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Solved: unable to format hard drive partition

Question: Solved: unable to format hard drive partition

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

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

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

all are ntfs partition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

the virus which kaspersky quarantined is moja.exe.

i dont know i opened to usb drive aafter scanning.

after formatting the 4th partition again and again i just went to partion properties tied to check for disk errors no matters howmany times i click the button i wasnt able check for disk errors.

the 4th partion is not showing up in my computer.not even in kaspersky internet security where all partiton are located except this 4th one.
i just even cant open this partion from diskmanagement.
scanned through kis but found nothing.
huh! kis 2010 dont found this partion then how could it scan it.

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I have a compaq deskpro 2000 with a 2.1GB hard drive.  The computer has an Intel Pentium MMX processor. I got this computer a week ago and I having problems with viewing the partitions on the hard drive.  When ever I boot with a start up disk, get to the command prompt and type "fdisk", I receive an error saying "No fixed disk present." When I tried to get into the BIOS, it doesn't let me. After pressing F10 it just has "Starting MS-DOS..." on the top left corner and it stays in that same screen.  When I let the computer boot it goes to a screen where it has "Starting Windows 95..." on the top left corner. Then beneath that it says "Type the name of the Command Interpreter (e.g., C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND.COM)" What ever I type on this screen it will prompt me the same message again and again.  I can't view or delete existing partitions on the hard drive because fdisk wont' work and I can't get into the BIOS to view information about the system because pressing F10 key won't work.  What can be the problem? If I try installing another hard drive, would this make a difference? Thanks...

Answer:Unable to partition/format hard drive

Whatever happened prior to all of this may provide some help.The 2000 had a diagnostic diskette series (2 disks I believe) that could be downloaded which needed to be used to set up components, do diagnostics, etc. and create a diagnostics partition on the hard drive. Search the compaq web site for these. You have to make sure the hardware is functioning correctly and set up properly to proceed.  

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I am quickly discovering all I don’t know about formatting and organizing hard drives. I have an old 2.5 inch, 160GB Segate laptop hard drive, which I have connected using a USB enclosure. At one time, it had a copy of Windows XP, but after I upgraded to a larger hard drive, I used this one for backups and misc file storage.

Recently, I decided to see if I could Restore a recently built Windows 7 image (on another PC) onto this HD. In preparation, I decided to “clean up” the drive so I did a series of activities to try and remove old files and make the HD as clean as possible for the new image. These activities included removing partitions and other disc cleaning procedures. All this has left me with a single RAW partition and all sorts of errors when I attempt to format the drive. I am unable to format the drive. Here is what it looks like in Disk Management.

I have no interest in recovering any data from the HD. I merely want it formatted and ready to accept the image file when I attempt the Recovery process. Right now, I can see the HD in Disk Management, but if I click on the drive in Windows Explorer it says it needs to be formatted. If I attempt to format the drive it fails.

I’ve read so many posts that I’m now just running in circles because I’m not sure how much I’m reading is applicable to my situation and what is not.

Any suggestions will be much appreciated.

Answer:Unable to format external hard drive (single RAW partition)

You might try a Bootable version of Partition Wizard to clean and format this HD.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

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

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

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

Help anyone!!!!

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


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

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

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I don't know what to do from here and would greatly apreciate any help. I don't know what info may be needed for you to help me out so if there is any please let me know and I will provide it. Thanks alot for any help, its appreciated greatly.

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

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

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

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I recently purchased a Western Digital 1TB HDD for my computer, running win2k, which already has a 19GB HDD (so you can see why I wanted the other one). My MoBo is really old and does not have a SATA port (which the new 1TB needs) so I got a PCI Serial ATA Host Controller card (Silicon Image 3512). I had a horrible time trying to install the drivers (I later found out you need to install the RAID drivers, the others wont work). Then, I booted up and tried to see if it found my HDD. So I went into the Disk Management utility. Apparently it saw my disk (even got the GB correct) however it was blackened out and said Disk 1 was unallocated. So I tried right clicking to partition it, however the partition option was grayed out, with no explanation why.

I tried getting in to my controllers BIOS RAID config at bootup (F4). There was an option called 'Low level format'. So I tried that, and it seems to get hung up, stuck at 0% for a time that something as simple as a partition shouldn't take.
So what's the deal. How can I get this sucker usable?

Answer:Solved: Unable to Partition Hard Drive

I got it. I had to write a signature to the HDD for it to be able to partition.

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I am currently having an issue formatting a partition on my hard drive. I have a 250 GB Windows partition that is working just fine. Now I have about 4 TBs of unpartitioned space available that I am trying to partition however the option to partition the drive using the disk management snap in in the management console is grayed out. The system is using a 3ware raid controller with 4 2TB drives setup in a Raid 5 configuration. The Norton Ghost image of the software build that I am using was supposed to format the remaining space as the D: drive but that failed. I have tried using a gparted live CD to no avail as well. The system information is as follows:

Dual Xeon Quad Core Processors
4 2TB SATA Hard Drives @ 7200 RPM Raid 5 Configuration
Operating System: Windows XP Professional 64 Bit

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Answer:Solved: Unable to format partition...

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Hello, I have a computer which decided it didn't want to boot into Windows any more and so in the end thought it would be easier to backup the data and completely re-install Windows XP.

