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

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

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 ]

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

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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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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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I have no OS on my pc and I NEED to format it. Can I boot from a USB or CD and format it from there? I want everything deleted. Something happened to my computer and I need to delete everything. I had nothing on there, so I'm not gonna lose anything and don't need to backup anything.

Answer:How to format my hard drive and delete all partitions?

Kyle4 I recommend the use of a third-party tool known as Minitool Partition Wizard. This is a free partitioning tool and you should download their Boot CD ISO file to a local drive: https://www.partitionwizard.com/download.htmlOnce you have this, you have a choice of media to create:1) If you can boot from CD, download and install ImgBurn and use the Write Image to Disk option to create a bootable CD.2) If you can boot from USB, download and install RUFUS and use the option to create a bootable USB stick from the ISO file.Boot your PC with the media you created. You should now be able to do partition changes without problems.Good Luck========================================================================I am a volunteer and I do not work for, nor do I represent, HP.---------------------------------------------------------------If my posts helped you, please click the Thumbs-Up symbol on my post to say thanks.If my posts solved your problem please click "Accept As Solution".========================================================================

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I recently started to format my second 200GB hard drive as NTFS but a power cut interrupted the process and now it shows a "RAW" file format and won't allow me to continue formatting. Any ideas as to remedies?

Answer:RAW file format on hard drive

Is there Data on it you need?It its XP then go to disk manager and try to use Import Foriegn Disk.

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

Answer:Solved: Hard drive file,HTML format?

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I have an external hard drive that is about 6 months old since I bought it but its been giving me problems recently.  I am trying to delete a video file on the drive but it constantly gives me the default error message "This file is in use please shut down any programs running it" But the problem is nothing on my system is running it or playing the video.  I cannot restart in Safe Mode since this is a hard drive and I tried using that Hotbox (I think thats the name) program deleter.  Nothing works.Now this hard drive has been giving me a few quirks when I ran it through the command prompt in chkdsk /f I occasionally come up with corrupt file segments/strings and deleting bad sectors and some of my files turn into crap that needs to be deleted.  But this is what is strange I can delete any other file just not this one.  And even worse is when I click/highlight the file my computer freezes up with "This program is not responding" message. I cannot open the properties of this video file or cut and paste it or copy it.  If I even touch this file or do any of the previous actions everything just freezes up or slows way down before I get that "file in use" error message.Is there any way to delete this possibly corrupt file?  Can I do something in the command prompt?

Answer:Cannot delete file from my hard drive

Quote from: computer1000 on April 05, 2007, 02:38:11 PMI cannot restart in Safe Mode since this is a hard drive ...Why can't you start in Safe Mode? Obviously, your computer has a hard drive.  They all do.      Is the problem that you don't know how to start in Safe Mode?

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Hi All!

I am trying to convert an external hard drive (WD My Book, 1TB) from FAT 32 to NTFS. In doing so, I backed up all the files on the drive as an Image (using Paragon partition manager SW) to another external hard drive that is formated in NTFS. I then reformatted the original hard drive to NTFS. My question now is when restoring the image back to the original hard drive (that is now formatted for NTFS) will the image remain as FAT32 or will it convert to the currently formatted for NTFS?

Thanks!

Answer:Converting file format on hard drive when restoring image

The image will remain as FAT32.

Restoring an image restores the drive to the same state it was in when the image was made. That includes the file system. Any existing contents and file system on the drive will be lost.

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hi im new here but i have a file on my external hard drive that i want to delete but everytime i try it says cannot delete b/c another person or program is using it. i checked and nothing i can think of is using this file, so idk y it wont let me delete. all my other files on the drive i can delete so please help if you can. thank you

Answer:cannot delete a file from my external hard drive...

I have a file from Ares I DL'd yesterday which is not only doing what you describe on this post, but it also seems to be bottle-necking my system when I try to delete/touch/breath on it.

The file is called the devils rejects dvdrip - 696401825 - the devils rejects. I should have known better not to touch that one with those numbers in it, but my nephew was over and wanted to see it...

Also, after the failed renaming/deletion, I tried see if I could move the file, which I managed to do, but now I have this file stuck in My Documents...(I win the Darwin Award for that one), as well as still having the original in my shared folder. When going into My Documents now, I have a hard time loading it, and at times it wont close(not responding), and have to 'exit now' it.

I would also like to know how to delete or isolate this file without having to lose everything by re-formatting.

BTW, happy new year!

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I am trying to delete a corrupted file from my external hard drive but it says unable to delete due to corrupt file or directory.
Any suggestions?

Also, how do I check to see if my drive is ok?
 

Answer:Can't Delete file from external hard drive

You could try unlocking the file with this program http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/Unlocker-Download-68439.html .Run the drive makers diagnostic software to check the drive and first run checkdisk.
Open run box windows key +r and type chkdsk X:/f substitute x for you drive letter.
 

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So I bought a used 2 TB Hard drive and it supposedly was only used a couple of times and I got a good deal.

