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Formatting a harddrive for Windows XP that is already Formated for Linux

Question: Formatting a harddrive for Windows XP that is already Formated for Linux

Hi, Wonder if anyone can help me on this one.

I have a Computer with XP on but want to run a duel boot with Vista on another drive.

I have another drive to put into my computer but it was formatted under linux and i understand that it will require reformatting to take a windows OS, how do i do this?

I have no linux system and don't have a linux boot disk so if i need one of these can you please post a link, I also have no knowledge of Linux.

While I'm on here can anyone give me any advise I want to run both XP and Vista on separate drives, I'm looking to familiarize myself with Vista before moving my whole system to it, so I can check the driver compatibility and other issues I may have. Is there going to be any problems I should know about it terms of running them both.

Thanks in Advance.

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Preferred Solution: Formatting a harddrive for Windows XP that is already Formated for Linux

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Answer: Formatting a harddrive for Windows XP that is already Formated for Linux

I'm Not positive about linux but i have used the partition utillity alot.
*i would back up your system first*
so here's what you do to reformat ur harddrive ...

logon to your computer and go to my comuter right click on the XP boot and click "rename"
and set it to "XP drive" right click on the drive you want your new xp to boot from and set the name to "reformatme". (we do this so there is no confusion witch drive is witch.) insert your xp cd in the drive and restart your computer. now when your computer is booting wait for text to come up saying "press any key to boot from CD" press any key on your key board. wait for the intro page prees enter, and agree to the Terms then follow the wizerd till you get to a page that shows you what OSes are allredy installed press Esc
now you should see a list of partitions. Look for the drive that says "reformatme" and in the sub area under that there should be a partion that says "unknowen format" You will losse all data when you do whats next... Press "D" then "enter" then "L" now press enter on "raw" and select the file system you want and Setup will take you from there!

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OK bascially i have a western digital 200 gig harddrive and then i was doing a clean install but its not until after i reformated and installed the system that my harddrive shrunk from its 200 gigs to 130! what happened, and uhh is there a way to fix it

Answer:Harddrive formated, not same size as i was.

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Hello, i've just formatted my Harddrive and backed up all my important data onto my slave harddrive... i reinstalled windows on my master harddrive now everything on my slave is gone!! it says "harddrive not formatted would you like to format it now" what can i do to get my stuff back??? pleaaaaaaaaaase help me

Answer:Important Data on non-Formated Harddrive

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i have just removed vista and put my old copy of xp back on . while the computor was running vista i bought and formated a 2nd hardrive and saved all my files to this drive. upon installing xp i found xp will not reconize this drive so to backed up my files i had to re install vista and transfer files to a xp formated drive then re install xp. i have saved all my files but i have a 320gig hardrive that i cant use. is there any way to make xp format this drive so i can use it. its a sata and all drivers are good to go. thanyou for any help.

Answer:xp will not reconise vista formated harddrive

If you go to Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management do you see the drive? If it is free or unallocated space you can right click on it and select format to format the drive. This will erase all data on the drive. Then you should be able to use the drive.


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Hi can any of you helpful people help me out with this messI recently formated my dell laptop which was running windows 98, hoping just to reinstall everything back with no problems my laptop wont reconignise my external cd rom drive i have a usb cd rom and a pcmcia ide my specs are dell 400mhz processor 6 gig harddrive and i think its got 128 memory not surei have no floppy drive at all any ideas how to reinstall o.splease help!!!

Answer:dell laptop formated harddrive

any ideas why it wont recognise external usb cd rom

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I'm looking for a good software to recover files from a formated hard drive?

Answer:Recover files a formated harddrive

GetDataBack, worth every penny if you buy it.

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I bought a brand new Acer Aspire xc600 today and it had win8 installed. First thing me and my husband did was to try to install win7 (as we dislike win8 for many reasons)... When it didnt work with just putting in the cd and install, we (stupidly without making recovery discs as we thought we would never need it) formated the drive and made it completely clean before installing win7 (which works now). This means we have no win8 recovery disc or E-recovery management program and therefor cant do factory reset and return this piece of crap pc... (We play world of warcraft and my 7year old pc has only been updated once when it comes to graphic card to geforce 9800 and still perform better outside the game).

The performance test of the whole system give the graphics a lousy 5.0 which is worse than my husbands 3yr old graphic card as well! Only numbers that have increased is the RAM and CPU.

I feel disappointed as the graphics card should be better than mine or my husbands and have better performance even if its the "laptop sized card".

So to the issue, is there a way we could restore/reinstall the computer to factory settings with win8 and Acers drivers as it was when we started it up earlier today???

Please help me,

Answer:No recovery disc made and formated harddrive

Or maybe someone can explain how to improve the quality and performance, we turned of aero and tried to optimize it but nothing seems to help really... The desktop looks somewhat grainy and not really clean and neat as with my very much older PC.

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how in the hell do i format my harddrive and install win XP i already deleted primary partition and created a new one know in A: i type format C:/
says bad command file name somthing like that do i format it? i have the windows xp home cd but i don't have windows 98 only the boot disk of win98

Answer:Formatting harddrive WINDOWS XP HOME HELP!

I only use normal format on a hard drive thats old or very very well used...on a new hard drive, I use quick..or at least as long as the drives been working AOK I use quick

just did my 480gb raid with quck format...done in about 2 min...

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i'm going to keep this as simple as possible

-bought ssd (crucial mx100 256gb)
-put ssd into my computer
-made bootable win7 usb and plugged it in
-everything is going smooth and ok
-after install of wins 7 everything is fine, i decided to re-install a program i was using before
-i install some bloatware type malware that was inside the program (my mistake i should have looked for a better source)
-trying to format ssd hardrive and re install win 7 no luck as windows keeps telling me that there is no usb in place, i had already gone into the BIOS and the made the usb the primary boot
-tried to go back to restore point but i forgot to make one before i got started fml

not sure what my options are now. having trouble formatting my hardrive, win 7 deliberately refuses to read usb at startup, tried alt+f10 didn't work, and pos acer wants to charge me $20 for thier recovery software (it's come with all that bloatware to, no me gusta).

any suggestions

Answer:Having trouble formatting harddrive and reinstalling windows 7

Try this: Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

But make sure you first define an aligned, primary active partition on your SSD to which you install. You can do that with Command Prompt from any installation or recovery disk?stick. The commands are:

List disk
Select disk n (where n is the number that was given for your SSD in List disk)
Create partition primary align=1024
Format fs=ntfs quick

And next time make an image of the system after you are done with the installation of the system and the programs. Then you can always backpaddle in 20 minutes.

Imaging with free Macrium

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I am just here to see if anyone knows anything about problems with Windows 7 not allowing you to use all of the harddrive space on a Hitachi 3Tb Harddrive, and Linux systems not even detecting it.

I Installed the 7 system on it this morning and tried to create partitions out of all of the space, but, there is 750 Gb that won't allow me to partition and format it no matter how I divide the harddrive up.

When I tried to install a dual boot OS with Ubuntu 11.4LTS, and Fedora 15, neither one of those would even detect the harddrive at all. Anyone have any idea of what the problem is?

I have a ASUS R 3 Extreme Motherboard, with the latest BIOS, (to detect the full harddrive capacity), and i7 970 cpu, 2 ASUS GeForce 560 cu Graphics cards, and 24 G of Patriot G Series Memory overclocked to 1333 Ghz. I expect this system to last me for the next ten years or so, and would like to get it working right soon since my old XP systems both died in the last two months. Any Idears?

Answer:Windows 7 / Linux harddrive problem... The first three hits should shed some light on you dilemma

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I have a 20GB Hard Disk with Linux Redhat on it.I've made a Windows Bootdisk, and attempted to install Windows 98. Windows 98 install will not run because it requires an active DOS Partition or something like this.I tried to create an active DOS Partition with fdisk but when i run it, it says "Error Reading Fixed Disk"I basically want to format all 20GB's of this Hard Disk ready to install Windows 98 onto it. THx

Answer:Linux Redhat...formatting for Windows

when you boot from a boot disk, can you format the hd. jim.

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How do I format a hard drive with a Linux Distro thereon on a computer running Windows 10?
If I connect the Linux hard drive to one of the SATA drive ports on the motherboard in my Windows 10 computer, the Linux hard drive does not even show up under This PC.
Can it be done or the Linux hard drive needs to be connected to another computer also running Linux and only then the Linux hard drive can be formatted?

Answer:Formatting hard drive with Linux on Windows 10

Use a live CD/DVD.
Just be very certain about the drive your formatting.
Windows is pretty useless at recognising advanced file systems, whereas Linux will, recognise almost anything.

