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Hard drive problem.. Cancelled format now cant access drive

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

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?

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Hi guys,

I tried to full format an external hard drive and I accidentally unplugged it before it finished. Then I tried to full format it again and about 30% of the way through, an error message appeared saying the format failed. Now my computer cannot access the drive in "my computer", disk management says it cannot initialize it because "The media is write protected," and I tried diskpart to fix this it gives me nothing but errors. I tried this:

DISKPART> list disk
DISKPART> select disk (id)
DISKPART> online disk (if the disk is not online)
DISKPART> attributes disk clear readonly

It give me this error message "DiskPart failed to clear disk attributes."

It shows the disk is online. It has no volume so Diskpart says I cannot format it. It won't let me create a volume either because it says it is "write protected."

I also tried some method of accessing the registry as suggested on another forum but the key I needed to fix ?Storage Device Policies? wasn't in my registry on either of my laptops.

What do I do?????

Answer:Format Failed - Cannot Access Hard Drive Now - HELP!

You could try to fully wipe the disk from scratch and start over.

I use a Linux boot disk and dd for this. Be careful with dd tho as if you use it wrong you could wipe the wrong drive or cause serious data damage.

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I recently bought an SSD for my netbook, and took out the HDD and put it in an enclosure. When I connect it to either of my computers, it does not show up in my computer. I can see it in disk management and device manager, but I am not given the option to format or even partition it. I can change the driver letter, which I have, but nothing has changed.

The light on the external drive is on, so I don't think it's a hardware problem. Anyone have any suggestions?


Answer:Cannot access/format external hard drive, please help

Did you assign it a drive letter?

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Does anybody know how to gain access to the hard drive off of a boot disk that loads command?

Answer:Access hard drive in ntfs format

The OS CD (XP/2K) will give limited access to NTFS partitions and some of the [highlight]SysInternals free utilities[/highlight] will allow read access. Utility CDs such as Hirens Boot CD or The Tech CD will also grant access as will Linux standalones such as Knoppix.There are methods of granting both full read and write access but it depends on what you're trying to do.

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I did a fresh install but I forgot about the password because was in keychain, I trying to recover keychain files, there a lot of them but with out the name just de extension ""keychain", please help, my entire life is in that disk...

Answer:How access data, forgot my external hard drive (Mac format)

Clarify your situation...You have a Mac system and an external Mac formatted hard drive too?You re-installed the OS on the Mac itself; and can't remember the password you used either for the previous Mac installation and/or the the external hard drive?You may be able to regain access to, and thus recover data off, the external drive using a root level login...Have a browse here and see if anything helps in that vein... the root level is to be done carefully; and ideally one creates a separate Admin level account - with that root option enabled for that account only. Do NOT have it enabled on other accounts... And keep a safe note/record of that account's login/password...message edited by trvlr

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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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So, I bought this nice little VANTEC NexStar-FX NAS - single bay, Gigabit, quiet. I installed a 3TB HD in it.

The problem: Dang thing doesn't have NTFS as a format option - Just EXT2 or 3, and FAT32. Of course, trying any of them (from either the PC or Mac) fails.

What would be the best way to go about formatting the drive so I can use the NAS? I assume I'll have to install the drive somewhere else to format it... but if I format it as NTFS for instance, will I be able to use it? Or will I have to do a ton of FAT32 partitions?

FWIW, this is my first attempt at utilizing a NAS.

Answer:NAS hard drive format problem

The specs show the NAS supporting "up to 2TB" drives:

Also says "*Check our website for the updated storage capacity" but I don't see where they list any firmware updates or anything useful on their site.

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I can't access a slave drive i've been using for about 3 years now. I use it for file storage. I've made no changes, but when i try to access it, i get the massage - the disk is not formatted. Format it now? It was working fine yesterday, but if i format it i'll lose my files. I've run an antivirus scan, spybot, registry checker, still no joy

Answer:Hard drive format problem

This might seem redundant...but try accessing a known folder on the drive directly.
eg. START>>RUN, Type "D:\Games\"

there are other things to try, but this has happend to me before and I couldn't fix it, but at leased I could backup everything in the folders I could access this way.

And if this eliminates lots of other reasons.


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I've got a strange one that I've been working on. The drive had/has Vista 32 bit on it and I can format the drive with my Windows 7 system (it's a drive 3 that I have installed on this system). The status as shown by the screen shot is "healthy active partition".

The first thing I did was run repair but it reported it was unable to repair the install.

I've reformatted the drive - full format, not quick, booted from the Acronis boot CD, reinstalled an Acronis True Image full hard drive backup to the drive (a couple of times). But, it still will not boot, Windows starts to load then it blue screens but the blue screen and info are only there for a brief second and not enough to see the error. I even tried reinstalling Vista, reformat the hard drive and install and it still fails the same way.

I can access the drive from the Windows Explorer and the proper disc contents are displayed. I've run error checking and it doesn't find anything.

I thought it had something to do with the bootmgr (and may still do) but reformatting, reinstalling, etc should have corrected that.

I hate to say the hard drive is bad since no errors show up and it formats properly.


Answer:Hard Drive Format? Problem

Are you disconnecting the other drives before you install to this drive?

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Am transplanting a 30gb Hdd from a dead Tiny System into a new system with XP and am having trouble.The Hdd is partitioned NTFS 95% and a 5% partition that looks like a protected partition coz i cant get rid of it Tried Fdisk, no good.If I ignore it and load XP. then My computer shows the main Hdd as drive E , with no sign of drive C anywhere.Any ideas??????

Answer:Hard Drive Format Problem

Go to the HDD manifacturers site and download the Disk utilities; use the one that does a 'low level' format of the disk: then reformat as required

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My hp pavilion (ze4500) notebook stopped working, so I deduced from examining it that it was probably the hard disk drive that went out. I ordered the suggested spare P/N 319414-001 and installed it. It wont complete the installation because it says "Did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer, etc.. blah blah...," and I am trying hard to get it recognized. It wont read the recovery CDs until it see the hard drive, so you can see my problem.  After reading some similar problems on the internet, I went into the BIOS and changed the internal hard drive from "Auto" to a few different options, but eventually I changed it back to "Auto" because I extended my options because none of the changes made it work.  I read that you can do something on a floppy to boot it, but I dont have a floppy drives, just a CD drive. I just really don't know what to do. I miss my computer! Please help! 

