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Solved: Can't Initalize/ format hard drive

Question: Solved: Can't Initalize/ format hard drive

Hi Guys
Just to let you all know I have installed countless number of hard drives but never come up against this problem before.
I have just installed a Seagate barracuda 250g pata drive in my sons pc.
Checked in bios and is recognized correctly as slave.
Booted to windows, went to diskmanagment and is correctly seen as unallocated.
Now this is where I have the problem,
I right click the drive and all I get is format (Greyed out) and properties.
I am running a lowlevel format on the drive at the moment to see if that helps.
Anyone got any ideas why this is.
Windows XP sp2

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Answer: Solved: Can't Initalize/ format hard drive

You can't format unallocated space -- you have to create a partition first.

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Hello I have an external hard drive from my old computer that the screen broke so I ordered a SATA adapter and it installed the hardware,shows up in my devices but nowhere else..I went to the disk management and it only shows the hard drive on the laptop I'm connecting it to.Everything says it's working properly but I can't get it to show up anywhere else to open and get the data off the external hard drive.Any help would be greatly appreciated!Thank you! (Here are some screenshots I took if it will help anyone determine the problem)

Answer:External SATA hard drive Disk not ready, won't initalize.

1.Check the HDD cables,if they're well connected to the device.
2.Test this HDD on another computer

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

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

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

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

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

System Specs
AMD Turion (TM) 64 x 2 Mobile CPU
CPU Speed 2.00 GHz
Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive
Pioneer DVD-RW DurkD08l... Read more

Answer:Solved: win 7 can't find hard drive or can't format hard drive on clean install

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Hey Guys,

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

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

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

Any ideas?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hi, I want to format my hard drive ( been two years ) ! It is now running XP Pro, which I do not have the discs, and I want to switch back to XP Home, which I have one disc that came with the computer !
I've tried booting up with the disk, so that I can format my hard drive, but nothing happens!
Can anyone help me to get rid of the Pro and switch back to Home ! The last time the computer guy put in Pro for me , but now I can't upgrade, because I don't have the disk !!
I want to try and save money by doing it myself, I guess that's the reason he put in Pro - so that I would have to call him !!
Please help, I know it must be easy, I just need to be shown the way !!

Answer:Solved: Format hard drive xp pro

Is your Bios set to boot from the cdrom first?
Where did you get this XP Home disk from? Is it a restoration disk or an actual install disk?

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I am having to format a hard drive and have never done one before. I am looking for some help and advice. If anyone wants to give me a hand I am all ears and willing to learn.

Answer:[SOLVED] format hard drive

Bryan posted this awhile ago, but it's a good read on how to format and reinstall win98

First what type of Microsoft CD do you have? I'll assume it's W98. If it's not, don't use these
instructions til you let us know what version you'll be installing. Anyway, if it’s an upgrade CD then
you’ll need to be sure you have your old W95 CD or 3.1 diskettes available. During the install you
will be required to prove you have a qualifying product for the upgrade. If you have a Full Copy of
W98 on CD, then that's all you'll need.

You'll also need a W98 bootdisk. If you don’t have one then you can make one
from here. Or if you still have access to your W98 PC or any other W98 PC you can make one from


Be sure to have your Windows "Product Key" available. You’ll need it during the install. It should be
on the sleeve that holds your W98 CD or on the Windows booklet. If you have neither but have
access to your W98 PC, then you can get it from the Windows registry. Start>Run, key in regedit
and press enter. Navigate to here by single left clicking on each one of these in the left pane,

The ProductKey is listed in the right pane.

Once you have all of that, insert the bootdisk and power on the machine. It should boot up to a boot
menu. If not, you’ll need ... Read more

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I am trying to format my hard drive using the Windows XP CD. (I have Windows XP Pro installed on my computer).

The computer boots from the CD OK.
Then loads Files.
Then "setup is starting Windows".
"Welcome to Setup".
"To set up Windows XP now Press Enter".
Then I get the following message.
"Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer. Make sure that any disk related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufactures supplied diagnostic or setup program.
Setup cannot continue. The quit setup Press F3."

I have ran check disk twice with no results. I have downloaded a program called kill disc to a floppy but am reluctant to use it if I have underlying problems. The hard drive appears to work fine as do all the programs. The computer has been checked for viruses and spywear etc. and is clean.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.


Answer:Solved: Why can't i format my hard drive?

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I installed a new hard drive and have some errors when booting up. I just want to format the drive and start over but it wont let me format saying cant use with this version of dos........please help!

Answer:[SOLVED] format hard drive

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I'm putting an extra hard drive in my friends system and I can't find the proper procedure in my school book. This is my 3rd format but this time I'm leaving the origonal in place as master. I'm not going to do anything to that one. The system has XP Home and I will use ntfs. The new 160 gb hd did not come w/any inst. cd. It is man. by Seagate. I'm not real experienced so please give explicit inst. Thank You

Answer:[Solved] How to format new hard drive?

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Have a 160 g seagate sata hard drive that has a bad install of xp on it and am trying to format it to get rid of the bad install so I can install windows 7. Have it attached to another machine and tried to format but it still has the bad install of xp there. cant get rid of it. am I doing something wrong? Obviously, huh. write protected possibly...I dont know. Thanks.

