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Q: Completed hard drive format

So I finally got everything ready for a complete format and reinstall. Everything went smooth but now im stuck with no drivers. Figures i found the program that backs up your drivers after i finished it. Anyways, i went to the Dell site(own a dimension 3000) on my laptop and downloaded the driver restore tool onto my thumb drive. I used to program on my desktop and it recognized that the hardware didn't have drivers but then didn't restore anything. Can someone help me out here and maybe point me in the correct direction to find my drivers. Thanks.

A: Completed hard drive format

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This a Tiny URL of the 2 mile long link by Symantec and my problem:
http://tinyurl.com/arngx
For some strange reason my NIS 2003--the NAV part of it--is giving me a warning that a complete scan of my hard drive was not completed. I have had WinXP Pro set for automatic scan each Friday since I installed NIS last November on WinXP. Would a System Restore be in order? And if so, how would I do that? I was out of town each of the past 2 Fridays and those scans were not done. A scan would be done tomorrow night but now, of course, that will not be done because of my problem. I have the NIS installation CD but I do not want to have go through that "**((#" uninstall/reinstall routine again. (I had to do that with NIS 2002 just a few days ago for some other reason. Not resolved either so I switched to AVG.)
In addition to this scan problem, my virus definitions were not updated even though automatic updates are set to be done so I went to the Symantec site and downloaded/installed the latest updates so I am not worried about that.
Does anyone have a work around the problem I have posted? And I hope I have described the problem well enough for someone to help me. As usual, TIA.
BTW, I have been using NIS/NAV for several years and all of a sudden I begin having problems. Puzzled!!
EDIT: I have just run Panda and Trend Micro Housecall and both gave me a clean bill of health
 

A:Hard Drive Scan not completed per message

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Hello,

I am using a BlacX USB 3.0 hard drive docking station with a WD Caviar Black 2 TB internal hard drive.

Do not have USB 3.0 on my machine yet, so I have the docking station connected via USB 2.0.

After 12 hours, my drive is only 23% formatted. Is the Slowwwwww formatting of the 2 TB drive normal or is it because I am using USB 2.0 instead of USB 3.0?

It I let this continue, is there a way to find out how many hours the process took?
I have another 2 TB drive, which I will not format until I have purchased and installed a USB 3.0 PCIe card. Once installed, I want to compare the completion time using USB 2.0 ans USB 3.0.

Thanks

Stu

A:Formatting a 2TB hard drive: 12 hours later it is only 23% completed.

Why not just perform a quick format. It should take care of that in about 5 minutes or less.

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I'm formatting a hardware raid5 drive using the drive management mmc snap-in, and it's taking forever. What is making matters worse is that it doesn't show the percentage completed, it just says "ntfs, formatting" on the screen.

Is there a command line or other tool to show me how far along the formatting is as a percentage? like 2% complete, 50% complete, and so on.

A:Hard Drive says formatting - doesn't show percentage completed

Not that I know of, but if you are doing a so called "full format", it can take 3 hours or so on a 1 TB drive, if I recall correctly.

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Hi everyone,

I recently accidentally formatted a hard drive. So, I quickly install a file recovery software (EaseUS Data Recovery). Then the result shows that most of SWF files are big in size. I think that lots of my files have been converted or combine with other files. So, how do I recover my files?

A:File format changed into other format after format a hard drive

This may not be the best answer, but I would recover the files first. That is you biggest concern right now. Then try to see what you need to do to fix them.

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I have a customer's Satellite L305D S5895 laptop. This was shipped to me by the customer who tried to install Windows XP Pro, Vista and none would install. He said he tried all installation CDs he had and finally gave up on it and shipped it to me.

When I got it the partition were deleted so I tried to install Win 7 and when I do doing a custom install I get an error saying the hard drive can't be formatted on disk 0 or it will give an error that no hard drives were found.

I reset the bios to default and no matter what I do it won't format or find the harddrive. I was going to upgrade the bios but the only way I found to upgrade the bios is after windows is installed. There is no way to make changes to the bios for settings that would have to do with the hard drive. This has a Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive.

When installing Win 7 I get the normal windows, "windows is starting", "Select Language", "Select System", "Type of install", "Custom Install", "Delete partitions", "New Partitions", "Format", then the error message "Windows cannot format a partition on disk 0. Error: 0x80070057"

This happens regardless what system I try to install. I've tried two different versions of XP, one of Vista and 3 Win 7 and each time a different install CD.

System Specs
AMD Turion (TM) 64 x 2 Mobile CPU
CPU Speed 2.00 GHz
Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive
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A:Solved: win 7 can't find hard drive or can't format hard drive on clean install

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I have a very straightforward question: I am running WinXP Pro on my computer and I just got an external USB hard-drive to back up my data before I upgrade to VISTA.

My internal hard drive is NTFS file system, and the external drive is FAT32. My data backed-up perfectly.

However, I understand that VISTA is NTFS only (for the drive that it's installed on, which in my case will be the internal drive). I will be installing the VISTA OS on the internal drive, and using the external drive solely for backing up data.

I don't want to back up my data externally, upgrade my PC to VISTA, and then discover that I can't access the data on the external drive.

Here's my only question: will VISTA work with a FAT32 external drive, or do I have to convert that external drive to NTFS *before* I attempt to connect it to VISTA?

awaiting your replies - I'll appreciate all the help I can get!
 

A:will VISTA read a FAT32 external hard drive,or do I have to format the drive to NTFS?

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format my hard drive for clean install of new windows 10 on flash drive

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Hey Guys,

I have a netbook which I want to recycle however it has been used for business purposes and I want to properly format the drive. The issue I have is that it does not have a CD drive nor does it have a working screen. I have connected the hard drive to external display and manually deleted all files from the computer but I know this is not really 'deleting' anything.

How can I format the drive from within Windows? Unfortunately I cannot get bios to display on the external display so I can not do anything from DOS or Bios simply because I can't see anything!

My latest attempt has been to use Active KillDisk to create a bootable USB however this is when I ran into the issue of the Bios and DOS not displaying, it will only display once windows has been loaded.

Any ideas?
 

A:Solved: Help needed to securely format hard drive - no screen or CD drive

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The other day i went to format a partition(called drive D) of a hard drive in dos mode. Just after i pressed enter for the format to begin i relised that in dos my partitioned drive D was actually called drive G and my other hard drive which was drive E was called D, so I was actually formatting drive E. I quickly pressed restart and once in windows tried accessing drive E but it wouldnt let me because it sais it needs to be formatted because it hasnt got a File System. Ive used getdataback to access it but I want to know if there is a way to give the drive a file system name without actually formatting it?
 

A:Hard drive problem.. Cancelled format now cant access drive

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Hi. My external hard-drive stopped working yesterday. This is what's happening:

I plug it in as usual, then it says "You need to format the disk in drive F: before you can use it. Do you want to format it?".
I'm thinking it's more than likely an issue of having pulled out the usb cable without clicking 'safely remove'.

