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Reformatting a Dell

Q: Reformatting a Dell

I have an old Dell Dimension that I am in the process of fixing up. It has a pirated copy of Windows Vista on it now, but I want to put a legit copy of the Windows XP Home that came with the computer. Could I do this by ordering this CD: Microsoft Windows XP Home Restore CD for Dell Computers - R2490 and then using the product key that is labeled on top of the computer? Thanks!

A: Reformatting a Dell

An Dell OEM copy of Windows XP does not need a product key to be entered while installing Windows. I would also look up the model and download all drivers Chipset, Video, Audio, Network Adapter if they are available at the Dell website. Then install them install those drivers after installing Windows.

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Hi, my problem is that after reformatting the Dell computer Windows XP, the fps seems to be as if it was 5 the whole time. It wasn't smooth at all and some of the drivers didn't work.

Drivers that didn't work: r126542, and r119714.

I was wondering if there was any way to fix it. Thanks.
 

A:Reformatting Dell XP

Sorry problem fixed. Dell wasn't letting me download any of the drivers, it seems. Please delete ^^ Thanks.
 

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I'm trying to reformat my Dell Dimension that I bought earlier this year (in April). It's been acting up so I took it in for a tune up and a new power supply installed and the guy called me back and said that after he installed the power supply he tried to run a disk cleanup and it started into a startup loop. I said it's okay I'll just reformat, so when I got home I put in my disk and started up the boot menu and told it to install windows. The problem is, I can't run .exes (7zip .exe to be specific, among a few others).

Basically my question is this: is there more to reformatting than just booting from Dell's Vista Home Premium disc? I don't seem to be doing it right...

A:Reformatting a Dell

Try posting on the Dell forum on the Dell website. Might get a response there.

Keith

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Hello BC people,
 
It looks like I have an Adobe virus that's sticking pretty good. Already tried getting rid of it with TDS Killer and MBAM, tried a system restore to an earlier date, none of these have worked. Spent waaaaay too much time just over a year ago trying to disolve a virus so not interested in going through anything of that nature. I like the idea of reformatting and starting fresh. All my files are backed up and I tried reformatting by holding the Ctrl+F11 on the Dell start-up window and releassing the keys before the window was finished loading and that's not working. This is how I reformatted last time but this virus is of course, stronger and worse than last years models ;). I then tried reformatting using the reinstallation DVD, Windows XP, media center addition 2005 that came with the PC and that starts to go, but 5 or 10 minutes after I start the installation I end up back on my existing desktop. A couple times it had actually stated that the installation had completed but it really hadn't. Looking for a solution, the quicker the better and less painless.
 
PS Service pack 2 if it matters
 
Thanks,
Dave

A:Need assistance reformatting my Dell XPS Gen 5

If you have the Dell disc's it formats that should give you a clean install.  If you do not have the disc's they are readily available on Ebay just get the ones for your model.
 
Phil

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I'm reformatting my sister's computer after she received a virus that screwed her computer up. She has a Dell Inspiron E1405, and when I went to reformat, I was surprised to see this:

My question is this: Why is it partitioned this way? Is it ok to delete all of the partitions and reformat with just one drive? When I went to her My Computer, there was only one drive, it didn't show up like the screen was showing.
 

A:Odd Dell Partitioning when Reformatting

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Have a Dell 410 XPS with vista that I would like to reformat. What is the proper procedure for reformatting both the C and D drives. My reinstallation disk has more options than the reinstalation disks that came with my old Compaq(it had 2 cds and no otions). The manual that came with my computer is rather vague about this. I know this can be a long drawn out affair, and have backed up all my info and would like to clean my computer out and bring it back to like it was the day I got it. Yes I do have some major issues with my computer that requires me to reformat, mostly caused by me.
thanks mike

A:Reformatting A Dell 410 Computer

I did a Dell today that used F8 to access the recovery partition. That should be the quickest way to reformat your Dell and will leave the recovery partition intact (along with the Tools partition if you have one).

If you'd like to get rid of all partitions, then you'll have to delete the partitions and create one partition to hold everything. Then you can install Vista with the Operating System, Drivers, and Utilities disks that came with your Dell.

Personally, I'd go with the first option above - it's quicker and you won't have to install all the drivers and applications.

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I have the software I just want to reformat the hardrive , how?

Thanks!
 

A:reformatting a dell laptop?

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I have a Dell XPS 410. I have never reformatted an OEM-type machine like a Dell before. how does the "restore" partition on the hard drive factor in? Would I be best served to simply wipe the whole drive and go from CD? OR does Dell typically limit one's abilities in this regard? I'm not sure what all was actually included on the disc, and I don't want to have to end up buying a full retail version of Vista if I mess it up somehow.


ps, I have an external hard drive on which I have downloaded the latest Video drivers and such, if this will help me at all....

A:reformatting a Dell Xps with Vista

no this is a new dell laptop and came with windows vista.

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I am trying to reformat an older dell dimension 4100
and reinstall XP on it.
Its slow, has alot of junk on it and I want to get it fresh for the school year. Kids use it for word, dictionary, homework searching ect.

It has XP on it now, and service pack 1,2 and 3


If I put in my xp disk, it will tell me the disk is the older xp (before all the service packs) and it cannot install it.
it will get me to the point of seeing what the partitions are ect but I cannot delete or reformat them since the set up files have installed some files.

I want to get to "real" dos and reformat it.
I want to boot to my windows 98 floppy and reformat from there but pressing f12 to change the boot order does not function.

So Im stuck as to what to do.
Is there any other tricks to acess the bios or boot order?

A:Reformatting older Dell

Boot from the XP CD, don't try to install when Windows is already running. You may have to go into Setup/BIOS to change the boot order if F12 won't let you select the CD/DVD-ROM.

Then you can delete/re-create the partitions, and install.

Note that some Dell's that shipped with 2 optical drives will only boot from one of them, usually the top one.

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Hey BC!
My mom wants to give away her old Dell 4600 to my sister. It came with a reformatting CD (in the color of maroon), as well as a couple of blue driver discs.
Sadly, when the reformat CD is put in, it spends a good five minutes loading various drivers, and then so generously provides me with this error:
"Setup cannot load the keyboard layout file KBDUS.DLL. Setup cannot continue. Shut down or restart your computer."

And then, the keyboard starts working until the computer is forced to be shut down by holding down the power button and turned back on again.
Help would be greatly appreciated!

A:Reformatting Dell 4600

Hi .These CDs you speak of...are these Dell CDs? Is there any writing on the one you are attempting to use?What exactly do you want to do?LouisFWIW: The only examples of this I see documented...occur with Win 2K.http://www.windowsbbs.com/windows-xp/37110...ayout-file.html

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Apparently I have a bad virus and I need to reformat my laptop. It came from Dell so I don't have a CD for it but I do have a Win7 CD I used for my desktop computer. I am unsure if I can use said CD for the laptop because of registration garbage and I wanted to find out and possibly get advise on the best way to go about doing the reformat before I wiped it clean.
Thanks.

A:Help reformatting Dell Alienware

If you have the Dell System restore ( not all Dells do ) you can use that and you will not need a install CD

Dell - Technical Support

If not, You can get a reinstallation guide specific to your Dell here ( You will have to change the operating system to match yours.

