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How can I safely FORMAT my C: partition?

Question: How can I safely FORMAT my C: partition?

Hello,

Currently I have 2 bootable partitions on my hard drive managed by boot.ini menu:
1) C: is the Primary with XP (upgraded from Windows 98).
2) D: is an Extended-Logical with XP.

I want to FORMAT my C: partition, but I'm afraid this will prevent the XP on D: to boot. If I understand correctly, since D: is inside Extended partition, its XP keeps some of its boot files on C: . If this is true I'm afraid that FORMAT C: will destroy the boot files of D's XP.

My questions are:

1) Is my concern justified?
2) If yes, is there a SAFE way to FORMAT C: without rendering the XP on D: to be unbootable?
3) If I succeed to convert D: to be Primary partition (without reformatting D, How can I force its XP to put ALL its boot files on D: - without needing to re-install XP?

Thanks,

Udi

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Answer: How can I safely FORMAT my C: partition?

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Hi,

I searched in many web pages and I learned that secure formatting (DoD, NSA, Gutman, etc...) doesn't works with USB drives. Is it true?

So, how can I secure delete a USB drive preventing a recovery data? What software I need?

Answer:How to format a USB drive safely?

Try a full clean & full format in command prompt.
Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command


Type in command line

DISKPART
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK # (USB HD)
CLEAN ALL
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
SELECT PARTITION 1
FORMAT
EXIT
EXIT

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BackgroundI had an unformatted unitialised 500GB HD, and I decided that it needed formatting to NTFS. It's bare disk but it is convenient for me to connect through an external adapter (known good).  So I enter DiskManagement, an initialize the disk without any problem.  Then I start formatting using the format wizard.  I accept all the defaults except I enter a new disk label. The format process starts and I leave it because it will take some time (I know because I have done it before)Additional information: I ran WinDLG and looked only at the top level screen, everything looked normal, notably that SMART passed (large green tick)ProblemI left it for a few hours and it said 'Formatting (38%)', so I left it overnight...in the morning it said 'Formatting (39%)'  .  This is not right and it is too slow (now it has reached 41%). It will take a couple of months to format at this rate.  So I want to interrupt the format, and try a surface scan using HDTune.  How can I do this without causing (further ?) damage to the disk ?  I've tried ejecting the disk but it says, unsurprisingly, that it's busy. All applications are 'running' and the CPU and memory usage is low (<600MB)System I am using HP Pavilion a405.uk - m/b MSI MS-6577 v3.1 - Celeron 2.53GHz - 2 x 512MB RAM - 80GB HDD - Windows XP/SP3 Home (32 bit)

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BackgroundI had an unformatted unitialised 500GB HD, and I decided that it needed formatting to NTFS. It's bare disk but it is convenient for me to connect through an external adapter (known good).  So I enter DiskManagement, an initialize the disk without any problem.  Then I start formatting using the format wizard.  I accept all the defaults except I enter a new disk label. The format process starts and I leave it because it will take some time (I know because I have done it before)Additional information: I ran WinDLG and looked only at the top level screen, everything looked normal, notably that SMART passed (large green tick)ProblemI left it for a few hours and it said 'Formatting (38%)', so I left it overnight...in the morning it said 'Formatting (39%)'  .  This is not right and it is too slow (now it has reached 41%). It will take a couple of months to format at this rate.  So I want to interrupt the format, and try a surface scan using HDTune.  How can I do this without causing (further ?) damage to the disk ?  I've tried ejecting the disk but it says, unsurprisingly, that it's busy. All applications are 'running' and the CPU and memory usage is low (<600MB)System I am using HP Pavilion a405.uk - m/b MSI MS-6577 v3.1 - Celeron 2.53GHz - 2 x 512MB RAM - 80GB HDD - Windows XP/SP3 Home (32 bit)

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I recently purchased a Lenovo Y470 laptop with Windows 7 Pro 64. I want to set it up to dual boot Windows XP in order to run Pro-Tools Audio Editing software (an earlier version).

I began following the tutorial here, shrinking my main partition and deleting Lenovo's Disk Image logical drive. However, when I try to convert the free space into a new partition, it creates a new logical drive. Apparently, I can only have 3 primary partitions (and one logical drive). I also tried it using the command line method, and it failed to respond to the "create primary partition" command.

I'm attaching a screenshot here. It looks like I have a main partition, a 200 mb "system" partition with no recognizable data, and a 14.75 GB OEM partition.

I used a method described here to look at the OEM partition using a repair disk. The volume is labled X: Boot and it appears to contain some kind of backup disk image. I copied the contents to C, but when I tried to copy the "Windows" folder, it refused, telling me some of the contents were in use. That gave me pause.

My question: Is it safe to delete the OEM partition (I've made system restore disks)? What about the 200mb system partition? My understanding is I can't effectively run XP from a logical disk, only a primary partition. Does that sound right?

Thanks for any insight.

Answer:Which partition can I safely delete?

The System Reserved partition needs to stay as it contains the boot files for Win7. If you have backed up a set of Recovery disks and don't want the Recovery partition then you can delete the OEM partition.

However you are allowed to have a fourth Primary partition and that's likely what XP will create when you boot it's CD and full format an NTFS partition in the Unallocated space. Otherwise free Partition Wizard CD can do it for you .

One important question is if XP CD (use one with SP3) will see the partitions when you boot into it. If not you'll need to insert the SATA controller driver: SATA Drivers - Load in Windows XP Setup on Dual Boot
SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD

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I have recently bought a new notebook, Asus X50RL, and am learning my way around Vista Premium. I apologise in advance if this is a really silly question. The sticker on the notebook says it has a 160GB HD. When I go into My Computer it shows 2 Hard Disk Drives, one called VistaOS (C:) and the other called Data (D:). C: has 51.5GB free of 87.4GB and D: has 50.7GB free of 56.4GB. When I look in the System device manager there is jut the one HDD listed. So I am assuming I have one HDD with a partition splitting it into C: and D: drives. Is this correct?
My next question is, do they have to be like that? I seem to be rapidly filling C: while D: remains almost untouched. I believe all that is on D: is the Backup files.
Can I safely remove the partition and just have a C: drive only? Or would I be better to make D: much smaller, so only the backup files are on it and C: is much bigger for me to store everything else on?
I would appreciate some advise on this please. Thank you.

Answer:Can I safely remove this partition?

So I am assuming I have one HDD with a partition splitting it into C: and D: drives. Is this correct?Yes, that's correctDid the Asus come with a set of recovery disks? If so, then you can use the D: drive to store data - or you can wipe it out and then expand your C: drive into it.

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I've ordered a new W530 with Windows 7 Pro, Office Home and Business, Acrobat Standard, etc.  Before configuring Windows to my taste, my first goal is to divide the hard drive into two or more NTFS partitions in order to eventually segregate most user data from the OS.  Is there a safe way to do this without interfering with the existing OS and other pre-installed software? If so, how early in the setup process must it be done and what utilities are available to accomplish it? If not, must I wipe the drive, re-partition as desired, and then re-install the system and software from Factory Default Recovery DVDs; or what other options are there? Thanks in advance. -- JCW2













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Answer:Safely Re-Partition Drive on New Machine?

You should be okay manipulating the partition scheme as long as you don't delete SYSTEM_DRV and the Recovery partition. This also means you will have three existing partitions, forcing you to create more logical partitions if you want more than four.

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I recently installed Windows 7, but due to performance issues, I had to revert back to Vista. The F11 key was disabled because I upgraded, so I used a Vista Installer and inputed my serial code on my machine. Anyway, I created generic Recovery Discs, so I do not need my old unusable Recovery Partition any more. Is there any sort of way to safely remove it, and extend my C drive for more space?

BTW, I don't have HP Recovery Manager so, I cannot use the 'Delete Recovery Partition' feature on there.

Answer:How To Safely Remove Recovery Partition?

Hello alex96.



In the Windows start menu right click computer and choose manage, in the left pane select disk management, in disk management if the "D: Recovery Partition" is directly to the right of the "C: System" partition you can use the tutorial at the link below to do what you want; please post back to keep us informed.
Be advised: once it's gone it's gone forever.

Disk Management - Delete and Extend


If it's not post a snip of disk management so we can see what you have.

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Got XP software that does run under my Windows 7 Ultimate, but the usb driver does not work with my Pronto Pro TSU9400 remote and its corresponding editing software.

This has been discussed on remotecentral.com, no real solution found.
Specifically, the errors were "No HID found" and/or "device not found".

So I prepared an empty partition and ran my Windows XP install disk, while specifically installing on that partition.
XP started OK, but it asked for a Logitech mouse driver for my humble old non-Logitech rodent, and the keyboard (used an old cable one to the round plug) worked only partly.

Maybe I could have tweaked it, but to my horror W7 did not start up!
XP install had overwritten the c:\ partition.
Took me all weekend to keep things working again.

