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How to format a hard drive w/o a floppy drive

Question: How to format a hard drive w/o a floppy drive

I have a laptop with a partition HD. I want to re-format the entire drive and delete the partition. The problem I have is that I do NOT have a floppy drive and only have a CD Rom drive.

I can find figure out how to reformat with out a floppy drive to boot from.

Please help me!!!!

Running XP now and want to re-install it after.

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Preferred Solution: How to format a hard drive w/o a floppy drive

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Answer: How to format a hard drive w/o a floppy drive

Simply boot from the XP CD. It should do the lot.
XP does not usually use a boot floppy.

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I am trying to get into one of my foppy disk as it has some files on it that I am trying to look at. everytime I put my disk into the floppy (A) drive and try to load the files on it I get a error message saying disk drive A is not formatted and when I click on yes to format the disk it says my information will be erased of the disk if I do so I didn't try it however I tried to load another disk with nothing on it and I tired to reformat it but it didn't reformat it(I forget what It said). how can I get my floppy disk to load my files to where I can pull up the Microsoft word documents that I have on them? what is wrong with my floppy drive?

Answer:floppy drive won't format floppy disk

The disks are probably corrupted. You can try and recover the files off of them using BadCopy Pro - Floppy Disk, CD, DVD and Digital Media Data Recovery Software

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My friend has installed XP Pro from an original disc, which is for a clean drive, on to a laptop with 98 and as the PC has a small HD she is finding it is getting full. 98 seems to be still there and the C prompt keeps coming up. She is wondering how to format C drive so as to start all over again. We have 2 other laptops with both floppies and USB pendrives. and startup disks for ME.She has allowed her daughter to play on the PC and it,s full of junk etc so a clean start may also speed it up a bit.Russell.

Answer:Format C drive, No floppy drive,

XP disk will have a utility to format the C drive before you install Windows onto it. Boot from the CD and choose a new install - you will then get the option of deleting any exisintg partitions which will completely remove any previous windows versions!

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I've been noticing after re-installing Win 7 that I get random floppy drive seeks and the hard drive light flashes like crazy and then everything is fine again.I have Clamwin AV,Spyware Blaster and Spybot S&D installed,but that's it,no Windows Defender or Essentials AV.Any ideas what causes this? It's a minor annoyance,but I just want to make sure it's not damaging anything.Also would Readyboost help me? I've got 2 gigs dual channel PC3200 ram(or I could go with 2.5 gig single channel PC2700)and a P4 at 3 gig until I can afford to upgrade my comp.This is my first post in quite awhile so I hope this is in the right place Thanks.

Answer:Random floppy drive seek and hard drive light flashing

I have a fix for the floppy drive problem. Unplug it!

But er, it could easily be the AV software doing it, or possibly the Windows indexer.

To track it down you could try catching it in the act (if it's prolonged enough) by using the "Resource Monitor" found on the Performance tab of the Task Manager. Click on the "Disk" tab and wait for it to happen and see if something new shows up as doing disk IO.

Though also, disabling the AV software temporarily and see if it stops might be a first try...

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if I use accessories system tools and back up it looks like I also have to insert floppy disc and I do not have a floppy drive. How can I back-up entire C drive onto external hard drive without this

Answer:back up c drive onto external hard drive with no floppy driv

I use Seagate Disk Wizard on a bootable CD.Goin' Fishin' (Some day)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I want to make a bios disc and I have a bunch of old floppy discs laying around though I'm pretty sure some of them are messed up or what not. Is there a way for me to scan them to see if they are in 100% working order or a way I can make them 100% working order so I can make an error free bios disc?

I mean I just inserted a floppy in the new floppy drive and keep in mind I'm making a bios disc. When I double clicked the floppy drive with the floppy in it. The drive said "The floppy disc is not formatted", and a menu popped up. I understand all of the stuff it says because most cannot be reset such as size, file system, and allocation unit size. But in the bottom of the menu it says format options:

QUICK FORMAT [ ]

CREATE MS DOS STARTUP DISC [ ]
The [ ] represents a check box. Remember I'm going to be using this as a bios disc so what do you all think I should pick? None?
 

Answer:How can I create an error free floppy disc with the floppy hard drive I bought?

You can use Quick Format. When you run the program to create the BIOS disk it will probably format the disk again before writing the bios files.
 

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Pft...hello i recently bought this computer and like iv had it for a month suddenly i get the Blue Screen Of Death [BSOD] So im like what the hell is going on.. i decide to format..
I formated like i did on my old computer but this time it said..
"Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your system"
I know this problem is common but i dont know to fix it

The fix i found was that you have to mess around in the BIOS with something called RAID
I heard you enter the Boot cd goto setup and when it asks you about RAID you press f6
I did that
i followed a few steps
BOOM!! it wants me to enter a floppy disc to continue. What the Hell?
1.I dint get no floppy disc from the store i bought the computer
2. I dont have a floppy drive

I hope you understood me.. any help is welcome.. im so pissed off..
bascily i wanna know..
how do i format without a floppy ..and is there a way around the Blue screen of death?
 

Answer:Cannot Format [NO FLOPPY DRIVE]

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Hi, i tryed to make a backup Disk So i ccouldget my Other Pc up and running And it said something needs formatting.
 

Answer:format Floppy Drive

Is it the flopp wot need's Formatting ?
 

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HiWin xp pro xp2600 512 ram.Every time i try to use the floppy drive windows tells me the disk needs to be formatted but when i try to format it says wimdows cannot format this disk i have tried numerous disks with no luck disks work in my laptop which has win 98 and on my xp pc at work.No conflicts in device manager.Thomas

Answer:Floppy drive always wants to format but cannot

It sorta sounds like your floppy drive is the problem..As they are sooooo cheap, even from places like PC World, I would just go and buy a new one..If i remember from last time i looked, change out of 10...do you have a mate who can lend you a floppy drive from his/her PC..put it in yours..Can't you just put what you want on a cd..most pc's these day's seem to have CD-RW anyway?

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The bios is detecting all of them but Windows 7 is not. The floppy's power is on all the time and it is enabled in the bios. My 3rd hard drive is not being detected, however I did delete some windows 7 files and it was working before that. And I have no idea about my dvd drive. My other drive is working though.

Answer:Windows 7 not detecting hard drive, floppy and dvd drive

You are going to need to clear some things up.

Do you have an operational system?
"however I did delete some windows 7 files and it was working before that"

By this sentence I would think not.
Insert the W7 disk and press F8 while it is booting and select restore to the last known good configuration and you should be all set.

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I am running windows 98, the a drive wants to format any 3.5 floppy inserted. Once I format a new disk it will read and write on the disk but i can only use it on that machine. The floppy can not be read on any other machine. What could cause this?
 

Answer:Floppy drive format problem

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Hi all.

I just got a new computer with XP and I'm pretty happy with it for the exception of a few snags. One of these snags is its inability to format floppies. Could this be an XP driver problem or is it a drive problem. I can read disks that have things on them, just not format.

