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Reformatting Harddrive (stuck)

Question: Reformatting Harddrive (stuck)

Im stuck reformatting my harddrive help apprecitated

ive tried these ways

1) Making a MS-DOS startup disk, rebooting and then starting with MSDOS then it comes up with A:\> and i cant change the drive to C: so i was stuck there

2) I tried starting up with the windows xp cd and going into the recovery console. I then typed

map

then i hit enter

then i typed "format c: /fs:ntfs"

then i hit enter

Then i typed Y

i then hit enter

it said that it would clean the harddrive but it didnt do anything

3) lastly i tried deleting a partition from starting up with the windows xp cd. I couldnt delete any partitons or make any new ones so i was stuck there.....

Help appreciated

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Answer: Reformatting Harddrive (stuck)

Change ur file system from NTFS to FAT32.
NTFS does not support DOS.
U can use XP bootable CD or some third party utilities r available which I am not aware of.

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I would like to wipe my whole entire C drive, I know I need DBAN. I have no clue on how to do it at all. I have no clue what an ISO is. I do not have a CD burner or blank CD's. I have the windows re-install disc which I can boot from I have done it before. So does that mean I don't need an ISO???

What I need help with is, I need a full walk through like every step. Please if someone could enlighten me on this I would greatly appreciate this. Yes I know I will lose EVERYTHING on my HD. Please don't try to discourage me from doing this.

Thanks

Answer:Reformatting Harddrive

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I do not have a CD burner or blank CD's.




Then you cannot use dBan or any other third party formatting program (well you could maybe load it onto a floppy or jump-drive).

The windows CD will format the drive. The difference is the windows format just deletes the file table, all the information is still there, windows just won't recognize it. Dban goes through your drive and sets all the bits (1 or 0) to 0. This effectively makes it impossible to recover any information, though is actually uneccessary unless you are having problems formatting with the windows CD.

We actually have a handy tutorial that will walk you through step-by-step, but as our articles are in the process of being moved to another web-server it is unavailable right now.

There are others available online: http://www.theeldergeek.com/clean_in...windows_xp.htm

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Running windowsxp pro
I recently had troubles with my primary disk drive (with consistency). So I went out and got a 160 to replace it. I set it up in Master and Slave config and I formmated my new disk as a basic drive. As of now, there is no data on the new drive, but I want it to replace my old one.
How can i copy my files from the old computer, and do I need to reinstall windows on the new harddrive? Looking to do away with the harddrive.
 

Answer:Reformatting Harddrive

Windows xp has a tool to do it all for you ,you can read all about it here.
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/winxp/migrate.mspx
 

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im curious if i were to reformat my computer when i reformat would it swipe the slave hard drive as well as the master or does it give you a choice.
 

Answer:reformatting a harddrive

When you use the format command, you have to specify a specific Volume address & name.
 

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i just aquired a dell inspiron 4100 notebook (laptop)...i was wondering how do you reformat the hard drive so i can install a usable operating system (I cannot log into the current one, it is locked) without logging in.
 

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Howdy,

The last time I reformatted my HD, I had windows 98 installed and I upgraded to windows XP home. Now, when I boot up, I'm given the option of booting XP or a second option of booting "windows." However, the second option for "windows" won't boot anything. If I choose it, it's like it's only set for a new install of 98--as in waiting for me to reinstall win 98.

I want to reformat my HD again, but I don't want to have both options. I want it to just boot up with Windows XP. I know I'll need to reinstall XP, but I was wondering if you all can give me the basics of what I need to do to wipe my HD and reinstall XP...thanks...
 

Answer:Reformatting my Harddrive

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Idk if this is the right section, but I plan on reformatting my hard drive, and I was curious if there was anything that I should put on my external that I already haven't thought of.

Music
Pics
School Docs
Movies


Should I move my games over or should I just reinstall them?

Anything else i should move over?

Answer:Reformatting Harddrive

I think you would know best as you know whats on your computer and whats important. If it was me, i would move my internet bookmarks over and my keepass database.

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Hi, was wondering if someone could point me to an instructional manual of some sort on How to Reformat your Hard Drive. im frunnin XP.
 

Answer:reformatting harddrive

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

The XP CD will do it.
 

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Happy New Year to You All. I have a Dell Latitude XPI laptop. I had to reformat the harddrive. After Fdisking and formatting the C Drive, when I try to install Win98 from an original disk, I get the error message, (corrupt cab file in setup and can not continue). Although I can load the cab files via "The Ultimate Boot Disk", I still get the same message when trying install Windows in the C Directory. Has anyone ever encountered a similar problem and if so, what do you suggest as a solution. Oh, Dell, not much help, well, NO HELP AT ALL. Thanks for any and all suggestions.
 