You can request a replacement instalation cd here:

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I own an older dell inspiron 530 desktop pc,running windows xp home sp3,manufactured in 08,i use it for work.It has no custom parts or modifications.I somehow was given a virus called pc optimizer,it wouldnt allow me to do anything without agreeing to purchase the software.I did not.I then called dell or iyogi,what a joke,they wanted 149.00 to walk me thru recovery with my own windows recovery disc.I hung up.I noticed inside the tower where the power plugs into the hard drive,theres a second plug just like it not being used.I could not use help/support,because the computer said the files were missing.I could not find a way to reformat,or restore,as it would not recognize the cd in f12 boot mode.Then I decided to take a chance and switch out thos plugs on the back of the hard drive and turned it back on and boom,im at the format screen.Reformated drive c and reinstalled windows and my drivers.My question is,at what point do I switch the plugs on the hard drive back?And I believe this is a sneaky dell money maker.And why couldnt I find this info online?Has nobody ever encountered this before?Thanks jerry

A:dell inspiron 530 reformatting with installation cd

Older HDD's may have the older Molex power plug to the far right as well as a SATA power plug, next to the SATA Data port. Either way, it shouldn't stop you from reformatting the drive and would have nothing to do with allowing you to boot the CD rom drive. You can move the power plug at any time.

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Hey all, I performed search using above keywords but I need to recap; I ordred an 80 GB harddrive. What arrived is a drive C: having about 57 GB and the rest is a recovery D: drive. I want to delete the partition and start with an uncluttered C: drive only (no partitions). I have the XP disc from Dell and all the other discs shipped from Dell. Question 1: Do I have all that is required to format? Question 2: It is my understanding that I would boot from the XP disc and it's self explanitory about removing the partition and reformatting, true?
I am a bit gun shy since I've only had the laptop about 48 hours.
Thanks
 

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I'm trying to solve a sound problem on someone else's computer, and it's driving me insane.

Symptoms: No sound playback in Windows at all. The problem started out of nowhere, no one has any idea how it happened. It's an integrated sound card, and I'd have chalked it up to a dead sound card if it weren't for the fact that the audio still works on Dell's diagnostics tool accessed during boot-up. Integrated sound is enabled in BIOS. The sound device is recognized by Windows and shows up in Device Manager, but doesn't report any problems at all, it just won't play sound at all.
Almost forgot to mention: Sigmatel HD audio, and yes, Microsoft UAA bus driver is installed too. Windows XP SP3.

Things I've tried: Uninstalling and reinstalling all manner of drivers. Updated bios, reinstalled chipset drivers, reinstalled sound drivers about a hundred times. Thinking it was a driver conflict beyond my reckoning, I backed up all data and did a factory reformat. Still no sound.

So, it can't be a dead card, since it plays the test song just fine in Dell diagnostics outside of Windows. But if a complete reformat can't fix this problem, what possibly could?
 

A:No sound on Dell Dimension even after reformatting

1. re: hearing sound from Dell;s diagnostic vs hearing "sound"
Your computer can create mono-tonic tones without needing a sound card or audio drivers and codecs. I'm going to guess if you run the Beepex tool in Windows you'll still hear simple tones (just not audio files)

2. Check Problem Devices report

Make sure all your devices are connected and powered on
Click Start->Run, enter: msinfo32. Click the + sign next to Components to expand it
Click Problem Devices. Anything appear?
If yes, click on it, Ctrl-A to select all, Ctrl-C to copy it, Ctrl-V to paste into next post
3. Generate and attach a DirectX report

click Start->Run, enter dxdiag
Notice progress in lower left window corner
When done, click Save Information button and save to your Desktop
In TechSpot, use the paper clip icon to attach the report. (If you don't see icon you may need to first click Go Advanced)
4. click Start->Run, enter services.msc. Scroll to Windows Audio. Verify Status=Started and StartupType=Automatic

/* edit */
I should clarify: The computer can play monotonic tones directly to an internal speakers - which, ummmm... no pun intended "sounds" like applies to your case
 

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Hi i have a HELL (yes i did it on purpose) dimension e310 and im trying to reformat it...

i popped the windows media center reinstallation disk in the drive...and tried to boot to the cdrom...but it wont boot to the cdrom...so i thought the cd-rom was messed up...so took my cd-rom drive from another computer that i kno is working...but still no luck...any suggestions?

A:DELL E310 Reformatting support...

its also saying "selected boot device not available"

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Hi all,

I'm hoping to get a helping hand. I've recently had to reformat my laptop which is a Dell Inspiron 5150. I used OS Reinstallation CD. I got to the part with the partition and when trying to delete it, I get a message stating that I cannot delete the partition because some files are on it that are necessary for the reinstallation.

So, I just kept going, and reformatted the hard drive. There is said that information on the computer may be lost, which is what I want. Anyway, after the reformat and reinstallation all of the icons are gone from my desktop that I added after the purchase of the laptop. However, after viewing my C: drive, everything is still there.

I need to somehow completely wipe out everything on the laptop and reinstall. I imagine it has to do with me not being able to delete the partition. Can someone advise if maybe there is something I have to do before that?

Thanks

A:Trouble Reformatting My Dell With Window's Xp

The Partition you can't delete is the recovery partition is has re-installation files you need to re-install your operating system with the restore CD. If you do manage to delete this partition your recovery cd's may not work. When you reinstalled windows the system recovery cd's restore the computer back to the way it came from the manufacture. All the software you installed needs to be reinstalled.

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Hi,
I reformatted my friends computer after receiving BSOD with error code stop 0x032.
His computer is a Dell Dimension 3000.
Everything is working except the sound. The speaker has disappeared from the tray, when I go into control panel it shows no device connected.
I have downloaded every driver I can think of. I have been told it might need a new sound card, but the sound card was working fine before the BSOD.

This is one of the most annoying things I have ever tried to sort out and any help would be much appreciated.

Cheers

A:No sound after reformatting dell desktop

Hello redto123

Here is the download page for all your drivers.
Please check that the details at the top are correct

Dell drivers should be installed in a particular order.
Please see here

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I have this old Dell laptop (5 yrs. old) and recently my son accidentally clicked some ad and now we have tons of virus's with lots of pop-ups. I first tried getting rid of the virus's but can't get them all. So, I want to reinstall xp and start over. I found the original xp cd that came with the laptop. After first uninstalling almost everything from the "add or remove programs" feature I had it pretty much stripped down. It even went into safe mode.
BUT, when I slipped in the xp cd and clicked install xp, an error message appeared and said I already had a newer version of xp on the computer and I could not install this version. I took off all the service pack 2 and 3 stuff and thought that would do it, but it still won't let me install.

Is there a way around this?
 

A:Having trouble reformatting old Dell with windows xp

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Hey gang,

I have a quick question. I have had my dell laptop for quite awhile now and someone offered to buy it from me. What I'd like to do is revert it back to the factory specifications. I am not completely sure how to go about this. I currently have the HDD partitioned into something like 35GB for windows and 5GB for Linux (which I never got around to learning) Anyways, i need to format the HDD and reinstall XP Home edition with all of the included dell crap. How do I go about doing this?
 

A:Reformatting Dell back to factory Specs

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Hi, I am trying to reformat a Dell Dimension on Windows XP Home, and have never had a problem like this, don't know what I am missing, the machine was purchased with XP home on it, and there is a reinstall disk. When you do the reformatt when it comes back up and runs through the process it does not ask for the product key? It reformats and when machine is supposedly all set up and ready to go half the information such as ethernet card, audio drivers etc is not there. If you are doing a complete reinstall should it not ask for the product key??? This really has me puzzled, I have reformatted 3 times, and am not coming up with the proper setup. I am going to work now and will not be back until this evening, but anyones input into this would be greatly appreciated.