Is there ANY way to do this safely?
Or can I add specific XP usb drivers to my W7 ?
XP-on-a-stick won't help I guess, because it has no USB drivers at all I suppose...

Answer:How to SAFELY install XP on a partition to run thru multiboot

The safest way is to use a separate hard disk for XP. Disconnect the Windows 7 disk, install XP on the 2nd hd then reconnect the Win 7 HD. You could then use EasyBCD to add the XP install as a selectable boot device.

Another alternative would be to install Oracle VirtualBox then run XP as a virtual client. I'd try this first.

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Hi all.

I just got my laptop's HDD replaced a couple weeks back, and I want to dual boot Windows XP. So first order of things is to create a new partition, right? My laptop only has one physical hdd so I thought it would just have two partitions. Turns out it's more complicated than that.

I only see C: and D: in Explorer - I'm aware of this Lenovo One Touch restore thingy and I figured that would explain having an additional partition. But two?

If I'm not mistaken, 4 is the maximum number of Windows-supported partitions, right? So I was thinking, no big deal, I'm not using D:, I could just format that. Which leads me to my problem. I've removed all my data from D: but there's still lots of things in it.

That's after turning off system restore and deleting all the backups. A little manual snooping around shows me that the Lenovo folder and that WindowsImageBackup folder both account for 12GB each, which explains the remaining usage of the D: partition.

1. Can I simply format the D: partition and turn it into a bootable WinXP x86 partition? I don't care about the backups in the two folders currently in it.

2. I have backups elsewhere and don't care about the stuff in the existing Win7 x64 boot partition ( C: ); what do I need to get up and running in the event something goes wrong and I render the computer unbootable? A Win7 repair disc? Will that allow me to boot from it and rebuild Win7 x64 on C: in case it becomes necessary?

Thanks.

Answer:Can I safely delete this stuff from this partition?

How much space do you want to dedicate to XP. D: has more then enough. you could make an 80 Gig partition from D: to install on.

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I recently installed Windows 7, but due to performance issues, I had to revert back to Vista. The F11 key was disabled because I upgraded, so I used a Vista Installer and input my serial code on my machine. Anyway, I created generic Recovery Discs, so I do not need my old unusable Recovery Partition any more. Is there any sort of way to safely remove it, and extend my C drive for more space?

BTW, I don't have HP Recovery Manager so, I cannot use the 'Delete Recovery Partition' feature on there.

Answer:How To Safely Remove Recovery Partition?

Use Windows Computer Management to remove a partition
With Windows 7 and Vista, you can use the Windows Computer Management function to delete the recovery partition. All the space on the hard drive is then available as the C: drive.

1. Click Start , right-click Computer , and then select the Manage option.
2. In the left panel of the Computer Management window, double-click Storage to expand the options.
click Disk Management to display a list of partitions, also called Volumes .
3. Right-click the Recovery partition (D:) , and select the Delete Volume option.
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to delete the partition, and the allow the computer to restart.

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Hello there guys,

Well this issue is really simple, I have two operating systems: Windows XP Home Edition and Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx installed on my computer, both systems are installed into a single HD, each on its own partition.

My HD is 120 GB and I have 60 GB for Win and 60 GB for Ubuntu, my question is: Is there any way to safely change this partition size WITHOUT uninstall any of my OS? I've been using my computer for about 6 months with this partitions, which means that my two systems have some applications and programs installed and I feel really lazy about reinstalling Ubuntu and all my programs just because I want to change my partition size; of course if there is no other solution I'll have to do it, I know this works because I partitioned my Win 120 GB partition to accomodate Ubuntu when I installed it, using the partition wizard that comes with the Ubuntu installation program.

Anyway, hope there is another solution to safely do this without uninstall anything,

Thanks for your help guys
 

Answer:Safely change partition size

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Hi,

I have a question.

I formatted a partition of my harddrive but in the end not only a partition was formatted but the next partition also was gone.

Meaning: the data is still there, but the NTFS partition isn't recognised anymore by Windows, and in diskmanager the space is now ready to assign new partition.

In a data recovery software, I saw the not recognised partition was still recognised as 'NTFS'.

What can I do?

The best scenario would be to simply tell Windows somehow, there is partition with NTFS and it should assign a letter to it.

Answer:Windows lost partition letter and don't recognize format partition

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?
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Hi

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

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

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

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

thanks.

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

Hi -

Shrink the HDD --> http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...n-my-hard-disk

However, Vista must be installed from DVD.

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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I have a Satellite M200.
It came with 3 partitions on the hard drive: a 1.46GB recovery partition, a 142.51 NTFS Vista partition, and a 5.07Gb hidden partition containing goodness -knows-what.

Can I safely delete the 5.07 Gb partition?

Answer:Satellite M200 - can I safely delete partition?

http://forums.techguy.org/windows-vista-7/619983-solved-mystery-partition-toshiba-notebook.html

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Hello,My mom's computer has a serious problem and won't boot.Here are the details:The hard disk is 500GB, 1st partition which has Windows installed is 155 gigs.2nd Partition is 310 gigs and is currently empty (no files in it).The problem here is that because of a mistake I made, the 2nd partition (the one with no files) is now the ACTIVE partition. So Windows won't boot and I get a "NTLDR is missing" error.I've tried a few ways to make the other partition back to active, so far without success. So the solution I'd like to try now is the following, and I want to know if it's safe or not: take a look at this screenshot first:http://s2.postimg.org/4fezaciex/Partition_active.jpgSo what I've done is plug my mom's hard disk on my computer. Now, using the Disk Management tool, I can set the 1st partition (O: , which contains Windows) as active, and make (M: ) not active anymore.My question is, if I do that while her hard disk is plugged on my computer, can it cause problems by making the currently active partition on my computer not-active anymore ? Can I end up with boot problems on my own computer, even after I disconnect her hard disk ??Thanks for helping !
 

Answer:Can I do the following safely ? (relates to making a partition active)

Hi
 
There is a little risk in doing that. I suggest using free Partition Wizard Home for doing that.
 
Download Partition Wizard bootable ISO from the below link.
 
http://www.partitionwizard.com/partition-wizard-bootable-cd.html
 
Burn it to a blank CD.
 
Reconnect the hard drive to your mom's PC. Now boot from the CD and use it to mark the correct partition as Active.
 

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Windows 7 reinstalled from old image. The partitions have changed. C: is on a solid state physical drive. Both D: and E: are on a 2nd physical hard drive.
Previously:
C: OS
System
D: Data
E: Data

Now:
C: OS
D: D
E: System
F: Data

What is the safest way to get back my old configuration so that my 2 data disks are D: and E:

Thank you.

Answer:Safely changing partition location. This the right forum?

Members will need a bit more information, please follow: Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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I hope someone out there can help me with my situation.
Here Goes...
Due to a recent mishap with my computer, I had to reformat my hard drive and resinstall my OS and all my software from the ground up. Everything seemed to work out okay in the end, but in the process I somehow managed to unknowingly partition my hard drive. I now have a good size (34Gig) C: drive, and a tiny little (3Gig) E: drive. Here's the kicker--my little E: is drive is designated as my boot drive! I desperately want to get rid of this partition, because E: is nearly full (2% free disk space) and my formerly fast computer has slowed to a crawl. I realize I can't just delete the partition the quick and dirty way (because it's my boot drive), but there's got to be a way for me to fix this! If anyone has any ideas, I would be most grateful!
 

Answer:How can I safely delete an unwanted boot partition?

"boot drive" meaning that's where your Windows is installed? No, deleting that one is not a good idea You can use some partitioning utility like Partition Magic to resize your partitions so that C is small and E is big.
 

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Hello,

My mom's computer has a serious problem and won't boot.

Here are the details:

The hard disk is 500GB, 1st partition which has Windows installed is 155 gigs.
2nd Partition is 310 gigs and is currently empty (no files in it).

The problem here is that because of a mistake I made, the 2nd partition (the one with no files) is now the ACTIVE partition. So Windows won't boot and I get a "NTLDR is missing" error.

I've tried a few ways to make the other partition back to active, so far without success. So the solution I'd like to try now is the following, and I want to know if it's safe or not: take a look at this screenshot first:

http://s2.postimg.org/4fezaciex/Partition_active.jpg

So what I've done is plug my mom's hard disk on my computer. Now, using the Disk Management tool, I can set the 1st partition (O: , which contains Windows) as active, and make (M: ) not active anymore.

My question is, if I do that while her hard disk is plugged on my computer, can it cause problems by making the currently active partition on my computer not-active anymore ? Can I end up with boot problems on my own computer, even after I disconnect her hard disk ??

Thanks for helping !

Answer:Can I do the following safely ? (relates to making a second partition active)

You can only have one Active Partition per Disk (HDD) If a partition is already active, then you have to De-Activate the active drive and Activate the boot drive.
You may need to do a FIXBOOT in the Recovery Console when the HDD is placed back in the computer to allow the computer to boot.

