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2nd Hard Drive Not Recognised after Master drive was Formatted!

Question: 2nd Hard Drive Not Recognised after Master drive was Formatted!

Hi all, new member here and am very emotional lol!!

I recently had to reinstall windows on my pc, and had to swop the drives over as it wouldn't install windows over the original c: disk.

I got windows installed fine onto the master disk and all works well until I try to plug in my second drive (which has all the original windows files on it and needs formatting). It then tells me there is a system disk error, or it just wont boot up at all.

I've checked all my cables, power leads and the master/slave switches on both drives and all seems fine there.

In the advances cmos it has the following listings -

first master - none (won't auto detect either)
first slave - samsung (this is what windows is now installed on, and should be set as master)
second master - dvd-rw
second slave - cd-rom drive

am at a loss as to what else I can do now, any advice is appreciated, thanks!

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Preferred Solution: 2nd Hard Drive Not Recognised after Master drive was Formatted!

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Answer: 2nd Hard Drive Not Recognised after Master drive was Formatted!

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I use Cobian Backup to produce a zip-file containing all files and folders, except for temporary-folders (I added an exclude-filter), of my system.

Before I can rely on this method, I need to find a way of restoring the 27 gb zip-file, which I store on a networked drive, easily.

Google-searches hasn't helped me yet, so I am trying out TSGF, warmly recommended to do so by a friend.

So: Is there an easy way of booting up a laptop with a formatted harddrive, be able to access a network-drive and extract all the contents of the networked zip-file to the hard drive?

Please help!

Any tips appriciated!

Answer:How to restore formatted hard drive from zip-file residing on network-drive

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I have a Lacie 1tb external hard drive. I have a lot of media on it and suddenly in use it stopped working. I then plugged it into my computer and it said that I had to reformat the hard drive. My other hard drive which had a backup of everything dropped and stopped working. However I really need this one to work and since it can still show up on the computer I was wondering if there was a way I could save it.

Answer:Formatted External hard drive needs to be formatted again?


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I suggested a friend's old P3 Dell Inspiron may be quicker running Ubunto. I repartioned and formatted the hard drive before realising there was no CD player. How do I now reinstall an OS? The hard drive connection is not the same as my Dell Lattitude so I can't swop drives. I've tried USB supporting boot disks but still can't access USB devices. Is there any other way to install Ubunto or other OS?
I've tried Duse boot and an Iomega version. USB is assigned a drive letter but when I run DOSUSB.COM (part of the booting routine) the system hangs.
How do I restore the machine?

Answer:Dell Inspiron has no CD drive and I have formatted hard drive

Ubuntu is an excellent free operating system
But you removed the Partition? How did you remove it? With a floppy disk? because that would seem very strange

Obviously No.1 is to get a working CD or DVD Drive installed (he'll probably need it for other stuff too )
And then >> chat with Dell to see if you can get the Windows Recovery Disc from them (although "P3" is very doubtful that it exists)

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The comp want reboot never got disc tryed the f10 but still will not reboot gave the drive to comp tec they said its fried bought new drive sata 1ter 7200 and tryed to use my windows 2000pro to bring it up want come up do I have to buy a new windows xp disc can some one give me a hand i used the comp in my shop for doing graphics in airbrushing,to make templets i lost a lot of data from it the old drive still spins $ are short right now but want the comp backup does anyone have disc for the master reboot of hp hp says they dont have the drive that was in was same as new one except for space I live back in the sticks so town is aways away and a city is hrs away thanks again
thank you

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Hi, I have an issue, my main hard drive is about to die, and I need to try to copy it to my other drive so I can take it out and just use my other drive as my main drive and boot windows etc. from it.Is there a way to do this? I already have stuff installed on my second drive which I don't want to lose so I don't want to have to format it in order to install windows onto it.If there any way at all of just copying everything from my dieing drive to my other drive so I can just take my main drive out and use the other as a main drive.My main drive was a temporary replacement for my last hard drive that died, it is only 40GB IDE, and my secondary drive is  a 250GB SATA (if that helps) I am also running windows XP pro SP3.If you need any more info, I will do my best to tell you anything you need to knowThankyou in advance.

Answer:master hard drive dieing, can I copy it to slave drive?

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Hi. As I'm unable to boot up my old computer and need some files off it I removed the hard drive from it and attached it to the 'slave' connection on a working computer's hard drive. The working computer boots up OK but having done this what program do I use to get files from the non working computer's hard drive?

Answer:How to copy from slave hard drive to master hard drive?

You don't need any special program.

Did you set the jumpers on the HDD to slave. If the HDD in your old computer was a master, the jumpers are probably set to master. You'll need to put the jumpers on slave if you are going to add it to an existing IDE cable as a slave. When you restart your PC enter the bios and see if the bios detects this new HDD. IF it does you should be able to enter your OS and it should be detected as a new drive letter.

Then just find your files and copy & paste to master HDD.

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I had been using my Hitachi 320g external HD for 2yrs.It had not problem until yesterday I transfering some files from my Drive C to Hitachi HD when the computer hang.I unpluged the external HD and restart PC.When I pluged in the external HD again it was recognised as interrnal HD.I've problem accessing the files.The PC detected it was FAT32 since my system was NTFS and asked me to reformat my external HD.I tried connect to other PC but no different.

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Hi ,good day. My operating system is Windows 2000 and the hard drive was small only 5 GB. A friend sent me a hard drive with quite a lot of space  i think its 40 GB.I got it hooked up but this guy doesnt seem to know how to get it to work as the master drive. Can anyone help?

Answer:How do i make a hard drive the master drive?

Scoop--your question requires further information to properly answer it.For instance do you intend to reformat all your drives (particularly the existing 5gb drive)?The actual physical process is very simple.It is done by the setting of the jumper pins on the rear of the hardrives. In this case assuming the only HDD until now was the 5gb it would need to be changed to slave and the "new" 40bg  selected to master. However the computer wants to find an operating system at startup.So unless you are prepared to install an operating system on your "new" master i doubt that your computer will do very much with only the physical pin designations being done. truenorth

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Anyone know if it's possible to use my Old Hard Drive as a Master drive
on my brand new computer?

Here's what happened:

My 2 year old emachine AMD Athon 2600 computer's motherboard died just
recently. So I just bought a emachine AMD Sempron 3100 computer very
soon after. I managed to get practically all of my files from my old computer
over to my new computer by setting the old hard drive up as a slave, and
plopping them over - but there's still some stuff (not in the form of files)
that I still want.

What I'm trying to do:

I'm just trying to retreive my Old Microsoft Outlook emails that I did
not backup before my 2 year old computer's motherboard died. I just
want to boot up my old hard drive, on my new computer, get into MS
Outlook, export my emails to some file, and get out.

What happens when I setup my old hard drive up as the master
on my new computer:

I get a "Disk boot failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter" error

Anyone know how I can get by this error message?

Thanks in advance,


Note: The very first time that I setup my old hard drive as a master on my
new computer, I had the opportunity to "enter safe mode" or "boot up
normally," but I turned my computer off. I can no longer get to this point.