Answer:Hard Drive Format Problem

Did you recieve a bootable CD with that new hard drive ? ?If not you will have to make one.DLoad the diagnostics from the HDD manuf. site and follow the instructions for creating a bootable floppy/CD.Then use the program to partition and format the drive.Some drives even new are shipped unformatted. Once it's formatted it should be recognised and you should be good to go...

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Hello ~~

I'm having trouble formatting a hard drive. At the FDISK screen I went through the steps of deleting the partition and creating a new one. Then, as instructed, I shut down and restarted. I had no C:/> as I was expecting - just the blinky cursor. So I rebooted with a Startup disk, which in turn got me to the C:/> I wanted. From there I typed "FORMAT C: /s" and the following error was returned:

"Invalid media type reading drive c:"

Uh oh! So I thought I'd start over with the FDISK and when I typed that at the C:/> prompt the same error was returned.

Any thoughts? This is an old computer I was trying to reload Windows on. Thanks for any advice!!

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I have two hard drives on a computer. I started reformatting the secondary drive, which doesn't have the operating system on it, and realized soon after I started that it has some important data on it. It had barely started when I cancelled it. Now the drive needs to be formatted to be used. Is there a program that can recover deleted data from an unformatted hard drive?

Answer:Solved: Cancelled reformat hard drive, trying to recover data

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My laptop is a Dell Latitude D830 running Windows Vista.

I've bought a Freecom USB 2.0 Hard Drive XS 1TB (Model Code SSYBBA) which came FAT32 preformatted. I wanted to reformat to use NTFS so I plugged it in to my USB port. Opening Windows Explorer, the drive was picked up as G:\ and I could view files on there and copy and remove files so I knew the disk was working OK.

I started reformatting by right-clicking on the drive letter and selecting "Format" from the menu and select NTFS and kept the default settings. After an hour I cancelled the formatting (clicked Cancel) and a message popped up asking me to confirm, so I did.

Since doing this, the drive is now no longer recognised and doesn't get a drive letter assigned. I've tried rebooting, reconnecting and checking in Disk Management and it just doesn't appear (although is powering up when the laptop starts). Also, Device Manager doesn't show it. Screen shot of Disk Management attached.

Can you tell me, how do I get the drive letter back to restart reformatting?

Thanks in advance for your help.


Answer:Cancelled external HDD hard disk formatting, now no drive letter

What options do you have when you right click on the drive?

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My computer is saying that my external drive needs formatted and formatting it will erase all the data. I have much data on it that I was saving on an external drive because I want it. Is there a way to retrieve the data before reformatting the external drive? I have a toshiba pentuim pentium (r) dual core T4200 with a windows vista home premium operating system and a accudata hard drive model number PDHD1000USB72.

I can be contacted at [email protected]

Answer:External hard drive format problem

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Hey Tech People! This is a weird one.

I bought an HP ENVY H8-1534 for my wife (refurbished; great price). The site said it came with Windows 7; it came with Windows 8. I tried it out for four seconds and realized right away why Microsoft has gotten so much crap over this. Put plainly, in my opinion, this is worse than any other operating system. (I used a slightly different description last night and now I can’t find my cat). I am also not thrilled about having to sign up for every single service Microsoft has (or the machine will not work) and converting to Microsoftolicism and worshipping the greedy jerks that intentionally come up with this stuff.

I am very technically proficient with most Windows operating systems up until now. I decided to install a brand new Windows 7 Premium (premium for the price) disk on this thing.

Here is my question: I did all the BIOS stuff (turned off secure boot and everything else). Apparently this Seagate 1.5T SCSI Barracuda hard drive is formatted differently for Windows 8. I didn’t know that. Now, not only does the Win 7 install tell me it cannot be installed on this disk, but now, it has disappeared from all the hardware management programs (device manager, diskmgmt.msc, etc.). I put the drive in my old Windows Ultimate (for the size of the vein on my forehead) machine and same thing. Bootable rescue disk; nothing. Bootable USB; nothing. Something said the format was in a PG or PN something configuration.

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Answer:Windows 8 hard drive format problem...

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I bought a Buffalo station 1TB external drive a few months ago and it failed after the first usage. After transferring about 10gb worth of data, the next time I tried to boot up the drive just wouldn't be recognised by the system anymore and I felt like the data was lost. I posted a thread months ago and was told to try removing the drive and install directly into my pc.

Last night I attempted to do this but the boot up screens say "sec slave drive failure". It is a SATA western digital drive, the other SATA device in my system is a DVD burner, and my primary drive is an IDE, along with another IDE secondary drive.

This is the message I get on start up:
3rd Master: WDC WD1200BB-00DWA0 15.05R15
Ultra DMA Mode-5, S.M.A.R.T. Capable but disabled

3rd Slave: IC35l060AVV207-0 V22OA63A
Ultra DMA Mode-5, S.M.A.R.T. Capable but disabled

Secondary Slave Hard Disk Error
Press F1 to resume

Is there anyway I can repair this drive so that I can get some usage out of it? I don't mind too much if I have to sacrifice the data that i saved (I assumed it's lost since the drive first failed) but it would nice if there was some way to retrieve it too. Any ideas appreciated.


Answer:Hard drive failure problem - how 2 format etc?

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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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I recently formatted my backup drive (Internal ATA 750GB drive using some tool called "Hard Disk Low Level Format Tool" and now it does not show up in my computer. I tried administrative tools, and assigning a drive letter and all and when i try to open it now (it does show up) but says the drive is "0 bytes". Any ideas? Thanks.

