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Reformatting my Harddrive

Question: Reformatting my Harddrive

Howdy,

The last time I reformatted my HD, I had windows 98 installed and I upgraded to windows XP home. Now, when I boot up, I'm given the option of booting XP or a second option of booting "windows." However, the second option for "windows" won't boot anything. If I choose it, it's like it's only set for a new install of 98--as in waiting for me to reinstall win 98.

I want to reformat my HD again, but I don't want to have both options. I want it to just boot up with Windows XP. I know I'll need to reinstall XP, but I was wondering if you all can give me the basics of what I need to do to wipe my HD and reinstall XP...thanks...

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Hi, was wondering if someone could point me to an instructional manual of some sort on How to Reformat your Hard Drive. im frunnin XP.
 

Answer:reformatting harddrive

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

The XP CD will do it.
 

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im curious if i were to reformat my computer when i reformat would it swipe the slave hard drive as well as the master or does it give you a choice.
 

Answer:reformatting a harddrive

When you use the format command, you have to specify a specific Volume address & name.
 

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I would like to wipe my whole entire C drive, I know I need DBAN. I have no clue on how to do it at all. I have no clue what an ISO is. I do not have a CD burner or blank CD's. I have the windows re-install disc which I can boot from I have done it before. So does that mean I don't need an ISO???

What I need help with is, I need a full walk through like every step. Please if someone could enlighten me on this I would greatly appreciate this. Yes I know I will lose EVERYTHING on my HD. Please don't try to discourage me from doing this.

Thanks

Answer:Reformatting Harddrive

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I do not have a CD burner or blank CD's.




Then you cannot use dBan or any other third party formatting program (well you could maybe load it onto a floppy or jump-drive).

The windows CD will format the drive. The difference is the windows format just deletes the file table, all the information is still there, windows just won't recognize it. Dban goes through your drive and sets all the bits (1 or 0) to 0. This effectively makes it impossible to recover any information, though is actually uneccessary unless you are having problems formatting with the windows CD.

We actually have a handy tutorial that will walk you through step-by-step, but as our articles are in the process of being moved to another web-server it is unavailable right now.

There are others available online: http://www.theeldergeek.com/clean_in...windows_xp.htm

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Idk if this is the right section, but I plan on reformatting my hard drive, and I was curious if there was anything that I should put on my external that I already haven't thought of.

Music
Pics
School Docs
Movies


Should I move my games over or should I just reinstall them?

Anything else i should move over?

Answer:Reformatting Harddrive

I think you would know best as you know whats on your computer and whats important. If it was me, i would move my internet bookmarks over and my keepass database.

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i just aquired a dell inspiron 4100 notebook (laptop)...i was wondering how do you reformat the hard drive so i can install a usable operating system (I cannot log into the current one, it is locked) without logging in.
 

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Running windowsxp pro
I recently had troubles with my primary disk drive (with consistency). So I went out and got a 160 to replace it. I set it up in Master and Slave config and I formmated my new disk as a basic drive. As of now, there is no data on the new drive, but I want it to replace my old one.
How can i copy my files from the old computer, and do I need to reinstall windows on the new harddrive? Looking to do away with the harddrive.
 

Answer:Reformatting Harddrive

Windows xp has a tool to do it all for you ,you can read all about it here.
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/winxp/migrate.mspx
 

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I am trying to refromat my harddrive, but i cannot acess the windows XP installation disc through DOS. I cant do this because one of my CD-Rom drives isnt working and that is the only one the BIOS recognizes and cant boot from. My other, working, drive is a CD-Rw drive and it doesnt not have an option to boot from in the bIOS. is there anyway that i can get this to work?

Answer:Troubles reformatting my harddrive...

Ummm...try unplugging the drive that doesn't work and see if BIOS will let you boot off the other one...it should.

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I am trying to refromat my harddrive, but i cannot acess the windows XP installation disc through DOS. I cant do this because one of my CD-Rom drives isnt working and that is the only one the BIOS recognizes and cant boot from. My other, working, drive is a CD-Rw drive and it doesnt not have an option to boot from in the bIOS. is there anyway that i can get this to work?
 

Answer:Troubles reformatting my harddrive...

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Hello,

I am looking to whipe my harddrive so i can install Windows XP Clean on My computer I am currently running Windows 98SE. I do not have a reformatting disk but i do have the program System Mechanics 4 Professional and there is an option in there to Whipe Your Harddrive. Is that the same as re formmating the Drive So i can install XP Fresh?

Thanks,
Ron
 

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hi, i had done this many times before but have never stopped at an error like this from reformatting and installing a fresh xp on to a harddrive. I was trying to reformatt a brand new xp onto the harddrive cause for some reason the old one won't load up to desktop and it says system32/config is missing or something and needs reapir but i had try to repair several times and it freezes. So when i put the xp disc in it ask me to press f8 to agree and stuff to install windows XP just after that, it says at the bottom searching for pervious version of microsoft windows, i had restarted many times and tryed again but nothing ever happens it just says it. I even tryed leaving it to load for 14 hours and nothing happened..... im guessing something from the pervious version of windows was corrupted so it wouldnt install a fresh copy. But i really need u guys help on this. Can someone tell me how to fix this problem all i want is a fresh copy of xp on the harddrive and all the windows gone. Thanks alot =]
 

Answer:Serious problem with reformatting a 80 gb harddrive

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Hey, I want to completely start new w/ my OS. I did the whole thinkvantage thing (Rescue and restore), and when it shut down and started the process of Rescuing and Restoring, I was left with a black screen and a mouse. I was able to move the mouse, but nothing was showing. So i let it run overnight to see if it was gonna shut down and start back up automatically with a new slate, but it didn't and the same screen was there. Does anyone know how to reformat my h/d and not have that "error"pop up? was I using the wrong option in ThinkVantage to reformat? thanks! I have Windows Vista Home premium T61 laptop, if that matters..Message Edited by carolinc on 11-10-2008 07:50 AM

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I recently brought a ThinkPad with ThinkVantage and ciscovered I need to dual-boot the Win7 Pro installation with a Win XP install to run some legacy software. I prefer not to use Virtual PC. I was able to make a separate drive by shrinking the original c: drive. The problem is getting into the boot sector of the system so that I can erase Win7 (reformat), install Win XP (older system first), and reinstall Win7.How can I get in under ThinkVantage without breaking my machine?