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Hello, I have a Linux (ubuntu) machine connected to a Linksys G router (WRT54G2) via ethernet. My main PC, a Winodws XP laptop, also communicates through the linksys router (via wifi). I want to connect an external drive directly to the Linksys wireless G and be able to use *both machines (Linux and XP) to access the external drive and do backups; is this possible?

Most inexpensive external drives come with USB, not ethernet connections; the wifi has Ethernet connections. I am new too both backup devices and Linux and am on a budget.

Answer:Can one external HardDrive Backup both windows and Linux (ubuntu) PCs?

i dont see why not. what kind of backup are you doing? like are you imaging the whole thing or just ntbackup style and making a backup file to store on your external?

i dunno about the ubuntu machine tho

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hiya peeps! I wanted to know if i could format a hard drive with bad sectors.. Is it possible?How?

Answer:Formatting A Harddrive..

Every hard drive has bad sectors...formatting takes place in the ordinary, usual way.Formatting (or anything else) does not "cure" bad sectors, it just works around them, just as chkdsk does.When sufficient bad sectors become such a problem that routine hard drive operations are not possible, the drive should be considered unuseable, IMO.Bad Sectors On Hard Drives - Louis

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I am up and running with a new computer and want to totally redo my other computer. I want to clean the hard drive and re-install windows. I have saved everything I want to save from my old computer to on my new computer. Can anyone sort of give me an ordered list of what to do to accomplish this? Thanks.

Answer:Need help formatting harddrive

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Well I had fedora core 4 on this harddrive, and now when I try to format it in windows it shows the file type is raw and I can't convert it or format it. How do I format a raw file type HDD then?

Answer:Help on formatting a harddrive

If you're not trying to install windows on that drive than you could try to install Partition Magic.

Either way, you can zero the drive with Daryl's Nuke disk (you can get it here and it's free). It will erase everything on the harddrive so Windows will see it as unformatted or unallocated space.

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So I have an NTFS formatted 40GB harddrive connected by IDE, I want to reformat it to FAT32, and I cant remember the DOS command prompt

anyone? help? I know its basic and stupid I just cant remember

Answer:Formatting a 3rd harddrive

Scroll down to the Win 2000 and XP section.

Just curious, why the Fat32?


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If I want to format a hard drive to install windows xp professional, how do I do this?

Answer:formatting a harddrive

Boot to the XP CD and before the install routine begins you'll be given the option to format.

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After I format the hard drive,which do I install first?The drivers on the cd that came with the motherboard,the printer drivers and then Windows XP/SP2, AVG full edition. Also my harddrive has the jumper set at CB(cable select ?)(came that way already installed in computer) can I change that to Master before I install any drivers or WinXP? or do I change it to master after every thing is installed? I would like to add another harddrive(40GB) to my system as a secondary one. My motherboard is a MSI [email protected] P4 /2.60GHz80GB HD512 MB DDR SDRAM(2) DVD+/-RWMedia Reader 8 in 15 USB Ports (4 back-1 front)56 K- ITU v.92 Ready Fax Modem 10/100 Mbps EthernetUltra V Series 500 Watt ATX Power Supply(2) Printers/ CX5200 Epson all in one and a Epson photo 870Thanks in advance for any help.

Answer:Formatting Harddrive?

Do not have intenet connected. If you have a cable, pull it out. Disconnect any USB devices.1) Windows2) Motherboard Drivers3) AVG and some Spyware protection like SpybotConnect the cable to the internet.4) Use Windows Update to get all critical updates5) Printer and all other peripherals. Follow instructions on printer.6) Scan your systemYou can change the jumpers on the cable at anytime (might as well do it first), BUT if you jumper the new hard drive you are adding as CS also, then the one on the far end of the cable is Master and the one on the center connector slave. Either way will work fine.

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Had a power failure during de-frag of this drive...
Was the master drive on a dell optiplex...
lost some info, so tried to re-coup the drive, no way?
So I used the second drive and loaded windows etc, and
started that drive works, but the computer is
starting each time looking for that bad master drive...
I have to hit F1 to load windows on that computer...
and everything works as should...but need the second drive
for more diskspace...
Ok, Now I have that bad drive out of unit and tried to reformat it in my second Dell computer a Dimension...won't recognize the drive???
All I want to do is wipe it clean and put it back in origianal
computer for second harddrive!
Drive was in a Dell computer but is FuJisu Brand Drive...

Thanks in advance for any ideas...Tinkertoy

Answer:re-formatting a harddrive help!!!

I dont quite understand whats going on here, but if your computer will boot into windows I would hook up both drives and go to:

1. My Computer
2. Right click the drive you want cleared and click Format.

format it using the NTFS format and let the computer do it.

If your computer doesnt detect it at all make sure that the jumpers on the drive are correct. (You may want to set them to slave for now until you can get it cleared). If that doesnt work I would try to take out your other drive and set the one you want cleared to Master (with jumpers) and put in your windows cd. (Make sure your first boot device is the cd rom drive when trying it this way.) and then it will ask you to boot from cd. push any button and then setup windows that way.

Depending on how big the drive is and how old your Dimension desktop is could determine whether your old computer will detect it or not. The newer bigger drives usually dont get detected on older systems.

Hope this helps and Good Luck.

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how do i format my harddrive cos at the mo ive got windows vista on it but i want to put XP on to in instead with a clean installation thanks

Answer:formatting the harddrive?

Formating the drive is done as part of the installation of XP.So you will get the option to do a quick or full format when you change from Vista to XP

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umm I know I'm new to this board but hopefully i could help you out soon as well. I have a lot of questions on formatting my harddrive. A lot of people told me it's a pain. But really i want to start out fresh with my pc again. I know I should save the files i want personally, but are there other precautions to take as far as my operating system goes and drivers? I have the XP recovery disk so I should be able to use that right. Someone also told me i should check my BIOS page and make sure it boots up from my CD ROM drive first so I can restart when the formatting is done then boot up with the recovery disk. Any feedback would be a great help. Thank you.

Answer:Formatting my harddrive.....

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I had Windows ME it wouldn't install some programs i need, a friend told me I'd be better off with 2000 pro so i got that installed it but i now want to format my harddrive to get rid of the crap i've built up he told me i'd need a program to format the harddrive on startup where would i get this program????

Answer:Formatting Harddrive

Boot with the Win2k CD and follow the instructions - you can format the hdd with that CD.Just be sure you have all the necessary drivers for your hardware, and keep records of all passwords etc.By the way, what are the programs? If they will not load onto WinME, then Win2k is unlikely to fare much better. Win2k is an excellent OS, though. I use it for most of my work.

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Could somebody tell me how format the hard drive? Thanks.

Answer:formatting harddrive

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I have two hard drives, both have windows XP installed, and both are accessible on the computer. I am currently logged into E:, but want to format C:, if I right click it in My Computers, and format it that way, do I have to do anything so I can use C: as file storage disk?

Answer:Formatting a harddrive.

Nope....once it's formatted, you can use as storage right away.

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Hi Guys

I want to format my hard drive and do a clean install of Windows. I have backed up all my Documents, and software, etc. But I am using Firefox and Thunderbird and I want to keep all my e-mails, Bookmarks and address books. Can someone tell me the easiest way to do this.


Answer:Harddrive Formatting

How to backup Firefox bookmarks and how to backup Emails and such

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I want to format the harddrive on my daughters computer and re-install Windows 98. How do I do it?

Answer:Formatting my harddrive

Rather than go into an extended post - have a look at this:click here

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I'm desparate so i'm posting this in two places case ones wrong. My gateway p3 500 running win98 is all messed up from my dsl provider and microsoft tech supports. Now i want to format my hard drive and install win xp. I'm an idiot so please help in easy to understand steps. Thanks for the help

Answer:formatting harddrive

Black Viper has the simplest step by step guide to installing XP that I have seen. You can format HD and install XP from the XP installation CD. You can check out the guide at the link below. This link is the XP Home install guide. If you are installing XP Pro there is a guide for that also in the left column on the page. It really is quite simple and this guide makes it quite clear.

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I recently installed a new HD on my system, a 40gb Seagate and with the aid of DiscWizard utility copied all of my file data from old HD and left the old HD installed as slave complete with all of its file data (as Backup). I now have more faith in my new HD and would like to remove all of the now doubled up file data. I realise that reformating this Drive will accomplish this but when I attempt to do this from explorer it will not allow me to do this. Would appreciate some advice on this as I don't want learn the "Hard" way, excuse the pun.