ALSO it says (when i double click the drive) "E:/ Is not accessible" "Parameter is incorrect"

Answer:750GB ATA Hard drive problem - not showing up after format!

Have you initialised the disk in disk manager? How does it show up in disk manager?

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

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I am running Windows 7 Professional, 64-bit, on a Lenovo W500 ThinkPad laptop. I am trying to upgrade my Seagate 320GB hard-disk drive to a Western Digital (WD) Blue 1TB. The new drive has 4K sectors (Advanced Format), as opposed to 512-byte sectors, which appears to be causing some problems with Windows. The operating system loads, however Windows Update will not work, and various programs give strange prompts. The old drive was cloned to the new using Acronis True Image WD Edition. Proper alignment was verified using Acronis WD Align. I have to clone the old drive; clean-installing Windows is not an option. Microsoft has this article for what seems to be my problem: I already have run this file (prior to cloning), however the problem remains. I have read on-line that it might help to install Intel RST 9.6 or later. My Device manager currently lists Intel ICH9M-E/M SATA AHCI Controller (under IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers); it is driver version I have tried to upgrade the driver, however without success: I simply receive the message, "Windows has determined the driver software for your device is up to date." Help is greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.


Go to Solution.

Answer:Problem Upgrading W500 to 4K Advanced Format Hard Drive

Have you installed windows7 sp1?

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Hi there,

I need some good advice here, I hope someone can help me.

I just bought a usb3.0 320gb external hard drive the brand and model are: "Imation Apollo M100"

I plugged it into a usb 3 port and it worked but I wanted to format it before i used it, so i right clicked on it in my computer, and clicked format from the drop down box.

I selected quick format and then started it. It ran for a while, then a box popped up saying: unable to complete format" or something to that effect. after that it was inaccessible. the drive showed in my computer as "local disk H:" or something like that. there was no gauge below it indicating the amount of data remaining on the disc, like all the others (ie: "30gb of 465gb left" which is displayed below my internal hard drives)

from the control panel i went to system & security -> create and format hard disk partitions. in disk management it was there with a 1mb partition and the balance of the space as RAW. so i deleted it and tried to format it again with the same result (minus the 1mb partition) i unplugged it and tried the process again, this time i unchecked "quick format", and still no dice.

now it wont pick up at all... i hear the ding dong when i plug it in, but it doesn't show up anywhere, in my computer or in disk manager.

Has anyone got any idea whats going on or what i have done wrong? im normally able to figure this stuff out but im completely stuck... ... Read more

Answer:external hard drive problem, unable to detect or format


1. Try to connect the USB 3 drive to a USB 2 port, just to discard any problems with USB 3.0 port?

2. Goto Start>Control Panel>select "Icon View">Device Manager
Click the "View" tab and select "Show Hidden Devices"
In the Device Manager window, find the item/items labeled "Universal Serial Bus controllers." And expand.
Now plug the device in. Do you see a USB mass storage driver appear under USB?
Try all USB ports.

3. Also do you see any devices in Device Manager listed as Other or Unknown, or having a yellow symbol?
If so right-click and Update.

4. Update the driver for your USB 3.0.



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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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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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I am running Windows 7 Professional, 64-bit, on a Lenovo W500 ThinkPad laptop. I am trying to upgrade my Seagate 320GB hard-disk drive to a Western Digital (WD) Blue 1TB. The new drive has 4K sectors (Advanced Format), as opposed to 512-byte sectors, which appears to be causing some problems with Windows. The operating system loads, however Windows Update will not work, and various programs give strange prompts.

The old drive was cloned to the new using Acronis True Image WD Edition. Proper alignment was verified using Acronis WD Align. I have to clone the old drive; clean-installing Windows is not an option.

Microsoft has this article for what seems to be my problem: An update that improves the compatibility of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 with Advanced Format Disks is available. I already have run this file (prior to cloning), however the problem remains.

I have read on-line that it might help to install Intel RST 9.6 or later. My Device manager currently lists Intel ICH9M-E/M SATA AHCI Controller (under IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers); it is driver version I have tried to upgrade the driver, however without success: I simply receive the message, "Windows has determined the driver software for your device is up to date."

Help is greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.

Answer:Upgrading to 4K (Advanced Format) Hard Drive (Windows Update Problem)

Do you know if the new 1TB drive is using the GUID file table (GPT)? I wonder if the old drive was in MBR format and you are cloning to GPT. That may cause problems.

If so you may want to format the 1TB as MBR with 512 sectors. There is no reason you need to use GPT under 2.2TB. So performance should not be an issue.

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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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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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Hey any help would this would be GREATLY apprciated.

One of the hard drives on my pc [250gb drive , drive E:\] has about 180gb of that data inside one folder. Today I went to open the folder and the pc locked up for a second and then said that DRIVE E:\ is not formated and asked if I wanted to format it. If I select no and try to access the folder again it does the same thing. I cannot risk loosing any of the data that is inside this folder on this drive. IF anyone could try and help me access the files inside this folder I would be so appriciative!!!

Someone please help....


All other folders on the drive open just fine...

Answer:Cannot access folder on a drive , says I need to format that drive..

It also says that there is 0 bytes in the folder when there should be over 110gb ...

Is there any sort of program that will repair something like this...

When I right click the drive in my computer and check properties it says used space 184gb...but then when I go into the E:\ drive and select all the folders and select properties it says there is only 74.2gb used ?

The other 110gb is in that folder that I am not able to access....

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I have a laptop with a partition HD. I want to re-format the entire drive and delete the partition. The problem I have is that I do NOT have a floppy drive and only have a CD Rom drive.

I can find figure out how to reformat with out a floppy drive to boot from.

Please help me!!!!

Running XP now and want to re-install it after.

Answer:How to format a hard drive w/o a floppy drive

Simply boot from the XP CD. It should do the lot.
XP does not usually use a boot floppy.