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Hi all, I've decided to go back to XP after installing Vista on my home PC. All my personal files are on a second harddrive; nothing at all of importance (other than installed software) is on my primary drive.

My question is, can I just remove the 2nd drive from the drive bay when I reformat my machine and reinstall XP? Then would I have any trouble just plugging it back in after XP is reinstalled?

Am I crazy or would this work? I'm not looking forward to backing up 200 gigs of files to blank 4.7 gig DVDs.
 

Answer:2nd HardDrive and ReFormatting Question

Yes that should be OK
 

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Happy New Year to You All. I have a Dell Latitude XPI laptop. I had to reformat the harddrive. After Fdisking and formatting the C Drive, when I try to install Win98 from an original disk, I get the error message, (corrupt cab file in setup and can not continue). Although I can load the cab files via "The Ultimate Boot Disk", I still get the same message when trying install Windows in the C Directory. Has anyone ever encountered a similar problem and if so, what do you suggest as a solution. Oh, Dell, not much help, well, NO HELP AT ALL. Thanks for any and all suggestions.
 

Answer:Reformatting Laptop harddrive

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Im stuck reformatting my harddrive help apprecitated

ive tried these ways

1) Making a MS-DOS startup disk, rebooting and then starting with MSDOS then it comes up with A:\> and i cant change the drive to C: so i was stuck there

2) I tried starting up with the windows xp cd and going into the recovery console. I then typed

map

then i hit enter

then i typed "format c: /fs:ntfs"

then i hit enter

Then i typed Y

i then hit enter

it said that it would clean the harddrive but it didnt do anything

3) lastly i tried deleting a partition from starting up with the windows xp cd. I couldnt delete any partitons or make any new ones so i was stuck there.....

Help appreciated

Answer:Reformatting Harddrive (stuck)

Change ur file system from NTFS to FAT32.
NTFS does not support DOS.
U can use XP bootable CD or some third party utilities r available which I am not aware of.

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I got a major problem, I installed Windows XP over 98 on my computer and it was a success I was working at the desktop without a glitch and then I shutdown the computer for the first time?the next day I turned it on and, it didn?t, and still doesn?t, reach the desktop before it says on a blue xp screen:------------------------------------------Checking file system on C:The type of file system is fat32One of your disks needs to be checked for consistencyYou may cancel disk check, but it is strongly recommended that you continue(below that I get a countdown for if I want to cancel or not)------------------------------------------Here?s what I?ve tried so far:1. I left the timer to go down to let it continue the check and then let try to load up windows2. I press a key (return) to cancel the check and let it try and load up windows(both of these fail in loading windows and the computer restarts itself and after a couple of restarts it just shuts down.)I had a go at trying to reboot with a 98 floppy disk just so I could reformat it but I wasn?t sure how to do this from there all I?ve been told is to put ?format c: /q? in a command, all I had of the floppy disk was a A commandI tried letting the computer boot up through cd-rom, first I set the hardrive to boot from cd-rom instead of A drive but I think it failed, well it tried to boot the desktop up again and it went back to restarting again.I?m totally stuck with what to do, all I need to do and want to do is ... Read more

Answer:Harddrive Reformatting Problem...

You mean BIOS?In BIOS,set to boot from CD first,then floppy,then hard drive.Insert the disc and boot up.

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I am currently running Windows XP and there is a ton of junk on my computer that I just want to wipe out. I have done a formatting before but I can't remember exactly how to do it. I currently have only one harddrive which is c: and I wanna wipe that out and start fresh.

Also I have taken a harddrive from a old computer of mine and I would like to add that to this computer. It still have everything on it from the old computer. It has not been cleaned yet. And I have absolutly no clue how to add another harddrive to the computer.

Any help or advice would really be appreciated.

Thanks cruiser_eh
 

Answer:Reformatting harddrive and adding a new one

http://www.daileyint.com/hmdpc/upgrade2.htm#1
http://www.dansdata.com/buildpc.htm

couple of tutorials above -
what else do you have on the PC.
add it as a slave
 

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heres the deal
i have a 250gb harddrive thats had alotta stuff taken off and put on it, i want to reformat it.
i have some things id like to save, so i have an old 40gb harddrive sitting around. unfourtunately it has stuff on it and i would like to wipe it clean so i can put it in the computer and have it set to a slave drive so i can just copy and paste all of the data from one harddrive to the other. then i can wipe the 250gb harddrive, reinstall windows, plug in the 40gb, and transfer the data back.

with all that said, how exactly do i do that? i tried putting the 40gb in but either my computer wont boot (no message, the screen never changes from all black) or it boots from the 40gb harddrive and doesnt recognize the 250gb.
 

Answer:harddrive reformatting/backup data

Welcome to TSG!
It's possible that the 250 gig HDD has been jumpered to standalone which is not (edit: not always) the same as Master. You need to set both drives' jumpers. The 40 GB to slave, and 250 GB to Master.