I plugged it in and the software was installed successfully but it doesn't show up in the explorer with a drive letter. Now when I go to the device manager it does show up but I am not able to format it or give it a letter etc. Also like I said in the title it doesn't have a fat32 or NTFS File System.

Here is a screenshot:



The hard drive I right clicked is the one I am talking about. If you need more pics let me know.

I would appreciate if you could help me get this external hard drive to work so it is viewable etc.

Thanks!

Answer:Western Digital 1021 2TB Hard Drive - No file system and can't format?

I will assume you do not want any of the data that might be on the drive.

In the lower section of the Disk Management window there are 3 'boxes' next to Disk 2.
Right click on that middle (hatched) box and click "delete Volume".

Then Right click on the first box (System Partition) and click "delete Volume".

There should now be just unallocated space for the whole drive (black box). Right click on that and choose "Format".

Let us know if that will work.

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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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So yea.. .here's the story.

I had a 10gb hard drive solely for the purpose of school and had xp running on it, now i have that and another 20g hard drive with xp installed on that. My question is whether or not i can delete the old system files from the 10 gb drive so i can have more space. if there's a certain process that has to be done other than simply deleting that would be appreciated to. Thx!

Answer:[SOLVED] Wonderin if it's ok to delete WINNT file that USED to be primary hard drive

Hi and welcome to TSF.
Assuming that you boot to your 20G hard drive there's no reason why you can't delete system files on your 10G hard drive. However, there will be some files that you can't delete. I would suggest you copy any files that you need to your 20G drive and reformat the 10G drive.

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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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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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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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Hi Guys,

I have been searching the archives and found help in removing obstinate files from C: but my problem is a whole heap of files that I cannot remove on F: (my removeable HDD). The microsoft support site doesnt cover my exact problem either.

I am running Windows 98 SE (build 4.10.2222) on my PC and have a Sarotech FHD-253 Pocket Hard Disk Drive (USB2) which i use for transfering data between home and work.

On my removable drive (F: ) there are a number of folders which contain huge, unreadable files (hundreds of random characters such as zš.ƒ ). I have no idea where these came from but I suspect they got corrupted when i was transfering data to and from my home and work PC. Whenever I try a scandisk, defrag, virus check, spybot check, etc. on F: the computer just hangs with the egg timer when it gets to these files. If I try to remove, rename, or move these files i get the error message "cannot delete file : file system error (1026)". I tried to remove them using DOS commands from startup but because they are on F: when i try to change directory from C: to F: i get the DOS message "Invalid directory name".
All my data is visible on F: using windows explorer but I am worried that if there are any viruses, spybots or adware on F: it gets transfered to my home and work PCs when i connect it up through the USB port. Right now my home PC is running extremely slowly because F: is connected.

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Answer:USB hard drive: "cannot delete file:file system error(1026)"

try this:
http://www.bootdisk.com/usb.htm

Use these to get dos to see the hard drive. It's a great util. Then see if you can delete the files. It's possible that something, virus included, is accessing these files.
There are several tools from:
http://www.sysinternals.com
that might help you. Processexplorer is a good one for 98. Also Filemon is good to. If somethig is accessing the F drive folders, it will report it.

Best of luck to you

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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 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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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.
 

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 don't know how but somehow, a shortcut to my C Drive or hard drive was created and it's found in the videos folder lol. Is it safe to delete it? I don't want to lose my entire hard drive if I do this.

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Hello,
I am trying to move all my files from my computer to my new external hard drive, but whenever I try and move a file over 4 GB in size i get this error message...
"The file is too large for the destination file system"... anyone know how I can get around this so I can move those files over?
 

Answer:Problem transfering large file from hard drive to external hard drive

Get ahold of some software that will break up the file into chunks.
 

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Hoping someone would point me to right decision.  Converting over to Windows OS is harder than I anticipated.Purchased mSATA64GB and Lenovo Recover Disks.  I took the hard drive out and install Windows 7 Pro, drivers?.Install back the 320GB HDD.Now I see the following:Windows7_OS (C: 4.86GB free of 33.0 GBSYSTEM_DRV (D: 864.MB free of 1.17GBWindows7_OS (E 245GB free of 271GBLenovo_Recovery (F 16.6 GB free of 25.3 GBLenovo_Recovery (G 17.9 GB free of 2.53 GBI would like the mSATA to house the software while the 320GB to house the files.Which one should I start deleting or should I start formatting the 320GB (is that drive E:?)I have (2) Lenovo_Recovery: Drive F and G.  Can I delete both of them or just one?  Which one should I delete?Thanks so much for your help.

Answer:Which Drive to delete and format

From my understanding you bought a Thinkpad (with two spots for HDD/SSD), removed the HDD, and then bought a SSD that you used the recovery discs on to install Windows and all apps on to so it would load faster, and then you put the 320GB drive back in the computer? If this is the case then I would do the following:1. Take out the HDD, and boot with just the SSD to make sure everything runs correctly on it2. Now remove the SSD, and replace with the HDD3. Use a tool to erase, wipe, or kill the HDD & reformat4. Finally you put the SSD back.  The system should load fine & you will have a free HDD to use as you wish. EDIT: Oh, and make sure the SSD is the primary drive.