Yesterday I actually got it working again briefly by typing "chkdsk F: /R" into command prompt. Now when I do that it doesn't work, it says "The type of the file system is NTFS. Unable to determine volume version and state. CHKDSK aborted." And when I double click on F: drive in my computer it says "F:\ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted or unreadable".

Are there any other options besides using some sort of data recovery tool (I'd rather not do this just because it takes a long time)?
 

A:Solved: External hard-drive:...format the disk in drive F: before you can use it.

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I need to format my hard drive [D & C drive]

so i wanna know Will format the hard drive [D & C drive], delete the all file
in it? Like the software that i install [ C:\Program Files], will they remain there or
will be deleted?







i already make a back up to all my Document project [ on D drive as i shown above] but to be honest, i dont want the process to delete my " Program Files" folder [ C:\Program Files]& my Document project [ on D:drive]........


** I just reinstall my pc 4/5 days ago [ maybe on 20 or 21/3/2012 ]

A:Will format the hard drive [D & C drive], delete the all file in it?

Formatting a drive or partition will completly wipe it, delete everything.

Take note you will be unable to format a drive with Windows on it if you are using that installation, you need to use a boot disk. If using dual boot you can format one Windows drive from the other.

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I am fed up with XP. All I want to do is reformat my hard drive and reinstall 98SE. I have a an IBM ThinkPad P2-300.
I have tried:

1) Create MSDOS START UP DISK - result: ignored floppy and goes directly to XP.

2)hit F8 on start up - result: can not get to c: prompt

3)Tried 98SE BootDISK - Result:Ignored it

4)downloaded XP Bootdisk from MS - Result:Ignored it

Please help me get to the C: prompt, without XP so I can get rid of this putrid OS.

Thanks,
scottee
 

A:Format my hard drive?

Hello scottee and welcome to TSG!

If all the discs are being ignored by the boot process then I believe the fault lies with the BIOS, not the discs. Can you enter the BIOS and ensure that the boot sequence is A: first, then C:?

~Jim
 

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My computer just started getting the BSOD a couple days ago and it'd come up nearly every time I'd restart.
Then nearly all my games, that I was always able to play, started telling me that I don't have DirectX.
I tried to reformat my hard drive, and after I booted up for the first time after installing the Windows updates, I got a BSOD telling me
"DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL" and something about "NVSTOR.SYS."
I was never able to get back to the desktop after that screen and I couldn't even boot in Safe Mode.
So I did a search and read something about Vista automatically updating the Nvidia drivers can cause that kind of screen.

I reformatted again and installed all my updates besides the Nvidia ones; but before I restarted I also installed the newest driver for my graphics card that I just got from the Nvidia website.
I couldn't even finish installing the driver before I got a new, special BSOD.
Now my monitor just goes black after the bios screen. I tried to format again, but I can only get to the first part of the installation disk. It won't even load the part where I type in my product key, it just sits at "Please Wait" for hours.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

OS - Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit
Processor - Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6700 @ 2.66GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.7GHz
Memory - 4GB DDR2
Graphics Card - GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition

A:Can't Format My Hard Drive

It should boot into safe mode just fine. You will want to press F8 just after the BIOS Post screen.

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I have a STUPID HP HDX9200. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world until I actually bought it. 4 months from purchase and 2 replacements later, I am STILL having problems with the laptop.

The SECOND replacement computer they sent me has a bad hard drive. HP as usual doesn't know what they are doing and sent me a hard drive for some 13" laptop. The problem I'm having now is I already formatted my old hard drive I have to send in, but the way it's being done is unusual to me. I pop the windows recovery disc in, and it formatts the partition automatically supposedly. I'd like to get directly to the partitions myself and delete them. When it does it automatically, it says my hard drive size is 32GB, starts some FBI Gui (File Based Interface or something) and trys to install software which never finishes.

SO - does anyone know how I can access the partitions on Vista 64-bit? Exact directions would be great!

Thank you!

Ryan

A:How To Format Hard Drive

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I want to remove windows xp home off my laptop, I had to install a new hard drive and when I installed windows xp I found out I didn't have the drivers disk so nothing works. I went to Dell site to get drivers and there are hundreds of them, the ones I did download wont work. So I want to reformat my harddrive and go back to ME. but I can't. What can I use to FORMAT this hard drive???

Thanks for any advice.
 

A:Format Hard Drive

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i was wondering if anyone had a good free format hard drive utility that i could burn to disc and use as i am installing a brand new sata 3 ssd and i believe it needs to be formated first as bios sees the drive but when installing windows i'am told no drives avaliable to install

A:format hard drive

i have fashioned a way to do this thru the windows comand promt if anyone would like the step by step procedure
thanks

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Hi.Am trying to do new installation (clean install) of windows xp pro and cant seem to get the option of formatting the drive.All it seems to do is rewrite over the previous installations(even though I choose new installation option).Since trying to reinstall I also keep getting the error "cant find c:\windows\system32\tools\delfolders.exe." It doesnt seem to be causing any problems as such as I can still use my computer but I would really like to format and get rid of any crap.Any ideas?Also clicking on C drive in My Computer and then clicking file and then choosing format, also says that windows cannot format this drive.Please close any utilities ................. and try again.No luck.Thanks.Darren.
 

A:Cannot format hard drive

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Here's what I've got:

Dell PowerEdge 650 w/ 80G hard drive.

i loaded Free BSD but kept getting write and read errors.

So, I called support...it's not a bad hard drive or anything..i figured it's a bad partition, but when I go to reload Free BSD it act like it installs it again, but now i get worse errors. I loaded the CDenab.exe onto a floppy disk. This disk contains Debug.exe, fdisk, scandisk, and so forth.

I cannot get the debug to work(or i don't know how) and I cannot get the fdisk to format the hard drive. I try to enter fdisk c: and it says that either it cannot format a network drive or that c is not a valid drive.

Any suggestions? All i want to do is totally format my hard drive to I can start anew.

Thanks ahead of time for any help on this!!

-Tia
 

A:cannot format hard drive

at the a:/ prompt you just type fdisk thats all
 

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I want to format my hard drive and then reinstall windows. How do I format the drive.
 

A:format hard drive

There are several procedures. Try booting to the cd/dvd of the version of Windows that you are going to reinstall. There will be a few options that you must decide on as the procedure progresses. I would suggest that if you are unsure how to do this, you may want to have someone assist who is familiar with the process. There are tutorials available if you "Google" for "reformat and clean install windows". It is not difficult but some of the terminology may be unfamiliar and confusing. For example do you want to quick format or not. Do you want to delete partion(s) or not. Do you know what NTFS is? For the first timer these things may bewilder and confuse. You will also want to know what hardware/devices you have and I would suggest you have drivers available for them. Windows usually has default drivers for the majority of those devices but not all of them. Also you may want to update drivers afterwards.
 

