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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: 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 "" ),save it to HTML format,make a file on hard drive,import the file that can be sent along in all my emails"just so you
know how hard this may be to you that do not want to put up with me
here are some statistics(sp) I am a great-gran-ma computer illiterate
newbie,78years,but very eager and determined to learn.
So thanks to any of you brave souls willing to tackle this !!!!

Answer:Solved: Hard drive file,HTML format?

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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?


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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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 .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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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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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.


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

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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:

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:
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: are some other links that you may like to read first before formating:

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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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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.


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!


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I can't copy ,delete ,format USB drive ,
It shows that it is copied but right after I close and re open it's window it not there .
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 .
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 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 ( 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?!?
If your drives are already FAT you can use the convert command to turn them into NTFS partitions without loosing any data.

_____________________________Ed ShumpertService Operations ManagerNA Service & Support

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

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

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

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

Please help!

Any tips appriciated!

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

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I 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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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 have a laptop that has stopped working

The laptop has a recovery partition
The hard drive doesn't respond though
I've got it in an external enclosure
I thought formatting might help - get rid of and patch any errors

Windows 8 won't let me format

What can I do?
Is there another way to format?
Or does the fact that I can't format tell me that the hard drive is bad and maybe beyond repair?


Answer:Can't format a hard drive

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I do not want to format my hard drive using my windows XP disk.Instead I want to format my hard drive through dos,the problem is I cant get the external command com.every time i use the windows command line,it tells me it cant find the specified path. when i type in the run menu,COMMAND COM,it pops up and gives me the c:_ then I type in the command com C:\Format and FORMAT C:\ and it tells me its not and internal or external pc is a custom machine it has a navidia Mother board quad 4 processor 2gigs of ram 2-256 gig hard drives 1 master and one slave.I'm at my witts end to solve this problem.Windows 98 was much easier to format using DOS,but in XP the commands r different some how.

Answer:I want to format my Hard Drive through DOS

I cant get the external command comThere is no underlying DOS layer. WinNT is the lowest layer you can go.

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I,ve tried to format my 20gig hard drive due to my Win ME freezing up on startup but at the end where it says FORMAT COMPLETE. Writing out file allocation table 2 percent complete.Then I get the message "Error writing FAT Format terminated. Can anyone help on this one pleese?

Answer:Can,t format my hard drive

tell us exactly how you are formatting the HDD please

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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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i have put in a new hard drive and opened up windows only to find that the the new hard drive is not there only my master one c:\. i think it is because i need to make the new slave one a fat 32 drive how do i do this.
any help will be greatly appreciated.

Answer:new hard drive format

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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 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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As the title says how?I am running XP and have decided to re-format rather than use the system restore.This will clear everythig and let me do a new install rather than upgrade or fix.Thanks toon

Answer:How do I re-format my Hard drive?

click hereexcellent walk-through site.G

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I have an elderly PC which is dead slow. XP pro, SP3. I would like to clean install XP, but can't format the hard drive. Have tried loading my XP disc, but get error message that current OS is newer than that on disc, so won't install. Is there any way round this?

Answer:Format hard drive which contains OS

I wiped the drive with killdisk then installed xp from the disc.

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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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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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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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Question: Format hard drive

I have just replaced my ageing computer, and now have XP SP2 as the os.My old one has XP SP1, and I want to format the hard drive from that, and add it into my new system. What is the best way to format the hard drive, ready for installation on the new system?

Answer:Format hard drive

You could use the Partition Manager and delete the partition then create a new one and format

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just put in a second hd how do I get xp pro to see it, any guidance gratefully recieved.wigg

Answer:format 2nd hard drive

Check the device manager. If not there, see if it has the correct jumper settings (i.e. as master / slave).If in the device manager, go to disk manager (right click on my computer and choose manage) and from there you can format it.

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How can I format my hard drive ( wiping out all datas ) ? I have Windows XP
Thanks for your help

Anton ABC

Answer:How to format my hard drive

This post should help you here.

Regards Jason

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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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Question: Format Hard Drive

MY Maxtor 80GB hard drive is partitioned C drive 30Gb W98Se FAT32 & F drive W2K 50Gb NTFS. Is it possible to format the drive back to just 1 partition running W2K NTFS?

I would be grateful for any advice.

Answer:Format Hard Drive

Do you want to keep anything on the drive? If not its really easy. Just boot from the Windows 2000 and it shoudl give you options to delete the existing partitions.