Answer:Using my Old Hard Drive as a Master Drive on my New Computer

are they both ide drives
oem OS installs will not work with a diff motherboard
should try to put the old drive as slave and take possion of all the files and data
if you keep playing around you may corrupt or damage the new drive mbr /boot.ini file
warning on boot if you see a chkdsk prompt don't let it run

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Quick question...I have a 2 hard drives, one with windows installed, on its own IDE cable and another hard drive, with Linux installed that shares the IDE port with a CD Drive.The question is, does it matter which of the devices that are sharing the IDE port (ie. the CD Drive and the Second Hard Disk) are set to master or slave?Thanks.

Answer:Hard Drive and CD Drive - Master or Slave?

the sensible thing would be to have the linux hard drive as the slave on the primary channel so both operating systems can communicate at an optimum with the cd-rom. check your drives wouldnt be better with an 80 conductor cable and the jumpers set to cable select.

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Have had this external drive for over 3 years and have had no such problems until now.Drive was not seen under Windows XP and device manager had a exclamation mark beside the hardware with the foollowing error "This device cannot start. (Code 10)Click Troubleshoot to start the troubleshooter for this device."Have unisntalled the Mass Storage Device and unplugged the USB Cable. When I insert the USB Cable in, Windows finds the USB Mass Storage Devicee. However it then brings up the error message: " A problem occurred during hardware installation. Your hardware may not function correctly"

Answer:USB External Hard Drive - Drive not recognised

uninstall all the USB devices in Device manager,Action scan for hardware changes and let windows find a reinstall all the usb equipment.

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I have 6 yr old Dell Dimension 6400 with a failing hard drive so I bought a new hard drive and decided to clone my drive before it failed, but I've ran into a few problems and I hope someone can help me before my old drive breaks!

I fitted the new drive as a slave drive using the "cable select" jumper setting as suggested in my Dell manual and managed to get the drive running fine. I can see it in the bios and my computer.

I cloned the drive using the free version of HDClone which appeared to run smoothly and afterwards I could see all the information from my old drive was on the new drive.

I opened the computer and unplugged the power from the old drive and changed the ribbon cable so the new drive would be the master drive and booted the computer but it said "boot disc failure" several times and a black screen.

I checked on the internet and found a post in a forum that said you could boot off the windows XP disc and run fixmbr which might work so I changed the boot order to boot from the CD rom, but when I tried it couldn't find the CD rom and wouldn't boot up.

After I removed the CD rom and changed the boot order back I tried booting again and this time the Dell logo came up followed by the Bios information and it said "cannot find Disc (0) cannot find disc (1)"

I decided to give up for the day so plugged the old hard drive back in, set it the master disc and the new drive as the slave disc and my computer booted first tim... Read more

Answer:New hard drive not recognised when I remove old drive

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I sometimes switch hard drives between computers. As far as I know, this is not a drive with an OS on it-- just data files. I plugged it in after it was unused in another computer for quite a while. The drive shows up in Device Manager has a drive letter assigned and is listed in the BIOS. When I click on it in My Computer to see the contents, I get the following message:

"The disk in drive D is not formatted"

"Do you want to format it now?"

When I look at the Disk Properties page for that drive--the file system says RAW

Before I try a program to recover files from it--I seem to remember that it could be a Master Boot Record (MBR) problem on the drive. The files should still be there--just the locators and pointers to files and folders directories are missing--such as drive tables?

Is there a safe way to get Windows to recognize the drive contents by using a DOS command to rewrite MBR---such as FIXMBR without destroying the files on drive?

What DOS commands and switches should I use? I have a Windows XP CD or I can use a floppy disk. Is it better to try the time consuming file recovery process first before attempting to write to the drive using DOS FIXMBR commands?

I will start a scan now to see if there is any recoverable data while I wait for any helpful info and replies

Thank you, in advance, for any help that anyone can provide!

I am using Windows XP SP2 and drive is a Samsung hard drive showing as 32 GB RAW

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Answer:Solved: Hard Drive Files Gone "The disk in drive D is not formatted"

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I bought a verbatim 2.5 mobile hard drive usb 500gb (62873) 2 days ago. I was transferring files onto it running XP no problems. When I turned it on the next time says not formatted and slows my pc right down. Have tried reconnecting several times. Very weird I guess I can reformat as long as my freind hasn't deleted the files I just copied. This should not happen with a new hard drive. Can someone help me out here? I just bought this drive because my other wd external died after less than a year!

Answer:2 Day old hard drive says not formatted

I guess I can reformat as long as my freind hasn't deleted the files I just copiedClick to expand...

First of all data you do not backup is data you do not care about. All drives will fail, it is only a question of when your drive will fail.

Next external drives are just not as reliable as an internal drive. This is for a number of reasons;
1 Heat. External drives that do not have their own cooling fan are NOT made for continuous duty. They are made to switch ON and backup what you want then switch OFF.
2 The extra interface ie the usb/firewire interface. It adds something else to fail.

If you are having problems with a 2 day old drive, return it and get another one.

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Hi a friend of mine took his Samsung HD out of his HP puter and placed it a generic Athlon 64 I built for him. He set the Samsung up as slave to the Seagate and the seagate as master. He wants to transfer files off the Samsung to the Seagate. Not operating system stuff just pics, music, etc. However bios sees the Samsung, Windows sees the Samsung, but Windows Explorer says the drive isn't formatted and we know it is. Both HPsystem and Athlon sys are running XP. Any ideas?

Answer:Hard drive isn't formatted - but it IS!!!

what are the drives SATA or PATA? haven't you messed up with master and slave jumpers? if they are PATA try to hook them on different cables.

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I just got a used computer when i try to format the Hd through Windows it tells me that another volume is in use would I like to force a dismount of that volume. when i answer yes it says the volume cannot be closed and format aborts. When i try to do a low level format through dos with a low level format utility that gives me the message that the hard drive is locked. How can i format this HD.

Answer:Hard drive cannot be formatted

create boot disk /w on it. boot from disk and run

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my seagate 120 gb pc formatted USB hard drive, 6 months good use, suddenly is asking me to format it. every other Pc, and i tried several other ones, gives the same response. Is the data on it retrievable with software? or am i resigned to losing data...? Help!!


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I have a HP compaq 8430 after getting my hp nx7010 replaced due to a poor connection between the internal hard drive and the motherboard supposedly (this is a completely different story) but my luck has not been too good with the HPs.

I then bought a WD My Book 500gb pro edition external hard drive to keep renderings, and such on for a grant that I am working on. I left the drive at the office and took my laptop home for the weekend and when I came in on Monday plugged everything in and the message:

"The disk drive is not formatted, format now?"

appeared and I have not even had the setup for a week!! I do have a weeks worth of work on the external hard drive which is not backed up else where that I would like to salvage - mostly psd files and photos. Which of the the previous ways worked best to recover photoshop files?

I can use my computer to make a good drawing but am not sure how to access the system that well. Thanks for your clarity.

Thanks for your help!

Answer:USB Hard Drive Saying Not Formatted

Hi and Welcome to TSG, I've split off your post into its own thread.

First thing as always is to try the drive on another computer or try a different USB cable.

For data recovery software you could try PCI Inspector as its free:

Additionally, I would recommend in the future that you always have two copies of your data, one on the internal hard drive and a second backup on the external drive. Having just one copy of the data on the external drive is no better then having one copy on the internal drive.

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Thanks to a worm virus I had to format my hard drive and reinstall Windows XP.Being a computer numpty that I am I also managed to delete all my pictures.Please can anyone help me with advice on whether these pictures can be recoveredThanks

Answer:Formatted Hard Drive.