Answer:Formatting Slave HardDrive

What version of windows are you using? If windows 98 you should be able to format from explorer. You can also boot from a boot disk and type FORMAT D: /Q - Q is for quick.

In XP use Administrative Tools - Computer Managemnent - Disk management from the control panel to format the drive.

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I need to format and re-install Win95 on a friend's p.c. She uses M.S. Works and Money. I want to save everything she has saved in these programs and then re-insert them after re-installing the programs from the original disks. I need to know where these programs save these things and how to copy it off so I can put it back later. Hope this makes sense. Any help will be appreciated

Answer:what to save before formatting harddrive

Well, first up I'd check the contents of My Documents, and any folders your friend has created on the hard drive(s) and desktop.

Second, do a search (START, Find, Files or Folders) and search for any file types associated with those programs. Precede the extension with an asterisk, and seperate multiple types with semi-colons.
So, just checking for MS Works extensions, it looks like you'll need to search for:
*.wks; *.wcm; *.wdb; *.wpj; *.wps

and for MS Money:
*.mny and possibly *.qwb

(You can do these all in one search).
Make sure you have the C: drive or Local Hard Drive(s) selected in the "Where" box. This should find all the Works and Money files you need to save.

Third, I'd check for any other files that your friend may want to keep - MS Office documents, pictures, videos, game save positions, whatever.

Oh, and make sure you have all the discs necessary to reinstall any software and hardware, before you wipe the drive.

P.S. there may be other file extensions that I haven't listed here - anyone have any ideas?


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My friend has just put a different HD in his compaq deskpro. The machine is a P266 with 64mb ram.

THE HD has apparently already been FDISK'd but not formatted.

He booted the machine with the new HD in, in the hope of formatting it, and tried to start it up both with and without a windows 95 bootable floppy disc in the machine.

However, when attempting to boot with the bootable floppy in, he is getting the following error "disk error, press control. alt and delete".

The error occurs after he is on the usual screen that says COMPAQ in large red lettering with a white background... under that is an hour glass in the lower lefthand corner.

He is unable to get the machine to a DOS prompt.

Any suggestions on how to format the HD would be appreciated.


Answer:Problem formatting Harddrive

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I have an external harddrive that needs to be formatted... but I need to format it as a fat32 file system. I try format it on both xp and vista but its only giving me the choice of ntfs. Is there a program I could use to format it to fat32?

Answer:Formatting external harddrive

For a MAC is:

Once in disk utility, select your external drive in the list on the left of the Disk Utility window, and click "erase". Select FAT32 as your file format, name the volume, and click the "erase" option.

For Windows

CompuApps, Inc. - Download Swissknife

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i am a new user of pc and i wil like to know how i can format and partition my harddrive

Answer:formatting and partition harddrive

click here if you have Windows XP

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Hi, when I try and format my NTFS harddrive while using DOS on the UltimateBootCd ( I get the following error message.##Boot sectore unreadable, disk not yet formattedInvalid Drive! Aborting[Error 55]Whenever I try and do a dir command on the disk I get the following messagedivide error, stack:f84b 4519 0246 0000 15E5 3878 699F 45F5 0000 0800 0000 0000 002CWhy is this happening and how can I get it too work? The harddrive is a 80 Gigabyte Seagate IDE. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Formatting NTFS Harddrive

What O/S have you got? Have you not got a bootable windows CD?

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I just built my computer (yay), and it has two harddrives (don't ask). Anyway, the one (the master)was set up and I was then going to do the other (the slave), but I got distracted when the video card flipped out. I want to format it now, I'm using Windows 2000, and I was pretty sure they would tell me on start up that it would need to be formatted. Everything is plugged in and all, but I'm not sure. Should I just go to "Add Hardware?"

Answer:Formatting an additional harddrive

Disk Management... Windows has Disk Manager doesn't it? I can't remember, but go to Control Panel and see if you have Administrative Tools... it's in there. If not there, check in the C:\WINDOWS\System32 folder... all programs that are not visible from the desktop or any other user interface will be found there.

All you have to do is select the drive (if it even shows up) right click or go to actions menu and select format. It'll run a wizard and walk you through.

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Just in general.. what's it going to do/affect me.. I understand it just makes it factory-fresh and all.. but i'm going to have to set things up like internet connections, hardware, that sort of thing.. Normally I wouldn't have a concern with this, but the computer is expensive and my parents dislike paying money to have it fixed. It might sound immature and make me sound unintelligent, but I just want to know is it a good idea.. I want to do it to clear my computer, start fresh/fast so that i have less errors and issues. I had a previous problem where my webcam software was causing windows to be unbootable and i had to have it installed at a store, they said just update it before using the cam.. but i'm worried about that aswell..

Also: The computer store gave me a scratched copy of Windows XP, which makes recovery impossible.. I was just going to use the "F12" option, or whichever button it is.

Answer:Question About Formatting HardDrive..


if you format the drive and install fresh , then yes you will have to setup various things

As for the F12 option, not sure what that is... I know some PC's come with an automated restore program that returns windows to its factory built spec, is that what you mean. If so running this will delete everything on the drive you have added since it was first setup, documents, music, pictures, downloaded files etc etc.

I think that if you have any doubts at all about what you are doing then take it to an expert and pay a few bucks/pounds to have it done properly.


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I have a problem.  Well, I have a 500GB external Seagate harddrive.  Well, I have alot of data on there that I need to get off, I haven't backed it up in months (yes, thats my fault. lol)  Anyway, I plug it in today and get the dredded "This drive needs to be formatted before use".  I can't figure out how to fix it. After a quick Google search, I went and got "Active Partition Recovery for Windows". I used the "fix boot sector" multiple times and it still doesn't work   Active Partition Recovery still says there is 108GB worth of data on the Drive, so it's still there, just how do I get to it!!??!?!Any help would be great.Thank you.

Answer:External harddrive needs formatting???

How is it reported in Disk Management ? ?Right clik it and select "Properties"...

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My Xerox printer disk installs and will test print but I cannot print anything else, the message is the driver is missing.My computer is Win ME/Fujitsu Siemens T/Bird, printer is Xerox Docuprint M750, have been using it very successfully for over 2 years before (the format). Cannot install my camera either, Kodak EZ200, digital, and have used this item for about 8 months with no problems either, can anyone help? Am a latecomer to PC usage but love using mine, just when things go wrong I get really frustrated not knowing where to turn. Have downloaded drivers from Manufacturers sites in case mine were damaged but although they appear to load neither item will work.

Answer:Problems after formatting harddrive?

No need to get frustrated because you've now turned here! First, did you format, and why? Because of a problem?

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I would like to use my old computer for experimenting with linux on, but I don't have a harddrive spare. What I want to do is format my secondary harddrive and use it as the main, which I can then use to install Ubuntu on.

The computer currently runs on XP and I want to keep the original harddrive intact so I can plug it back in later and use XP if I really want to.

What do I have to do if I want to format my secondary harddrive and then install Ubuntu on it? I am running XP professional by the way.

Thanks, I hope this is in the right place and makes sense.


Answer:Solved: Formatting second harddrive

Wubi - The Easiest Way to Linux

Wubi allows you to install and uninstall Ubuntu (or any of it's flavors: Kubuntu, Xubuntu, etc.) as any other Windows application.

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I have a 4 month old 1.5 TB WD external harddrive connected to my Windows 7 Dell laptop. About three weeks ago, the harddrive quit working. Any attempts to access it caused my computer to freeze. I tried opening it directly, accessing through command prompt, and plugging the drive in to another computer. No luck. I tried deleting files via command prompt. No luck. I opened disk manager. Tried to reinstall the driver. Still nothing.

I've finally concluded that my best bet is probably to format the drive and start over. My only problem is that I can't find a way to access the drive long enough to wipe it. Right clicking for the menu that would normally offer formatting causes the computer to lock up. Opening the device manager simply yields as "connecting to virtual disk system" message and a grayed out window.

As I purchased it through an online retailer, not the manufacturer, I'm not certain that I'll be able to replace it under warranty, but I'd rather not do anything that voids the warranty just in case. All help you may be able to offer would be greatly appreciated. Recovering data would be great, but at this point I'd be delighted to just have a way to start over.


Answer:External Harddrive Inaccessible for Formatting

Hi when you plug in the drive to a Windows PC what in Disk Management is listed as for example this drive is listed as RAW or otherwise you can format it easily.

If you cannot connect the USB Drive via one port try another and if toy get it to connect look in Device Manager and USB branch and delete any USB Mass Driver listings then re-plug in your xHDD and see if the drive letter is recognised.

