an OS disc to do a reinstall otherwise it is useless without an OS.

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windows 2000 upgraded from windows MEcomputer totally messed up after someone went in and deleted everything from add/remove programs, all other programs and files etc deleted also.internet explorer still works and it will still connect to the internet but it won't install any necessesary programs such as avg antivirus or spybottried to reformat with win2000 cd, but it wouldn't complete the format. a message keeps popping up in a gray box: "the application must be installed to run. please set up fromt he location where you originally installed the application"went to http://windows2000.windowsreinstall.comshould I try Windows 2000 Pro install on used Hard Drive or Windows 2000 Pro Repair install ?the cd is a full installation there a way to format the hard drive to get rid of everything and then install win2000 from the cd? there is nothing to back up or save on the computer.

A:need help with reformatting computer

Pop in the win 2000 disk.....go to the setup menu..and instead of formatting the drive, delete the partitions and remake them. Then install.

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i tried my best to catch up to what our i.t specialist have taught me but he was so fast and very busy lately. please kindly jot down step by step how to reformat a computer.

A:Computer Reformatting

Assuming that you want to reinstall the OS, It depends on the computer and what disks you have.
If this is a retail computer, you should have a set of recovery disks or you might need an original Windows CD
What is the make and model of your computer?

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Hi. Recently I had some trojan rootkit hit my computer, and decided maybe it'd be best if I reformat it and re-install windows. Catch is, I'm not really good with computers and don't really know how to do this.

It's a dell laptop, and I have windows XP running on it. Still have most of, if not all, the original cds that came with it when I purchased it. What I'm wondering is how hard this is to do? Could I risk wrecking more than I do good by attempting this when I don't really know what I'm doing?

Let me know if your need to know anything else, like what model and other stuff, and I'll get back with it. Any help'd be appreciated, thanks.

A:Reformatting My Computer

Hello tofte

I have a fairly standard procedure that I follow, after backing up what data I can safely save and then restoring the computer
I apply any driver updates that seem necessary, you have to go to your model's web page and compare dates, if you see newer drivers, it's best to load/update them. Next I clean the computer of useless crud and adware installed by the manufacturer. Same thing for something like norton's trial subscription, there's a special uninstaller for that.

Next I will apply the latest service pack, having the latest drivers and no security software to interfer

Then I load my security software

Last I connect to the internet

This is a pain but I believe it to be the safest approach

In your log I noticed you were running norton's and PrevxCSI, and teatimer, avoid any combination of security software that
might conflict

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I have a computer with windows xp professional Edition which was infected with a rogue virus. I was able to remove this virus, however it infected the registry. All the periferals were disabled included the cd-rom, network drivers, processor drivers. I ended up deciding to reformat the computer. It has raid 0, with 2 hard drives.

When I formated it I got a BSOD 0x0000007b. I put in the raid controller driver on a floppy drive. I was looking online for any solution to this problem, I found a few but nothing that would help me resolve the problem.

This is a 7 year old computer but I'm used to it and do not want to buy a new computer.

I am hoping someone has experienced a similar problem and can tell me how to fix it

I ran a chkdsk on the hard drive, they were fine.

A:reformatting computer

System manufacturer and model?

What exact steps did you take to reformat/reinstall Windows?

Do you have a MS Genuine XP CD sold by Microsoft?


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Hi, I have decided to reformat my computer and I have never done this before and I was wondering what I would need to reformat my computer. I run Windows XP.

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So I reformatted my computer (from CD)... I had 2 problems DURING reinstall-ation

1- missing duser.dll file (so I skipped it)
2- when it was "updating" for some fun reason it said I had some setup something unabled....
So now I'm trying to connect to the internet and no luck.... I installed Mozilla from a USB... IE7 and Mozilla exist but neither connects....