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Hiya,

Symptoms are unusable wireless router between discrete hours of the evening. Wireless router works fine on other laptops and works fine with this PC on ethernet. No obvious signs of wireless interference from outside - been using fine for a couple of years - changing channels doesn't alter anything, only just started displaying these symptoms. Browsing the forums, I came across a few articles that talk about Rootkit.ZeroAccess!

Not picked up in any of my standard AV, so ran Avast standalone and got a hit on a hidden partition on my backup drive (C) which isn't my boot drive (D). Log attached.

Question is; to cut to the chase and dismiss this as a possible cause, can I just safely delete this hidden partition (whatever it is) without screwing Windows on (D) ?? Thanks.
 

Answer:Can I safely delete an infected hidden partition?

Here are the standard logs if they help also. Many thanks.
 

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My question is simply I have a Windows 8.1 on a HP laptop 15-F033wm and my question is simply can I safely change (increase it ) the partition size of the HP factory created recovery partition ? Can this be done without causing any problems to the factory restore or resetting the laptop to its factor defaults ? I'm pretty sure that it can be done the primary partition shrunked and the recovery partition increased.

Answer:can you safely increase recovery partition size ?

Consider this. You should not do any "recoveries" to the same physical drive. If the drive fails or is corrupted ALL is lost. Only backup to some other media, an external (USB connected) hard drive, flash drives, etc.

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My basic goal is to create partitions on the hard drive of my data backup machine that will be detected as actual CDs or DVDs to which I can "burn" bootable images that I use to do data backups AND THEN boot to those partitions as if they were actual cd drives. I realize that there are a lot of virtual drives and whatnot out there that can do this type of thing within windows but this is a barebones machine that doesn't actually have an OS installed (I will put windows on it to accomplish this task if necessary) because I would have to reimage it after every HDD was unmounted to prevent infections of future drives. I would appreciate any information anyone has on the feasibility or implementation of this idea as all of the threads i can find on the topic have either gone unanswered or turned into feuds between posters. Thanks in advance.
 

Answer:Solved: Is it possible format an HDD partition in Windows in a CD or DVD format?

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Table top, Acer brand, Aspire M5700
HDD: 500GB
Part:
1. Hidden partition, 20GB, eRecovery
2. Partition C partitioned by Acer, 240GB, OS
3. Partition D partitioned by Acer, 240GB

I plan to format both C and D partitions and make 4 partitions.
So, check with Acer first.
Acer's reply is confusing,
saying that the hidden partition will be damaged if format C partition.

I do not understand.

Please help.

Thanks!

Answer:Format partition C damages the hidden partition?

Quote:
I do not understand.



Neither do I. You can, of course, shrink both C and D and create additional partitions without impacting the hidden recovery partition. Just make sure the new partitions are simple extended/logical partitions and NOT primary partitions. Additional primaries would get you into trouble.

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Hello everyone,

Is somebody can confirm me that I will not put my self in trouble with the following.

Maybe for better understanding of my case please see NotePad attached file.

Ok my first thinking was to have on DIC0 first partition (C: ) the Paging File of Vista x64 for that I partition 25GB since I have 8GB RAM. and second partition was for Paging Files of third OS if one day I decide to install a Linux one.

But my lack of Computer knowledge, resulted that BOOT files of Both actual OS installed themself on this First DISC0 partition and I do not want to mess with them putting some more files there but I do not want also to have 25GB partition only for Dual BOOT Files, beside this, 12GB in second Partition for Vista x64 Paging file can be short.
So comes my thinking, how can I re-partition these 2 partitions to leave just the enough space for the BOOT Files on Partition One of DISC0, I was thinking 500MB (is that enough?) and relocate some of the 24.5GB on partition 2. and make a Extended Partition with the rest.

Sorry for the long reading but finally comes my doubt:
Can I copy my Dual BOOT Files to USB Stick memory, than starts any OS setting in BIOS priority to USB Device, will my BOOT FILE (USB) work ? and allow Vista to Load?
Once there I suppose:
1) I can move these partition arround,
2) Copy/Paste from USB to first small 500mb Partition all BOOT Files again,
3) Shut down, set bios with DICS0 priority boot again and everything will work as a charme?

Any r... Read more

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Edit: BY "MEMORY" I MEAN SPACE (not RAM)! Sorry!

My laptop came with a single SATA HDD that was partitioned into a C:\ and a D:\ drive.

I haven't used my D:\ until now that my C:\ has filled up. Once that happened, I dragged and dropped the 'My Documents' folder into the D:\ drive - then thought better of it, dragged it back into C:\ and came onto this forum for advice one how best to go about it (see Organising partitions/Transfer files from C: to D:/etc? - Because my C: drive is full).
Before all this action, the D:\ was always shown as having "Used Space: 0MB, Capacity: 72GB". After all the dragging-and-dropping to and from C:\, however, D:\ supposedly has "Used Space: 192MB, Capacity: 71.8GB".

I tried to return D:\ to its completely empty state by clearing it out, viewing and removing hidden files, using Disk Clean-up, running Defrag, etc. But it still shows as having "Used Space: 192MB, Capacity: 71.8GB"!

Why is this?
I mean, I know that amount of usable disk space is not always as advertised, but how come D:\ used to be able to to show 0MB used space, but now has to show 192MB used space even though it is just as empty as before?!

So now I'm thinking of reformatting D:\.
But since D:\ is just a partition within a drive, won't reformatting it affect my C:\ as well? If so, how?
Are there any (other) dangers to re-formatting the D:\ partition?
How do I even go about reformatting just the D:\ partition safely? (I really don't wa... Read more

Answer:Can I Safely Reformat An Empty Partition To Reclaim "used" Memory?

This is done fairly easily....just open "my computer" and in the explorer pane, locate your "d" drive icon, right click it and select Format. This will reformat drive "d" only solve your problem. Also check to see how much disc space is being used by recycle bin by right clicking the trash iconand going into properties.

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Hi, I'm trying to format a partition with a windows7 install on it.
The windows7 installed on it BSOD every boot so is useless.
I managed to get a fresh windows7 install on drive (C) which is working and I'm currently using.

The partition I'm trying to format is (E). See screenshot.
I have deleted the boot in msconfig, but I believe I cant format the partition because it is marked 'system'???

Disk management won't let me format the partition nor will the two partition management programs I've tried.
I just want to use the drive as storage and rid all windows off it.

Any help greatly appreciated thanks.

Answer:How can i format this partition

Hello, just physically disconnect the E: disk from the computer, then boot from the win7 install dvd or a system repair disk and run startup repair.

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

Then reboot (not from the dvd). Once you are in windows, you can reattach the E: disk and format it.

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Question: format partition?

I formatted a partition, NTFS. When I checked properties, over 50mb was used on the partition, I used Partition Magic. How can this be, after formatting the partition?
 

Answer:format partition?

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Hey im joker, and i need help with my laptop and its a Dell Inspiron 6000 and it runs off of Windows Xp Media Center Version 2005 has 1 Gigabyte of Memory, a 40gb HDD, a Intel 915GM Graphics Card, and a 1.7 ghz Pentium M Processor. I have tried to format using a different xp disk but when it tries to Format the Partition it gets stuck at 27%. I have tried many things and cant figure it out... i need help.... please help.

Ps: please reply :(

Answer:Cannot Format the partition - need help

first of all, why are you reformating? maybe related. What are you reformating? Are you reformating to reinstall windows or is it another partition?

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Question: Partition format

I purchased a 160 gig hard drive, installing WIN XP. After the installation, I only have 137 gig. I tried to delete the partition in order to re-intall figuring that I must have messed up the first installation some how. After deleting the partition, I and now only have a 165mb partition available when I go to install windows. The bios says that the drive in 137.5 gig. What can I do to get 160 gig out of this drive, how do I create the partition again, Win XP does not do it.
 

Answer:Partition format

Windows xp only support 137 GIGS hard drive.
Windows xp SP1 up to 200 GIGS.
Windows xp SP2 200 and up.

So you have to sliptream your cd to service pack 1 or 2.

Hope this help...
 

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Hello, I have my bootable hard drive partitioned into C: and D: Recently I was having crazy lockups and problems with various tasks. After process of elimination I deleted the D: volume. Now, I'd like to format it and it wouldn't complete with a full format so I tried 'quick format' and that won't work either. The partition now reads as 'RAW' and I can't seem to do anything with it.

No, I am not trying to recover a thing. I backed up everything that I needed to an external drive. I just want to get the D: partition formatted and usable again.

It is a WD drive and the C: partition is just fine. Can a half of a hard drive go bad???

If I could format it then run chkdsk and mark bad sectors wouldn't that work?