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I got a major problem, I installed Windows XP over 98 on my computer and it was a success I was working at the desktop without a glitch and then I shutdown the computer for the first time?the next day I turned it on and, it didn?t, and still doesn?t, reach the desktop before it says on a blue xp screen:------------------------------------------Checking file system on C:The type of file system is fat32One of your disks needs to be checked for consistencyYou may cancel disk check, but it is strongly recommended that you continue(below that I get a countdown for if I want to cancel or not)------------------------------------------Here?s what I?ve tried so far:1. I left the timer to go down to let it continue the check and then let try to load up windows2. I press a key (return) to cancel the check and let it try and load up windows(both of these fail in loading windows and the computer restarts itself and after a couple of restarts it just shuts down.)I had a go at trying to reboot with a 98 floppy disk just so I could reformat it but I wasn?t sure how to do this from there all I?ve been told is to put ?format c: /q? in a command, all I had of the floppy disk was a A commandI tried letting the computer boot up through cd-rom, first I set the hardrive to boot from cd-rom instead of A drive but I think it failed, well it tried to boot the desktop up again and it went back to restarting again.I?m totally stuck with what to do, all I need to do and want to do is ... Read more

Answer:Harddrive Reformatting Problem...

You mean BIOS?In BIOS,set to boot from CD first,then floppy,then hard drive.Insert the disc and boot up.

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Hello,

I am looking to whipe my harddrive so i can install Windows XP Clean on My computer I am currently running Windows 98SE. I do not have a reformatting disk but i do have the program System Mechanics 4 Professional and there is an option in there to Whipe Your Harddrive. Is that the same as re formmating the Drive So i can install XP Fresh?

Thanks,
Ron
 

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I am trying to refromat my harddrive, but i cannot acess the windows XP installation disc through DOS. I cant do this because one of my CD-Rom drives isnt working and that is the only one the BIOS recognizes and cant boot from. My other, working, drive is a CD-Rw drive and it doesnt not have an option to boot from in the bIOS. is there anyway that i can get this to work?

Answer:Troubles reformatting my harddrive...

Ummm...try unplugging the drive that doesn't work and see if BIOS will let you boot off the other one...it should.

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I am trying to refromat my harddrive, but i cannot acess the windows XP installation disc through DOS. I cant do this because one of my CD-Rom drives isnt working and that is the only one the BIOS recognizes and cant boot from. My other, working, drive is a CD-Rw drive and it doesnt not have an option to boot from in the bIOS. is there anyway that i can get this to work?
 

Answer:Troubles reformatting my harddrive...

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I am currently running Windows XP and there is a ton of junk on my computer that I just want to wipe out. I have done a formatting before but I can't remember exactly how to do it. I currently have only one harddrive which is c: and I wanna wipe that out and start fresh.

Also I have taken a harddrive from a old computer of mine and I would like to add that to this computer. It still have everything on it from the old computer. It has not been cleaned yet. And I have absolutly no clue how to add another harddrive to the computer.

Any help or advice would really be appreciated.

Thanks cruiser_eh
 

Answer:Reformatting harddrive and adding a new one

http://www.daileyint.com/hmdpc/upgrade2.htm#1
http://www.dansdata.com/buildpc.htm

couple of tutorials above -
what else do you have on the PC.
add it as a slave
 

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Hi all, I've decided to go back to XP after installing Vista on my home PC. All my personal files are on a second harddrive; nothing at all of importance (other than installed software) is on my primary drive.

My question is, can I just remove the 2nd drive from the drive bay when I reformat my machine and reinstall XP? Then would I have any trouble just plugging it back in after XP is reinstalled?

Am I crazy or would this work? I'm not looking forward to backing up 200 gigs of files to blank 4.7 gig DVDs.
 

Answer:2nd HardDrive and ReFormatting Question

Yes that should be OK
 

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Hey, I want to completely start new w/ my OS. I did the whole thinkvantage thing (Rescue and restore), and when it shut down and started the process of Rescuing and Restoring, I was left with a black screen and a mouse. I was able to move the mouse, but nothing was showing. So i let it run overnight to see if it was gonna shut down and start back up automatically with a new slate, but it didn't and the same screen was there. Does anyone know how to reformat my h/d and not have that "error"pop up? was I using the wrong option in ThinkVantage to reformat? thanks! I have Windows Vista Home premium T61 laptop, if that matters..Message Edited by carolinc on 11-10-2008 07:50 AM

Answer:Reformatting Harddrive with thinkvantage

I recently brought a ThinkPad with ThinkVantage and ciscovered I need to dual-boot the Win7 Pro installation with a Win XP install to run some legacy software. I prefer not to use Virtual PC. I was able to make a separate drive by shrinking the original c: drive. The problem is getting into the boot sector of the system so that I can erase Win7 (reformat), install Win XP (older system first), and reinstall Win7.How can I get in under ThinkVantage without breaking my machine?