Now after trying so many different methods of installing Windows XP on to this system without success, I'm am inclined to believe that some component, like the motherboard, is faulty. I thought I'd post here first though in case I have missed something.

Basically when I get to the part of the Windows XP Setup where it asks to select a partition to install on to, I select the only partition there, format the drive to NTFS, and receive the message "Setup was unable to format the partition. The disk may be damaged." I receive the message regardless of whether I select "NTFS" or "NTFS (Quick)".

I have tried to rule out quite a few possibilities which are listed below and having repaired computers in the past am lucky enough to have a few spare components lying around to test with.

Things I have tried:
Using third-party software to format the drive to NTFS before running XP Setup disc. (Setup copies all files successfully, restarts the computer, the computer can't boot the hard drive displays error: "A disk read error occurred".)
Swapping hard drive with a known working one. (Same problems.)
Installing Ubuntu. (Installer crashes while copying files.)
Using different XP Setup discs.
Swapping IDE cable with a known working one.
Installing from USB flash dri... Read more

Answer:[SOLVED] Setup was unable to format the partition.

and welcome to the Forum

I would run diagnostics on the hard drive

Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

See this for how to make a bootable cd:

How to Burn a Bootable ISO File

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OK! Here is what's happening.... I installed a new WD 60 GB hard drive. I flashed BIOS with correct driver ..flash said ok. Still showing only 32GB. Ok... said fine...I'll replace motherboard later and then get full use of 60GB...I went to load Windows 2000...I get error that drive is damaged or has been corrupted. I can fdisk to partition this drive but when I try to format it gives error "invalid drive". And I did make "C" active during formatting. I don't know if I am doing wrong or using wrong, MS-Dos program, Fdisk or what.PLEAssssSE HELP!!! My husband is going nuts without his puter!!! Could a brand new drive be corrupted?
Any help appreciated!

Answer:can partition but can't format hard drive

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I have exhausted all possiblities known to me and have no idea how to correct this problem.The problem I have is that when i format my hard drive, partition it up, and i have used several programs including maxtors own utilities, when rebooting the pc, the hard drive returns to a RAW state, even when installing windows once its installed the files needed and reboots to continue with the installation same thing happens.The hard drive is a maxtor 120gb (IDE) and the only thing im leading to believe is that the drive is faulty, or is there anything else ive missed.

Answer:Hard Drive will not format or Partition

Have you done what is sometimes (erroneously) called a "low-level" format - or "reset to zeroes" ?Normal formatting does not rewrite some of the vital blocks at the start of the drive, and an error in these can cause problems - viruses can corrupt them, for instance.You also say you "format then partition it up" - this is not the correct order, as I'm sure you know - it's partion forst, then format the partitions.

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How to format and partition a New Hard Drive in a new PC?? Without the Administrative tools.
and without the help of another PC.

Plz refer some links.

Answer:How to format and partition a New Hard Drive in a new PC

This is for an XP as you didn't specify what you were installing in the way of an operating system. The first steps in Bios are required for an OS your installing. If you have a different OS you're trying to install please be more specific about what you want to do here.

Go into Bios and make sure it's set on Default Settings. Find the Section in your Bios that has the Boot Sequence and make sure the CDrom is first, HD is second, and floppy if you have one post at number 3. Hit F10 and save and exit. Boot up put your CD OS in and reboot. The OS on the CD should start your setup. When you get to the partition section if the HD has never had one you will tell it to create one. Full size the HD should all ready be established by the OS and all you need to do and push the letter required to create it. Once it establishes the partition it will ask if you want the CD OS to format the disk for you and you will tell it agree keying whatever the letter or button that allows that to begin the process. Once formatted it will begin the set up and all you have to do is follow the screens requests at that point.
If you have any questions please feel free to ask as we're interested in your success...Jazz

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I will be recieving a new Toshiba 80GB hard drive soon. I want to install it as a slave drive and partition it into 4 20GB partitions, but it has been so long I forgot how to do it. I am running Windows XP Home SP2. Can anyone help?

Answer:Format and partition new hard drive

Howdy dphartmn...

Since you are installing it as a slave set the jumpers as a Slave then go into Disk Management and set your partitions....

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Search gave me some results but that were from Installing a new Windows.

Currently I have a C: drive and another drive (Recovery).
I have to create partitions of the C: without installing the Windows over or formatting. Is there an easy way to do this? I don't mind using some software, if it gets the work done effectively.
I got some little info about something Shrink C: or something. If there's already a tutorial for what I am trying to do, kindly link me.

BTW, please give some information about this Recovery drive?


Answer:Partition Hard-Drive without format?

We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create

Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

please give some information about this Recovery drive?

Make & model unknown.
For better help with problems, Can you post your specs.
Filling out System Specs
System Info - See Your System Specs

Dont Know What Hardware You Have..??
VistaForums SysInfo Tool - Vista Forums

For partitions,
Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?
Screenshot tools.
A Preferred Method of Uploading/Posting Screen Shots
How to Use the Snipping Tool in Vista - Vista Forums
Snipping Tool - Windows 7 features - Microsoft Windows
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Screenshot and Upload using MWSnap
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Use Snipping Tool to capture screen shots

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I can partition format and every thing looks fine,but when I go to format with fdisk I get error "invalid drive". And when I use my Windows 2000 setup disk it will tell me when I try to format that the drive is damaged or has been corrupted. This is a brand new WD 60GB hard drive. Any help will be appreciated!!!! My husband is driving me crazy because he doesn't have use of his puter!!