If the drive is not recognised at all in Dev Manager or Disk Manager then try formatting via command prompt and below will wipe and format a drive, so hope you do not need any data on that drive.

If data is not really needed on that drive then the below may help format the drive

Open a CMD prompt (if using Vista or above run CMD as administrator as you have to be elevated CMD prompt)

Have your HDD plugged in as Slave and make sure any USB pendrives are unplugged as need to concentrate on one part to get the right drive to use these commands on as getting the wrong drive will erase your working HDD. Have a mental note of what sizes the drive are as that helps.

At the prompt type Diskpart and hit enter, will have everything from now on as a bullet point what to type in bold so at each one hit enter

Type List disk and make a note of what drive is the one you wish to format eg. disk 1 (double check size of drives to know what your C: is) if in double unplug the HDD for formatting and go back in and see what one changed)
Type select disk 1 (lets assume for... Read more

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could someone help me with this problem

Answer:need help formatting an external harddrive (my passport 320 gig)

Do you want the WD software that comes with the drive?

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Ok so my hard drive is split in 2 partitions and i wanted to format my computer but i have alot to back up so is it possible to only format one partition without affecting the other one.

Answer:Question about formatting with a partitioned harddrive

You most certainly can. That is the idea behind partitions. They are separate as far as the OS is concerned. Move all the data you wish to backup to the other partition and format the new one and it will leave the data on the second partition untouched allowing you to easily restore it.

Good luck.

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So when i got this computer from my girlfriends parents i formatted it in an amature way. I have a 80Gb C Drive and a 6Gb D drive for backup and recovery. After formatting i realized the drive it installed/s on is now the D drive which is crunching up my disk space. Also all of the system backup and recovery files were gone. 2 days later her mom gave me the system recovery disks which wont work because i messed everything up, including something about partitions and such.

I dont know where to go from here.

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Can anybody help me please, is there a way i can format my harddrives without taking my laptop to a shop for them to put winxp back on ().my laptop came without a windows disk and im unsure what to sorry i wont be able to reply as im about to go to work and wont be home until 07:30. Thanks in advance.

Answer:formatting harddrive with preinstalled winxp

should i just right click on C and click format?

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I'm formatting my Western Digital My Book Premium Edition 250GB external harddrive, but before I do so, I wanted to know if there's anything I should do before the format to NTFS. I copied all the data from it and put it on another, I still have some data on it but doesn't matter since I for it all onto another harddrive, and I will be using this (My Book) to put data from another pc onto it.

So is there anything I should know before reformatting my external harddrive?

Answer:Solved: Formatting external harddrive

no just format it, unless you fancy having a partition on it for extra safety maybe

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So when i got this computer from my girlfriends parents i formatted it in an amature way. I have a 80Gb C Drive and a 6Gb D drive for backup and recovery. After formatting i realized the drive it installed/s on is now the D drive which is crunching up my disk space. Also all of the system backup and recovery files were gone. 2 days later her mom gave me the system recovery disks which wont work because i messed everything up, including something about partitions and such.

I dont know where to go from here.

Answer:Bad Formatting/Wrong Primary Harddrive

Hello & Welcome to Tech Guy Forum, KK.

1. Depends upon where you want to go.

If you want to preserve this install, clone form the 6GB to 80 GB using Acronis True Image.

If you want to install on the 80 from the recovery disks, remove the 6 GB, set the 80 to primary master if the drive is IDE; then install from the recovery disks.

THEN, put the 6 GB back, but as slave, if IDE.

You could create a boot disk & re-format the 6 GB.


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First off, I am sorry if this is in the wrong forum. If so, please move wherever it is appropriate.

I have a relatively new Dell Inspiron E1405 XP SP2. The harddrive with which it came was advertised (Dell's site) as an Intel Core 2 Duo 120 gig. The way this drive is configured from Dell is as a C: with total space of 80.6 gigs and a D: with 25.6 gigs. This totals 106.4, so I don't know where the other 13.6 gigs went. I imagine the 120 is an estimate, but 13.6 is pretty far off (over 11%).

Anyway, my real question is what do I do with the D drive? There is nothing saved there at all. I know I can save anything that I want there, but for what reason would I ever actually need to do it other than when the C: is full (and, for me, that won't happen).

Is this D: drive considered a partition? I'm assuming there aren't actually two harddrives in there. For what is a second partition typically used?

I am sorry if these are basic questions, but this D: drive has been driving me crazy!



Answer:Harddrive formatting/partition question

D: is probably Dell's 'Recovery' partition. It may contain drivers and files for restoring your PC to the original factory state. Chances are, the files/folders on this partition are hidden to pervent the user from deleting them or screwing them up. If you enable the viewing of hidden files/folder and enable the viewing of hidden system files/folders, you shoud be able to see what's on D:. The +/-13gb discrepancy in the drive size is due parities and such. I'm not going to get all technical, but it's normal to 'lose' about 8gb-10gb per 100gb on hard drives with Windows XP. I run a 160gb hard drive, and it's reported as 146gb. No worries: it's normal.


Oh yeah- you can enable the viewing of the hidden files by opening My Computer, click on Tools at the top, click on Folder Options, click on the View tab and scroll down just a little bit. Uncheck 'Hide Protected Operating System Files' (you'll get a warning, click OK) and check 'Show Hidden Files and Folders' and click Apply and click OK. Then double click the D: drive and you should be able to see what's there. It's a good idea to just leave it alone.

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Hi umm just wondering if there is any hard drive preformance differences if you just do a regular format or use more secure fomat methods using something like Dod or Gutmann's. thanks in advance.

Answer:Solved: Harddrive performance from formatting

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Hi i was just wondering if i reformat my harddrive will this reset my bios updates to the original?


Answer:Will formatting my harddrive reset bios updates?

I've never heard of this happening.

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Well, I'm kinda new to all of this, and I'd like some help or a link to some help, if possible :]

two things:

1. - Would it be possible to install Linux and run it off of an external harddrive that connects through usb without modifying any other parts of the computer?

I ask because I want to experiment with Linux and I'm afraid to do so on this computer's harddrive (it's shared with other people...). I read about the distro cd's and wondered if I could do much the same with an external harddrive. (so I can go beyond just testing it)

Also, there is a second computer that I can use (only in emergencies), but I can't modify it at all... so I was wondering if I could use that external harddrive without having to change anything on the emergency computer.

2. - The second is what extra would I have to do outside of regular installation to make this work, if it's possible?
(I would just ask what I have to do step by step, but I figure you get enough of that and there were plenty of places I found that can tell me that)

The shared computer is Windows XP and the emergency one is Vista

thanks to anyone who bothers to read this and can help
and to everyone else, have a good day

Answer:Linux on an external harddrive?

pk para said:

two things:

1. - Would it be possible to install Linux and run it off of an external harddrive that connects through usb without modifying any other parts of the computer?

I ask because I want to experiment with Linux and I'm afraid to do so on this computer's harddrive (it's shared with other people...). I read about the distro cd's and wondered if I could do much the same with an external harddrive. (so I can go beyond just testing it)Click to expand...

get the Knoppix CD
you can boot directly from it and run Linux w/o an install

Also, there is a second computer that I can use (only in emergencies), but I can't modify it at all... so I was wondering if I could use that external harddrive without having to change anything on the emergency computer.Click to expand...

answer one

2. - The second is what extra would I have to do outside of regular installation to make this work, if it's possible?
(I would just ask what I have to do step by step, but I figure you get enough of that and there were plenty of places I found that can tell me that)Click to expand...

your real issue is booting from USB; the bios must support that option or all is nor not.

