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hard drive format keeps failing. How to format?

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

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:

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Preferred Solution: hard drive format keeps failing. How to format?

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

Answer:Re-format Hard Drive to NTFS Format

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





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Hello,
I am new to the forum but have found lots of very valuable information prior to registering. I have an HP xw8600 on which I am trying to install and format raid 0. My boot drive and OS use the on board controller. This raid is on a 3rd party card (3 Ware 9550SXU-12). I am using this board for its supposed speed over my on board LSI controller, which is capable of raid with only 2 ports. I have used the Bios level utility from 3 Ware to set up the array of 2 Samsung 103F3 1 TB drives in raid 0. The 3 Ware utility says these are now 'exportable' meaning available to Win for formatting.
I go to Diskpart, making sure I am an administrator, and can view, select and partition the drives. When I go to format however I get and error message that the format has failed. I checked the system event log and it says:

ChipStatus=16807000 (PCI parity error)

The event log mentions that it was the 3 Ware that generated it. The drivers for this board are loaded and under device manager it functions normally. I have seen some posts that say this might be a driver error. I have the latest 64 bit driver for this board. Thanks for taking a look at this. I look forward to participating on this very good forum.

Answer:Diskpart failing to format drive(s)

Why do you wish to use dated RAID technology with Win7? It is not even Redundant as you lose everything if you lose one HD.

Better to install to one HD then add the other after install to use for data and built-in backup imaging which is the modern way to redundancy, unless you want a mirror.

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I'm backing up everything from my C: drive to drive F: using ntbackup, but first, I'm formatting the F: drive. For the formatting part, I want my script (simple batch file) to make it just happen--I don't want to respond to two prompts before formatting each time I run it. Any ideas?When I do this:format f: /fs:ntfs /v:"Backup_160"It prompts me to enter the volume label for this drive. Then it asks if I really want to erase the thing. I am thinking a "/Y" tacked onto the end will suppress the prompting about whether I want to erase it. What about the volume label prompt? I thought the "/v:"Backup_160"" was supposed to answer this question, but it doesn't seem to. Whether I remove the "/v:" parameter or leave it there, it always prompts. (Note that in this case, "Backup_160" was both the old and new name of volume F:; that's what I want it to always be called when I backup.)Also, what's the best way for me to overwrite the old backup file (Backup.bkf) each time with the new one, via batch file? Is this what the /T and /G switches are for--to overwrite an old backup file?Here's what I used last night:format f: /fs:ntfs /v:"Backup_160"ntbackup backup c:\ /n "Backup.bkf created 10/16/2006 at 1:08 AM" /v:yes /r:no /rs:no /hc:off /SNAP:on /m normal /j "Weekly System Backup" /l:s /f "F:\Backup.bkf"Thanks,Hotshot309

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Harddrive Lacie 250GB connected trough firewire 800:

XP says it's a RAW partition (used to be NTFS)

I have restored all the files from this drive (to another), and now I would like to reformat the drive to NTFS.

When XP tries to format it, it says ehh, " Error ..can't complete the format".

Anyone have any ida how to get past this problem:
I have Easy Reovery 6.03, Fix it utilities and more.

Any suggestions would be most welcome

System XP sp2 with all updates installed
 

Answer:PROBLEM: Xp reports RAW format, but I can't format the drive to NTFS,,,

I have run into the same problem except it is formatting 4.7 gig discs. If I find something that will help you, I will let you know. Let me know if you get a solution. It may assist me with my problem..........

AMC
 

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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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hi,

i've purchased a seagate 1TB external hard drive and need to format it in FAT32 format.

how can i go about doing this using windows 7?

Answer:how can i format my external HD drive into FAT32 format

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Waqas83


hi,

i've purchased a seagate 1TB external hard drive and need to format it in FAT32 format.

how can i go about doing this using windows 7?



Hi and welcome

um, why do you need to? there are several 3rd party apps that can but since win 7 knows NTFS, it will not format fat32. Just checked to be sure.

KEn J+

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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

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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i have a small hard drive with two copies of windows 2000 pro in it and i would like to format the hole drive to wipe it clean and start over, but when i go to format it it won't let me, stating something like," cannot lock " something "must end prgram first" or something to that effect. any help to wipe this thing clean to start over would be great. Thank you

Answer:format hard drive ??