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hi, i had done this many times before but have never stopped at an error like this from reformatting and installing a fresh xp on to a harddrive. I was trying to reformatt a brand new xp onto the harddrive cause for some reason the old one won't load up to desktop and it says system32/config is missing or something and needs reapir but i had try to repair several times and it freezes. So when i put the xp disc in it ask me to press f8 to agree and stuff to install windows XP just after that, it says at the bottom searching for pervious version of microsoft windows, i had restarted many times and tryed again but nothing ever happens it just says it. I even tryed leaving it to load for 14 hours and nothing happened..... im guessing something from the pervious version of windows was corrupted so it wouldnt install a fresh copy. But i really need u guys help on this. Can someone tell me how to fix this problem all i want is a fresh copy of xp on the harddrive and all the windows gone. Thanks alot =]
 

Answer:Serious problem with reformatting a 80 gb harddrive

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Hi all,

First system specs:

Acer Aspire 2000 laptop
XP home
Ram:512
CPU: 1.4 Centrino
Hard drive: 40 GB partitioned into 14GB C: drive and 26GB D: drive
Antivirus: AntiVir

Problem: Had this brainwave last Friday night that I'd go and reformat my computer and take everything back to First Base! All went well (apart from the normal confusion that goes along with wanting to spend a Friday evening downloading a million updates)

Anyway when I've gone to properties after selecting all the files in C drive this amounts to 7.33GB where as when I just right click properties in C drive it tells me that I've used: 8.19GB. Now that's 860Mb that Windows is not letting me access as far as I know.

Could somebody please confirm if this is so? And if there are any ways for me to access this 860Mb? It doesn't sound like a lot but when you've only got 40 Gb to play with it means you lose nearly a Gb!

Regards,

Captaindaz!
 

Answer:I've Lost Harddrive Memory after reformatting! Help!!

If you un-hide the system files in your C: Drive then click properties again and check the reorted size it should now be very close to your 8.19GB


to un-hide all files, in C: drive click Tools > Folder Options > View > and choose "Show Hidden Files and Folders" and also un tick "Hide Protected Operating System Files" > Apply
 

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heres the deal
i have a 250gb harddrive thats had alotta stuff taken off and put on it, i want to reformat it.
i have some things id like to save, so i have an old 40gb harddrive sitting around. unfourtunately it has stuff on it and i would like to wipe it clean so i can put it in the computer and have it set to a slave drive so i can just copy and paste all of the data from one harddrive to the other. then i can wipe the 250gb harddrive, reinstall windows, plug in the 40gb, and transfer the data back.

with all that said, how exactly do i do that? i tried putting the 40gb in but either my computer wont boot (no message, the screen never changes from all black) or it boots from the 40gb harddrive and doesnt recognize the 250gb.
 

Answer:harddrive reformatting/backup data

Welcome to TSG!
It's possible that the 250 gig HDD has been jumpered to standalone which is not (edit: not always) the same as Master. You need to set both drives' jumpers. The 40 GB to slave, and 250 GB to Master.

If the 250 GB HDD is SATA, then it should be recognized no matter what IDE drives are present... In this case I would go into BIOS and check if they are recognized OK, and then check boot order. Besides boot order of different device types (floppy, CD, HDD, etc.) in some BIOS-es there's an option for setting boot priority of HDDs present in the system.
 

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My hard drive crashed last week leaving a message on a black screen 'disk read error'.

I contacted tech support and they said that the hard drive might be bad and that I should try reformating it with the Windows XP disk.

I tried reinstalling Win XP. The first time I reformated the disk, it took several hours, but the program would not install. The second time, it also took several hours and I got a complex message about some problems. A short version of the highlights of the info is included below.

KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR

Technical info:

STOP: 0x0000007A (0xE10226D4, 0xC000009C, 0xBF9A5046, 0x02CE8860)

Physical memory dumped.

I have two questions: Should I simply try one more time to reinstall Win XP?
Is it possible to reformat the hard drive in DOS mode resulting in any bad sectors being isolated as unusable but the rest of the drive space being formated as usable?

sorry this is so confusing. Hope it makes sense to someone...
 

Answer:Problems reformatting Harddrive & prior attempts to fix

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after a memory scan a trojan virus was detected; This was removed. from then the laptop does startup but no booting in windows. OS is Vista Home Basic on a Packard Bell laptop..

Answer:does reformatting the harddrive cures an infected laptop me

Make sure when you reinstall, you delete all partitions & format to NTFS.D to Delete the selected partitionhttp://www.blackviper.com/Articles/...Also any thumb drives or other HDD's will probably be infected.