I went to control panel -> Network Connections -> Add New Connection -> Get error "The New Connection Wizard was unable to open the following location on your machine: C:\Program Files\Online Services"

I can reinstall windows again but it asks if I should update (recommended) but I can't even connect to the net... and YES the internet is connected to the other computer and the Ethenet is green - the plugs are working so is the machine
Anywayz I did add Duser.dll to my other computer (in the system32 folder) - but that's still not giving it the ability to go onto the internet.... still same error... in a sense the computer looks screwed but I need to somehow get onto the net so that I can reinstall windows with the updates and such

A:Reformatting My Computer

Try reinstalling it again, and make sure the CD your using is clean. If theres dirt or a scratch over a certain part of the CD, whatever file was there, the setup will skip. If you get the same error but your cd doesn't have any scratches on it, than it's something else. Try reinstalling it, that would be your best bet right now.

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c:\WINDOWS\system32\presetup.cmd - FILE NOT FOUND!
c:\WINDOWS\system32\setupORG.exe - FILE NOT FOUND!
(setupORG.exe ->Original windows Setup.exe)
1."Preset.cmd" not exist in the i386 folder in UXPCD
"setupORG.exe" not exist in the i386 folder in UXPCD
2. Check your "txtsetup.sif" in the i386 folder on UXPCD
setupORG.exe=1,,,,,,,,2,0,0 ; must exist
prestup.cmd =1,,,,,,,,2,0,0 ; must exist

Now this is very similar to the post found on these forums but it doesn't solve my problem.

To walk you all through what i've done so far.
Trying to clean up my dads XP Home ED comp. I went out and bought Windows XP PRO.

Now i'm not used to HP, the BIOS is all weird so I had to insert the disk and start the installation process instead of just restarting and booting from the disk.

Now I wasn't able to delete the Windows XP Home ED. Partition so I just merged the two since they have similar files.

Everything was installing fine until I got the error message as posted above.

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A:Reformatting Hp Computer

Now i'm not used to HP, the BIOS is all weird so I had to insert the disk and start the installation process instead of just restarting and booting from the disk.Why can't you boot from the CD? Familiarize yourself with the BIOS and look for a 'boot order' option and make the CD first.

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Hello, new to this site. I want to reformat my computer and would like to find step by step instructions on how to do so. I already backed up my comp with Carbonite and a stand alone back up unit as well. Its a Dell laptop,AMD Sempron, Processor 3500+, 1.58 GHz, 896 MB of RAM/ Windows XP Home Edition 2002. What next? Any assistance would be appreciated!

A:reformatting my computer

Are you just looking to format or format/reinstall windows?The easiest way to do it is just insert your recovery discs, or other windows installation disc, and go forwards as if you were going to install windows.Microsoft provides a guide to do so you get to the point where it tells you that it is checking the drive you can eject the disc and shutdown the machine, or go through with the install if that was the plan.There are other programs to format as well, but if you were going to reinstall windows this is the easiest way.

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This is a huge thread. I had no idea what forum to put this under, but I don't think it should have to go anywhere else other than here. This is a question about reformatting my computer, with no real full answers.

I have really started to notice how slow my computer has become, so I have decided to reformat the computer. Thing is, I am not going to just put back the back-up file, and I am not wanting to lose everything. Thanks to a second hard drive, I have decided to try and go through everything we need and put it on there manually, so to not include what I don't want. I just wanted to know, what do you think I should try and save from this reformat of a computer?

My list:
Program files (the instillation file)
Start-up files / 'All Programs' (much the same as ^)
Browser information (bookmarks, settings, saved passwords, forms (anything else?))
Bits of set up information (internet connection, drivers (must check my CD collection))
My document files (for all users) / Files stored on c drive (my folder, and everyone elses)
Documents and settings (go through them and have a look, not forgetting limewire shared downloads)
And your suggestions and reminders

Before doing any of this, I will have to create a few back-up files on DVD's just in case. I have not gone through with it yet, but DriveImage XML seems to be my best option so far. After that is done, I will get onto doing this eventually.
What do you think I could be missing?

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I no doubt have viruses/malware and due to a failed reformat a long time ago, their is more than one operating system on my comp, and I just want to kill 2 birds with one stone and just reformat it and get it done with.

However, I have a few questions.

1) I don't have any of the CD's that came with the computer. If I go buy an XP cd, for all the other software (Microsoft Word, etc), how do I transfer it back to the comp without having to go buy it again to install it?

2) Is it possible that I transfer the viruses/malware when I put back the file I save after it reformats?