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My system had 2 HD's - a 750GB C Drive and a 1TB data D drive.

I recently had an HD failure message and RAM error messages in what was my 750 GB C drive, then wouldn't boot past post screen. Wasn't sure whether it was mobo (4-5yrs old) or what so took it to my local computer shop who built it in the first place. They confirmed it was the drive at fault not mobo or RAM. I bought a replacement 1TB drive, re-installed Windows Seven on it, all good except when booting it shows the mobo splash screen, then the post screen then goes to a screen asking which OS I want to load - it shows as 2 instances of Windows Seven. If I select the first, highlighted one all is well and it boots and works fine. If I choose the second option of Windows Seven it can't boot and throws up an error message saying it couldn't find the device.
When I go into Disk Management it shows the 1TB data drive as being partitioned:



I have never partitioned any drive (ashamed to say I wouldn't know how to go about it unless I followed instructions) let alone this one which contains all my data files.

I thought perhaps the shop had installed a copy of windows seven on it to be able to boot and test the C drive but they said they didn't touch anything on the D drive. They thought I might have mistakenly selected the D drive to install the OS - I didn't and it has installed normally on the new C drive. They said just to format the data drive and that will get rid of the partition and I can then resto... Read more

Answer:[SOLVED] can't delete or format second drive

Hello! Who in the heck did you take it to? They definitely played with your HDD,

Do not delete the "System Reserved" Partition. Windows 7 needs it.

You can delete and format the D: partition which is in a RAW state which means no File System.
Remember do not mess with the "System Reserved" partition.

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I put a new drive in my machine, I now have a 160G Maxtor that I want to clean and use for a backup drive. I am running XP SP3, I went into manage in my computer clicked the drive I could add a partition but did not figure out how to delete the existing one. The primary is only 20G my mistake when I put the machine together, I would like to make it into a 40G primary and 120 extended. Seems like I should be able to do it within Windows! Any ideas appreciated.

Phil

Answer:Format drive and delete partitions

Kept fooling around with manage and did get the partition deleted, but the drive shows 152.625G as its capacity down from the label of 160G. Any idea about where the 7+G went, not that I think I will need it just curious!

Phil

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I can't copy ,delete ,format USB drive ,
copy
It shows that it is copied but right after I close and re open it's window it not there .
delete
it's the same as above I delete the data's inside it but when I come back they are not there,also there's a folder that has weird file and folders name that won't get deleted . I also have a micro sd card that all of its data gets erased once in a while and it's remaining datas has also weird names .
format
it gives me an error when I want to format it .

scaning for virus with kaspersky (nothing found)
I tried formating it in NTFS (gave error) ,
formatting it with third party applications(gave error) ,
fix bad sectors with chkdsk (windows built I. check disk tool). no error but nothing happened,
deleting ,formatting and partitioning using disk management (delete option was disabled ,formating for fat 32 had no error but nothing happened but when I tried to format it to NTFS it gave me error so no partitioning)
using diskpart I checked it was healthy and not read only .
I tried the clean , all clean command both successful . format command both for fat 32 and NTFS successful but didn't change to NTFS nothing changed .

every time I formated it in any methods and use clean command the datas on it remained or came back


USB drive and sd card are both silicone power. it's about a month that I have this problem.
and I can't buy a new one.

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I am wondering does it matter if you delete or format C drive when reinstalling Windows 7? I usually just format the drive but i am curious is it necessary first to delete and then format C drive?

Answer:Delete or format C drive when reinstalling Windows?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by peter7277


I am wondering does it matter if you delete or format C drive when reinstalling Windows 7? I usually just format the drive but i am curious is it necessary first to delete and then format C drive?


Delete what? Partitions? Folders? Files?

For a clean install, the standard method is to boot from the installation media and delete all partitions when you come to the "where do you want to install Windows" screen.

Windows will then automatically make and format the necessary partitions in the next steps in the install. You don't have to specifically ask it to format anything.

If you want to, you COULD format the C drive before beginning, but it isn't necessary under normal circumstances. Just delete partitions within the new install.

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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 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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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 am trying to delete songs from my itunes that I do not like anymore to make some space on my laptop. I know that sometimes when I delete songs it pops up saying "delete from hard drive?". I want that to pop up always, but for some reason it doesnt sometimes. My friend said that it will only do that if you have itunes organizing the folders. So i deleted my preferences and made it so itunes will organize my music. However I still delete songs and they dont delete off my hard drive. I was told that the songs have to be in the itunes music folder, I had alot of songs in there, but some in a different folder. I thought maybe I could move the other folder into the itunes music folder, and then it would work. However now when I go to play some songs it says the file cannot be found. Anything I can do? HELP ME!

Answer:How do I delete songs from hard drive when I delete them from my Itunes library?