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i got a virus that's been screwing up my computer, tried everything to get rid of it. Couldn't. So i've decided to format my hard drive. I think i'm supposed to do it from DOS and that i need a boot disk, but i have no idea how to start up in DOS and i recently had a new hard drive installed and now my A: drive isn't showing up so i can't create a boot disk. My OS is Windows XP. Please help...your my only hope

Answer:format hard drive, cant find A drive

You can download a boot disk here: are some other links that you may like to read first before formating:

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 1300MHz, x86 Family 15 Model 0 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 639 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce2 MX/MX 400 (Microsoft Corporation), 32 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 39997 MB, Free - 3484 MB; I: Total - 953835 MB, Free - 920511 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Computer Corporation, Dimension 8100 , ,
Antivirus: Kaspersky Internet Security, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled I can't access an exteranal drive letter G. As you can see it doesn't even show here in the hard drives section. I get this message:G:\ is not accessible Request could not be performed because of an I/O device error. This message came when I double clicked on the drive in My Computer! Thanks

Answer:hard drive access problem

The drive may have failed. You can check if this has happened by testing it with the drive maker's diagnostic software. Links here at top of page:

Most external drives are known to fail or have other problems much more so than internal ones.

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Hi there

I have a little problem my friends mobo died and its such an old computer its not worth fixing but he does need the files i have put his hard drive into my PC but i can't copy the files because he had a password on his old account is there a way of removing this access problem?


Answer:Hard drive access problem
Try those two links first... if nothing there works, you can boot to a live CD like Barts PE, or the UBCD4Win, or even a live Linux disc like Knoppix. Then you should be able to access his drive and copy the required folder over to your drive. Then boot to your drive and burn his stuff to a CD or DVD.
I strongly recommend the UBCD4Win (Ultimate Boot CD for Windows). It's basically Windows but it runs from the CD exclusively so all hard drives are accessible. Plus it's full of great tools and utilities. It's a bit of a project to create it, but once it's done, you'll be really happy with it! Here's info:

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Here is my problem:
I just upgrade my PC from win2k to XP. I have 3 hard drives installed. The install went fine but one of the hard drives will not allow me to access it now. I tried to change permissions which is what I always have done in 2k but when I am in properties it does not give me the option now in XP. The other drives have the option available. I am pretty good with 2k but not at all with XP. It is a western digital HD if that matters. I assume it is just not allowing me to access because of the permissions....... Can anyone steer me in the right path? Thanks!

Answer:Help with hard drive access problem.

I am not completely familiar with win2k, but i have a few options. First, when you did the installation of XP, did you format all the drives? I'm assuming not doing that is the only way some permissions could have been carried over from your old OS. What sort of error does it give you when you try to access the hard drive?


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OK, I'm having a hard drive problem I've never encountered before and... well, I haven't been very diligent on my backups (it has been 6 months), so I'm very worried I may lose some valuable files. I'm hoping someone here can help me.

BACKGROUND: I have an HP dv6 laptop computer running Windows 7 that was working fine for a couple of years. Then, all of the sudden without any warning, I started to experience a peculiar hard drive behavior. Upon launching a program (3rd party or Microsoft), the hard drive would become completely busy, causing the whole system to be sluggish and apps to not respond. The drive would make a series of clicks and access sounds in a certain pattern that repeats every 2~3 seconds. Same exact pattern, over and over. Then after a while, it would subside. Yet, it would repeat again and last longer. I was able to run diagnostics on my drive and everything checked out. I even booted up in a special HP BIOS diagnostic where it could check the hard drive -- no errors found. I ran Malware Bytes, but it turned up nothing significant. I booted up in SAFE mode, still same problem. I posted about it, but couldn't get any advice that helped.

OK, I figured there must be a bad driver somewhere that was caused by a Windows update, so I decided to roll back to an earlier checkpoint. Well... BAD MOVE. The rollback worked, but it made things worse. Now I was getting this hard disk access loop DURING BOOT UP, which didn't happen before. Well, that righ... Read more

Answer:Hard drive problem, and can't access externally - what to do?

Thankfully I have been able to slowly but gradually pull off files that I really needed, now fiddling around getting other files that I'd like to have. The highest USB drive I could get recognized is 8Gb. So at least I was able to pull over around 7Gb of files with each swap. Still mystified why my 16Gb USB drive won't work. Anyway, it was clumsy having to use XCOPY... so I launched Explorer and was able to get the GUI interface going. The hard drive loop kicked in once or twice, but then subsided. The only strange thing is that the click+drag functionality would stop working after each drag... so I'd have to close the window and open a new one.

I'm still perplexed... as to why I could not access the drive externally, that it was seen as raw devices. There must be some kind of drive encryption. If a known encryption is used, is there some method by which the drive can be used externally? Or is it permanently relegated to internal use until decrypted?

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I belong to a non profit organization and we receive a few hundred hard drives IDE and SATA. These can from different a county departments, they show up in the bios with the hard drives information. When using a Windows xp system disk to load the OS and when we get to the deleting partion part it reads "cannot access the hard drive. We suspect the I.T. guys ran some sort of software to either disable, lock or maybe damage them. My question is, if the hard drives are lock how can we unlock them or make them usable. Thanks for any advise or help.

Answer:Hard drive lock or disabled, can not access hard drive

Hi and welcome!

You could try to wipe the drive by doing a zero out with dd on a bootable linux disc and see if that fixes the problem. Sounds like the disk may be encrypted.

