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Solved: In Safe Mode - Still Cannot Format Hard Drive

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

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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

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Preferred Solution: Solved: In Safe Mode - Still Cannot Format Hard Drive

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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 have a non-branded box running Windows XP Home Edition. After un-installing Netgear USB Adapter software and restarting the computer I received a BSOD with a Page_Fault_In_Nonpaged_Area. After this I was able to access Safe Mode w/o any problems.

No big deal. After I backed-up all of my information (it wasn't much) I inserted my XP Disc but it stated that no hard disks could be found. I started Windows XP setup while in Safe Mode. It eventually failed. Now I cannot access Safe Mode because each time I do I receive the following error. Windows XP Setup cannot run under Safemode. Setup will restart now.

Now each time I restart the computer I eventually receive the following notice Setup is being restarted.... which then fails and leads to the BSOD screen.

Ok, I realized I have a Promise MBFasttrack 133 Raid controller and downloaded the controller driver to a USB drive. Since the box has a floppy drive my hope was to access safe mode and copy that information to the floppy. But since I cannot access Safe Mode this is not possible.

Each time I boot from the XP disc and press F6 to install the needed driver it goes straight to the A: drive.

I have no problem re-installing the OS but how can I get to the point that the XP disc recognizes the hard drive? Many thanks for looking.

Solved: Placed the controller drivers onto a flash drive, booted the computer using UBCD. Copied the controller files onto the floppy drive. Pressed F6 while the XP disc was booting. Installed... Read more

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format a drive in safe mode

Answer:format a drive in safe mode

Right click the drive in My Computer, click format.You've been helped by a 14 year old.

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Is it possible to back up the hard drive while in Safe Mode?* Windows XP operating system. Toshiba Laptop. Thanks!

Answer:Back up Hard Drive in Safe Mode?

It is possible yes.

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I have had this hard drive for about 4 months and it is 80 GB. I went to go put it in a dell compaq computer and than I had to switch it back to my origanal one but now when I go to start it normally it shows the XP loading screen, but after a few seconds it freezes. I have tried system recovery, and that didn't seem to do the trick. Help!
 

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Win XP SP3 suddenly very slow. Took about 9 hours to backup 130 GB. Programs take forever to start and windows leave shadows when closing. CPU usage spikes from 2-100% regularly, and seems to be consistent even in safe mode with networking. Total Commit Charge is running about 20% of Total Physical Memory, which I am told means its not a RAM problem. Ran malware tests and found nothing extraordinary. Since it is slow even in safe mode, am I correct in thinking it is a hardware issue? Nothing has been changed or added. How can I test hardware?

I attached the malware files in case it helps.
 

Answer:Slow xp sp3 in safe mode...hard drive?

Lurkinginthepalms said:





Win XP SP3 suddenly very slow. Took about 9 hours to backup 130 GB. Programs take forever to start and windows leave shadows when closing. CPU usage spikes from 2-100% regularly, and seems to be consistent even in safe mode with networking. Total Commit Charge is running about 20% of Total Physical Memory, which I am told means its not a RAM problem. Ran malware tests and found nothing extraordinary. Since it is slow even in safe mode, am I correct in thinking it is a hardware issue? Nothing has been changed or added. How can I test hardware?

I attached the malware files in case it helps.Click to expand...

How large is the hard drive? You said it took about 9 hours to back up 130GB. Go to Start -> My Computer. Right click on the "C:\" drive and select Properties. In the general tab that comes up, see how much free space there is. If it's less than 30%, you need to get some files off of the drive.
 

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Alright, here's what happened. My dad's hard computer crashed, and we've spent the better half of 12 hours trying to recover about 30 gigs of music off of it. The problem is that the Windows repair stuff that came with our Windows 7 Ultimate isn't helping AT ALL, neither is repair disks, or any other junk that you can think of (and believe me, we've tried it all). When we try to boot the hard drive we get a "Error Configuring System" message, and when we've tried to run Safe Mode by holding f8, it doesn't allow us to. Now, we've also tried running an alternate boot source from the BIOS menu, then holding f8 to see if it'll give us advanced BIOS options and allow us to get to safe mode that way... but to no avail. This is frustrating me and him beyond belief and we can't find any help on the internet here. Hopefully you computer guru's can lend us some of your brain power to help fix this problem.

Answer:Hard Drive crashed and I can't run Safe Mode?

If the hard drive crashed, in the traditional sense, it is toast. Everything on the drive may be lost.

I think that you may mean that the computer crashed, not the hard drive

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New laptop, windows 10 home.
hitachi hard drive inside keeps spinning up and down every minute or two while idle.

To rule out background processes, I boot into plain safe mode, no networking.

Same thing. hdd spins up randomly when no one is touching the computer.

What's triggering the spin ups?

Answer:hard drive keeps spinning up during idle, even in safe mode

Hello link626 Welcome to the Ten Forums!

Often something will be writing to the drive that will be running unnoticed in the background. One way to force the drive to sleep a bit when not being active would be going into the Start>Settings>System>Power & Sleep to make a few adjustments maybe even create a new custom plan. When the Power & Sleep screen appears you then go to the Additional power settings option at the bottom to open up the next screen where you can simply click on the Change plan settings for the Balanced plan the laptop came with which then moves onto the next screen or simply change from Balanced to Power saver.

On the third screen under any plan you will see the Change advanced power settings option which brings up a totally new screen full of items where you will find the Hard Disk settings are the second item in plain view for raising or lowering the minutes of inactivity before the drive goes to sleep as well as the "never" option for high performance desktop application mostly.