Any ideas would be extremely helpful.

Thanks!!!
 

Answer:Drive A (3.5 floppy) won't format disks!!!

Hi Wind_Danzer,
Have you tried right clicking the floppy drive with the floppy in and selecting Format? See if that works. If not what does it do or say?
 

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My Medion PC is fast running out of storage space. I have 2 hard drives installed totaling 300gb but still need more. Can I remove my floppy drive & instal a 2.5" hard drive?Or is a better option to instal a permanently linked external USB2 Drive?

Answer:replace floppy drive with hard drive

You cannot replace a floppy with a HDD floppy disk controller will not run a HDD port on motherboard wrong size model No.?How many IDE ports has the mother board got 1 or 2 ?1 port = 2 drives on one cable usually 2 HDD and 1 DVD rom drive + 1 DRDRW driveare your drives SATA or PATA

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I am working on a friends computer and I have come up against a very interesting problem:

The computer is a Compaq Presario 5700T with a 13 gig HD and 256 RAM and it is... well, was running Windows 98 SE.

I tried like crazy to rescue the Windows 98 installation (if anyone knows a good program for that I would appreciate being pointed in the right direction for that) but I found that I could not and I had to Killdisk the HD. Now... here is the interesting part: Killdisk shows two different HD's but physically there is only one 13 gig HD. The first disk shows up as the 13 gig and the other phantom disk shows as a 7.5 gig. The 7.5 gig drive isn't a partition that I can tell because when I ran Partition Magic it did not detect a second drive and besides I wiped the 13 gig drive clean. Killdisk also shows two floppy drives but there is only one.

My questions are this:

1. Could this phantom floppy drive and second HD be a BIOS problem? If so, how do I correct that? (Getting into Compaq BIOS settings is harder than breaking into a vault) And can I backup the current BIOS in case an update fails?

2. I also need a reliable program (preferably free) to detect all of the hardware in this PC so I can install the proper drivers. HP has them on their site but this is a refurbished PC and I just cannot tell if the HP drivers will work or not.

3. Is there something that I am overlooking as a potential cause?

Any help would be appreciated.
 

Answer:Phantom Hard Drive and Floppy Drive

Compaq BIOS is F10 right after the "Compaq" flash screen.

I seem to remember there being an 8GB limit on harddrives at one time. Maybe the 7.5 ghost drive is a BIOS workaround.

It's been a very long time but I'm almost positive that Compaq Bios Updates automatically backup current settings to the floppy you use to update. You can later choose to restore. Also they do a check before updating to make sure you have the right version/disk. You can try it and abort at the last step if unsure.
 

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Okay, this just started happening not too long ago. Everytime I try to put in a floppy disk, my A: drive will sit there for a minute then a window will come up saying the disk needs to be formatted. I click okay, and after about another minute a window will appear saying windows cannot format the disk.

Can someone tell me what's wrong? It was working fine before, now it's not.

any help appreciated

Answer:Floppy drive will not read, or format disks

make sure the disk is not write protected
http://helpdesk.ua.edu/help/howto/writeprotect.html , also if the drive led is constantly on it means the cable is connected upside down , if its not any of those then its probably dead

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hello good folks....I have my windows XP disc and was wondering please how to format my drive before reinstalling my system. I downloaded the file which self extracts onto 6 floppy discs. afraid I'm kinda weary of using them in case I cause myself problems....do you know please if these floppy discs format my drive in the same way the old boot floppy for win98 used to do.. ie. type in format C: and hit the return key?just at a loss as to how I format the drive....many thanks...Andy

Answer:dose the 5 floppy discs format my drive

Boot the pc with the xp cd in, and follow onscreen instuctions, you do not need the floppies if you have the upgrade of full version of xp.You might have to enter the bios and change the first boot device to cdrom.

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I own a Toshiba Portege R100 running Windows XP. I would like to format the C: hard drive; however, the R100 model does not come with a CD drive or a floppy disk drive.

I own an external Iomega CD drive, but it is only connectable through USB. As formatting a C: drive using Windows XP requires a CD drive (or a floppy drive), this is not an option since the computer cannot boot from a USB-connected drive.

Is there an external CD drive I could purchase that would actually allow me to boot from it? Or, do you have any other suggestions?

Any help regarding this issue would be appreciated! Thank you!
 

Answer:Format C: Drive Without Internal Floppy And CD Drives

I think I'd take the drive out, connect it to a desktop using a 2.5" to 3.5" IDE adapter, and do the job there.

It's pretty hard to believe there's no possibility to connect a bootable device to that machine, what are your recovery options if anything goes wrong with the hard disk? From looking at the user manual, they expect you to use the optional floppy drive, I guess you don't have one of those?
 

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I own a Toshiba Portege R100 running Windows XP. I would like to format the C: hard drive; however, the R100 model does not come with a CD drive or a floppy disk drive.

I own an external Iomega CD drive, but it is only connectable through USB. As formatting a C: drive using Windows XP requires a CD drive (or a floppy drive), this is not an option since the computer cannot boot from a USB-connected drive.

Is there an external CD drive I could purchase that would actually allow me to boot from it? Or, do you have any other suggestions?

Any help regarding this issue would be appreciated! Thank you!

Answer:Format C: Drive Without Internal Floppy And CD Drives

No help on this one?

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Hi,
I have been having trouble with my Floppy drive. Windows ME gives me an error when I try to create a startup disk or format a brand new floppy. A Dell technician came to my house and put a new floppy drive in and the same errors still happened. The technician changed the settings in Norton 2001 so it would check all files, and he told me to perform a Full system virus scan in safe mode. I did that and Norton found the [email protected] virus. Norton could not deleted or repair the file. I ran the virus scan several times and it could not repair or delete it. I looked up the virus on McCaffee's site and they recommended to Disable System Restore in Windows ME. I did this and now the virus scanner cannot find the virus but my Floppy drive still does not work correctly. Do you think the Virus is gone? Would this Virus cause those errors with my floppy drive? The Dell technician said before he left my house that I should Backup everything, call Dell, and the technician on the phone would give me 8 commands that would delete the virus no matter what it is. But this would mean that I would have to reload everything on my computer. I do not want to do this if I do not have to. I do not know what to do. Any suggestions?

My computer is a PIII with 256 RAM.

Thanks in advance!

P.S. Sorry for such a long message.
 

Answer:Floppy Drive will not format after cleaning virus

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I have a very straightforward question: I am running WinXP Pro on my computer and I just got an external USB hard-drive to back up my data before I upgrade to VISTA.

My internal hard drive is NTFS file system, and the external drive is FAT32. My data backed-up perfectly.

However, I understand that VISTA is NTFS only (for the drive that it's installed on, which in my case will be the internal drive). I will be installing the VISTA OS on the internal drive, and using the external drive solely for backing up data.

I don't want to back up my data externally, upgrade my PC to VISTA, and then discover that I can't access the data on the external drive.