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Hello, I recently cloned the sata-II drive of my Thinkpad T400 and replaced it with a new Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 2.5'' 750GB SATA-II, 5400rpm, 8MB Cache, 12ms, running Win7 with all the newest updates, drivers and bios updates. (4gb of ram) After a lot of installing issues (Windows services incl. Windows Update didn't run anymore (solution see below for people with the same problem*)) the new Hitachi drive performs at average rates of 64MB/s but with an access time of 23ms instead of around 12ms. So I tested the drive on my old desktop pc and got rates of at least 17ms witch seems more acceptable to me. I tried bios settings: AHCI and Compatible (on Compatible it runs even worse...)Uninstalled all driversSet up a clean new Win7Bios is at the latest versiondoesn't run in PIOshut down any anti-viruses etc.... but nothing helps. The drive seems fine so it must be something with the thinkpad.. Somebody any idea? Thanks in advance! Marc____*1. Install the KB982018 hotfix on another working machine with the same architecture (in my case x64). This provides the updated esent.dll.2 On the computer with the fix installed, check the version number ofWindows\Sytem32\esent.dll and Windows\SysWOW64\esent.dll. It was 6.1.7600.16592 in my case.3. On the computer with no fix installed, check the version number ofWindows\Sytem32\esent.dll and Windows\SysWOW64\esent.dll. It was 6.1.7600.16385 in my case.4. On the broken computer takeover the ownership of Windows\Syte... Read more

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I have a second hard drive, which I recovered a deleted file into. I went into the find the recovered file, but it wasn't there, even though it used up a few gigabytes of space. I'm now frustrated, and I want to format the drive. It kept saying "being used by another process" or something like that, anyways, I went into the hard drive and deleted everything myself. The hard drive is now empty, but it still has about 16gigs of space being used, even though the drive is completely empty.

The software I used to recover my file was "Recuva". I uninstalled it, so it shouldn't be interfering with the formatting. Is there anyway to force format the hard drive???

Please help!

Thank you.

Answer:Cannot Format D-Drive (2nd hard drive)

Use your Windows install disc. When it gets to the point where it ask you where you want to install Win 7 indicate that drive. Then format the disc. Now exit the installation. If you cannot get that one to work then attempt it with a XP installation disc.

Another way is to go to your Control Panel and choice Administration Tools then go to Computer Management. From there go to Disk management. Once there right click on the Drive then click on Delete Volume. Once that is done, reformat. Hope this helps.

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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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My laptop had an issue with the power button which is now fixed. Before I sent it out for repair, I had to pull out the hard drive & move files to the desktop we had to buy for the interim. While I was moving the files, I had problems with getting files as my account (admin) had a password. After some fiddling, I won.The problem: Now that I have the laptop back, when I try to sign in to my account, it says that there's an error & that it will give me default access. NONE of the programs come up when I click on the Programs arrow. Also, MS Office seems to have disappeared from sight in the other account as well. It still functions when I open a Word document, so it's around somewhere, but I don't see it.I would just wipe the hard drive & start over, but I'm worried that if I do, something else will go wrong. So far, everything else has.Thank you!

Answer:Can I fix my file access problem without completely wipeing my hard drive?

You should have no problem copying data files. However, program executables are a different isuue.  You can not just move them,  you will have to re-install each program.Sorry for the sad news.

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I'm amateur pc user. Been trying fix problems all week. Changed power box due to over heating, used AVG & Superantispyware. Keeps asking to reboot and choose boot device, and several hints of mysterious behavior inside machine. Feels like something is eating it (paranoid spirituality). Anyone know what's going on. Please be gentle with me;Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 14:43:58, on 30/04/2010Platform: Windows Vista SP2 (WinNT 6.00.1906)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18904)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Program Files (x86)\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 3\AWC.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\AASP\1.00.61\aaCenter.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\SUPERAntiSpyware\SUPERAntiSpyware.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Kontiki\KHost.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 3\Sup_SmartRAM.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\DT Utilities\DT Utilities PC Backup Pro\mgCtrl.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG9\avgtray.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Entriq\MediaSphere\EntriqMediaTray.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Entriq\MediaSphere\\EntriqMediaServer.exeC:\Windows\Integrator.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exeR0 - HKCU\Software\Micr... Read more

Answer:Unknown problem,system restore&recycle bin&2nd hard drive vanished, 2nd hard drive

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Foll... Read more

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I want to copy an access database from a zip drive to a hard drive. Can I simply just select the database and do a copy and paste or is there anything else involved? Also, what would be the easist way to make changes to the database on the hard drive and have them update on the zip drive and vice versa?

Answer:copy access database from zip drive to hard drive

That should do it.
Copy/paste or click and drag.

To "back up" the database regularly?
Copy and paste over.
There is no EASIER way without getting very involved.
Since the drive is just for a simple backup, I would keep it simple.

Please make sure you're compacting your Access DB on close (Tools-Options, General tab, in 2000 and above), so that it doesn't unnecessarily get bigger and bigger.

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I have win xp,sevice pack 2 with 2 hard drive.

Recently my PC encountred a virus attack named ""
I scaned my PC with AVG and removed all virus,but after that I cannot access 2 partition(D-drive and E-drive) on 1st hard disk.
Everytime I click on both the partitions I get a error msg "The disk in drive D(name) is not formated Do you want to format it now?"
I cannot access through windows explorer and any of options shown on right click on the icon of D and E-drive(like "open" , "search" , "explore" & so on..)

If u have a solution please sen it to my e-mail ID: [email protected]

Answer:unable to access a partition drive of hard drive

The virus likely corrupted or deleted the partition information. I've used a few apps in the past with mixed results, you can give Partition Table Doctor a try.

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I am trying to move all my files from my computer to my new external hard drive, but whenever I try and move a file over 4 GB in size i get this error message...
"The file is too large for the destination file system"... anyone know how I can get around this so I can move those files over?

Answer:Problem transfering large file from hard drive to external hard drive

Get ahold of some software that will break up the file into chunks.

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Trying to do a favor for my Sales Assistant and get her boys laptop running again, which is an HP Presario about 4-5 yrs old. Though it came with XP Home installed, her ex-boyfriend had installed XP Professional some time ago, and that's all I know about this computer.

Tried everything to get it to boot -- no luck. Appears the hard drive was locked, as couldn't access the drive even in Safe Mode, despite changing PW settings in the BIOS. Tried installing XP Home from my disc (intending to use her key on bottom of laptop), but it kept wanting the XP Pro CD. Without going into the many things tried, I decided it was best to try for a clean install after formatting the drive.