You cannot format the drive that containd Windows from within Windows (thank goodness). You need to gert a set of boot disks click here and do the format from a DOS command.These instructions for W98 should help click here

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I have XP Sp3 only partially installed, half way through installation CD drive no longer recognises disc? I wish to format hard drive so I can try to install operating system again. I am just looking for advice on how to get to C drive to format as every time I start up computer it goes to "restarting setup"? Thanking you in advance for advice.

Answer:how to format hard drive?

Try this: http://partitionlogic.org.uk/.Best of luck!

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Question: Format hard Drive

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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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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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 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

hello,
i want to format my hard drive ,
i do have dell inspiron 1150 laptop
thnx
 

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

i have a computer that is running 98 but i want to format the hard drive.  what is the quickest way to do this without using a floppy disk. i have no startup disk what so ever and no os disks thanks

Answer:hard drive format

If you format the drive, you will lose Windows 98. Formatting doesn't play favorites, it wipes out everything. You'll need a Windows 98 CD for this.

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Hi
Bit of a basic question but Ive never added a second drive to my tower before, its out of another computer with data on it, so do I connect it as is, then boot into windows and format from there or , start off floppy into dos and format with fdisk.many thanks
sam
 

Answer:How to format 2nd hard drive

Easiest way is to install it as the slave in the other pc and format in Disk Management . . ( Right click on My Computer . . select Manage . . Disk Management )

Be sure you get the jumpers right . . if the original is jumpered as Master, jumper this one as Slave . . if the original is Jumperd as Cable Select, jumper this one as Cable Select also.
 

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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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750 Samsung portable device. Problems seems to sort itself out eventually but it keeps firing up prompts to format the drive before I can use it. First time it happened I had to unplug it, restarted and then it was OK. It just did it again and then again when I restarted, took a minute or two but eventually it read the drive and it was ok.

Why is this happening and what can I do to stop it?

This is the first problem I've had. Not happy.

Might it be a power issue? I have the device connected via a USB 2.0 port, through an extension lead and then through a 4 way splitter. I have had problems with this splitter before I think, but not with the small connector. Maybe I can try connecting it through one of the other ports and see if it still has the same problem.

Answer:Win 7 keeps asking to format ext hard drive

Yes, power issue could certainly explain it. Definitely test it connected directly to the PC.

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I am trying to complete;y format the hard drive of a HP Omnibook Can anyone tell me how to do this Ta

Answer:Format a Hard Drive

click here and click on the relevant OS.G

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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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I was trying to do a clean install of XP Pro and I cannot format my 320gig
hard drive. I had my C & D both on this hard drive with a 30gig partition for the OS. Someone tried to help and they got the D partition deleted but I still get to the point of running the format command. When I boot up with the OS CD in the drive I go automatically to the window to put in my name and company information and then to input the key. I tried downloading a disk from Microsoft to allow me to format the drive but it would not work at all. Any help will be appreciated.

Answer:Hard Drive will not format

[B]Welcome to TSF..../B]

What is the make and model of the hard drive?

Did the hard drive come with an installation disk?

Do you have an installation disk for Windows?

Explain what type? Is it an OEM recovery disk or Microsoft disk?

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Hello -I need to do a low format of my laptop (Toshiba) hard drive.  I bought a utility to help me accomplish this.  Assuming I am successful, do I then insert my recovery disk and let it do its work OR do I need to do something else first (FDSK)?  This is a laptop I would like to save BUT may have to replace if this doesn't work.  The serviceman said this needed to be done due to not being able to shut down normally and not being able to complete loading programs.  I don't want to put anymore money into it and would like to learn how to do this.Appreciate info - thank you!Frieda    

Answer:Low Format of Hard Drive

Do you have a Windows CD?  What version of Windows?

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The hard drive (120 Gb) was partioned into two 60 Gb. Only one part is recognized by the system. I can't unpartion the drive or get the system to letter the 2nd partion. I tried fdisk and it just led me in circles. The 2nd partion was made to install Linux, which I have given up at this point.

operating system ME.
Hard drive Maxtor.
 

Answer:Can't format the hard drive to use it all.

I have seen a few hd that were used in a linux system; most of the time I zero fill the drive. You will have an option on the mgf's utility for writing zeros to the drive. Sometimes this is called a low level format or LLF. I am not surprised you had problems with fdisk; it is almost useless when working with file systems other than FAT / FAT32.