Here's my only question: will VISTA work with a FAT32 external drive, or do I have to convert that external drive to NTFS *before* I attempt to connect it to VISTA?

awaiting your replies - I'll appreciate all the help I can get!
 

Answer:will VISTA read a FAT32 external hard drive,or do I have to format the drive to NTFS?

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format my hard drive for clean install of new windows 10 on flash drive

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Hey Guys,

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

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

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

Any ideas?
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The other day i went to format a partition(called drive D) of a hard drive in dos mode. Just after i pressed enter for the format to begin i relised that in dos my partitioned drive D was actually called drive G and my other hard drive which was drive E was called D, so I was actually formatting drive E. I quickly pressed restart and once in windows tried accessing drive E but it wouldnt let me because it sais it needs to be formatted because it hasnt got a File System. Ive used getdataback to access it but I want to know if there is a way to give the drive a file system name without actually formatting it?
 

Answer:Hard drive problem.. Cancelled format now cant access drive

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I have an Dell desktop with a 1tb HDD running Win 10, am looking to install an SDD then migrate over to this drive leaving the 1tb HDD just for my files.
My 1st question is; I have 4 sata slots on the motherboard 1 = 1tb HDD, 2 = free, 3 = DVD, 4 = free. Have read somewhere always use the lowest number slot for an SSD & if that is so do I put the SDD sata cable into slot 1 & HDD into slot 2
when I first install the SDD drive or change them later after I have cloned the HDD ?
As I am going to use my 1tb HDD just for my file storage will I be albe to do a full fomat on the HDD ie clean all partitions.
Many thanks

Answer:Format main hard drive. Want to install SDD then migrate to this drive

Hi. . .
I would suggest that you install Windows onto the SSD without the HDD being connected.
After Windows 10 is installed on the SSD, then reconnect the HDD and use Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) to format the HDD in NTFS format.
Doing the installation this way assures that no boot related files are written to the HDD during Windows install onto the SSD.
Regards. . .
jcgriff2

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I wish to format an external Hard Drive for Windows 10 and then install the Drive into my Laptop and load Windows 10 from the DVD I created from the ISO file.
My reason for doing this is to get a completely clean install, as every other time I have tried I end up with a poorly function Windows 10 PC and some of the old information such as Wall Paper, Network setting, Home Group etcetera are still set up in the New "clean" installation which I believe are causing the very slow Boot up along with other problems. Each time in the past I have agreed to "keep nothing" but that does not seem to work!

Answer:Format external Hard Drive as a boot drive

plug into another PC using a usb caddy
the drive will appear in disk management either right click and select format (do not do a quick format) or you could use command prompt (admin) and run diskpart to remove all partitions and make just one partition on the drive before formatting.
refit in the laptop
ensure DVD is set as first boot device
insert DVD and and press any key to boot from he windows iso (DVD must be bootable made using windows media creation tool for w 10).
follow the prompts to install windows (you cannot install windows onto the drive while it is in the us caddy on the other PC).

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I need to format my hard drive [D & C drive]

so i wanna know Will format the hard drive [D & C drive], delete the all file
in it? Like the software that i install [ C:\Program Files], will they remain there or
will be deleted?







i already make a back up to all my Document project [ on D drive as i shown above] but to be honest, i dont want the process to delete my " Program Files" folder [ C:\Program Files]& my Document project [ on D:drive]........


** I just reinstall my pc 4/5 days ago [ maybe on 20 or 21/3/2012 ]

Answer:Will format the hard drive [D & C drive], delete the all file in it?

Formatting a drive or partition will completly wipe it, delete everything.

Take note you will be unable to format a drive with Windows on it if you are using that installation, you need to use a boot disk. If using dual boot you can format one Windows drive from the other.

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Hello all, I know this might not be a big thing to most, but hear's the problem...I've got an HP ZV5340US notebook (I know, just the letters HP have you cringing right about now) that has everything but a floopy drive. So I purchase a generic, no name USB floppy drive, boot-up the laptop, connect the cable, windows recognizes it and installs drivers for it and everythings ok...not. after slipping it a floppy and accessing the drive, I get a familiar message stating the floppy is not formatted...would you like to format now? At first, I say no, and then get a message stating the drive can not read the disc. Take the disc out and re-insert, get the same message, only this time clicking yes in answer to the format question...only to be greeted with a "can not format disc" message.

My question is did I get a piece of junk or do I need to enable something within Windows XP Home Ed. or it's registry? The floppies I tried are read/written to without a problem on another laptop that has a built-in floppy drive. I've also tried both the drivers XP loaded when it recognized the new hardware AND the drivers that came via CD with the drive.
 

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Hi everyone,

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

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

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

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Is it possible for me to replace my Floppy Drive with a new Hard Drive so I can get more space?

How much do Hard Drives usually cost for 100 Gigs?

Sorry, computer-noob here.
 

Answer:Floppy Drive to Hard Drive

No need to replace the floppy drive...you can add a hard drive for additional space.
Newegg is a decent site to get an idea on prices.

patio.
 

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I have just fitted a second hard drive, and it isnt recognised by my bios set up. I also do not have a floppy drive on my machine to do fdisk once it is recognised.Any ideas pleeeaassseee???The pig

Answer:Second hard drive no floppy drive

give some further details someone might be able to help you.1) What kind of computer do you have - old, new?2) What size is the hard drive you are trying to install - is it new or second hand?If you could give some information it would help. Some older motherboards will not recognise drives over a certain size. etc. etc.Bodi

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Hello,



When I got this computer it would boot up normally but it was infected With XP Antivirus 2008, which disabled many control panel, start menu Functions. This system is WinXP Pro.

I put a start-up disk in the floppy but it wouldn?t boot. I did manage to Boot from the XP install disk and run the repair function, but it didn?t Help. I checked BIOS settings and made sure the floppy was the first boot device, it still wouldn?t boot from the floppy so I replaced it. Didn?t help so I replaced the floppy cable, still no help.

I removed power from the hard drive hoping to be able to boot from the Floppy, but it still didn?t work. I plugged the hard drive back in and tried To reboot normally but it couldn?t find the hard drive? replaced the ide Cable, that didn?t work either. Checking the BIOS the hard drive wasn?t
Listed in the boot devices. I reset the bios but that didn?t help either.

I checked the power supply and all voltages were present except the +3.3 Volts for the P-4 connector.

Any idea what could have caused this or a way to fix it?

Thanks,

Doug

Answer:Hard Drive & Floppy Drive

This is a very nasty infection/rootkit/virus that is wreacking havoc on many computers. I suggest going to the forum here that deals with infections, etc. to see what you can do to resolve your problem. Perhaps the moderators will move this to the correct forum.

Another excellent place is TechSpot - PC Technology News and Analysis They have a Security & the Web forum. Read their stickies in that forum.


Good luck.