Have a disc w/ Darik's Nuke 'n Boot on it, along with various utilities. None of the utilities fixed anything, BTW, so here's where I'm at currently. I'm running the Boot 'n Nuke program in Autonuke mode, which will hopefully allow me to reinstall XP once it's done...with "once it's done" being the operative phrase. It's already been running for FIVE hours and it's only done 3% of the drive, and the prgm estimates 150hrs to completion, which is appx another 6 days. There's got to be a better, faster way.

I thought about stopping the process, and seeing if I can access a mode called Quick Format -- which I didn't use because it said "autonuke" was the easiest, safest format to use and had the best default settings, etc. ... Read more

Answer:How To Format A Drive When You Can't Access It In Xp?

Any MS XP CD can wipe a's the first step before formatting/creating a new partition for install of XP.

Note that I did not say Recovery CD.

Just insert the CD (after having changed the boot drive setting in the BIOS so that the optical drive is the 1st option), go through the screens, delete any/all existing partitions, create new partition/format...then the install will begin.

Whole process takes less than 50 minutes.


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My hard drive crashed seemingly due to a trojan horse. Unfortunately I did not have a recent back up. So I hooked it up as a slave to another drive. I can access some of the data, but my most recent data is not accessable. I'm sure this is because of the password protection on a different profile.

I am using Windows XP Home Edition which does not have the administrator tools that professional does. Isn't there a way that I can get around the security and log in through DOS?

Do I need to use the old motherboard with the new drive in order to do this?

I know there has to be a way to do this and I am desperate to get my data off of the drive.

Please HELP!!!!!

Answer:Hard Drive Crash-Access from another drive

Background please: Did you try a repair install? No data loss with that.

Can you get hold of/make a Win98 startup disk?

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Today the plug got knocked out of my Ext WD MyBook Essential 2TB drive and i 'think' it 'may' have been in use, copying some stuff to the laptop.

The drive now doesn't register properly - it is showing as the CD drive! - which means all attempts to access it and read it don't work, because it thinks its an empty cd tray.
its saying its an empty drive.
when i click on properties it is there - twice - listed as its proper name - once as a CD drive and once as a normal drive - but the only icon showing in the main computer window is the CD drive one.

it shows up in the 'eject software' bit - but wont disconnect, it says its still in use - but its not.

it also shows up with its full name in various other places on the machine, so it knows its there.

the light is on and its making a gentle humming and whirring noise - no clicks etc.

i am trying various things, software etc to scan it etc, but not having much luck.
most of them so far have appeared to scan it, for ages, then come back with nothing - as i say.
one wouldnt even scan it - said there is too many bad sectors.
I have about another types of 5 software to try...

i have tried another usb lead but no change.

i checked on the drive manager and its showing that is not initialised, so i tried to do that but it wouldn't allow it - it said the drive is write protected -i have put a password on it - is this stop me having access to it with recover soft... Read more

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when I go to access my C drive an eror message pops up and says

"Windows cannot find "RECYCLER\'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click Start, and then click Search"

I've uploaded a print screen of the windo that pops up if that helps.

I don't know what to do can you help plz!?!?

Answer:[SOLVED] I can't Access my C drive (hard drive)

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When I try to access (doubleclick in My Computer) the USB drive's contents a dialog box appears, saying "The disk in Drive H is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?" with a yes and no button. When I choose yes, it says "The disk in Drive H cannot be formatted". I have tried accessing the drive in another different computer (with Windows XP SP1) and the same thing happens.

I use WinXP SP1, the drive is a JetFlash 256mb USB 2.0 Flash drive.

Answer:Cannot access and format USB flash drive

i would suspect that the drive is bad...

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Harddrive Lacie 250GB connected trough firewire 800:

XP says it's a RAW partition (used to be NTFS)

I have restored all the files from this drive (to another), and now I would like to reformat the drive to NTFS.

When XP tries to format it, it says ehh, " Error ..can't complete the format".

Anyone have any ida how to get past this problem:
I have Easy Reovery 6.03, Fix it utilities and more.

Any suggestions would be most welcome

System XP sp2 with all updates installed

Answer:PROBLEM: Xp reports RAW format, but I can't format the drive to NTFS,,,

I have run into the same problem except it is formatting 4.7 gig discs. If I find something that will help you, I will let you know. Let me know if you get a solution. It may assist me with my problem..........


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Question: Hard Drive format

I recently installed a new harddrive. I copied my old one over to it. The new one is currently the Master drive and the old one is the slave. Is it OK for me to erase the old one now? I want to partition the old one and use it for some other stuff, but I am reluctant to erase Windows off it in case there are license issues. So, will windows run OK without my original copy in the computer?

Answer:Hard Drive format

If you ever end up having to repair or re-format your main drive, the worst that would happen is you'd have to re-activate XP. (either by internet or telephone)

I changed a lot of components in my system, and had to re-activate. Was no big deal.

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I know that this topic has been discussed but i did not got it so.

What my question is this.
i have winXP home
and i reinstalled two time the same OS. so when i start my computer it ask me to choose one of them so i choose the one works.

now i want to format the whole computer and earse every single thing form my computer.
so i try to format the hard dirve. and it gave me this error messsage saying:

"Format cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. 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? (Y/N)"

This dismount does not work it then says. "Cannot lock drive. The volume is still in use."

what should i do.>>>

Answer:How to Format Hard Drive?

You can't format the drive the OS is on while running the OS.

You should be able to do it from the OS install CD.

Of course, if the the only reason to format is the OS selection menu, you can get rid of that by editing your c:\boot.ini (it's a hidden system file)

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Hello Techies!!!
Building a new system with a 80 Gig HD. While doing FDISK I am only getting it to partition and FORMAT 12953 MB of space. When I use the XP CD at boot to partition and format, it shows the 78000 plus MB of space but only partitions a small amount and sometimes just hangs on the format screen at 0%. Maybe someone can guide me in the right direction here. I'm missing something here. It is asking about partitioning with the NTFS but kinda confused why it is not partitioning and formatting correctly.
Thanks for your time!!