You could try, but its doubtful. This is the most thorough program I knoe for jpeg'sclick here

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but it is.

Just recently installed XP Pro on my machine. I Already had a hard drive with all my music on it so i didnt go for that NTFS file system bollox just left the file structure the same.

It ran great for a while and everything was working when i downloaded a file from a website. Near the end of the download the whole thing froze and i restarted the machine. It went throught the usual your pc did not shut down correctly lark and when xp came back up it just has the second drive down as local disk when its label is secondary and when i try explore it it says its unformatted.

I took the drive out and tried it on another machine with W98se and its fine. Anyone know whats going on.

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Hey u guys.

I had a virus on my laptop. So as advised I formatted the c:drive, soon afta I did that I was advised to bak my stuff up photo, music etc!! So now I've lost my stuff but still got my os. So is there neway to self restore my things?


Answer:Re formatted hard drive!

Closing duplicate. Please do not start more than one thread for the same issue.

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I'm sure this is gonna sound silly to you pro's, but:

I just got a used hard drive that I'm going to use as a replacement for my small one. After I physically install it, I plan to boot from my Win98SE CD. But I don't know if this drive has been formatted. How can I tell?

Also, if I have to format it, what's the difference between running fdisk and simply typing format c: after bootup in DOS?

Answer:How can I tell if a used HARD DRIVE is FORMATTED?

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Hey u guys.

I had a virus on my laptop. So as advised I formatted the c:drive, soon afta I did that I was advised to bak my stuff up photo, music etc!! So now I've lost my stuff but still got my os. So is there neway to self restore my things?


Answer:Re formatted hard drive

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I borrowed my friend's external hard drive and a I first connected to my PC it was working perfectly. Yet the second time I tried to my PC recognized it but couldn't open it & it kept giving me the message that I need to format the hard drive before using it.
I tried many time on different computers & I got the same result.
Is there any thing that I can do!

Answer:hard drive needs to be formatted

Try a chkdsk /r

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Today suddenly I got a message from my second hard drive saying that it had reached its information limit. But that's impossible since it wasn't even half-full.
When I double-clicked on the D-drive icon I received a message saying something like this (translated into English): "Can't access D. A unit connected to the computer does not work."
I tried to scan for viruses with Norton AntiVirus but it appeared that the hard drive was empty. I also tried to run IBM Drive Fitness program but it said everything was ok.
What has happened? Is there any way I can recover the files that were stored on the D-drive?

Answer:Hard drive self-formatted?

Sorry to hear about that your drive formatted. Have you tried it in another computer?

The only thing that I can assist you with is a couple of suggestions.

1. Back-up (extra harddrives if you can or partition your exsisting drive)
2. Their are some excellent products that backup your data.

If your running XP you may already have software available.

Take a look a
Drive Image takes a picture of your hard drive in case it fails or bad files.
DataKeeper is a good backup.
Partitioin Magic let's you create multiple partitions on one drive.

Check out this:
Search backup

Good luck!

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I went and did a stupid thing. I formatted my hard drive and now I can't find the cdrom to reinstall windows. I am booting up from a: As it boots up it recognizes the cdrom and it says "Primary Slave disk: CDROM Mode 3. If I can get it to find the CDROM, and reinstall windows, I can get it to boot from C: -- correct? I already went into the BIOS and the cdrom is not listed there. But if I list the CDROM then it doesn't boot from a: and it won't boot from C: Please help me.

Answer:Help! I've formatted my hard drive! Now what?

After you boot from the startup disk, can you type C: and hit enter, do you get to the c prompt.
As far as the rest, bootup with a win98 startup disk, at the menu choose with cdrom support. Once done your cdrom should be available but the drive letter will be one higher than it normally is, so if it was D it will now be E.

If you don't have a win98 startup disk go to and download one.

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Hi, I thought i could fix my kid's computer problems by formatting the hard drive and then simply re-install xp using my xp home disk. However, when the computer boots from the cd-rom and starts the setup it tells me "set up can not find a previous version of windows installed on this computer." and then asks me to put a windows disk ie. 98/me. I couldn't find my original me disk and all of the boot disk download cites i've found are for floppy disks, the problem is none of my computers have a floppy drive. Is there somewhere i can go to download them on cd or am I beyond help.

Answer:formatted hard drive

Floppy disk wouldn't help you anyway, the update install needs to see another copy of Windows, and I didn't say it had to be yours now did I?

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Hi everybody!
I'm brand new to this site. This is just too cool. I'm hoping someone can help me here. My son formatted the hard drive "accidentally" on an old Windows 98 machine.(I think he just got too cocky and thought he could fix more than he could) Anyway, I am a student in Computer Information Systems, so I know a little, but I've hit a bump in the road on this one. I thought it'd be no problem.......just pop in a boot disk and reinstall the Operating System...............Not happening. The disk doesn't boot the computer. I tried going into CMOS setup, but it won't even boot to there. If I hold down the F8 or Ctrl key, I get a "keyboard error" and then the same old "Non-System disk error" or "Invalid disk" I thought the problem may be with my boot disk itself, but I have no way of knowing. I did try and download one, but it didn't work either.
Any suggestions?
Please help.

Answer:Formatted hard drive

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Is it possible to get back files from a formatted hard drive?? If so How??

Answer:Formatted hard drive

You might try ReCuva. Can't hurt to try.

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Hard drive D can't be formatted says in use. I want to know how to stop the files from running. I had an operating system on this drive xp and I installed windows 7 to another. I want to delete all of the files on this disk. There are two file folders I can't delete, 65dc9f76c5b578b9341dfcac3878, WINDOWS. i tried safe mode and logging in as adminastor. I also went in to the secerity taps on the file

Answer:Hard drive d can't be formatted

The problem is that when you have more than one drive and you install Win7 (or Vista), it puts a small file on the second drive as part of the installation process (I have no idea why, one day I'll research the problem but for now I can't be bothered). Anyway, the only solution is to temporarily remove the 'd' drive and then repair the startup files, using either a full win7 disk, or a repair disk - this will set the system up to just use the main drive, after which you can re-connect the slave drive and format it as usual."I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd

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i have a compaq pressario cq60 laptop my son has formatted the hard drive and now vista and all drivers have been deleted how do i put vista back on.

Answer:formatted hard drive

If you have the install DVD it is very easy
Clean Install with a Full Version of Vista
You will need a product key number, however. It should be on the computer. It is 25 numbers and letters separaated into groups.
If you do not have a CD, you can burn one by using this ISO
[Direct Download Links] Download Official Windows Vista RTM with SP1 Setup Files (32-bit and 64-bit) - Tweaking with Vishal
You must have a product key number

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So I just installed a new Hard  Drive, installed Windows, downloaded all the drivers from HP but my wifi radio switch on the keyboard won't work so I can not use wifi. Also all the drivers for the LAN and Ethernet are installed but a Ethernet connection doesn't work either? Plz help! Thank you! -Jesse H. 

Answer:New hard drive formatted but....plz help!

Need full model number and Windows version. Drivers are going to depend on the exact hardware and the Windows version so we need to know thise things to find your drivers. 