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i got a virus that's been screwing up my computer, tried everything to get rid of it. Couldn't. So i've decided to format my hard drive. I think i'm supposed to do it from DOS and that i need a boot disk, but i have no idea how to start up in DOS and i recently had a new hard drive installed and now my A: drive isn't showing up so i can't create a boot disk. My OS is Windows XP. Please help...your my only hope

Answer:format hard drive, cant find A drive

You can download a boot disk here:http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm:Here are some other links that you may like to read first before formating:http://www.webtechgeek.com/How-to-Format-a-Hard-Drive.htmhttp://www.newlogic.co.uk/kbase/fdisk/page1.htm

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two weeks ago i was bought a Fujitsu B series lifebook computer.About 5 days ago I had got that virus stating I had a "processor running at 83 degrees", "hard drive clusters are partly damaged", "must scan to fix this issue", yatta yatta yatta and some other classic virus jive talk i cant remember at this moment. At first it kept bothering me about the scan, then it started popping up 57 windows in short succesion, then i couldnt access my other files, then my desk top went black and was reduced to 4 icons, start menu was obliterated.try combo fix, trend micro, some other reliable programs but i would either down load them and they'd disappear or in the case of combofix it would load then exit out quickly. It reached a point were i just couldn't boot my computer up anymore.NTLDR was missing it said. I am not sure if that virus deleted it or if the computer and its hd were just old and wore out. It was from the flea market.. I cant get past that error msg, there is no flash drive boot up option on this old thing, i have no floppy drive with it, it has no cd rom drive, ive heard the external usb cd rom drive cant be used to boot it up but im not 100 percent sure.Someone else with the same notebook reported that it would not allow usb cd rom drive boot up. I have been told network boot is an option but i was told thats just to access it after its turned on and its not what i think its for. I was told an hd switch was a good option but i dont... Read more

Answer:"NTLDR is missing" issue with computer featuring no cd rom drive, floppy drive, or flash drive support..

i think im past infected moderator. saying im still in the infection stage is like telling someone with cervical cancer to take the HPV vaccine..

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Hey all,

I just installed a second hard drive on my computer with an eye toward installing linux on it. The installation went fine, but when I restarted my computer the "A" drive does not show up any where.

When I put a floppy in and go to "run, a:" it tells me that it has been renamed or removed.

No idea what could have caused it. I checked the cables and there is nothing unplugged.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

***Scratch that...I restarted and went to my bios, there was no floppy enabled, so I fixed it there.
 

Answer:New Hard drive = no floppy?

Check in the BIOS. Most likely something changed there. There are only 5-6 floppy-settings, on the first Standard page, and on the Advanced BIOS settings page.
 

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I have a second hard drive, which I recovered a deleted file into. I went into the find the recovered file, but it wasn't there, even though it used up a few gigabytes of space. I'm now frustrated, and I want to format the drive. It kept saying "being used by another process" or something like that, anyways, I went into the hard drive and deleted everything myself. The hard drive is now empty, but it still has about 16gigs of space being used, even though the drive is completely empty.

The software I used to recover my file was "Recuva". I uninstalled it, so it shouldn't be interfering with the formatting. Is there anyway to force format the hard drive???

Please help!

Thank you.

Answer:Cannot Format D-Drive (2nd hard drive)

Use your Windows install disc. When it gets to the point where it ask you where you want to install Win 7 indicate that drive. Then format the disc. Now exit the installation. If you cannot get that one to work then attempt it with a XP installation disc.

Another way is to go to your Control Panel and choice Administration Tools then go to Computer Management. From there go to Disk management. Once there right click on the Drive then click on Delete Volume. Once that is done, reformat. Hope this helps.

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I am going to look at a friend's pc tonight who has recently done a restore but now cannot save to floppy or hard drive. Any ideas what the problem could be and how to fix it????

Answer:Hard drive & floppy problem

No, not really. Need an awful lot more info to be able to offer anything. What computer spec is it? What O/S? How was the restore done, eg. was it a system restore or a complete restore back to when first bought etc.....?

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My system: Home built Windows XP Pro, Abit AN7 motherboard, AMD Athlon XP 2500+, 1 gig DDR 2100 RAM, 200gig Seagate HD, 200 gig WD HD, DVD-RW, DVD-ROM, ATI RADEON 8500DV AIW, Creative Audigy 2, Antec 420watt True Power PSU.
A few days ago I started having problems when I would reboot. It would take several tries before I could boot into XP. It kept getting worse until I could not longer boot into XP at all. The video would corrupt (vertical stripes) and then it would freeze. Well, I thought maybe I had a virus, so I tried to boot from a KNOPPIX Live Linux CD, and it did the same thing. I then thought maybe it was the video card or the drivers, so I tried the card in another computer and it worked fine. Then I thought maybe the motherboard was bad, so I replaced it with a new ABIT AN7. I had a Gigabyte board before. Even after replacing the MB, I still cannot boot from the hard drive or cd although the video is no longer corrupted. I have also tried disconnecting everything and trying different memory to no avail. The POST is fine and I can get into the BIOS fine, it's after that when the trouble starts. When I try to boot from the cd or hard drive, it will start to load even taking me to the XP safe mode menu, but no matter what selection I make, it will hang once it starts to load. Same thing with the KNOPPIX CD and with MANDRAKE MOVE live CD. I tried disconnecting the HD's and just boot from the CD, still doesn't work. I have tried to reinstall XP, but i... Read more

Answer:Can't boot from cd or hard drive or floppy!

Welcome to TechSpot
When you change motherboards, you will have to re-install from scratch. It will never start your old Windows from a new mobo.
Your new mobo may also need a BIOS-update to recognize harddisks of that size.
In either case, take the Audigy card out, then try again. When asked for SCSI-drivers etc. you may need to press F6 and install special drivers for those HDs.
 

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

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

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

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

Answer:Re-format Hard Drive to NTFS Format

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





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Hello, and thanks in advance.

I'm fairly new to this and teaching myself as I go but I have a problem that is stumping me. I recently had my hard drive crash in my Dell Dimension b110. Now I know it's not a great system but it does, and has done, what I need of it. I purchased a Seagate Barracuda 500GB (model# ST3500641AS-RK) hard drive to replace the old one but I'm running into issues as I try to reload XP Home on my machine.

Part of the problem, I think, is that the new hard drive is SATA while the old one was IDE. I've purchased a quality adapter and everything seems alright except that when I start up the XP installation disk, hit F6 and then 'S' to prompt for the SATA hard drives installation disk I get a message that I need a floppy disk to complete the install. Thing is, I don't have a floppy on my machine. I tried to do some stuff with Nlist but I got really confused and wasn't sure exactly how to get the drivers off of the Seagate installation disc.

Right now I'm working off of my laptop and it doesn't have the ability to burn disks but I do have an external hard drive available if I could boot XP with the needed drvers from the external hard drive.

Any help would be greatly appreciated as I'm just leaning how to do all of this stuff by teaching myself.

Thanks
 

Answer:XP Re-install Needs Floppy for hard drive recognition

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Sometimes when I try to open a file from My Documents, Word 97 tries to access the floppy drive first, slowing down the file open process. It seems to be with files that were once on a floppy disk. Even though they are now in My Documents, in an appropriate folder, Word still tries the floppy first.
Any ideas why? Any solutions?
 