Tks Chris
 

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Dell Inspiron 1501 with windows XP. I work with computers this shouldn't be as difficult as it's being. Only have one cd with the name "drivers & utilities ; For Reinstalling Dell Inspiron Computer Software" which has been useless it just tries to give me info. The normal 'cntrl+F11' won't boot recovery from the dell splash on boot up. I reformatted a while ago but messed up and want to start fresh. I fear the piece including recovery on the partition was deleted. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I apologize for the run on sentence, I'm on my iPhone, as well as failure to introduce myself to the community. I will come back and help others the best I can. I feel like this problem is small and tedious so I come to you guys looking for a quick answer. Beggars can't be choosers, but at 2am you guys can help, and I'm willing to reply quickly. Like I said any help will not go unnoticed. Thanks!
 

A:Reformatting dell Inspiron 1501 laptop $quick responses

I apologize for the double post, I would like to offer indulgences to anyone that can help me ASAP. Google is surprisingly not helping yet, it's a race between the both of you. Please excuse the fact that I'm new to the community, but I am not someone just looking for help, I feel like receiving help, especially with this problem, should result in me helping 10 others. I will do the best I can and give anything reasonable. This problem should be extremely tedious and I hope you understand my frustration. I thank you even if you cannot help, the fact that you read this still means something. Looking for a quick fix, once again apologies for the rush I've been pressed on time. Thanks a million!!
 

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Greetings. Hoping someone can help with reformatting a Dell Inspiron 1721; 3 GB RAM; 250 GB HDD; Athlon 64 x2 Dual Core 1.9 GHz processor; Vista Home Premium 32 bit OS.

Reformatted and clean install of Vista 2 months ago. Afterward, everything worked perfectly until a couple of weeks ago. After automatic updates installed Vista SP2, suddenly Windows Media Center (which I've never used and am not at all familiar with and have no plans to learn it and use it in the future) began opening by itself over and over.

Also, a little window popped up on boot up that said something to the effect that my new hardware needed intalled; however, I have not added any new hardware. Have no idea what it was trying to install.

Also, intermittently, programs I'm using just exit out even though I have not pressed exit. And, the mouse intermittently jumps around by itself or won't respond to the touchpad - - it opens programs, opens the start menu, types gibberish into the 'Start Search' line, closes programs, opens browsers or browser tabs, closes browser tabs, etc, etc, etc.

Also, sometimes an odd looking exit menu appears top left screen in a different resolution than the screen is set at. AND, sometimes, when I'm working, all of a sudden the keys won't type but the computer issues a loud beep every time a key is pressed.

When problems first started, I immediately ran system restore. No change.
Tried another date in system restore. Still no change.
Went through all restore points and... Read more

A:Need help reformatting a Dell Inspiron 1721; 3 GB RAM; 250 GB HDD; Athlon 64 x2 Dual Core 1.9 GHz processor; Vista Home Premium...

Hi Sharon.

If your game then so am I.

All the things you stated sound like a possible infection or operating system corruption due to unknown reasons. Although none, or a questionable one, was found. I am in total agreement with Garmanma. Also the fact that the rootkit scan is disabled in AVG causes me some concern.

Seems you already have a pretty good idea how to format the drive and reinstall your OS and drivers....... But would like to take it one step further in this case though. I would like to have you wipe the entire hard drive to zeroes prior to formatting and installing the OS. This would include what is called the MBR = Master Boot Record, the partition the OS is on as well as the restore partition. Of course this would leave you only the option of reinstalling via the CD. All pre-installed software will be gone for good. Complete restore CDs are usually available from the OEM for a nominal cost.

The only reason I suggest this manner is, 1)The problems you are describing does somewhat resemble infection symptoms. 2)Depending on the possible infection type a simple reformat may not get rid of it. I have also read that it is possible for the restore partition can become infected as well.

The procedures are really pretty easy, the program(s) to wipe the drive to zeroes is free and we will do our best to get you through the whole procedure as painlessly as possible.

Let me know what you decide.

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Dell Latitude - XPsp3

This is a problem with the built in mouse pad. I left click something like the desktop and the options menu comes up as though it was a right click. It's not a software setting, as I've checked them all, and I've reinstalled XP.

The only (temporary) fix I can apply is to plug in a usb mouse. Then the touchpad mouse will act appropriately. But it reverts back to this issue upon reboot.

Should I update the BIOS?

thanks
 

A:Dell laptop - left click works as right click, even after reformatting

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I have recently decided to reformat my computer, as its getting old and slow. iv saved everything i need onto this (my other) computer, I was following a guide a friend wrote out for me. I started by inserting my Windows XP disc, and restarting, going into the bios menu, and changing my

First boot device from - SATA : 3m hitachi <numbers> to CD/DVD : PM-ATAPI D <numbers>

I was then told to remove my SATA from the whole list, so only my CD drive would be running, Then i restarted. I was told that it should come up with:

Press any key to boot from CD.

But i dont get that, i get:

Reboot and select proper boot device or insert bot media in selected boot device and press enter.

if anyone could help that would be great. I know most of what my things are like my motherboard and stuff so if you need them just ask.

Many thanks

Scott
 

A:Reformatting help

And who told you this?
 

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I have 2 PCs which currently run XP Pro Sp3 and I am about really to reformat them and do a few hardware swaps (from PC to PC, sadly no upgrades).

Before I get started pulling things apart and hanging out in front of the computer for hours while I install and update, I would like to get some info on configuration, setup, etc.

My main question: When setting up Drives, is it better to have your most used programs on the C: drive, or elsewhere?

Both PCs, have 2 HDD, 120g 7200rpm models. I usually set up the PC w/ a 20g C: drive on the 1st HDD, then put a 5-10g SWAP partition on the 2nd drive. I then partition the remaining 100g of the 1st drive as my Documents drive. I usually end up leaving the remaining space on the 2nd drive unformatted or partitioned, but empty. I could of course make a programs partition and put it on the 2nd drive.

Both of these PCs are 4+ years old, 1.6-2.6ghz AMD area and I'm trying to stretch their lives out until more favorable financial times permit their replacement. Please give me any suggestions, criticisms, crazy ideas, or whatever.

P.S. I often configure the faster of the 2 PCs using BlackViper's website, trying to get as much performance as I can, as I use it for Gaming, Music, and watch Movies.

Thank you very much, look forward to your replies and posting more :)

A:Reformatting an old PC w/ XP Pro

Hello - Your question can only be answered by people's opinions.

My opinion, is to partition the C: drive with as much space as needed for the progs/apps/games. Some games, especially online multiplayer, will save huge maps within the Program Files\Gamename\... folder. Counter strike source used to take up about 15Gb just in that one folder.

So, if your into playing games, then you'll need a half decent amount on the C drive. So I'd suggest 50Gb-60Gb. Leaving at least 60Gb + the other 120Gb drive for saving stuff like documents or whatever.

You may already know, that it is beneficial to save your important documents on a different drive than C: just in case Windows needs to be reinstalled. That way, the Windows reinstallation won't touch your second partition and just reinstall over C: leaving your saved documents alone.