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I am running a sempron 3000 on XP prp SP2, with a 120gb primary drive (c & D) and an 80gb secondary slave drive (G & H). I noticed the other day that my G & H drives were not showing up in explorer. when i restarted the pc, the slave drive is being recognised in the bios. I went to disk manager and was able to turn the drive back on somehow.
The main problem is that when i click on either G or H ireceive the message that the disk is not formatted !.
The G drive contains many of my precious digital photos (yeh, yeh should have backed up) I took the drive out placed it in an external HD enclosure, tried that. Received the same error, tried it on my laptop running XP home, same message, tried it on my old PC running windows ME and am able to acess the G drive no problem. The only problem is that the HD in this old PC is not big enough to copy the data across from the G drive.
Anyone any ideas why XP wont recognise the format? and how i can sort it out.

Thanks Noel

Answer:Xp States hard drive not formatted ! (Oh yes it is ) Help please

How big is your power supply? WATTS I mean. If you only have 350W It might not be enough to power those HDDs you'll see them not show up under Windows. They may show up when you first bootup the PC. Also if the PS is okay then check your IDE Ribbon cables for color changes. They don't last forever. You might have to replace them also.

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I recently formatted my hard drive from DOS. I was running Windows95, but having recurring problems. Figured I'd start fresh and re-install. Well, now all my computer does is run BIOS and stops there. I've tried a number of different boot disks but with the same result --- "Non-system disk or invalid disk. Replace and hit any key". How can I get DOS or Windows loaded back on my system?

Answer:Newly formatted hard drive

Welcome to the board.

Try this:

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I have just recently been given an old PC to overhaul.The previous owner had deleted a large number of files and as a result,the machine would not load windows,except in safe mode(Which showed drive C as 8 Gig).I tried to reload windows 98 with no success so I formatted the hard drive and reloded windows.Success! or so I thought until I noticed that the 8.6Gig hard drive was now 500Mb.I have checked the bios which shows the correct size 8.6 Gig. Any Clues?

Answer:8 Gig hard drive-formatted and is now 500Mb

You probably need to fdisk it first and say "yes" to the question "Do you want to enable support for large hard disks". Then format.

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Is there any way I can load Win 98 on this hard drive. F disk doesn't seem to work. Cheers.

Answer:Win 98 on NFTS formatted hard drive

You need to convert to FAT32. W98 does not recognise NTFS partitions...

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I have a refurbished Dell Dimension 9150, with two 160 gb SATA Hard Drives running as a Raid. I have been unable to do a full format on these drives as it freezes at 3 percent complete (only a quick format can be done). I loose the entire operating system frequently at least every three months. Can anybody advise what is going on please??

Answer:Hard Drive Cannot be formatted properly

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I accidentally formatted my external hard drive when I plugged it into my laptop and Windows automatically formatted it. Everything seems to be lost and I really hope to get all of my files back. Is there any free software I can use to get it back? Is there anything I can do?

Answer:Undo Formatted Hard Drive

Hi and welcome,
Firstly stop using that hard drive in case anything left there gets overwritten even more. Chances of recovery after a format are very slim. Recuva is a free prog often recommended here:

You'll need to recover any docs etc to a different drive - probably your laptop.

Hope this helps.


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I have just formatted my hard drive and reloaded windows back on to it. My hard disk should be 60GigI have a C drive which is 29Gig and a F drive 29GibIs there anyway i can merge them into one. I dont mind formatting them again.I am running windows XP

Answer:just formatted my hard drive now its split in two

You could try the free Paragon Partition Manager 2005 click here. I've tried it with WinXP & it works, but the partitions I merged didn't have the OS installed on them. The option to merge is under Wizards > Merge partitions.Should that fail, there's another free tool called GPartEd LiveCD click here, which I've also successfully used to merge Linux partitions, one of which contained the OS. It can be used to merge Windows/NTFS partitions too. G

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  i formatted the wrong hard drive in an install and need to recover those files how is it done

Answer:formatted my hard drive by accident

See this thread:;action=display;num=1098208108;start=4#4

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I have a second hand Dell Latitude LS laptop.The previous owner removed his copy of Win 2K.I thought I could use a boot disc (I have a set of floppy discs) to reinstall my Win 2K, however, the machine has no internal drives. I have got an external floppy and an external rom - both with USB. I canmnot get the machine to recognise its USB port. The only other way in is via a network card (I have a home network running Win 2K) but it will not recognise this either. I have tried starting in safe mode, running last known good configuration, and booting from network without any success.  When I initialize the machine it gives me an error messaeg saying it cannot find the file for Win2K and prompting me to reinstall the programme. How can I do this ?The eroor message displayed is:   ?windows 2000 root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe?

Answer:Formatted Hard Drive Start Up

Did you set your external hard disk to be the master hard disk, or the slave? It NEEDS to be the master......[glb]Flame[/glb]

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Can anyone explain why after a hard drive, let's say 20GB, is formatted, the hard drive capacity is only 18.6GB or something along that line? The capacity tends to decrease more as the hard drive size gets larger. For example, I installed a 120GB Westerndigital harddrive with 8MB of cache and I lost 8.3GB of space after formatted. Am I doing something wrong or is the manufacture actually telling consumer the wrong number? For instance, on a Westerndigital wesbite a 20GB WD200BB hard drive, the specs show a formatted capacity of 200,049 MB but after I formatted the hard drive, the realized or actual size is approximately 1,449MB less the total size than what's reported on the Westerndigital webpage.

Any response is appreciated.


Answer:Hard drive formatted space

It's the way drive manufacturers and Windows handle GB's....Drive manufacturers use 1,000 kilobytes = 1MB, and Windows uses 1,024 kilobytes = the box will say 20GB, because it is, according to their scpecifications...but Windows will say it's 18.6GB...either way, you're not really losing anything, it's kind of like currency values in different countries... in the US, a dollar is a dollar, but in Canada, it's worth more....but everything else costs more, so it all works out.

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Hi, I have 3 HD in my computer, the smallest and oldest is a Maxtor drive (15 Gb). A week ago I noticed that no matter what you do to it, add files or delete them, as soon as you restart it, the HD goes back to his original estate. The you cannot add or delete files, you can access what it has (basically pictures, videos and some programs) I decided to copy everything in another disk and then format it. I did it in windows, nothing happend, after the pop up window that indicates that the drive was formatted is closed, you get into the disk and everything remains the same!!!!, Then I tried using partition magic, it formatted the drive, and then I tried to access it in my computer and the content was there!!!! Then I used a boot CD from maxtor to format it in low level and after a while i got the message saying it was successfully formated, restarted my computer and the drive and its contents where still there!!!! I cannot believe it!!! Please help me, I have formatted that disk 4 times and the contents are still there!!!! I think it deals with a virus, please help me!!


Answer:Formatted hard drive, but the info is still there?

If the Maxtor utility failed to do it, then something is very wrong. Are you sure you formatted the right drive?

Please post a screenshot of your Disk Management window.

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My Comp has a Hard Drive "C" of 300GB not Partitioned with only the OS of Windows XP Home Edition on it. I have an External 400GB Hard Drive Partitioned 4 x 100 GB "J" "K" "L" "M" with, My Documents, My Photos and all other programs on Including a recent Acronis TI of the "C" drive done last month. I want to Partition the "C" drive into a more manageable 3 x 100 GB so I think that formatting the "C" I will loose my OS.Would it be a matter of Partitioning the drive and putting the ATI on the 1st partition. Appreciate any help.