For creating a totally new plan where you can tweak things at your own pace leaving the other existing plans untouched you will want to review the guide for Creating your own power plan

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New laptop, windows 10 home.
hitachi hard drive inside keeps spinning up and down every minute or two while idle.

To rule out background processes, I boot into plain safe mode, no networking.

Same thing. hdd spins up randomly when no one is touching the computer.

What's triggering the spin ups?

Answer:hard drive keeps spinning up during idle, even in safe mode

Hello link626 Welcome to the Ten Forums!

Often something will be writing to the drive that will be running unnoticed in the background. One way to force the drive to sleep a bit when not being active would be going into the Start>Settings>System>Power & Sleep to make a few adjustments maybe even create a new custom plan. When the Power & Sleep screen appears you then go to the Additional power settings option at the bottom to open up the next screen where you can simply click on the Change plan settings for the Balanced plan the laptop came with which then moves onto the next screen or simply change from Balanced to Power saver.

On the third screen under any plan you will see the Change advanced power settings option which brings up a totally new screen full of items where you will find the Hard Disk settings are the second item in plain view for raising or lowering the minutes of inactivity before the drive goes to sleep as well as the "never" option for high performance desktop application mostly.

For creating a totally new plan where you can tweak things at your own pace leaving the other existing plans untouched you will want to review the guide for Creating your own power plan

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I installed a 20 gb hard drive disconnected my old one that didn't work, installed winxp and it boots only to safe mode. From there I can access the net ( I am now) and I have tried to change startup items in msconfig, but it still only boots to safe mode. I cannot revert to an older startup that worked successfully, as it hasn't happened yet. What can I do?

TY, Kelly

Answer:win xp installed on new hard drive...has only ever booted to safe mode

Althought this sounds like a hardware incompatibility, since it's a new install, you might boot the CD and run a system repair.

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Inadvertently my xp system was set to safe mode and then I tried to re-load xp but I'm at a standstill now as all I get is a message that can't do xp set up in safe mode. Is there any way of getting it out of safe mode so I can access drive. I don't want to format the drive as I've got important files on it.

Answer:Hard drive problems xp setup and safe mode

Back up your stuff in safe-mode, if you can, then just format the drive. This is a tip for most anyone who generates alot of files or data that they wanna keep: Run your system (if you can) with two drives:

1) A 10-20gb system drive that holds Windows and your Apps.
2) A 40-60gb data drive for holding anything you would ever want to keep in the event of a system reformat.

This is effective in that if you have to reformat windows, it will only Format C: and not your data on the other drive.

Hope this helps folks

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Hi, I am having a problem with my Dell Alienware 13 R2, I keep getting two different crash codes so I want to back up my wanted documents to an external hard drive in safe mode but the drive would show up in the driver manager but would show up in the "This PC" on windows 10

Answer:Backup in safe mode to an exgternal hard drive

Safe Mode only loads the basic drivers and services.  Perhaps what you need, such as a USB 3.0 driver is not available.
If your system is stable in Safe Mode, then you are exactly where you need to be to try repairing your install but reverting to different or older drivers for some device which might be causing a problem.
Are you getting dump files from the crashes..?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hey Guys I am trying to fix a company computer, and it is windows 7, all of a sudden when we would start the computer it would just restart at the black starting windows screen after the bios, I switched out ram of the same kind and the harddrive of the same kind and nothing worked, same thing, although I can start it in safe mode, in safe mode I get a message about cant install USB device, the only thing USB is the mouse and keyboard so I started it up with only the keyboard and selected "start windows normally" and then quickly unplugged it and still nothing! This is very frustrating, I even went into the computer properties and unchecked "Restart automatically when theres an error" and when I hit the button to enter safe mode there was also a option to "restart computer and turnoff auto restarts" but yet it still happened. Any ideas on what to try? At first we thought it had something to do with the electrical outlet in the wall because we put plugged in another computer in there and that one started acting up to, (its possible the old computer may have already had problems) so then the next morning we just plugged in a brand new computer and it worked. Thanks in advance for any ideas and solutions. Also this computer was a billing computer not used online much at all (didnt download music/movies or other random stuff)

-Dillon

Answer:windows 7 Keeps Restarting Works in Safe mode, not Hard drive or Ram

Any ideas?

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Hey folks,

I'm getting rid of a 2005-bought Gateway 6510GZ laptop which, for some unknown reason, no longer works on regular mode (it just completely freezes immediately following boot-up), so I could only get it to work in Safe Mode.

Obviously, I want to scrub/delete the contents of the hard drive as thoroughly as possible before donating/recycling this piece of crap, but some of the methods I've tried just don't seem to work under Safe Mode - any suggestions??

Answer:Comp only works in Safe Mode & need to scrub hard drive

Have you tried a clean install of the operating system?

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Hello all,

After trying to scan my computer with tdskiller (I believe its called) to remove some viruses, I was asked to reboot. When I did, my backround desktop picture turned black, files seemed to be missing from my desktop and a window poped up scanning and telling me how many errors I had. Shortly after I got about 20 error pop up messages. I rebooted my computer and more files were missing to the point all I had was recycle bin, and two other programs.

Now the computer runs only in safe mode, No matter what I do (pressing f8 - start in normal mode) nothing works. I cant get internet access, and worst of all, I cant even system restore or even recover it back to to the malfunctioners option due to errors. I am stuck and do not know what else to try.

Ive tried the repair option in dos aswell and it just keeps me in the "Loading window files" screen, as I left it there for nearly four hours im guessing that was not going to work.