All you do is

mount the ext-USB
install the Linux on it


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Hi I am looking to buy a 2nd hand 80GB internal IDE drive off of ebay.If it is NFTS formatted - how can I re:format it to be FAT32 instead please?Thanks in advance to all/any help offered :)

Answer:Extra harddrive: changing NFTS to FAT32 formatting

Essentially, your options boil down to doing one of two things: reformatting the drive or partition (which results in the data being destroyed) or shelling out for a third-party program. Unfortunately, Windows does not have a built-in tool to convert backwards, like one can to convert from FAT/FAT32 to NTFS. Enter Partition Magic. Partition Magic allows you to convert an NTFS partition back to FAT32, but there is a reason that Partition Magic is not so lovingly referred to as "Partition Tragic". Often conversions simply fail, or worse, destroy data.This guide is to walk you through the former method of conversion: deleting a partition, and recreating it anew as FAT32. However, no matter which route you choose, backing up your data should be your first priority.First off, delete the partition that you wish to convert. This is done by going into Disk Management: right click "My Computer" -> Manage -> Disk Management, which is found under the Storage section. Right click the partition you wish to remove, and click "Delete Volume". This will erase the partition. Once you have done this, you must re-create the partition. This is done by right clicking on an unallocated region of a disk, and selecting "Create Partition". Then click "Create Logical Drive". Bear in mind that Windows cannot format a FAT32 partition that is any larger than 32GB. This is the case because FAT32 is terribly inefficient on volumes that are larger than 32GB: fragmentation becomes a serious problem.To format... Read more

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I have an emachines T2825 (not PC world but US version) with a 120gb harddrive running windows XP.I want to partition say 20gb and install linux.Yes all the adverts running on US television have restarted my interest in linux.So whats the best way to partition my harddrive and is it possible to run linux alongside XP without any major problems.Is there any software that anyone would recommend for partitioning my hard drive.TIA

Answer:Want to Partiton My Harddrive and Install Linux OS

Partition Magic is probably the easiest and most well known partitioning software, and will partition your drive without any loss of data.Remember, Linux uses a different disc format to Windows, therefore, it MUST be installed on it's own drive (Partition). Mandrake and Redhat offer you the chance to load a boot-loader, which will then give you the option to boot into either system, or you can choose to boot Linux from a floppy.

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I have a machine with Ubuntu and Windows XP. I have a list of Oss to choose from at the start. Ubuntu failed and I lost 50 Gigs of usable space. I am a researcher that enjoys the power of Linux at work (clusters, grid, etc) but I am not CS trained. Now I am doing work abroad and have no technical help.
I need windows on this machine and I would like to reformat the entire HD. But Partition Magic gets stuck. It seems to me that Linux places the OS selector before windows so I am wondering how do I reformat the entire hard drive to reinstall XP.
Any help on this matter will be apreciated


Answer:Low level formatting for failing Linux

:wave Welcome to Major Geeks! :major

From what I can tell, you just want to completely wipe the drive of every last bit of info. I'd recommend using either Darik's Boot-n-Nuke or Active Killdisk. Both programs are free, and both will create a boot disk that completely wipes the hard drive down to the last bit. Naturally, you'll ned to create the boot floppy (or CD) on a functional PC, then boot to it on the PC you want cleaned. Just be sure that you have NOTHING on the hard drive you want to save. Even if the drive has two (or more) partitions... these programs COMPLETELY wipe out the ENTIRE drive and ALL DATA WILL BE ERASED FOREVER.

You can also download a partitioning/formatting tool from the drive manufacturer's web site (for free) that should do the job just fine. Most the major hard drive makers have these tools on there support pages....

Good luck! I hope this helps!


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ok, in a nutshell, my mate had vista installed on her laptop(hacked version to run on 256 ram LOL) it runs super slow, she has viruses with other problems, so im offering to fix it for her, i know vista has some problems with hardware n stuff, so can i just format the HDD useing a vista disk(how do i do that because i havent used a vista disk for that before) then install XP onto that same HDD without and MBR problems or anything?

Answer:formatting Vista harddrive reinstall XP(quick answer needed really)

Boot with the XP CD and run setup. Partition and format when the options appear.

If it is a SATA drive, XP setup does not support them.

Installing XP on a SATA drive
"Many newer BIOS allow an Alternate method for SATA . . Go into the BIOS and check the 'Sata Operation' setting, change it to 'Raid Autodetect/ATA' if it is not already. Now try to install XP (Verbiage will vary by manufacturer)" - Courtesy of simpswr.

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Linux was installed on a server; Client required Windows 7;
I uses USB key (always works) to install Win7.
Formatted it but on reboot PC hung on the word 'Grub".

Please advise.

Thank you

Answer:Can't install Win7 after formatting a Linux based server

You'll need to wipe the HD of all Linux code: SSD - HDD Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

Adapt these steps to get a perfect install: Reinstalling Windows 7

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I installed Linux 9.0 (redhat) on a pentium II machine but it is running very slowly. I want to get rid of linux from this machine and want to install windows 98. I tried to format the hard drive but it didn/t work. I appreciate your help on how to proceed.


Answer:formatting hard drive running linux 9.0 redhat;en-us;247804

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Right now I am formatting my whole HDD using Paragon Manager and have a copy of WinXP media center edition OEM HP.

If you have seen my HDD problem thread, that is why I am making this thread. I'd like to do this the right way with 1 partition for WinXp, another for Linux, and then 1 or 2 partitions for the bulk of my data.

My question is how big should each of these partitions be? My hard drive is 289Gigs.


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hye,can somebody help me..
I'm using windows 7 ultimate i want format that windows but when i try to install it,at custom upgrade it doesn't recognize my hard disk,it say no hard disk been detected..when i check on disk management,the drive or partition on hard disk won't display anything..can somebody help me pls..

Answer:Windows 7 can't be formated

Check cables of ur hard disk! See to it that they are properly plugged! Then try to detect the hard disk in CMOS setup!

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Hi Guys!
I Have a Toshiba 1TB USB NTFS Hard Drive that keeps asking to be formatted on every Windows PC I plug it in.
The drive still works under Linux, So I backed up my files and then re-formatted the drive with Windows. I started to use the drive again and then when I plug it in to another PC it still asked to be formatted.
I also tried Spinrite on the drive with no luck.

Is there any other tools or programs that could help fix it?
Any help would be much appreciated.


Answer:USB HDD keeps askin to be formated in Windows 7

Try TestDisk... CGSecurity

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My Dell Vostro 1400 Laptop recently quit working. Its only 4 months old.
I turned it on and it came to a screen saying,

"Windows dould not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM. Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair"

I inserted the setup disc and booted from it, when I got the the Repair option it says,"Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.
Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic or setup program.

Setup cannot continue."

So I took the computer down to the local computer store and they put in a new 130 GB harddrive, ran the setup disk again and it displayed the same missing HDD message.

Anyone have any Ideas of what could be wrong???
Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Answer:Windows Setup Disk cannot find Harddrive, even with a brand new harddrive installed.

Hi, and welcome to TSF. If it's still under warranty I would take it back to the suppliers.

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Hi all, I have an external disk formatted on a mac. I really need to use it on windows, it is empty, I just want to reformat to NTFS. Is it possible? Vista will start installing the disk, will say it's done, but I cannot get to the disk itself. Thanx for any advice!

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A friend asked me to sort out his PC but so infected with viruses etc that the only real option was to format it. PC is a Dell Dimension 2400 on the first attempt there was 2 existing partitions a small unlabeled one and the C drive plus some unallocated space. Formatted it using the Dell reinstallation CD but was still incredibly slow so decided to get rid of the unlabeled portion of the drive by deleting all the partitions then formatted it again. Now I have two operating systems showing when I boot up and have to select one of them. Tried formatting again to make sure I had selected the correct option to format the disk but still get two operating systems? How can I remove one of them or force a format that will ensure I only get one operating system? Never had a problem formatting before but have always had a genuine windows XP disk previously not a restore disk.Any help would be gratefully receivedIan

Answer:Formated PC shows 2 windows installs?

start menu/run, type `msconfig`, click `boot.ini` tab

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I recently upgraded from Windows XP Pro to Windows Xp x64 Pro. I have 2 Hard Drives, the first one has 2 Partitions and is used for the OS and Programs files.

The Second Drive is used for storing all Files, Downloads, Docs, ect.

The problem is that I formated the OS/Programs Files Drive and the Second Drive is left with all of my Docs Encrypted I have tryed Everything and for the life I cant get back into my files. I'm sure microsoft is not stuped enought to make it impossable to get back into the file. But the problem that that subject is much deeper then my knowledge allows me to go.

Answer:Windows XP EFS, I Formated the OS. Now I cant get to Encrypted files

I hope you backed up your private keys. If not, you're screwed.

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I formatted my IBM 760ed ThinkPad laptop and since i can only put in one drive at a time, i.e. cd, floppy, etc. when I use the Windows 98 start up disk it does not load the rom drivers because the cd rom is not present. I tried sys c: to copy systems on the hard drive, turned the machine off, change from floppy to cd rom, turned it back on and it still does not recognize cd rom. How do I get this machine to recognize the cd rom so that I can load Windows? Please help, my daughter needs this for college!

Answer:Formated Laptop will not load Windows

Howdy there rebus and WELCOME TO TEAM TSG !!!

I don't know how much that I can help you ( at least this will give you a bump up ) but have you tried to make the first boot device in the BIOS, the Floppy or CD-ROM, then put in the CD-ROM drive and try to boot from the CD ??


If you have the BOOT Floppy that came with the laptop, try coping the entire contents of it to the C:\, then swap out the floppy for the CD-ROM, put the W98 Cd in the CD-ROM, and after the laptop boots and you get a C:\ prompt, try typing either...