Answer:Solved: Cannot format hard drive

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is it possible to format a hard drive using my desk top and install the hard drive in my laptop and expect it to work?

Answer:Solved: Format hard drive?

The hard drive needs to be formatted and Windows installed in it in the computer that it's going to be used in.


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Hi guys.
I have a second hard drive that's lost all of its content so I thought I'de format it before reloading my data.
I'm tried to format my drive without success.
I've tried through both Windows explorer and disk management.
It shows that it's formatting but sits at 1% for ever.
Any ideas guys?

Answer:Solved: Can't format a hard drive

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I bought a used 80GB hard drive and installed it in my computer as a second hard drive (F. When I started the computer it showed up and was accessable, showing all the files of it's previous owner and everything was fine.

I thought rather than digging through it and manually deleting redundant files I could simply re-format it by right clicking Local Disk (F and selecting properties/format. I chose the "Enable Compression" option and clicked "start". It went through the process and when it finished I got an error message saying "Windows could not complete the format".

My (C drive is jumpered to master and (F is jumpered to slave and it was working fine untill I attempted to reformat. Now all I get when I try to double-click on it is an error message: "(F is not accessable. The parameter is incorrect." If I double-click Local Disk (F, and select properties, it shows " Used space: 0 bytes. Free space: 0 bytes."

I'm not sure if it is even relevant, but is it possible that if it had a different version of XP than the original one on my (C drive (XP Home/SP2) that this could be a possible connection? I have never formatted a hard drive before other than a clean install of Windows on (C and I really have no idea what I did wrong or how to even go about formatting just the (F drive with a clean install of Windows.

Any help would be appreciated, thanks.

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive Format... Help

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I have a windows 95 operating system computer. I need to load windows 98 to it.I was told that the Windows 98 Full O.E.M. version cannot be used I have to buy the windows 98 upgrade. The problem is I already purchased the Full version over e-bay is it true that even if I format the hard drive the O.E.M. still cannot be used?

Answer:[SOLVED] format hard drive

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I have a new harddrive I have run seatools on it to clear everything having done this I tried to format the harddrive but everytime I try this it says format did not complete, if I plug the harddrive into an icybox and try to format it on another pc then put it back in mine it works apart from i can't run chkdsk or disk defrag can anybody tell me why it won't work on mine as if it is faulty i can get my money back.

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i installed linux then decided i wanted windows back so i tried to format the hard drive it wouldnt format, i looked at the file system and it says raw, what do i do???!!! i need that hard drive!!!

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replaced hard drivewhat format should I use on hard drive to load windows xp (fat) or (ntfs)

Answer:Solved: hard drive format


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I'm trying to install and old hard drive that I had from an old pc into my new pc for some extra storage. The drive is show correctly when I boot up however, under computer management in windows vista, the drive is show as disk 0, unknown, and not initialized. when i right click the drive and attempt to initialize it i get the following error: "The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error."
I don't know what to do from here and would greatly apreciate any help. I don't know what info may be needed for you to help me out so if there is any please let me know and I will provide it. Thanks alot for any help, its appreciated greatly.

Answer:Solved: 2nd hard drive unable to format.

Sounds like the drive is dead. Can you hear ot spin? Is ut recognized as being the correct size? How long has it been stored and where?

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Ok so one of my friends bought one of does cheap encloser here at a pc show so i put in an old HDD that i had w/ some stuff to test it out...and none of the 4 pc's at home will reconize it at all ??? i ready that crap manuel it has 1page lol so do i need to format the hdd cuz im gettin pissed off like allways when something dont go right

And one more and i have a MxtorII 300gigs and when i want to move files over it says disk full and it has 280gigs free any suggestions on that ?

thanks for the advice

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive Encloser (format or not)

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I am not sure where to post this.

I bought a new computer. It had an intermittent problem with the video card. The manufacturer agreed to replace it. I had loaded programs on the first computer and used it while awaiting the replacement unit. Now I need to return the bad computer, but I want to be sure that all my Information and personal data is gone. Can anyone tell me the best way to do it? The drive is a 1 TB with no partitions. I have tried using a program (Eraser) to securely delete my data , but that looks like it will take forever. I also tried Darik's Boot and Nuke. That would be the best solution but I could not get it to work. I think there was a problem with unrecognized USB ports. I know that a format does not guarantee my data cannot be recovered but I think that will be good enough. But how do I format the drive. I don't have a system disk, plus I don't want to reinstall the operating system in any case. I just want my stuff off the drive.

I will certainly appreciate any help. Thanks very much.


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I have an 80Gig Maxtor HD I want to use with a new usb external enclosure. The drive is recognized when installed as an additional drive in my computer. Can I use the device manager to format it so it will be recognized when connected as an external drive? Or is there another process that is needed for formatting.