Answer:Windows 7 Hard drive failure - Only Boots in Safe Mode

So you are unable to use System Restore from safe mode?

-Justin

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Hello.I have reached the conclusion that I need to format my laptop: acer travelmate 2414wlmi.and reinstall windows xp, however I am not sure if this is possible as the os does not load in either normal mode or safe mode.I picked up a virus a few days ago that redirected me repeatedly to *Blocked Russian URL*, a problem I've seen that others have had. But now that I have access to an external hard drive to save my work, windows does not get past the welcome screen in normal mode, and is only usable for about a second in safe mode. Is there anything I can do to save my work?Any help would be great. ThanksEd

Answer:Windows does not load in safe mode or normal mode. Need to save work and format.

Depending on the type of hard drive you have you can use one of these adapters to connect to a friends computer and get your data off.  If you do make sure your friend runs a scan on your drive before removing any data.Good luck!Alan <><  [attachment deleted by admin]

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Good Day and thanks in advance for any help!

I have a DELL XPS running MS XP Media Center ver 2002 SP 3
Intel Core 2Quad CPU
[email protected] 2.40ghz
2.40 ghz 3.00 GB ram
(I think that is how it is suppose to be written, actually greek to me).

When I boot in normal mode, once everything finally loads (which takes at least 10 minutes and even a slight mouse movement takes 10 to 20 seconds), I hear a clicking noise. From the Google searches I have titled this as "the click of death". However, when I boot in safe mode everything works fine....except although disk manager says that my newly connected Buffalo 3.0 TB external hard drive is installed, I can't see it under my computer. And, yes, I am an idiot and am only now trying to back up my data.

I am totally clueless when it comes to computers, but my logical thinking says that if safe mode works, then it's not my internal hard drive???
 

Answer:Hard Drive Click of DEATH_but boots/works fine in safe mode???

FileMakerMom said:





Good Day and thanks in advance for any help!

I have a DELL XPS running MS XP Media Center ver 2002 SP 3
Intel Core 2Quad CPU
[email protected] 2.40ghz
2.40 ghz 3.00 GB ram
(I think that is how it is suppose to be written, actually greek to me).

When I boot in normal mode, once everything finally loads (which takes at least 10 minutes and even a slight mouse movement takes 10 to 20 seconds), I hear a clicking noise. From the Google searches I have titled this as "the click of death". However, when I boot in safe mode everything works fine....except although disk manager says that my newly connected Buffalo 3.0 TB external hard drive is installed, I can't see it under my computer. And, yes, I am an idiot and am only now trying to back up my data.

I am totally clueless when it comes to computers, but my logical thinking says that if safe mode works, then it's not my internal hard drive???Click to expand...

You're running the 32-bit version of XP Media Center. The 32-bit version of any PC Operating System has a limit of 2TB disk size and access. It won't see the 3TB drive so, therefore, it won't show in "My Computer". When you start in safe mode, all connected devices are ignored. Try booting normally without the external drive connected and see if things go back to normal.

Did the "clicking" come from the computer or the external drive? If it came from the external drive, get... Read more

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i have windows home xp edtion on parkard bell.in safe mode it is fine,but when on normal bootup mode it will hang up after 2mins aprox(then restart saying crit error,check hardware etc and being to dump files kernel),on a blue screen.

i tried a different graphics card,but no joy.so i replaced the hdd drive and put a fresh copy of windows xp pro edtion on,but it loads all the files(i have not pressed f6)i just let it run its course on the disc,then it hangs up on the blue screen again with the words(crit error 0x0000007f)check hardware etc and if this is the first time you have seen it try starting windows again.

Thankyou for all your time.
 

Answer:Solved: xp safe in safe mode fine...mormal mode blue screen

Start in Safe Mode and look in C:\Windows\Minidump for crash log files with a dmp extension, like Mini071008-01.dmp. Zip 4-5 of the latest ones and post here as a ZIP or RAR attachment. The log file contains information useful to determine what caused the error, most likely hardware.
 

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Hey Guys,

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

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

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

Any ideas?
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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
there.

Start>Settings>ControlPanel>Add/RemovePrograms>StartupDisk>CreateDisk

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,

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

Answer:[SOLVED] format hard drive

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I 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.

Steve
 

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

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

Answer:Solved: Format hard drive?

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

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

Answer:[SOLVED] format hard drive

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

Answer:Solved: can't 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 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 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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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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replaced hard drivewhat format should I use on hard drive to load windows xp (fat) or (ntfs)
 

Answer:Solved: hard drive format

Ntfs.
 

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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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This morning we had a power outage and when I turned my computer back on, it would not boot. I tried several times to hard boot, with no luck. Then I tried safe mode. Ran an antivirus scan and it showed malware and several infections which it cleaned. The computer still would not boot normally. I then ran chkdsk, still would not boot normally. I have ran malware bytes, registry repair and the registry defrag program as well as done a disk clean up. It still will not boot in normal mode.
Since my last problems that you helped me with, I have upgraded to a broadband internet connection and have a home network. The 2 other computers on the network are fine.
A week ago, I had purchased Avast internet security and had problems immediately. It would not allow me to connect to the internet. That was uninstalled and I went back to the free Avast antivirus, Zone alarm and Spyware blaster. I was very unhappy with Avast customer service and support iYogi and decided I did not want Avast on my computer at all. I have since downloaded PC tools free antivirus. Once I have my computer operational again, I am open to suggestions.
Fortunately, I did not change anything on the other 2 computers. Just mine.
Running Windows XP 3 .
Thank you.