Answer:can partition but can't format hard drive

Didn't you receive a Data Lifeguard Disk with your New WD HD,
and the instructions for setting up the HD for use.If you don't have the Data Lifeguard files you can get them from has instructions for and the capability to move the contents of your old HD to the new one.

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May 14, 2009,

Hi MG-ers,

I have a bid in at eBay for a used hard drive. 320GBs Western Digital Caviar SE (EIDE). The item is advertised as being 'wiped clean' and 'in need of partitioning'.

Another deal on a Seagate 400GB is brand new in a sealed package, apparently from an overstocked lot. My e-mail reply from them says:
"Dear Customer,
This product is not plug and play. You will need to format the drive when you receive it. Thank you."

The Seagate 400GB is for $54.52, and can be viewed at eBay as item #170330113123

This Seagate deal looks appealing, and I am seriously considering it.....

The WD 320GB is item # 160333728800

I already have $25 bucks on it.....and I could bid now as high as $40. (Forty Bucks).

I'm not sure what MG's thinks about getting questions like this, or giving advice this way, but I was wondering if I could get a 'second opinion'. If I've broken some rule, please don't expel me, just delete the thread.

I will use it as a second 'slave' internal hard drive. Questions:
- Is it possible my eMachines W-3502 will not take or accept a 320 or 400 GB slave HD ? There is a 80GB slave in there now.....
- How do I partition and format a brand new 'sealed... Read more

Answer:New Hard Drive - How Format and Partition?

Both deals look good all you have to do is format it

What he means by "not plug and plug" what he mean windows (if your running windows) will detect it but you will need to format it

to do this you go

start----right click on my computer--select manage---click disk management---then right click on the hard disk--and click--"New Partition" or somthing like that.

There you go


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Ok .. I've got a lot of bugs on my hard drive and I want to format it. However, I've got gigs and gigs of data that I dont want gone forever - and its too much to burn to DVD.

Is it possible for me to segment my hard drive, make a drive for the stuff i want to save (a drive without an operating system, just data) and then purge and format my drive with the operating system??

Answer:I want to partition and format my hard drive - HELP! (please)

What Operating System are you running? You are in the wong forum for this question so I need to know to move this thread to the appropriate forum.

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I'm about to install a new HDD with Win98 2nd ed. I know about the patch available from Microsoft to enable FDISK to recognise disks above 64 GB click here;en-us;Q263044 but it occurs to me that this could get messy as I'd have to start upgrading FDISK from DOS before formatting my disk (-unfamiliar territory). Could I just run Partition Magic from floppies to format the new drive from scratch, then load Windows?

Answer:Format new hard drive from Partition Magic

Try starting With Partition Magic CD and new Hard Drive installed. But you need to get the Drive Recognized in the BIOS first and set the BIOS to boot from CD drive

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I have fitted a 200 Gb hd ,installed xp +SP2 and added registry large disc support (from seagate)My problem now is XP is running fine on a 31Gb partition ,in disc managemanet i am being shown this partition(drive C)the a drive F with 2000 (Yes thousand) gbs,When I try and format it to make it usable it gets to 100% and stops...any ideas

Answer:large hard drive format partition

I would be inclined to wipe that install and start again.Use XP to partition the hdd,then once you have setup partitioning,XP will let you format the 1st partition with either NTFS/FAT32,then once its finished formatting it instantly sets off and installs itself.Once its finished that,reboot from the XP CD and use either the "Recovery Console" or XP CD to format the various partitions.

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When i got my new hard drive for my Lap top i formated only about 1\2 of my hard drive. Is there i away to Format the other half of the drive as a partition with out loosening everything that is on the first half?

Thanks a million to anyone that can offer some help


Answer:Hard Drive partition\format Question

go to my computer,
right click the drive icon you wanna format.
choose format

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The HDD failed in my T400. I bought a new 1TB HDD and fitted it. The diagnostic software in the BIOS did a read and controller test (Passed). When I put the Windows XP disk in the CD reader, the setup started - then stalled at the "Windows setup" page. I thought the hard drive had a write problem but apparently it must be partitioned and formatted first, before Widows setup can commence. The thing is that I can't get to the option where Windows formats the drive. In old computers, there was always a partitioning option in the BIOS setup but in my T400, there doesn't appear to be any such option. The computer has 4GB RAM, the actual model is 2767-RV8.Does anyone have any suggestions how to get this up and running?One other question is - (assuming I can get the thing working) - Is there somewhere I can load the operating system on part of the hard drive where it can act as a fall back in case the operating system gets corrupted? - i.e. something that can't get attacked by malicious software? Thanks in advance for any assistance.Ian