Note this will destroy all data, partition tables, mft, etc on the drive. It will be in the same condition as when it was new, excepting for physical wear of the drive.
 

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Hi I'm new to this site I was hoping someone could help me.I am trying to refomat my hard drive as I have a few problems and would like to start fresh.My OS is windows XP home, I have backed up all data and I have been researching how to reformat a hard drive for a few weeks now. I'm sure I can do it but I am having trouble getting started.I have changed the set up in BIOS to boot from a cd,  when the computer is loading and the message "press any key to boot from cd" appears I press a key(well have have just about tried pressing every key) nothing happens it still boots into windows. What am I doing wrong?I have all the disks and information needed to reformat my hard drive but I can't get the computer to boot from a cd.Any suggestions on how to sort this problem out would be great.Thanks

Answer:re format hard drive?

What CD is this?

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

what to do?

Answer:can't format the hard drive

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Shayx


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

what to do?


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

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

Ken

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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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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.

tx.

Answer:Can't format hard drive XP

and welcome to the Forum

I would run diagnostics on the hard drive

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

See this for how to make a bootable cd

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hello,i am new in here
i have a problem when trying to format my drive

i am trying to install new 8.1 os but it is hang while it is format

i have try format from bios and it is also hang while formating
i have put it as external drive from other system and still cannot format it (also from etc software)!!!!

is it because the drive became raw partition?
how i am suppose to change in back to ntfs when it is cannot be format

Answer:hard drive cannot be format

Hi Jammie

What do you mean hang? Depends how your formatting it, some programs that have formatting features will hang for minutes to hours while formatting depends on how big the hard drive is.

Are you sure that the drive has already been formatted?
If you want to put the drive back to NTFS you can do so in Windows>Format or using a piece of software called Parted Magic which is a live CD and allows you to view/edit/format partitions on each hard drive.

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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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Question: Format Hard Drive

I want to remove windows xp home off my laptop, I had to install a new hard drive and when I installed windows xp I found out I didn't have the drivers disk so nothing works. I went to Dell site to get drivers and there are hundreds of them, the ones I did download wont work. So I want to reformat my harddrive and go back to ME. but I can't. What can I use to FORMAT this hard drive???

Thanks for any advice.
 

Answer:Format Hard Drive

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hello
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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New Zealand firm Compucon computer CPU AMD Motherboard MSI  K8T Neo MS-6702 ver 1.00 XP pro SP2I got this computer from work when they upgraded on the condition I formatted it, but I cant format it 1 it will not boot from OS CD2 it will not format from xp Disc Management ( Format grayed out will not operate)3 it will not format from the recovery console4 In Bios I reset default and still will not format5 When starting it says press F10 for boot set up It says it is Gigabyte Boot set up in there it says CD disabled6 when booting up it says no disc found7 I have tried everything I know now I am lost please help me

Answer:Cannot format my hard drive

Swap in another optical drive...and make sure you have the CD set as 1st boot device...You cannot format from within Windows itself...this is normal...The command in RC would be format C:/u fs:ntfs and hit enter...is this what you tried ? ?It also appears the CDROM is disabled on boot.

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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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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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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?

Thanks
OM
 

Answer:Can't format a hard drive

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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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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 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

This may be of use to you click here

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I have a 500GB WD Blue Hard Drive doing nothing, so i decided to use it as storage instead to go buy a new Hard Drive, it currently was a boot drive with windows 7 professional on it, so i was wondering how could i completely format it and get rid of everything to use it as my secondary storage?

Answer:How to format my Hard Drive?

You can just delete the partition in Disk Management, and create a new one. However, if you face problems you can use Partition Wizard free bootable.

The pagefile.sys on it may fool the current OS. See how it goes.

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I know that this topic has been discussed but i did not got it so.

What my question is this.
i have winXP home
and i reinstalled two time the same OS. so when i start my computer it ask me to choose one of them so i choose the one works.

now i want to format the whole computer and earse every single thing form my computer.
so i try to format the hard dirve. and it gave me this error messsage saying:

"Format cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. Format may run if this volume is dismounted first. ALL OPEN HANDLES TO THIS VOLUME WOULD THEN BE INVALID. Would you like to force a dismount on this volume? (Y/N)"

This dismount does not work it then says. "Cannot lock drive. The volume is still in use."

what should i do.>>>
 

Answer:How to Format Hard Drive?