Answer:New Hard Drive Format

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

XP Pro
192MB Ram
400MHZ Pentium 2

Told ya it was old didnt i

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

Answer:How To Format Hard Drive On Old PC

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

Answer:old hard drive format?

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

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Question: format hard drive

i have a system that is running windows xp but it is a german version now im here my family are complaining they cant understand it so i need to format the drive and install a english version trouble is when i open the hd to click format the type of formting comes up schnell or other and then some thing else in german so we dont know what to press any ideas or helpestoy

Answer:format hard drive

Format during the install click here

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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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Question: Format Hard drive?

How do you format a hard drive? I keep getting error messages saying windows cannot format this drive, or, if I try to delete folders, *** is a windows system folder ...... it cannot be deleted.Any ideas?

Answer:Format Hard drive?

Not to sure what you want to do Do you want to just format a second hard drive on the pc or reinstall windowsIf you want to do a clean install of wirdows click hereIf you just want to format a hard drive without installing windows just right click on the drive and click format

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i am attempting to assemble my system (C2D 4500, MSI mobo, 2GB ddr2 800, dvd rom (for now), and WD 160 GB HDD IDE.
my problem is that i have the 160 in another tower attempting to format the drive.
1. it only shows 149.05GB "unallocated" in disk management
2. when i attempt to format, it asks how much i want to partition. how much??
3. once i do partition, what do i do with the rest of the space remaining??

thanks in advance to anyone that can help!!

Answer:Trying to format hard drive

mlkmgr said:

1. it only shows 149.05GB "unallocated" in disk managementClick to expand...

A 160GB hard drive will have a formatted capacity of approximately 149-150GB. This is due to the fact that computers calculate capacity based on 1024 bytes/kilobyte, while the hard drive calculation is based on 1000 instead of 1024. Hard drive manufacturers define a megabyte as 1,000,000 bytes and a gigabyte as 1,000,000,000 bytes, which is a decimal (base 10) measurement. Computers define a megabyte as 1,048,576 bytes and a gigabyte as 1,073,741,824 bytes. These are binary (base 2) measurements. This is why the two different industries will report different capacities for the same drive. The number of bytes is the same, but a different number of bytes is used to make a megabyte and a gigabyte.

mlkmgr said:

2. when i attempt to format, it asks how much i want to partition. how much??Click to expand...

You can either partition all of it, part of it, some it. All depends on you. If you partition part of it, the remaining will be unallocated. You can allocated this and use it as if it was a second *drive and store all your data.

mlkmgr said:

3. once i do partition, what do i do with the rest of the space remaining??Click to expand...

I think I answered this above

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Question: Hard Drive Format

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


Answer:Hard Drive Format

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

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I 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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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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Here's what I've got:

Dell PowerEdge 650 w/ 80G hard drive.

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

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

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

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

Thanks ahead of time for any help on this!!


Answer:cannot format hard drive

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

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I am trying to format my hard drive from the DOS prompt, but it keeps saying "Drive C is in use by another process - aborting format". All my other programs appear to be closed down.

Answer:Cannot format hard drive

You cannot format while Windows is running, you need a boot disk click hereclick here

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Question: format hard drive

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

Answer:format hard drive

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

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

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

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

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 format a hard drive?  It's being used now but I want to wipe out everything and start new.  How do I do this?

Answer:Format a Hard Drive?

If you are going to install an Operating System to this hard drive then the OS will format it for you.If it is an extra drive (not the one your OS is on) then all you need to do is delete everything on it.

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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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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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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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This is a bit of a newbie question, but I have forgotten how to format IDE drive. Can anybody still remember how to format HDD to a FAT32 from a floppy? (I do have the original setup disk) As far as I know, I cannot use my Win98SE CD to do that, as it did come with a setup floppy - or at least I don't know how.

Or would it be better to format the drive to NTFS, will my old 98 installation disk work? In that case, how do I format to NTFS (using command line and floppy of course)? If 98 takes NTFS, a link to tutorial how to create a dual dual boot to 98 and XP? confused (I have some games that won't work in XP - my XP doesn't have the legacy "thingy", my friend must have given me a pirate copy.)

Answer:How to format hard drive?

claptrap said:

my friend must have given me a pirate copy.)Click to expand...

No help on Pirated things here at MG

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

what to do?

Answer:can't format the hard drive

Quote: Originally Posted by Shayx

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

what to do?

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

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


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i wish to dissconnect 2 80gb hdd wish are currently operating with vista 1x master and 1 is slave ...then i wish 2 connect 1x 160gb hdd and install win home edition on the same machine but only i only want the info on the 160 gb hdd ..can you tell if i do this will it cause any conflict to the 80gb hdds which run vista when i reconnect them to the machine ... oh and do i use the f / disk when trying to install home ed on that 160gb hdd .. this machine has no floppy disk drive and i do have the home edition cd  ...basically i want to reformat and reinstall . thanx in advance for any help suggestions

Answer:hard drive format

That will be a lot of work.Why do you want to do this?What kind of computer is it? Does it run well now with the two drives?Putting all on one drive may reduce the performance.Do you have another computer?Do you have two versions of Vista?

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Question: Format Hard drive

Hi, i formatted my hard drive but when i insert my cd to start formating the message appear, NTLDR setuppdd.cannot cont. error code 4.Rey

Answer:Format Hard drive

It would help if we know what os we are dealing with as there can be significant differences between say XP and Win98,

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

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

The 80gb is empty

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

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

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

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

Answer:Hard Drive Format Help

try to format em with your xp cd, delete the partition and format em

or right click computer go to manage disk management and delete and format there.

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Hi, i have a hard drive issue. Got this hard drive recently from a friend, it's a couple years old but has never been used, so basically new. It's a Western Digital 160gb SATA.