Don't forget to look into how you can optimize the old machines in XP. With some simple optimizations you can increase the speed significantly without upgrading any parts.

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Hello,

I recently bought a computer from someone that has the software SiteKiosk on it and I am having trouble trying to remove it and reformat the computer.

I cannot run from disk, nor enter BIOS or Command Prompt because of this software. Everything either doesn't work, or requires an admin password which I did not get when I bought the computer.

I know there has to be a way to reformat, but it is not within my knowledge. I have searched google and other forums to no avail.

If I can just find out how to boot from disk, or any software or ANYTHING to remove this SiteKiosk ****, I would really appreciate it.

Thank you for your time.

A:Need help reformatting

Have you visited the site that makes Site Kiosk?

http://www.sitekiosk.com/Default.aspx

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Hi,

I am a new member and not very good with computers, my question is can i reformat my computer without using the F10 key, i have an Iqon computer and when i press F10 on restart, it says LDR is missing, use cont alt del to restart. i hope someone can help me as it needs to be reformatted.

Thanks
Davie

A:reformatting

it actually says NTLDR is missing, Doh, can someone help please!!

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I'm having software issues and I want to reformat my PC. It's a HP Pavilion DV7 Laptop
that I bought from Best Buy. I need the product key and I'm not 100% that the key under the laptop is the correct key I need to use. Can anyone confirm for me?
If not can someone tell me how to get the key.
Thanks! - Josh.

A:Reformatting

Welcome to the Forum

I think jelly bean is the best
Key Finder Programs - Top 13 Free Product Key Finder Programs - Keyfinder Software

Try others if Jelly Bean does not work.

When you reactivate one of the keys will work.

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Does it remove all the programs on a computer? What about viruses and stuff like that? Just asking to know what I am reading here about when someone says reformatting.
 

A:What does reformatting do?

Hi, Yes, technically the data is still there, just marked as to be overwritten....and, when you reinstall all the programs, and Windows, it starts the overwriting process.

Formatting just prepares the hard disk for reinstalling a fresh copy of Windows and all your other stuff.

All your data, files, programs etc are not going to be available...it appears as an empty drive.

If you had one big partition, that's the hard disk space and how it's used...you may want to consider making a second partition, to save downloads, backup things to....it's fairly simple.

Then, you have two separate partitions of the hard drive, and you can install Windows and programs on one, use the second to keep important things....or, you can install programs on the second, in most cases.

Here is a good link about the whole process:

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/format_XP.htm

Note, that there are more than just one type of Windows XP.....or Vista, if you have that...so there are specific things you have to know about the process, and what type you are using....

If you have a branded computer, like a Dell, HP etc you may have Recovery disks that put the machine back to original way it was when you got it....some, do the recovery from a hidden partition on the hard drive.

Can you post some details? If you dont know them, we can help you find out.
 

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I need to reformat my laptop. I have some internal error that keeps causing my laptop to mess up. I kept reformatting using the quick process because I dont have time to wait. I was talking to aa friend and he said I have to use the long process, it will erase all internal errors were as the quick way sometimes doesnt. But the problem is that it takes 12 hours just to get 20% reformatted using the long way...I cant wait 2 and a half days to reformat. Is there a quicker way to reformat? Some free program that will erase everything from my computer, bring it down to its basic form, erase all erros and all I have to do is put in the XP install CD and it will work again? I cant wait 2 and a half days to reformat lol so I need to find some way to fix this POS lol.

Thanks

A:reformatting

Hello and welcome to TSF

Something is seriously wrong , it should never take 12 hours or more to format a drive. Maybe the reason your having issues is that your hard drive is bad.
Before doing anything else, Find the manufacturer of your hard drive and run their Hard Drive Diagnostics Utility.

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Hello, I recently reformatted my computer! Finally things are pulling through...

but now how would I install my drivers? Would I just update them through the internet? I have a disk of all of them from a previous formatting when I first got the computer...but i dont know if i should have put that in during the reformatting, would i just put the disk in now?

and also, Im having troubles connecting to the internet, it says I can run internet explorer but when i plug in my ethernet cord it still says no connection, what do i do?

A:After Reformatting...

Hi Jupps,

you could reinstall all your drivers by using your original discs but it's very likely that quite a few have new versions available which address various issues and enhance the stability of your hardware, so it may be worth checking for new versions.

As for your network problem...that may well be driver related. Is your LAN connection present in your Network Connections folder?

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i wish to reformat/reinstall windows, so i change by primary boot device to CD-ROM in bios and start up the computer. I place my windows xp CD in the compueter and boot from the CD-ROM, but then it says it couldnt boot from CD-ROM because of a "memory overflow error." is there any other way i can reformat? any help is appreciated.

-drew
 

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Heres an article by Microsoft, this should help you solve the problem.
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;145799
 

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Hi,

I've been trying to reformat lately, but it seems I am not able to. I have tried to go into the Command Prompt, and type 'format c:' however it says it is in use. I also tried right clicking my hard drive, and going to format, said the same thing. How do I get to the command prompt before Windows boots so I can type in the command to delete all my files on the partition?

Thanks
 

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My 2nd computer cannot log online right now, even though the DSL is showing connection. I need to reformat.. but am having trouble doing so. I have an XP cd, when i put it in, it doesnt load when im in windows. Is there any other way to format?
 

A:Help Reformatting

This is a good guide for installing XP . . you might want to print it for reference during the install. You will loose all data on the drive, so be sure you have data backed up. ( The files and settings Transfer wizard is good at this)

http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sg_clean.asp

The key is to have a finger on the keyboard when you boot with the XP disc in the CD . . you will briefly get a black screen with the prompt :Strike any key to boot from CD.

It can go by pretty quickly

Have fun . . wrs
 

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I just reformatted my pc. I Partitioned my hard Drive, Drive C and drive D. when i start up my pc i get a black screen that makes me pick what OS to start...so i thinmk the problem is, when i reformatted and partitioned the Hard Drive Windows XP installed to both partitions...Is it posible to take all my program files from drive D and put them to drive C and then just right click Drive D and click format..will that work? i am a newb with computer need help
 

A:Need Help after reformatting

Well to get your programs from Drive D to C, you will most likely need to reinstall them, because they are run from the registry. And simply moving the files will not change the registry values and therefore they will not work. So just look around for your install files/discs and install them to the C drive, then format your D.

BTW
:wave:Welcome to TechSpot:wave:
 

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I know I shouldn't hi-jack threads, but I want to format my HDD and get rid of XP and start fresh. But I'm not too sure how to go about. Any help?

I was going to make a new thread but since this is right at the top I dunno what would be more stoopid, sorry :|
 

A:Help reformatting

StalkerB

I have split your post off into your own thread. In the future if you have a Question/Problem please start a "New Thread". It get's too confusing trying to address two different people's problem in the same thread and you may get overlooked.

Please continue in this thread.
 

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I have been handed down a DELL Latitude laptop. It's hard drive is full. I want to reformat it. I have reformatted two desktops before. I could easily get the model and the number of the hard drive on a desktop to download the reformatting software, but I don't know where the hard drive would be on a laptop, and how I would get to it. Can somebody help me?
 

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I want to reformat my main partition that has windows drive(C:). I was wondering if i were to reformat drive (C:) to re install windows, will the data in my other partitions/drives (D:), (E:), (F:) be erased?

A:Reformatting

No - the data in your other partitions will not be deleted.