Answer:Need help to partition and format new hard drive for T400

Hi irivlin, If you are trying to clean install XP, then you have to do following setting in BIOS first:Press F1 to BIOS, Config -> Serial ATA (SATA) -> change to "Compatibility"You can change XP partition only if you are doing clean installation, otherwise you have to use 3rd party to do it. For backup part, there are lots of choices in the market. You might consider using XP own backup function. Lenovo got a program called Rescue and Recovery can also do backup as well.How to use the Backup utility to back up files and folders in Windows XP Home Edition and Recovery® 4.23 by Lenovo Fred

T61 + X201i

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I'm tearing my hair out here trying to partition and format an 80GB Hitachi hard drive. I want to create two 40GB FAT32 partitions and then mount the drive in an external enclosure.The drive is currently installed in the PC as Primary Master. Booting with a Win 98SE floppy only lets me create a partition of 13999MB (14GB). If I boot with a Windows XP installation CD, that only finds available space in which to create a partition of 4GB.If I install the drive in the USB 2.0 enclosure and plug it in, XP's Disk Management sees the full 80GB of "Unallocated Space", but doesn't give me the option to create a partition. (The external housing's instructions do say the drive must be partitioned/formatted before installing.)Am I missing something?

Answer:Partition & format 80GB hard drive

Look at click here, it is a doddle to use

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I am needing help with formating an external HDD into 1 partition.

I just got an external case for my (spare and sitting around doing nothing) 2.5" HDD, so now I have access to a 60Gb external HDD via USB. The problem is that it is currently split into 2 partitions and I want to re-format it as 1 partition only (as fat32). Can anyone please show me how to do this?


Answer:Format external HDD (hard drive) into 1 partition

I don't have a spare HDD to format so I can remember exactly how it is done, but I can give you a general idea on the process. Note that different operating systems call partitions different things (Vista will call them volumes).

Keep in mind: This will delete all the information on your hard drive

Right click on "My computer" and click "manage". This should take you to the computer management screen. Look at the left, you should see an option that says "Disk Management"; Click on it. You should now see all of your HDD and partitions to the right. Find the Disk at the Middle-Bottom pane that represents the one you want to format. Right click on a partition and click "Delete Volume" (it may say delete partition, but the important thing is that you are deleting it). After deleting both partitions, the entire Disk should say Unallocated. At this point, you can right click in the unallocated part and select New Simple Volume or New partition or whatever it wants to call it. Follow the wizard, and you should end up with a new, empty, partition (don't forget to format)

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hello and good day experts,

i'll go to my question:

i have a primary hard drive working fine and added another hard drive 80gig maxtor as a slave and i'm using win xp pro.

i know there's computer management menu here in winxp, my question is:
on how to format then partition my second hd,into 2(40 gig and 40 gig).
basically i need the correct steps or commands.


Answer:format and partition second hard drive in winxp

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Make sure the drive is switched on and properly connected to your computer. If the disk is a SCSI disk, make sure your SCSI devives are properly terminated. Consult your computer manual or SCSI adapter documentation for more information.

Hi, I reformatted my hd the other day and now I get this error message when I boot up and try to install windows xp. After this it just says press eneter to continue and takes you back to veiw c: and unpartitioned space. I've tried both quick and the normal format but they both end in the same result.

I don't think my hd is damaged as when I go into my BIOS it still shows up and I've even checked to make sure it's all connected and such.

The computer has a samsung HD161hj 160gig.

Any help/sugguestions would be great.

(Not sure if there is thread like this. If there is could you link it, cheers)

Answer:Solved: Setup was unable to format the partition. The Disk may be damaged. (XP)

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Hi guys,
I have a laptop running windows XP Home and Ubuntu linux on seperate partitions. Somehow the partition table has become corrupted, probably due a to bad linux live cd boot. Now I can't boot into windows or linux. I have decided to format the hard drive, (probably an extreem measure but there isn't really anything on it I want to keep) but booting partition magic 7.0 tells me I have a partition table error #110 and won't let me format the drive. So how can I format this hard drive? How easy is it to repair the partition table? By the way the laptop has no floppy drive.

Answer:How do I format a hard drive with a corrupted partition table?

Try this:

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Virtual Hard Drive requires to format while creating, will that format the entire disk drive partition also?

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Hi recently, my HP 15-r005na Notebook PC (ENERGY STAR) hard drive got corrupted and I had to format it  using one partition. After many trials I managed to install windows 8 and upgrade it to win 8.1. The main problem the system failed to upgrade to win 10, I keep getting the problem: "can not find the drivers", Is there any way to recover those two extra partitions were originaly created by HP in my laptop?. At the moment win 8.1 is working almost fine, I had to install most drivers using HP site.

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Hi recently, my HP 15-r005na Notebook PC (ENERGY STAR) hard drive got corrupted and I had to format it  using one partition. After many trials I managed to install windows 8 and upgrade it to win 8.1. The main problem the system failed to upgrade to win 10, I keep getting the problem: "can not find the drivers", Is there any way to recover those two extra partitions were originaly created by HP in my laptop?. At the moment win 8.1 is working almost fine, I had to install most drivers using HP site.

Answer:HP 15 Notebook: hard drive made to one partition and format ...

Hi there @A-Shah, May the Forums be with you!  I understand that your hard drive was corrupted and you created one partition and formatted it all, and now you want to recover  the partitions that were deleted. I am happy to help with this. One of those partitions would have been the recovery partition, with the factory image. If you did not previously make a set of recovery media, using your recovery drive then you would need to look at getting a set from HP if they are available.  Please see HP PCs - Obtaining HP Recovery Discs or an HP USB Recovery Drive, for how to do that. I hope that works for you, and if it does resolve your issue, please mark this post as a solution. Kudos would also be appreciated.