3) Any simplistic reformatting guides out there? I'm hardly computer illiterate, but I'm no technician...

A:About reformatting my XP computer...

Is your computer a brand name? There can be specific steps to take and you can often buy replacement recovery or reinstall disks for less than 20.00

List the brand model and service tag/ part number if any or describe the mainboard model and revision which is often a splash screen early in the boot process and is also written on the motherboard.

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So I'm going to help a friend reformat and old computer and put XP on it......
I don't know if formatting old computers with XP is safe? She says its pretty old, like '99 and she got it for free from a friend for work (she can't afford anything else right now)
So it's not like we can go out and buy a bunch of stuff for it....I think it's running on Windows 98 & I know nothing about the drivers and I know she doesn't have any CD's for the drivers....

SO any advice on how to go about doing this would be awesome.

A:Reformatting an old computer...

I would have serious doubts about a '99 PC being able to run XP.

You really need about a 500 MHz CPU and 256 MB of RAM to make it run in a useable manner. Do you have that on the old PC?

Apart from that you just put the XP CD in the drive and let the PC boot from it, following the menu's. Remember it has to be a copy of XP that is not in use on any PC and was never supplied "with a PC", or the operating system may refuse to activate and lock you out.

1 licence per PC.

Then you need to know the make and model of PC or the make and model of the motherboard so you can get the correct XP drivers from the makers website (if any were ever released, given it's an old PC)

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I want to know if there is any way to reformat my computer (HP) without having the default factory programs (AOL 3 Months Included, Get Vonage, My HP Games, Norton Internet Bullsh*t, and all this other crap) installed.
If there IS any way, can you please explain the procedure?

Thank you,

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I want to KILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL my computer!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hate it, I can't stand it... eitherway..... so it's win xp home

Tried to reboot that bleep of trash and pressing F8 then F10 then F4 constantly and it didn't work.... tried delete and got into bios

Problem - I was NOT given a CD... Futureshop and Canadian Electronic stores practice Tyranny

So.... Through my reading I found out about the I386 folder - mine was deleted so I re-installed SP2... BUT no winnt files that are exe

Now what? Any ideas?

A:Reformatting Computer - No Cd

by law your computer maker must furnish you a way to reinstall, sometimes it's a hidden partition on your hard drive, others even have you burn the cd's, if you neglect to do this or lose the manual telling you how to reinstall, companies will send you a reinstall package for a small fee, the important thing is your certificate of authenticty where you have a valid number.

call them up

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I have been having issues with my computer. I was having problems with a virus and I thought it was gone and then I went to turn on my computer and all I get is my desktop background picture and no start menu and no desktop icons or anything. When I hit Ctrl Alt delete nothing happens at all. No one has been able to help me with this problem. One person told me I would need to find the cd for my computer to basically reformat it. I thought I found the cd and put it in and again nothing happened. These are the cds I have, Operating System reinstallation cd. Drivers and Utilities. And I have a couple that say Application on them. Are any of these the ones I need or am I doing something wrong? I really need my computer soon and just need some help. Thank you.

A:reformatting my computer

Also my computer will not go into safe mode either. I have tried that.

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Hi, I'm trying to reformat my computer. When i put the window XP cd in, and i reboot my computer. I don't get the blue screen to full reformat my computer. I tried turning off my computer, and turning it back on. Putting the cd in and i don't get the blue screen. I reformat my computer before and i get the blue screen, but some reason i don't get it today.

A:Need help on reformatting my computer

Is the BIOS set to boot to CD first and then hard drive?

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I would like to reformat my computer or set it back to the original settings. I cannot find the windows xp installation cd / boot disk.

I brought the computer legally so I have no idea why I didn't get them, I have all the other details of purchase and stuff.

I remember being asked to make a disk when I first switched on the computer but this was my first computer so I didn't have any disks or understand what it was doing.

Is there anyway I can reformat my computer or reset the settings?

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Am currently writing this using my laptop computer. I need help in formatting my desktop pc. It runs Windows Vista Home Basic, and as you know the *restore to factory* recovery info is contained on the hard drive(which I cannot access) Is there any other way I can format it?