You can't format the drive the OS is on while running the OS.

You should be able to do it from the OS install CD.


Of course, if the the only reason to format is the OS selection menu, you can get rid of that by editing your c:\boot.ini (it's a hidden system file)
 

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After quite a few niggling problems ive decided to format my hard drive and reinstall XP Professional but windows wont let me...im sick of this comp.Please help.

Answer:cant format hard drive

You cannot format from within Windows. You need a boot disk click hereHere's a guide (for W98 but the formatting bit is the same) click here

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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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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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Question: Format hard Drive

How does one force the WinXP cd to read upon booting up. I have changed in the bios, CD-ROM, Hard drive, then floppy. It bypasses the cd and goes straight for the desktop. even if I don't set it to the hard drive it still goes to the desktop. I don't get it.
 

Answer:Format hard Drive

is this a version of XP that you bought, or did it come with the computer your using?
 

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Hello,

I was using windows Vista on my notebook. After about a year I wanted to reinstall as it was becoming slow.

However, when I inserted the disk it did not boot from it when the computer started.

I went into the BIOS and set the boot priority to give the DVD top priority. However, that didn't work.

Thinking it was the disk, someone gave me their version of windows vista. However, this didn't boot from the DVD. However, I was able to install windows vista from exploring DVD and double clicking setup.

However, the problem started when I tried to restart. I get this GRUB menu and the computer says it fails to boot.

I want to reformat my entire hard disk and start again.

Many thanks for any support,
 

Answer:Format hard drive

You will have to take your Hard Drive out of your computer and put it in another computer as a slave HDD (2nd Hard Drive). Then load up the other computers normal OS. Then goto "My Computer" (or "Computer"), right-click your Hard Drive and then click "Format...". Then after the format put it back in your computer and you should have a blank Hard Drive.
 

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

Answer:Hard Drive Re-Format

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

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I know that i have to make some type of floppy disk and run it and type something in.  what do i type

Answer:How do I format my hard drive?

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=313348

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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

Answer:how to format hard drive

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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first of all...it's good to be here!!  Hopefully someone can help me out.Ok. This is a computer I built over five years ago and was still going strong until I gave it to my son. It's got an AMD Athlon 3500+ on it. 2 Nvidia 6800 GTX in SLI and 2gigs of ram and running Windows XP. Everything is retail so I have all documentation and Install CD's.To the Problem. My son messed it up of course and now all we get on the screen is a constant 'loop' of the desk top re-loading. The quick  start bar and the bottom right is also looping over and over. I can't do anything like open a folder because the loop clears the screen and takes you back to desktop. The only way I can open anything is through Task Manager. Even in Safe Mode I have to use task manager. I'm almost 110% sure it's a virus and have tried AVG anti-virus, Iobit Security 360 as well as Advanced System Care professional to no avail. All these programs find Trojans, and other nasties and proceed to eradicate them. I've done this many times and it seems I can't get rid of these viruses. I've rebooted after every cleaning. BTW I found 11 Viruses called Trojan.Vundo and one called Rogue.cax I know what Vundo does but not sure what to do about it.I have now decided to just re-format the drive. Unfortunately my two CD/DVD drives are not being recognized when I try to boot from disk. I looked for them through Task Manager and couldn't find them in "My Compu... Read more

Answer:Trying to re-format Hard Drive.

How far into this have to gone? Did you format your drive?If you would like to try to clean the machine this is the place to go for help....http://www.computerhope.com/forum/index.php/topic,46313.0.htmlIf you want to reload your machine then the first step would be to check your BIOS and see if your CD players show up. If they do set the boot order so it boots off the CD and put your XP CD in and reboot. Follow the screen prompts.Keep in mind that this wipes the drive and all your data will be gone. I suggest you backup what you want to keep before you format the drive.Welcome to Computer Hope!

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Question: Hard Drive Format

How can i do this without the operating system disc.