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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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A. Windows and Windows programs tend to get bogged down on themselves and scatter all kinds of files on the hard drive. The Windows registry also gets full of entries and the startup routines get bogged down, some of which get left behind even after a program is uninstalled. A reformat and reinstall once or twice a year is advisable to keep a system free of the various bits of garbage and useless entries in the registry.Click to expand...

How often should I reformat?

Answer:Re-format hard drive

Who ever you quoted says once or twice a year, but I think it is done when you have a good current backup of all of the important data files off your computer and only then and when your system needs it. It needs it whenever the computer starts running like a slow mule going to china and can not be fixed in a simple way. There is actually no set rule of or how many times a year to re-format the system. I am using Windows XP Pro and have had it going for 4 years now and it runs just fine with minimal problems.

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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!

Answer:How do I format new Hard Drive in XP?

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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.

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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My computer just started getting the BSOD a couple days ago and it'd come up nearly every time I'd restart.
Then nearly all my games, that I was always able to play, started telling me that I don't have DirectX.
I tried to reformat my hard drive, and after I booted up for the first time after installing the Windows updates, I got a BSOD telling me
I was never able to get back to the desktop after that screen and I couldn't even boot in Safe Mode.
So I did a search and read something about Vista automatically updating the Nvidia drivers can cause that kind of screen.

I reformatted again and installed all my updates besides the Nvidia ones; but before I restarted I also installed the newest driver for my graphics card that I just got from the Nvidia website.
I couldn't even finish installing the driver before I got a new, special BSOD.
Now my monitor just goes black after the bios screen. I tried to format again, but I can only get to the first part of the installation disk. It won't even load the part where I type in my product key, it just sits at "Please Wait" for hours.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

OS - Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit
Processor - Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6700 @ 2.66GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.7GHz
Memory - 4GB DDR2
Graphics Card - GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition

Answer:Can't Format My Hard Drive

It should boot into safe mode just fine. You will want to press F8 just after the BIOS Post screen.

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Question: Format hard drive

How can i format my slave drive so that it does not have any windows O/S stuff on it. So that its just an empty drive that i can store extra files and documents on on it. I installed it from another PC and it has left over files on it.Can this be done??

Answer:Format hard drive

Just boot to an OS CD and begin the installation process. Early on you'll be given the opportunity to format. Choose that option. After the format, remove the cd.

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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: if you don't have the means of creating a bootable diskette you can download from:'ll boot from the diskette and use fdisk to manually delete the partitions. Additional information about fdisk can be found at: 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:

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After attempting to install a new hard drive my other PC appears to have lost windows ?????

anyway i figured i would just format it and install windows again, so how do i do that when i can't get into windows, only dos.

would a disk made by This utility from maxtor

do the job, or can you point me in the right direction

Answer:how to format hard drive from DOS ??

what version of windows?

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I have win/xp pro installed on two hard drives configured raid 0 ,I have been trying to to reinstall windows xp pro but with out success for some reason I can't get the drives to format. What's the trick here? Dave

Answer:Hard drive won't format

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please can someone tell me the best way to go about formating my computer - I have just bought XP and would like to install it (my system is compatible)I did previously install it without formating - but there are some programs still on there I don't want

Answer:format hard drive for XP

if you set your PC to boot from CD, there is no need to format.Place the CD in the drive and restart your computer and the installation will walk you through the steps for deleting and setting up for a clean install.

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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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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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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


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:

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

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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Ok this is getting just a little out of hand. Just when I fix one problem, another comes. Well now what happened is I had just finished installing windows, and I was getting some error message about lsass.exe with error status code 128 and a message that windows 2000 will shut down and restart in a minute, and then my machine does restart after a minute. I saw a page on that says that bug is fixed with service pack 4. But in the process of downloading it everytime I would get the message and my computer would shut down before I could get the update finished. So after about the 4th or 5th time of this happening my computer wouldn't boot up, and just went in circles from the Bios screen to the windows start up screen, then reboot and go around in that loop over and over.... Then I tried to format the drive and it came up with the message : checking existing disk format. Invalid device parameters from device driver. Then goes back to the E:\ promt. I tried using FDISK and deleting the primary partition, and creating it again, and that didn't work. Now I've kind of been sitting here stumpted as to what to do?? Any idea's?

Answer:Cant Format my hard drive.?.?.?.?.?

Go get a linux cd iso disk ( would prob be the best)
boot that, watch the startup for your hard drive, if it goes too fast use the command:
dmesg | more
to see the output again.
Once you know your hard drive assignment then run the command:
cfdisk /dev/hdx
where hdx matches your hard drive (usually /dev/hda)
That program has a gui (tho be it clunky) it may fix your problem.
But kinda sounds like a hard drive or cable falure (or if your lucky just a virus).