Answer:[SOLVED] computer will not boot except in safe mode or safe mode with networking.

what are you running
video card
cpu
m/board
ram
power supply
brand
model
wattage

check the listings in the bios for voltages and temperatures and post them

the outage may have damaged the psu

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

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

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

I create a C, D, and E partition. The C partition is for 98, the D for XP and the E for data. I formatted D: and installed xp - no problem there. then I went to C: and tried to format it...it 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

Hi

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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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.

http://www.techsupportforum.com/f16/...ve-186052.html

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

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

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

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
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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Compaq 5834
Windows 2000 Pro
Version 5.0
Servic Pack 4
192 RAM
c:\ Primary hard drive = 13GB
d:\system_save drive = 3GB
e:\16xDVD
f:\48x12x
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 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?

Regards
forgerocket
 

Answer:Solved: Format an external hard drive

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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.

Dick
 

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

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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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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

Hoopers

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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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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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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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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1. Does formatting a hard drive, fairly new 20GB, more than once (first while containing programs, etc, again when empty) do any harm to a drive, or does it do anything more than the first formatting?

2. Have seen that there is a way to run CD drives in Safe Mode- would using this "patch" method do any harm to a DVD, a CDRW, or regular CDROM drive? Thanks people!
 

Answer:Need some advice: Safe Mode and Format

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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
http://www.dban.org/
 

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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
http://www.killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm

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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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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
Thanks
Andy
 

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

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

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

1- 100 gb(primary)(c:disk)
2-67.5gb(Primary)
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.

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Answer:Solved: unable to format hard drive partition

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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 "mylivesignature.com" ),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 everyone,

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

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

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

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Hi everyone,

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

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

Your help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
 

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

No matter - Fixed it!
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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When my PC worked fine I would get a graphics driver error but Win 7 would recover from it and I would continue as normal.
Now when I boot, my monitor recieves "no signal" from the PC. The PC boots fine except I cannot see anything. This means that I cannot format my PC because I can't see what I'm doing.
Right now I am in safe mode with network connection and I would like to know if I can format in safe mode, and how do I do this. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Can I format my PC from Safe Mode? Monitor blank if I normal boot...

This isn't the type of problem you solve by reinstalling, except as a last resort.

Have you updated or reinstalled your Display driver in Device Manager? Let us know the exact device make and model and the driver version date and number you are running. If there isn't a newer one, uninstall the current one in Device Manager and reboot the PC.

To check for the driver Win7 wants, enable Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3)
then Check For Windows Updates and install all Important and Optional Updates as there may also be performance patches needed for your display.

Otherwise check for the latest driver on the PC or Display device model's Support Downloads webpage.

It would be best if you choose to reinstall to boot the Win7 installation Media to Clean Install Windows 7. Let us know if this method works.

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Hello, I have a Lenovo C325 all in one with amd e450 1.65MHz, it was having high cpu usage and decided to format the pc(never had been formatted before) and installed the same windows 7 64 bits it had.After the first boot I cheked the cpu usage and cpu temps, the cpu were from 60% to 100% at idle, and the temp from 59 to 65 which is not crazy high, so I thought i should clean the pc and change the thermal paster, the pc was dirty but not much, the temps stayed the same maybe 2 degrees lower.Just opening chrome gets 50% or more cpu usage, even windows explorer to look for a file, almost any program gets a lot of cpu usage, is the cpu just too slow?I've tried updating the drivers from lenovo's website, from amd's website,windows update, tried an ssd to see if the hard drive was the problem, another ram,checked for viruses, checked the power adpater to see if it was deliviring the needed power. The CPU usage while in safe mode is ok, 2% to 10% idle with only anti virus open(avast open)

Answer:High CPU usage Lenovo C325 even after format, but runs ok in safe mode.

Hello CiisarThanks for using the Lenovo forums.If this issue persists after a reset, I would recommend, that you call your local Lenovo support line for a possible service. Below is the link to the phone list where you can find these numbers
 
Hope this helps, let us know how you get on.==================================================================================Did someone help you today? Thank them with a Kudo! If you find a post helpful and it answers your question, please mark it as an "Accepted Solution"!
 
This will help the rest of the Community with similar issues identify the verified solution and benefit from it.

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Hello, I have a Lenovo C325 all in one with amd e450 1.65MHz, it was having high cpu usage and decided to format the pc(never had been formatted before) and installed the same windows 7 64 bits it had.After the first boot I cheked the cpu usage and cpu temps, the cpu were from 60% to 100% at idle, and the temp from 59 to 65 which is not crazy high, so I thought i should clean the pc and change the thermal paster, the pc was dirty but not much, the temps stayed the same maybe 2 degrees lower.Just opening chrome gets 50% or more cpu usage, even windows explorer to look for a file, almost any program gets a lot of cpu usage, is the cpu just too slow?I've tried updating the drivers from lenovo's website, from amd's website,windows update, tried an ssd to see if the hard drive was the problem, another ram,checked for viruses, checked the power adpater to see if it was deliviring the needed power. The CPU usage while in safe mode is ok, 2% to 10% idle with only anti virus open(avast open)

Answer:High CPU usage Lenovo C325 even after format, but runs ok in safe mode.

Hello CiisarThanks for using the Lenovo forums.If this issue persists after a reset, I would recommend, that you call your local Lenovo support line for a possible service. Below is the link to the phone list where you can find these numbers
 
Hope this helps, let us know how you get on.==================================================================================Did someone help you today? Thank them with a Kudo! If you find a post helpful and it answers your question, please mark it as an "Accepted Solution"!
 