Thanks, Al

Answer:Solved: Format Hard Drive for External use

Right-click Computer, Manage, Disk Management. Right-clcik the drive and remove all partitions so all the space is unallocated. Create partitions the sizes you want and format. Change drive letters, if you want.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Business, Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) Dual Core Processor 5000B, x64 Family 15 Model 107 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1790 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon 3100 Graphics, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 476937 MB, Free - 329080 MB;
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 3029h
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled

I am trying to wipe clean an 80GB hard drive that I have. I want to reformat it (unless there is a simplar way of wiping the hdd clean). I have the HDD connected to my computer using my USB to IDE cable adapter. Windows Explorer does not list the drive in the tree but disk management does recogniz the drive as drive 1. I was wondering why the drive isn't showing up in the windows tree and how to reformat or wipe the drive clean. I am new to using Diskpart and so I haven't been able to wipe or reformat the HDD.

Please help if you can. Thank you.

Answer:Solved: Format extrernal hard drive

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Holy *&^%, I am officially past aggravated. I needed to reformat an internal hard drive on a Gateway Laptop 7322GZ, 60GB drive. I am using a Windows XP Pro Upgrade CD (along with a full version of Windows 98SE for verification) and I deleted all partitions and set it to format the entire disk. Did not select quick format NTFS, just regular Format NTFS.

The drive used to have Windows XP Home on it. The boot.ini and many other operating system files were badly damaged or corrupt, so I had no choice other than to set it up as a slave drive and retrieve all of the data, then go for a full format and reinstall of OS. Now I am stuck here at my 2nd attempt at reformatting this drive and it will not format past 73%!!

I Googled and read about this happening (yes, at exactly 73%), but only on 160GB hard drive by Seagate and the solution was based solely on Vista 4 users. Yes, I searched and searched, but only found that exact entry/problem. (or maybe it was 260GB - I dunno).

So, what's going on and what is the easiest way to fix - or is the drive bad, or???

This is ridiculous .. really ..

Please, if anyone can assist soon I would really, really be grateful.

Answer:Solved: Can't format Hard Drive - stops at 73%. What the?!!?

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I have made a boot diskette , added smartdrv , but won't accept the smartdrv command, I'm slowly going crazy !! How do I get to BIOS, and how do I configure to startup from cd drive ?? Please help !! Have wasted hours on this thing !!

Answer:Solved: Unable to format hard drive !!!!

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I decided to scratch the hd and redo everything after I just got a virus - even after the virus was gone everything was affected.

I create a C, D, and E partition. The C partition is for 98, the D for XP and the E for data. I formatted D: and installed xp - no problem there. then I went to C: and tried to format went through the usual gyrations and thermometer countdown but at the end it said "Windows was unable to complete the format". Am I doing something wrong? I tried FAT, FAT32 and NTFS.

I can think of two options - 1. there is something wrong with the hard drive 2. I should have worked with C: first (installed 98) and then proceeded to install XP

Help anyone!!!!

Answer:[SOLVED] Can't format a hard drive partition


You have to install Windows 98 first.
Boot the computer with a Parted Magic CD.
Delete the partitions - then create a FAT32 partition for Windows 98 - leave the rest of the HDD unformatted.

Install Windows 98.
When running Win 98 >> insert the XP disc.
XP installation will start >> choose New install (not upgrade).
After a little while the computer will restart and boot from the XP disc.
Create an NTFS partition where you install XP.
A dual boot will be created automatically.

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I have a Western Digital External hard drive and had problems with some corrupted files. As a result I decided to use the WD dianostics software to fix the problem but it didn't solve the problem. The WD software gave me the option of wiping the hard drive and I did that in the hope that I could start affresh and then copy my back up files to it again. The problem is that my computer now does not recognize the hard drive at all so it looks like I am going to have to reformat it to NTFS format. How do I get my computer first to recognize it and then how do I reformat it to NTFS format?


Answer:Solved: Format an external hard drive

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Bit of a long tail but it may help any that try to help.

I had problems with the second SATA HDD (a Maxtor 6Y250M0) which I use for storage/backups; it was divided into two partions. I checked with CHKDSK found it dirty and went for the recovery option; this failed with an i/o warning. Went for the option to reformat which appeared fine but when I tried to `Delete Partition` it refused.

I loaded the SeaTools floppy and used the Z (erase track 0) option. Whilst I was at it I did a check of the drive and it came back as `good`.
I then went to the format option, which loaded the Wizard, and set the drive up as a single primary basic NTFS partition. This can be written to and read from.

I now have the need to divide the drive back into two partitions but both the `Delete Partition` and `Format` options are greyed out. This applies to both drives.

Can anyone please help me regain the facility and tell me where I went wrong?

Many thanks in anticipation.

Answer:[SOLVED] Hard Drive Format Greyed Out

Had a similar problem read this thread.

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Hello again, I just bought a western digital my passport 250gb portable hard drive. It came as fat32 and I have been trying to format it to NTFS. When I click the format button it starts off fine and everything goes well until it get to about 3/4 of the way done, then the light on the hard drive stops blinking and it is silent and the progression stops. Any suggestions?