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Sorry, this is somewhat of a stupid question: I'm looking at purchasing a used X200t or X61t and I want to do a clean wipe with a disk reformat. Are the drivers listed under the model on the website sufficient to get full tablet and laptop functionality back or is there additional software I'm going to need to get the laptop software back to factory condition. Thanks.

Answer:touchscreen drivers after reformatting harddrive and upgrading OS

Good Morning,
 
Yes, you will be able to get all of the necessary drivers after you reformat by using the following link: http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/downloads/detail.page?LegacyDocID=MIGR-61432 and downloading Thinkvantage System Update. 
 
I hope this helps.





Serge E. Minott

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Hey, I know this question is asked quite often, but everything I've researched hasn't seemed to work. Maybe someone here has a solution?

Recently, I had to reformat the harddrive on my computer. I was using a Zonet 1602W PCI Wireless Card and I believe it may have had something to do with my computer malfunctions (BSOD's, constant restarting), so I purchased a new card.

I've tried installing both of them with no luck. It seems like they connect for a few seconds, but WZC will give me a "acquiring network address" error for eternity. I am unable to do any browsing regardless of how often I hit refresh. From looking at WZC (Wireless Zero Configuration), it doesn't seem to be receiving the packets. The IP address is 0.0.0.0 so I am almost certain this is the issue, but I do not know how to correct this.

Before recently reinstalling, I was able to connect to the router. My computer (has wireless PCI card) is right downstairs below the router, but wiring it is not an option because i'd have to run it across the house.

My computer (downstairs) that can't connect has:
Gigabyte WP01GS Wireless PCI adapter
5dbI antenna
XP (Service Pack 2)

The other computer (upstairs) that can connect has:
WRT54GV8 Linksys Wireless Router
Cable Modem
Vista

I've tried uninstalling & reinstalling hardware, software, and various drivers (original and updated).

I've tried using the "repair" feature in WZC (it states "invalid... Read more

Answer:Acquring network address after reformatting harddrive

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Hello,

I have a major problem. Because my laptop was having problems involving the 'blue screen of death', I chose to backup my files to an external portable harddrive before reformatting the entire drive.

However, when opening the backup folder, I discovered that my art folder, located in the 'PUBLIC PICTURES' folder was not to be found.

What is the BEST method to recover the files from the 'PUBLIC PICTURES' folder? I had almost 5GIGS worth of pictures.

I KNOW there is a way to recover the files, but not sure if they will even be located in the Public Pictures folder. Is it possible that after reformatting, Windows 7 relocated the contents of the 'Public Pictures' folder to another place on the drive?

Is it possible to restore the folder to previous versions AFTER reformatting the drive?

Can someone PLEASE help me?? This is seven years worth of photos I saved that I'm desperately trying to recover.

THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH for your patience and assistance.

Answer:HELP!!! RECOVER Public Pictures Folder AFTER reformatting harddrive!!!

Can someone please help me? I'd really need to recovery these files WITH the exact file names associated to them.

Does anyone know of a free method to recover them from the 'PUBLIC PICTURES' folder AFTER reformatting the harddrive?

Would appreciate any help!!

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So i just recently purchased a new computer and i got that blue screen so i decided to reformat. when i boot from the cd it gets to the screen inquiring if i want to install windows (enter), repair windows (r), and one other option.

after i hit enter, it goes to a blue screen and at the bottom it says examining fjsdklfsafdsa (i dont rememeber exactly what)

I think its examining my hard drive but it wont get past there. i left it on overnight and nothing changed from that screen.

I reformatted my laptop right after this to see if it was an issue with the cd but my laptop reformatted just fine.

Please help me resolve this situation, if more info is needed please just let me know and ill find whatever i can. Thanks!

Answer:Help! Computer stuck when reformatting

Is this an XP cd and Vista was the OS that was on the laptop? I would try to do a full wipe of my hard drive without using an install CD. Try something like DBAN. That should wipe it pretty good.

LINK: http://www.dban.org/download

PS
You could also run some Diag tools on the hard drive to make sure that it isn't bad. I would use Hiren's for this.
LINK:http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd

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So i just recently purchased a new computer and i got that blue screen so i decided to reformat. when i boot from the cd it gets to the screen inquiring if i want to install windows (enter), repair windows (r), and one other option.

after i hit enter, it goes to a blue screen and at the bottom it says examining fjsdklfsafdsa (i dont rememeber exactly what)

I think its examining my hard drive but it wont get past there. i left it on overnight and nothing changed from that screen.

I reformatted my laptop right after this to see if it was an issue with the cd but my laptop reformatted just fine.

Both the cd and OS are windows xp for both the laptop and desktop. I just reformatted my laptop to test the cd and make sure it was good.

Is there any way i can reformat my computer without wiping my hd? i have it partitioned right now and would like to save the stuff on my other partition since i didnt get a chance to back it up before my computer died.