Answer:Hard Drive Format

how will you be using it afterwards? another os? if you will load another OS then therewill be an option to format when you install it

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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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Question: Format Hard Drive

I already have Windows 7 installed on my laptop

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

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

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

so I am uninstalling everything and deleting everything

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

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

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

Answer:Format Hard Drive

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

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

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can you please tell me if it is possible to wipe a hard drive on a hp compaq dx2000mt without having any discs? i have heard some p.c's have a key to press when starting up to allow you to do it from the hdd i have 2 of these p.c's and am wanting to make 1 big computer with 2 x hdd's which have been reformatted any help would be greatly appreciated
 

Answer:how to format a hard drive

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How do I enter DOS on start up, before xp loads up, so that I can format my hard drive, I cannot use a start up disk as I do not have a floppy drive, and copying a start up disk to CD didnt work.

Answer:using DOS to format hard drive

Hi DOUGIET. I just don't understand why computer builders don't fit floppy drives - except for laptops. If you have the space for one, then you can get a floppy drive for 5 from EBuyer click here, or about 10 from your local computer store.

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I have a laptop that I had a mac formated hard drive in it. I had installed mac os on it because I was sick of Vista. NOw the problem is that Mac Os has gone crazy (serves me righgt for installing it on a PC...) SO I want to put Vista back on. The problem is that I don't know how to format it again for windows.

Answer:Format hard drive

Hi,

If you boot into the Windows setup disc, you should be able to delete existing partitions on the disk, create a new one, and install Windows.

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I just upgraded my win98 to win2k and am now trying to format my hard disk but keep getting 'volume in use by another proccess'. Can't get around this no matter what I try.
This is exactly what I get when I'm using the command prompt.
Format :c
Type of fyle system is NTFS
Enter current volume label for drive c: xxxxxxxxxx
Format cannot run because the volume is in use by another proccess
Format may run if this volume is dismounted first
All open handles to this volume would then be invalid
would you like to force a dismount on this volume? Yes
Cannot lock the drive the volume is still in use

Any help would be highly appreciated
 

Answer:need help. can't format my hard drive

Sounds to me like you are trying to format the partition that you have actually booted into!
Are you sure about which partition you need to format? Sounds like you may end up loosing everything if you get it wrong....
Once you've sure about the above, you'll need to boot of a dos bootdisk and run from the command prompt.
 

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Hi All,
I bought a new hard drive and did a quick format of it. Towards the end of the install process for Windows XP Prof. about 5-9 files would not load. Afterwards when I tried to install my CD-ROM of Office 2003, I was unable to install it. So I then went to re-format the hard drive using the slower format process and I now get this message; 'Windows cannot format drive. Quit any disc utilities or other programs that are using this drive, and make sure that no window is displaying the contents of the drive. Then try formatting again.' I have tried formatting the hard drive on two different working computers and I keep getting that message. I did as the message suggested with no positive result.
Any insights on how I can fix this problem.
Thanks, Abeeku
 

Answer:Can't format new hard drive

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

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

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

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

Thanks,
Pradhan
 

Answer:Can't format new hard drive..or old one

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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 microsoft.com 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 ( slackware.com 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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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.....

Thanks

Fedster
 

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. http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file_description/0,fid,22920,00.asp
 

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Can anyone help me. I have recently purchased a diamond max plus 9 160GB hard drive. I tried to format my old one which is still in the system and is a 12.1GB seagate ST313021A. Unfortunatley when i try to format it from within windows (going to start, run and typing cmd) it says "format cannot run because the format is in use by another process, format may run if this volume is dismounted first. Would you like to force a dismount on this volume". So after typing yes it says "Cannot lock the drive the volume is still in use". I have no idea where to go from here. Can someone offer any assistance. I'm running WinXP PRO by the way.

Answer:cannot format hard drive

try doing it from safe mode, I take it that your xp installation is on the 80gig drive

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hi i just put a new 160 gb hard drive in my old comp and created a new primary partition but when i go to format my new drive so i can install windows it says:
Invalid mediad type reading drive c: Abort, Retry, Fail?

Does anybody know why this is?

thanx jon
 

Answer:Help cant format new hard drive

It really helps if you fill in details of Hardware and software in your Profile.
Saves guessing.
I bet you formatted that HDD with Fat32 Win 98 disk .There is a 130 Gig recognition limit for partitions .
Try breaking up the drive to 2-3 partition below 130 Gig
 

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Hello all,
I have a four year old HP Pavillion. When I powered up yesterday I kept getting a black screen with "reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device".

After reading HP guides I checked all the BIOS settings and the HDD was being recognized in the boot sequence

Not knowing what I'm doing...I put a Windows XP installation disc in and re-booted.