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I am trying to install Windows XP Home SP2 onto a brand new IDE hard drive but it gave me an error when trying to install it.

I then tried to format the drive (using the Windows XP disc) but after sitting through the entire format process it gives me the following error....
Setup was unable to format the partition. The disk may be damaged.

Make sure the drive is switched on and properly connected to your computer. If the disk is a SCSI disk, make sure your scsi devices are properly terminated. Consult your computer manual or scsi adapter documentation for more information.

You must select a different partition for windows XP.
To continue, Press ENTER"
There is only 1 drive to choose from when I run the XP setup disc, here is what is displayed on the screen....

190780 MB Disk 0 at Id 0 on bus 0 on atapi [MBR]

C: Partition1 [Unknown] 190782 MB < 190782 MB free >
I have tried doing a quick NTFS format and a normal NTFS format but they all result in the same error message above.

Any ideas or things that I should try?

Answer:Solved: Setup was unable to format the partition. The disk may be damaged. (Brand New HDD)

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I have a HP Pavilion zv5240us laptop bought back about 3-4 years ago. The laptop was acting up so I decided to do a fresh install.

I wiped the hard drive clean with a program on Ultimate Boot CD. I then put in Win XP Pro CD and booted from it. Whenever it comes to format NTFS quick or regular method, after mid way, I get an error that says that I am unable to format hard drive and disk may be damaged.

I ran a few tests on hard drive from Ultimate Boot CD and from the Bios on the laptop. They didn't find anything wrong.

What do I need to do?

512 MB Ram
60 GB Hard drive
3.00 Ghz Pentium 4 Processor
Came with Windows XP Home

Answer:unable to format hard drive

there may be an issue with the ide controller on the motherboard, which is probably worst case scenario, other than that, try another drive if you have one, i have seen a scanner miss things before so try another drive see if it works, also, try deleting the partition through winxp setup, if you havent tried that, recreate it then format

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Hi Everyone,

Thanks in advance for your help, I've tried everything I can think of (which isn't much) and I am stumped. I'll try to give you as much information as possible.

Here's the situation. I have a custom built computer that was running XP when I built it. I recently had the opportunity to try Windows 7 (a full version) but I did not want to get rid of XP yet because I didn't know if I'd like Win7. I scavenged a hard drive from an old computer and installed Win7, and ended up dual booting XP/7 for a few months. Now I want to keep Win7. Also, I just purchased a TB hard drive to use for file storage, but this should not come into play because I have not and will not be installing an OS onto it.

So I have three hard drives in my machine:

#1: 80GB w/ Win7
#2: 750GB w/ XP
#3: TB w/ files

I don't want #1 anymore because it is small and is only 5400RPM. I want to completely reformat #2, separate it into a couple partitions, install Win7 on one partition and use the other partition to install games.

The problem is that I have not been able to format #2, and I have tried several methods, which I will try to explain the best I can.

Method A: Easeus Partition Master

When I load Easeus in Win7(on HD#1) I see a lot of stuff.

Disk 1 is my HD#3.

Type, Size, Status, Pri/Log
Unallocated, 7.84MB, None, Logical
NTFS, 927.01GB, None, Logical
Unallocated, 4.5 GB, None, Logical

Disk 2 is my HD #2

Type, Size, Status, Pri/Log
NTFS, 698.64GB, ... Read more

Answer:Unable to Format Hard Drive

it is because the 'old c: drive' (win.7 d: drive) contains the MBR (Master Boot Record), the MBR contains files for boot-up.

ok, *insert another member's name here* finish from where i left off, as the only way that *I* know how to fix it is to install windows 7 on D: (XP's C:)

please allow some time, as another member may know how to fix this without reinstalling 7

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I am currently running windows XP on a NTFS system. I have about 15Gb hard drive with a partition on it. However I have Windows XP installed on both drives (this was a mistake which I haven't been able to correct!). I just want to format my hard drive and start all over again but it can't read the boot disk! I got the Win 98 boot disk from The message appears:
Disk I/O error

Any ideas? I've tried all I can.

Answer:Unable to format hard drive

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Here is my laptop system information:

Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz
x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 1
Model 4, Stepping 1

2x512 DIMM RAM

bios: Phoenix Technologies LTD
PTLTD - 6040000




WinXP Promise SATA378 (tm) IDE Controller

SAMSUNG MP0603H SCSI Disk Device
Size: 60GB
I've been trying to reformat the drive and reinstall windows xp. I've done everything. The original problem was as follows: i rebooted with the cd and chose install xp (option 1.) Then it displays all of the available drives to format and install. Only my external hard drive (maxtor onetouch 300gb) was being displayed. I scrolled down but there were no more, and when I hit the up key i get a blue screen of death (with no error, message only "stop 000x00 or whatever.) Everything runs fine, I just want to reinstall it. So I just did the update windows feature and fixed it, no problem, but I still cannot format the hard drive. I ran scandisk, no errors were reported. I tried fdisk and even tried installing windows into my external hard drive to boot from there and attempt to format my internal, but booting from an external is not possible with windows. I have exhausted every option and I would just like to get this stupid thing formatted! thanks.