Answer:Formatting a non Formatted Hard Drive

You can partition C drive with Partition Magic in a non-destructive manner; nonetheless, a backup is to be recommended.

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I'm not quite sure how but whilst I was formatting a usb stick with linux my external hard drive also seems to have been formatted at the same time. My computer doesn't even recognise it now as anything other than a usb pen drive with Linux on it and I can't get it to work as a hard drive again, any advice? The hard drive is a seagate 2TB external hard drive.

Answer:Formatted External hard drive

Format it again using linux but chose FAT32.

It is probably formatted as ext3, ext4 or some journalizing file type and windows can not see linux file systems.

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I have formatted an extrnal hard drive and now whne i try to access it via My Computer an error message appears (recycled\ is not a valid Win 32 application. If i go through Explore i can access the files? I reformatted NTFS (the only option offered bu Windows XP). I had a similar thing happen with a USB data stick? Any help appreciated.Thanks

Answer:Formatted external hard drive

Apparently it's a virus; possible solutions given here:click here

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I am trying to install my hard drive from my old computer into a Dell Dimension 4500. BIOS is recognizing the hard drive, but it is in a continuous boot loop. It will not load Windows. Dell's support wants to charge me $100 to help me fix the problem. I am a student and cannot afford it! Can anyone tell me how to add an already formatted hard drive into this system as the boot drive? I would appreciate it greatly!!

Answer:adding already formatted hard drive

I assume your 'formatted' means 'Operating System' installed?The result... too many hardware changes for the old OS to cope with.Can you start in safe mode?

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I accidently formatted my hard drive and was wondering if there was any way of retrieving any of the files that were previously on my hard drive before the mishap?

Answer:Accidently formatted hard drive

Welcome to the TSG Forum
There's a good chance the files can be recovered .. See Here

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i had a bad virus attack on 19/11/2011 and it formatted my hard drive but for some strange reason took all of my files but left notepad files ive used a program to find some system restore files and there from before the 19/11/2011 and there on my usb drive and don't know what to do with them in case i damage my computer more ive lost over 200GB of files what would be my next steps to recover all of my files as ive used one certain program called undo delete and it saying that the all the files are still there ive not done anything else since then

Answer:VIRUS has formatted hard drive

You can still boot into windows, right?

If it were me, I'd make an image backup of the infected hard drive and then try using the undo delete software. Then if it recovers what you're looking for, save those files on an external hard drive and attempt a system restore by booting off the Windows 7 installation disc.

That way, if the undo delete process fails or messes something up, you can restore the image as it is right now and try something else. Otherwise, if it does work you'll have the files you want extracted and can safely attempt to restore the machine without worrying about losing your data. If the restore doesn't work properly you can do a clean install; you'll have to reinstall all of your programs as well but at least you'll have your files

Good luck!

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I have a 320GB SATA HDD. I had it partitioned 45 and 275 or whatever the remaining was. The 275 is my backed-up data. Movies, music, games. All legal, of course. So I choose to format my Windows partition. I pop in the Windows 2000 Pro boot disc (I felt like down-grading for a couple months). I delete the 45GB partition, nothing else. I know for a fact. It formats, and ends up erasing EVERYYYYYYTHING off my hard drive. I'm thinking this is because of Windows not being able to see more than ~130GB until SP2.

Anyway, to my question. I did everything the same that I always did with my 80GB hard drive, and I've never had this problem before. So how am I to do this next time I want to format my harddrive, but don't want it erasing EVERYTHING?

postscript; Also, I haven't tried doing the same thing but with an XP Pro boot disc yet, being I don't want to risk it. I don't think that would be a problem though.

Answer:So my hard drive was formatted... I have a question.

I think the extended and logical partition got messed because you deleted the primary one, maybe partition magic helps you recovering it but not sure, ask for another opinion


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I have an old PC I am trying to restore and use for a dummy machine. (minimal speed tasks) It used to have spyware and possibly viruses on it as well so I slaved it to another machine and completely formatted the drive. Forgetful me wiped out the boot.ini, files and other necessary files. So I am at my dilemma. I need to know what steps I need to take to install windows xp on this disk and get my PC up and running. I have no boot disk, just my windows xp installation disk.

please advise....

Answer:XP installation on a formatted hard drive

I dun think you can install XP while the hard drive is slaved towards another computer bczu after all the installation is done, the HDD will be tied to the motherboard and any transfer of the HDD to another computer will not work. In the end you will end up with 2 OS on a single computer

You will need to make the HDD a master in another computer and install it from there. Once the HDD is installed in another computer, set the PC to boot from the XP disk from BIOS settings

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Hello, I've found an old hard drive, so I plugged it to the pc and formatted it, now, Windows shows that it is empty but when you open properties it shows that 190 MB are in use. why is that, is there a way to remove those 190 MB?

Answer:Hard Drive formatted but not empty

190MB is a very weird amount. Just a wild guess on my part but did this drive happen to come from an Xbox 360? The Xbox 360 console software needed for Kinect requires 190 megabytes of storage space. I think I remember reading/seeing something to the effect that the very early Xbox hard drives automatically set aside 190MB and it couldn't be deleted. This is complete speculation and I could be totally off the mark here. What is the make/model/size of the hard drive?

Xbox 360 Storage | Xbox 360 Storage Space | Xbox 360 Available Space -

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I have been given a 40gb hard drive which has been formatted , but not partitioned.I think this is so because when I connected the hard drive as a slave , it did not show in `my computer` as a separate drive.Although it did recognise a hard drive had been connected.I connnected with a usb adapter.I have done this with other hard drives so I know the system is working.How do I partition the hard drive ? I have been told I need to go into DOS on start up and do it from there.How do I get into DOS on start up and what happens next ? I am running Windows XP.Thanks Chris

Answer:Hard drive formatted but not partitioned

Only 40Gb - why do you need to partition. I run three hard drives 80Gb, 120Gb and 360Gb .. none are partitioned!

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Hey guys, Im in a real bind here, I accidentally formatted the wrong hard drive in my computer, and I lost a LOT of VERY VERY important data - 6 months worth of work - ala Audio mixing, hundreds of hours went into these, and Its VITAL that I find out a way to save my data.

In a brain fart, I formatted and reloaded XP Home on this hard drive, is there ANYTHING I can do to regain the data I lost? Any help is GREATLY appreciated, as this really is a dire situation!

Answer:HELP! I formatted the wrong hard drive!

I learned the same lesson the hard way too. now I always unplug all the storage drives before formatting my boot drive.

Anyway, I have no idea how to help you, but Iíll bump the thread to keep it at the top. Maybe somebody will know a way.

Good luck!

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I downloaded an original copy of XP Pro yesterday and decided to install it and clean out my hard drive. I deleted all the partitions that were on the hard drive including XP Home. I formated OK. I did however notice that it never asked me any internet connction questions as setup normally does. Now I can't connect to the internet A quick look at device manager shows me that I have a few problems. In 'other devices' it shows the following - ethernet controller, PCI device, SM bus controller, These have question and exclamation marks next to them. Properties shows no information just the location of these devices. my motherboard is micro-star incmodelms-6758version 2.00 i have no discs i got the pc made for me and the man that made it does not live there any more.i dont know a lot about pc,s please can you help me

Answer:formatted hard drive and loaded xp i need help

"I downloaded an original copy of XP Pro..."Really? - you mean a legal copy that you paid for, with a product key? - from where?If you can confirm that, I'm sure we can help.