I plugged it into my computer in addition to my 2 other hard drives, one which is a 120gb peripheral, and the other which is a 160gb SATA. the 120 is the master which I boot from. Anyway, I plugged the HD into the open sata slot and booted up. It recognized it in explorer, but I couldn't access it. It said I needed to format it, so I tried to format it through explorer...couldn't. I then opened up disk management from "my computer">"manage", and tried to format it through there...couldn't. I then disabled all other hard drives and booted from a windows XP cd. I tried to format it through the win xp cd but yet again, it didn't work.

All 3 times trying to reformat it it just didn't go past 0%. It recognizes the drive but doesn't transfer any data, just sits at 0%. I tried switching the sata cable out for another new, didn't help. Also, even though I was under the impression that jumpers weren't necessary for most sata setups, I tried setting the jumper on the HD from master(jumper on far right) to slave(no jumper)...didn't do anything.

Any help would be much appreciated, thanks.

Here's the screen from win xp cd format...won't go past 0%...gave it 5-10 min to move:

Answer:Hard drive won't format..

First off a brand new drive lacks any partition on it to format. In the Disk Management tool or with another drive tool you create the new single or multiple partitions on the drive to see those formatted.

You can't format hard drives through Windows Explorer. Only floppy disks can be formatted seeing the option in the right click menu.

As far as seeing jumpers on a WD sata drive that would be on a Sata I not Sata II type disk there. Either at the default or jumper being removed completely insures that all drive modes are enabled. The information seen in WD's FaQ/knowledge base on jumper settings for the Sata I type drives are seen at Answer

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How do I enter DOS on start up, before xp loads up, so that I can format my hard drive, I cannot use a start up disk as I do not have a floppy drive, and copying a start up disk to CD didnt work.

Answer:using DOS to format hard drive

Hi DOUGIET. I just don't understand why computer builders don't fit floppy drives - except for laptops. If you have the space for one, then you can get a floppy drive for 5 from EBuyer click here, or about 10 from your local computer store.

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

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

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

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

Answer:Hard Drive Will Not Format

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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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I just got my son's 2004 R51 when he got a new laptop.  He had started having unspecified problems with the XP OS.  He's not sure what happened to cause them, but IE, Outlook Express, and Windows media player stopped working.  He used my Win XP SP2 disc to try a reload of Windows.  After reading the excellent info on this site, I realize that he probably should have used his original CD's (long gone) or he should have tried the Access IBM button before trying to reformat the HDD.  That said, what do I do now?  It sounds like I need to either get a new hard drive or get some original recovery discs.   When I press either F11 or the Access IBM button, I get the Startup Interrupt Menu.  Before I moved the HDD up to #1 in the boot sequence, I got a screen offering me the option to start either of 2 "Microsoft Windows  Xp Home Edition"(s).  One starts fine, the other has a screen which says that "Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem...Could not read from the selected boot disk...Check boot path and disk hardware..."  It does not start from this version of Win XP.  With the former version, and the HDD moved up, Windows (My copy of Win XP Home SP2) starts OK, but IE, Outook Express, and Windows Media Player do not work at all. Mayday, Mayday, Mayday! Thanks in advance for your help.  

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Answer:R51 hard drive format.

Make sure you download and install two things 1)current BIOS and 2) intel chipsetThe Intel Chipset will help in installing the drivers after you have downloaded them. Remember after you download all the files from the website for the drivers, you have to run the setup program from the driver folder. the ONLY THING YOU WILL have a problem with is THE SOUNDMAX AUDIO drivers which is being a issue. I have that issue.Good Luck

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Question: Format Hard Drive

Is there a way I can format my 6gig hard drive without having to instal an operating system please?. This is in order to sell. My Computer/Manage disks will not help as the format facility is greyed out

Answer:Format Hard Drive

The hard drive you wish to format must be the only drive in a computer with windows loaded on it.If you have a floppy drive and are running win 95/98/98se. Then download a dos boot disk from click here. Pick the 98se one. Download it to the desktop and place a blank floppy disk into the drive. Click on the download and it will write to the floppy disk.restart the computer with the floppy left in the drive. It should start to load. pick the option to start with cdrom support.It should load to a:\ prompttype format c: after this, check the spaces, so it looks like this a:\ format c:and press enterit will ask for a label ( name ) if it has none just press enter. If the drive has a name e.g. anniesboy68 hard drive, type that name for the should ask if you are surepress y for yes and it will format the hard drive.

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I got a seagate 2.5 notebook drive ( 8 mb cache, 320 gb, 5400 rpm) from my brother in law.

Well i don't own a laptop so i thought i would still use the drive as an external hard drive to back up some of my important data. So i went ahead and bought a generic hard drive enclosure for it.

I put the hard drive in the enclosure and plug in the usb cable(s). This particular enclosure came with double usb cables to hook up to my pc. I tried hooking only one up but it was apparent it needed more power ( i could hear the drive partially spinning) so i hooked up the other one and it began to work fine.

When the drive loads up it has 2 things popping up '' system reserved K '' which seems to be about 100 mb and '' local disk L''. My Pc wont let me use local disk L because it states my HD needs to be formatted. I can see the space of the HD ( 297 gb), but i can't format it.

I go to properties then i get a screen that says ''format local disk L'' then from top to bottom it says:
Capacity : 297 gb
File system : NTFS (default)- i choose this option
allocation unit size: 4,096 bytes
Format Options: Quick format ( other option is not select able)

after about 20 seconds it then gives me an error '' Windows was unable to format your hard drive''

I am running windows 7, 64 bit and it according to the box the HD came in it should be compatible

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Answer:Pc cannot format hard drive..

i found a video on how to to this but i don't even have '' new simple volume'' command in my selection when i right click the hd

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Question: Hard drive format

I just finshed a low level format,my drive was cluttered with many programs I no longer needed, now after rebooting the drive is not recognized. Upon checking device manager it is there, yet don't show a "Computer" or any where else. Thanks in advance for any help

Answer:Hard drive format

You have to partition and format the drive after your low-level format that zeroed out the drive. Does the drive show up in Disk Management? Right click My Computer>Manage>Disk Management. If it does, Select the drive and right click. Select Create Simple Volume.

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