Please help me resolve this situation, if more info is needed please just let me know and ill find whatever i can. Thanks!

Answer:Computer gets stuck when reformatting

anyone? please, your help would be much appreciated.

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Hi, i have a HP 15, and i tried deleting everything by using the built in restart setting, i didnt use any cd or usb drive. And when it got to 100% it said it failed, then it went to this screen that has a blue back ground, asking me about troubleshooting, do i want to quit and continue to Windows 10, and if i want to shut down. I pressed continue to windows 10, it showed a black screen, then the HP logo appeared, then a black screen, and then the hp logo, then black screen... it just does this, and it's been a day... it's just like this, an on going pattern.... there's no options or anything... please help, i really need to write an essay for school... the reason i tried restarting my pc is that the mouse was going crazy, it was pressing everything, it just wouldnt follow me. And the pc got slow, i dont even do anything in it, except school stuff...THANKS

Answer:Tried Reformatting my Laptop, it failed, now it's stuck with...

Immediately after powering on start tapping the Esc key. This should bring up a menu where F2 System Diagnostics is an option.

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I accidentally made it so I couldnt boot form my Windows XP Media Center Edition and am stuck on a corrupted install of windows xp. I can get to an options screen to change it back. Please help me.

Answer:Stuck booting from Corrupted OS/ Have Perfectly installed OS on harddrive

Boot off of the Windows Disc get to the Recovery Console. Here type bootcfg/list it shows the boot.ini file. Then choose bootcfg/rebuild
"Invalid Boot.ini" or "Windows could not start" error messages when you start your computer

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I was hooking up a projector to my HP SR2050NX and it was running fine. Then my PC monitor started to shake and my computer stopped recognizing my ATI video card. While trying to get the card activated again my OS got screwed up and I lost a dll file that was needed to start windows again. My computer could not start windows any longer.

I then went into the HP revoery mode thinking that it would send back to when my computer was normal. Well, my computer will boot again, but with completely different settings and I am stuck in a very small part of my harddrive that is specifically reserved for the recovery feature.

My files are all still on the drive but I cannot access them whatsoever. I also cannot restore my computer to any previous point as there aren't any saved. I thought XP was supposed to automatically do that? But then I surmised that it may be due to the fact that my computer is starting in a different part of the harddrive and is not accessing my settings, therefore there isn't a point of reference for it point towards.

Not too sure what else I can do, I am not a tech person. I beleive I am at the point of where I need to take it to someone that knows how to get my computer back the main part of the harddrive.

Cheers!

Answer:Stuck in Recovery portion of harddrive, cannot access files

When hooking up the projector, Did you install the software first?

And also when you rebooted , did you unplug the projector from your pc?

Does your ATI video card support this projector?

ok try F8 when it starts to boot up, pick safe mode.

If it boots in safe mode, then check device manager for your video card

to see if its there. If it is with out any exclamation point beside it, then reboot

the pc normally.

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I put in the new harddrive and it is stuck at detecting primary master.

It is a P2 processor and 32mb of ram

120 gig harddrive mounted and plugged in correctly (I think)

Answer:Trying to install windows 98 on a new 120gig harddrive...it is stuck at detecting

Is it on the same bus as the cd drive?

Does the BIOS detect the drive the way it sits?

Load the PC with the HDD and the cd drives on seperate IDE channels if possible.

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Hello.

What steps should I follow with my HDD to insure a proper installation?

Previously, I was stuck in an installation loop between BIOS - which saw my western digital black harddrive - and the windows installer which got to "where do you want to install windows" and then gave me a message saying something to the effect could not find a hard drive to install on.
Then, I would be sent back to the BIOS and the loop would start over again.

The harddrive was blank with no partitions and I was not given the option to create any.
I had to buy some type of partition recovery software and then windows installed.
The harddrive is my current operating system HDD.

Having alot of computer issues and want to just wipe the darn drive and start from scratch.

Issues like.........
some 21:9 resolution desktop (it wasn't my desktop) replaced my 5760x1080 resolution desktop. then disappeared. it only had 3 folders on the blue desktop, I had never seen before. "pictures" "profile" "Misc"

while typing, hear DING! my cursor disappears and my keyboard won't respond for a few seconds. Happens very often.

My task bars will unhide/hide by themselves one monitor, then next one, then next one.

Just now, while I was typing, this browser dialog box was highlighted, I was unable to type and I heard a click noise as if I had clicked on a file.

Would just give me piece of mind just wiping the drive instead of just re-formatting it... Read more

Answer:Stuck in an install loop (unable to locate harddrive for installation)

Quote:
What steps should I follow with my HDD to insure a proper installation?


Take a good look and slow read of Brinks tutorial.
It's what I use.