Because you moved the songs from where iTunes was used to looking for them they will not play - when each song comes up and the error message you described comes up you can click yes to find them and browse for them (you should know where they are if you put them all in one folder). This will re-establish the link to the song's new location in iTunes.
If you have lots to do, it may be faster to delete all your songs from iTunes (not your computer) and set up the folder on your computer properly - one My Music folder with all your music in there - they can be further sorted into subfolders if you want to. Then open iTunes, set the Preferences to "Keep iTunes folder organised" and "copy files to iTunes folder when adding to library" and import all your music from your My Music folder again.
When you get new music by whatever means and import them to iTunes it will automatically place a copy in the iTunes "iTunes music" folder for you and always know where to look for them.

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

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

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

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

Please help!

Any tips appriciated!
 

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

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all my files become hidden. I formatted my flash drive but still hides the program. what do I do? thanks for the help

Answer:how to permanently remove kpcgrhynko.vbs file in bot flash drive and hard drive

*both. sorry for the typo

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I'm using Windows xp sp2 and a couple of days ago I tried to copy a wav music track from a cd in my cd drive onto one of my hard drives(not the hard drive with windows on it) it gave a message saying unable to complete due to hardware connection being interrupted
since then the Cd drive and Harddrive I was copying too work only intermittently and for a short time. If you try and copy anything too or from the drive it will start working and then stop.
I think this is a virus problem but aren't completely sure as I've run spyware doctor which found a couple of viruses, but the problem continues despite removing them
thanks. hope someone can help

Answer:Hard drive and cd drive stopped working after file transfer

I'm not a 100% sure but I'm suspecting you power supply. Anybody else go a thought?

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I had a regular install of Windows 7 on a WD 1 TB drive with the usual C:\ as the boot drive.

I just got a new SSD, so I set up a parallel or dual boot of Windows 7 on the SSD which is set up as the B: drive.

So when I boot into the Windows on the SSD (B:\) and run the WEI, it fails because it can't write a file to the drive.

Any suggestions? - I don't want to start changing the drive numbers as that will mess up my file associations. I tried editing the xml files under the Performance directory, but still can't get it to work.

Answer:WEI fails (cannot write file to hard drive) Boot drive set to B:\

Generally B: is not assigned to a hard drive, but can be used for a volume. I don't know if this is the reason you are having problems. I'd think modern BIOS might not have an issue with this, but older BIOS always assumed A: and B: were floppy drives. A Guy

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My computer started shut down on it's own and also when it was starting it would just keep starting over and over. I decided to format the drive and reinstall XP. I set it to boot from the cd. It works until I get to where it says enter to continue, r to repair, and esc to exit. The problem is that when I press enter nothing happens. It's like the key board isn't working. It works fine when I enter setup. I have also tried another key board. Can anyone help me out? Thanks.

Answer:Can't format hard drive

check you can see the hard drive in the bios,check the eide cable has not come loose,try a new cable
d/load and run the h/d manufacturers dionostic utility on the h/d

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My desktop is running XP home edition, because of problems I want to wipe my hard drive (71gb) & start again, can anyone tell me how to format my hard drive I install a new operating system - thankyou.

Answer:how do I format a hard drive

If it is the only drive
You boot from the XP CD or Visrta / 7 DVD and it will run setup you can select the partition C: and format it
XP here you will then need to install all windows updates

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Sorry - I've been having a real nightmare setting up my new hard drive and now I think I've got a virus that nothing will find and I am completely unable to access the internet, it take ages to boot up and nothing works.so nothing else for it, but can't remember how to get into dos and what the command isplease help!

Answer:how do I format my hard drive?

What operating system are you using and once you get to DOS the command is format c: then press enter.If you are using XP thou put the XP cd in the tray make sure the BIOS is set to boot from cd first and then you can format from the setup.

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I have an 80gb IDE Maxtor and a 30GB IDE WD. I am in storage trouble so I pulled them from the closet.

The 30g has a Linux os on it and runs fine I just want to clear it to dump files on

The 80gb is empty


I have partition magic and I keep getting an error on BOTH drives when I try to format saying "Bad partition Error 100"

I googled it and it says to make a Boot disk and FDISK /MBR the drive. So I did.

It didn't seem to do anything. So I just want to format my **** hard drives FORMAT D: I mean where have those days gone?

Someone please help me out This partition magic program seems to be ruining my tables and drives. I just want an empty HD, that shows up in XP to dump files on.

Answer:Hard Drive Format Help

try to format em with your xp cd, delete the partition and format em

or right click computer go to manage disk management and delete and format there.

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I have an SSD drive
Every month I reset my Windows 8 installation and reinstate an image I have of a fresh install
(It's a pain - but means that I have a super fresh laptop every month that is virus and worry free)
The last time I did this... I got errors reported on the hard drive that had to be fixed
So... should I format my hard drive before I reinstate the image?

Thanks
OM
 

Answer:Should I format my SSD hard drive?

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Hi, I recently upgraded and moved the OS to a new drive. I want to format the old OS drive (now D drive). How would I go about doing this? I know you can't format a bootable drive too

Any help?

Thanks!

Answer:Format old OS hard drive

Make sure the drive is connected to your computer (internal drive should be, external drive needs to be plugged in.) Then click Start > Computer and find the drive in the list of drives. Ensure any data on the drive that you wish to keep has been copied to another drive, as formatting will remove all data. Right-click on the drive's icon and select the "Format..." option to bring up the Format window.