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Hi Guys,My boss (thank god it was him and not me!) rather cleverly formatted one of our network hard drives, and I now need to restore all the data on it.I've tried a few bits of software so far based on searches I'ev done on this forum, but none will do what I want, they all want to search drives with letters.Bascailly, the drive was originally a Lacie midi drive, 500GB, and he formatted it via their web interface, so I would assume that it is a quick format.Under my computer, I can only see the C drive, nothing else. Under disk management, I can see the C drive, and then 6 basic partitions, 125mb, 8mb, 8mb, 126mb, 714mb, and 464GB. I'm assuming the smaller partitions house the OS and web interface for the drive.What am I going to need to do to get this restored? The only options I really have available to me under disk management is to convert the disk to a dynamic disk, or delete the logical drives (the small paritions), or delete the big partition.Any idea on some good software to get all of this restored?Thanks in advance,Jase

Answer:Restore a formatted hard drive?

I should probably point out that I've removed the drive from its Lacie case and connected it directly to a PC via a SATA cable.

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My Western Digital EHD wasn't showing up in My Computer. So I right clicked and change something in device manager(sorry don't remember what). Now when I plug it in it says it needs to be formatted first.
There are a ton of the wife's movies on there, please help :banghead

Answer:Help! My external hard drive says it needs to be formatted

I right clicked and change something in device manager(sorry don't remember what).Click to expand...

Without that key bit of information, it is impossible to guess what you have done.

Get someone who knows linux to run a live CD and grab the files from the external hard drive. Make sure you have another drive with enough room to store them on.

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Recently, I had cause to format a hard drive after undertaking a full system back up to tapes. However, it appears that the back up did not work fully and I am missing a lot of personal information (i.e. holiday pictures, a diary, and some school homework). I understand that there may be some software available that will possible undelete the info on the hard drive, but I don't know where to start looking. Can anybody point me in the right direction or give me further advice.Regards

Answer:Undelete formatted hard drive

You'll be lucky to get your data back from the hard drive especailly If you have re-installed your o/s and other programs to the drive. There are a lot of HD recovery progs available though, just do a search on GOOGLE and try some. Be vey careful of installing the recovery progs on to the drive that you want to get the data from. You could easily overwrite the stuff you want to recover.If the data is that important then it may be best left to the profesionals to look at your drive/data backup.There is a lesson to be learned here - Always verify backed up data to make sure a) That is readable and b) You have backed up the data you intended to back up.

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I meant to format a flash drive, and clicked on my 2tb drive used for media.
I've gone through a LOT of "free" recovery tools, and found that all of them
want money after I scan.
I've come to the conclusion that there is no free recovery tool, is there??
Is there a way I can do the recovery myself? Previous versions is out.
If not, what is the cheapest ?
Right now, I have DiskDigger scanning, but from looking at a preview of a
couple pics, there's gonna be some lost data.
Running the free upgrade Win 10.

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Help, I got a 2nd hand lap top from my boss yesterday. Took it home last night and formatted the hard drive, then installed Centos and Linux over it. Got to work this morning to discover that my boss hadn't copied all his files over! I need to recover all his Outlook files. What do I do?

Answer:Formatted Hard Drive - Need Old Data

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The disk in drive C is not formatted.

Do you want to format it now?

I get that message when I try to access the drive (E is my operating system drive)

I can still access files through some programs (I'm listening to music from it in itunes now, for example)

It's true I should format the drive, but I would really like the files on the drive before I do so. I have an external I can switch the files to, any suggestions on how I would go about doing this?

Answer:Hard Drive wants to be formatted, much to my chagrin.

You should be able to just copy the files to the external drive, like you would to a usb flash drive. Itunes needs to have the whole folder copied from within My Documents, if that was your default when you set up iTunes - then any seperate folders. CLICK TO SHOW ALL FILES, BEFORE COPYING, IN FOLDER OPTION

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Hi Folks,
I am a new member to this Forum.
I ask your assistance or directions to software for recovery of data from a formatted hard drive.
I have a WD Passport 120G external storage disk and a Lexmark 512MB stick.
Well here is the problem, I was formatting the Lexmark stick and did format it, but it appears the WD was being formatted as well.
It shows no used space when I check the all lost or is there software to recover this data.
Still hoping!!


Answer:Formatted External Hard Drive

this may help

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Hard Drive not detected-Primary Master Hard Disk ErrorSystem went off while working and message above appeared. When attempted to restart I got a full screen with:AMIBIOS(C) 2008 American Megatrends, Inc.Copyright 2008 by Hewlett -Packard CompanyBIOS Revision: 5.01 BIOS Date: 04/18/2008CPU Type: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T5750 @2.006HzCPU Speed: 2.00 GHz/FSB Speed: 667MHzCache RAM (L2): 2048 KBInstalled Memory: 4096 MB MB/PC2-5300 Dual ChannelMemory Bank 1: 2048 MB/DDR2 SDRAMMemory Bank 2: 2048 MB/DDR2 SDRAMInitializing USB Controllers..Done1st Dive None2nd Drive: TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-T633A01 USB mass storage devices found and configured.Primary Master Hard Drive ErrorPress F1 to ResumeI did but nothing happened.Thanks for your input. Hope I don't have to buy a new PC

Answer:Primary Master hard Disk Error - No hard drive detected

First pull ac power and then press power on button a few times. Then replace ac plug and see if it boots correctly.If not then use bios to see if there is a hard drive. Some have a sort of autodetect selection. If still fails then get the hard drive diagnostic for that brand. Almost every hard drive company offers great software that can run usually from a cd or dvd drive. You boot to the cd.Then maybe I'd go in the computer (after you remove ac and press power button a few times and use esd strap) to re-seat hard drive cables. Look for any wear or damage on the cables. Test the power supply maybe too. A Pit Bull is like a gun you can pet. And there is no safety on it.

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Trying to help a friend w/ his puter. After formating the hard drive (which had a corrupted Win XP Pro on it before) as he had requested, I tried install Win XP again from the CD but although the BIOS detected the CDROM drive, Windows said something like "no files found on drive". I booted the puter from an old Win ME boot diskette. It's supposed to be ok for this sort of thing. The BIOS was set up to boot first from floppy, then from CD, then from HD 0.According to friend, The CD drive worked OK just before and the Win XP CD is accessible via another puter. So I reckon both the drive and the CD are ok. I reckon it's just a matter of editing autoexec.bat and config.sys to add the proper mscdex.exe commands - as did in old days - to recognize the CDROM drive during a DOS boot. I don't have the exact cmnds in my head, so tried look up some old boot files on my old comp. Before I did that, I thought I'd put my friend's CD drive in my own comp to check it and make sure it was ok. As luck would have it, this blew my own comp (tho' probably it was just some weird coincidence). I got a long startup beep from the Phoenix BIOS and nothing on screen. From what I found on Phoenix website, their BIOS doesn't put out any single long beeps. Reseated mem board. Processor didn't seem to be overheating; so don't know what went wrong yet. In any case, never mind that; want to concentrate on friend's puter first. Question: How to modif... Read more

Answer:Problem installing Win XP from CD to formatted hard drive

Well, it's always nice to have some info about the actual hardware, but....You can either go the six floppy disk route OR try to change the bios to boot from CD first. With the beeps, you may have other and more serious problems.