I am now the proud owner of an I: drive with 160GB of pure, free memory.

Did I lose everything that was on my C: 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 command.my 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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Hi, i have a hard drive issue. Got this hard drive recently from a friend, it's a couple years old but has never been used, so basically new. It's a Western Digital 160gb SATA.

I plugged it into my computer in addition to my 2 other hard drives, one which is a 120gb peripheral, and the other which is a 160gb SATA. the 120 is the master which I boot from. Anyway, I plugged the HD into the open sata slot and booted up. It recognized it in explorer, but I couldn't access it. It said I needed to format it, so I tried to format it through explorer...couldn't. I then opened up disk management from "my computer">"manage", and tried to format it through there...couldn't. I then disabled all other hard drives and booted from a windows XP cd. I tried to format it through the win xp cd but yet again, it didn't work.

All 3 times trying to reformat it it just didn't go past 0%. It recognizes the drive but doesn't transfer any data, just sits at 0%. I tried switching the sata cable out for another new, didn't help. Also, even though I was under the impression that jumpers weren't necessary for most sata setups, I tried setting the jumper on the HD from master(jumper on far right) to slave(no jumper)...didn't do anything.

Any help would be much appreciated, thanks.

Here's the screen from win xp cd format...won't go past 0%...gave it 5-10 min to move:

Answer:Hard drive won't format..

First off a brand new drive lacks any partition on it to format. In the Disk Management tool or with another drive tool you create the new single or multiple partitions on the drive to see those formatted.

You can't format hard drives through Windows Explorer. Only floppy disks can be formatted seeing the option in the right click menu.

As far as seeing jumpers on a WD sata drive that would be on a Sata I not Sata II type disk there. Either at the default or jumper being removed completely insures that all drive modes are enabled. The information seen in WD's FaQ/knowledge base on jumper settings for the Sata I type drives are seen at Answer

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I just bought a 500gb WD My passport to put my movies on so i can plug it in to my dvd player. the orgininal format is NTFS and my dvd player only supports FAT32. i went to format my hard drive using the windows disk management and unchecked 'quick format' not realising that there was not FAT32 as an option an i chose exFAT. it was taking to long so i clicked cancel, now when i went to format it using Acronis True Image Home 2012 I get an error message saying 'the drive cannot find the sector requested'. i have looked online but can't find anything.
PLEASE HELP!!
 

Answer:Help! Can't format hard drive

Have you used the WD diagnostic app to zero fill the drive? If not, then do so and reattempt the format. You download this from the WD site.

Note it will take quite a while to zero fill the drive; probably at least 1hr.
 

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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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Question: Hard drive format

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

Answer:Hard drive format

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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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Question: FORMAT HARD DRIVE

I need to format my computer, i have windows xp cd but i dont know what do.. any links or advise would be great. Thanks

Answer:FORMAT HARD DRIVE

is set to boot from cdrom drive, place xp disk in cdrom drive when instructed press any key to boot from cdrom, follow onscreen instructions from there

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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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Hello my hard will not format i got a error 1024 please tell me what to do
 

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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.
 

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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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I?m looking to format my hard drive and I want to make a back up of my software and files I have a 8gb flash card and I have cleaned my computer of all but 7gb of used space.

I have a 2 part question
1) First how do I back up my hard drive onto my flash card.
2) How easy is it to format a hard driver and reinstall XP.

Answer:format my hard drive

1. I would assume, that you just drag the files in the flash card.
2. Very easy. Set your CD drive as the first boot priority. Insert Windows CD. Follow instructions. It will ask you, which partition or hard drive to format. Then you just install Windows.

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I'm trying to start fresh with a new install of win xp. Got to the setup part where i choose which parition to use, but it says I can't delete the partition because there are necessary files needed on it etc. etc... So I get a win98 boot disk to try to manually format and get to the A: prompt, and it wont recognize my C:.

Windows won't let me partition it from disk management... I'm at lost here. please help!
 

Answer:My hard drive will not format..

If you boot from the CD, I've never seen a time when it would not let you delete that partition. Of course you will get a couple of warnings, and I even know the key sequdence by heart, select C-press D, hit Enter, press L, press C to create and use a quick NTFS format. LOL
 

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Question: format hard drive

I have purchased a new case and mobo bundle I want to use my present hard drive . do I need to format before removal and how running XP pro chazbell

Answer:format hard drive

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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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