This will help the rest of the Community with similar issues identify the verified solution and benefit from it.

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Hi all. I have two internal HDs on my system, both are 500gb Western Digital HDs about 4-5 years old. One is partitioned into 100gb C:\ (windows) and 400gb D: drive. The other is a 500gb E: drive.

About a month ago I came home to find that my computer had been infested with some kind of fake antivirus popup virus. I managed to get rid of the virus, but 3-4 days later my PC stopped reading my E: drive. I restarted several times, did some research, but essentially the hard drive wasnt being read (not even in BIOS). I thought my E: drive was dead, but after pulling it out of the system, playing with wires, it all of a sudden was picked up by my computer again. It was running extremelly slow, but I managed to back up all my data. I kept expecting it to die due to the excessive slowdown, but it never did. After a a couple of days of running excessively slow, I looked up some information on HDs running slow, and read about drives running in PIO mode instead of DMA mode. Sure enough, my HD was in PIO mode, even though "run in DMA mode if available" was selected. I managed to revert back to DMA mode by uninstalling the IDE drivers, and things were fine for a week or 2, but recently its been reverting back to PIO mode with more frequency. Unsure if it was my HD, my cables, or my motherboard, I did some trial and error and moved the E: drive between the slave and master IDE channels. Regardless of which cable/channel the E: drive is connected to, it is the only HD that rever... Read more

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive Reverting to PIO Mode (Dying?)

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Hello, I'm hoping someone would be able to help me resolve this so that I can avoid having to reinstall Windows. Here's the situation: my laptop suddenly cannot boot up anymore; it usually hangs when the "Please wait..." dialog shows up with the text "Windows is starting up...", but sometimes it goes as far as the login prompt, then hangs after I enter my credentials and press Enter. When it hangs I cannot even move my mouse cursor. I can only think of two things I did out of the ordinary that created this mess:
I installed the driver for the Turtle Beach AudioAdvantage Micro USB stick audio card before my PC started hanging. However, after I installed the driver I was forced to reboot, and my computer rebooted just fine.
I closed my laptop's lid to put it in sleep mode while MyDefrag (formerly JkDefrag) was running. I have done this in the past without any issues, but this time when I exited sleep mode my computer was hanging, so I forced a reboot. This trouble started after I rebooted.

I am able to boot up in Safe Mode, but not Safe Mode with Networking, which leads me to think that maybe some network related drivers got corrupted. Some more info on my setup:
I have Windows XP Pro SP3 installed (v5.1.2600)
I have Avira AntiVir and Comodo Firewall installed
I am not using Hibernation
Audio: SigmaTel STAC9751
Graphics: Intel 945 GMS
Chipset: Mobile Intel 945 GMS Express
Netcard: Realtek RTL8101L
Wifi: Intel PRO/wireless 3945

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PLEASE HELP!
My internet will not work in regular mode, only safe mode with networking. My trading platform works perfectly in regular mode so I know my connection is ok. I have done HijackThis and have come up with this report..

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 3:19:52 PM, on 10/10/2011
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Safe mode with network support
Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Big Wayne\Desktop\HijackThis.exe
O23 - Service: Automatic LiveUpdate Scheduler - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\AluSchedulerSvc.exe
O23 - Service: Canon Camera Access Library 8 (CCALib8) - Canon Inc. - C:\Program Files\Canon\CAL\CALMAIN.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Event Manager (ccEvtMgr) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Internet Security Password Validation (ccISPwdSvc) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\ccPwdSvc.exe
O23 - Service: Symantec Network Proxy (ccProxy) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Fil... Read more

Answer:[SOLVED] Internet explorer will not work in regular mode, only safe mode w/networking

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Originally Posted by wleger2981


PLEASE HELP!
My internet will not work in regular mode, only safe mode with networking. My Norton is out of date as well, but as soon as I get back up and running I will install a newer version..ANy help on this matter is greatly appreciated..




Please do not post your Hijack this logs here. Due to Forum Rules we cannot assist in malware removal here. Have you tried a different browser (Chrome, Firefox etc)? When you say IE only works in Safe Mode with Networking, Do you mean you boot the computer normally and use IE (safe mode) or are you booting the computer into Safe Mode with Networking? In other words you can't boot normally?
If you feel you are infected, please click on the Virus/Trojan link in my signature and post there for more help.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium, Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: Genuine Intel(R) CPU T2250 @ 1.73GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 14 Stepping 8
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2549 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 945GM Express Chipset Family, 224 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 112971 MB, Free - 52348 MB;
Motherboard: TOSHIBA, IAKAA
Antivirus: AVG AntiVirus Free Edition 2015, Updated and Enabled

I can no longer see my external monitor. I have hooked it up because my laptop monitor no longer has a functioning backlite/

In the past when this happens I used system restore, but now when I try that it says there is no restore point.

HELP!!
 

Answer:Solved: External monitor black in normal mode but visible in safe mode

The external monitor toggle was somehow unset. fn f5 fixed it.
 