Select the required file system (you'll probably want to stay with NTFS) and give the drive a new name (called a "Volume label"). If you just want to erase a drive that has already been formatted, consider using the "Quick Format" option; otherwise leave this option unchecked. Click "Start" to begin the formatting process. A full format could take several hours.

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Regular forum dwellers may remember me from earlier(A Tale Of Three Hard Drives). I however, have another problem with the same drive(I have C,D, and E. The D is the problem drive).

I saved all the data I could off of my drive D after it had been corrupted by viruses. I now need to reformat it so I can move on. Formatting in the windows explorer doesn't work. Nothing crashes but the blue bar in the formatting window doesn't move and I have to CTRL-ALT-DEL to close the window.

In disk manager I started the formatting and went for a jog. When I came back there was a window saying that I had unplugged the device while it was spinning and by doing so I was jeopardizing data on the disk and so on. After closing that window, another popped up saying the format failed to complete.

If it matters, the drive used to be FAT32 and I was formatting it as NFTS.
Am I missing something obvious?
 

Answer:Can't format hard drive.

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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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I just got my son's 2004 R51 when he got a new laptop.  He had started having unspecified problems with the XP OS.  He's not sure what happened to cause them, but IE, Outlook Express, and Windows media player stopped working.  He used my Win XP SP2 disc to try a reload of Windows.  After reading the excellent info on this site, I realize that he probably should have used his original CD's (long gone) or he should have tried the Access IBM button before trying to reformat the HDD.  That said, what do I do now?  It sounds like I need to either get a new hard drive or get some original recovery discs.   When I press either F11 or the Access IBM button, I get the Startup Interrupt Menu.  Before I moved the HDD up to #1 in the boot sequence, I got a screen offering me the option to start either of 2 "Microsoft Windows  Xp Home Edition"(s).  One starts fine, the other has a screen which says that "Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem...Could not read from the selected boot disk...Check boot path and disk hardware..."  It does not start from this version of Win XP.  With the former version, and the HDD moved up, Windows (My copy of Win XP Home SP2) starts OK, but IE, Outook Express, and Windows Media Player do not work at all. Mayday, Mayday, Mayday! Thanks in advance for your help.  







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Answer:R51 hard drive format.

Make sure you download and install two things 1)current BIOS and 2) intel chipsetThe Intel Chipset will help in installing the drivers after you have downloaded them. Remember after you download all the files from the website for the drivers, you have to run the setup program from the driver folder. the ONLY THING YOU WILL have a problem with is THE SOUNDMAX AUDIO drivers which is being a issue. I have that issue.Good Luck

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Question: Hard Drive Format

Hi everyone, this may seem like an idiotic posting, but here it goes: Basically what has happened is this. I have 4 hard drives hooked up to an IT7-MAX2 V2 with the latest BIOS revision, and everything was going great. I am running XP Pro, and every once in awhile I would get this weird "Delayed Write Failed" message. So, after lookin around, I found some tweaks in the registry to allow more cache for system pages. This did not really work. For now one of my hard drives (a Seagate 160 GB) is now showing up in RAW format and I cannot format it. Is all hope lost here? Please advise, anyone. Thanks in advance. Regards, Lukie45.
 

Answer:Hard Drive Format

Download the latest Seagate Utilities/Diagnostic tools. If the drive checks out ok then use the latest MaxBlast to write zeros to your HHD.
 

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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
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 am trying to format my hard drive from the DOS prompt, but it keeps saying "Drive C is in use by another process - aborting format". All my other programs appear to be closed down.

Answer:Cannot format hard drive

You cannot format while Windows is running, you need a boot disk click hereclick here

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Question: Hard drive format

Can someone direct me to the instructions for reformatting my hard drive and reinstalling Windows 98. I don't need to keep any of the data already stored on the drive.

Answer:Hard drive format

click here and click here?

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A friend of mine has a spare hard drive that he no longer uses. Apparently it's "corrupted" In anycase, he wants to wipe the whole thing and start fresh. I'm assuming that reformatting the hard drive would be the best way to do this?

How should I go about doing this?

Thanks for any help

-Cap'n Bob
 

Answer:How to format a hard drive?

I'd consider using the manufacturer's diagnostic first to make sure the drive is 100% functional. You can also wipe out all of the data on the drive with the diagnostic to be ready for partitioning and formatting.
 

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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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Question: Format Hard Drive

My C: drive is in the "red" and I was told that I need to format it and reinstall Windows Vista. I can't seem to find the Vista Installation Disc. I don't remembering getting one when I purchased the laptop; I have a Dell Insprion 1520.

How do I get this disc?

Also, do I need to format just the c: drive or the d: drive also?

Answer:Format Hard Drive

If the OS came preinstalled, you can get one at cost. In lieu of that most computers have a recovery partition that will restore to factory specs. Usually an f key at boot.
You can find out how from your manual or online.
Factory specs is just like a new install.

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How do you format a hard drive?