Answer:Solved: Portable Hard Drive Won't Format

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Compaq 5834
Windows 2000 Pro
Version 5.0
Servic Pack 4
192 RAM
c:\ Primary hard drive = 13GB
d:\system_save drive = 3GB
g:\Add on hard drive as slave = 40GB

Purchased a 'acomdata' 120GB usb2.0 hard drive.Followed installation instructions, but it will not format the drive. When the formatting screen appears, the only choice I have is FAT, NTSF, or FAT32 and start. I've tried all three, and I've tried formatting the drive on a Dell laptop with Windows XP with same result. After about 40 minutes, the process appears to complete by the progress bar and a message appears which says formatting cannot be completed.
H:\ shows on menu in MyComputer but clicking on properties show the drive has no free space even though there is 0 bytes of data in folders and files.
The Acomdata tech support desk has not responded. Any help out there?

Answer:[SOLVED] usb2.0 hard drive won't format

More that likely the drive is defective, take back to supplier and have them test and supply new one.

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A big hello to the tech support forum, this is my first post!

I have recently installed a clean version of XP pro on a new hard drive and in an attemt to reformat my old hard drive I made the old drive dynamic. However, now when I try to format the drive using the new XP it fails. I fear it is becasue I have an operating system installed on the old disk and windows doesn't want to delete it.

Any help on how to reformat this disk would be much appreciated.

Many thanks


Answer:[SOLVED] Format dynamic hard drive

G'Day Hoopers, and Welcome to TSF!

My suggestion would be to set the 'old' drive up as a 'Slave' to your 'new' one first.

Once you have done this, boot up the computer and retrieve all your data; then; Go here, and look for a program called "Boot N' Nuke", which will completely wipe that drive clean....but read the article tips first!

'Boot N' Nuke' will be a slowish process, as it will 'zero' the drive.

Try this and report back with any queries/concerns.

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I need your expertise for this one. I have an Samsung 60GB hard drive that I have been using for backup. The drive is in an external case connected thru a usb port & I have been using it for some time without problems. Since it was previously formated as FAT32, I decided to clean it up & reformat as NTFS.

After cleaning I ran Partition Magic 8, to set up 2 partitions & received an "error 27, Cannot lock drive".

Tried to reformat with Windows. After the format appeared to be finishing I received "Windows unable to complete format" .

The drive displays in MY Computer but shows no Total space or free space. If I click properties: it shows 0 used space 0 free space. Also none of the Tools in the run on it.

Running Win XP Home
What can I do to fix it????

Answer:Solved: Can Not Format External Hard drive

You may have to remove the drive from the external case and connect it temporarily on your secondary IDE channel. If you can't format it there, try the disk manufacturer's diagnostics and see if the drive has died for some reason. You might also try DBAN to totally clear the entire drive and see if that allows you to complete the partitioning and formatting.

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hello u guys and i have finished up with the dban thing,after wiping my hard disk.

i just made a partition and i m unable to format it(Using Windows Format)
i have 500 gb hard disk.
4 Partitons

1- 100 gb(primary)(c:disk)
3-200 gb(logical)
4-100(which i m unable to format)(Logical)

all are ntfs partition

before making and formatting 3,4 partion a freind came to me he asked me to fill songs in usb drive.

i m using kis 2010 so i thought i need not worry bcz if any viruses or trojans are found they all will be deleted or disinfected by kaspersky internet security.

i found 8 viruses and 3 trojans out of which kaspersky deleted 5trojans and and two viruses and quarantied 1 virus.

i just scanned usb drive again and i found no viruses and trojan so i opened it and copied all data on 3 partion which is working correctly.

then i made and format 4th partion after restarting my pc.
i wasnt able to format this partion no matters how many times i format it.

i think the virus which was quarantined may have cause the problem.
i m confused bcz i scanned before opening the usb drive.when i found all viruses and trojans and whena ll viruses or trojans were deleted or quarantined the n i again scanned and i found nothing on usb drtive.

so i copied all the data to 3rd partion.after checking for viruses.

it hink the virus which kaspersky internet security quarantined is causing the problem.

the virus which kaspersky quarantined is moja.exe.

i dont know i opened to us... Read more

Answer:Solved: unable to format hard drive partition

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Hi all,

I recently bought an Inspiron 1405 which has Vista installed on it. I would like to uninstall vista and install xp. So I inserted the XP CD into the drive and changed the bios so that computer boots up from CD.

It boots up from XP CD and goes to the blue screen and starts
loading the necessary files to start the installation.

Then after done with loading, it shows that famous blue screen: "Windows has encountered an error message and has to shut down otherwise it will harm your computer. If this is your first time, restart your pc and if it's not your first time them you have some devices which are not compatible, disable things blah blah".... So I never get to that point where it asks me to format or repair windows...

And when I restart the computer, ir either boots up from the CD again and comes to the same screen or it shows that Windows Repair wizard.

Please let me know how I should fix this problem so I can install XP...

Thanks in advance

Answer:Solved: How to format a hard drive with Vista and install XP?