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I've been writing a novel for about a year and I have around 96 pages written. It is not much but much of that time has been spent doing research. I have been saving it to a floppy disk. Some time after I began it stopped saving to my hard drive so I just continued saving to the floppy. I keep three copies as insurance. Yesterday I had a notice on my screen telling me the floppy is full; no more can be added. I had done more than 12 hours of writing and if I turn my computer off I will lose that. You see, when I go in to the computer and then to My Documents and then click on the novel, it always asks me to insert a floppy. It is as though it is not on my hard drive.

Last night I attempted to save it to a CD-RW and according to what that program told me, I was successful. But I am unable to bring up the story from that CD-RW.

Today I went and bought a SanDisk Cruzer Micro USB 2.0 Flash Drive. It is a; SDCZ6-2048RB. On the vague instructions that came with it, it appears I don't need to download any software to support it because I am using XP Pro. It goes on to say I don't need to turn my computer off in order to remove the appliance. But it doesn't tell me if I need to turn my computer off to plug it in. If I turn my computer off I lose 12 hours of intensive work. I want to save what is there. Maybe it is somewhere on my hard drive but it just won't appear for me.

1. I want the work to go onto my hard drive. Eventually I will be electronically sending... Read more

Answer:I Need Assistance With Saving From Floppy & Cd-rw To Hard Drive. Xp Pro

what program are you composing the novel in?

does it have a file/save as command?

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I have just fited an new 200 gig hard drive along side my old 40 gig as it wasn't always starting up properly.Everything works fine using new one as the master.However I had to remove a dvd drive so that i had enough cables.floppy is now connected direct to m/b but light is staying on all the time and won't read anything.Does it require a setting changing at start up.many thanks

Answer:floppy light on after fitting new hard drive

shouldn't do, what does device manager say about FD?

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I have an HP Omni 2100 with a shared slot for floppy and cd rom.It doesnt boot from CD. I can't load the cd rom drivers from floppy because the cd rom isn't in at the same time. Can anyone direct me to some free software to load on C: containing the CD rom drivers etc needed to make the cd drive boot up. Help gratfully appreciated Its driving me mad.

Answer:How to load boot up floppy onto hard drive

not too clued up mate but depending on your os might file/export not work?johnny.

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I am trying to copy my ethernet card driver to floppy as I am going to format H/drive.Alternativeley how can I find driver for sis 900 fast ethernet card, please can anybody help?

Answer:how to copy driver from hard drive to floppy

This might help?click here

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I have a number of floppy disks that I want to save while my old XP system is still running. I bought a new laptop with WIN 7 where I'll store the data.

Answer:I want to save floppy disks to hard drive.

I would suggest making an image file of them and storing the image file. This way if the files are bootable, it will retain the boot information.Have a look at Winimage - http://www.winimage.com/

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Hi everyone. I am trying to move three JPEG pictures from a floppy to my hard drive. Unfortunately I keep getting an error that says:

Cannot copy "filename": Cannot read from the source file or disk.

What do I do?
 

Answer:Can't move JPEG files from floppy to hard drive!

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On more than one occasion when i have taken a floppy out of my hard drive there has been a continous 'motoring' sound from within my CPU. If you imagine the sound a floppy makes when you open it from Explorer and imagine this as continous sound you will have an idea. Alternately it is the sound of the hard drive going into overthink-with absolutely no breaks in the sound. The only way to stop it is to press the reset button or power button on the CPU (before it takes off)thus losing my work. Anyone had a similar experience. No damage to the PC- boots up OK but it just doesn't sound too healthy.

Answer:Excessive floppy disk/hard drive noise.

Most of the major drive manufacturers have diagnostic software for checking out their HDD's.Seagate have an online checker with their Seatoolsdiagnostics.

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It would appear the BIOS was haning up on the MBR of the hard drive. I disconnected the hard drive and rebooted. I could boot off of the CDROM or the floppy. I then reconnected the hard drive. I am repartitioning the hard drive and rformatting. The MBR will be re-written after partitioning.
I was attempting to make a multi-boot system.

The system originally came with WINXP Home.

I re-partitioned the hard drive and installed WIN 98.

Now the system freezes.

The lights on the keyboard blink once (POST is completing).

I can access the BIOS setup and change things.

I have changed the boot order several times but the system does not even check the floppy or the CDROM drives.

I reset the BIOS to defaults with no change.

I reset the BIOS (removed the battery) and still no change.

I configured the BIOS to check memory and display this check. This change is innitiated and saved.

After memory check, it recognizes the CD Roms. Then it hangs up with just a curser in the upper left hand corner of the screen.

I an running an HP Pavilion 793 (originally came with WIN XP HOME), Pent. 4, 3.06Ghz
 

Answer:System Wont Boot From Cd/floppy/hard Drive

chekc bios for quiet boot settings or anything that disables boot commands such as fast boot or hides processes behind splash screens. In Win98 hit the esc key just after reboot to see where the system hangs
 

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I started moving some of my files off of my hard drive onto Floppys, files I use for business, some Word documents and Microsoft Picture It files. After I moved my business card templates I decided to go in and open them to make sure and now they won't open. Picture It error that comes up is "file cannot be opened". So I tried moving them from the floppy back onto my hard drive and now that doesnt' work either!! Error that comes up is " cannot copy: Data error (cyclic redundancy check)". What on earth?!

I need these files!

Anyone have any idea? I'd appreciate any help! Thanks!

Win XP NTFS file system
Pentium 4
128 MB
Picture It! publishing platinum
need more info? let me know
 

Answer:Can't move file from Floppy back to hard drive

well here is what that cyclic redundancy check means. http://www2.rad.com/networks/1994/err_con/crc.htm
Maybe your floppy disks were bad? Try the same files on a new floppy and see what happens.
 

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I'm on Windows XP. I can only use safe mode and system restore will not appear.

I've given up and decided to reinstall Windows. I've had that familiar problem of setup not recognizing any hard drives on my machine; I've got two SATA disks. I actually do have a floppy and loaded what I believed to be the necessary SATA drivers for my MoBo to get past this, but then I got a message that set up could not find a floppy drive. I then tried slipstreaming those same drivers into a working XP boot CD to no success.

There are a lot of threads on this problem, but I don't know what to try next.

I have a MSI K8T Neo-FSR (MS-6702) Motheboard and used the drivers I found here:
http://www.downloadplex.com/Drivers...SR-FIS2R-VIA-PIDESATA-RAID-Drivers_95960.html

I copy the "Driver Disk" folder where there is TXTSETUP.OEM, RAID and PIDE folders. But I've also tried going into the RAID folder and just putting those contents on a floppy, which are VIAMRAID.sys. VIAMRAID.cat and VIAMRAID.inf

I don't understand the driver details, but have tried a few combinations anyway.