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I'm currently running Window's XP MCE and have recently been lucky enough to contract some sort of virus. This virus will not allow me to click on any results from a search engine without being redirected to ads. I've run mcafee, spybot, and adaware to no avail. I've decided just to format the hard drive and start over using the f11 key on start up and that won't work either. The system restore function for XP won't go back beyond the day the virus was loaded. I need to get this fixed. I do a lot of school work from my computer and need it up and running asap.

Answer:Can't even format the hard drive.


Originally Posted by jwjone2

...I've decided just to format the hard drive and start over using the f11 key on start up and that won't work either. The system restore function for XP won't go back beyond the day the virus was loaded. I need to get this fixed. I do a lot of school work from my computer and need it up and running asap.

Are you still wanting to reformat and start over or do you want to try fixing the problem?

Let us know which so we will know how next to proceed. Thanks!

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Hello to all....

I am getting rid of my old pc.....either to a friend or friend of a friend....
I want to make sure that I delete everything on my hard drive and leave no sensitive information that can be obtained. What would be the easiest and least expensive way to do this. I do not have any original os cd for this computer, I purchased it from a friend and it already had windows xp professional with an 80g hd. Please help.....



Answer:how to format my hard drive

You can use the free version of this and it will wipe the drive clean and have it ready to format and install a new os.,fid,22920,00.asp

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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?


Answer:How do I format my hard drive?

You can use your XP CD
Look Here:

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:
Dont upgrade, go for new install.

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I think my hard drive is corrupted because I tried to reinstall Windows XP and it froze. So I got a different XP CD and it froze in the same exact spot. I'm wondering if anyone knows how to get in the hard drive and format it without the use of Windows. Can anyone help?

Answer:Format a Hard Drive

how are you trying to reinstall XP? from within windows or by booting from the XP CD?

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For some reason i cant format my hard drive, i posted a topic about a month ago, and got some help which i have followed but none have worked.Every time i try to format and type "format c:" it comes up with a bad command or file line.ive made sure the command is transfered on to the boot disk, but still no luck.ive tried the boot disk that was supplied with the recovery disk and also created my own.i can re-install my O/S (which is M.E) from the recovery disk, but i want to do a full unconditional format.Any help would be greatly appreciated.RegardsDamo

Answer:****Still cant format Hard Drive!!!****

When I had this problem I opened in dos from win98 and typed format C:/U with a gap after format

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I am running Windows 7 64 bit, dual boot with Windows 8. Windows 7 is my my main OS and I setup with Windows 8 as dual boot. I no longer want Windows 8 or to dual boot. I went into msconfig, boot, removed Windows 8 from boot, left windows 7 as default. I tried to reformat the second drive, got message "Windows unable to complete format". I than changed the Drive Letter from J to S and tried to format again, got same message. What am I doing wrong or am I forgetting something. I am also including a screenshot of my Disk Manager.

Answer:Format second hard drive

There are system files on the new volume and it is marked active. It has to be marked inactive before windows will let you format it. And you have to have a windows 7 installation dvd or a startup repair disc to run startup repair once you format the new volume. Make a system repair disc from windows 7 now, if you don`t have a W7 install DVD.

Partition - Mark as Inactive

System Repair Disc - Create

Partition - Mark as Active

A better ( well different ) way to do the dual install would have been to unplug all other hard drives , then installed 8. You could then choose which operating system to boot with the bios.

Did you discover that windows 8 is terrible and not worth the effort ?

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Question: format hard drive

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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Hi GAng,

I got a new ide hard drive that I've converted to a USB device with the help of an IDE to USB2 converter.

Anyway, I have it connected and the drivers installed. It doesn't appear to be recognized in the bios but I don't know if it should be.

It is recognized in the Device Manager as a USB Mass Storage Device that is working.

The problem is I want to use it as an external backup/storeage device. I need to format it. How do I access it?

I also need to be able to move files onto it. How do I do this whe I can't find it listed in MY COMPUTER?

I've never used this type of device before and I'm a bit confused...

Answer:How Do I Format a USB Hard Drive?

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I have recently bought a new PC, and need to format and re-install Windows ME, due to problems, on my old Mesh PC.I have the CD for ME and all the drivers, but how do I start the formatting process.The computer is currently running on XP, but it turns out the Windows XP CD I purchased is in fact a 'moody' copy.As the computer was originally supplied with ME, I want to restore it to the original setup.Any advice greatly apreciatedCheers

Answer:How do I FORMAT PC Hard Drive

See:click hereclick hereclick herePlenty more.