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Hello all!
Please excuse me for being a total computer noob but I need some help.
I want to erase my harddrive and then reinstall windows.
I don't want to just slap a copy of windows over my existing junk, I want to erase and start from scratch.
How do I do this????
Any help is appreciated!
And thanks in advance!

theFALSE
 

A:Help with reformatting HD

Hi False,

Most newer OS will boot from CD (Windows).
Go into your BIOS and set the first boot device to your CD-ROM.
Next restart and boot from the CD.

You should be able to set the partitions and format the drive from there.
 

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If you refornat a Windows XP computer, do you need to re-install Windows XP using the CD that it came with afterwards?
 

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What are your plans? What do you want to put on the drive?
 

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I want to reformat my computer but I have no base cd of my computer.

Are there other options to reformat??

Many Thanks

A:Reformatting without cd possible??

it is possible but I will ask you a question first

how will you reinstall the operating system if you have no windows cd to reinstall windows?

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I have a PC that I do not know the login or password. I need to reformat and start from scratch. How do I go about doing this?

I have a windows xp bootable cd.

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Anybody have any ideas?

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Okay, I did a search but there are just too many results to sort through. I need some help reformatting my computer. I want to start fresh with everything except for some school work, which I can save on floppys.

So I just want to know, what is everything I need to reformat a Dell computer running XP Home edition? I know I need the system disc and thats about it. What do I do with it? Thanks for any input!
 

A:Some Help Reformatting

Usually a System Disk comes with the Window Installation application and all the drivers it needs. If you have the disk, then you are set to go.

Here is the window installation guide page.
http://www.blackviper.com/Articles/OS/InstallXPHome/installxphome1.htm
 

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im using a dell PC
ive no clue on how to reformat my dell pc
i want to delete all the stuff inside my com cuz its so messy n load of viruses..
currently i haf these discs:
Reinstallation DVD Windows Vista Home Basic 32BIT
DVD for Reinstalling Dell Dimension and Dell XPS Computer Software
DVD for Reinstalling Cyberlink PowerDVD 2.0 Software
n other softwares

pls help me step by step to reformat pls

A:need help in reformatting..

Boot from DVD Windows Vista Home Basic 32BIT and follow the instructions to format your local drives.

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Hi there,
My friend's computer is broken, and apparently, he lost his windows installation cd. We both have Dell, and I have a installation cd that says "not drivers", so I was wondering if I can use this to fix his computer? My cd was from a Dell desktop about eight years ago, and his is about 2-3 years ago. Thanks for helping.

A:Help with reformatting?

Both computers would need to be using the same version of Windows, XP Pro or XP Home. You will need the drivers for that specific model.

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hey guys

Does anyone know how to reformat the disk WITHOUT having to reinstall Windows XP?
 

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Okay, i have posted thios at heaps of forums and they wont give me any useful info. So now its your turn

I have windows xp cd. But it will not boot up. The bios is correct, and the cd is in there etc. It says press any key to boot, and i do. It detects some stuff then restarts and loads into my desktop! Doesnt do anything. I have tried another version of windows xp pro. Same thing.

I want to reformat, i need to reformat. This dialer is costing me money. And its slower than a snail with a hammer tied to its leg trying to walk 100 meters

Can someone please help? Someone mentioned www.bootdisk.com but i dont know what to do with this stuff or what to get?

Detailed, step by step info will be very much appreciated. Remember, i cant boot with my CD so i need another way to reformat.
 

A:Please!!! Help!!! Reformatting XP!!

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I NEED TO REFORMAT (sorry) my ispiron 1505. running vp media edition. no matter what f key i tap i cant find the blue window setup screene. please help before it flies out the door
cindy

A:reformatting xp

To reformat a drive that has no operating system you could in Windows explorer right click on the drive and then select Format. If the drive has an operating system it is recommended to use the operating system install disk instead. Only an install disk can be used to do that no restore disks. You will be able to install a new copy of an os from the install disk after the reformat of a drive with an operating system.

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I have a lot of junk of my HDD from testing out free spywares, firewalls, converters, games, upgrading adobe products, upgrading other products, etc. Uninstalling them helps, but it almost always leaves behind a bit of data and I would like to just start my HDD over.

I have the Windows 7 install disk, what is the best way to do this?

A:Reformatting HDD?

Try a full clean & full format in command prompt.
Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
Partition or Volume - Delete
Partition or Volume - Create New
Partition - Mark as Active
1) Boot DVD, & Press Shift+F10 (for command prompt)
DISKPART : At PC Startup
2) Boot DVD, & Command Prompt at Startup
(for command prompt)

Type in command line
If you have no partitions on your HD.
DISKPART
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK # (HD to cleaned)
CLEAN ALL
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
SELECT PARTITION 1
ACTIVE
FORMAT fs=NTFS
ASSIGN
EXIT
EXIT





SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

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do i need to reformat my hard drive before i upgrade it? because i want a clean install, does reformatting make my laptop from the way it was when i first bought it?

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Hello Juan, and welcome to Vista Forums.

A clean install is formatting the hard drive to erase and delete everything on it. A factory recovery or restore from your recovery partition or recovery disks will format your hard drive and restore it back like the day you first got your computer instead.

If you have a retail upgrade version of Vista that you want to upgrade to, then you can use the method below to do a clean install with if that is what you are wanting to do.

Clean Install From Upgrade Vista

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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there's too much useless things on here that would take me hours to delete ...anyone know any websites where i can get help with back up, and reformatting xp ?
 

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Go HERE.
 

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Ok, I know that this is a dumb question but i'm really curious.

What happens if you reformat your PC too much because you think that it is the only way of fixing the problem you have in your pc?

For me, it sounds like a bad idea to reformat your pc every time you have a problem that you can fix yourself.

Just Wondering.
 

A:Reformatting too much?

I think you'd have to re-format continually to actually wear out the hard disk, or cause damage, but I'm not 100% certain - I'd love to hear the real answer though.
 

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With a system with a lot of problems (XP), is it better to reformat and load XP as a new installation or would it be better to just reload XP over the existing version in there?

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With the mention of "a lot of problems", my personal suggestion would be a format prior to the re-installation of the OS. Sometimes there is something to be said for a 'clean slate'.

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hey there, I recently did case transfer from my old pc to a new case. And I add new parts to the new case, like motherboard, cpu, video card, DDR2 Ram, etc. And the people that did it for me told me I had to reformat my computer because I have new parts like motherboard etc. When I got my pc back I go home power it and and the computer is loading then I see a black screen saying:

We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start successfully. A recent hardware or software change might have caused this.

If your computer stopped responding, restarted unexpectedly, or was automatically shut down to protect your files and folders, choose Last Known Good Configuration to revert to the most recent settings that worked.

If a previous startup attempt was interrupted due to a power failure or because the Power or Reset button was pressed, or if you aren't sure what caused the problem, choose Start Windows Normally.

Safe Mode

Safe Mode with Networking

Safe Mode with Command Prompt

Last Known Good Configuration(your most recent settings that worked)

Start Windows Normally

First I tried Start Windows Normally but it doesnt work it restart and goes back to the black screen, then I tried safe mode and every choices it doesnt go in to windows desktop it reload and start at the black screen again. And I go into the system setup and go to boot and change first boot device to cdrom drive, usually when I format my pc I just put in the windows xp cd, then ... Read more

A:Reformatting PC

Your PC may be detecting too many hardware changes, The SAM files (they check with a file called Wpa.dbl) and may think that you have either tampered with the system or its an installation of XP that is not on your system, so its trying to match the hardware with the files that you had when Windows was first installed and activated.