Running Windows 7 Home Premium
two hard drives each partitioned into two

Thank you, Donna

Answer:Help Partition format - RAW

The first thing I would try is downloading WD's diagnostic program to check the drive for errors. It could save you a lot of time.

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hey there, can anybody please tell me why I can't format a normal data partition in Windows 10TP? It goes through the whole normal procedure and then gives me an error stating "Windows cannot complete the procedure". Even logged in as Administrator it won't format. Why is this and how can I rectify it?

Answer:Can't format a partition in win 10 TP

dejager183 said:

hey there, can anybody please tell me why I can't format a normal data partition in Windows 10TP? It goes through the whole normal procedure and then gives me an error stating "Windows cannot complete the procedure". Even logged in as Administrator it won't format. Why is this and how can I rectify it?



Could be any number of reasons. What kind of drive is it? What kind of partition? Are you certain there are no errors on the drive?

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i am running win 98se i have a 40gig harddrive i made 2 partitions on it with fdisk using a start up disc . i formatted the c drive & loaded windows to it how do i format the other partition? thanks in anticipation!

Answer:how to format partition

Does D:\ show in explorer? right click select format from drop down menu.

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Im having trouble formatting one of my partitions in XP set up. My hard disk is partitioned as a c: local drive and an f: drive. They were partitioned using partition magic a while ago. XP is only saved on c drive and i use f drive to save documents, mp3, jpegs etc(important stuff). So like normal i put my XP cd in and it went to set up and it found both the drives. i higlighted drive f and hit d, so it deleted it, like normal. but if i highlight c drive and hit d nothing happens. if i decied to install XP in f drive it prompts me to format the drive and it formats it with no problems, which is ok. But if i want to install XP on c drive as well (after re entering set up of course) it will only write over the existing XP, it doesnt ask me to format this drive or does it format it. I want to format the complete hard drive and get rid of the partition and make it one drive, how it was when i bought it. i want to wipe everything off and then repartition it. but it wont ask or let me format c drive. F drive is ok, ic an format it, but the problem is c drive. how can i fix this???? its driving me nutsss. Any help will be appreciated. Thanx in advance.

 

Answer:Cannot Format Partition using XP set up, Need HELP

How are you starting setup?

Through the setup inside windows, or booting from the disc?
 

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I am having problems installing a second hard drive on my WIN 2K system. I have it as a slave to my primary HD, and it shows as working properly under the Device Manager, but it does not have an associated drive in "my computer." the HD came with a format utility, but that will only allow me to put the drive in fat 16, which would be insane as the HD is 40 gig

Help me please!!!!!
 

Answer:HD format and partition

Does it show up in Disk Manager?

In case you didn't know, in Windows 2000 (and XP, fyi) you have to set up partitions in an extention called Disk Manager. Right-click on My Computer and choose Manage. Then, on the left column, click on Disk Management. In the bottom frame, you should see your new second hard drive. Right-click in some blank space and it should let you create your new partition.

Please reply back to let us know if this helped you!
 

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Hello, I am having an issue formating my partition. I am not too good at wording myself so i am going to list what I did and what i want to.

I got a new hard drive and installed XP onto it, then I used partition magik to make 2 partitions. I installed 7 onto one partition so i couild dual boot and kept the other for storage.

What i want to do now is keep windows 7 and format the XP partition. Only thing is, it wont let me do that through windows.

What can I do? I dont want to lose my data from my storage and windows 7 partition.

Answer:Cant Format Partition......

Are you using the disk management interface? or are you going to my computer and trying to do it from there?

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Question: partition / format

hi, a quick question if i may, if you partition a drive but do not format straight away and power off and power on another time, do you have to partition again? i thought i had sussed the partitioning but am having problems with keeping the drive in 3 partitions. it just says the drive is not formatted after startup and shows a 160gb hd as 31gb. i have installed maxblast (maxtor drive) this is a slave on xp. 12month old system

Answer:partition / format

No you shouldn't have to partition again. However, if your drive is slave to an xp drive then you can partition and format from within XP. Go to Start, Control panel, Administrative tools, Computer Management, and select Disk Management under Storage. Your new drive should be shown on the right and you can right-click it for options of what you can do.

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Question: Format Partition

Hi All,

I am using an Acer AS5735 it came pre-installed with vista basic 32bit on C Partition so i installed vista ultimate 32bit on to the D Partition and now i need more space so i am trying to format the C Partition and i get the following error 'The attempted operation cannot be completed. This operation is not valid on volumes containing system Partition, boot Partition or pagefiles'

system specs
Acer AS5735
3GB RAM
Intel core 2 Duo CPU @ 2.00GHz
Vista Ultimate 32bit

Answer:Format Partition

It depends. Is it a big deal to reinstall everything that's on D: now? If not, just delete all the partitions and reinstall. If it is, then you have to figure how to erase C: without losing the bootup setup.

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I recently acquired a computer, and attempted to re-image the hard drive. The imaging failed, miserably, and I installed a fresh copy of Windows 7. However, the partition (D which I re-imaged is taking up disk space and I can't format it. How do I reformat this partition?

The image was of Windows Vista, I still get an option to boot into Windows Vista when I turn the computer on. I shrunk this partition, and I can not extend my primary partition (C. Is it possible to fix those problems, too?

Answer:Cannot format partition

Can you boot the computer and post a screen print of Disk Management ?
Here is a tutorial by Golden:
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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I can't format my D: drive. Here's how it looks in Disk Management.

Answer:Can't format partition

Same in Diskpart.

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I need to format a partition on my macbook that runs (sorta) Windows XP. There was an error with the installation (a human error - I stupidly installed XP SP1, not XP SP2) and I can't fix it.

The macbook won't book into mac os x, and I can't get windows to format itself obviously. Is there anyway to get around this?

It wouldn't be so bad if xp would recognise the keyboard during boot, instead, I can't get XP to boot from CD - it goes straight to the OS.

Any help would be great... I think I just turned a $2000 machine into a paperweight.

Answer:I need to format a partition but can't!

You could insert a linux live cd and format your drives from there.

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pls help me! ive been surfing the net for awhile, then i started to play a game but it didnt start, therefore i restarted my pc, however, when my pc restarted startup repair came up and said that there was a problem with starting up my pc and that it cant resolve automatically, after a lot of restarts, i decided that it was time to format my pc, and that is what i did. First i deleted my partition, the one i use for windows, however, when i tried that partition, it says that it could not format it, and then it said an error code, i couldnt rememebr all of it exactly since i am at a computer shop, i couldnt install my windows 7 professional anymore. Pls help me!

Answer:Cant format your partition(pls help me! :( )

I would run diagnostics on the hard drive

http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287

See this for how to make a bootable cd

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Sorry if this is a nooby question. My friend, who only speaks a little english (that's why i'm here instead) needs to retrieve some data from her hard drive which is partitioned, and hopefully get her comp working again as soon as possible. Windows XP pro won't start up, saying something about failed boot from hard disk (?? sorry not 100% sure what it said), whatever mode we tried to start it in. BUT earlier on it had started but ran VERY slowly and quickly froze, forcing us to restart from the power button. Then magically it began not even starting at all. So I figured maybe we could delete XP and install W2k on that partition. Because she doesn't have any boot disks, cds etc. (lost them all or just borrowed the cd off a friend i'm not sure), I thought this could perhaps help? But yeah my basic question is can you format a partition while keeping those valuable files in the other section, and how, without having the XP cd?Very sorry about the state of this question, it's a bit all over the place (it's 3am here and im *censored* tired) but I'd appreciate any advice so I could help my friend. Thanks!

Answer:Is it possible to format just one partition?

Use another computer to burn a KNOPPIX CD and boot directly to it. If the drive is mountable you can retrieve the files using the K3B burning program.To format you could try using RC.ISO which is a bootable XP Recovery Console.What are you going to install with no CD?

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I have just finished using KILLDISK to totally erase my HDD can someone please tell me step by step how to format and partition the hdd and get to the stage where I can run from D drive the Cd to actually start up Windows xp disc I have................ please please I've had enough

Answer:How To Format And Partition

Pop the Windows XP CD into the drive and boot from it. During setup, it will go through steps to format and partition, so you don't have to do it by hand.
The screen will look like this: http://ubuntunigeria.files.wordpress...rtitioning.jpg
If you're really lost you can refer to the Microsoft KB article:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/313348

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I have a new laptop with 5 partitions on it as follows:1. No drive letter 200 mb NTFS Healthy system2. C: 260.08 GB NTFS, Healthy, (Boot, page file, crash dump, Primary Partition)3. No drive letter 161.73 GB Unallocated (I created this one and think I screwed up)4. Lenovo D: 29.00 GB Healthy (Logical Drive)5. No Drive letter 14.75 GB Healthy (Oem Partition)When I right click on Partition #3, I cannot format nor delete, nor shrink it. I would like to format it and give it a drive letter and make it a storage drive.TIA for your help.srloren

Answer:Why can't I format this partition

By design you can only have 4 primary partitions and you already had those. If you were starting from a new drive or one with less than 4 primary partition, you also would have had the option of 3 primary partitions and one extended partition that can have multiple logical drives on it. but you already have the limit. Unless you purchase from the mfg a recovery disk set so you do not need the recovery partition and associated recovery console, you will need to reextend your C partition to use all of your unallocated space again. Your #1 is your boot partition (required)Your #2 is your C driveYour #3 your currently unallocated spaceYour #4 is your recovery partitionYour #5 is probably your recovery and similar tools set of by the mfg.You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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I have a HP Pavilion PC with Windows XP SP2 and instead of recovery disks it has a "D" Recovery Partition.I would like to Format the "C" partition but Windows Explorer shuts me down every time I go near the local disk. If I go to Command Prompt with FORMAT C: it just keeps asking me questions I have no answers to. Oh! Please don't refer me tp HP 24/7. I don't have time to learn a new language.