I've read about switching things in BIOS to load correctly, but I don't know if this option is available on my PC, as I see no options for it when I look in it.

Here's another question; would the various custom Windows disks available to download feature drivers that would circumvent this problem or do I need to confront it directly someway?
 

Answer:XP set up: can't find hard drive or floppy -- no success with slipstream

SATA driver(s) need to go into the TEXTMODE section of the installation. You have to use the SATA driver specific to your motherboard chipset. Most motherboard manufacturers bundle a bunch of drivers in a single download and let you pick out the one your motherboard actually needs based on the actual chipset in your partticular motherboard; pick the wrong SATA driver, and it won't work...

Try here for more help.
 

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I just checked out the trial version of Norton Ghost, and from what I could tell, it has not option available to create a bootable floppy. So... what's a good utility I could use?
 

Answer:I'm looking for a hard drive cloning software on a bootable floppy...

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I am surprised I didnt see this as a sticky.

I have some apps (diagnostic) utilities that only run on floppy or via CD ROM. I would like to "copy" or create a bootable USB stick and run them.

How can I accomplish making a bootable USB thumb drive that will allow me to emulate a floppy?

Answer:How create bootable USB stick/hard drive without floppy installed

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Sammy888


I am surprised I didnt see this as a sticky.

I have some apps (diagnostic) utilities that only run on floppy or via CD ROM. I would like to "copy" or create a bootable USB stick and run them.

How can I accomplish making a bootable USB thumb drive that will allow me to emulate a floppy?


You can

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create



Ken J

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Forgive my ignorance, as long as I've been a member here, I should be smarter. I just bought a 250 gb seagate external usb2 hard drive for my windows ME pc. It came with very little instructions, and only said that with windows ME the hard drive MUST be formatted prior to installation. How do I do that?
 

Answer:how do I format a second hard drive?

If just a storage drive, then it should already be formatted FAT32 or FAT. If you plug it in, and it shows in My Computer, right click on Properties for the drive, and what does it show for drive format type?
 

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Question: format hard drive

i was wondering if anyone had a good free format hard drive utility that i could burn to disc and use as i am installing a brand new sata 3 ssd and i believe it needs to be formated first as bios sees the drive but when installing windows i'am told no drives avaliable to install

Answer:format hard drive

i have fashioned a way to do this thru the windows comand promt if anyone would like the step by step procedure
thanks

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Hi.Am trying to do new installation (clean install) of windows xp pro and cant seem to get the option of formatting the drive.All it seems to do is rewrite over the previous installations(even though I choose new installation option).Since trying to reinstall I also keep getting the error "cant find c:\windows\system32\tools\delfolders.exe." It doesnt seem to be causing any problems as such as I can still use my computer but I would really like to format and get rid of any crap.Any ideas?Also clicking on C drive in My Computer and then clicking file and then choosing format, also says that windows cannot format this drive.Please close any utilities ................. and try again.No luck.Thanks.Darren.

Answer:Cannot format hard drive

think of it like this... if im using a basketball and trying to play the game.. should i pop the ball? prolly not.. kinda like formatting something that is in use

ok now for your answer:
get powermax to format... once u make the floppy reboot hit F8 or F9 as it reboots and itll give u a boot list. pick floppy itll load... follow the directions in powermax. then after that do the same but from cd, put in ur windows cd hit clean install and there u go.
back up ur junk! and if u have an extra hard drive UNHOOK IT!

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in trying to format my hard drive i am getting a message cannot format this drive quit any disc utilities or other prog using this drive and make sure no window is displaying the content of this drive.and none appear to be what am i doing wrong

Answer:cant format hard drive

What OS are you using?Is the HDD you are trying to format your boot drive?

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Question: Format Hard Drive

Hi, I purchased my laptop from **bleep** Smith Electronics in Brisbane, Australia in 2012. My computer is an Acer Aspire V3-571G. It has Windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed. My previous computer was an Osborne 486SX (standalone) and I had a Windows 95 CD-ROM. I was able to format my hard drive because I had that CD.Now that I have upgraded to enable me to use the Internet, then can I still format my hard drive or do I need to purchase a Windows 7 CD first to do it?If I can format the hard drive, then how do I reload my computer with Windows 7 because I would not have the internet? How do I get the Internet back again?Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

Answer:Format Hard Drive

Hi Recorded,
 
Acer ships the system with a hidden partition that contains the recovery files necessary for you to restore. You can create backup media or do the restore right from the hard drive. Below I'm including a playlist that has a lot of information, but also a link to the FAQ on how to do the restore right from the hard drive.
 
Windows 7 Recovery Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=737wBusvs8w&list=PL4064B13B195155D3
Windows 7 Recovery FAQ: http://acer.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/12869/
 
Hope this helps,Cory

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Can someone please tell me how to reformat my hard drive? I'm trying to load XP Pro but when I put the disc in it tells me that the version on my computer is newer than the one I'm trying to put in so it can't install it. So how do I format from XP Home edition?

Thank You

Beau
 

Answer:Need to format hard drive

You need to boot from the XP CD . . not from the hard drive . . to do that, enter BIOS ( Setup ) and set the first boot device as CD/ROM. Put your XP Disc in the drive and disconnect all external peripherals except the monitor, keyboard and mouse, and be sure those are not USB, or wireless. Any internal USB card should also be removed.

Once you set your BIOS to boot first from cd . . when it restarts you will see a black screen with a prompt "Press any key to boot from CD" . . do that and you will be able to delete partitions and recreate the ones you want and proceed to formating and installing XP

That message can pass quickly, so have a finger on the keyboard when you boot. This will delete all data on the drive so be sure you have your important data backed up.

This is a site that walks you thru a simulated XP installation:
http://www.echoproject.net/en/software/catalog.html

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

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

You may have to reload drivers (Chipset first) and applications, If your XP installation disc does not include SP2, after the installation, you will need to download and install SP-2, while windows is clean. Prior to connecting to the internet be sure you enable the XP firewall.
 

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Hi all, After replaceing my damaged mobo on my laptop it took ages to start windows and it was sugested I format my hard drive but when I try I get a message saying,Setup did not find any hard disk drivers installed on your computer,Can anyone help?
 

Answer:Format the hard drive

If it is a late model laptop with a Sata drive and Not Vista you need to configure your bios to boot properly. Read your manual.
 

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I want to completely reformat my hard drive but dont look forward to the loss of my programs and re-installing. Is it possible to use LapLink or a similiar program to transfer all my files? If so how is this performed? Is it saved on CD/DVD and later transferred? Would this work in transferring my OS (Windows XP Pro) as well? LapLink is expensive. Does anyone have an alternative program? What do you recommend? I suspect my Hard Disk is either corrupted or failing, but want to try the reformatting process first. I had a major crash a while back and somehow I still havent recovered. Thanks for any assistance. This forum has always been of incredible assistance. Happy New Year to all.
Larry
 

Answer:Hard Drive Re-Format

Hi , the problem with copying files and programs is you risk saving all the corrupted data with it. i use norton ghost to clone my drive (it can do the entire disk including windows even while in use). this program also allows you to just clone individual items/directories/registry etc.. so you could format/reinstall windows then clone your games/programs back with the registry keys so that they all still function. However, its no substitute for a complete re-instalation of everything. Its the only way to be sure that everything is fresh and error free. If you do re-format make use of checkdisk to ensure you have no faulty sectors, or better still, if your drive supports it, enable S.M.A.R.T in bios, its the drives best defence against a failing disk. also take a note of the drives final size after formatting. If the size (space free) is dropping gradually after a format then its an early warning of a failing disk.
 