A:\setup, or D:\setup,

Or A:\win98\setup, or D:\win98\setup...

And please remember, this all depends on how IBM has set up the Autoexec.bat and Config.sys files on the boot floppy, if you can please post the contents of these files...

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I hope someone can help. I bought a hard drive was told that it was formated to a Crompt and all I would have to do was load windows 98 but found out later that it has been formated to windows 95b. Question is how do I reformat this drive so I can load windows 98 on it. The hard drive is a Fujitsu
model MPA3035AT
3.49 GB

Thanks for all your help. Eve

Answer:{RESOLVED}Hard Drive formated to windows 95b

The formatting process is the same basically between Win95b and Win98 so long as you have it set to Fat32 instead of Fat. If the hard drive has the system files on it, you should be able at the C:\ promt change to the drive letter of the CD-rom with the Win98 disk in it and when there type Setup and the installation will begin. If that does not work, get at Win98 boot disk perhaps from a friend and just to be sure redo the setup of the disk. Boot with the floppy and at the A:\ promt type Fdisk. When asked if you want large disk support answer YES. Make any partitions you want and be sure to make the root one ACTIVE. Reboot and Format C:\ and any other partitions you make. The procedure is again the same after the format. Boot with the floppy, change to the CD-rom drive letter and type in SETUP. Should be on you way.

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Hi guys my problem is, I accidentally cancel the recovery restore factor of my Lenovo, then it suddenly cannot go to windows and also in recovery mode. I dont have DVD windows 7 pro that give lenovo or any image backup so my license are gone =(so I have Windows Disk win7 pro I installed it but not deleting/formating my partition I just installed, then when I go to my drive C there is windows.old.  then I also saw there still the lenovo recovery partition on my computer. I copied Lenovo folders in C:\Windows.old\Program Files (x86)\Lenovo to C:\Program Files (x86)I run the lenovoQdrive.exe I click it then create recovery Media to my 16GB flash drive and successfully. can I still recover my Windows 7 with Lenovo in USB Media?Pls help.


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Answer:Lenovo Windows 7 formated, but still have lenovo_recovery partition

I was waiting for anyone to answer to be sure but I cant wait anymore, thats why I test my media backup and it works. =) 

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Hi Support, I purchased laptop with Window 8.1 OS. in August free upgraded to Windows 10. Now i Formated laptop and tried to install windows 10 but am not able to active. Please help me how to Install windows 10.
Thank you

Answer:Fresh Windows 10 Installation on a Formated laptop ?

Are you getting a notification that Windows 10 is available for installation on your laptop? If so, what's the error that you're getting when you try to do the installation?
If you're not getting the notification, hang tight another day or so and see if it pops up. Make sure there aren't any other updates that you haven't installed yet.

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Hi...I have actually formatted my WIndows Vista last night. Accidently I realize that I had forgot to save one file, from the database of my wamp server. Is there any way that I can unformat my formatted Windows?
I am using Sony Vaio VGN-AR51J. I have to back up to restore my system to the previous date. So I am trying to find a way to retreive my previous operating systems back to 25th of February 2010, or with someway to recover the formatted partition and manually find the files that I am missing. Please if anyone has ever experience something like that and knows something reply to me.!

Answer:Unformat formated Windows Vista Home Premium

I assume you mean you have formatted the hard disc on which you had the Vista Operating System.
If this is the case then I don't think you can recover the file - there is no such thing as an "unformat" to my knowledge unless you acquire specialised software.
Where did you back up your data to before you formatted the drive?
Have you by any chance backed up your data previously?

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my requiremnt was i want to copy some files from win xp loptop to win 7 loptop. when i connect my USB external disk to windows 7 loptop. my system explorer not responed. then i ejected that disk, connect back to xp loptop. but that disk is not responding.... it is showing empy disk. it not allowing to copy any file. I am not formatted that disk. how can recover files from that disk. It my disk formatted by windows 7 loptop..? please advice me how to recover my disk


Answer:USB external disk got formated after connecting with windows 7 loptop

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I'm trying to get an old AMD up and running.
I'm able to install win xp, copies the files to the drive but when its done (and should be booting from the HD it keeps booting back to the xp cd.)
also during post it comes up "ATA 100 is not installed because there was no drive installed"

the mobo has 2 sets of IDE ports. (tryed the drives in both) has 2 blue and 2 black.
The drive is fine , I tryed it in a working system and it installed windows and booted fine.
If i remove the xp cd then it just says no disk present.
I tryed several IDE cables so it can't be that.
tryed many different settings in bios, including bringing back to default. tryed enabling and disabling the ATAT 100 . assuming thats a raid controller.

not sure what to do next.

thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Answer:IDE dirves not found on boot up. can be formated but windows can't install on it.

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Hello All,

I am new to EightForums, have been researching to find a fix to a similar problem. I have an ASUS S56C ultrabook that has an original 500GB + 24GB(SSD) that was originally running Win 8.0 64bit that was hosed by following instructions from ASUS tech support and now they have no media to do reinstall. When I say hosed, I mean on boot the laptop is looking for an OS. My last step performed with guidance from ASUS was to create a USB with their ASUS Backtracker Software. Upon bootup from this USB it goes through the motions where it initialized the hardrive then went to restore an image but it could not find image on the flash drive. When I search the original hard drive utilizing Ubuntu live CD I can see main directories but I cannot see anything below them. When I mount the created flash USB I do see folders: BOOT | EFI | en-US | RECOVERY | RecoveryImage | Sources. Under RECOVERY there is a WindowsRE folder and a winre.wim file (329mb). Under RecoveryImage are asus.swm ; asus2.swm ; asus3.swm and asus4.swm

I have access to 32 bit machines running Windows Vista and Ubuntu 12.04LTS and I read SIW2's procedure from this page Unable to use built-in ASUS recovery partition. Obviously, I cannot move forward with 64 bit version.

Any suggestions and/or directions would be greatly appreciated.

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Windows is working fine, however the IBM button the sound controls , I guest just about everything eles needs to be redownload. I have an old plug in wireless adapter plug in until i can get some help. I guess what i am looking for is a download the has all the factory stuff to make the T41 work properly. Please help


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Answer:I formated and reloaded windows xp on T41, how can I get internal wireless card to work

Welcome to the forum! Could you please post the 7-character model number of your T41 (237?-???) so we could direct you to the proper drivers?

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Goal: Dual boot Windows 7 and Linux and have an NTFS partition for both OS.

Problem: When creating Logical Partitions with any Linux partition tool(Gparted, cfdisk) the Linux swap and ext 4 partitions shows up on Windows 7 as primary partitions outside of the Extended partition while the NTFS partition shows up inside the Extended partition as logical drive. Disk management shows 5 primary partitions and 1 logical drive inside an extended partition.(As seen in Disk1.jpg attachment) I'm using MBR.(not UEFI)

I can create the partitions in Windows 7 disk management and choose not to format the two logical partitions used for Linux. I can then use the mkswap and mkfs.ext4 command to format the partitions.(See Disk2.jpg attachment)

Why is Windows 7 disk management not showing my partitions correctly when I use a Linux tool to partition the disk? Will this cause any problems with Windows 7? I'm afraid of making Windows 7 unbootable.(although it booted just fine I do plan on using EasyBCD to add an entry to load the grub bootloader for Linux)

If I partition my disk with Windows 7 disk management(as seen in Disk2.jpg) will that cause any problems for Linux?

What is the recommended way to handle this? What are the downsides to each way?

Note: I'm a bit of a linux noob.

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I have a T42 coming my way. For my plans with this system, I can eliminate needing a spare hdd if I can simply run the linux VMWare w/ a Windows XP or Server 2003 image.

Right now, my plans were to be running XP Pro w/ VMWare XP/2003 image, and doing most of my work in the VMWare image(running FTP tasks, etc.) on the 40gb it comes with, and use a 20 for Ubuntu.
But, if I can run Ubuntu on the 40, and re-use the images I already have set up, I can save myself a lot of time and effort.
Does anyone know if a pre-existing image made on a Windows machine will transfer and operate properly if used in Linux's VMWare?

Answer:Want to move to Ubuntu Linux; do VMWare machines made in Windows work in Linux?

Yes. VM machines created in Windows will work fine in Linux vmware enivronment. And the vice versa is true as well.

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I haven't even installed linux yet, or tried it on live CD. Currently I have a system running windows xp, ultimately I would like a system with dual OS (linux + windows). I plan to gradually become less dependant on windows, until I only need it for gaming purposes, if that. I have little idea as to how possible or impossible this dream of dual OS is, as I have searched google and the site for information yielding no definitive answer.