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Hello,
I have this problem with my laptop - sometimes I cannot login - after choosing the user the screen freezes or after logging in it works only for a few minutes in regular mode (I can do things over those minutes like open firefox, but I cannot open folders, sometimes I can open the task manager or even some programs) but then it freezes and I have to shutdown the computer manually by pushing the power button. When I tried pushing crtl+alt+del I got a message "The logon process was unable to display security and logon options when ctrl+alt+delete was pressed. If the operatin system does not respond, press esc or restart the computer by using the power switch". I don't know if this helps, but I try to add as much as I can. Sorry it it's not relevant - my knowledge about computers and IT is minimal.
The computer runs fine in safe mode.
So I tried system restore to a week before when the computer was still fine and it didn't work. So I reinstalled a graphics driver (Intel HD Graphics Driver) as I found on the internet that similar problems got fixed by reinstalled videocard drivers. And it worked, everything started to run smoothly again in the regular mode. As normally I allowed windows updates and after restarting my computer, the problems came back.
I assumed that the problem was the updates so I uninstalled most of them (KB2930275; KB2923961; KB2925418; KB2929755; KB2929733 and KB2918077) but the problem was still there and I was unable to unin... Read more

Answer:Solved: Computer freezes in regular mode but works in safe mode

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Not sure exactly what happened but couple days ago the laptop started to hang up or freeze when I tried to run any application, such as a browser, control panel, and even task manager. If I need to turn it off I have to hold the power button which I know is not good but otherwise I would not be able to reboot. If I go into safe mode I can use the computer somewhat sluggish but I can at least open up programs and even get on the internet. I cannot do system restore as this had been turned off. I had a conflicting driver issue that I installed, but that has not helped, I dont know what else to do. Please help this is my only computer.
 

Answer:Solved: Help, laptop only works in safe mode, hangs up in normal mode.

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Hi, I downloaded the Microsoft Essential Virus protector, it says I have a virus on my CD drive, and that I should format the Drive, is it safe to do so?
 

Answer:Is it safe to Format the CD drive?

Greetings, kiminator, and welcome to Majorgeeks...

This "Microsoft Essential Virus protector" - where did you get it? Is it the same program as this one?

Also - is there a CD or DVD in your optical drive? If so, when you take the disk out do you receive the same message?
 

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

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

Try completely deleting the current partition. Reboot. Then again create the partition and format again.You could also try it with something like Easeus Partition Manager (http://www.partition-tool.com/). The home version is free.

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

Answer:Re-format Hard Drive to NTFS Format

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





_____________________________Ed ShumpertService Operations ManagerNA Service & Support

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Hi

XP sp3 4 gb ram'

I got a bogus PC Scan virus which cripple my computer:
The desktop was wiped clean of all files.
The quick launch vanished
Internet was disabled
etc

The PC Scan icon appeared in the clock tray. I got bogus warning about buying their product to fix the problems.

I tried to restart in Safe Mode and got the BSOD after the Windows flashscreen appeared at startup.

The tried to restart in normal mode and i got the BSOD.

I disconnected all hardware and tried to restart in safe mode and in normal mode several times and every time I get the BSOD.

I don't know if the PC Scan virus caused the BSOD or not.

I am able to startup from a bootdisc, but the only option is to reinstall Windows

My data is backed up but I would like to recover files from the desktop and program files.

What are my options.

Answer:[SOLVED] BSOD when starting in normal mode and safe mode

Hi dzz and welcome to TSF,

At this point, considering we cannot acces the operating system, you're left with two options.

1. Perform a System Repair. Boot from the installation DVD and choose "Repair my system". Choose to repair any faults found automatically.

2. A complete reinstallation of your operating system.

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I am new to this forum. I have dell inspiron N5110 laptop that started acting up about a month ago. Internet works sometimes in normal mode. Works in safe mode every time. Have tried everything suggested on web to get working. Restored to factory defaults, tried removed and reinstalled drivers. Any help would be appreciated. Running in safe mode now.
Some background:
Wireless issue, have wired to router with no internet problem.
ISP is Comcast
Cable wireless gateway is a Xfinity Arris TC8305C
Came with McAffee which I removed. Was using Malwarebytes and Spybot search and destroy. Removed them only using Microsoft essentials. Have tried turning off firewall and essentials.
Kids have PC and Xbox wired to router. Also have another laptop and wireless XBOX connections, all with no problems.
Sys info: Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2350M CPU @ 2.30GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 4003 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 3000, 1809 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 461838 MB, Free - 408628 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 02KWJK
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled
 

Answer:Solved: internet works in safe mode but not normal mode

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I am new to this forum. I have dell inspiron N5110 laptop that started acting up about a month ago. Internet works sometimes in normal mode. Works in safe mode every time. Have tried everything suggested on web to get working. Restored to factory defaults, tried removed and reinstalled drivers. Any help would be appreciated. Running in safe mode now.

Answer:[SOLVED] internet works in safe mode but not normal mode

I'd guess you have some kind of malware on your computer, have you run a virus scan? I'd followup with something like malwarebytes.

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i have mozilla firefox 3 and yesterday, i did a system restore because my computer was not working, you know, the usual viruses etc. system restore has made my computer normal again except for some problems.

first, a message popped up every time i logged into my account: "one of the libraries needed to run this application could not be found." i'm not sure what application it was referring to! mozilla firefox is not working, every time i open it, it says the connection is interrupted. internet explorer also does not work but msn does work, so i am connected to the internet. mozilla does work in safe mode though. i've turned firewalls off as well. also, my trend micro internet security doesn't work, i can't open it, so i removed it frm my pc and installed avg free 8.

please, i'm not that great with computers so any help will be REALLY APPRECIATED!
 

Answer:Solved: Firefox Works in Safe Mode not in Normal Mode

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Hi,

I'm having problems when I load windows in normal mode. When I turn on the computer everything starts as normal. It's after clicking my name and the desktop loads, nothing responds. It just freezes.