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Question: format hard drive

can anyone please help how do you format hard drive completley im running win 2000 pro

Answer:format hard drive

If you have the win2000 installation disk, then insert it into the cd drive and restart your system....Then look out for the "press any key to boot from cd..." message and press a key!!!This will boot the system from the disk!!! Then just follow the on-screen instructions to format the drive (normally press "enter"->"F8"->"d"->"L"->"enter" to format and re-install windows!!!*********NOTE: You MUST have "boot from cd" option enabled in the BIOS for this to work***************

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A friend gave me a Seagate St360020A 60gig hard drive to use as additional storage on my computer. I have downloaded and ran the manufacture's installation disk, and set the jumper's according to the slave setting (refer to here: http://www.seagate.com/support/disc/iguides/ata/u6ig100129587b.pdf ). I can partition the hard drive as much as I want, and it will even recognize them in My Computer, but when I try to use disk management to format them it always hangs at either 7% or 22% and won't recognize them using a 98 boot disk with fdisk.
I have a Seagate model St340015A 40gig hard drive set as the master, and have double-checked all of my connections to make sure everything is right.
Do I need to change my jumpers to cable select or am I doing something else wrong?
 

Answer:Hard Drive Won't Format

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What is the safest way of formatting my hard disk and re-installing XP?All replies much appreciated.Marc.

Answer:HELP! How do I format my hard drive?

Put your XP Disc in the drive and follow the instructions for windows set up, ignore the repair.You will lose everyting and have to reinstall all your programs and SP1 if you have it. If you are running SP1 you will have to reinstall that before you can get your internet connection back.

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Hi.Am trying to do new installation (clean install) of windows xp pro and cant seem to get the option of formatting the drive.All it seems to do is rewrite over the previous installations(even though I choose new installation option).Since trying to reinstall I also keep getting the error "cant find c:\windows\system32\tools\delfolders.exe." It doesnt seem to be cuasing any problems as such as I can still use my computer but I would really like to format and get rid of any crap.Any ideas?Also clicking on C drive in My Computer and then clicking file and then choosing format, also says that windows cannot format this drive.Please close any utilities ................. and try again.No luck.Thanks.Darren.

Answer:Cannot format hard drive

Hi,

What you need to do is go into BIOS setup menu and set your boot order to:

CDRom - 1st
Floppy - 2nd
Hard Drive - 3rd

Don't forget to save before you exit.

Put your OS CD into the CDRom and let it boot. (I am assuming that you have a full self-booting copy of XP)

When it comes up. let it format to NTFS before you start to install...that should work for you.

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Question: Hard Drive format

I recently installed a new harddrive. I copied my old one over to it. The new one is currently the Master drive and the old one is the slave. Is it OK for me to erase the old one now? I want to partition the old one and use it for some other stuff, but I am reluctant to erase Windows off it in case there are license issues. So, will windows run OK without my original copy in the computer?

Answer:Hard Drive format

If you ever end up having to repair or re-format your main drive, the worst that would happen is you'd have to re-activate XP. (either by internet or telephone)

I changed a lot of components in my system, and had to re-activate. Was no big deal.

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I am trying to uninstall xp from a hp pavilion 6623. someone installed xp over 98se and did not do a back up disc. when i try my restore cds i get a message saying "explorer needs to find the program that created the install" or something like that. I don't have a floppy boot disc but I do have the restore cds and a 98se full version disc. How can I get my C drive to format. I f I can't format can I install the Se disc over xp and restore the original files? If i put se back on over xp would that enable my restore discs to work?
 

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Hello. I have an hp compaq. I want to format my hard drive. I already have windows 7 saved on my USB. I don't have it on a CD because my CD player is currently broken. Is there any way I could use my USB to format my hard drive?

Answer:How to format hard drive using USB

Just plug the USB and run the file inside the USB, to find the disk go to my computer.

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I want to format a hard drive, how do i do it??

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What operating system? Is this to add a second hard drive or is this to blank a primary drive to reinstall windows?

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I have been experiencing instability on a system running XP-Media. It is about 3 years old and decided to clean it out, restoring back to the manufacturer's (HP) original image. After doing this Windows remained unstable...rebooting seemingly at random, so I decided to do a totally fresh install from a legitimate XP Pro disk...

As XP Pro is installing, it seeks to format the hard drive to NTFS (either quick of full, as you know), after which I get a message
"Unable to format hard drive. Partition may be damaged, etc"

I tried many times, deleting partition, reducing its size, etc, all with the same results. Aha! I figure...the problem was that the hard drive was bad. So, I go and buy a spanking new hard drive (WD 160 Gig).

Then, when formatting for XP Pro...SAME PROBLEM on the brand new drive. When formatting, (quick or full), it proceeds to 100% seemingly okay and then returns the error. Any idea what might cause this? Of course, at todays prices, I am ready to just get another box, but my inquisitive mind is wondering what is going on?

Thanks,
Pradhan
 

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Hi, I am trying to format my hard drive, I have saved all the files i need . I placed a startup floppy in the drive and when i get the promt i typed in FORMAT C:/s a message comes on telling me that FORMAT doesnt work on C:Please Help

Answer:Cant Format Hard drive

what os are you using

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HiI want to completely wipe my hard drive and start again, (I don't even want to backup any files because there is nothing of any importance) It has Millenium on it, unfortunately this is the only OS I have to re-use!(I have XP on my two laptops, but that won't help me!) when I go to 'my computer' and right click the C drive and click on 'format' a window comes up saying 'windows cannot format this drive because it cotains files in use by windows' I'm not sure what this means or what to do?Peter.

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installing build 7264.
mounted the ISO in magic disk and did custom installation.
the only options is load driver and i see the partition but i can't format it.

what to do?

Answer:can't format the hard drive

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Shayx


installing build 7264.
mounted the ISO in magic disk and did custom installation.
the only options is load driver and i see the partition but i can't format it.

what to do?


Are you trying to mount the iso in windows, and then trying to format that partition?

It might be easier if you burned the iso (not the seperate files) to dvd, then install fro there.

Ken

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I have a laptop that runs windows 98.The hard disc has bad sectors on it.I would like to reformat this drive but it will not allow me to do this. Is there a solution to this or am I stuck with this problem.?I would like to reformat the system as I would like to remove the rubbish and start again.