Reinstalling XP over the top should fix this. You wont loose any of your files, unless they were stored in the Windows Directory.

Additional Info...

Multiple hardware upgrades may require you to reactivate Windows. The activation software is designed to prevent attempts to "clone" an activated copy of Windows and install it on another computer. If you replace or upgrade four or more components from a list of 10 components on your computer in a period of 120 days or less, the activation mechanism may mistakenly assume that you’ve installed the operating system on a new computer. In that case, you’ll be required to call the WPA clearinghouse and get a new activation code. The list of components included in the hardware "fingerprint" includes your video card, primary hard disk, disk controller, CD-ROM drive, network adapter, CPU, and RAM. It does not include Zip drives, digital cameras, or similar peripheral devices.
 

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After my spyware erased one of my essential system files it wouldn't log in any longer, so I decided to just reformat my computer. After reformatting I know I need to download some drivers? I have a Satellite P105-S6024, and I've jumped on the Toshiba drivers website. However, after going through it I was met with a LONGGGG list of drivers for the laptop. I'm not sure which ones to download and what drivers my laptop has... Can anyone help me with this situation, I'm clearly not that sophisticated in computers

A:After reformatting XP, what's next...?

You have installed Windows XP so download Windows XP drivers from the list. For basic functionality you need at least display, sound and network drivers.You have not mentioned which Windows XP service pack you have installed. Choose the right version from the Operating System drop-down list for example Windows XP SP2/SP3.Then choose a category like display from the other drop-down list.Pick the latest driver by seeing the date.

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Anyone have any tips for reformatting my laptop? I've got a legit copy of XP Pro SP1 so that shouldn't be a problem. Lately things have just been running slow on the computer and IEXPLORER.exe has been crashing at restart/shutdown. I've had some nasty spyware problems etc etc, I just think its that time. I'll be able to back up my mp3's, videos, favorites, and pictures as I am on a network and I can have my friend put them on his computer until I get them back. Is there anyhting else I should have backed up? Also, I am running Norton Sys Works 04 and I'd like for my password manager to be backed up. Is that possible? Will I be able to reinstall Sys Works with the same disc that I used the first time I installed it?

Overall, any thoughts before I do this?
 

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i'm having some trouble with my computer and i need to reformat and i'm a having some trouble could anyone help me by any chance?

any help would be greatly apperciated
 

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Some info would help such as the Specs of your Pc, the OS you are using and what the problem is, you may not need to Reformat but i cant say anymore without info.
 

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Need a computer genius and I am not one.
Here is story: A fellow upgraded my win 2K pro to XP. He made it dual bootable. It lost that ability after having to be reloaded for some problem. I want to re-format the hard drive (XP) and load my 2kPro on it. Cannot figure any way to reformat.
Help... Please give step by step , I am not a computer guy.
thanks, Joe
 

A:XP to Win 2K pro - reformatting

Boot the computer with your Win2K CD. Start a new installation of W2K. When it gets to the screen about where to install choose the format option and the installer will format (wiping out XP) and then allow you to continue the installation normally.

If you have a dual boot configuration with the two OS on different partitions, you may need to delete all partitions and recreate them again during the installation. Alternatively, you can format any drive other than the drive that W2K is on from within Windows after the install has completed.
 

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Hi guys thanks for reading and helping me out. Ok so, my computer have been BSOD a lot with the "dumping physical memory" so i was wonder if i reformat my computer will it go away.
Secondly, I have a custom computer that my friend built for me it have windows vista enterprise and only have the vista disc, not a recovery disc. So i was wondering can and how do i reformat with just the vista installation disc.

A:Please help on reformatting

1. It would depend on what's causing the BSOD. I could be software, but it could also be a hardware issue. What error is it reporting? There may be some words at the top of the screen separated by an underscore, but there will certainly be some strings down towards. They will start with 0x0000000xx with the xx being numbers and/or letters. Please post what these are.

2. If he installed Enterprise on that system, I doubt that it is a legal version of Windows. If it isn't, then we can't help you. We can help you get it legal though. It will cost the price of the OS.

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I tried reformatting my computer following this linkWindows 7 Ultimate reinstall with format

using the "Reinstallation DVD Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit" disc that I have. I followed the steps and completed all the reinstallation although some of the steps on that link did not come up for me. When the hard drive set up came up next It showed 2 disk partitions then under those were the C drive and D drive, both showing the space that was used up on them before I began to reformat. I followed the instructions to select the drive which Windows currently resides on, which is C. When I clicked on C there was no "Drive Options (advanced)" option to click on like shown in that step on the link.

I followed through with the re-installation and waited through the steps. When I got to the account set up, I entered the fields and clicked next but there was no "Type your Product Key for Activation" step as shown in the link. I continued on and entered the date and time, and instead of bringing up the network options window it went straight to the home screen where I was able to log onto my account. However...it still shows my C: drive with only 131 GB of free space out of 456 and my D drive with 387 GB of free space out of 931. There's now a Recovery (F:) drive with 4.22 GB of free space out of 9.61.

Before attemtping to reformat, I backed everything that I wanted to keep on external hard drives. My intention was to reformat my computer so I can... Read more

A:Need Help Reformatting

is your dell installation disk for that specific computer? You can always use dban to format the drive first.

Darik's Boot And Nuke | Hard Drive Disk Wipe and Data Clearing

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just wondering if there is a way to reformat completely while only keeping certain files? i want to reformat but i have about 13 gigz of music that i dont want to have to either burn or put back on here. is there a way to save it, or could i just transfer it to a second harddrive and then transfer it back?

A:reformatting

Yes you could put in a second hard drive as a slave and drag and drop the files from one hard drive to the other When you get to the formatting stage make sure you unplug the second hard drive to protect it in case you mess up.
You could also burn the music to disk, if it were my collection I would do both. Its a good idea to backup a backup because when you format your HDD your music will only be on the slave drive, also what if your power supply fails and takes both HDD's with it.

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I need to know how to reformat a laptop computer. I have the restore disks that came with computer but I do not know how to use them. Please help steve
 

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I just bought a computer from work and it has windows nt on it . It is for my son to play learning games on the problem is NT will not allow some of the games to play on it. So I need to reformat the hd and install 98 on it.How do I reformat the Hd. Please give detailed instructions please.
THANKS
 

A:Help Reformatting HD

Instructions for removing nt here Remove nt or 2k
 

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Hi
My pc encountered a virus and I obtained help in reformatting my pc however we were unsuccessful in completing the process because when entering the "product key" for registration, there were certain letters on the keypad such as 'N' and 'A' etc that were unavailable. we tried switching to two different keypads but both had the same result. Can you please assist me or identify the cause of this problem?

Thanks
 

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How can I easily reformat my hard drive?