Answer:unable to format hard drive

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I have fitted a new hard drive in addition to my existing one.I am running windows xp pro.It is attached to a PCI ATA controller card which identifies it with no trouble.The new drive is listed in device manager but not in disc manager and I am unable to format and partition it. Windows help!! was of no use.Any ideas recieved with thanks.

Answer:Unable to format new hard drive

Go into computer managment and then right click disk management and select rescan disks, see if that picks it up

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My girlfriend has an HP Pavilion Entertainment PC Special Edition. The computer is a little more than 2 and a half years old. 2 months ago her OS crashed and I used a Ubuntu live CD to recover all her files before formatting and starting from scratch.

In the last 2 weeks, her computer has frequently locked down or just gone to a black screen, forcing restarts. Yesterday we were playing WoW and everything just froze. We ended up having to hold the power button down to force a shut down. When we turned it back on it got perpetually stuck at either the Vista loading screen, a black screen with a flashing (though unresponsive) control prompt, or a repair manager screen with several options (all of which sent you back to the beginning to get stuck in this loop again).

We decided we'd need to format, so I popped in the Ubuntu CD and force mounted her hard drive. The hard drive just contained a bunch of empty folders, yet said that only 53 gigs out of 152 gigs were free. Luckily we still had the backup from a few months ago so we decide to still format the drive.

In goes the Windows Vista install disk. Pressing F8 gets to a screen with many boot options, such as Safe Mode, Last Known Good Setting, Normal, and many more. No matter what is selected we are taken to the HP recovery manager.

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Answer:Unable to format hard drive (Vista)

and welcome to the Forum

You need to boot from the Vista Installation disc.This is a good guide to reinstalling Vista . . you might want to print it for reference during the install.


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Hi All,

I have a Seagate external hard drive of 500 GB and I am trying to format it.

I am using a win 7 laptop ... I am able to do a Quick format but normal format was going infinite and is showing no progress.

Can you help with any tool or procedure to format my external drive.


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I have WinXP SP2, my primary slave drive (Seagates' ST3160023A) suddenly became corrupted and unreadable (not accessible), i gave up on recovering the data on the drive and formatted the drive. The disk became corruped when i browsed to 'Device Manager' and clicked on 'scan for hardware changes.' This has happened several times before, but after formatting it again it becomes normal. This time is different.

The problem is that, after I formatted it (right-clicking D-drive, full format and rebooted comp) it gets corrupted again and unreadable. Afterwards, a windows msg prompts 'D drive is not formatted. Do you want to format?' But i already formatted it.

Also, the chdsk tool does not work - freezes it and have to reboot comp. I've tried everyting i could but nothing seems to help. Also, i do not have spyware or virus, i have nod32/adaware/spybotSND so my computer is clean.

Sometimes when i go in D drive it shows up weird files like this :

Also, in Computer Management -> Disk Management
( ) It shows my disk has 0mbs??? I'm confused

Also, after formatting the drive this pops up: -a full format (quick format did not work).

Is my hard disk faulty? Or some other problems, like bad ram (don't really think so)?
Everything i tried seems to make it become worse.

Much help is appreciated

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Answer:Unable to Format Hard Disk Drive

Do you have the jumpers set to master and slave and not cable select? The hdd is NFG, buy another one.

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I bought a new SSD (C:) after the original hard drive (D:) in my laptop crashed. My laptop has two bays, so I left (D:) in and installed Windows 7 on (C:).

I removed the recovery partition that existed on (D:) and now I would like to format (D:) so that the space is available for file storage. When I try to do so, it says "Windows was unable to complete the format."

I have included a screen shot of Disk Management and the error message. Any suggestions would greatly be appreciated.


Answer:Unable to Format Original Hard Drive that Crashed

Before I make a suggestion:

Is the 56GB disk the SSD?

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Simply as the title says, I was connecting my 1tb drive to my laptop when strangely it asks me to format my drive. I had assumed it had been disconnected improperly and decided to accept the loss and reformat.

However, once commanding the drive to format Windows soon brings up an error message.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Answer:Windows Unable to Format External Hard Drive

What error message did you get when you ok'd the FORMAT?

Also, can you post a screenshot from DISKMGMT showing that external drive? Full-screen please, with columns spread to show the contents of the columns.

Has this drive been used successfully before, and all of a sudden it asked to be formatted?

And yes, removable drives should be "safely removed" before disconnecting to ensure flushing out all data in buffers.

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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 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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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 REALLY hope someone out there can help me with this!

I have a failed hard drive/ stuffed partion, and i DESPERATELY need the data from it!

A computer was brought into me with two hard drives. The owner asked me to set up a duel boot with vista and XP on the first hard drive, and to leave the second hard drive alone (its his backup drive with all his photos, movies etc) I was working away as per usual, when i noticed the second hard drive was no longer coming up in Windows Explorer. Well it was, but not correctly. whenever i clicked on it it said 'would you liket to format the drive?' obviously, i didnt want to do that.

I ran Partition Magic 8.0 which showed the drive was only 8Gigs (it should have been 1T or 1000Gigs) Partition Magic also said there was a problem with the drive and offered to fix it. I agreed, however there was no change.