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First I am running win xp home , I replaced my hard drive 2 mo. ago with a much larger drive. I have made a deal to trade the hard drive to somone for another piece of computer hardware.
The old HD still has my OS on it and some other personal info so I would like to know the easiest way to clean off all the old info and deliver a freshly formated HD to the person I am trading with.
I only have 2 ide ports on my computer and I have 4 devices already on them . HD ,dvd,cdr/rw,cd rom. Thanks for reading.
 

A:old hard drive format?

First, shut off your computer and unplug one of your IDE devices. Replace it with your old HDD and boot up your computer. Windows XP has a built in formatting tool, (at least it should, because it doesn't run on top of DOS.) Format the drive, shut down your computer, take your old drive out, and replace it with the device you unplugged before. Simple, eh?
 

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Listen can anyone help me, whilest i was on holiday my parents thought it would be very useful of them to upgrade my OS to XP I hate it and want to go back, anyone got any ideas how to, cause when i go to the Add/Romove programmes panel XP does not come up. Help!
 

A:Format Hard Drive

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hello
i have put in a new hard drive and opened up windows only to find that the the new hard drive is not there only my master one c:\. i think it is because i need to make the new slave one a fat 32 drive how do i do this.
any help will be greatly appreciated.
 

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Hello. I have an hp compaq. I want to format my hard drive. I already have windows 7 saved on my USB. I don't have it on a CD because my CD player is currently broken. Is there any way I could use my USB to format my hard drive?

A:How to format hard drive using USB

Just plug the USB and run the file inside the USB, to find the disk go to my computer.

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A friend gave me a Seagate St360020A 60gig hard drive to use as additional storage on my computer. I have downloaded and ran the manufacture's installation disk, and set the jumper's according to the slave setting (refer to here: http://www.seagate.com/support/disc/iguides/ata/u6ig100129587b.pdf ). I can partition the hard drive as much as I want, and it will even recognize them in My Computer, but when I try to use disk management to format them it always hangs at either 7% or 22% and won't recognize them using a 98 boot disk with fdisk.
I have a Seagate model St340015A 40gig hard drive set as the master, and have double-checked all of my connections to make sure everything is right.
Do I need to change my jumpers to cable select or am I doing something else wrong?
 

A:Hard Drive Won't Format

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Hello,

I was using windows Vista on my notebook. After about a year I wanted to reinstall as it was becoming slow.

However, when I inserted the disk it did not boot from it when the computer started.

I went into the BIOS and set the boot priority to give the DVD top priority. However, that didn't work.

Thinking it was the disk, someone gave me their version of windows vista. However, this didn't boot from the DVD. However, I was able to install windows vista from exploring DVD and double clicking setup.

However, the problem started when I tried to restart. I get this GRUB menu and the computer says it fails to boot.

I want to reformat my entire hard disk and start again.

Many thanks for any support,
 

A:Format hard drive

You will have to take your Hard Drive out of your computer and put it in another computer as a slave HDD (2nd Hard Drive). Then load up the other computers normal OS. Then goto "My Computer" (or "Computer"), right-click your Hard Drive and then click "Format...". Then after the format put it back in your computer and you should have a blank Hard Drive.
 

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I have 3 computers, all of them with the same problem.

I've made a startup ms-dos disk, I inserted the disk and restarted my computer.

Whenever I type format c: and press enter I get the following error: bad command or file name
Whenever I type cd c: end press enter I get the following error: invalid driver specification

Anybody know what could be the problem?

I used partition magic to format my hard because i did not have any other options. But the formating takes less then 1 minute. My hard drive has 50GB and I really doubt that it only takes 1 minute to format it.

Thanks
 

A:cannot format hard drive

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hello,i am new in here
i have a problem when trying to format my drive

i am trying to install new 8.1 os but it is hang while it is format

i have try format from bios and it is also hang while formating
i have put it as external drive from other system and still cannot format it (also from etc software)!!!!

is it because the drive became raw partition?
how i am suppose to change in back to ntfs when it is cannot be format

A:hard drive cannot be format

Hi Jammie

What do you mean hang? Depends how your formatting it, some programs that have formatting features will hang for minutes to hours while formatting depends on how big the hard drive is.

Are you sure that the drive has already been formatted?
If you want to put the drive back to NTFS you can do so in Windows>Format or using a piece of software called Parted Magic which is a live CD and allows you to view/edit/format partitions on each hard drive.

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HI everyone,
Without going into too much detail. My hard drive has XP
O/S on it. All I want to do is to format it. NTFS. So I have
a clean hard drive with no operating system on it. How can
I do it?

Dave
 

A:How do I format my Hard drive??

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750 Samsung portable device. Problems seems to sort itself out eventually but it keeps firing up prompts to format the drive before I can use it. First time it happened I had to unplug it, restarted and then it was OK. It just did it again and then again when I restarted, took a minute or two but eventually it read the drive and it was ok.

Why is this happening and what can I do to stop it?

This is the first problem I've had. Not happy.

Might it be a power issue? I have the device connected via a USB 2.0 port, through an extension lead and then through a 4 way splitter. I have had problems with this splitter before I think, but not with the small connector. Maybe I can try connecting it through one of the other ports and see if it still has the same problem.

A:Win 7 keeps asking to format ext hard drive

Yes, power issue could certainly explain it. Definitely test it connected directly to the PC.

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my hard drive isnt showing up in my computer but shows up in Device Manager and when i have tried to reformat it, it comes up media is write protected. how do i fomat it so i can use it again?

A:how do i format my hard drive

Welcome aboard, JH17

You may follow the steps :
Open Command Prompt at Startup
Type: diskpart > enter
Type: list volume > enter
Type: select volume > enter (the volume that is write protected)
Type: attributes disk clear readonly > enter

It may work.

Edit: You may also see Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

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can you please tell me if it is possible to wipe a hard drive on a hp compaq dx2000mt without having any discs? i have heard some p.c's have a key to press when starting up to allow you to do it from the hdd i have 2 of these p.c's and am wanting to make 1 big computer with 2 x hdd's which have been reformatted any help would be greatly appreciated
 

A:how to format a hard drive

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Hi
Bit of a basic question but Ive never added a second drive to my tower before, its out of another computer with data on it, so do I connect it as is, then boot into windows and format from there or , start off floppy into dos and format with fdisk.many thanks
sam
 

A:How to format 2nd hard drive

Easiest way is to install it as the slave in the other pc and format in Disk Management . . ( Right click on My Computer . . select Manage . . Disk Management )

Be sure you get the jumpers right . . if the original is jumpered as Master, jumper this one as Slave . . if the original is Jumperd as Cable Select, jumper this one as Cable Select also.
 