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Okay so here's the story. I have just recently decided to try and use my old PC for some very basic Windows gaming. The problem is, it has Linux Ubuntu 10.0.4 on it at the moment and the hard drive is formatted in to something like an ext4 format. When I put in my Windows 7 install disc and boot from CD it all goes fine up until choosing where to install the OS. It won't let me format the hard drive inside of the setup process, yet to install Windows I believe it needs to be in FAT32 or NTFS format.
Also it won't let me format the hard drive inside Ubuntu itself because it comes up with the error that it is already in use.
So basically what I need is some advice on how to format it using either what I have already got or a little bit of freeware that I can burn to a disc and then power up the machine in to it to format the hard drive. Thanks in advance
Oh and here are the specs as they stand at the moment if you want them:

Old Packard Bell IMedia PC: (originally had Win XP 2005 Media Edition on but I have since installed Win7 RC then linux on it)
OS:Linux Ubuntu 10.04 Desktop
RAM: 512MB
HARD DRIVE: 80GB Hard Drive
PROCESSOR:Intel Pentium 4 (Don't know what speed it is running at)
GRAPHICS CARD:ATi Radeon Xpress 200

Answer:Solved: How do I format my Linux Hard Drive in to NTFS?

I have run into this with linux drives before. It is pretty easy to fix; simply wipe the drive with the drive maker's diagnostic app, DBAN, or any other wipe app. This removes everything from the drive ie it is how it came out of the box. If there is anything you need on the drive, make sure you have a backup before doing this task.

You download the diagnostic app from whomever made the drive ie WD, Seagate, etc. You will need the dos or boot version. One of the options is to zero fill the drive [sometimes called a LLF]

DBAN is available for download from many sites. Here is one

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See attached jpg for question and screen snap shots. System Info below

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium, Service Pack 2, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q9550 @ 2.83GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8188 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT, 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 608359 MB, Free - 437860 MB; D: Total - 2047 MB, Free - 1016 MB; F: Total - 72316 MB, Free - 62651 MB; H: Total - 1430796 MB, Free - 1421870 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc, 0PP150
Antivirus: Lavasoft Ad-Watch Live! Anti-Virus, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Disabled

Answer:Solved: In Safe Mode - Still Cannot Format Hard Drive

Boot with the 75GB drive disconnected from the motherboard. My guess is you'll get some kind of error which should indicate how the drive is being used.

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Hi All

I’m having a problem rebuilding a friend’s computer which was suffering from the BSOD! I could not find a way of resolving this, but I did manage to get all the data by plugging the hdd into another sata cabled machine in the house.
I then formatted the disc, put it back in the original Dell Case and tried to load XP, this is where my current problems start. It loads the XP files and gives me the option to install, repair etc, whatever I choose I get the message “Windows cannot see a configured hard disk, make sure cables are connected etc”.
When I look in the bios I can see the disk is recognised ok!!
Could it be that I have removed something during the format that are vital to the running of the disk? If so does anyone have any instructions how to reinstall?
The problem machine is a Dell Dimension 8400 with a barracuda 7200.7 Sata hard disk.

Any Help would be greatly appreciated

Answer:Solved: Windows cannot see Hard Disk Drive after format - Help please

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I recently replaced my slave hard drive which I use to hold a drive image of by Windows XP OS on my "C" drive.
When I tried to partition the new drive (80 gig) using "Partitiion Magic", it failed, with an error message saying that there was a file error on the disc. Don't ask me to tell you what the exact error was because it has now vanished along with the contents of my hard drive. After the error message, I tried to format the hard drive and it refused to do so. I then downloaded a tool known as "Hard Disk Low Level Format Tool" and used it apparently sucessfully to format the hard drive.
I then tried to partition it again with "Partion Magic" and it replied with a message which I dont remember the details but it basically said that the hard drive was corrupt and therefore unfixable. Can anyone help me to "clean" the hard drive or should I just cut my losses and buy another. I was thinking of something like "nuke & boot" or is it "boot & nuke".
Thanks in advance.

Answer:[SOLVED] Problem trying to format my hard drive (slave)

use killdisk and partition and format from disk management

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Answer:Solved: Hard drive file,HTML format?

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Hi everyone,

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

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

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

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Hi everyone,

Was just trying to format my drive to FAT32 using cmd, it got to 2% and then failed for whatever reason.

Now when I plug the drive in nothing happens, not sure how to get it formatted again so it is recognised? I refuse to believe the hard drive is fried!

Your help is greatly appreciated.


Answer:Solved: Hard Drive format fail - now won't recognise device

No matter - Fixed it!

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I'm new to Vista. I bought a 320gig hard drive and a external case and formated it with EXFAT. Ran into some problems and now Vista won't read the drive. I've tried 9 different recovery programs but none works with EXFAT. Is there anything out there that will? (yes, I didn't know what I was doing when I formated it. I thought FAT was FAT!) Any help will be greatly appreciated -Dot

Answer:Solved: recover files off hard drive with exfat format

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Whenever I connect a hard drive to my computer via USB port, Windows tells me, "You need to format the disk in drive G: before you can use it. Do you want to format it?"

The first sentence is a false statement. (The proprietary security software I use mounts and interacts with the physical hard drive just fine.) And okay, I get that Windows looks, sees neither FAT nor NTFS, sees no MBR, and wants to alert me to that.

It's the second sentence that terrifies me -- I'm worried one of these days I'll accidentally press Enter at the wrong time, or click 'Format disk' instead of Cancel, and Windows will proceed to wreckingball my drive.