I've run a number of programs to try and fix the drive:
Acronis Disk Director Server 10.0
Partition Table Doctor 3.5 Demo
Dtidata Partition Repair Tool
Recover My Files v3.98

However, all the partition repairers claim that the drive is only 8 Gigs, and they can go no further. All the File Recovery Programs will only scan for 8 Gigs, and thus, i can not recover my clients precious photos and videos.

The BIOS comes up as recognizing the drive as 33Gigs?

I really REALLY need the data from this drive! Does anyone know how to fix my problem?

Thanx heaps in advance,


Answer:Solved: Hard Drive/ Partition Problems! My 1T Hard Drive appears as 8Gigs?!

I've used ZAR to recover files from a RAID box that seemed to have been corrupted due to a bad power supply.

You might check it out. It's free. Meaning it will only allow you to recover so many files at a time. I bought it, and like it.

They have a forum that is monitored quite often, from the developer too.

Good luck.

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Hello Everyone,

I recently installed windows 7 on my C drive. I wasn't happy with the performance, so I decided to install XP on my D drive. Now when I try to remove the windows 7 from my C drive by formatting it, after waiting for 2 hours I get the message "Windows was unable to complete the format". It is really frustrating to have to wait that long and finally not being able to do what you want. Please help me out! Thanks.

Answer:[SOLVED] Unable to format C drive !

and welcome to the Forum

How did you format? This is a good guide to reinstalling XP . . you might want to print it for reference during the install.

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My apologies on making another thread, but it is on a totally different topic. I just bought a Digital photo frame keyring for my mother's birthday, which can be seen here.

I hooked it up to the PC, installed the software (which does nothing but change images into the correct BMP format and resolution, it expects you to copy them to the keyring yourself), and found that I could not access the drive. I looked at its properties, and then I tried to format it (see below images):

(Note, I did add a Volume Label):
After that I tried to use Disk Management to format it:

I also ran Norton Partition Magic, but the drive didn't show up (and I wasn't sure how to make it), so I couldn't use it.

So, could the thing be broken? Or is there something else I need to do that I don't know about? Thanks!

Answer:Solved: Unable to format RAW USB Flash Drive...?

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I just got my Dell Vostro and the first thing I do is running Partition Magic 8.0 to try to do a partition on my hard drive. The computer originally has three partitions: Dell Utility Partition(32MB), Recovery Partition (40G)and Vista Partition(200G). When I run Partition Magic it gave error #110 "table number of sectors is inconsistent", and it offered a 'fix' by resetting the table number of sectors of the drive. I clicked OK, but then after that, it then have error #105 "Partition starts on wrong boundary" and it could not detect any hard drive available to partition.
Even worse, after I left Partition Magic 8.0 I cannot start Windows Vista anymore and I cannot run any Recovery options provided. I cannot run the Restore to Factory. The computer is no longer able to locate the hard drive after Partition Magic do that 'fix', I sincerely do not know how to solve this problem.
Any suggestions and help will be greatly appreciated.

Answer:HELP! pLzz Partition Magic 8.0 error #105,110. Vista unable to locate hard drive

I am sorry to hear about your problem..does booting with the DELL recovery disk not work? You should be presented with a list of options...note that you will have to reformat the hard drive, but the tools to do so are contained within the disk (or within windows setup).
This is a difficult problem to fix without 'being there' at your PC; but hopefully we can get you back up and running.

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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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My computer has Windows XP Home Version. I have a Maxtor 3200 external drive with a USB connection to it. I need to reformat the external drive and when I try to reformat the external drive, I get the following message "Windows was unable to complete the format."
Does this mean that my drive is corrupted or am I doing something incorrectly? Any help will be appreciated.
[email protected]

Answer:Solved: Unable to format Maxtor 3200 external drive

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Solved: Cannot format hard drive

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

Answer:Solved: hard drive format


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

Answer:Solved: Format hard drive?

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


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

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

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

Answer:Solved: Format hard drive xp pro

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

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

Answer:Solved: can't format hard drive

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

Answer:[SOLVED] format hard drive

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

Answer:Solved: Can't format a hard drive

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

Answer:[SOLVED] format hard drive

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

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

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


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

The ProductKey is listed in the right pane.

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

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

Answer:Solved: cant format hard drive

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

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

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

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.


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

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

Answer:[SOLVED] format hard drive

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

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

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

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

Any help would be appreciated, thanks.

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive Format... Help

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks, Al

Answer:Solved: Format Hard Drive for External use

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

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

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

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

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

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

Many thanks in anticipation.

Answer:[SOLVED] Hard Drive Format Greyed Out

Had a similar problem read this thread.

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


Answer:Solved: Format an external hard drive

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Solved: Can Not Format External Hard drive

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

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

Answer:Solved: Portable Hard Drive Won't Format

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is ridiculous .. really ..

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

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

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

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

Please help if you can. Thank you.

Answer:Solved: Format extrernal hard drive

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

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

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

Many thanks


Answer:[SOLVED] Format dynamic hard drive

G'Day Hoopers, and Welcome to TSF!

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

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

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

Try this and report back with any queries/concerns.