Here is the problem with the other computer....
I push the *power* button to boot up computer but it takes 20 minutes to an hour to boot to the process I see no *logo* screen, so cannot tap F8 to gain access to the advanced boot menu screen. Then suddenly it boots to the desktop. I can acccess anything ON the desktop but cannot access IE, nor will Add/Remove programs work. I click to uninstall a program, and it says *its working* but it basically freezes and doesnt uninstall anything, AND doesn't really do anything. I had to use ctrl/alt/del to shut it down. Restart does not work, same problem with booting.

Bad me, I had loaned the computer to a friend for a few months while I was preparing to move, and moving as well. I just got the computer back last week. YESTERDAY my friend tells me the pc has been *misbehaving* for about 2 months and never before had any problems while in my home. I know, never loan computer to *friend*...but lesson learned.

I really need to know how to format. Am wondering if I should create a boot disk for it from this computer and then try that.....but will wait for your advice.

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A:PLEASE! I need help in reformatting my other computer...

what are you running
video card
power supply

check the listings in the bios for voltages and tempretures and post them

because of it being moved something could have worked loose check the connections
in the bios disable the the gui[logo]
try a cmos reset
turn the computer off
remove the power lead from the back
take the side off
remove the cmos battery
move the cmos jumper from pins 1 and 2 to pin 2 and 3 and the back to pins 1 and 2
reinsert the battery
put the side on
replug in the power lead
boot the computer

there can be 2 solder points you touch with a screwdriver
2 pins you touch with a screwdriver or use a jumper
a cmos clear switch or button

to restore to factory you usually put in the recovery disk and hit one of the F keys as it is booting up
then the recovery cd and the recovery partition work in conjunction with one another to impliment the restore
there will be a diagram and instructions in your manual

then see if you can get safe mode[low resolution mode]

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So i was just copying and pasting some items in Windows XP when all of a sudden i had a fatal application error in windows. So after the little delay i start up my Computer and my F: and D : (DVD Rom) and G: (Virtual drive) and my Main drive (F are gone. My C: drive and Main C rom E: remain. .... now i can still access the drives by punching in the corrisponding letter back into the tool bar. In device manager it says the devices are working fine. And all of the Drives appear fine in Disk Manager aswell. But i am still unable to see it in My Computer can anyone help me with this, adding the drives to my computer is all i need to do!
Ps they appear in the explor window only when i am currently accessing the drive!

A:HDD F: (master) No longer in My computer

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I have an old computer from my office that is running Vista. I would like to wipe the HD and reinstall Windows. The tech who set up the computers made it impossible to just format the drive. I can't get anywhere. The tech is no help. The instructions he
gave me don't work. I have the registry key. Is there something I can download?

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Hi guys,After my virus/spyware infection, I decided to reformat my computer because after the cleaning, my computer seems to be messed up. The virus/spyware is gone but my computer is screwy. So I decided to just pop in my sysytem recovery dics that came with my computer. However, due to the current state of my computer, it would not autorun. So I had to restart my computer. Upon restart, I was prompted to perform this recovery, which I clicked yes. Now the problem is that, I didnt work. Before the process even starts, I am told that the reformat cannot be performed because the file hive "systemroot/system32/config/SECUIRTY" is either missing or corrupt. I have my system CD, what should I do? Thanks!Lawrance

A:Problem Reformatting Computer

It could be that your CD is dirty or damaged. Try cleaning it with a soft cloth.

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I have spent the week running scans to remove a virus I received (ispynow) and have decided to reformat my computer instead. I have backed up all of my files (though I am concerned I now have the virus in my external hard drive). I have an HP dv1000 laptop and the hp site says I should have to make recovery cds and can then reformat using the "system recovery" tool that shouls be listed under programs. I can' find that. It also says I can use f11 key when starting up to follow the same steps but f11 doesn't seem to do anything. I have an "application and driver recovery" cd and the "operating system cd" for xp home sp2. I just want my computer back either by getting rid of the virus or reformatiing. Thank you for your help.

A:[SOLVED] need help reformatting my computer

Here's a good checklist for you.