How can I stop Windows 7 from issuing this alert that asks me to format the drive, when it sees an "unformatted" drive connected?

All solutions welcome. I am completely OK with reducing my machine's functionality, e.g. making Windows on this machine lose the ability to format any hard drives whatsoever. And I'm probably amenable to drastic haxxory if that's what it takes (I'm not nearly sysadmin-fluent but I can usually RTFM my way through complicated instructions, and I know the basics - how to write batch files, enable/disable Services, etc). I was disappointed to discover it's not as simple as editing AutoPlay settings.

Your help is greatly appreciated. I just can't afford to risk losing data that's probably worth a hundred times my annual salary to an ill-timed key press or an ill-aimed button click. (Granted, ... Read more

Answer:[SOLVED] Help? Can Win7's attempt to format a USB-connected hard drive be stopped?

Found this one which may do it Windows 7 ? disabling "you need to format the disk?" pop-up window ? PZolee's blog

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I previously had Vista x64 OS on this hard drive but it was running short on space so I installed the OS on my 1TB drive. I had backed up all files and intended to wipe this drive clean - then format it as a blank NTFS primary partition. When I try to format it I get a dialog box saying format failed. Disk management shows it as RAW instead of NTFS. Also it shows it as 139GB free, why not 150GB? It is a 150 GB WD velocirapter drive as listed in my specs.  What am I doing wrong?Screen shot of 'Disk Management:

Answer:hard drive format keeps failing. How to format?

Try completely deleting the current partition. Reboot. Then again create the partition and format again.You could also try it with something like Easeus Partition Manager ( The home version is free.

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I have a A51 8131-34U ThinkCentre with the 5 startup disks from IBM/Lenovo.  I am trying to re-format my hard drive using the NTFS format.  I don't know how to do it.  I can use the disks to restore the computer to its original settings but I don't see an option to format the hard disk as if I were using an XP installation disk.  Can someone please help?!? Thanks

Answer:Re-format Hard Drive to NTFS Format

soulsurvivor wrote:
I have a A51 8131-34U ThinkCentre with the 5 startup disks from IBM/Lenovo.  I am trying to re-format my hard drive using the NTFS format.  I don't know how to do it.  I can use the disks to restore the computer to its original settings but I don't see an option to format the hard disk as if I were using an XP installation disk.  Can someone please help?!?
If your drives are already FAT you can use the convert command to turn them into NTFS partitions without loosing any data.

_____________________________Ed ShumpertService Operations ManagerNA Service & Support

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The other day the battery was removed from my laptop before it had shut down, now it wont boot up. It gets close to the log on screen and then the blue screen of death flashes up and the laptop dies. It happens so quickly and i cant see what the blue screen says.
I tried repairing xp using the install disc but it wont recognise the hard drive. I then took the hard drive out and put it into another laptop to try fix it but the format it is showing up in is "RAW". I dont even know what RAW is. Is there anyway to restore the system files, or anyway to get my hard drive back to life? I dont want to reformat as i have not got all my stuff backed up. There is no floppy drive on the laptop.
Please help...

Answer:Solved: "RAW"?? hard drive format

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I have an Dell desktop with a 1tb HDD running Win 10, am looking to install an SDD then migrate over to this drive leaving the 1tb HDD just for my files.
My 1st question is; I have 4 sata slots on the motherboard 1 = 1tb HDD, 2 = free, 3 = DVD, 4 = free. Have read somewhere always use the lowest number slot for an SSD & if that is so do I put the SDD sata cable into slot 1 & HDD into slot 2
when I first install the SDD drive or change them later after I have cloned the HDD ?
As I am going to use my 1tb HDD just for my file storage will I be albe to do a full fomat on the HDD ie clean all partitions.
Many thanks

Answer:Format main hard drive. Want to install SDD then migrate to this drive

Hi. . .
I would suggest that you install Windows onto the SSD without the HDD being connected.
After Windows 10 is installed on the SSD, then reconnect the HDD and use Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) to format the HDD in NTFS format.
Doing the installation this way assures that no boot related files are written to the HDD during Windows install onto the SSD.
Regards. . .

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I wish to format an external Hard Drive for Windows 10 and then install the Drive into my Laptop and load Windows 10 from the DVD I created from the ISO file.
My reason for doing this is to get a completely clean install, as every other time I have tried I end up with a poorly function Windows 10 PC and some of the old information such as Wall Paper, Network setting, Home Group etcetera are still set up in the New "clean" installation which I believe are causing the very slow Boot up along with other problems. Each time in the past I have agreed to "keep nothing" but that does not seem to work!