Clean Install Windows 7

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Just got a new computer, so I tried to use an external hard-drive to help me transfer a lot of my files from my older one to the new one. Could not get externalHD to appear in My Computer so I looked online for some solutions. It said to remove one of the registries called UpperFilter as it was likely to be a Filter problem. Went to restart PC to see if the changes would make it work and I got stuck in a Windows Recovery screen loop. I can't run in safe mode or anything. Main issue is keeping that data secure. I either want the PC fixed so I can access the data, or make it so I can access the files from my new computer and just copy it over to the hard-drive on my new computer
What is the best course of action from here?

Answer:Stuck on a Windows Recovery Loop after trying to fix a bug that wasn't showing my Ext-Harddrive

Kalvin104, which version of Windows are you running and do you have a Microsoft Windows installation disc handy?

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I have this WD My Passport external portable harddrive which I have used for a couple of years. I was writing something to the drive one day when the USB connection seems to be somewhat loose and the drive disconnected momentarily and reconnected itself but the file I was trying to write ended prematurely...

Now when I try to use the Seagate Harddrive test tool for windows and do a Short Generic test and the result failed.. I am fear it might have been caused by the disconnection and might eventually corrupt the entire drive... I try to run chkdsk but there aren't any errors detected it seems and files seems to be accessible as normal... Is there a way to fix the harddrive without losing data in the drive or confirm the drive is indeed failing?

Answer:Seagate Harddrive test tool fail but harddrive data seems intact

Run the most thorough and extensive test available with the WD hard drive utilities.

If it fails the thorough test, you may have a warranty claim.

Or the Seagate tool. Whatever you have. Your title is confusing.

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My Dell Vostro 1400 Laptop recently quit working. Its only 4 months old.
I turned it on and it came to a screen saying,

"Windows dould not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
"\windows\system32\config\system"
You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM. Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair"

I inserted the setup disc and booted from it, when I got the the Repair option it says,"Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.
Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic or setup program.

Setup cannot continue."

So I took the computer down to the local computer store and they put in a new 130 GB harddrive, ran the setup disk again and it displayed the same missing HDD message.

Anyone have any Ideas of what could be wrong???
Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Answer:Windows Setup Disk cannot find Harddrive, even with a brand new harddrive installed.

Hi, and welcome to TSF. If it's still under warranty I would take it back to the suppliers.

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I presently have a 40GB....5200RPM...2MBcashe..HARD DRIVE

Will i see much improvement upgrading to a: 60GB.7200rpm..8MBcashe Hard Drive?

I can do it for about $40 ( Or should i wait,i expect to get a 200HD by the end of the year...)
 

Answer:SHOULD I UPGRADE: 40GB/5200 HardDrive-to-60GB/7200 HardDrive?

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Hi,

I recently had a very strong magnet. The magnet was then stuck (By a child) to my laptop. I then had errors on boot. I tried reinstalling Vista with the restore disk, but I recieved "Error - Cannot set temp path".

I today purchased a 250gb harddrive (a upgrade from my 120gb), and then Vista installed fine.

Now it runs fine, but I get bluescreens after random amounts of time, with errors involving a windows file. Unfortunately, I don't have the bluescreen error details at the moment. I have however uploaded the 3 minidumps from the 3 occasions.

Is it possible that another part of the computer was damaged by the magnet? Ram?

Thank's,

Tom

Minidump: http://rapidshare.com/files/196073665/minidump.rar

Answer:Magnet damaged my harddrive. Replace harddrive but now bluescreens? (with minidump)

hi have you tried running your av and malware progs to eliminate this as a possible

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do to sever problems i was having with my pc i decided to do a fdisk and reformat...... i thought i was doing a smart thing by using my slave drive to backup the things i didnt want to lose .... after backing it all up to the slave drive i erased my harddrive and installed a new operating system... was win98 and now is winxp............ everything is going great now except all them programs and files i backed i can no longer access.... if anyone has a solution to this it would be greatly appreciated...
 

Answer:reformatted primary harddrive now cant access slave harddrive

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I have pretty old secondary hard drive (11 years) and currently in power settings there is an option to put hard drive in sleep mode if it's been idle for X minutes. Is it a good idea to disable this setting and let the harddrive spin all the time, since as I know, frequently enabling/disabling hard drives makes more damage than never putting harddrive to sleep.

Answer:Harddrive health with harddrive auto-stop in idle

Is the drive going to sleep now ?

You should consider buying a new drive to replace that one, then copy your data over before it dies

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My T400 (bought last July) harddrive dead on me Sunday. I called helpcenter and received a replacement harddrive today. It was very fast. They asked me to return the old one. I have a concern about the security of my old harddrive. There are lots of personal information (data and files) on the old harddrive. If I return the old one, is there a chance my personal data be leaked? Is there any way I can delete the data and file on the old harddrive? I have no access to my old harddrive now. Any comments and suggestions will be appreciated greatly. Thank you for your time.