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When I went to use the recovery disks I only got a flashing cursor. The recovery disks say that it is only for that hard drive. I haven't changed the hard drive, but appears that the recovery disks will not direct the CPU to the hard drive so it can boot up. Does any of you know if HP recognized this error and created a patch? Or how to fix this?

Answer:Had A Virus On My Computer So I Formatted Hard Drive

Hi Cess,You may have to set your BIOS to boot from the cd...From:data-recovery-reviews.comData recovery using the HP recovery disks: Disconnect all devices connected to the PC. Insert the HP recovery disks into the appropriate drive Switch on the PC Press F1 before Windows completely starts Select Boot Device Priority Select the drive where the HP recovery disks reside Save settings and exit Once the software in the HP recovery disks becomes operational, reply to each prompt until the recovery is completeIf this doesn't work, post back and we can see what else may be the problem.Cheers, Lucent.

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Before I formatted the c: drive the computer recognized the CD-Rom drive and also a: & c:. When it was rebooting it came back up telling me that it was an invalid drive and that it was booting from the CD-Rom. Then it gave me the message that it could not find the CD-Rom. I got to a command prompt and it recognizes a: but no other letter drive. I have tried a-z. I do not have a windows 98 start up disk, and I wanted to put WinXP back on it anyway. Anybody have any suggestions?

Answer:I am so lost - formatted hard drive, now it only recognizes a:

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

Put your Windows XP disk into your cd-rom, and go into your bios.

Set the boot priority to Floppy(a)/Cd-rom(d)/Hard drive(c).

Save and exit bios. When your computer reboots, you should see a message that says "press any key to boot from cd". Press any key, and follow the onscreen instructions for installing Windows XP.

You can delete/create partitions and format your hard drive in the NTFS file system.

At some point in the installation, your computer will reboot. Again you will be asked to press any key to boot from cd. DO NOT press any key a second time, as this will start the installation from scratch again.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:

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after a pc crash which had win xp i cannot seem to get xp back on .ive reverted back to trying to put win98se on but after formatting the hard drive i get C:\ and get no further as i dont know what to put hoping once i get win 98 on i can up grade to xp which is what the pc originally had on it .the computor is a dell dimension 9150 about 5 years old.

Answer:trying to load win98 or XP on to formatted hard drive on pc

Even if you could put Win98 on this system, and with modern hardware you most likely won't be able to, putting Win98 on first will do you no good as the drive will have to be formatted with the FAT32 file system. XP uses the NTFS file system which in converting will wipe out your Win98 install. Besides, you can't run an OS install disk from within a running operating system, you need to boot to the install CD so again, installing Win98 wouldn't matter.What happens when you try to install XP?

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After formatting the hard drive it asked for the HP Restore disk. After it did it's thing it asked for the Windows 7 Home Basic disk but the HP Restore Plus! disk is the Windows 7 Home Basic disk. So now I don't know what to do because it keeps asking for it. I tried disk 2 of 3, 3 of 3 and even back to 1 of 3 but same request. Please help. I formatted this pc before with disks 1 - 3 with no problem. I even went from 64 bit to 32 bit. The reason I formatted this time was to go back to 64 bit as I didn't know I was only using 4 gb of RAM when I actually have 8 gb RAM. Disk one (1) of 3 is the HP Restore Plus! disk. It says "Start with this DVD for restore.  To the left it says HP Compaq 6000 Pro requires HP Operating System DVD (which is disk 2 of 3) then it says Windows 7 Home Basic (EM)Disk two (2) of 3is the Operating System DVD. Windows 7 Professional. It says to Start with the HP Restor Plus! DVD for restore. Disk three (3) of 3 is the Language Pack DVD for Windows 7. It says to start with HP Restore Plus! DVD for restore. Something else I noticed it normally asks which operating system I want to use 32 bit or 64 bit but now it only offers Windows 7 32 bit Home Basic.

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I installed Windows XP over my Windows 98SE OS, and all appears to have gone fairly well. However, Windows can now not detect any data on my D drive (second hard drive).

I can see it My Computer, but trying to access it gives the message that the disk is not formatted. Disk management shows a 31.5 GB partition with 100% of the space free. It should be reporting an 80GB Western Digital drive that is nearly full (it has all my music on it).

My first advice has been to convert it to NTFS, as XP doesn't like FAT32 drives, but using the Convert command, I get the message that "Convert is not available for RAW drives."

Can anyone help me get my data back?

Answer:Second hard drive not formatted after upgrade to Windows XP

In disk management is the drive showing as healthy/active?

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I need to be able to recover data off a formatted NTFS hard-drive, any suggestion for free, trial or reasonable priced Recovery programs.

Answer:Date recovery of formatted Hard Drive

try this here do not use your hard drive if you can help it to minimise the risk of overwriting the dataclick here

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Yep. I've committed the cardinal sin

It was Win98 and I installed Win2000 over the top of it. The drive was formatted as FAT during the installation process.

Is there any way that I can recover data that was previously stored on the drive? There are some Excel spreadsheets that I'd like to get back.

I found this while looking through the threads for previous instances.... PC Inspector.

Will it do a job for me?

Answer:Recovering Files From Formatted Hard Drive

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I got a two hard drives in my PC.(160GB & 500GB)Windows is running on 160GB HDD.I try to install Linux to 500GB HDD.At first, Linux asked to change HDD file format (NTFS to Linux format).I click on first option and it's done.then I stop installing Linux & went to MyComputer. The computer doesn't show the 500GB HDD now. When I go to the disk management, It shows 500GB HDD & indicate, It's totally has free space.So I want to know how to recover my data on 500GB HDD.I think It's formatted. Please help here. I gotta necessary files on that 500GB HDD.

Answer:How to recover data from formatted hard drive?

click here is free and is well regarded.G

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I had to reinstall windows on a computer tonight. I had planned to use the same partition as I expected the files to be moved into a folder called windows old. However I accidentally clicked quick format and installed windows over the top of the files already on the disk. I wish to recover the ?my pictures? folder. Can anyone recommend a program which can if possible search for folders on a hard drive and back them up. Thanks Alan

Answer:File recovery formatted hard drive

The most obvious is Recuva; click hereWhat filesystem was the drive before quick format? (FAT32 or NTFS)

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I just got a new hard drive and formatted it. I told vista not to register me so that I could get everything running and make sure it was good in case I had to call them to explain that I needed to register vista again on a new hard drive (save myself the trouble of doing it twice).

I went to the start up center to "register online" but I only had to fill out forms with my information on them. I never had to actually put in my cd key or anything.

What do I need to do to register my copy of vista?


Answer:Formatted new hard drive, registering vista?

Did you use a retail disc or an OEM disc? Many OEM discs don't require you to enter a serial. Usually you have to enter it during the Installation process.

Also, you're confusing Registration with Activation. Registration is optional. Activation is not.

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Is there any program/software that can bring back what ever data was on a hard drive after it had been formatted? I lost some doccuments on a hard drive and need to get them back,.

Answer:Formatted hard drive bring back?

you can try these

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Recently format a 40 gig hard drive. Wiping out old os and now when I boot it doesn't recognize hard drive. It says unknown device in bios.

Answer:Solved: Help Install XP Os to a formatted hard drive

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I got some virus and something went wrong with my computer starting i tried to reformat and reset to factory settings but I shut down my computer halfway through the procedure. the reformat completed but the reset did not. I need to recover all of my files from the hard drive from before the reformat please help me. thank you.