Answer:How do you format a hard drive?

if your using xp, just load the cd and format and reinstall from there.

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I am trying to format my hard drive and re install windows 7 as my hard drive is ruuning out of memory tried removing some programs but is not helping much my hard drive is 232GB I only have 28GB left can anyone please advise me how to foramt my hard drive.

Thanks
Chris

Answer:Format hard drive

Have you tried running disk cleanup? It will remove old restore points etc and free up some space. It might save you from having to re-install.
You can format your drive during the windows 7 install.
Clean Install Windows 7

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I just got myself a 40gig laptop hard drive and an external USB caddy. Disk manager lets me create a partition, but formatting doesn't work. Windows says that the drive is healthy. When I tell it to format, it gets to 100%, pauses a while then tells me "The format did not complete successfully". So while the drive is recognised by windows, it can't be used, which is really annoying me.

Can anybody help? Or have I just got a faulty hard drive?

Thank you,
 

Answer:USB Hard Drive won't format?!

Hi
In this instance, I would pull the drive fom the usb case and install it into the system temporarily to format.
 

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Question: Format Hard Drive

I had Linux and Windows installed on a hard drive and now i want to go with Windows alone on that drive and use a second hard drive for Linux.The problem is when i format the hard drive and try to install Windows 2000 the Linux boot loader is still present and when Windows 2000 reboots it stops with "Grub" on the screen.How do i get rid of the bootloader and how do i run both operating systems on different hard drives on the one Pc. Thanks

Answer:Format Hard Drive

Suggest you re-partition prior to re-formatting. This will remove all boot records and delete all data.RegardsMarvin

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Im trying to format my hard drive. Atm im using windows XP and its full of crap and i need to clean it by formating it but on the old computer i formated like this :1.restarted computer and went to BIOS and changed the boot mode to boot from CD2.waited for the blue screen to load->pressed F8->deleted all the partitions and installed new ones and then installed windows XP (all that using a windows XP cd)But now with the new PC which is also running on XP cant format it. When i go to the blue screen there are no partitions to delete. There are only "Unknown devices" or something. When i try to install a new one then comes the blue error screen and computer restarts. When i try to use the command format c:it says that "cant format removable media" what should i do?

Answer:cant format hard drive

It's really strange that the other Windows XP would be unable to format it. I would guess that it has something to do with file protection / encryption. My suggestion would be to use a bootable diskette with fdisk and/or debug and try deleting the partitions using fdisk. This will take a little work but unless the drive is bad it would definitely be able to delete all partitions and allow you to recreate the portions using the Windows XP CD.Information about creating a bootable diskette can be found at:http://www.computerhope.com/boot.htmOr if you don't have the means of creating a bootable diskette you can download from:http://www.bootdisk.com/You'll boot from the diskette and use fdisk to manually delete the partitions. Additional information about fdisk can be found at:http://www.computerhope.com/fdiskhlp.htmOr if you don't want to go that route you can run a debug routine to completely wipe the drive. That routine and information about debug can be found at:http://www.computerhope.com/rdebug.htm

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Listen can anyone help me, whilest i was on holiday my parents thought it would be very useful of them to upgrade my OS to XP I hate it and want to go back, anyone got any ideas how to, cause when i go to the Add/Romove programmes panel XP does not come up. Help!
 

Answer:Format Hard Drive

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i wish to dissconnect 2 80gb hdd wish are currently operating with vista 1x master and 1 is slave ...then i wish 2 connect 1x 160gb hdd and install win home edition on the same machine but only i only want the info on the 160 gb hdd ..can you tell if i do this will it cause any conflict to the 80gb hdds which run vista when i reconnect them to the machine ... oh and do i use the f / disk when trying to install home ed on that 160gb hdd .. this machine has no floppy disk drive and i do have the home edition cd  ...basically i want to reformat and reinstall . thanx in advance for any help suggestions

Answer:hard drive format

That will be a lot of work.Why do you want to do this?What kind of computer is it? Does it run well now with the two drives?Putting all on one drive may reduce the performance.Do you have another computer?Do you have two versions of Vista?

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Your help please........ I want to re-install XP Home but prefare not to load it 'on top' of the existing one, I want to format the hard drive but have never done it before, from restart and F8 the chooses are 'safe mode' 'safe mode with networking' and 'safe mode with command prompt'... which do I use to enter the Bios and can anyone point me in the direction of a site that explains how to format your hard drive before I re-install XP..... Your help pls!...thanks....neil.

Answer:How do I format hard drive

click heretry this hol pol....

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hi everyoneI am running windows xp, and am trying to share my broadband connection between my 2 pcs, however one of my pc's has a virus and i need to wipe my hard drive in order to install windows again. Im not sure how to wipe my hard drive, so any help wud be greatly appreciated.thankspaul

Answer:format hard drive

a complete format sounds a bit drastic at the moment post what virus you have some one may be able to help you remove it just make sure the unaffected machine is not connected to the network

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How to properly format a hard drive? Does any one has idea?
 

Answer:Hard drive format

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At the current moment, I am working on a Compaq Presario V3000 laptop. I have tried to format and install many different operating systems on the laptop and nothing is working.