Answer:New harddrive from lenovo to replace my dead old harddrive

It will almost certainly be trashed, but you can't be 100% sure.  If you have a big magnet around, you could set the old one on it for a while - that should do the trick.





T61p, T400formerly x23, x40

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I am currently backing up weekly to a small external drive.. it is a small 20gigger. It has taken about 1 year or so to fill up. Now i am thinking long term.. i am considering purchasing a "network harddrive", one that is between 500gigz to 1tb. There is a smaller/more affordable Seagate external drive.. but it is not a "network harddrive".. it has 1.5tb.. versus a network drive that is about 2tb but it cost about 314.

My question is, thinking long term.. and considering the setup i have.. which is a regular PC acting as a server.. what should i get?

Your suggestions are appreciated

Thank you
 

Answer:Solved: Network Harddrive Vs Portable Harddrive

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Hi all!

I recently purchased a new WD Cavier Black with the 32 MB cache. I would like to transfer all my HD contents [including windows vista ultimate] from my older WD 16MB cache HD to this brand spanking new WD Cavier Black HD.

Is it possible to do this without flaws and so that it will work exactly as before?

If yes, can you direct me to the correct information to do this please?

Any help on this issue would be greatly appreciated.

The system in which I would like to do this has these components:

Thermaltake M9 Cool Case
Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit w/SP1
Gigabyte GA-EP43-DS3L
Intel Q6600
Arctic Cooler Freezer 7 Pro
Infinity ATX PSU 600W
4GB DDR2 Crucial 800 MHz
E-GeForce 8600GTS DDR3 256MB
Memorex X16 Dual Layer DVD
Western Digital SATA 320 GB
Maxtor SATAII 1TB

Thank you,

Soar

Answer:How can I transfer my entire harddrive contents to another harddrive?

You can use norton ghost (paid program)
or you can use clonzilla which is free.
Clonezilla

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Hello,
I'm planning on doing a complete harddrive back up with a another internal harddrive. Will I need any special software to do this?
Also, since I'm backing up my entire harddrive which contains my operating system windows vista premium will this conflict with any license agreement?
 

Answer:Solved: Backing up harddrive with another internal harddrive

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I currently have a laptop that is a few years old, anyhow I am building my own computer with a friend of mine. I have a external 120 gig Western Digital External Harddrive hooked up to my laptop now. (The external harddrive is brand new) I need a harddrive for the new computer I am building and was wondering would it work if i opened up the external harddrive casing and removed it from there and installed it in my computer i am building. Whats your thoughts on the change in power supply and could it work and what?

Pat

Answer:External Harddrive into Interal Harddrive

if you are building a laptop... no. it is built completely differently.
with a desktop computer you would not be able to either because the connection inside its casing is different. its better to keep your external the way it is and get an internal. you could then use your external as a backup.

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I realize one is just an enclosure and you provide the harddrive, and one is a true harddrive, but which is better and whats really the difference?
 

Answer:usb harddrive enclosure -vs- usb external harddrive

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Hi,

This morning a fan in my case was making strange noises (either CPU or GPU fan I think) and so I turned my computer off. I turned it on a little later and the computer was making a really odd clicking noise, so I unplugged each harddrive in turn to see which was causing it. I removed the problem drive (not the one with my XP installation on) and then turned the computer on again. This time it just said could not detect boot disk. I've tried installing XP again, but it gets as far as loading all the setup files and then my PC reboots. The bios still detects the harddrive still in.

The harddrives are just normal IDE 120gb drives (the removed one is a Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 and the one still in is a Barracuda Seagate). I don't understand why the first stopped working (it is at most 6 months old) and why the 2nd one's installation is not detected (it is only a month or 2 old). Up til today, my computer was working perfectly. At the moment my whole computer is useless and the fan is still making the same weird noise occasionally.

Thanks.
 

Answer:One harddrive died, other harddrive's XP not detected

Welcome to Techspot

It sounds like the Drive you removed was the Primary, so the system can't find an MBR.
Also if that is right did you change the Jumper on the Slave left in your box?
Buy a new Fan, why take a chance ?
 

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Hello,

My desktop computer's motherboard was fried in a tragic lightning accident, but the hard drive is intact. I would like to purchase an enclosure for the hard drive and use it as an external hard drive. I'm posting here because I'm worried about compatibility.

Here are the hard drive details:
Seagate, S/N 90Z7588X
ST 380215A
P/N 9CY011-305
Firmware 3.AAD
Date code 08257
Barracude 7200.10
80 Gbytes

Will that work with any of these enclosures:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817158012
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817173047
http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Acom...sem/rpsm/oid/206486/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do

Thank you in advance for any help!
 

Answer:External Harddrive from Old Computer Harddrive

Any 3.5" IDE compatible drive enclosure will do the trick. I use a ThermalTake enclosure myself (same as MadDog and CompUSAs no-name brand).