Answer:Format "c" Partition

Hold down F11 when booting up.

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I recently formatted both my HD's and booted from the winxp disk to reinstall....Xp first went through a format then into installation--when i got to the create partion screen i didn't change anything just created a new one @ my HD capacity--it the left 8gb of unpartioned space--

i guess what im wondering is this right? because when i have reinstalled win before it had my partition for xp and what i think was like 40-80gb left over--

8gbs just seems so small
 

Answer:New Partition after hd format

Originally posted by silverorb:
I recently formatted both my HD's and booted from the winxp disk to reinstall....Xp first went through a format then into installation--when i got to the create partion screen i didn't change anything just created a new one @ my HD capacity--it the left 8gb of unpartioned space--
Click to expand...

That is not possible. It would not format and then ask you to partition.
 

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I've got an 120 gb external hd linked via firewire. I need to format and divide into 3 @ 30gb each (approx, i know you lose about 1%). Partion magic can see drive but can't do anything, so I'll have to do it via dos. Can you talk me thro it.

Answer:Best way to format & partition ext. hd?

DOS is unable to see firewire so if you are unable to remove the drive and use its IDE connection you will have to do it through Windows.If you're on XP you can format via Drive Management (RIGHT click My computer and click on Manage).

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http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorial...e-firmware-interface-install-windows-7-a.html

from the link, after I wipe all the drives from a win 8, UFEI setting, and ends up w/ a blank drive. It says on step 8 that

You will notice that the disk has now been formatted as GPT with 3 partitions. Select the "Primary" partition 3, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)Click to expand...

but all I get is Disk 0 Partition 1

needless to say, win 7 won't install, as it needs the Disk 0 partition 1, (system) or the MSR (reserved)

but how do you do that? Please help
 

Answer:What if Win 7 does not format in 3 GPT partition?

That link is *way* too complicated.

To do UEFI Windows 7, you need:

- UEFI boot capability in hardware, obviously
- Win7 media that can boot in UEFI mode - DVD or USB formatted with FAT32/bootsect to make it active
- blank drive. Blank. Not partitions made ahead of time. Blank.
.........
- Boot Win7 media in UEFI mode as per your BIOS directions
- Select blank disk -> click NEXT
- Let Windows make the partitions
- ...
- Your friend is now further controlled by you and your desires rather than their own. What a nice friend.
 

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Over a period of time, my HDD is failing - with ever increasing bad clusters and bad sectors. So I'm treating myself to a new, bigger and faster one (and about time too!).The existing drive is split into two partitions - C: (System) and D: (Data). And, with a bit of a struggle with the dying bits, I've a full Acronis True Image back up, on a second HDD, of both partitions that looks healthy.When the new HDD arrives, it will, obviously, be unformatted etc. Is there an easy and logical way to get the drive formatted to NTFS and appropriately partitioned when I won't have a system on the machine until after I've done a True Image restore? I don't want to have to load my Win XP from scratch or anything just to set up the new drive'

Answer:How to format and partition a new HDD?

install as slave, format and partition from Disk Management

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Question: Format Partition

When I installed XP PRO on a new hard drive, partition C and D were made. Everything was placed on C. Now I want to use partition D, but before I can partition D must be formatted. Can XP PRO format partition D without affecting installations that are in C partition?

Also, if I reinstalled XP PRO, can the new install be placed in D partition without affecting C installs, and can the XP PRO installed on C be removed after install of XP PRO in D partition?
 

Answer:Format Partition

You're on the right track.

IMO, a pc should have at least 2 partitions on the same or 2 harddisks: one for OS; another for data. start > Right-click My Doc > props > move > select new drive, ok. Do this for all accounts.

It's best to use C for OS & D, etc. for data. If you keep switching between them, you'll confuse yourself & may lose data. Why C you ask? Cuz the majority of documentation refers to C as OS drive.
 

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OK, I recently emptied my D:Drive but noticed that there is still used space of 4GB on that drive. So I tried to format it but got an error saying 'This drive is in use. Another program or process is using this drive. Do you want to format it anyway?'

I clicked Yes and then I got error saying 'Windows cannot format this drive. Quit any disk utilities or other programs that are using this drive, and make sure that no window is displaying the contents of the drive. Then try formatting again.'

I clicked OK, followed the instructions, tried formatting again and got the same error again. I've tried restarting my PC and also disconnecting/reconnecting my HDD. I also don't have a boot disc (or anything similar) so I can't format from BIOS (or whatever)

Btw, I have Win7x64 installed on C:Drive and have 4 partitions left (D:, E:, F:, G:).

So my questions are:-

1. What exactly is using up 4GB of my hard disk space?

2. Is the missing 4GB the reason I can't format that partition?

3. Why is my pinky finger longer than my thumb?
P.S.: I've attached a Snip of my Disk Manager.

Answer:Why can't I format this partition???

  
Quote: Originally Posted by t4akawolf


OK, I recently emptied my Drive but noticed that there is still used space of 4GB on that drive. So I tried to format it but got an error saying 'This drive is in use. Another program or process is using this drive. Do you want to format it anyway?'

I clicked Yes and then I got error saying 'Windows cannot format this drive. Quit any disk utilities or other programs that are using this drive, and make sure that no window is displaying the contents of the drive. Then try formatting again.'

I clicked OK, followed the instructions, tried formatting again and got the same error again. I've tried restarting my PC and also disconnecting/reconnecting my HDD. I also don't have a boot disc (or anything similar) so I can't format from BIOS (or whatever)

Btw, I have Win7x64 installed on Crive and have 4 partitions left (D:, E:, F:, G.

So my questions are:-

1. What exactly is using up 4GB of my hard disk space?

2. Is the missing 4GB the reason I can't format that partition?

3. Why is my pinky finger longer than my thumb?
P.S.: I've attached a Snip of my Disk Manager.



One your page file is there and in use.

two if you safe boot (F8) you will be able to

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ACER Aspire 1360
quite old
256mb
sempron processor 2800+
win xp
120gb HD.western digital (fitted after the last one failed)
fat32
service p 3
had a problem with the machine running unstable and slow, tried to find viruses etc but nothing came up.

have backed up the wanted file and looking to format the disk

there is only 1 main partition C:

I'm guessing I can't format because it's trying to format the partition is has currently booted.

So tried to partition but it doesn't give me the option to do this ANYWHERE, ie the option is greyed out etc

just want a fresh start with this machine.


help?

Answer:cannot format or partition HD

If you want a fresh start, put your XP CD in the drive and reboot the computer. You may need to go into the Setup Bios to make sure the first boot device is the CD rom drive. You then will see the message Press Any Key to Boot From CD You then are booting from the XP CD. Here you can format the Partition that has Windows installed on it NTFS, and install Windows.

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Hello there,

I am using Windows XP which is installed by default on C: in my computer. I also have a D: (8GB) which was created by the recovery disk provided to me by the manufacturer (HP). Now my C: drive is almost full, so I am thinking about formatting the D: and move some contents there. I have made sure from the manufacturer (HP) that it is safe to remove the recovery partition if I have the installation DVD. SO, before going on to format it using the right-click menu (right-click over the D: icon int 'My Computer') I thought of seeking your advise if it is safe to do so?? I mean does it affect the data on C: in any way, because I have a single physical drive and these are logical partitions. Please tell me if it is safe, and if it is not then tell me any other way to do it. I urgently need some free space on my computer, but cannot buy a new hard-disk before the last-week this month!!!

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank You in advance!!
 

Answer:Solved: How to format a partition (D:)

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HI

How come i cant partition my D Drive. The option is grayed out!

Any ideas

Answer:Cant Partition Or Format D Drive! Why??

Try posting a screen shot with this method:

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...en-forums.html

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I am trying to format and partition my hard drive from xp cd. But there is no option for me to partition my hard drive into 2. The only options i can select are install, create and delete. If i am not mistaken, i think we should have an option where we can allocate the hard drive space according to the size that we need. What should I do now and thanks for the help.
 