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Hi all, After replaceing my damaged mobo on my laptop it took ages to start windows and it was sugested I format my hard drive but when I try I get a message saying,Setup did not find any hard disk drivers installed on your computer,Can anyone help?
 

A:Format the hard drive

If it is a late model laptop with a Sata drive and Not Vista you need to configure your bios to boot properly. Read your manual.
 

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if you take a HD with win 98 SE and put it in another comp. with win XP PRO in it, can you format that HD with win 98, cause no boot disk works
thank
 

A:Hard drive format

"cause no boot disk works"

What do you mean?? You can't boot with a Boot Disk??

XP can format a HD as a FAT Drive.
 

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Today's challenge is the big one friends. I have a Dell Dimension with a 525 Mhz P III. I installed a second hard drive for storage only and all was working fine. Then something went wrong. I am not sure if a virus or what but now all is fine except I cannot access the storage hard drive. When I attempt to access it, it says it is not properly formatted and do I want to format it. When I attempt to format it (quick format or long way) it says it cannot be formatted.

I am running XP Pro. Any suggestions? If so, please provide detailed directions as I am a little in over my head in this particular arena.

Thanks so much.
 

A:Can't Format Second Hard Drive

It's possible the drive may have died. If you purchased the drive new, it should have come with a diagnostic floppy. If not, go to the mfr's web site and download their diagnostic utiltity and run it on the drive.
 

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Had to buy a new power supply and hard drive for my system. New power supply working perfectly. Bought a 500 GB WD5000AAKX Sata drive and it is physically installed. (It is replacing a Sata Seagate 320 GB)

When I start to format the drive and load Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3, I only get so far before the PC abruptly shuts down without warning. The first time, I got to the partition screen where I could specify how much space to partition. It suddenly shut down and after waiting a minute, I rebooted, went back into my boot menu to boot from CD, and this time got to the screen where Windows was going to format (full) the drive. I was at that screen for about 20 seconds or so when it suddenly shut down again.

Any ideas as to what I am doing wrong? It has been over twenty years since I worked as a PC Tech and I have tried to stay abreast of developments on my own. Clearly I am not doing such a good job of it lol. Any advice is greatly appreciated!!!! Thank you so much for your valuable time.

Moonifa
 

A:New WD Hard Drive will not format

Post the exact pw supply you installed. Post a link to the part if possible.

Next you posted you had to buy a new psu and hard drive. Is this by chance because the psu failed?
 

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I have been trying to format my hard drive, but to no avial. I have changed the Bios setting to boot from CD/floopy but it keeps loading windows. I have a CD boot disk and I also have down load the 6 floopy disk for XP home serive pack 2. Can any one give me any adive to what to do?
 

A:Format Hard Drive

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

With your Windows cd in your drive, go into bios and set the boot priority to floppy/cd/hdd Now make sure you Save and exit bios, usually by pressing the F10 key. Although it may be different with your bios.

Hopefully during boot up, it should ask you to press any key to boot from cd.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
 

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My computer runs very slow while loading pages from the internet. If I re-format the drive will that cure my problem? I have tried the factory reset but that really didn't change things to much. I have the boot discs I created. Any directiion will be appreciated. Its been a very long time since I did one of these.       Thanks

A:format my hard drive

Hello Jimmy,  first lets do a hard drive test by tapping F2 During start up . If the test pass , then reinstall OS using the disk  By tapping F9 key during start up    #hpexpertday 




Regards;SmileyI am an HP employeePlease click the White Kudos star to say thanks for helping.Please mark Accept As Solution if my help has solved your problem.

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At the current moment, I am working on a Compaq Presario V3000 laptop. I have tried to format and install many different operating systems on the laptop and nothing is working.

It freezes when it tries to format the partition.
The hard drive is a 80.0 GB ATA ST98823AS

I have tried these disks:
Ubuntu/Linux DVD
Windows XP Home Edition
Windows XP Professional w/ Service Pack 2
Windows Vista Home Premium

I have tried all of these and none of them are able to format the hard drive. The hard drive went to an error about 3 weeks ago. It said "Disk Read Error" for the longest time, until I started to try and install these OS and format the hard drive. Any help?
 

A:Hard Drive Will Not Format

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I have windows 7 ultimate 32 bit, i have two hard drive one is my local disk and the other is the OS windows xp pro. I want to format that hard drive but it is says it it is unable to do it. What can i do? How i get into windows xp is when i start the computer up i tells to select which windows. What it does, it moves all the files to the first hard drive(local disk) to operate the OS. So i looked up for a formatting software which i found Darik's Nuke and Duke, i've used it before it is really good but i think the xp might link of the windows 7 files. I'm worried it might delete windows 7 too or some of it. So anybody can help me here?

A:Can't format hard drive

Bleeping computer : I don't understand how you are saying that it moves the files to run the other operating system . If it tells you to choose any of them that menas you have both installed and nothing will be harmed. In order to format all you should backup your data using a simple and easy software where you can store the backups online , i suggest http://www.dmailer.com/dmailer-backup.html.To format you can try any of this options :-insert the windows xp cd and try do delete all partition from the setup and install it on a fresh one-insert the windows xp cd and enter recovery console and try to format the one you want

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hi i just put a new 160 gb hard drive in my old comp and created a new primary partition but when i go to format my new drive so i can install windows it says:
Invalid mediad type reading drive c: Abort, Retry, Fail?

Does anybody know why this is?

thanx jon
 

A:Help cant format new hard drive

It really helps if you fill in details of Hardware and software in your Profile.
Saves guessing.
I bet you formatted that HDD with Fat32 Win 98 disk .There is a 130 Gig recognition limit for partitions .
Try breaking up the drive to 2-3 partition below 130 Gig
 

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Hard Drive Format Help

I have an 80gb IDE Maxtor and a 30GB IDE WD. I am in storage trouble so I pulled them from the closet.

The 30g has a Linux os on it and runs fine I just want to clear it to dump files on

The 80gb is empty
I have partition magic and I keep getting an error on BOTH drives when I try to format saying "Bad partition Error 100"

I googled it and it says to make a Boot disk and FDISK /MBR the drive. So I did.

It didn't seem to do anything. So I just want to format my **** hard drives FORMAT D: I mean where have those days gone?

I also tried just formatting from he XP cd but the 80g drive now shows up as MAXTOR ROMULUS in the bios and at 0 bytes so XP doesnt see the HD. Prolly because of the deletion of the MBR i dunno. the 30gig boots up to linux just fine so I know it works, but in Xp setup it just freezes when inspecting hardware, prolly due to the ext3 partition.

Someone please help me out This partition magic program seems to be ruining my tables and drives. I just want an empty HD, that shows up in XP to dump files on.
 