If the 250 GB HDD is SATA, then it should be recognized no matter what IDE drives are present... In this case I would go into BIOS and check if they are recognized OK, and then check boot order. Besides boot order of different device types (floppy, CD, HDD, etc.) in some BIOS-es there's an option for setting boot priority of HDDs present in the system.
 

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Hi all,

First system specs:

Acer Aspire 2000 laptop
XP home
Ram:512
CPU: 1.4 Centrino
Hard drive: 40 GB partitioned into 14GB C: drive and 26GB D: drive
Antivirus: AntiVir

Problem: Had this brainwave last Friday night that I'd go and reformat my computer and take everything back to First Base! All went well (apart from the normal confusion that goes along with wanting to spend a Friday evening downloading a million updates)

Anyway when I've gone to properties after selecting all the files in C drive this amounts to 7.33GB where as when I just right click properties in C drive it tells me that I've used: 8.19GB. Now that's 860Mb that Windows is not letting me access as far as I know.

Could somebody please confirm if this is so? And if there are any ways for me to access this 860Mb? It doesn't sound like a lot but when you've only got 40 Gb to play with it means you lose nearly a Gb!

Regards,

Captaindaz!
 

Answer:I've Lost Harddrive Memory after reformatting! Help!!

If you un-hide the system files in your C: Drive then click properties again and check the reorted size it should now be very close to your 8.19GB


to un-hide all files, in C: drive click Tools > Folder Options > View > and choose "Show Hidden Files and Folders" and also un tick "Hide Protected Operating System Files" > Apply
 

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Sorry, this is somewhat of a stupid question: I'm looking at purchasing a used X200t or X61t and I want to do a clean wipe with a disk reformat. Are the drivers listed under the model on the website sufficient to get full tablet and laptop functionality back or is there additional software I'm going to need to get the laptop software back to factory condition. Thanks.

Answer:touchscreen drivers after reformatting harddrive and upgrading OS

Good Morning,
 
Yes, you will be able to get all of the necessary drivers after you reformat by using the following link: http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/downloads/detail.page?LegacyDocID=MIGR-61432 and downloading Thinkvantage System Update. 
 
I hope this helps.





Serge E. Minott

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My hard drive crashed last week leaving a message on a black screen 'disk read error'.

I contacted tech support and they said that the hard drive might be bad and that I should try reformating it with the Windows XP disk.

I tried reinstalling Win XP. The first time I reformated the disk, it took several hours, but the program would not install. The second time, it also took several hours and I got a complex message about some problems. A short version of the highlights of the info is included below.

KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR

Technical info:

STOP: 0x0000007A (0xE10226D4, 0xC000009C, 0xBF9A5046, 0x02CE8860)

Physical memory dumped.

I have two questions: Should I simply try one more time to reinstall Win XP?
Is it possible to reformat the hard drive in DOS mode resulting in any bad sectors being isolated as unusable but the rest of the drive space being formated as usable?

sorry this is so confusing. Hope it makes sense to someone...
 

Answer:Problems reformatting Harddrive & prior attempts to fix

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Hey, I know this question is asked quite often, but everything I've researched hasn't seemed to work. Maybe someone here has a solution?

Recently, I had to reformat the harddrive on my computer. I was using a Zonet 1602W PCI Wireless Card and I believe it may have had something to do with my computer malfunctions (BSOD's, constant restarting), so I purchased a new card.

I've tried installing both of them with no luck. It seems like they connect for a few seconds, but WZC will give me a "acquiring network address" error for eternity. I am unable to do any browsing regardless of how often I hit refresh. From looking at WZC (Wireless Zero Configuration), it doesn't seem to be receiving the packets. The IP address is 0.0.0.0 so I am almost certain this is the issue, but I do not know how to correct this.

Before recently reinstalling, I was able to connect to the router. My computer (has wireless PCI card) is right downstairs below the router, but wiring it is not an option because i'd have to run it across the house.

My computer (downstairs) that can't connect has:
Gigabyte WP01GS Wireless PCI adapter
5dbI antenna
XP (Service Pack 2)

The other computer (upstairs) that can connect has:
WRT54GV8 Linksys Wireless Router
Cable Modem
Vista

I've tried uninstalling & reinstalling hardware, software, and various drivers (original and updated).

I've tried using the "repair" feature in WZC (it states "invalid... Read more

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after a memory scan a trojan virus was detected; This was removed. from then the laptop does startup but no booting in windows. OS is Vista Home Basic on a Packard Bell laptop..

Answer:does reformatting the harddrive cures an infected laptop me

Make sure when you reinstall, you delete all partitions & format to NTFS.D to Delete the selected partitionhttp://www.blackviper.com/Articles/...Also any thumb drives or other HDD's will probably be infected.

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Hello,

I have a major problem. Because my laptop was having problems involving the 'blue screen of death', I chose to backup my files to an external portable harddrive before reformatting the entire drive.

However, when opening the backup folder, I discovered that my art folder, located in the 'PUBLIC PICTURES' folder was not to be found.

What is the BEST method to recover the files from the 'PUBLIC PICTURES' folder? I had almost 5GIGS worth of pictures.

I KNOW there is a way to recover the files, but not sure if they will even be located in the Public Pictures folder. Is it possible that after reformatting, Windows 7 relocated the contents of the 'Public Pictures' folder to another place on the drive?

Is it possible to restore the folder to previous versions AFTER reformatting the drive?

Can someone PLEASE help me?? This is seven years worth of photos I saved that I'm desperately trying to recover.

THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH for your patience and assistance.

Answer:HELP!!! RECOVER Public Pictures Folder AFTER reformatting harddrive!!!