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

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

thanks for the advice

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

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I am not sure where to post this.

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

I will certainly appreciate any help. Thanks very much.


Answer:Solved: Want To Format Hard Drive To Return to MFG

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Hi all,
I recently bought a WD My Book Essential Edition external hard drive and wanted to change it from FAT32 to NTFS. I was following instructions given on WDs website, however the directions weren't entirely clear (of course only noticed after the fact). I right clicked on My Computer, clicked manage and used Disk Manager. The instructions said to find the drive, right click on it and click delete partition. It didn't mention however, to do that with bottom part of the screen and not the top. So, I think I just deleted the logical drive.

It shows up on the device manager and the "Safely Remove Hardware" window, but the drive letter no longer shows up under My Computer.

Is there a way to fix this? Or did I just buy a $120 paper weight?



Answer:Solved: External Hard Drive - Deleting partition, but accidently deleted logical drive

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currently I am using vista ultimate. I have only one partition (C:)

i want to install vista home premium onto (C:) but my dvd/cd drive does not work. I do not have (or want to use) a portable DVD/CD drive to reformat.

Im thinking of creating another partition (D:) and then transfering the "bootable folder for home premium", from another computer to (D:) via usb drive.

Can I boot from this new partition (D:) and reformat (C:)?


Answer:HELP! No CD Drive, want to make recovery partition to format main partition

Hi -

Shrink the HDD -->

However, Vista must be installed from DVD.

Regards. . .



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Hi All

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

Any Help would be greatly appreciated

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I would like to know in very,very,simple plain english step by step instructions on "How to transfer code (for a signature I created on "" ),save it to HTML format,make a file on hard drive,import the file that can be sent along in all my emails"just so you
know how hard this may be to you that do not want to put up with me
here are some statistics(sp) I am a great-gran-ma computer illiterate
newbie,78years,but very eager and determined to learn.
So thanks to any of you brave souls willing to tackle this !!!!

Answer:Solved: Hard drive file,HTML format?

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Hi all,

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks in advance

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

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

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

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

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

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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 probably already know the answer, but I want to ask just in case I'm wrong. Am I able to change the partitions on my drive without loosing any data, or do I have to start over from scratch, delete the partition, and then create the ones I want? I want to install Linux on my laptop, but don't want to get rid of XP just in case I don't like Linux. I loaded the Linux disk, but it told me that it was going to erase the drive. I would like to divide my drive in half, one side for XP, and the other for Linux. I would like a dual boot system where I have a choice.


Answer:[SOLVED] Hard Drive Partition

There is always the risk of losing data when changing partitions, but it's usually pretty safe.
I'd recommend having an image of the drive so you can restore things easily if things do go wrong.

Partitioning Software:

EASEUS Partition Master
Gparted Live CD
Partition Logic
Acronis Disk Director

Imaging Software
Wikipedia Comparison Chart
Includes links to both free and commercial versions

Macrium Reflect
DriveImage XML
Easeus Todo Backup
If you have a Seagate HD, you can use this, which is based on Acronis:
Seagate DiscWizard
And from Western Digital:
Acronis True Image WD Edition Software

Acronis True Image
DriveImage XML
Macrium Reflect
Norton Ghost

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I've got 25GB on my C Drive, and 200GB on my D Drive. I'd like to either make it all C, or put another 100GB in my C.

How do I do this with causing a catastrophe?

Answer:Solved: I Need to Re-Partition my Hard Drive

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So I've got a partition I want rid of, and just want to check what I'm doing so I don't screw my laptop up!

I've got Disk Management up and under 'All Tasks' is says 'delete volume'. Good idea/bad idea? Will this just delete the partition and then I can adjust the size of the C: drive, or am I completely wrong?!

Keep it as simple as possible please!

Answer:Solved: Hard drive partition

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I want to partition my hard drive but do not know how to. Does anyone have instructions?

Answer:Solved: How do I partition a hard drive?

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I have always had to take the HDD out of the USB enclosure and install it as a slave drive to be able to partition. I know formatting can be done with it hooked up thru USB. I haven't been able to get the USB to be seen by fdisk using it the usaul way with the bootdisk. Thanks.

Answer:Solved: How to partition USB hard drive

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Putting a new system together from scratch, does it really make much of a difference performance-wise if the drive is partitioned or not? I'm just going to be running Windows XP on an 80 GB SATA hard drive, and using it mainly for music and your typical applications. From what I've read, I'm probably leaning towards not partitioning, just thought i'd get some other people's opinions.

Answer:Solved: Partition a new hard drive?

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Hello guy what I need help with is partition my hard drive. Right now I only have one hard drive hooked up, and I need to partiton it can any help me?

Answer:[SOLVED] how to partition a hard drive

Hi intelfan
My recommendation would be to use EASEUS Partition Manager 3.0 Home Edition
It is pretty easy to use, but if you need help just post here again

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I'm installing a new hard drive, 13.6 gig, and I want to partition it primary partition 8gig, extended partition 5+ gig. This is my first attempt at partitioning a hard drive. I know how to set up the primary partition, my question is, is thier any thing I have to do to the extended partition to be able to use it? Or is just creating the second partition all I need to do to be able to access it.

Thanks Joe

Answer:{SOLVED} Hard drive partition

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