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I have an old IBM thinkpad without disc drive. I'm at the C prompt, don't have any XP/ME software, and want to give this laptop away, but want to erase everything on the drive. I'm in safe mode.I get to "Format cannot run because the volume is in use by another process...would you like to force a dismount of this process?" I enter "Y", and get "Cannot lock the drive. The volume is still in use."Any ideas?message edited by Ockham

A:Format XP hard drive

You state you have not disk drive. I assume you mean you have no optical (CD/DVD) drive? Thinkpads should have come with an optical drive so is yours broken or what?You can't format while inside Windows if that is what you are tying to do. If you perform a system restore that should be good enough for what you wish to do. If you have sensitive data on the hard drive formatting will make it harder to recover data but not impossible. Your hard drive should have a restore partition which can put the laptop back to factory state. Post the full model for help with how to do that. Also explain your statement about having no disk drive.

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I have vista Home on a preloaded Dell PC which is now infected with virus which crashes each time I try to load anything like virus protection. Also the PC runs slowly, so what I want to do is to format and start a fresh. However I dont have the vista disks so I will load an old copy of xp for my old PC. Which really may be a relief. My question is how can I format without the help of a startup disk?

A:format hard drive

Hello Nabsky,

You can pick up at STEP 3 at the link below to do a Dell factory restore. It will format the partition that Vista is on as part of reinstalling Vista back like it was the day you first got it from the recovery partition.

Dell - Technical Support

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I took a hard drive out of an old pc and want to install it in another. Whe I try to format
it, it says "cannot format network drive". I tried fdisk and it says "no fixed disk present".
Could someone please tell me what to do?
Thanks,

Gary
 

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A few months ago, after a Windows update, one of my external hard drives went RAW. So I bought a program and recovered most of my lost files. Lately, I went to recover some files I didn't get the first time, or were corrupted when recovered. The program doesn't see any data, and when I try to reformat it, it can't be done. This is a Seagate Free Agent Go-Flex 1T drive and I need the space. any ideas?
 

A:EXT Hard Drive went RAW, can't format

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Hi.Am trying to do new installation (clean install) of windows xp pro and cant seem to get the option of formatting the drive.All it seems to do is rewrite over the previous installations(even though I choose new installation option).Since trying to reinstall I also keep getting the error "cant find c:\windows\system32\tools\delfolders.exe." It doesnt seem to be cuasing any problems as such as I can still use my computer but I would really like to format and get rid of any crap.Any ideas?Also clicking on C drive in My Computer and then clicking file and then choosing format, also says that windows cannot format this drive.Please close any utilities ................. and try again.No luck.Thanks.Darren.

A:Cannot format hard drive

Hi,

What you need to do is go into BIOS setup menu and set your boot order to:

CDRom - 1st
Floppy - 2nd
Hard Drive - 3rd

Don't forget to save before you exit.

Put your OS CD into the CDRom and let it boot. (I am assuming that you have a full self-booting copy of XP)

When it comes up. let it format to NTFS before you start to install...that should work for you.

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Regular forum dwellers may remember me from earlier(A Tale Of Three Hard Drives). I however, have another problem with the same drive(I have C,D, and E. The D is the problem drive).

I saved all the data I could off of my drive D after it had been corrupted by viruses. I now need to reformat it so I can move on. Formatting in the windows explorer doesn't work. Nothing crashes but the blue bar in the formatting window doesn't move and I have to CTRL-ALT-DEL to close the window.

In disk manager I started the formatting and went for a jog. When I came back there was a window saying that I had unplugged the device while it was spinning and by doing so I was jeopardizing data on the disk and so on. After closing that window, another popped up saying the format failed to complete.

If it matters, the drive used to be FAT32 and I was formatting it as NFTS.
Am I missing something obvious?
 

A:Can't format hard drive.

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Hi

purchased a 1tb sata drive as an insurance backup and installed itr in my 64 bit windows seven pro system.

The bios sees the drive but windows 7 does not.

Went into CP and adminastrative tools the n drive management and the drive is shown as unallocated,

tried right click- create simplke volume but all the options are greyed out.

Anyone come accross this?

thanks

Ian

A:hard drive format

Hello Welcome to the Windows 7 Forum?

Can you please post a screen shot of your Disk Management Window?
How to Post a Screenshot in Seven Forums - Windows 7 Forums





Quote:
Initialize New Disks



To initialize new disksIn Disk Management, right-click the disk you want to initialize, and then click Initialize Disk.
In the Initialize Disk dialog box, select the disk(s) to initialize. You can select whether to use the master boot record (MBR) or GUID partition table (GPT) partition style.
Note The disk is initialized as a basic disk.



Additional considerations
New disks appear as Not Initialized. Before you can use a disk, you must first initialize it. If you start Disk Management after adding a disk, the Initialize Disk Wizard appears so you can initialize the disk.

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I have caught a virus and my computer constantly freezes!! I have lost my windows XP CD but is there anyway I can delete everything but what came with windows??? Sorry in advance for this stupid question.
 

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I have been having lots of trouble with my pc. everything from ati drivers to pop ups on my screen. I just tried to reformatt my hard drive and it says Windows was not able to complete the fomat. What do you do now when you just want to redo your computer. I also can not boot with the xp professional cd. It also says that it can't find my hard drive. HELP.
 

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Main c: drive no partitions.

Use a legit copy of XP SP3

Error message: Windows cannot format this drive. Quit any disk utilities or other programs that are using this drive, and make sure that no window is displaying the contents of this drive. Then try formatting again.

How do I format the drive?
 

A:XP Can't Format Hard Drive????

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Hi people

Need some advice, I recently re-installed win 7 ultimate because I wanted to clear my c: drive, but for some reason it installed on partition drive D:.
Now when I turn on the pc I have two options of which win 7 to load.
I want to format my c: drive but in disc management it won't highlight the option.
How do I reformat my c: drive

Many thanks in advance

Mark

A:How do I format my hard drive

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

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I have win/xp pro installed on two hard drives configured raid 0 ,I have been trying to to reinstall windows xp pro but with out success for some reason I can't get the drives to format. What's the trick here? Dave
 

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Hey guys,

I need help here. I've installed a new hard drive in my brother's computer and I forgot how to format/partition it in Windows XP. I've been walked through this before but for some reason I completely forgot what I have to do to format it. If anyone can give me a hand with this I would appreciate it very much. Thanks in advance guys!
 

A:How do I format new Hard Drive in XP?

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I have a 500GB WD Blue Hard Drive doing nothing, so i decided to use it as storage instead to go buy a new Hard Drive, it currently was a boot drive with windows 7 professional on it, so i was wondering how could i completely format it and get rid of everything to use it as my secondary storage?

A:How to format my Hard Drive?

You can just delete the partition in Disk Management, and create a new one. However, if you face problems you can use Partition Wizard free bootable.

The pagefile.sys on it may fool the current OS. See how it goes.

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My computer is driving me insane.....so ive chosen to go to my final option.