Answer:Solved: how to format and partition from XP CD?

After the cd loads Windows Setup, hit "Enter" to set up WinXP, the next screen is the EULA, hit "F8", the next screen should show the available hard drives present in the system,if there is an existing partition hit "D" to delete a partition, then "L" to finalize the deletion, hit "C" to create a partition.

The screen immediately after you hit "C", will be the screen you need....
The minimum size for the new partition is 8 megabytes (MB).
The maximum size for the new partition is XXXX megabytes(MB).
Create partition of size XXXXX, the field will be white, that is where you would type, let's say half of the available space, then do it again using the remaining space.

Example; if your HDD is 76316 MB (80 GB) you could create one 35 GB in size(35 x 1024=35840 MB), then create another using the remaining space.
 

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is it possible to low level format one partition?

Answer:low level format partition

Look through the options with this utility-
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/...-Manager.shtml

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hello,

I'm not very technical, so I apologize in advance if I confuse.

In my new computer. I have an old hard drive which was the primary drive in my old computer. It was partitioned C and D, it is now F and G.
there is nothing on it that I want, but it has a mess of hidden files and files that I cannot delete using various utility programs.

I've been told that formatting will erase everything. My PowerDesk software has a button marked format which I assume will step me through things.

I have no reason to divide the hard drive into two partitions. If it is not complicated or requiring special software, I would like to make this drive one 250 GB drive.

I'd appreciate any direction as to where I can find instruction.

Thank you,

Bob
 

Answer:Solved: format and un-partition?

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Hi guys,

I have a question. If I format the partition where my OS is installed, will my other programs/softwares installed in other partition get affected?
I want to reformat and reinstall my OS but I'm not sure if I will be able to run my programs and softwares just as if nothing happened!
Hope someone could help me on this! Thanks in advance!

Answer:format partition where OS is installed

Hi Ruined,

When you format your partition to reinstall your OS The other partitions will stay as they are, as long as you do not format them during the new install.
However if you have installed programs to another partition and then reinstall the OS, The "new" OS will not know this, making these programs as good as useless. Ie, the old programs will not show up in the new menu, nor will they be registered in the registry. So yes you would have to reinstall them.
This said, if you only have data files. Ie, a collection of music, pictures, films or Back up files on another partition these will remain untouched and you will be able to access these files again with the new OS.

I hope this helps

Pooch

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I've tried several of the demo partition apps (swissknife, partition manager, partition magic) on my windos xp pro AND win98se machines so I could turn my 4GB FAT32 Hitachi microdrive into a 2GB FAT16 microdrive card that my camera will recognize. I have a Kingbyte USB card reader for the drive.

Each time, I receive a different error message. Swissknife gave me a memory read error in XP and a vxd (BSOD) message in win98. I would really like to get that app to work since it looks like it should do what I want and is FREE. Has anyone had any success with it?

I am going to check out Linux on my Knoppix CD and see if there are any easy utilities there. Any other ideas are welcome.

The 2 and 1GB cards cost almost as much as this 4GB card did and I didn't realize my camera wouldn't read it since I'm new to microdrives.

Thanks
 

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I really should know whats going on but i cant think straight.
I want to format my D: drive to clear some space. Thing is my D: used to be my C: drive under XP when i was dual booting so its showing as an active primary partition and W7 wont let me format it.
Ive tried deleting everything but some things are refusing to go (like the file boot which i assume is to do with dual booting)
Can someone please help.
Im not really as stupid as i seem
Thanks.

Dave.

Answer:Cant format a Primary partition.

couple of options

1. Go the the web site of manufacturer of your hard drive and get their
free disk utility. Usually they have a program on there to format
your hard drive.

2. Download Gparted boot cd and boot that and format your drive.

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I am planning on clean installing Windows 7, but I do not get the difference between formatting and deleting. When you do a custom install of windows, you get the option to delete or format. Which option should I choose? I am used to just deleting all partitions and just creating a new one to start from scratch, but is formatting any different?
 

Answer:Format or Delete Partition

Formating will erase the partition, however a partition must exist before hand.
Deleting a partition will allow you to create a new partition of varying size.
Keep in mind that the partition will still need to be formated after one is created.

Think of it this way:
Partition defines the borders, while formating defines the table type within.
 

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I have recently clean installed XP onto my older Compaq. The windows upgrade test (from 98 to XP) said I would have no problems with hardware compatibility.

I have two partitions: the C and D drive. XP installed on C and formatted it to NTFS, no problems. But when I click on my D drive in XP, it is now RAW. When I go to try to format it to NTFS, it will crash and then nothing (not even my C drive) is accessable without booting up with the XP disk and reinstalling the OS.

Should I try to delete both of the partitions and combine them into one and hope that when XP is reinstalled and does the format to NTFS that it works? The D drive is about 11GB that I would hate to just have as unusable...

Thanks in advance for any help or advice.
 

Answer:Can't format partition after XP install

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Hey all,

I'm trying to install windows 7 64bit OEM but in the custom install options i can't format the partition i want to install to. The partitions were created under XP on a secondary drive, which will now be the primary drive, XP will be wiped later and that drive i have actually disconnected for the time being. The only options i can access are "refresh" and "load driver".

I'm not too sure whether i need an updated sata driver controller (asus M2N AM2 mobo - nforce controller) or i need to make the partition active using something like the diskpart utility.
I've looked at the asus website and there are no updated sata drivers for windows 7 or even vista 64bit, only a beta raid driver.

Or is it the partitions themselves since they were created under XP (although i don't think its this)

I've found some posts on here with similair sounding problems but hoping someone with a bit more knowledge can tell me which is most likely to be the cause and save me a bit of time.

Thanks in advance
Gonz

Answer:Can't format partition for install

Welcome to the Seven Forums!

Are you running the installer from within Windows, or are you booting directly from the disc? If the former, try the latter.

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Now I have all of my files etc. of my old laptop I am now going to try and reformat it and install XP back on so I can give it to my granddaughter to learn on.My old computer is a Dell Inspiron 510m, what I need to know is if I format it with the XP disc will it format the partition that holds the recovery part also or just the C drive, I don?t really won?t to keep this partition as I only would like XP, then I will install what I won?t not all Dell?s rubbish.If not is there a program that will clean the hole hard drive preferable free. I have the XP disc and all the driver disc?s that came with the computer, will I have to install the drivers or will XP do most of them when it restarts hopefully??? If not is there an order that they should be installed or will they just collect the right driver from the disc.Might be back a few times during this job!!!!Thanks againMerc

Answer:Will XP format Dell partition

Make cd rom 1st boot option in bios then when you boot from cd follow instructions to reinstall xp. You will see possibly 3 partitions, 2 of which are fat32 (hidden dell partitions). It's best to keep these so highlight 'c' to format and install xp.Or you can do a repair install where xp reinstalls over itself and keeps all data, but you just have to redo all updates.When xp finishes installing there is an order to install the drivers and utilities:The following list is an overview of the correct order to install drivers on Dell desktops and portables. After reinstalling Microsoft® Windows®, follow the order listed when reinstalling drivers. It is recommended that you print this list for reference when installing drivers.Note: Some devices may not function properly if the drivers are installed out of order.1. Desktop System Software (DSS) or Notebook System Software (NSS) - A vital utility that provides critical updates and patches for the operating system. If you are reinstalling Windows or updating all drivers, it is important that this software be installed first. This is located under the System Utilities Category on the Drivers and Downloads page.2. Chipset - Helps Windows control system board components and controllers. This is located under the Chipset Category on the Drivers and Downloads page.3. Video Adapter - Enhances video performance. This is located under the Video Category on the Drivers and Downloads page.4. Network Interface Card (NIC) - Enhances the networ... Read more

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After my Pavilion zt1135 hd took a nose dive I purchased a new 20gb, and I need to know step by step directions----please---I was running Win XP, had the Blaster virus, a trojan and teekids. Got rid of those finally, but after a few days of using the notebook with all ok I shut it down only. Next day there was a message that read--please type in Command Enterpter.
Didn't really know what it meant exactly, so I tried re-booting several times. Finally got a C:\ and turned it off. Next day the message was: Hard Disk Boot sector invalid press "h" to retry hard drive any other key for the next device. I can go into Bios and also get a Boot Screen listing Hard Disk Floppy Drive Cd-Rom Drive and Internal Lan to boot from then it goes on to give other errors. HP tells me this is a sign of hard disk failure---the puter is only a year old. I have much treasured data that I didn't back up like any careless computer user---any ideas on how to retrieve my data will help, and I thank all in advance. Keleah.
 

Answer:partition and format new notebook hd

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Hi all,

I am facing an issue that I am unable to format a partition as its showing system partition and neither Format or Delete Partition options are highlighted in Disk Management.