It freezes when it tries to format the partition.
The hard drive is a 80.0 GB ATA ST98823AS

I have tried these disks:
Ubuntu/Linux DVD
Windows XP Home Edition
Windows XP Professional w/ Service Pack 2
Windows Vista Home Premium

I have tried all of these and none of them are able to format the hard drive. The hard drive went to an error about 3 weeks ago. It said "Disk Read Error" for the longest time, until I started to try and install these OS and format the hard drive. Any help?
 

Answer:Hard Drive Will Not Format

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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
 

Answer:format hard drive

what os are you running
 

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Hi

purchased a 1tb sata drive as an insurance backup and installed itr in my 64 bit windows seven pro system.

The bios sees the drive but windows 7 does not.

Went into CP and adminastrative tools the n drive management and the drive is shown as unallocated,

tried right click- create simplke volume but all the options are greyed out.

Anyone come accross this?

thanks

Ian

Answer:hard drive format

Hello Welcome to the Windows 7 Forum?

Can you please post a screen shot of your Disk Management Window?
How to Post a Screenshot in Seven Forums - Windows 7 Forums





Quote:
Initialize New Disks



To initialize new disksIn Disk Management, right-click the disk you want to initialize, and then click Initialize Disk.
In the Initialize Disk dialog box, select the disk(s) to initialize. You can select whether to use the master boot record (MBR) or GUID partition table (GPT) partition style.
Note The disk is initialized as a basic disk.



Additional considerations
New disks appear as Not Initialized. Before you can use a disk, you must first initialize it. If you start Disk Management after adding a disk, the Initialize Disk Wizard appears so you can initialize the disk.

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I know this is probably me being a bit stupid, but i want to format my Hd, when i type format C: it comes up with "Bad Command or file".....ive tried different variations including all in upper case and still comes up with this.....any ideas...im currently running ME....this has the restore option which doesn't format but just put it back over the existing copy.Thanks in advanceDamo

Answer:HARD DRIVE WILL NOT FORMAT!!!

Have you booted from floppy?Is the drive NTFS? I think ME probably uses FAT32, btu I'm not sure. If it is NTFS formatted, then go into Fdisk and delete the non-dos partition, and then create a new primary DOS, from there you can format and re-install.

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Hello,        Each time my hard drive is formated, window does not run properly. A message keep appearing that "Windows is keeping unrecognized files, insert  XP disk to install features. After inserting the disk, I will still have the same message the next day. So is my disk having a problem?   

Answer:Format hard Drive

What exactly are you doing with the disc?What Operating System?What is the EXACT error message?

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hi all i have just took delivery of a computer which does not have a floppy drive , if the worst happened in the future and i had to re install windows, how do you format the hard drive if there is not a floppy for the boot disk any advice welcome

Answer:format hard drive

You boot it from the Windows CD ROM it gives the option to format.

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i need help im going to reformat my hard drive and reinstall windows xp, but i dont know how to do it cause ive never had to do it before. so if any1 could tell me what to do that would be a great help
 

Answer:how to format a hard drive

When you reinstall xp it will give you the option to delete the partition then create a new one. Make sure you use ntfs file system and you should have no problems.
 

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BIOS didn't really have options to do this. I just need to erase everything off my HD and install a NEW os. How should I go about doing this?

Answer:Format/Zero my hard drive.

wat operating system...if its xp, go into bios, set it to boot from CD first and put your xp disc in, follow on screen instructions...

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I am fed up with XP. All I want to do is reformat my hard drive and reinstall 98SE. I have a an IBM ThinkPad P2-300.
I have tried:

1) Create MSDOS START UP DISK - result: ignored floppy and goes directly to XP.

2)hit F8 on start up - result: can not get to c: prompt

3)Tried 98SE BootDISK - Result:Ignored it

4)downloaded XP Bootdisk from MS - Result:Ignored it

Please help me get to the C: prompt, without XP so I can get rid of this putrid OS.

Thanks,
scottee
 

Answer:Format my hard drive?

Hello scottee and welcome to TSG!

If all the discs are being ignored by the boot process then I believe the fault lies with the BIOS, not the discs. Can you enter the BIOS and ensure that the boot sequence is A: first, then C:?

~Jim
 

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Question: Format Hard Drive

I was given a computer which is a P-III with XP home and 512 MB of memory.I am trying to format the hard drive and I keep getting this error message:Format cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. Format may run if the volume is dismounted first. Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Format Hard Drive

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This isn't so much a problem as a queery.When my pal built my latest system, he mentioned something about he had to format the new drive before putting anything on it, when I told him I was thinking about doing it myself.At the time it didn't occur to me to question this, but I just had a brainstorm. What did he mean?I just assumed that I could put it in and load an O/S.

Answer:First format of hard drive

You have to partition and then format so that the drive is active to accept data.