Ideally I would buy another hard drive, and install my chosen distro of linux on this, so that I have XP on one and linux on the other HDD. Can this actually be done? Would this form the basis of a workable dual OS setup? Ubuntu, Kubuntu and madriva are distros that look promising, having been recommended by and gotten good press from I can try before I commit and wish to, using live CD. Is this a no risk way of trying them?

Do all distros of linux require compiling of their kernels in order to achieve greatest effectiveness?

I run a PC I have personally built with an MSI K8 Neo4 motherboard(integrated AC97 sound), AMD 64 3000+ CPU, Belkin wireless network card(is used a lot for internet connection via router), GeForce 6600 graphics card, 450 watt PSU.

I appreciate help on this issue, its fairly urgent, would like to be able to know for certain how to go about switching to linux ASAP.

Answer:LINUX Question: want to install linux on windows xp system + few other questions

Yes, it can be done that way. You can either put it all on one hard drive, which can result in two broken operating systems for beginners, or on two seperate ones. Linux requires 2 partitions, so keep that in mind when setting things up. I've installed Linux both ways; I had to get creative for the 2 OS on 1 setup.

If you install on 2 hard drives, make sure Windows is installed first, then install Linux. If you use the linux boot loader, things should be easier in the end. Be sure to make a boot disk/recovery/emergency disk when prompted in the Linux install.

I had a friend who had a RAID 0 or 1 setup and tried to use a live CD on his computer and it broke his array for some reason. He ended up reinstalling Windows because of it.

It depends on what you plan to do with the OS, in respect to compiling the kernel. If there is a driver you want to add or a modification you wish to make, you may need to recompile.

On the topic of drivers, some distros don't come with wireless drivers for all cards. You might want to look into a wireless driver for your Internet connection before deciding on a distro. Either from Belkin (they might have) or native to the distro. Sound might also require a driver search.

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I watched a video about the guy using Windows subsystem and run full Linux desktop without using remote software. There is no white thing on top. He can switch between Linux and Windows using a keyboard shortcut. Linux desktop is smooth, 60 fps, no lag so it means he don't use remote desktop.

I have been looking into this but i only found tutorials about using install Linux in Windows subsystem and use VNC or other remove desktop softwares which is laggy and have 16-bit color to remote Linux locally.

How did he run Linux desktop directly without remote desktop softwares?

The Windows Subsystem for Linux is awesome - YouTube

Answer:Windows 10 linux subsystem: Run Linux desktop directly?

Windows Anniversary has the option to run Linux bash commands, It's not as great as it sounds because since it cant access the Windows kernel there are many commands that will not work.

You can install the Bash shell on any edition of Windows 10, including Windows 10 Home. However, it does require a 64-bit version of Windows 10.

With that said if you want to install bash on Windows 10 Anniversary try this tutorial from TenForums.

After installing run this command to update Linux
apt update && apt -y upgrade && apt -y dist-upgrade && apt-get -y autoremove

If you want to go further and use a Linux GUI after installing Bash try this tutorial

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Hi there

I usually run a LINUX HOST for testing Windows VM's - but I need to test some new releases of various Linux distros so I've created some VM's --easy enough and running them on a Windows Host.

However I can't attach a USB drive with a Linux file system (XFS) to the VM as the Windows HOST rejects the HDD wanting me to format it !!. There's 2.7 TB of media files on it - I want to test running media server in a VM.

Anybody know how to bypass the Windows nag prompt about the HDD and be able to attach it direct to the VM.

(The other way round is no problem -- never a problem loading NTFS HDD's on to Linux machines -- however the NTFS file system is SLOW compared with XFS -- on USB3 device on Native windows transfer rate of 1 TB of files from fast NTFS HDD to NTFS USB3 device is max 82 Mib/s - average for whole transfer. On same machine with Native Linux and XFS to XFS (using same HDD's and USB 3 port avg speed is 350 mib/s !! -- HUGE difference !!!).

Note I have to have a Windows Host for this --I know I could run Linux VM's from a Linux Host but in this case I do have to use a Windows Host as that will be the destination system at the end of testing.

BTW I'm running VMWARE workstation 12.1 on W10 Pro Host.


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Hi there

I usually run a LINUX HOST for testing Windows VM's - but I need to test some new releases of various Linux distros so I've created some VM's --easy enough and running them on a Windows Host.

However I can't attach a USB drive with a Linux file system (XFS) to the VM as the Windows HOST rejects the HDD wanting me to format it !!. There's 2.7 TB of media files on it - I want to test running media server in a VM.

Anybody know how to bypass the Windows nag prompt about the HDD and be able to attach it direct to the VM.

(The other way round is no problem -- never a problem loading NTFS HDD's on to Linux machines -- however the NTFS file system is SLOW compared with XFS -- on USB3 device on Native windows transfer rate of 1 TB of files from fast NTFS HDD to NTFS USB3 device is max 82 Mib/s - average for whole transfer. On same machine with Native Linux and XFS to XFS (using same HDD's and USB 3 port avg speed is 350 mib/s !! -- HUGE difference !!!).

Note I have to have a Windows Host for this --I know I could run Linux VM's from a Linux Host but in this case I do have to use a Windows Host as that will be the destination system at the end of testing.

BTW I'm running VMWARE workstation 12.1 on W10 Pro Host.


Answer:Windows HOST, attach Linux external USB to Linux VM

jimbo45 said:

Hi there

I usually run a LINUX HOST for testing Windows VM's - but I need to test some new releases of various Linux distros so I've created some VM's --easy enough and running them on a Windows Host.

However I can't attach a USB drive with a Linux file system (XFS) to the VM as the Windows HOST rejects the HDD wanting me to format it !!. There's 2.7 TB of media files on it - I want to test running media server in a VM.

Anybody know how to bypass the Windows nag prompt about the HDD and be able to attach it direct to the VM.

(The other way round is no problem -- never a problem loading NTFS HDD's on to Linux machines -- however the NTFS file system is SLOW compared with XFS -- on USB3 device on Native windows transfer rate of 1 TB of files from fast NTFS HDD to NTFS USB3 device is max 82 Mib/s - average for whole transfer. On same machine with Native Linux and XFS to XFS (using same HDD's and USB 3 port avg speed is 350 mib/s !! -- HUGE difference !!!).

Note I have to have a Windows Host for this --I know I could run Linux VM's from a Linux Host but in this case I do have to use a Windows Host as that will be the destination system at the end of testing.

BTW I'm running VMWARE workstation 12.1 on W10 Pro Host.


Not a direct solution but wouldn't it work if drive was formatted as exFAT instead which can be read or written on Linux (may need to add support).

Perhaps putting a small fat 32 partition on drive so you can... Read more

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I have SUSE 9.3 Installed on a 19GB partition of a 40GB hard drive. I heard that it is possible to dual boot with Windows with Linux being the first installed OS, but it's complicated. Can anyone tell me if I can pull this off without having to make Windows the first installed OS? Here is how I have my partitions:
hda1=1GB [swap]
hda2=17.8 / [root]

Answer:Linux/Windows dualboot machine with Linux first?

The easiest way: Make hda1 bigger and install Windows there.

You will have to restore GRUB later using the SuSE CD and also create the GRUB menu entry for WIndows..

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I need to read windows files on linux for Red Hat Linux 9.x.
Can some one tell me the way, how this can be done or some setting which enable to read files from windows on linux.


Answer:windows files on linux for Red Hat Linux

If you need to read an NTFS mounted drive in that machine then you'll need to add kernel support for NTFS. Try looking for that info. If you just want to hit shares then just mount them via smb.

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Hello all, I wanna buy a S10e and I still have one question:   Can I install Windows XP onto my Linux-Netbook and same way Linux on my Windows Netbook? I wanna use Suse for all my net applications and still wanna Windows for just old games running on a long trip as flights ect.. Is it possible? Install booth? Thanks Message Edited by ykin on 01-24-2009 12:43 PM

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Question: HD Not Formated?

My first post here and hope I can find some answers. Thanks.

I have 2 HDs, 1 which has my OS (my OS drive) and the other I use as a storage drive (Storage Drive), no partitions created for either drive. I needed to re-install OS, so I backed up all my files into my storage drive and disconnected it from my computer and then went ahead and formatted my OS drive and a fresh install of Win XP Pro.