I have a Compaq Laptop with Windows XP SP3 Installed on Drive C

In total I have 4 Partitions on the laptop, namely:
Drive C - Logical Partition (if it matters) - Windows is installed on this drive.
Drive D - Primary Partition (System) - Used only for Data - But unusable.
Drive E - Primary Partition - Used only for Data.
Drive F - Primary Partition - Used only for Data.

The drive I would like to format is Drive D, which is a primary partition and is showing System Partition, I have not configured any backup on this drive, nor any pagefile is set to be kept on this drive, yet it shows System Partition.

Apart from this on this drive, there is a directory named "Data" that I can access and then other subdirectories, when I try to access them it says access is denied. Hence I am not able to delete them as well.
The reason I am trying to delete these directories or format this drive is that Its total capacity is 18 GB and 9 GB is being consumed because of the subdirectories and the data they hold, yet I am unable to use them.

I also tried to delete the partition using Diskpart, but it gives an error: "the arguments you specified for this command are not valid"

I also tried to set the partition Inactive, yet getting the same error.

I also tried the comman... Read more

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After my Pavilion zt1135 hd took a nose dive I purchased a new 20gb, and I need to know step by step directions----please---I was running Win XP, had the Blaster virus, a trojan and teekids. Got rid of those finally, but after a few days of using the notebook with all ok I shut it down only. Next day there was a message that read--please type in Command Enterpter.
Didn't really know what it meant exactly, so I tried re-booting several times. Finally got a C:\ and turned it off. Next day the message was: Hard Disk Boot sector invalid press "h" to retry hard drive any other key for the next device. I can go into Bios and also get a Boot Screen listing Hard Disk Floppy Drive Cd-Rom Drive and Internal Lan to boot from then it goes on to give other errors. HP tells me this is a sign of hard disk failure---the puter is only a year old. I have much treasured data that I didn't back up like any careless computer user---any ideas on how to retrieve my data will help, and I thank all in advance. Keleah.
 

Answer:partition and format new notebook hd

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Hello, I just read on the net that xp you dont use fdisk, that you can format and partition a slave drive though xp, is this true? has any one tried it? i have read it but lost the page to actually do it? any help here on this one

ron

using xp home looking to clean a 80 hard drive
 

Answer:format and partition a slave through xp?

Right click on My Computer and choose Manage and then Disk Management. You will see your new drive there to partition and format.
 

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By XP crashed and I am reinstalling XP from CD and partitioning C drive. Now stuck at 36% for 2 hours...normal? Can I restart and instead of partitioning 100% of C do a smaller %?
 

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new guy here - XP died and am reinstalling via CD. Partitioning C for clean start and been stuck at 36% for 2 hours...can I restart and partition with less than 100% of drive? or, do I wait? thx
 

Answer:partition format stuck at 36%

:wave Welcome to Major Geeks! :major
If it's been 2 hours, it is probably stuck due to a bad hard drive, but there is a chance it is something else. Even though rebooting in mid-format is never a good idea, you can try booting to a 3rd party utility to test the integrity of the drive. If it is tested and comes back 100% healthy, then use a 3rd party tool to format the drive, or to at least totally wipe it clean. Then try the XP install again. You can try just waiting it out, I've seen Windows 2000 installs take almost 7 hours to format an 80gb drive (why? I have no idea but it definitely isn't normal) and once it completed the rest of the install went fine, and the PC is still running perfectly to this day. So, wait if you want. If you become conviced that something is up and it is stuck (try listening very closely to the drive and report what you hear), you can try my suggestions. Diagnostic tools can be downloaded from the hard drive manufacturer's web site, as can formatting tools; you can also look in the Major Geeks drive utilities section.... good luck!

(I assume no responsibility if you end up damaging the drive by forcing a reboot in mid-format!)
 

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i was trying to create a image with dos ghost, at the point where it say analizing partition i change my mind and power off the PC now the HD that i was trying to create a image of is showing blank all 3 partition and saying to format, at first when i connect it to the pc to view it it say offline i change it to online but all 3 partition showing empty is there any way to restore the partition to the way it was saving all the file and folder structor
note the drive and partition show up in disk management but not in my computer

thanks

Answer:help to restore format partition

Hi albertldee, Welcome to Sevenforums.

Is your HDD visible in BIOS as well. If yes, try these.
In "Disk Management" check to see if the drive is visible. If the drive is found, look at the partition for the drive. New drives will be labeled as FAT32 and have a drive letter assigned.
If the drive does not display as "Healthy," or shows the file format as "RAW," then the partition has become corrupt. It could also be corrupt if the bar above the drive is black and shows as "Unallocated."
To make the drive usable again after a partition has become corrupt or lost start by right clicking on the drive in "Disk Management" and select "Delete partition" from the menu. Then right click on the drive again and select "create partition" from the menu. Follow the steps in the partition wizard to create a Primary partition.
After the new primary partition has been created "Disk Management" will display the drive with an NTFS partition.

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Check the drive status in Device Manager :
Right click on "My Computer" and select "Manage."
From the "Computer Management" window select "Device Manager" from the list on the left.
From the device list, expand the "Disk Drives" category by clicking on the [+] symbol found to the left. If the drive is detected by the system, there will be an entry for your external drive... Read more

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I had Vista Home Premium on my laptop, created a new partition, and installed W7 on the new partition.

I have installed all the programs I need to on W7 and now want to delete the Vista partition (C:) but neither Windows Disk Management nor EASEUS Partition Master will allow me to. The "format" option is just greyed out. I am currently in the W7 partition (A:) and want to format the C: to merge it with my Data Drive.

Any ideas as to what the problem may be?

P.S. I currently have the W7 partition at 20 GB. How big should the partition be, considering I put any data files in the Data Drive and only install programs in the W7 drive? I would like to merge any extra space I could end up with into the data drive as well because there's really no use to me to have an extra 5-7 GB sitting in the W7 drive. I have 64-bit W7

Answer:W7 can't format my Vista partition?

I had this same problem a while back. Check this out for how I did it.

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Okay, I'm new here so first of all I would like to say a big hello.

Anyways, I just picked up Windows Vista Business 'N,' and I am ready to install it. However, I am wanting to dual-boot between Vista and XP.
Now, my Windows XP is on my 15 Gig partition, it's just Windows XP and it's files. On my 60 gig partition, there are all my videos, movies, photos, mp3's, games, etc and I have about 11 gigs left on it.

Now, what I am asking is if I install Vista on my 60 gig partition, will it format that partition and get rid of everything I have on that partition, or will it just install Vista there and leave the files that are already there alone?

Thanks in advance.

P.S., please do not tell me to buy a second hard drive to install Vista on to, because if I wanted to, I would have done that.
 

Answer:Will Vista Format My Partition?

IIRC, it will only format the partition if you tell it to.
 

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Halllo all,

Need help in sorting the partition problem.

Before formatting ,I had two partition of my hard drive C: and D:
C: drive , i had just operating system (windows Xp prof) and other softwares.
D: drive , i had only used for saving imp files, datas and useful information.

Just because system was not running how it should be, i had perform windows installation once again, which i have usually done it in past on just C: drive.. without changing or deleting anything from drive D:

But this time somehow , during the installation D: drive partition was removed and was showing unpartitioned space or 18000 MB
but i m pretty sure it wasn't formated that part of disk space,,
so i have created new logical drive on that unpartitioned space after finishing installition on C:
windows is working .. but i can't get that important data on drive D: back again
when i click on that drive it asking to format.. because file system in not allocated..

Is there any way to get all my Files back.. Please Help!!!!!!
 

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hey mates,

I have a downloads partition D: drive. it's empty. there's no system stuff on it. I made that partition so could reformat it regularly (could hdd hygiene ).
Anyways, it's not letting me reformat it. Saying some other app is using it. i have closed all apps though.

I'd prefer to NOT have to boot up on system disks to resolve this because well that's a hassle and I made the paritition in the first place so could just regularly do a quick reformat easily.

thanks.

Answer:Can't format non-system partition?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by johntkucz


hey mates,

I have a downloads partition D: drive. it's empty. there's no system stuff on it. I made that partition so could reformat it regularly (could hdd hygiene ).
Anyways, it's not letting me reformat it. Saying some other app is using it. i have closed all apps though.

I'd prefer to NOT have to boot up on system disks to resolve this because well that's a hassle and I made the paritition in the first place so could just regularly do a quick reformat easily.

thanks.


You try reformatting in safe mode (F8)?

Might be open in explorer, or your malware might monitoring it etc.

If those fail any good 3rd party partitioning sware (trials are free) like Parigon disk suite will do it in a heart beat.

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Hi i had bought new laptop. At that i have two drives and i locked one of them with the bitlocker and later on i just deleted that drive from disk management.

Now i cannot create partition, i have more than 160 GB and system does not allow me to install a fresh copy and neither it allows me create a partition
What should i do?