Can someone please help me? I'd really need to recovery these files WITH the exact file names associated to them.

Does anyone know of a free method to recover them from the 'PUBLIC PICTURES' folder AFTER reformatting the harddrive?

Would appreciate any help!!

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

"Windows dould not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
"\windows\system32\config\system"
You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM. Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair"

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

Setup cannot continue."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hi,

I recently had a very strong magnet. The magnet was then stuck (By a child) to my laptop. I then had errors on boot. I tried reinstalling Vista with the restore disk, but I recieved "Error - Cannot set temp path".

I today purchased a 250gb harddrive (a upgrade from my 120gb), and then Vista installed fine.

Now it runs fine, but I get bluescreens after random amounts of time, with errors involving a windows file. Unfortunately, I don't have the bluescreen error details at the moment. I have however uploaded the 3 minidumps from the 3 occasions.

Is it possible that another part of the computer was damaged by the magnet? Ram?

Thank's,

Tom

Minidump: http://rapidshare.com/files/196073665/minidump.rar

Answer:Magnet damaged my harddrive. Replace harddrive but now bluescreens? (with minidump)

hi have you tried running your av and malware progs to eliminate this as a possible

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I presently have a 40GB....5200RPM...2MBcashe..HARD DRIVE

Will i see much improvement upgrading to a: 60GB.7200rpm..8MBcashe Hard Drive?

I can do it for about $40 ( Or should i wait,i expect to get a 200HD by the end of the year...)
 

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Answer:Harddrive health with harddrive auto-stop in idle

Is the drive going to sleep now ?

You should consider buying a new drive to replace that one, then copy your data over before it dies

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do to sever problems i was having with my pc i decided to do a fdisk and reformat...... i thought i was doing a smart thing by using my slave drive to backup the things i didnt want to lose .... after backing it all up to the slave drive i erased my harddrive and installed a new operating system... was win98 and now is winxp............ everything is going great now except all them programs and files i backed i can no longer access.... if anyone has a solution to this it would be greatly appreciated...
 

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I am currently backing up weekly to a small external drive.. it is a small 20gigger. It has taken about 1 year or so to fill up. Now i am thinking long term.. i am considering purchasing a "network harddrive", one that is between 500gigz to 1tb. There is a smaller/more affordable Seagate external drive.. but it is not a "network harddrive".. it has 1.5tb.. versus a network drive that is about 2tb but it cost about 314.

My question is, thinking long term.. and considering the setup i have.. which is a regular PC acting as a server.. what should i get?

Your suggestions are appreciated

Thank you
 

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My T400 (bought last July) harddrive dead on me Sunday. I called helpcenter and received a replacement harddrive today. It was very fast. They asked me to return the old one. I have a concern about the security of my old harddrive. There are lots of personal information (data and files) on the old harddrive. If I return the old one, is there a chance my personal data be leaked? Is there any way I can delete the data and file on the old harddrive? I have no access to my old harddrive now. Any comments and suggestions will be appreciated greatly. Thank you for your time.

Answer:New harddrive from lenovo to replace my dead old harddrive

It will almost certainly be trashed, but you can't be 100% sure.  If you have a big magnet around, you could set the old one on it for a while - that should do the trick.





T61p, T400formerly x23, x40

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Hello,
I'm planning on doing a complete harddrive back up with a another internal harddrive. Will I need any special software to do this?
Also, since I'm backing up my entire harddrive which contains my operating system windows vista premium will this conflict with any license agreement?
 

Answer:Solved: Backing up harddrive with another internal harddrive

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Hi all!

I recently purchased a new WD Cavier Black with the 32 MB cache. I would like to transfer all my HD contents [including windows vista ultimate] from my older WD 16MB cache HD to this brand spanking new WD Cavier Black HD.

Is it possible to do this without flaws and so that it will work exactly as before?

If yes, can you direct me to the correct information to do this please?

Any help on this issue would be greatly appreciated.

The system in which I would like to do this has these components:

Thermaltake M9 Cool Case
Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit w/SP1
Gigabyte GA-EP43-DS3L
Intel Q6600
Arctic Cooler Freezer 7 Pro
Infinity ATX PSU 600W
4GB DDR2 Crucial 800 MHz
E-GeForce 8600GTS DDR3 256MB
Memorex X16 Dual Layer DVD
Western Digital SATA 320 GB
Maxtor SATAII 1TB

Thank you,

Soar

Answer:How can I transfer my entire harddrive contents to another harddrive?

You can use norton ghost (paid program)
or you can use clonzilla which is free.
Clonezilla

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Answer:can i run vista on one harddrive and xp on another harddrive on one computer

Yes.

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hey everyone, my mom's computer isnt working correctly. it turns on but it doesnt boot up. nothing shows up on the monitor. she has very important files and links that are saved to her computer that she needs asap.

my first thought was maybe i could access her computer through the router that we share but other websites told me its impossible without remote connection. and we cannot setup connects or access her computer at the moment.

i would like to know if it would be a good idea to take her harddrive out and put it into another computer. id rather not put it into my computer (just in case something goes wrong) but my brother has a laptop and could we put her harddrive in his? just temporarily so we can get to those files.

is that the best idea? to transfer her harddrive? if so is it okay that its going into a laptop and not a desktop computer....
 

Answer:transfering harddrive (harddrive problem)

You're best bet it to get a 2.5 Adapter for laptop HDDs then you would take that adapter and connect it to a desktop CD-ROM IDE 2 channel 3.5 Ribbon cable goes into the adapter. There you could transfer files off that drive. That's how it's done in IT repair shop. Below cost $6.99.



can get it off here or try newegg or wherever you want go to a local store to get..
http://www.cablesonline.com/25hdmounkitw.html

It also looks like this various version of the adapter


They all work..
 