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Question: Hard Drive Format

Answer:Hard Drive Format

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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Hi everyone,was wondering if some one can tell me how tom format my second hard drive...all I want to do with it is to store data & mp3's on it...Any help would be Appreciated...my system consists of Windows xp home edition,1gig of ram,2.8 Intel proz.2 120 gig hard drives
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hii have got window xp home edition pc and I want to format the hard drive, however I have not got a boot up disk/floopyplease help

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I assume you have a Win XP disk - this will autorun and will allow you to format & install a fresh OS.If not, then you should have a recovery disk from your PC manufacturer and this will do the same thing.If you don't have a restore disk or a WinXP disk, then you will not be able to reinstall Windows after formatting.Just a word of caution, make sure you backup all your important files & have all the program disks you want to re-install BEFORE going ahead as this will save a lot of time [& frustration] later.HTHPaul

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Hi all hope you can help, bought a T61 from a liquidation sale with out a hard drive and was just going to put one in, but before the sale no one unlocked the bios and i found out that there is partitioning and such like for the thinkvantage stuff.any ideas about the best way to start partitioning a new drive from scratch or are there any tools anywhere to aid this thnaks in advance...Message Edited by November12 on 07-23-2008 09:31 AM

Answer:Need to format a new hard drive for T61

November12, welcome to the forum, It's not clear exactly what you are looking for, could you maybe explain a little more clearly in a new thread Also, please note;November12 wrote: .....snip.. but before the sale no one unlocked the bios ..snipIf you are looking for help on unlocking the BIOS, this cannot be discussed here as per forum rules No posts shall include instructions or directions intended to subvert security measures, including passwords, locking mechanisms, fingerprint scans, etc, nor shall any posts provide descriptions to the location of, nor direct links to content related to these topics. As said, please by all means start a new thread for you other question(s). - Thread Locked

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I intend to format a hard drive but unfortunately I do not have the Window 7 cd
Is this possible at all and if so,how ?

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Answer:How to format a hard drive without CD

It is possible, since you can download Windows 7 legally from here. You must, however, have a valid product key to enable the download. Is this a pre-built or custom-built PC? Bear in mind, you'd be better off sourcing drivers to re-install before you re-format.
 

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When I go to format my hard drive it says To close out of any windows displaying hard drive information and to quit any other programs which I have done but it still won't format.

Answer:Hard drive won't format.

Are you.. trying to format the HDD that windows is installed on?

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I have a 1tb HDD in the PC that had a lot of rubbish on it so i decided to format it but windows will not let me format, i have also tried with Easeus with the same result.
I deleted all the files from the HDD but it still refuses to format.
Any ideas please.
 

Answer:hard drive will not format

Just a thought, have you tried using the "Quick Format" option?
 

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how do i do it. start all over.

Answer:how format hard drive for xp.

Hi there..again,Well, that can be done in several steps but understand you will lose all data on your machine by doing so...unless you back it up on some external source first. I don't believe (I've seen your other post) that your situation requires that yet....you have been infected by malware...that can be removed. But if you desperately want to reformat:http://www.cyberwalker.net/faqs/reinstall-reformat-winxp/Let me know if that helps Big SmilesHS

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After many problems I decided to format my hard drive. All went OK until the actual formatting bit, when it got to 27% of the drive formatted, then stopped. The little light went out and nothing else happened. I left it for about 20 minutes but no change. I restarted and tried again, but exactly the same thing happened. Does this mean my hard drive is damaged? Any ideas welcome.Thanks

Answer:Can't format hard drive

Seems likely to be a bad sector or something on the hard drive. Most manufacturers will have doenloadable utilities to test the hard drive. I have used the Seagate/Conner utility on other drives although not all features are applcable. You could try this link to download the seagate utility or look for one more appropriateclick here

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Question: Format hard drive

My computer came installed with Windows Xp and other software. Can I format my computer using a OEM windows xp disc. Usually when I need to redo my computer it sets it back to the condition it in and most of the software preinstalled on the computer I do not use and have to delete the programs. I would like to reformat and put on my own programs is this possible.

Answer:Format hard drive

It sounds like the disc you have is not a full working copy of XP, if you format the HDD you will have to buy a full working copy of XP or some other O/S with registration code in order to do what you want.Incidentally you said that "Usually when I need to redo my computer", does this mean that you re-intall everything regularly ? this kind of drastic action is not normally necessary with XP there are built-in safeguards and tools that make this unnecessary.

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Question: Hard drive format

My daughter has a Dell Inspiron 1545 Lap Top Model#PP41L.The hard drive has failes-is corrupt.This is a Hitachi 2.5" 9mm SATA notrbook drive 3.0Gb/s 5400 rpm capacity 320GB Firmware#C40C.When I install a new hard drive I will have to format it-could you suggest a method to do this and a format that would be suitable for Windows Vista.

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Answer:Hard drive format

After the hard drive is replaced, go into the BIOS setup screen and set the optical drive first in the boot order, then save the change and exit the BIOS.

Insert the Vista DVD in the optical drive, then restart the computer.

If all goes well, a Press any key to boot from CD or DVD command will appear.

After you press any key(which you need to do quickly before the command disappears) the setup process will start.

You format the hard drive first and and then install Vista.

I suggest you go here first and become familiar with this guide.

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