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my hard drive isnt showing up in my computer but shows up in Device Manager and when i have tried to reformat it, it comes up media is write protected. how do i fomat it so i can use it again?

Answer:how do i format my hard drive

Welcome aboard, JH17

You may follow the steps :
Open Command Prompt at Startup
Type: diskpart > enter
Type: list volume > enter
Type: select volume > enter (the volume that is write protected)
Type: attributes disk clear readonly > enter

It may work.

Edit: You may also see Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

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I have been having lots of trouble with my pc. everything from ati drivers to pop ups on my screen. I just tried to reformatt my hard drive and it says Windows was not able to complete the fomat. What do you do now when you just want to redo your computer. I also can not boot with the xp professional cd. It also says that it can't find my hard drive. HELP.
 

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I just got a new mobo and processor for my comp and I'm installing windows 7. I want to format my HD and start over but when I go to format the HD I get the error that windows cannon format the drive. It says I need to quit any programs I'm running. How do I quit all programs and still have the window open to format?
 

Answer:How do I format my hard drive?

Can you boot from the Windows installation DVD and try it out then?
 

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Hey guys,

I need help here. I've installed a new hard drive in my brother's computer and I forgot how to format/partition it in Windows XP. I've been walked through this before but for some reason I completely forgot what I have to do to format it. If anyone can give me a hand with this I would appreciate it very much. Thanks in advance guys!
 

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I initially tried to format the drive via My computer it comes up with an error message saying something is displaying the drive. I tried via MSCONFIG to stop all other programs but could not find any other program operating. Then shut down opened in safe mode with the same result. Then tried with the command prompt and format c: but getting the message." Cannot run as the volume is in use by another process.format may run if this volume is dismounted first do you want to force a dismount? I replied y to the Y/n options it then said "Cannot lock the drive, the volume is still in use".I would appreciate any help to format this drive thanks in advance

Answer:Trying to format an old XP hard drive

Is this a SATA or IDE HDD?If IDE is it selected master or Slave?Are you using 'Control Panel/Administrative Tools/Computer Management' or a third party application?

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Hi
I have backed up everything I possible can or want to and I am now ready to Format my hard drive.
I am currently running windows ME and wish to install XP.
I have a disk with XP all ready and waiting but I am not sure how I go about wiping all the junk I have accumulated over the last 4 years in order to start afresh.
Is there a walk through or tutorial, which anyone can recommend to help me through this daunting process?

Neil
 

Answer:How do I format my hard drive?

You can use your XP CD
Look Here:
http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=25831

Set boot order in bios to CD first.
Make sure you use the NTFS file system it's better than Fat32 amd more secure.

Look Here:
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=316941
Dont upgrade, go for new install.
 

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I have an 80GB IDE hard drive I know is OK because I've been using it as a slave for some time.Now I wanted to use it as a master in another computer and load XP on it. Everything was going fine with the formatting (not the quick version but the longer) unitil at about 20% I accidentally pulled the power cord out; and now it won't format.I've tried setting it as a slave on a working computer and tried to format it, but it simply won't. Even under Disk Management I get the message "The format did not complete successfully".Any further ideas on how to format it please?

Answer:How Can I Format This Hard Drive?

Try this:click here

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Question: Format Hard Drive

I already have Windows 7 installed on my laptop

and now I am trying to fix a laptop in my house that has had a virus on it for a while that corrupted XP (about 8 months it has had it)

then when running a setup for XP to try and fix it it corrupted itself and then got permanently stuck on a setup

so now I started looking at it and I saw that there was an option for it to revert to the way it was when it had working settings

so I am uninstalling everything and deleting everything

but I want to format it completely (so there will be NOTHING left)

so can I do a full format while using the Windows 7 Ultimate disc?

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please don't say to do a quick format since I don't want to do that, I have been reading some of the posts in the forums and people say to use a quick format and they don't say if you can do a Full format

Answer:Format Hard Drive

Yes, you can. I wouldn't even bother uninstalling stuff--it's just a waste of time if you are going to do a clean install of Windows 7.

The only difference between a quick format and a full format is that the latter checks the disk for bad sectors. You can do the same thing yourself anytime by running chkdsk /r from a command prompt or from within Windows.

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i think i did something stupid..i have a 80 gig hard drive.20 gig partitioned ...now how do i get the other 60 gig....there is no other drives on my computer
 

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what os are you running
 

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Hi - I've got a 20GB hard drive that has accumulated a lot of junk over the years. I'd like to start afresh and re-format the drive and re-install windows. Will the drive be as good as new? Would appreciate any advice on the best way to do this. Cheers.

Answer:Hard Drive Re-format

Which Operating System?

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Hi.How can I format a computers' Hard Drive?The computer in question is stand-alone and has no other drives - not even a floppy. It has no internet access or network access.The OS is Windows 2000.Ideally I want the PC to boot up straight to the DOS prompt but everytime it is booted, it goes straight into Windows.Please help.

Answer:How to format a Hard Drive?

click here to get instructions on how to format a drive.Without a floppy drive to boot from, and run the format program from, how are you going to get it to format? the format program has to be somwhere, and if you blank the HDD, you will erase the format prog. A bit like trying to 'raise oneself by ones own boot laces' me-thinks.But once you have formated'd it? What do you want a pc with no software on for? It won't do a lot. just sit there saying 'c:' and making a nice door stop/paper weight.without any way of putting programs on, like a floppy or CD, how will you get it to do what you do want to use it for? Just asking. No malice. if i'm wronger than wrong can be, and dumber than a door stop say.

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First I am running win xp home , I replaced my hard drive 2 mo. ago with a much larger drive. I have made a deal to trade the hard drive to somone for another piece of computer hardware.
The old HD still has my OS on it and some other personal info so I would like to know the easiest way to clean off all the old info and deliver a freshly formated HD to the person I am trading with.
I only have 2 ide ports on my computer and I have 4 devices already on them . HD ,dvd,cdr/rw,cd rom. Thanks for reading.
 

Answer:old hard drive format?

First, shut off your computer and unplug one of your IDE devices. Replace it with your old HDD and boot up your computer. Windows XP has a built in formatting tool, (at least it should, because it doesn't run on top of DOS.) Format the drive, shut down your computer, take your old drive out, and replace it with the device you unplugged before. Simple, eh?
 

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hi i was wondering how do you format a harddrive but i have one problem, my dvd drive wont work and i have the WINDOWS cd but i cant get my dvd or cd drives to work, they show up in the bios but in XP they dissapeared.

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Hi skyline_2k7

You don't say if everything else is working, a better description will enable people here to give a clearer answer.

Does your Bios boot from CD-ROM?
If it does then place your Windows cd in the drive to see if it will in fact boot from it. If it doesn't then it may not be XP but something else.

Do you have a foppy drive present on your system?
If you do then you could use a boot disk from a operating system like WIn98 or WinME. These will normally install the CD drive from this bootable floppy.

Failing either of the above there are boot images that can be installed onto a USB pen drive.

Hope this helps

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