Answer:need to recover files from a formatted hard drive

Got a ton of money? The pros can get $2000 and up for that.You can try something like this.... look around for a free version....

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I have the 40GB Lap Top Hard Drive (Toshiba MK-4019 GAXB) that was corrupted and all partitions disappeared. Look like that it was resulted from the installation of Win XP Service Pack 2 since I swapped another known to be in good order hard drive and all partitions disappeared. I have no other way but format the hard drive and reinstall Win XP Service Pack 1.

Somebody recommended that I should try to recover the data after reinstallation the O/S. I have formatted and only install new OS but not other programs. Is there anyway that I can try to recover the datas? If there is, which method or program that is efficient in doing so? I used to download some recovery programs but most of them could not recover the large files or cost too much to purchase. I just need the simple program that can do the job.


Answer:Can we recover data from formatted hard drive?

First you will need a data recovery program. But that might not fully recover your stuff. Since you have already formatted not all end applicaitons can find the info. You might need a more professional grade applicaiton.

Even then it still might not find it all cause you install a OS which could ahve overwritten some of the info upon install. It is always best to backup your info first. Then re-install. If that isnt a option there are other things that can be done. Repair installs, or trying to fix the problem.

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I recently formatted our family pc which had Windows XP Media Center Edition on it.

I changed the O/S to Windows XP Professional.

Ive fitted a spare hard drive and formatted that via disk management.

There were 4 user accounts on the pc and i backed up my mum and dads files, but little did i know my brother had images from his holiday in his account.

Does anyone know of any free data recovery software that will allow me to retrieve those images?

And if i do have to pay for one? What is the best one to use?

This was only done yesterday, so there may still be time to retrieve them (i hope)

please please please help thank you

Answer:Data Recovery for Formatted Hard Drive


This should get you going in the right direction, is probably the best for free.

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Some help needed!I thought I;d back up with the windows transfer wizzard now the 'new' computer wont accept the memory sticks with the files on - it saved as as dat file but asks which programme to use - word says its too big and excel only open part of it.i'm stuck - can you recover e-mails from a formatted drive? my ISP says you cat get them from the seriver.ta

Answer:recovering e-mails (OE) from formatted hard drive

You wont be able to open the .dat file.create a new user and then copy the .dat file into the new user.If this works then copy it into the main user profile.

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I need help getting my computer back up and running. I formatted my hard drive on my VERY old PC about a year ago and now i can't get it to boot. I downloaded a boot98.exe file and burned it onto a disc, but when i put it in and start the computer up it says "Invalid system disk. Replace the system disk, and then press any key"
When i enter the CMOS setup utility it says IDE Primary Master is SAMSUNG SP0411N.
How do i get this bootdisc to work?

Answer:Formatted hard drive and can't boot from bootdisk lists two boot disks for Win 98, (oem and custom) and two for Win 98SE (oem and custom). If the system has a floppy drive I would start there and on an XP system load the files onto a floppy. Have done boot disks for XP Home/Pro, and for a dual boot with a Linux OS, and it was a no brainer, never needed one for 98.

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I have a problem that I wondered if others have experience of and that I am keen not to repeat. (I was doing a clean vista reinstall and am wanting to save complete pc backups at different stages to give me different options of when to revert to).

I used a vista complete pc backup that I had recently made to "reinstall" vista ultimate. I have drive C main drive running vista of which I had made the backup, plus D drive a 2nd internal hard drive on which I had a complete backup of C. I also had an external hard drive on which I had another complete backup of C on too. I opted to use the backup from D but left external hard-drive named FREEECOM attached.

Then after I had completed the restoring of the backup to C from the backup on D; I was astonished to find that the external hard drive had been wiped clean completley - and it was now named LACIE which is the name of my other external hard drive - I think LACIE may have been attached when the oringinal backup of C had been done onto D, though it had info on it.

I was not aware at any point of having the option of formatting/deleting data from the external hard drive during the restoration of the backup. Has anyone else experienced this? I couldn't find info about it. I might in future want to create a complete pc backup onto an external hard disc and use it to restore; do you think it might then wipe out my 2nd internal (D) drive?

Incidentally I had difficulty locating the correct date - one of my two ba... Read more

Answer:vista pc backup formatted ext hard drive

I'm not real familiar with the Complete PC Backup tool - but suspect that the Complete Restore restored everything to the way that it was when you made the image, to include the LACIE drive.

I've got no clue as to why the data is gone.

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In trying to re-install Windows XP onto my PC I have formatted over the wrong partition of my hard drive, and lost all my files, photos, etc. Is there anyway to get them back?

Answer:Formatted over data on Hard Drive- Can I get it back?

Depending upon whether you performed a quick or full format, it may be possible to get the files back with disk recovery software. A full format would have overwritten the files and no-one short of a data rescue professional would be able to retrieve them. However a quick format doesn't write over most of the drive, and most files (those that have not been overwritten by the new Windows Files) should be recoverable.

If you have done a quick format, be sure to get a second drive to recover the files onto. Download and install the Disk recovery program onto the second drive. In general do not write to the formatted drive at all, as that will overwrite some of the data you hope to recover.

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I?ve got a 40gb hard drive. And I had partitioned the hard drive into 4 parts. On the C: drive I had the windows 2000 and on the D: drive I had winXP. And the D: drive was partitioned as NTFS and the rest 3 as Fat32. So I wanted to Format the D: drive and install windows XP again. I used windows 98 start-up disk and formatted the D: drive. When I restarted the windows I realised that I had formatted the E: drive instead. Because the start up disk doesn?t recognise NTFS format. I had important documents on the E: drive. Is there anyway I can get them files back using any software?s?Thanking the helpers in Advance

Answer:Recovering files from a formatted hard drive

click hereHope this helps ;-)

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Accidentally formatted. Need best (cheap) software for recovering
not only files, but file names and structure in folders.
DiskDigger is not pulling up file names, and it looks like I am loosing
a LOT of data.

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Hi guy's i recently purchased a 320Gb external hard drive and formatted it and i was surprised to find it had shrunk to 298Gb!
I understand that system files take up some space but to lose 22Gb seems a bit much,could someone please tell me whats going on and how i can reclaim some of this lost space.
This is my first post so i hope this question isn't to stupid?


Answer:Solved: My hard drive shrank after being formatted

1024 megabytes=1 gigabyte. The companies that make hard drives use 1000 megabytes=1 gigabyte so the larger the hard drive the more space you lose.

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I accidently formatted my external hard drive. Now whan my PC brings me to the destop the external hard drive is not aviliable.

How do I fix it.

Answer:I accidently formatted my external hard drive..

try formatting the hardrive again, by anychance were u formatting it then stopped cos you relised?

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I have a hard drive that was accidentally formatted with the Sony recovery wizard and a complete reinstalled was performed.

Can you please tell me about a good program that I can use free or paid to recover the data of a formatted hard drive?

I used the recuva application and only found deleted files. I need to recover if possible all the docs, pictures, music files before the recovery took place.

Thank you in advance,


Answer:Needs help recovering files from formatted hard drive, Please

Well unfortunately when a Hard drive is formatted and then something is written over that it is very time consuming and expensive to recover and then you may only get half of your information back.

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