Answer:Format external Hard Drive as a boot drive

plug into another PC using a usb caddy
the drive will appear in disk management either right click and select format (do not do a quick format) or you could use command prompt (admin) and run diskpart to remove all partitions and make just one partition on the drive before formatting.
refit in the laptop
ensure DVD is set as first boot device
insert DVD and and press any key to boot from he windows iso (DVD must be bootable made using windows media creation tool for w 10).
follow the prompts to install windows (you cannot install windows onto the drive while it is in the us caddy on the other PC).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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So I'm trying to take my home movies from my new camera and burn them onto DVD's, and I have everything I need, except my hard drive is still formated as FAT32, and I can't save any of my 13 GIG Files because FAT32 only saves up to 4 GIG Files. So I want to just go buy a new 200 GIG Hard Drive, and pop it in my computer. Could I format that as NTSF, and save the movies to that, or would it not let me because I was running XP on a FAT32 drive? But if windows would let me, how would I go about being able to format the second drive as NTSF while leaving my current one alone? Any help would be appreciated!~Dan

Answer:Format Second Hard Drive

Or is there an easy way to convert my drive to NTSF without loosing anything? Thanks

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

Any help is immensely appreciated!!

thanks a bunch~

Answer:How Do You Format A Hard Drive?

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

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in trying to format my hard drive i am getting a message cannot format this drive quit any disc utilities or other prog using this drive and make sure no window is displaying the content of this drive.and none appear to be what am i doing wrong

Answer:cant format hard drive

What OS are you using?Is the HDD you are trying to format your boot drive?

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

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

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

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

Good luck.

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

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I have backed up everything I possible can or want to and I am now ready to Format my hard drive.
I am currently running windows ME and wish to install XP.
I have a disk with XP all ready and waiting but I am not sure how I go about wiping all the junk I have accumulated over the last 4 years in order to start afresh.
Is there a walk through or tutorial, which anyone can recommend to help me through this daunting process?


Answer:How do I format my hard drive?

You can use your XP CD
Look Here:

Set boot order in bios to CD first.
Make sure you use the NTFS file system it's better than Fat32 amd more secure.

Look Here:
Dont upgrade, go for new install.

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i have a small hard drive with two copies of windows 2000 pro in it and i would like to format the hole drive to wipe it clean and start over, but when i go to format it it won't let me, stating something like," cannot lock " something "must end prgram first" or something to that effect. any help to wipe this thing clean to start over would be great. Thank you

Answer:format hard drive ??

You cannot format the drive that containd Windows from within Windows (thank goodness). You need to gert a set of boot disks click here and do the format from a DOS command.These instructions for W98 should help click here

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Question: Format Hard Drive

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

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

Answer:Format Hard Drive

Hi NewFoundMonkey8


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

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

What kind of problems are you having?

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Question: format hard drive

hi all i have just took delivery of a computer which does not have a floppy drive , if the worst happened in the future and i had to re install windows, how do you format the hard drive if there is not a floppy for the boot disk any advice welcome

Answer:format hard drive

You boot it from the Windows CD ROM it gives the option to format.

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I am trying to complete;y format the hard drive of a HP Omnibook Can anyone tell me how to do this Ta

Answer:Format a Hard Drive

click here and click on the relevant OS.G

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Hey guys,

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

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

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Hi, I am trying to format my hard drive, I have saved all the files i need . I placed a startup floppy in the drive and when i get the promt i typed in FORMAT C:/s a message comes on telling me that FORMAT doesnt work on C:Please Help

Answer:Cant Format Hard drive

what os are you using

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

Answer:Format XP hard drive

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

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please can someone tell me the best way to go about formating my computer - I have just bought XP and would like to install it (my system is compatible)I did previously install it without formating - but there are some programs still on there I don't want

Answer:format hard drive for XP

if you set your PC to boot from CD, there is no need to format.Place the CD in the drive and restart your computer and the installation will walk you through the steps for deleting and setting up for a clean install.

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Question: Format Hard Drive

I was given a computer which is a P-III with XP home and 512 MB of memory.I am trying to format the hard drive and I keep getting this error message:Format cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. Format may run if the volume is dismounted first. Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Format Hard Drive

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After attempting to install a new hard drive my other PC appears to have lost windows ?????

anyway i figured i would just format it and install windows again, so how do i do that when i can't get into windows, only dos.

would a disk made by This utility from maxtor

do the job, or can you point me in the right direction

Answer:how to format hard drive from DOS ??

what version of windows?

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


Answer:Can't format hard drive

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hi can any1 help with this one?

got a friends 30gig h/d that's completely ruined (everything was corrupt due to a virus) and now when I begin setup from boot floppies etc I get to the formatting and it won't format. It says something about the drive being damaged and cannot be formatted. I've tried NTFS and NTFS quick and FAT won't work either! Any ideas, or has it completely had it?

Answer:hard drive won't format!!

You might need to re-partition it first -- especially if the partition tables got messed with by whatever bit the system.

Let us know what happens with the formatting after you've re-partitioned the drive.

If the partitioning software won't work either, I'd begin to suspect a hardware problem of some kind.

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Your help please........ I want to re-install XP Home but prefare not to load it 'on top' of the existing one, I want to format the hard drive but have never done it before, from restart and F8 the chooses are 'safe mode' 'safe mode with networking' and 'safe mode with command prompt'... which do I use to enter the Bios and can anyone point me in the direction of a site that explains how to format your hard drive before I re-install XP..... Your help pls!...thanks....neil.

Answer:How do I format hard drive

click heretry this hol pol....