I have no problems when loading windows in safe mode with networking.

I ran a full scan through my virus software, Kaspersky. No threats were detected.

I also tried System Restore twice while in safe mode. I'm still having issues.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!
 

Answer:Solved: Pc freezes in normal mode, but runs in safe mode

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An old ide hard drive is connected via usb to a vista laptop-the drive stir whirs constantly after disconnecting with safe removal, so is it safe to take the plug out? When I remove the mains plug, you can hear the drive click quite loudly, with a forced stop. It sounds like if I keep using this method, the drive may not last. Yes, it was a very cheap ide/sata to usb adapter kit, but it does work, and I wonder regardless of what kit I have, if this is common?
Is there a way within windows to stop the drive from whirring, or slow it down at least, before mains removal? Thanks

Answer:hard drive stir whirring on usb eject safe removal-safe to switch off?

It sounds as though the drive is failing.

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Hi,My Computer which has Win Xp Sp3 is behaving like it is in safe mode , eventhough it is in normal mode .I noticed this because ,1. Avira Antivir Guard and Update cannot be launched bcz Scheduler is not running.2 . I tried to start scheduler ( under services.msc ) , but can't start it bcz of error 1084 ( safe mode situation ) .3 . I can't use Windows Update , bcz of error Error number: 0x8007043C ( same safe mode condition )4 . I ensured that BITS was set to automatic , but it can't run bcz of 1084 error.I have scanned with Malwarebytes, Spybot S&D , SuperAnti Spyware ( in real safe mode) - No DetectionHere is the dds log ,DDS (Ver_09-09-24.01) - NTFSx86 NETWORK Run by Administrator at 16:45:23.03 on Mon 09/28/2009Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_12Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.510.112 [GMT 5.5:30]AV: ZoneAlarm Security Suite Antivirus *On-access scanning disabled* (Outdated) {5D467B10-818C-4CAB-9FF7-6893B5B8F3CF}AV: AntiVir Desktop *On-access scanning enabled* (Outdated) {AD166499-45F9-482A-A743-FDD3350758C7}FW: ZoneAlarm Security Suite Firewall *enabled* {829BDA32-94B3-44F4-8446-F8FCFF809F8B}============== Running Processes ===============C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunchsvchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcsC:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop�... Read more

Answer:Safe Mode Error, WinXpSp3 behaves like it is in safe mode even in normal mode

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

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First things first, I've had a serious issue ever since my computer was reset through recovery mode..the second Firefox loads in normal mode, it completely freezes up, and I'm not even able to end the process through task manager. I tried loading with Internet Explorer, still no luck. Safari same deal. I can only go on the Internet normally through Safe Mode. I have a Windows XP Professional, specifically a Media Center PC. Also, when I log in on windows, there is a "Found New Hardware" box for video controller. I also saw that there was a yellow exclamation near Video Controller and Video Controller (VGA compatible). Is it possible that my video card got corrupted, and is this an easy fix? Please help!

 

Answer:Solved: Problems after recovery mode (NOT SAFE MODE)

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I've had this PC for about 4 years now, and in the last year, it has done this twice. I boot up the PC as normal, and about 3-10 minutes later, everything freezes, except the mouse, which can move around. I have to hard reboot after this. I have done multiple tests on the PC, such as memtest86, disk check, core temp (39 degrees) and intel burn test, and got nothing from any of them. I am able to run in safe mode fine, it is just very slow.

PC specs:
Motherboard - Asus P5QPL - Vm EPU
PSU - OCZ400SXS - EU
Harddrive - Brand new Western Digital Red 1TB 64MB hard disk Drive SATA 6gb/s 7200rpm
Video Card - MSI N9600GT - MD512 DDR3
RAM - Corsair XMS3

Any help would be great
Thanks, Simon.
 

Answer:Solved: PC freezes in normal mode - Not in safe mode

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I am running a Dell Dimension 8200 with XP Home SP2. Was working flawlessly until this a.m. when it would not reload icons after I tried to get back on from log-in screen. Shut it down and then found it would hang when trying to load windows on reboot. I get a black screen with only a mouse cursor visible when log-in screen should be coming up. No BSOD's or error messages seen. Boots fine in Safe mode, however. I have tried two systems restores and two "return to last working configuration to no avail. Scanned with McAfee Antivirus and Counterspy V2 antispyware - nothing bad detected. Very frustrating.

Answer:[SOLVED] XP boots in Safe Mode but not Normal Mode

in safe mode go into msconfig/startup
unticl all the boxes not m/soft related and see if it then boots normally
check the device manager for any yellow alongside of anything

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Here's the situation: my daughter and I open her computer to clean it and have a look at the video card. We pull the card blow out the dust and reinsert it. We also pull one of two memory cards (to see what's in there) blow out the dust and reset that.

Now hit start button: Windows begins to boot, it finds the drives, then we see the Windows screen - the three bars dance across their track - but we get a black screen that says: Sorry, We apologize Windows failed to start. There may have been hardware or software changes blah blah blah...then it asks if I want to start in Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, or Normal Mode.

Safe Mode works just fine. No issues using any hardware or software.

But if I try to start normally, it quickly tries to reboot, shutting down the video output (the monitor goes into no signal - energy saving mode) then the process start a new.

We made no changes! We opened it back up and made sure all the cables and connections were secure. But no luck.

Any ideas?

Thanks
yustr and baby yustr

Answer:[SOLVED] Safe Mode Works but not Normal Mode?