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This should help you

http://rcc.bgsu.edu/computing/xpformat/

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my mothers computer is a mess and I am afraid I will have to reformat the hard drive for her. My brother kept the recovery cd and the windows xp, which is what she has now. I have an old copy of win 98 (she can't afford to go buy windows xp) and was going to just install it on the computer, as its an older model (a pentium 1 or 2) and figure it would work better anyway with win98....however I'm concerned that the drivers won't be on the windows cd. Will I have a problem reloading drivers...I'm most concerned about the mouse, and keyboard drivers and that kind of stuff. I'm sure I can figure out how to reformat it, but I'm concerned about messing it up after that. LOL Please, can anyone give me advice on what to do and how to do it? It's freezing up on her, and I can't get the dumb thing to recognise that there is a cable modem (oh and I am going to obviously get THAT to working again too once I reformat it!) and the virus detector won't update. I can't get anything at all to run on it anymore. Suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Lin

A:help reformatting

the mouse and keyboard will definately be recognized, unless she has like some super duper keyboard/mouse combination with flashing lights and an auto aimer for counter strike, you'll be fine there.

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Hello everyone.

I would like to reformat my laptop but I have a problem. I have three drives, a d drive, a c drive (my main drive) and an e drive "hp tools." The d drive was originally an hp drive but I cant remember the original name because my friend changed it. But it has a folder in it that says recovery. Anyway, (lol), the only way I can reformat is by "returning the computer to factory settings."

I have nothing to backup my files with... but I was wondering if I could use those extra drives? Or will they be reset also? If I cant do that... then what can I do to backup my files? Can I partition and then reset to factory settings?


Please help,

Jonathan.

A:Reformatting

You should not touch either of those drives and in any case I would expect that they would be much too small for your purposes. An easy way to backup your files would be to an external drive, such as a flash drive connected to a USB port.

You should always have a backup of important files and a backup to the same physical drive is almost useless.

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I'm building a new computer and I gonna use my old hard drive. I have two partitions on that hard drive: one for the OS, and one for my backup stuff. i was wondering if i can only reformat the partition with the OS and not reformat my backup. Any help is appreciated, thx!!
 

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hi...I have an emachine with an intel celeron processorwhich was originally loaded with windows me. I loaded winxp a couple of moths back and evrything was fine..but now all of a sudden it wont load the desktop...it says loading your personal settings and goes to the blank screen as if to load and then it comes back saying logging off and stays at the welcome screen....I tried going into set up but cant seem to find anything to reformat hdd...also tried loading in the bootable winme cdand also the winxp cd but it just wont boot from there...I chkd set up and its setup to boot from the cdrom drive first and then the hdd...pls can you help me...thanks

A:reformatting

Did your emachine come with a special cd containing setup files? If not, good. Just boot from the CD and you'll be able to reformat during the install.

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Okay all here i go again.. I am looking at reformating my computer that has win xp pro put on over win 98 se. Now. where is there a link or instructions on how to reformat with win xp.. do i need a start up disk? etc

Sweet
 

A:win xp and reformatting

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I am trying to reformat a friend's computer to put W98 on it. He bought it from his employer who sold a store and it has Windows NT on it. I can't get to an MS-DOS prompt because it says the system is "locked by the administrator". Is there a way to clean everything out and bypass this snag? It is labelled "Pro". Many thanks for any suggestions.
 

A:reformatting from NT to 98

Best guess unless someelse has a better idea

If you can't use a win98 boot disk to start up and run fdisk form there you may need to go to the hard drive manufacturers site and download there low leverl format utility.
 

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I was getting a message for insufficiant memory on my HP computer. I used my system recovery disks and did a complete reformat of my computer but I am still getting this error message. What can cause this and how do I correct it?
 

A:reformatting XP

Lack of memory?

How much memory do you have? What is your page file set at?

Do you mean that you completely erased everything and installed a fresh copy of XP?
 

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Hi everyone,

I'm having a problem I just can't seem to figure out. I've been trying to reformat my HD. Well, everytime I do a format c: it gives me a warning....no problemo! I reply "Y" and get the following message:

Format cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. Format may run if this volume is dismounted first. It then goes on to ask if I want to force a dismount, which I do.

I then get the message:

Cannot lock the drive. The volume is still in use. Grrrrrrrrr!!!!!

I thought it might have been GoBack, or maybe Norton. As far as I can tell, there are no other processes running that would lock a volume.

So, being the old pre-Windows guy that I am, I thought if I could boot from a disk that would work. Well. I've tried creating W2K boot disk (4 of 'em ). Then I tried the ERD...nope. I tried booting with a Win98se floppy.....nope. Didn't work either.
I am really at the end of my rope here. I've never encountered NOT being able to reformat.

BTW, I have only one partition as far as I can tell, if it helps.

If anyone can help me, it will have to be baby steps as I've never encountered this problem before, but I sure do need the help.

Thanks

JDB
 

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Is there a way to reformat but back up a whole folder onto the same harddrive. It sounded like a stupid question to me since that defeats the purpose of reformatting but I was just wondering. I have an XP, and I am having problems with FPS in Games and this Uniblue Spyeraser program.
 

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yesterday my friend tried reformatted his computer, when we tried to boot up windows xp it doesnt run?

we put the disc in the E: drive the d: drive doesnt work so we are using the other one E:

we went into BIOS change teh boot sequence to the E: drive but for some reason the disc doesnt boot, when we type E: dir
the content on the disk appears so we tried "E:setup" but still nothing happens it says unable to run this in Dos mode or something can any one help me figure out how we can install it is teh another way

A:reformatting

Hi,

You have several issues going on there that need answers or fixed.

1)
Quote:




yesterday my friend tried reformatted his computer, when we tried to boot up windows xp it doesnt run?




Well, did he get it formatted? If so, how did he get it done? Did he try to format to Fat32 or NTFS? Was the drive already partitioned, or did he repartition it? If so, how many partitions? If he formatted it with Fdisk, did he make the partition active? Please give any other details that are appropriate.

2)
Quote:




drive doesnt work so we are using the other one E:




Why does it not work? Do you have all the ribbon cables and jumpers hooked up correctly? Check with this schematic to see it is properly set up:


The master and slave jumpers must be set up correctly on your drives as displayed on the top of each drive.

DO NOT mix master and slave with CS (cable select) on the same ribbon cable. If one is Master the other MUST be slave. If one is Cable Select the other one on the same ribbon cable must be Cable Select. (Please note that the majority of hard drives are factory default as Cable Select)

Make sure the drive is placed correctly on the ribbon cable as shown below:

M
O
T
H ==Ribbon Cable=== Slave ===Master (end of cable)
E
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I need to reformat my laptop. Any help would be very helpful. Yes I have the Dell CD's that came with my laptop and the WinXP cd. But I just can't remember how to do this w/o calling Tech support. Frankly, I'd like to not go that route, and spend useless time on "HOLD".

Also does anyone know a good program that I can retrieve lost files off an old hard drive that was reformatted by mistake. I have heard of some software out there, but I was wondering what anyone of you recommend.

Thanks in advance.

Peace, Rose

A:Reformatting XP Plus Help

You just need to set your laptop to boot from CD (might already be set up to do this, press a certain key - sometimes it's 'C'- while booting with XP CD in the drive). When XP setup starts, be sure to choose the option to do a fresh or 'new' installation on C partition. Setup should format it for you before proceeding.

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I want to reformat my computer because I'm having so many problems right now. The only important files I have on their are my Microsoft Office and Lotus programs. I don't remember where the disks to those programs are. I do have my Windows XP disk though. Can someone please help tell me how to back up my Microsoft and Lotus programs? Should I burn them to a CD-RW? If I do that, how do I put them back on to the hard drive from the CD-RW after I'm done? Thanks in advance.

A:Reformatting

You won't be able to back up a installed program. Part of the installation was converting the source code to machine language. That and many elements of the source was stored in different folders and in the registry.