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my computer is rather old, slugglish, freezes up, and has a continual variety of boxes that pop up right in the middle of whatever I may be doing, causing me to have to shut down the activity at hand. I just cannot afford a new/better pc right now. I'm wondering if it would help to wipe out (format?) my hard drive? Is this process more trouble than it's worth? I was told that it would be a waste of time ~ I want a second opinion ~

Any help is immensely appreciated!!

thanks a bunch~

Answer:How Do You Format A Hard Drive?

I used to do it with Win98 by using the format C:/S command but what make of hard drive is it and what OS, XP? or what

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re: HP Mini / Samsung SE-S084 External DVD Writer (this unit has 2 usb connections for communication and power.)

Tried formatting froom WIndows CD

Got 2% complete, then "A disk error occurred" / "Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart"

Now I can't boot from CD (get the same error message)

Can't boot computer either.

Is there a FORCED FORMAT I can do?

Any Suggestions are appreciated.


Answer:Can't format hard drive XP

and welcome to the Forum

I would run diagnostics on the hard drive

See this for how to make a bootable cd

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Main c: drive no partitions.

Use a legit copy of XP SP3

Error message: Windows cannot format this drive. Quit any disk utilities or other programs that are using this drive, and make sure that no window is displaying the contents of this drive. Then try formatting again.

How do I format the drive?

Answer:XP Can't Format Hard Drive????

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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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I have an old IBM thinkpad without disc drive. I'm at the C prompt, don't have any XP/ME software, and want to give this laptop away, but want to erase everything on the drive. I'm in safe mode.I get to "Format cannot run because the volume is in use by another process...would you like to force a dismount of this process?" I enter "Y", and get "Cannot lock the drive. The volume is still in use."Any ideas?message edited by Ockham

Answer:Format XP hard drive

You state you have not disk drive. I assume you mean you have no optical (CD/DVD) drive? Thinkpads should have come with an optical drive so is yours broken or what?You can't format while inside Windows if that is what you are tying to do. If you perform a system restore that should be good enough for what you wish to do. If you have sensitive data on the hard drive formatting will make it harder to recover data but not impossible. Your hard drive should have a restore partition which can put the laptop back to factory state. Post the full model for help with how to do that. Also explain your statement about having no disk drive.

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This is a bit of a newbie question, but I have forgotten how to format IDE drive. Can anybody still remember how to format HDD to a FAT32 from a floppy? (I do have the original setup disk) As far as I know, I cannot use my Win98SE CD to do that, as it did come with a setup floppy - or at least I don't know how.

Or would it be better to format the drive to NTFS, will my old 98 installation disk work? In that case, how do I format to NTFS (using command line and floppy of course)? If 98 takes NTFS, a link to tutorial how to create a dual dual boot to 98 and XP? confused (I have some games that won't work in XP - my XP doesn't have the legacy "thingy", my friend must have given me a pirate copy.)

Answer:How to format hard drive?

claptrap said:

my friend must have given me a pirate copy.)Click to expand...

No help on Pirated things here at MG

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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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Question: format hard drive

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.

Answer:format hard drive

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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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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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Today's challenge is the big one friends. I have a Dell Dimension with a 525 Mhz P III. I installed a second hard drive for storage only and all was working fine. Then something went wrong. I am not sure if a virus or what but now all is fine except I cannot access the storage hard drive. When I attempt to access it, it says it is not properly formatted and do I want to format it. When I attempt to format it (quick format or long way) it says it cannot be formatted.

I am running XP Pro. Any suggestions? If so, please provide detailed directions as I am a little in over my head in this particular arena.

Thanks so much.

Answer:Can't Format Second Hard Drive

It's possible the drive may have died. If you purchased the drive new, it should have come with a diagnostic floppy. If not, go to the mfr's web site and download their diagnostic utiltity and run it on the drive.

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I have a 60GB drive which I want to format, when I try to fdisk and format in the normal way it only seems to see 32 GB of it. I think this is something to do with FAT 32. Can someone please advise me how do I flatten and the reformat this drive to use the full 60GBMike

Answer:Need to format a 60 GB hard drive

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Question: Hard drive format

I just finshed a low level format,my drive was cluttered with many programs I no longer needed, now after rebooting the drive is not recognized. Upon checking device manager it is there, yet don't show a "Computer" or any where else. Thanks in advance for any help

Answer:Hard drive format

You have to partition and format the drive after your low-level format that zeroed out the drive. Does the drive show up in Disk Management? Right click My Computer>Manage>Disk Management. If it does, Select the drive and right click. Select Create Simple Volume.

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