Answer:Cannot create/Format Partition

You could try the steps described here: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

As it erases everything on the drive, it might ignore the encryption.

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I need a refresher here, I'm trying to partition my hardrive into three drives so I can multiboot between other operating systems. I want to have FAT32 w/ WinME as my primary and NTFS on the two other partitions, one for WinXP and another for Win Advanced Server (trial)

But I forget how to Format my drive for NTFS....help plz
 

Answer:How do I format a partition for NTFS?

Do the installation first and then you can convert it to NTFS
 

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I am running dual boot with windows 7 and windows xp pro sp2. I am trying to format windows xp which is located in local disk (C but when I try to format it from windows 7 in Disk Management, an error comes up saying "Windows cannot format the system partition on this disk" and when I try formatting it from My Computer by right clicking on Local Disk C the menu comes up for formatting but once I click Start it says "Windows was unable to complete the format. I've also tried to do the Mark Partition as Active method from Disk Management but it's unable to be clicked. Any help here please?
I am unable to get into windows xp os because it has a virus and would restart itself immediately
 

Answer:Can't format xp partition from win7

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I just got a new mobo and processor and Ive been running Vista and Win 7 to see which OS I want to go with full time. I tried installing XP but when I go to format the partition I get an error saying the HD is damaged. If I choose "leave file system intact" I keep getting error messages that files are missing. I ran into this a couple of years ago when I was beta testing Vista but I dont remember how I got around it. The drive tests as good and I got XP installed on a different partition. I remember reading an article that said there was a certain procedure to go through to get rid of Vista. Thanks
 

Answer:Cant format Vista partition

It's possible that the cd is dirty, scratched, or possibly a bad burn from the .iso file.
 

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Hi,
Due too several problems on O/S which I cannot repair. I have decided to format my C: drive and start afresh.
I have two partitioned HDs with three partitions on each disk.
Is it possible to format the C: drive without touching the other two partitions on the same drive. If so, how?

Answer:Format C: drive partition

You will have the options to select only the partition you want to install Windows to (C: ) and to format that drive during the Windows installation from DVD/USB.

Review and use this tutorial here:
Clean Install Windows 7

Notice at Step #7 that you have the option to use "Drive Options (Advanced)". That is where you will find the option to format C:.

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I have two OS's on the c drive. One partition (Win7) is fine and working but the other partition has another Win7 OS on it that is not fine. I accidentally loaded a second time on the wrong partition. Can not figure out how to format to erase that. I remember in the Win7 install that there is an early screen where I might be able to do that but don't know if it will erase an OS. And if I will screw things up again. What to do?

Answer:how to format partition with old windows on it

go into computer management, and under storage, click disk management.

There you will see your C drive with 2 partitions. Provided you know which partition to delete, you would RIGHT-click on it and click format. You would still have 2 partitions, but I think you can shrink it or something back to the regular patition.

Now, I believe the partition with the win7 that you are using will say something different than the other partition, but as it is past 2 here, i may have to look up information for you tomorrow, provided someone else doesn't come by and clarify my nonsense

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I created a 20gb partition on my external hard drive and no longer require the partition. It is currently unallocated space so I want to format it into NFTS. Using computer management the partition was selected and and I went through the steps to format but i keep on getting an error message saying there is not enough space on the disk to complete this operation. I have tried googling the problem but nothing relevant has come up. Do you have any idea why this is happening.

Answer:Partition format error

Did you try rescan disks in disk management?

What other volumes do you have on the external drive.

Posting a disk management screenshot will help.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...en-forums.html

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Have been trying to istall Win98,FDISK:says C:does not contain a validFat orFat32 partition .Have run Scandisk withFollowing resultsSurface Scan....No problems drive CDirectory Structure ...OK. FDISK/STATUS....Disk-Drive-Mbytes-free-usage. 1 - 3103 3103 %FDISK/MBR...MasterBoot(Has not been updated)File allocation.....OKWhy can I not partitionThanks for any help or suggestions

Answer:PLEASE HELP:Partition/Format,Problems

Have you tried partitioning via fdisk????

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i have a 500gb externet hdd... some days before it started to become raw..... so i formatted it and tried to partition it in several partitions...... but i failed and now it not even formatting nor making a single partition..... i tried disk management and a third party software but both in vain..... below i have given the pics what happening..... plz quickly help me

Answer:Why cant I format or partition my external hdd??

click here here you see it doesnt have any partition nor any format option and i cant even change its partition setting

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Hello,My system has windows Vista Enterprise With Service Pack1. I had partitioned the hard drive. And later had installed Windows Server 2003 as i had to work on Sharepoint 2007. So, its Drive C (original with the Vista) Drive E: ( Server 2003). Now the boot.ini is in drive E otherwise it wont be possible to install server. now how will i get boot.ini back to vista? i want to format E Drive and uninstall Server as i dont need it any more and it has taken lot of space and i need space too. if i format drive E, then my system wont start. Can any1 help me?Thanks,Paris

Answer:Can i format my one disk partition ?

Does not sound like you created a multiboot. Post your server boot.ini for review.

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Hi, I have Vista on drive C: and Windows 7 on drive G: (not the perfect set, I know..)
I kept Vista because I wasn't sure if I wanted to move to Windows 7, now I'm ready to remove Vista..

The problem is when I log into Windows 7 and try to format C: (the drive with Vista on it), I get the message:
I had Vista installed before Windows 7 (obviously), and I have deleted the boot options for Vista from the msconfig.msi thingy ...

Please help, I need the space that Vista is occupying...

Answer:Format a system partition from another OS?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by EmpNaval


Hi, I have Vista on drive C: and Windows 7 on drive G: (not the perfect set, I know..)
I kept Vista because I wasn't sure if I wanted to move to Windows 7, now I'm ready to remove Vista..

The problem is when I log into Windows 7 and try to format C: (the drive with Vista on it), I get the message:
Attachment 131912

I had Vista installed before Windows 7 (obviously), and I have deleted the boot options for Vista from the msconfig.msi thingy ...

Please help, I need the space that Vista is occupying...


Well with a third party app like parigon disk suite (which works outside windows) it is easy. Parigon is free to try.

Ken J

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Heres the situation, 3 months ago i fried my motherboard while I was (hot switching) CD drives, "before I new what that term meant" I bought a new board, and graphics card. I have two drives, 120 WD and 80gb Samsung When booted up the system, windows refused to start because of missing system files, also the 120 Wd began making heavy clicking noises, and woodnt shut up and was not dected by bios even after using different cable a different channels. Im thinking the Motherboard was not the only thing to get fried, but I dont want to give up on 200 dollars just yet.
since HP is A $$^$£^% whore i didnt recieve a windows re-installation cd, so i was forced to get a bootleg version of XP (bootable), (used it be4 no flaws)
i created 10 gig fat32 partition for OS and a 67GB raw on the 80gb samsung for apps video music. the OS is installed and working great, but when I try to format the 67gb partition to NTFS it stops at 90% and maybe in a hour really stops at 92%, the system does not freeze, and now im stumped

A little off topic, I noticed when I was making partitions of my 80 gb drive, 76gb were all that were availible, where does the extra 4gb go?
 

Answer:Partition Wont Format

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Hi, I recently bought a refurbished laptop from pcworld UK, it's amazing, although the graphics card was different to advertised so far it's all good (I am yet to game on it though lol).

I have 2 drives, the typical C drive and a D partition called Data, they are split evenly in half, 150gb each. I was wondering if I could format the D drive as it has 11gb left and the files on it seem to be something to do with a previous owner called Camelia. It has files like Word (seems to be a cracked version) and an antivirus and a few other things. Also some recovery things, although I have ran the toshiba recovery thing onto 2 DVD disks so I don't think I need it.

So after my waffling, my question is, can I just format it? Also is there anyway to de-partion it?

Thanks,
Ryan
 

Answer:Solved: Format D: partition?

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Hello, Is it possible to recover or format only my C partition using the lenovo recovery?Cause i cant find any options to format only C. Best regards, Jay

Answer:Recover/Format only the first partition

Jay8 wrote:Hello, Is it possible to recover or format only my C partition using the lenovo recovery?Cause i cant find any options to format only C. Best regards, JayOKR will format and place C: back to factory default. Use the NOVO button to access OKR Recovery.

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hi, on my netbook there is C drive which is FAT 32 and D drive which is NTFS. the thing is i have windows xp dualbooting windows xp (i know its weird). i am only using C drive so i want to format the D drive and merge it with C drive so i can have more space. the thing is it doesnt let me delete it. i tried using Easus Partition manager, but there was no delete option or anything like that. please help

***i cant use the CD because mine is a netbook. also booting from USB does not work because my computer is old and it doesnt support booting from usb in BIOS.

Answer:how to format NTFS partition

It would help if you posted a pic of the easeus main screen.

It sounds as if the critical boot files are on D.

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