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My grandma needed more harddrive space on her pc so I installed an 80 gb harddrive on her pc. Right now it's just her slave drive. Her c harddrive is only 20gb, so could I just copy everything on that harddrive to the 80gb and make that the master hard drive and the old one the slave? Or would that cause problems? I want to do this so she can continue saving files to her c harddrive instead of a different harddrive.
 

Answer:Is it posible to change the c harddrive to another harddrive?

You would need to create an image of the the current 20GB drive and map it onto the 80GB drive (most ghosting/imaging utilities allow you to expand the 20GB partition to the full size of the drive without issue). The most common way to go about doing this is with Norton Ghost, but it's not free. There's a few Linux boot disks that can do it as well I believe, but I don't know any off the top of my head. Hopefully someone will have a suggestion for a free boot disc.
 

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Hello,

My desktop computer's motherboard was fried in a tragic lightning accident, but the hard drive is intact. I would like to purchase an enclosure for the hard drive and use it as an external hard drive. I'm posting here because I'm worried about compatibility.

Here are the hard drive details:
Seagate, S/N 90Z7588X
ST 380215A
P/N 9CY011-305
Firmware 3.AAD
Date code 08257
Barracude 7200.10
80 Gbytes

Will that work with any of these enclosures:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817158012
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817173047
http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Acom...sem/rpsm/oid/206486/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do

Thank you in advance for any help!
 

Answer:External Harddrive from Old Computer Harddrive

Any 3.5" IDE compatible drive enclosure will do the trick. I use a ThermalTake enclosure myself (same as MadDog and CompUSAs no-name brand).

Courtney
 

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I just purchased these two items:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817146063

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822153012

and the problem is that the coolmax enclosure wont read the harddrive. I installed it correctly (this is not my first 2.5 external hdd), and the computer detects the harddrive. It says that it is installed and ready to use, but now drive is popping up in "my computer". I dont think that the harddrive is to big for the enclosure, its only 40gb and most enclosures maxes out at 40gb. I could not find out what this enclosure's max compatibility is, so i hope that this is not the problem.

It is not the enclosure that is broken, because i put a different harddrive in the coolmax enclosure and it works. And i tried the Fujitsu hdd in another enclosure and it does not work. So it is definitly the hdd

The harddrive is a ATA-6 and the coolmax enclosure is a IDE ATA 100. I dont know what the 100 stands for, but i dont think that is the problem.

any help would be greatly appreciated. This is a gift for my girlfriend and i really want this to work.
 

Answer:2.5 harddrive enclosure will not read the harddrive

Have you foratted the drive? . . Windows will not "see" a drive until it has been formated.

Right click on My Computer . . select Manage . . disc management . . right click on the drive and select format
 

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Hi,

This morning a fan in my case was making strange noises (either CPU or GPU fan I think) and so I turned my computer off. I turned it on a little later and the computer was making a really odd clicking noise, so I unplugged each harddrive in turn to see which was causing it. I removed the problem drive (not the one with my XP installation on) and then turned the computer on again. This time it just said could not detect boot disk. I've tried installing XP again, but it gets as far as loading all the setup files and then my PC reboots. The bios still detects the harddrive still in.

The harddrives are just normal IDE 120gb drives (the removed one is a Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 and the one still in is a Barracuda Seagate). I don't understand why the first stopped working (it is at most 6 months old) and why the 2nd one's installation is not detected (it is only a month or 2 old). Up til today, my computer was working perfectly. At the moment my whole computer is useless and the fan is still making the same weird noise occasionally.

Thanks.
 

Answer:One harddrive died, other harddrive's XP not detected

Welcome to Techspot

It sounds like the Drive you removed was the Primary, so the system can't find an MBR.
Also if that is right did you change the Jumper on the Slave left in your box?
Buy a new Fan, why take a chance ?
 

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I just recently bought a used computer to replace the one I had which died on me. For some reason, my old harddrive isn't being recognized as the main hard drive when I remove the new one and plug my old one in. Both harddrives are recognized when I have my old one plugged up with the extra power and IDE cable, so I was wondering if it is possible to copy the contents of my old drive to the new one and have it where it transfers all of my installed software over without having to reinstall everything?
 

Answer:Harddrive to harddrive data transfer?

So what you tried to do is get WinXP to boot after it was installed on a different computer. This usually does not work well unless the Motherboard onthe new computer is almost identical to the old one. At the very least you would want to uninstall all drivers that were istalled as part of the old motherboard then do a repair installation of Windows XP. Then again if your installation of Windows is an OEM version of Windows it is not legal to use it on a second computer even if the second computer is a replacement for the first. If this is a retail copy of Windows then you can do it. You would need also the drivers for the new system.. As far as transfering installed programs from one hard drive to another and have them work properly if at all, it is not likely that you will succeed in doing so as installed programs make changes to the registry so that windows will know where to go look for the files to operate these programs. Just transferring the programs will not make the changes needed to your registry that an installation would make.
 

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I currently have a laptop that is a few years old, anyhow I am building my own computer with a friend of mine. I have a external 120 gig Western Digital External Harddrive hooked up to my laptop now. (The external harddrive is brand new) I need a harddrive for the new computer I am building and was wondering would it work if i opened up the external harddrive casing and removed it from there and installed it in my computer i am building. Whats your thoughts on the change in power supply and could it work and what?

Pat

Answer:External Harddrive into Interal Harddrive

if you are building a laptop... no. it is built completely differently.
with a desktop computer you would not be able to either because the connection inside its casing is different. its better to keep your external the way it is and get an internal. you could then use your external as a backup.