Keeping looking for those original CD's along with the product codes each has.
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my computer came with WinME and I recently installed WinXP Home Edition. Whenever I had ME on there and I wanted to reformat I just stuck in the restore cd that came with the computer and I rebooted and it went to the screen that took me step through step through the process. Now (having XP on there) when I put the cd in and reboot it just loads up XP again as usual like the cd isn't even in there. How do I make it read the cd on boot or whatever?
 

A:reformatting help!

Go into bios 'advanced settings' (I think, I haven't been there for a while), and set 1st boot device to cdrom (use pgUp/PgDn).
 

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So about a year ago I bought an Acer Aspire M1100 (I think) with some money I got from my job. I didn't like Vista, and I don't know much about computers but my brother's friend said he had a copy of XP that I could have for free. Not knowing it was pirated, I let him put it on my computer. It kept saying that my copy of Windows wasn't verified or whatever, but I just dealt with it because I don't have the money to buy XP.

I've been having problems with my computer. It's been going really slow lately, so I thought I would just reformat it and be on my way. If only it were that simple.

I searched high and low for the discs that I thought had come with my computer when I originally had it, and I can't find them, if I ever had them. That makes it hard to reformat.

Is there any way I can access a hidden partition or something that would reformat my stuff to when I bought it? I'm not really sure if what I'm saying is making sense, but you might get what I need. I just need help reformatting.

Please and Thanks,
Chaseroonie
 

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my harddrive is getting cluttered and I want to do a reformat or a clean install to get rid of most of my stuff. my question is,

If I clean install/reformat my harddrive, will i be able to reuse the licences forWindows 7 and Microsoft Office?

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Yes you will be able to use them

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I love the make a dvd a usb feature in Win7. However I've noticed on some discs (no particular brand) that I am unable to recover the disc. If I format it does but in actuality the progams, altough no longer there as far as explorer is concerned, I am left with only the space that was not used in the initial burn. Not a free usb drag and drop media . Anyone else noticed this? Is it the build I have (7100 RC) or does this feature simply not live up to it's amazing potential?
TIA
J

A:usb dvd's not reformatting

This link gives a detailed tutorial (With screen shots) on how to do it.

How to Install Windows 7 From USB Drive without Windows 7 ISO DVD

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Hi, So I want to reformat this PC I am using. I have done it before when I got it but like a fool when I has this PC built for me on overclockers I forgot to add a hard drive bigger than the basic 111 gig ssd. Windows and it's updates quickly filled the ssd up without me even knowing so I put the old 1tb hard drive into my PC as a back up. I still to this day get messages appearing in the system tray saying that the ssd is full. 
 
 

 
 
Now you see my problem I would like to reformat my PC so windows is on the local disk E and use whatever game on the C drive. The system reserved drive seems to be empty so can I delete it? It's been a while since I reformatted so I assume I need to delete the partition that is E install windows on it but then I am not sure how to change what disk the PC pulls the windows files from as there will be files on both C and E? Do I also delete the partition C and just remake it but like I said before install windows onto partition E? 

A:Reformatting help

Hi Tarnas This is quite a complicated situation, so let's break it down and see what we can do about it. I'm running the same build as you, a 120GB Intel SSD and a 1TB WD HDD. On my SSD (C:), I have Windows installed, as well as important, heavy-duty programs like IDE, compilers, and a few games. On my E: drive, I have all other minor programs (WinRAR, VLC, iTunes, games) as well as all my personal files, since I redirected my Documents, Music, Pictures and Videos folder to folders on my E: drive, which saves me a lot of space. To this day, I still have 24GB free on my SSD and I can make free space whenever I want. If you want to format your whole SSD again and reinstall Windows on it, I'll be happy to walk you throught that procedure, and also tell you how to setup your SSD with your HDD so everything goes on the HDD and only the minimum goes on your SSD. How does that sound?

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This 12.7G Quantum Bigfoot HD shows up with two drive letters in 'My Computer'! This may be a stupid question but how do I get this to be recognized as one drive and be same as if if were out of the box? My Computer see this one drive a ENTFS) & FFAT32)! 'Device Manager' see it as the one drive!
 

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I have a computer that is displaying an error "Invalid boot device" and mentions possible reasons for the error. I cannot get anywhere else on the machine. I don't know much about these kinds of issues and was wondering if anyone could give me some specifics on how to get it back up and running. It is a Win2K Advanced Server machine.
 

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I was trying to install a windows 7 to my computer. Upon the process, it had options to upgrade or custom. I chose custom so I could reformat it but it only gave me an option to 'refresh' and 'load driver'. I wish to reformat my disk and partition it again. Have I done wrong?
 

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The Windows does not show an advanced option as shown here? See step 10

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I forgot to backup my favourites and i reformatted my pc, anyway to recover them?
 

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I know I know there are a ton of threads and trust me I've read most of them about reformatting and I can't seem to find My specific solution so here it goes.
My problem is my laptop.
Long story short after having my laptop returned from service I found my Bios messed with where when I would start my computer but Bios wouldn't find my hard drive or an OS.
I found that my system was set to RAID instead of ATA.
After resetting it back to ATA it boots up fine. However I wanted to reformat and start clean.
I placed my XP disk in, reset my BIOS to read my optical drive first and no problems.
However every time I get to partition drive all I see is "Unknown Device"
If I press any key I get a blue screen of death. Most times it's the 0X0000008E.
I have tried going into Recovery mode and manually typing Format C:\ however it says it one of two things either "The parameter is not valid" or "Cannot format network drive" or something like that.
I tried upgrading since it was Windows Home Edition and I have XP Professional however I received another blue screen of death at the same place when trying to partition the drives and now when ever I boot up Windows gives me the option of either booting up to Windows Home or continuing my botched installation of XP Professional!
I do not have a floppy drive for my laptop. The drivers and utilities that came with the laptop are on CD. I have tried pressing F6 to see if maybe RAID needs to be i... Read more

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Was wondering on how to do it, like how to bring up the ms-dos prompt and what to type in. I am on windows xp (updated from windoes 98se) and have the windows 98 SE for PC's without windows cd to install after i refomat
 

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Alright I know how to reformat with the bootup disk...but right now I have no access to a floppy drive so im unable to create a boot up disk...im running windows xp home edition and I need to know if its possible how to reformat without a bootup disk..and if so how would I be able to do it..thanks
 

A:Need Help Reformatting

I'm almost sure this will work for you.
I've got a triple boot system (win98se and winxp on one hd and winxp from my 2nd hd. I've been able to format and install windowsXP on either hd this way.

Insert your WinXP cdrom and when it starts-up, select install WinXp. Then select new installation.

The system will then reboot after loading installation files. You'll then be given an option of either a fresh copy or repairing an existing installation. Select "fresh copy" and you'll then be able to select the drive/partition that you want to reformat and load windows on.
 

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I'm wanting to Reformat My Hard Drive..and start New..but am not sure on how to do so. I'm using Windows 98 SE..Any info would be great...thanks
 

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I want to re-do my computer. I believe by reformatting, I will erase everything including the os. I have xp on a compaq. now, I have the option to re-do it at start-up by pressing F11. Will that go away if I reformat or install another os?
 

A:What is reformatting exactly? and help with it?

Try this article it explains it better than I can:

http://www.ehow.com/how_6026_format-hard-drive.html
 

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