How can I format my hard drive and then install windows XP from an upgrade CD without having to install Windows 98 fist?

A:Format Hard Drive

Hi NewFoundMonkey8


Quote:




How can I format my hard drive and then install windows XP from an upgrade CD without having to install Windows 98 fist?




I dont believe you can format the hard drive and use an upgrade cd. There would be no O.S. on there to upgrade to.

What kind of problems are you having?

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installing build 7264.
mounted the ISO in magic disk and did custom installation.
the only options is load driver and i see the partition but i can't format it.

what to do?

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Quote: Originally Posted by Shayx


installing build 7264.
mounted the ISO in magic disk and did custom installation.
the only options is load driver and i see the partition but i can't format it.

what to do?


Are you trying to mount the iso in windows, and then trying to format that partition?

It might be easier if you burned the iso (not the seperate files) to dvd, then install fro there.

Ken

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http://www.cyberwalker.net/faqs/how-tos/reinstall-faq.htmlQ. How often should I reformat and reinstall Windows 95/98/Me?
A. Windows and Windows programs tend to get bogged down on themselves and scatter all kinds of files on the hard drive. The Windows registry also gets full of entries and the startup routines get bogged down, some of which get left behind even after a program is uninstalled. A reformat and reinstall once or twice a year is advisable to keep a system free of the various bits of garbage and useless entries in the registry.Click to expand...

How often should I reformat?
 

A:Re-format hard drive

Who ever you quoted says once or twice a year, but I think it is done when you have a good current backup of all of the important data files off your computer and only then and when your system needs it. It needs it whenever the computer starts running like a slow mule going to china and can not be fixed in a simple way. There is actually no set rule of or how many times a year to re-format the system. I am using Windows XP Pro and have had it going for 4 years now and it runs just fine with minimal problems.
 

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hello,
i want to format my hard drive ,
i do have dell inspiron 1150 laptop
thnx
 

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my computer is rather old, slugglish, freezes up, and has a continual variety of boxes that pop up right in the middle of whatever I may be doing, causing me to have to shut down the activity at hand. I just cannot afford a new/better pc right now. I'm wondering if it would help to wipe out (format?) my hard drive? Is this process more trouble than it's worth? I was told that it would be a waste of time ~ I want a second opinion ~

Any help is immensely appreciated!!

thanks a bunch~
 

A:How Do You Format A Hard Drive?

I used to do it with Win98 by using the format C:/S command but what make of hard drive is it and what OS, XP? or what
 

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My C: drive is in the "red" and I was told that I need to format it and reinstall Windows Vista. I can't seem to find the Vista Installation Disc. I don't remembering getting one when I purchased the laptop; I have a Dell Insprion 1520.

How do I get this disc?

Also, do I need to format just the c: drive or the d: drive also?

A:Format Hard Drive

If the OS came preinstalled, you can get one at cost. In lieu of that most computers have a recovery partition that will restore to factory specs. Usually an f key at boot.
You can find out how from your manual or online.
Factory specs is just like a new install.

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Can someone please tell me how to reformat my hard drive? I'm trying to load XP Pro but when I put the disc in it tells me that the version on my computer is newer than the one I'm trying to put in so it can't install it. So how do I format from XP Home edition?

Thank You

Beau
 

A:Need to format hard drive

You need to boot from the XP CD . . not from the hard drive . . to do that, enter BIOS ( Setup ) and set the first boot device as CD/ROM. Put your XP Disc in the drive and disconnect all external peripherals except the monitor, keyboard and mouse, and be sure those are not USB, or wireless. Any internal USB card should also be removed.

Once you set your BIOS to boot first from cd . . when it restarts you will see a black screen with a prompt "Press any key to boot from CD" . . do that and you will be able to delete partitions and recreate the ones you want and proceed to formating and installing XP

That message can pass quickly, so have a finger on the keyboard when you boot. This will delete all data on the drive so be sure you have your important data backed up.

This is a site that walks you thru a simulated XP installation:
http://www.echoproject.net/en/software/catalog.html

These are good guides to reinstalling XP . . you might want to print one for reference during the install.

http://www.socrtwo.info/cleanxpinstall.htm
http://www.theeldergeek.com/xp_home_install_-_graphic.htm

You may have to reload drivers (Chipset first) and applications, If your XP installation disc does not include SP2, after the installation, you will need to download and install SP-2, while windows is clean. Prior to connecting to the internet be sure you enable the XP firewall.
 

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Hi sorry to be a pain but my computer is running slow, i can recieve email but not send, i cant restore back to another date so im told by bt and others to format my hard drive any tips as boyfriends says it has to go back to shop to do that.any help will be appreciated
 

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How to properly format a hard drive? Does any one has idea?
 

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I have been experiencing instability on a system running XP-Media. It is about 3 years old and decided to clean it out, restoring back to the manufacturer's (HP) original image. After doing this Windows remained unstable...rebooting seemingly at random, so I decided to do a totally fresh install from a legitimate XP Pro disk...

As XP Pro is installing, it seeks to format the hard drive to NTFS (either quick of full, as you know), after which I get a message
"Unable to format hard drive. Partition may be damaged, etc"

I tried many times, deleting partition, reducing its size, etc, all with the same results. Aha! I figure...the problem was that the hard drive was bad. So, I go and buy a spanking new hard drive (WD 160 Gig).

Then, when formatting for XP Pro...SAME PROBLEM on the brand new drive. When formatting, (quick or full), it proceeds to 100% seemingly okay and then returns the error. Any idea what might cause this? Of course, at todays prices, I am ready to just get another box, but my inquisitive mind is wondering what is going on?

Thanks,
Pradhan
 

A:Can't format new hard drive..or old one

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I'm trying to start fresh with a new install of win xp. Got to the setup part where i choose which parition to use, but it says I can't delete the partition because there are necessary files needed on it etc. etc... So I get a win98 boot disk to try to manually format and get to the A: prompt, and it wont recognize my C:.

Windows won't let me partition it from disk management... I'm at lost here. please help!
 

A:My hard drive will not format..

If you boot from the CD, I've never seen a time when it would not let you delete that partition. Of course you will get a couple of warnings, and I even know the key sequdence by heart, select C-press D, hit Enter, press L, press C to create and use a quick NTFS format. LOL
 

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my dell dimension 5000 had some kind of virus which told me i had a full hard drive when the day before i had loads of memory left. so i re installed windows which i think got rid of the virus, but i the hard drive says it is half full when there is only a few things in there. i have tryed formatting the harddrive but it doesnt let me. when i try formating it a message saying...

" windows cannot format this drive . quit any disk utilities or other programmes that are using this drive, and make sure that no window is displaying the contents on this drive. then try formmating again."

When i look at computer managment it says there are three partions.. a 55mb fat healthy eisa.... the (c) 146.21 GB NFTS, and a new volume (E) 2.75 GB NFTS Partion.

please help.
 