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My old harddrive is only 20 GB and my new harddrive is 235GB.My old HDD is maxed out and i want to transfer EVERYTHING to my 235GB HDD. Basically making it the primary drive. The old HDD is my C drive and the new one is my E drive.How would I do this safely?

Answer:Small old harddrive, new big harddrive

If you mean you want to transfer everything (Windows, programs, data files, etc.) to the new hard drive, take a look at the software tools and instructions from the hard drive manufacturer for doing that.

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I am looking at my friend's 2 yrs old PC mainly due to not booting up. I just found out that his pc's 10 Gb harddrive has bad sectors of only 700Kb after using scandisk so I reinstall windows myself. It has booted up no problems and running fine as usual but is it necessary to buy a new harddisk? After all, it runs fine even though there are still 700Kb bad sections on existing harddisk. Advice will be much appreciated, thanksGary

Answer:Bad sectors in harddrive - need a new harddrive??

Assuming you reformatted the HD, did the bad sectors show during Formatting or was it some other software that decided you had bad sectors?If it was formatting that disclosed the problem then it may be true. If not it might be a spurious warning and could be ignored.

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I would like to know if I can copy my whole hard drive to a backup hard drive.
What I would like to do is buy a new hard drive for my laptop. Then move all and I do mean everything windows XP etc. to the new hard drive. So that I could the start using the new hard drive just like the old hard drive. I think my old hard drive is going bad.
 

Answer:Copy harddrive to new harddrive

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uhmmm my pC is Hp pavillion and i nid to reformat

my PC have a auto reformat which its being put back to its

original state when u bought it i did it once because my PC have crash

now i got a virus trojan and i removed it but my PC is slow now

the problem is i forgot how to do it the auto reformat XD thingy

nid help guyz ^^

Answer:Nid Help Reformatting

HI,
Usually on an HP computer you tap on the F11 key during boot up to access the restore utility.

Hope this helps.
Bill

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Question: Reformatting

What does the process of reformatting acomplish?
 

Answer:Reformatting

Erases all information from your HDD, not completely erases but makes it think its erased so you can start from scratch. You have to install an O/S after you format.
 

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Question: Help reformatting

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

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

Answer:Help reformatting

StalkerB

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

Please continue in this thread.
 

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Question: xp reformatting

I am having trouble reformatting xp. When i get to the end user licence window and you have to use f8 to agree, I cant. Nothing happens.

Can any one help please???
 

Answer:xp reformatting

Does your F8 key work?
 

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I have an older Gaterway 450 mhz pentium III w/ 20 gb hd. I am running xp pro. Mt q is can I reformat only a corrupt partition? I have an image using acronis on a separate partition. I wolud like to reinstall a clean coppy of xp but would like to be able to retrieve info that is saved on the partition with the image. I have a corrupt copy of xp and a clean copy also but the performance seems to suffer. Is it possible to delete the corrupt copy w/out affecting the good copy? or would it be best to start from scratch?
 

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Question: reformatting

I want to upgrade my PC from win98 to XP without any data loss. I have two harddrives, one with windows, and another with music. Do i have to backup the music on another PC, or can i reformat the drive with windows without losing data on the other HD?
 

Answer:reformatting

you can reformat the drive with Windows98, and keep your MP3 on the other drive..(as long as the MP3 are not encoded to that OS/machine).

The safest way is to disconnect the drive with the mp3s, just to be SURE you format the right one... trust me on that.. my friend did what you are worried about doing.
 

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

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

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

Just Wondering.
 

Answer:Reformatting too much?

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

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hi there , looking for any expertise out there on how to reformat my computer .........also i want to transfer files to my other pc wich is set up on a wireless network , any help would be greatly appreciated!
 

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Please!!! Help!!! Reformatting XP!!

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i need to reformat my computer (xp professional). how do i do this?. what do i do?
 

Answer:reformatting

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I have three HDDs. One for programs and games, one for the OS, and another for my docs.

Should I reformat all three or just the OS one?

Answer:Reformatting

That is up to you. Are you reinstalling just the OS? If so then that one for sure. Most likely the games one will need to be cleaned off as well as the games have files that are attached to the OS and wont run after the reinstall. Same for the programs. The Documents one shouldnt make a difference as they are jsut files that can be opened no matter where they are stored.

So really it is your choice.

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Is it possible for me to add Windows MCE to one of my HDD's without having to partition it or reformat? The drive is acting as a removable device right now and has no OS installed on it. But it does have a pile of my games on it and I don't want to delete them. I would like to have a scenario where I can boot from WinXP to do normal stuff and still have access to my games in the same manner as without an OS installed on the 2nd HDD. And also be able to boot from the WinMCE HDD and do the same with the WinXP drive.
 

Answer:2 OS's, 2 HDD's, No Reformatting

Why not just upgrade your WinXP install to MCE?
 

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I need to reformat my harddrives but I have forgotten how to do it. Can Anyone help me out?
 

Answer:Reformatting

Need more information, formatting to clean install, formatting to repartition, formatting to clear data, SATA, PATA, SCSI(doubtful)...Motherboard, etc. We can't read minds.
 

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

Answer:reformatting xp

Go HERE.
 

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

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

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

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Hi, i have an old computer which needs the hard drive wiping before i get rid of it. It was origionally Win95 and then i upgraded to Win98. I have the upgrade CD and the boot up disk for win 95 (floopy) but i dont think its in "full working order"How do i go about reformatting it? After i have reformatted it i may have to reinstall windows. Any help would be great thanks.