The Windows? XP Installation Check List.
1. The Windows? XP SP2-CD (naturally)

2. Darik's Boot N Nuke?..A Disc wiping Utility; or alternatively... Killdisk?. (Click the coloured Links).

3. Please read this guide...A Step-by-Step Installation Guide with explanations for each step of the installation.

4. The Motherboard CD that contains all the necessary Drivers etc.

A few tips:
a. Darik's Boot N Nuke will take about 4? hours to completely wipe the Drive; however, this will vary depending on how big the Drive is. (That estimate is for a 80Gb HDD). Wiping the HDD this way will give you the best chance of a 'clean' uninterrupted installation.

b. When you get to Figure 7 in 'The Guide', you can create more than one partition here by simply telling Windows? how big you want it. Should you do decide to create an extra partition, it will not be active until you do so after the installation is over and done with...we can give you guidance as to how this is done, so partition away if you wish.

c. Once the installation is finished, with all the Motherboard Drivers installed, and Internet connected, I strongly recommend that you install a reputable Anti Virus program first; then, go to the Windows Update Site and download all the updates (including SP3).
AVG? is has a very good free version available here. ... Read more

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guyz, my computer run to slow maybe lots of uncessarry file was undeleted. i just wanted to reformat my computer... can u help me by sending a procedure on how to reformat my computer and what cd should i be needed..

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what op system
you list it as 98 at the side but posted in xp section

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By the time my job finally got around to approving letting me get a new computer (for personal use), Vista was already out. I do NOT want to use Vista (and I'm pretty xx at my job now for xx me around for two months with the approval process when it should have taken two weeks, maximum).

Would it be feasible for me to reformat the hard drive and then install Windows XP? I'm not really sure what to do about all this, but I just do NOT want Vista... but I also don't want to screw up a brand new computer.

Thank you in advance for your help and advice.

A:New computer with Vista... and reformatting?

I dont see a problem with that. Most of the hardware thats compatible with vista should work fine with xp.

Just boot from an xp cd and format and install.

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So I got a copy of Win XP Pro (april '09) and I went to install it on my computer, assuming it would format itself, but it installed Win XP Pro and left XP Home as well. That isn't really where the problem lies though - I start up XP Pro and it doesn't detect any of my drivers. My screen resolution is stuck to 640x480 8 Bit color because it isn't detecting my graphics card or ANYTHING, won't connect to the internet, didn't clear my hard drive - etc. etc.

so I got a driver detecting program on the Home edition and put it in program files, started up Pro edition, went to run it from program files there, and it won't let me run. Is there any way I can detect my drivers without connecting to the internet? Someone help me please.

A:Reformatting my computer (need help with drivers, etc.)

and welcome to the Forum

You can use the pc you are posting on now to download the drivers from the PC manufacturers support site . . burn to D or copy to flash and install on the other o0ne. Install the Chipset driver first, then the others in any order.

You have both Home and Pro because you did not do a clean install . . If you only want Pro, reinstall using this guide:

you might want to print it for reference during the install.

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So usually when I would reformat my computer I would put the first cd of norton ghost image disk after the computer restart and there would be that black screen that appear and asking me to type any command to make it work so I did and nothing happened so I tried again and it asked me to type the right command.

I remember last time my friend did it he type something after the black screen appear and it show the norton ghost screen to reformat the comp with the image disk so if someone could please help me out here and tell me what is the command that I need to type to access to the norton ghost screen to reformat my computer I would really appreciate.

PS sorry for my poor English im still learning it

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I'd like to know if my computer is completely safe. I found and removed some virus's and adware using malwarebytes and superantispyware. But I'd like to know 100% its completely safe to put in my personal info.

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On my other computer, Sony Vaio Laptop...just recently it's been consantly shutting down everytime I run a big program, or sometimes just shutting off by myself. So I was guessing it was a virus, so I reformatted my computer, since that's the only way I know how to fix it. So in the process of reformatting it, it still was shutting down. So it took like 10 tries reformatting computer till it finally finished. Well, now that my computer has finally been reformatted, everything deleted in C and D drive n' all, my computer still shuts down. Does anyone know the problem? thank you

A:Computer Shuts Down EVEN after Reformatting

bad battery or PSU would be my first guess, but I'm sure you have tried running off each to see.

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