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I put a brand new hard drive(Maxtor ATA 200GB) into Dell 4600. According the Maxtor hard drive's installation guide state Windows OS don't properly support the full capacity of an internal drive larger than 137GB, so I installed an Ultra ATA/133 PCI card to support this hard drive. However, when I turn the pc on, the system can found this hard drive, but ask me to

IDE BUS Master Enabled
Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility

System stop here everytime. What should I do? I didn't format this hard drive yet, how can I do the format?
 

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Hi GAng,

I got a new ide hard drive that I've converted to a USB device with the help of an IDE to USB2 converter.

Anyway, I have it connected and the drivers installed. It doesn't appear to be recognized in the bios but I don't know if it should be.

It is recognized in the Device Manager as a USB Mass Storage Device that is working.

The problem is I want to use it as an external backup/storeage device. I need to format it. How do I access it?

I also need to be able to move files onto it. How do I do this whe I can't find it listed in MY COMPUTER?

I've never used this type of device before and I'm a bit confused...
 

A:How Do I Format a USB Hard Drive?

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Hey Guys
i have an old computer that has windows xp professional on it and i would like to format the hard drive so nothing can be recoverd because we are going to though the computer out i think...... the system specs are

XP Pro
192MB Ram
6GB HDD
400MHZ Pentium 2

Told ya it was old didnt i

coz i finally got my own computer to use thats why i need to format this one so i can though it out so can you guys tell me how????????????????
 

A:How To Format Hard Drive On Old PC

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My computer started shut down on it's own and also when it was starting it would just keep starting over and over. I decided to format the drive and reinstall XP. I set it to boot from the cd. It works until I get to where it says enter to continue, r to repair, and esc to exit. The problem is that when I press enter nothing happens. It's like the key board isn't working. It works fine when I enter setup. I have also tried another key board. Can anyone help me out? Thanks.

A:Can't format hard drive

check you can see the hard drive in the bios,check the eide cable has not come loose,try a new cable
d/load and run the h/d manufacturers dionostic utility on the h/d

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Hi,
May I know how you can go to DOS to format your hard disk?For your info,I am running on windowsXP Pro version 2002 service pack 2.Thank you fotr your guidance.
 

A:Format Hard Drive

Erichan:

What you are talking about is about as fun as bypass surgery.
But, like that surgery, sometimes it's necessary.

If I were going to format my Hard Drive, here is what I would do.

1. Buy an external HD that connects to my PC via USB (external HDs are cheaper than many application programs).

2. Put a boot-up floppy into the A drive and boot up to that disk.

3. At the prompt would type the format command (A:\>format c:\)

4. Pray that I have successfully backed up everything.

The first time I performed that surgery, I forgot that although my own files were backed up, there were many many files that had been downloaded to make defective programs work, or updated drivers for devices (scanners, camera, printer, graphics adapter, modem, etc.) that I lost. The recovery time was not hours, but days.

Consider those things as you have your first cup of coffee this morning.

Cordially,
Cronista
 

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Hi Guys.
Briefly. I tried to reformat my dads hard drive to reinstall windows 7. It was in 2 partitions, so i ran the windows 7 disc and it ran through the motions, i formatted the c to re-install windows and it wouldn't let me. I went into dos under diskpart to try and format it that way, still no luck. I connected it to my computer then under disk managment deleted the 2 partitions so there was only 1 now which had the size i.e, 600GB Unallocated. I connected it back into my dads computer and ran the set-up again. Now the computer wont even detect the drive. I need to re-format the drive to like factory default, is this possible, also do i have to do it in dos, I really hope you tech wizards ca help me.
Thanks for your time.
Kevin.

A:Re-Format Hard Drive.

You could just plug it back into your machine and format it under disk management.

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I am running Windows 7 64 bit, dual boot with Windows 8. Windows 7 is my my main OS and I setup with Windows 8 as dual boot. I no longer want Windows 8 or to dual boot. I went into msconfig, boot, removed Windows 8 from boot, left windows 7 as default. I tried to reformat the second drive, got message "Windows unable to complete format". I than changed the Drive Letter from J to S and tried to format again, got same message. What am I doing wrong or am I forgetting something. I am also including a screenshot of my Disk Manager.

A:Format second hard drive

There are system files on the new volume and it is marked active. It has to be marked inactive before windows will let you format it. And you have to have a windows 7 installation dvd or a startup repair disc to run startup repair once you format the new volume. Make a system repair disc from windows 7 now, if you don`t have a W7 install DVD.

Partition - Mark as Inactive

System Repair Disc - Create

Partition - Mark as Active

A better ( well different ) way to do the dual install would have been to unplug all other hard drives , then installed 8. You could then choose which operating system to boot with the bios.

Did you discover that windows 8 is terrible and not worth the effort ?

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I have a laptop that has stopped working

The laptop has a recovery partition
The hard drive doesn't respond though
I've got it in an external enclosure
I thought formatting might help - get rid of and patch any errors

Windows 8 won't let me format

What can I do?
Is there another way to format?
Or does the fact that I can't format tell me that the hard drive is bad and maybe beyond repair?

Thanks
OM
 

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So I upgraded my PC and replaced the hard drive. It has been sitting on the shelf for a long time so I'd like to format it and reinstall windows 7 onto it. I don't have a clue how to do this, can I just unplug the hard drive on my other PC and plug the old one in just to format it, reinstall windows, and then go back to the other hard drive?

A:How can I format my hard drive?

Hello Fintar, and welcome to the SevenForums,

Please see this tutorial on how to preform a clean install of Windows 7.
For the formatting part, in step seven of the above linked tutorial you can see how to access the advanced drive options, and the options in the highlighted box in the screenshot underneath step eight will include an option to format the drive.
Good luck and keep us posted,
Nommy

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I have a hp pavilion N5150 laptop, I was using Norton to fix somw hard drive errors, norton quit in the middle of fixing errors. Windows ME wouldn't boot anymore. I tried to just reformat the drive, but it says it can't format the drive. Is there a utility program to do this or is the drive dead? I tried to open the case to check the drive even after removing all the screws the case wouldn't come apart any suggestions?
Thanks,
Sandor
 

A:hard drive won't format

A Win98 boot/install floppy disk WILL format that HD. You can DL one free from many places on the internet.
 

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I have a Samsung 80GB ultra ATA hard drive to format, how can I do it without an OEM CD

Thanks
 

A:Hard Drive Format

Can you please provide more info on you are trying to accomplish? ie. is this drive going to replace an existing drive or is it going in next to an existing drive and does your old drive still work. Also what version of Windows.
 