Answer:Reformatting

Download Setup disc from hear tenth file from top. click here Put a clean floppy in computer and double click the downloaded file to create the boot disc. Start with the disc and leave until you get A:\> then typeFORMAT C: press enter

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

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

-drew
 

Answer:reformatting

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

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

Answer:Please help on reformatting

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

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

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I may need to do a reformat on Win ME. Where can I find some info on this?

Answer:Reformatting Win ME

click here

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hi all ive reformatted my hd many time i done it last week as i had a problem with a certain progam not going to say what as it is frown on by many peolpe but the problem was that i could acess the network with the pirmary conncetion and didnt no why so i was bored so i thught y not format and start over again so start all over again proble is it still doing the same thing so what i would like to no is when you format hd dose it delete everything as i though it did or could some setting be saved any one no

Answer:reformatting

You have to reformat your hard drive about 6 or 7 times in succession to nearly 100% remove everything from it. You can use Ontracks Easy Recovery programmes to recover lost files which might helpclick hereThe best one is Easy Recovery Professional - helped me out when i had to format my hard drive as i managed to get everything back from MP3's to driver files.

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

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

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

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

Answer:Need Help Reformatting

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

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

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

Answer:Help Reformatting

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

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

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

It can go by pretty quickly

Have fun . . wrs
 

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i have a dell computer and while it was doing an automatic udates it got stuck. it keeps saying udating 3 of 3 and then reboots. I have been told that this is a corupting file with windows. how can i reformat my computer with no disk. any help will be greatly appreciated.

Answer:reformatting

Hi. . .

Invoke the recovery partition - usually via F10 during boot-up. However, it may be F11 or ctrl-F11. heck your owners manual.

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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Hi i have 2 HDD one with the os and the other one for data.

I reformatted my data drive by deleting and re-creating partition via windows xp boot cd. Afterwards it went through the whole windows instillation thing....

How can i reformat this drive without installing windows xp afterwards?
 

Answer:reformatting without xp

Format Second Drive or Partition.
 

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Hi,

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

Thanks
 

Answer:Reformatting

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My brother has an HP Computer and I want to reformat it. Would it be possible to get the key from his pc (xp home) and use it to reformat using my xp pro upgrade cd?
 

Answer:Reformatting OEM PC

I don't see why not..
 

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

Overall, any thoughts before I do this?
 

Answer:Reformatting

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Hi...

I'm new here so I'm not sure if I'm posting in the right place, but anyway...a few weeks ago I tried reformatting my computer because the program stopped functioning. However, I had to cancel in the middle of the setup. Therefore, every time I try to reformat the computer, an error message comes up saying that there's a fatal error and that the computer will reboot. How can I start my rebooting from scratch? Is there a way to get rid of this fatal error? Thank you so much for reading!
 

Answer:Reformatting XP Pro

If you had to cancel a format its entirely possible its just created a bad sector. Take alook at your HD, see what brand it is. Then go to that companies site, seagate maxtor or whatever. There you will be able to download tools, usualy in the form of a floppy disk or bootable cd image.

burn and boot from this disk, then use the option to perform either a 0 fill drive, or a low level format. That will completly wipe the disk clean, back to factory shipped. The tools usually have a option to perform checks on the drive, i would suggest doing this after the low lvl format, just to double check that the drive is ok.

After this, try installing win as usual, will need to repartition the drive and format, FULL format. That SHOULD work, let me know though
 

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Question: Reformatting

Is it possible to create a backup of my hard drive before reformatting bearing in mind i cant even log on, as it crashes on startup.
 

Answer:Reformatting

You could try a repair install . . http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

That might get you up and running long enough to salvege data.

Otherwise, you can attach the drive to a working pc and salvage files that way. Usually works best when you attach to the secondary IDE channel . . in place of the cd drive.

Be sure that other pc has up-to-date AntiVirus
 

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Question: reformatting

I have got a HP PC and now I need to reformat everything (?) since I cannot resolve problems with Windows Updating.

I am wondering whether to use the 3 DVD s I have made according to the instructions (I think they are called Recovery Disks).

You see, there is a drive on the Computer called HP_ Recovery and I wonder whether I should use that instead -or are they the same thing and do they work in conjunction with each other?

The HP_Recovery drive holds about 11 Gigs of data so I thought it should be equipped to handle the reformatting on its own but I definitely need to know how it is going to work before I go down this road.

thanks
 

Answer:reformatting

The process you are contemplating will restore the computer to how it was when new. Anything you have added or stored on the drive is destroyed in the process.

Step by step instructions can be found HERE but first you need to copy any personal files to CD/DVD, an external drive, or to another computer, for which (if XP) you could use the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard or, (if Vista or Win 7) the Windows Easy Transfer Wizard. If you use a wizard you need to make sure it is including all locations where you may have stored your personal files, address books and emails. Otherwise you could simply use copy and paste.

The other consideration is any software you have installed. This will also be destroyed so make sure you have the means to reinstall it afterwards.
 

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Question: Reformatting Help!

My computer is a good 6 years old. I have not had any major problems with it over that time, but it is really bogged down with about fragments of 3 old operating systems, and countless old and unnesscary files. My brother finally got his new comp and left all his files on here. Now that the computer is mine I wanted to reformat my hard drive and erase EVERYTHING. I don't know which drivers I need to back up though, and I'm afraid I will mess my only comp up.



The comp is
Windows XP professional
Pentium 3(700mhz)
128mb ram
32mb Nvidia geforce2
harmon/kardon speakers
soundblaster sound card
dell monitor
dell/microsoft multimedia keyboard (has hotkeys)
microsoft optical mouse
cd-r/rw and dvdrom drive
Networked with linsys wireless access point router


that's about as much as I could find out, pretty basic but I tried.