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

Answer:can't format hard drive

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I have one question, how do you format the hard drive.
I looked all over this forum and i've found about about 30 ways, all of which make about 0 sense to me. "boot w/ the OS disk," What the h*ll does that mean! (No offense to anyone, u people know what UR doing) I don't know a WHOLE lot about comps. but i do know that the way ppl talk about fomattin' their HD's it's gotta be somewhat simple. Can someone PLEASE tell me how to simply format my hard drive. I've got Windows XP, in a dell 2350, 60 GB HD, 512 MB ram, and a Pentium 4 processor at 2.5 gigs.
Thank U so much, In advance,

Answer:How To Format Hard Drive

Windows xp, this is very good for you.

Ok go into your bios set the cd-rom to run on boot-up. Now you will run into several xp style looking pages follow the directions and you can formatt no problem. all xp need is the cd so dont worrie about os boot disk as the cd is basically the boot disk.

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

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

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

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


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

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Question: format hard drive

hello,please could you tell me how to format my hard drive. thanks charlton200

Answer:format hard drive

by the way i am using windows m.e. charlton200

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

Answer:hard drive won't format

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

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Can anyone help me. I have recently purchased a diamond max plus 9 160GB hard drive. I tried to format my old one which is still in the system and is a 12.1GB seagate ST313021A. Unfortunatley when i try to format it from within windows (going to start, run and typing cmd) it says "format cannot run because the format is in use by another process, format may run if this volume is dismounted first. Would you like to force a dismount on this volume". So after typing yes it says "Cannot lock the drive the volume is still in use". I have no idea where to go from here. Can someone offer any assistance. I'm running WinXP PRO by the way.

Answer:cannot format hard drive

try doing it from safe mode, I take it that your xp installation is on the 80gig drive

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

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

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

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

Answer:Win 7 keeps asking to format ext hard drive

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

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how do i do it. start all over.

Answer:how format hard drive for xp.

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

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Will formatting have any benefit? I installed vista as an upgrade and it seems a little buggy.

Answer:Should I format my hard drive ?

If you have a full version, I would say go for it. I have found that very often the upgrade simply doesn't cut it.

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I?m looking to format my hard drive and I want to make a back up of my software and files I have a 8gb flash card and I have cleaned my computer of all but 7gb of used space.

I have a 2 part question
1) First how do I back up my hard drive onto my flash card.
2) How easy is it to format a hard driver and reinstall XP.

Answer:format my hard drive

1. I would assume, that you just drag the files in the flash card.
2. Very easy. Set your CD drive as the first boot priority. Insert Windows CD. Follow instructions. It will ask you, which partition or hard drive to format. Then you just install Windows.

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Hi, I recently upgraded and moved the OS to a new drive. I want to format the old OS drive (now D drive). How would I go about doing this? I know you can't format a bootable drive too

Any help?


Answer:Format old OS hard drive

Make sure the drive is connected to your computer (internal drive should be, external drive needs to be plugged in.) Then click Start > Computer and find the drive in the list of drives. Ensure any data on the drive that you wish to keep has been copied to another drive, as formatting will remove all data. Right-click on the drive's icon and select the "Format..." option to bring up the Format window.

Select the required file system (you'll probably want to stay with NTFS) and give the drive a new name (called a "Volume label"). If you just want to erase a drive that has already been formatted, consider using the "Quick Format" option; otherwise leave this option unchecked. Click "Start" to begin the formatting process. A full format could take several hours.

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Question: Format Hard Drive

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

Answer:Format Hard Drive

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

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

Answer:Format a Hard Drive

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

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How does one force the WinXP cd to read upon booting up. I have changed in the bios, CD-ROM, Hard drive, then floppy. It bypasses the cd and goes straight for the desktop. even if I don't set it to the hard drive it still goes to the desktop. I don't get it.

Answer:Format hard Drive

is this a version of XP that you bought, or did it come with the computer your using?

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Question: Hard drive format

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

Answer:Hard drive format

"cause no boot disk works"

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

XP can format a HD as a FAT Drive.

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How can I format my hard drive ( wiping out all datas ) ? I have Windows XP
Thanks for your help

Anton ABC

Answer:How to format my hard drive

This post should help you here.

Regards Jason

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

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

Answer:how to format a hard drive

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

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

Dave N

Answer:format hard drive

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


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I just upgraded my win98 to win2k and am now trying to format my hard disk but keep getting 'volume in use by another proccess'. Can't get around this no matter what I try.
This is exactly what I get when I'm using the command prompt.
Format :c
Type of fyle system is NTFS
Enter current volume label for drive c: xxxxxxxxxx
Format cannot run because the volume is in use by another proccess
Format may run if this volume is dismounted first
All open handles to this volume would then be invalid
would you like to force a dismount on this volume? Yes
Cannot lock the drive the volume is still in use

Any help would be highly appreciated

Answer:need help. can't format my hard drive

Sounds to me like you are trying to format the partition that you have actually booted into!
Are you sure about which partition you need to format? Sounds like you may end up loosing everything if you get it wrong....
Once you've sure about the above, you'll need to boot of a dos bootdisk and run from the command prompt.

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

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