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I already have Windows 7 installed on my laptop

and now I am trying to fix a laptop in my house that has had a virus on it for a while that corrupted XP (about 8 months it has had it)

then when running a setup for XP to try and fix it it corrupted itself and then got permanently stuck on a setup

so now I started looking at it and I saw that there was an option for it to revert to the way it was when it had working settings

so I am uninstalling everything and deleting everything

but I want to format it completely (so there will be NOTHING left)

so can I do a full format while using the Windows 7 Ultimate disc?

_____________________________________________
please don't say to do a quick format since I don't want to do that, I have been reading some of the posts in the forums and people say to use a quick format and they don't say if you can do a Full format

A:Format Hard Drive

Yes, you can. I wouldn't even bother uninstalling stuff--it's just a waste of time if you are going to do a clean install of Windows 7.

The only difference between a quick format and a full format is that the latter checks the disk for bad sectors. You can do the same thing yourself anytime by running chkdsk /r from a command prompt or from within Windows.

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I have an existing HDD which was partitioned as c: 20gb and d: 40gb. I would like to reformat this drive as c: 60gb drive. Currently i use XP Home and it is installed on the c:. What do i need to do to reformat this drive?
Thanks,
Nicknite

A:Format Hard Drive

You would need to wipe the disk and reformat it as a single partition, then reinstall windows and all your programs & data.

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Hey guys, I have a HP Pavilion dv7 laptop. Recently, my computer has encountered some sort of hard drive issue. It started with the constant windows repair loop (yes, I tried all the solutions to fix this) and we found out it was an issue with my C drive. Anyways, I can't boot my computer, nor can I access safe mode. It tells me I need a windows repair disk.

I enter one that I created with my mother's computer and it runs. But, it tells me that my computer is missing drivers.

Anyhow, I don't have any sort of repair disk because the computer I got was refurbished from Microcenter and didn't come with any sort of disk. I've the computer for just over a year now and have had no issues with it until Sunday.

Is there a way that I can format my C drive without actually being able to boot windows? I can access the C drive from the repair disk and it tells me "you must format this disk to use it," I press "format" and it tells me that this disk cannot be formated because it may be disconnected or in read only mode. I went ahead and reconnected the wires from the hard drive to the C drive to see if that was the issue, same problem.

Anyways, how can I format my C drive?

A:Format Hard Drive...

Hello Jacob,

If you like, you could download a Windows 7 ISO file for your edition from the link below from any computer to create a bootable Windows 7 installation DVD/USB from the ISO file.Microsoft: Windows 7 Direct Download Links
Afterwards, you could boot from the installation DVD/USB to do a clean install of Windows 7. Be sure that you have your product key written down first. You'll need it to activate the clean install with.Clean Install Windows 7

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I am trying to uninstall xp from a hp pavilion 6623. someone installed xp over 98se and did not do a back up disc. when i try my restore cds i get a message saying "explorer needs to find the program that created the install" or something like that. I don't have a floppy boot disc but I do have the restore cds and a 98se full version disc. How can I get my C drive to format. I f I can't format can I install the Se disc over xp and restore the original files? If i put se back on over xp would that enable my restore discs to work?
 

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Hi all , i have a external hard drive , its a Maxtor 500 GB .
I formated it when i first got it , all ok , sometimes when i click on the icon for it , the message says "hard drive not formated , do you want to format it now ? " I don't .
I unplug the drive power lead , reconnect , and all is ok , Anyone got any ideas why ?

Cheers
Dave N
 

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I've had this occur before, and for me it was a faulty data cable (sata) and on the second occasion a faulty power cable (sata) , as theyre cheap try using different ones before proceeding further.

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i need help im going to reformat my hard drive and reinstall windows xp, but i dont know how to do it cause ive never had to do it before. so if any1 could tell me what to do that would be a great help
 

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When you reinstall xp it will give you the option to delete the partition then create a new one. Make sure you use ntfs file system and you should have no problems.
 

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how do i do it. start all over.

A:how format hard drive for xp.

Hi there..again,Well, that can be done in several steps but understand you will lose all data on your machine by doing so...unless you back it up on some external source first. I don't believe (I've seen your other post) that your situation requires that yet....you have been infected by malware...that can be removed. But if you desperately want to reformat:http://www.cyberwalker.net/faqs/reinstall-reformat-winxp/Let me know if that helps Big SmilesHS

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Need help on formatting the hard drive. I get it going then it gets to 98% then stops. Says format aborted 98% completed. How do I get it to finish??? Help please!!

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Hi everyone. I was recently having a bad problem with Javascript on my computer that I couldn't fix. I came on here and posted a message and I got around 30 replies of ideas to fix it. Well, I tried them all and nothing worked. So, I reinstalled Windows. I had planned to format my partition and then reinstall Windows but it didn't go that way. Turns out that I accidently reinstalled Windows and left all my programs here. Now this would be good except for the fact that my computer is a bit messed up. All of my programs are still here BUT none of them are on the start menu among other things. So, I am considering trying to figure out how to do a format of the partition and then reinstall Windows once again. But if I can get the current Windows fixed where everything on the start menu is where it belongs and everything, I'll be fine with that. So, I am going to try a few things and meanwhile I would just like some advice on how to get my format working. Here's what I did. I loaded my restore disk into the computer which has a copy of XP on it. I have formatted from this disk before so I was trying to do it again. I hit Install Windows. So, it proceeded to reinstall Windows but wouldn't format the hard drive. So, I tried again doing the same thing I did before. When I got to the part where I could delete the partition, it told me I couldn't delete the partition because there were temporary installation files (for XP installation I suppose) that are r... Read more

A:How do I format my hard drive???

Well, if you really want to start anew....

Put your WinXP CD in your CD reader.
Go to your BIOS setup.
Select CD-Rom as primary boot device.
Save settings and reboot.
Answer YES when asked Boot from CD?
Then select Start computer with CD ROM support on the menu displayed.
Once you get the DOS prompt (A>), type FDISK<Return>.
Delete all your partitions (logical drives first).
Reboot with the XP CD still in the drive.
You'll have to perform a full XP installation again, including re-activation (and then re-install all your software).

Good luck.

P.S. In your BIOS setup, don't forget to reset HDD (IDE-0?) as primary boot device.
 

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I think my hard drive is corrupted because I tried to reinstall Windows XP and it froze. So I got a different XP CD and it froze in the same exact spot. I'm wondering if anyone knows how to get in the hard drive and format it without the use of Windows. Can anyone help?
 

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how are you trying to reinstall XP? from within windows or by booting from the XP CD?
 

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re: HP Mini / Samsung SE-S084 External DVD Writer (this unit has 2 usb connections for communication and power.)

Tried formatting froom WIndows CD

Got 2% complete, then "A disk error occurred" / "Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart"

Now I can't boot from CD (get the same error message)

Can't boot computer either.

Is there a FORCED FORMAT I can do?

Any Suggestions are appreciated.

tx.

A:Can't format hard drive XP

and welcome to the Forum

I would run diagnostics on the hard drive

http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287

See this for how to make a bootable cd

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