Anyways I need help on the process of which I go about erasing everything and getting my operating system back on. I also need to figure out how to backup my files (mostly music) to cd-recordables.
PLEASE HELP!

Thanks,
John
 

Answer:Reformatting Help!

Hi John

well as for the drivers XP is very good at having the majority of drivers to get you going some like for eg. the Nvidia driver are basic but you can just get the latest from Nvidia to give you all options, the best thing is to get EVEREST and that will tll you all the hardware you have in your pc and give you links to the drivers from the manufacturers so you can go download the drivers beforhand, then burn to cd.

now as your next question is about burning your backups, do you have cd buring software?

if not then this one is free CD BurnerXP

My best advice is to take some time and get all the drivers downloaded and burned to cd before re-installing.
 

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Hello,

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your time.

Answer:Need help reformatting

Have you visited the site that makes Site Kiosk?

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

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Question: Reformatting

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

Answer:Reformatting

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

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Question: Reformatting help

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

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

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

Press any key to boot from CD.

But i dont get that, i get:

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

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

Many thanks

Scott
 

Answer:Reformatting help

And who told you this?
 

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

any help would be greatly apperciated
 

Answer:reformatting

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

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

Answer:Need Help after reformatting

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

BTW
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Sorry, put this query in wrong folder: here goes again:My compute( running XP Home,)is getting sluggish and I want to reformat and reinstall XP. Can I simply boot up with my XP cd, reformat, then reinstall? My Home is an upgrade. Won't I need to have a 98 cd or some other acceptable os?

Answer:Reformatting and XP HE

If it is an "upgrade" and not the full stand-a-lone version, then you can't format the system with the disk (shouldn't in anyway).... First format the system using the "Windows 98 Start-up disk" and then run the win98 installation... Once win98 is installed then use the upgrade disk in windows, not in BOIS!!!

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Question: Reformatting Help!

Ive been trying to reformat my computer but everytime i try i get this message:

The type of the file system is NTFS.

Format cannot run because the volume is in use by another
process. Format may run if this volume is dismounted first.
ALL OPENED HANDLES TO THIS VOLUME WOULD THEN BE INVALID.
Would you like to force a dismount on this volume? (Y/N)

anyone have any idea what it means and what i need to do so that i can reformat my computer? Im using XP Home Edition
 

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I need to reformat the entire computer. It's an old laptop that was used for business and therefore has all of these programs on it that I do not want anymore. Things like asking for a username and password at startup. I know you guys may say "boot from the XP CD" but will this erase EVERYTHING? By the way, I do want to erase everything. Thanks.
 

Answer:Reformatting Help

If you boot from the XP CD and delete all partitions prior to installing, it will delete everything on your drive.

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

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

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How often do you guys recommend for formatting/reinstalling/cleaned? I don't know the technical terms, sorry, lol. I see talk of this and wonder if I'm due.

My computer is about 2 years old, seems to be lagging a little, my antivirus, adware, spyware programs, etc., are kept updated and run regularly. The computer is used everyday for basic stuff like e-mailing and surfing.

I'm not familiar with this so it wouldn't be something I would even attempt to complete myself. Any guesstimations as to how much it would cost?
 

Answer:Reformatting

I like to reformat and reload Windows every 6 months or so to keep things running smoothly... just be sure to back up (save to CD) anything you wouldn't want to lose: stuff like music, photos, documents, etc... As long as you have all the needed software (Windows CD, driver CD's, etc.) it's a fairly simple and straight forward process. BUT- if you don't want to do it yourself, most (if not all) PC stores should charge for an hour of labor. Labor rates can vary greatly from $40/hr to over $100/hr: so call around. If you don't back up your stuff first, it'll be gone forever or the shop will charge extra to do it for you..... the shop where I work charges a flat rate for a Windows reload and it includes installing all the drivers, service packs, updates, and a 'burn-in' period to make sure everything is stable....

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Came across this 4 year old advice at http://dvdxcopy.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/22219





DVD+RW technology allows for burning at 2.4x speed, DVD-RW, 1x speed.
The DVD-RW standard only allows for burning of 1GB at a time.
Once the data is burned onto the disc it cannot be rewritten without completely reformatting the whole disc.
DVD+RW does not set limits on the amount of data that can be burned at one time, and data can be rewritten directly over the previous burn.

So in answer, -RW must be reformatted, +RW does NOT.




Is this advice still true, if so I am returning my DVD-RW's for refund. BazzaClick to expand...

Click to expand...


 

Answer:Reformatting DVD-RW, DVD+RW ?

Good question. It took me a while to buy a DVD burner because I wasn't sure if my home DVD player would playit. Why does there have to be all this +-r/rw business. I never did come to a conclusion so I bought a burner that will work with all formats. So to add to this post, what really is the difference in +R, -R, +RW, and -RW. I understand that RW is read write, so is the only differnece in - and + the rate at which it saves information? If so, why are all burners not for all formats? And some players will not play all formats?
 

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Question: Reformatting

I learnt somewhere that reformatting a disk erases the address tables but not the data on the disk.
What are address tables?
In what situations does a disk need reformatting?
I'm new to computers, please help me out!

Answer:Reformatting

Formatting only deletes the file allocation table or master file table. That's correct. No files are deleted. But they do not appear on your disk anymore and the clusters where your data is saved are available for new data, this means they will be overwritten when copying new data to the "free" space.

You need to format after deleting a partition. its also recommended to format before installing a new OS to the disk. Clean install.

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Question: Reformatting

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

Answer:Reformatting

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

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