Hi yustr
It could be that something has happened to your video card. In Safe Mode Windows doesn't use the video card but uses the onboard graphics. Have you got another video card that you could try?

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Just installed XP Pro on a new machine

Installed drivers - now it wont shut down in normal mode, but will do in Safe Mode

How do I find out what is holding it up

I uninstalled the graphics driver to no avail

I just end up with a blue screen with "Windows is Shutting Down" on it

Thanks

Answer:[SOLVED] Shuts Down in Safe Mode - Not Normal Mode

Try just click once the power button of your computer, it should shutdown.
If that doesn't work take a look at the Energy Setting (Located at Control Panel)
You should not uninstall the graphics drivers you will need them, a computer without any graphic drivers is useless

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Hey all, I have a massive problem with my internet connection, but first..the backstory..

I got a piece of malware through a bad download (i believe) which gave me Antivirus system PRO, I'm sure some of you have heard of it. It hijacked my comp, wouldn't let me open any programs, the internet, etc. Real nasty.

I went through safe mode and took it out manually, I believe I got it all, and now, everything in normal mode seems to be working okay, except the internet.

I have full connectivity while in normal mode, strong signal. However, IE will not open up any web page, RSS feeds arn't coming in, etc. HOWEVER, in safe mode, IE is a beauty..works just fine, any page quickly and easily.

I've tried a few things thus far,

ipconfig comes back as media "disconnected"
tried sfc scannow, didn't help anything.
tried netsh winsock reset, and another netsh command, can't remember which one...nadda.
ipconfig refresh and renew didn't work, probably because everything is disconnected

I'm out of ideas! Anyone, please help if you can! I'm a student going into finals, and things arn't looking too hot not having my comp in good form.

Thank you for reading, and I would appreciate any kind of help. I've visited this site before, I know you guys are good!
 

Answer:Solved: No Internet is Normal Mode, ONLY in Safe Mode!

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I have a dual boot linux/xp system.
I was looking at partitions - just listing them - in linux, and now win xp won't come up in normal mode. It will come up in safe mode, however.

Can you help me get my "normal mode" back?

When the horizontal moving bar comes up in normal mode, it just goes on forever. I see the disk light go on for about 8 cycles of the bar. It usually runs 11 cycles before giving me the user selection screen. Now the disk light goes out after cycle 8, and the bar keeps going. I waited 32 cycles before giving up.

I also recently tried to install a Dell XP reinstallation CD I had onto a new partition. I have Partition Commander, which I only run against Windows partitions. The program correctly identified an empty partition and said it had hidden all other partitions. This may or may not have anything to do with my current problem. It did happen in the time frame of the problem appearing. The CD was not able to install XP. It said something about analyzing my system. I left it to do that as I went out for the evening, and when I returned 3 hours later, it was still in that state, so I killed it.
 

Answer:Solved: win xp can boot safe mode, not normal mode

I had done a full back up using Acronis backup software (a new product for me) 3 weeks ago. When I exhausted what meager options I could think of, I rebooted with the bootable Acronis CD and restored that backup. Acronis won my 4 vendor test (others were Norton Ghost, Argentum, NovaStor NovaBackup) for best backup product. It is capable of taking a backup of any partition (linux or windows). I have now tested the restore to all of C. It first deletes the C: partition, then recreates it and copies the image there to. Worked like a charm. Access to XP has been fully restored. Backup took 1 hour, restore took 37 minutes. I'm now a believer.
 

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Is it safe to convert USB Drive format from FAT32 to NTFS.
Hi tried to transfer a 4.33 GB File to USB Stick,14.5 GB Free Space,
message popped up . File To Large - ....... Is Too Large For This For The Destination File System.
will It still play ok on my built in Tv Media Player.
please advise
Thanks.

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okay... so i was trying to get into safemode so i could run an antivirus scan, problem is whenever i tried going in safemode the blue screen would pop up and computer would restart. now for some dumb reason i thought maybe i could get in safemode if i used msconfig and selected safe mode from the boot menu. so the computer restarted and now it boots in safemode but the blue screen and restart happen everytime now. ive tried "start windows normally" but that boots in safemode.... ive tried "last known good config..." and that too boots in safemode. so now im stuck, i cant get on windows. any help please?

im willing to start over but i dont know how to do that from here
 

Answer:STUCK in safe mode boot, safe mode doesnt work and restarts, REPEAT

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I will assume that my problem is unique, i.e., that there are no previous postings on this precise topic. First of all, I am certain that I "corrupted" my C-Drive myself, when I aborted a format that was in progress. I give Bill Gates all the blame for this, however, for not making the onscreen instructions 100% unambiguous (MS needs competition that will scorch their short & curlies, which is what I hope will happen when Chrome OS arrives). You see, I had my Dell recovery CD in the DVD player while this was going on, because I had tried to reinstall using the recovery CD, and when that wouldn't work (because the recovery CD was SP2 and I had downloaded and installed SP3 in the meantime - the installation program informed me of this snag), I went to MS DOS and tried to reformat there. Fdisk is no longer available (I used to format that way with Win 3.11, 95 & 98), so I can't recall how I finally got to where I thought I wanted to be, but I think that I just wrote in "format C: /s" in the command prompt, which is what my old MS DOS 6.22 manual says, but it returned "bad command" (I believe), so I tried (I believe) "format C:". Whatever I did, it seemed to work, because it asked for a "Y/N" confirmation, which I complied with ("Y"). For a moment there, I was happy, but when I confirmed, my CD ROM drive began to whir, and that scared the heck out of me, because I feared that I was erasing the danged thin... Read more

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