After Win XP was setup, I connected my storage drive back in. Win detects the drive but when I click on it to open it, it says the Drive was not formatted!!! I have not touched this drive after I copied my files over, and disconnected it during OS installation. Also, my storage Drive is a 200GB and it only shows 124 GB under my computers. So, I went to Device Manager, under HD, which still only shows the drive is only 124GB. I then right clicked on the drive and selected ?active? (may be I shouldn?t of done this). Still can?t access the Storage Drive.

One of my friend suggested I should install Win SP 2, so I downloaded it and installed it. But, it gave me the same message of drive not formatted and shows only 124 GB under My computer. When I checked in Device Manager, it shows I have 124GB not formatted and other 60ish GB not allocated???? Did I mess up my drive by select ?active? before I installed SP2?

Can anyone help me to fix this?? Or, did I lost all my files in the Storage Drive? If so, any suggestions as how I can get them back? I haven... Read more

Answer:HD Not Formated?

Your information is safe on the storage drive. Making the drive active did not damage anything. The question is how to retrieve the data. Unfortunately, I don't know. Just wanted to reassure you the data is still there.

The 124/60gb thing probably has to do with BIOS not recognizing large hard drives. The information detailing the layout of your storage drive file system must of been on your OS drive and was deleted when that drive was formatted. There are ways of fixing this that are magical when they work, but for me its always been dumb luck. Hopefully, someone has a step-by-step or software recommendation.

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Question: Just formated

XP HP Pavilion 7950378 MB RAMAMDJust formated and when I boot up I get these errors.  When I format I always have a file or two that would not copy during the process.  (when I say format I mean redong windows XP).  Should I just format again or what do you suggest.Harry[Saving space - attachment deleted by admin]

Answer:Just formated

srclient.dll and framedyn.dll ........ hmm these are not files I find familiar right now. (to add - the first is in my system32 folder but not the second)I guess best might be to start over and clean up and put XP on again - unless others who post think different.  Not sure tho why these files should be problematic if windows originals anyways.BTW - your RAM amount is pretty marginal as IMO XP wants about 250Mb just for itself and so you'll be using a paging file a lot.  With mem prices good these days see if you can add a Gb or more when you get things running - it'll help later.

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please somebody help me !!!
I have a dell dimension E310 it came with window xp home edition, and I decided to install vista home premiun in the disk partition, so i used to have the two os i my pc, but I preferred only used vista and I formatted the disk partition and install vista in the hard drive primary C to only have one os the problem is when I turn on the pc the second vista apear in the screen and want to delete that and i don't know how to do that please somebody can help me !!

Answer:Please help I used to have two os then I formated one

Click start orb,type msconfig(in start search),click boot tab, then click the OS you do not want and delete.

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Question: I formated USB

Hi, I have 64gb usb flash drive and was working, when I put some files on it mixed all music files and didn't open at all after that I wanted to delete but couldn't delete I thought there is only one option that was formating usb flash drive, I formated my usb and lost everything.
And I wanted to use again but my computer asked me to format it otherwise can't use it then I did again but couldn't use it, computer don't open it, when I checked on properties its show there is not any empty space, how can it be full while it has nothing on it?
Is there any one can help me how can I use it again?

Answer:I formated USB

the process is to
delete the partition
create another
then use the command prompt to reformat the device

Formats a disk for use with Windows XP.

FORMAT volume [[B]/FS:file-system[/B]] [/V:label] [/Q] [/A:size] [/C] [/X]
FORMAT volume [/V:label] [/Q] [/F:size]
FORMAT volume [/V:label] [/Q] [/T:tracks /N:sectors]
FORMAT volume [/V:label] [/Q]
FORMAT volume [/Q]

volume Specifies the drive letter (followed by a colon),
mount point, or volume name.
[B]/FS:filesystem[/B] Specifies the type of the file system ([B]FAT, FAT32, or NTFS[/B]).
/V:label Specifies the volume label.
/Q Performs a quick format.
/C NTFS only: Files created on the new volume will be compressed
by default.
/X Forces the volume to dismount first if necessary. All opened
handles to the volume would no longer be valid.
/A:size Overrides the default allocation unit size. Default settings
are strongly recommended for general use.
NTFS supports 512, 1024, 2048, 4096, 8192, 16K, 32K, 64K.
FAT supports 512, 1024, 2048, 4096, 8192, 16K, 32K, 64K,
(128K, 256K for sector size > 512 bytes).
FAT32 supports 512, 1024, 2048, 4096, 8192, 16K, 32K, 64K,
(128K, 256K for sector size > 512 bytes).

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I'll try to make it quick but it'll still be painful. Let's just say I set up on a network with roommates at home and one of the roommates computers loaded with both spy-ware and viruses, attacked my labtop and other roommates desktop. After fighting with it for awhile I saved my info to disc and decided to format the thing and re-apply win xp pro, problem that I have is that it won't setup from my xp disc in dos mode tells me cannot preform in dos mode and says missing op, and in the labtop i only have a cdrw drive so I can't use a floppy. I've been through just about everything I can think of from formating to fdisk to trying to install 98se I can install but it gives me any error about setup. I've dealt with similar issues before and I have built my friends system that is the main cause which I now treat like a step child. any help would be wonderful but if I have to deal with a paper weight then my roommates will feel my wrath so please help my roommates thx

Answer:Can't get xp on formated HD

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Question: not formated ?

pc failed to boot, so after trying every i know, i put master hdd as slave and used old hdd for master and put xp on it, now it says that slave(my original master) is not formated ??? hmm, that makes no sense, i can not gain access to it. any ideas would be appreciated.
Ps,, when hooked up as slave, it makes every thing to do with windows explorer stop responding left right and senter, but if you wait long enough it gives (not formated) and offers to format it, i don't want to loose data.

Answer:not formated ?

your not mix and matching files systems? fat 32 and ntsf?

try changing the ribbon cable to a new 80 wire piece

post back

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Question: not formated?!?!?!

ok so im back.. and i have another problem and just inches away from hammering my computer and getting a new one...

so you guys remember how the mp3's we're just dissapearing of my folders, after i did some disk checks i managed to get them back, this kept happening for 2 or 3 days but i figured i just keep on doing disk checks and geting them back, but now the WHOLE DRIVE is gone it says that its not formated and if i go into the drie properties it marks 0 space free and 0 space used..... any toughts???? i have most of the crap i had in that drive backed up in another drive but wth why is this happening to my computer..

Answer:not formated?!?!?!


Originally posted by cake or death?
ok so im back.. and i have another problem and just inches away from hammering my computer and getting a new one...

so you guys remember how the mp3's we're just dissapearing of my folders, after i did some disk checks i managed to get them back, this kept happening for 2 or 3 days but i figured i just keep on doing disk checks and geting them back, but now the WHOLE DRIVE is gone it says that its not formated and if i go into the drie properties it marks 0 space free and 0 space used..... any toughts???? i have most of the crap i had in that drive backed up in another drive but wth why is this happening to my computer..

Bad disk? Reformat and if it does it again it's a bad disk. ;p seems that way to me anyway.

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Question: Formated Gone Bad

Everyone i don't have much knowlege of computers,so please ignore my mistakes.well recently formated my hp pavillon 2000ea,i don't know the guy who did this job,he installed HP OS CD OF SERVICE PACK 2,INSTALLED DRIVERS.I really don't know what went wrong,the system automatically goes to resart the laptop,while clicking run and checking miscong.second thing is all installed program are not functioning properly it shows message like this.



Now iam really feeling frustated on myself why i gave my laptop to him.please help me out,i just want to solve this problem myself,if anyone gives me instructions how to do this.any help would be appreciated.thanks in advance.

Answer:Formated Gone Bad


KILLVBS.vbs is a virus. If you search for it on the net, you will find a lot of problems with it. I say one topic that indicated a rootkit type and others touting programs that would remove it. One hit was a trendmicro one, didn't follow any of them, just took a quick look.

Hope this helps,

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I have this WD My Passport external portable harddrive which I have used for a couple of years. I was writing something to the drive one day when the USB connection seems to be somewhat loose and the drive disconnected momentarily and reconnected itself but the file I was trying to write ended prematurely...

Now when I try to use the Seagate Harddrive test tool for windows and do a Short Generic test and the result failed.. I am fear it might have been caused by the disconnection and might eventually corrupt the entire drive... I try to run chkdsk but there aren't any errors detected it seems and files seems to be accessible as normal... Is there a way to fix the harddrive without losing data in the drive or confirm the drive is indeed failing?

Answer:Seagate Harddrive test tool fail but harddrive data seems intact

Run the most thorough and extensive test available with the WD hard drive utilities.

If it fails the thorough test, you may have a warranty claim.

Or the Seagate tool. Whatever you have. Your title is confusing.

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