Courtney
 

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hey everyone, my mom's computer isnt working correctly. it turns on but it doesnt boot up. nothing shows up on the monitor. she has very important files and links that are saved to her computer that she needs asap.

my first thought was maybe i could access her computer through the router that we share but other websites told me its impossible without remote connection. and we cannot setup connects or access her computer at the moment.

i would like to know if it would be a good idea to take her harddrive out and put it into another computer. id rather not put it into my computer (just in case something goes wrong) but my brother has a laptop and could we put her harddrive in his? just temporarily so we can get to those files.

is that the best idea? to transfer her harddrive? if so is it okay that its going into a laptop and not a desktop computer....
 

Answer:transfering harddrive (harddrive problem)

You're best bet it to get a 2.5 Adapter for laptop HDDs then you would take that adapter and connect it to a desktop CD-ROM IDE 2 channel 3.5 Ribbon cable goes into the adapter. There you could transfer files off that drive. That's how it's done in IT repair shop. Below cost $6.99.



can get it off here or try newegg or wherever you want go to a local store to get..
http://www.cablesonline.com/25hdmounkitw.html

It also looks like this various version of the adapter


They all work..
 

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I just purchased these two items:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817146063

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822153012

and the problem is that the coolmax enclosure wont read the harddrive. I installed it correctly (this is not my first 2.5 external hdd), and the computer detects the harddrive. It says that it is installed and ready to use, but now drive is popping up in "my computer". I dont think that the harddrive is to big for the enclosure, its only 40gb and most enclosures maxes out at 40gb. I could not find out what this enclosure's max compatibility is, so i hope that this is not the problem.

It is not the enclosure that is broken, because i put a different harddrive in the coolmax enclosure and it works. And i tried the Fujitsu hdd in another enclosure and it does not work. So it is definitly the hdd

The harddrive is a ATA-6 and the coolmax enclosure is a IDE ATA 100. I dont know what the 100 stands for, but i dont think that is the problem.

any help would be greatly appreciated. This is a gift for my girlfriend and i really want this to work.
 

Answer:2.5 harddrive enclosure will not read the harddrive

Have you foratted the drive? . . Windows will not "see" a drive until it has been formated.

Right click on My Computer . . select Manage . . disc management . . right click on the drive and select format
 

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can i run vista on one harddrive and xp on another harddrive on one computer

Answer:can i run vista on one harddrive and xp on another harddrive on one computer

Yes.

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I just recently bought a used computer to replace the one I had which died on me. For some reason, my old harddrive isn't being recognized as the main hard drive when I remove the new one and plug my old one in. Both harddrives are recognized when I have my old one plugged up with the extra power and IDE cable, so I was wondering if it is possible to copy the contents of my old drive to the new one and have it where it transfers all of my installed software over without having to reinstall everything?
 

Answer:Harddrive to harddrive data transfer?

So what you tried to do is get WinXP to boot after it was installed on a different computer. This usually does not work well unless the Motherboard onthe new computer is almost identical to the old one. At the very least you would want to uninstall all drivers that were istalled as part of the old motherboard then do a repair installation of Windows XP. Then again if your installation of Windows is an OEM version of Windows it is not legal to use it on a second computer even if the second computer is a replacement for the first. If this is a retail copy of Windows then you can do it. You would need also the drivers for the new system.. As far as transfering installed programs from one hard drive to another and have them work properly if at all, it is not likely that you will succeed in doing so as installed programs make changes to the registry so that windows will know where to go look for the files to operate these programs. Just transferring the programs will not make the changes needed to your registry that an installation would make.
 

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My grandma needed more harddrive space on her pc so I installed an 80 gb harddrive on her pc. Right now it's just her slave drive. Her c harddrive is only 20gb, so could I just copy everything on that harddrive to the 80gb and make that the master hard drive and the old one the slave? Or would that cause problems? I want to do this so she can continue saving files to her c harddrive instead of a different harddrive.
 

Answer:Is it posible to change the c harddrive to another harddrive?

You would need to create an image of the the current 20GB drive and map it onto the 80GB drive (most ghosting/imaging utilities allow you to expand the 20GB partition to the full size of the drive without issue). The most common way to go about doing this is with Norton Ghost, but it's not free. There's a few Linux boot disks that can do it as well I believe, but I don't know any off the top of my head. Hopefully someone will have a suggestion for a free boot disc.
 

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My old harddrive is only 20 GB and my new harddrive is 235GB.My old HDD is maxed out and i want to transfer EVERYTHING to my 235GB HDD. Basically making it the primary drive. The old HDD is my C drive and the new one is my E drive.How would I do this safely?

Answer:Small old harddrive, new big harddrive

If you mean you want to transfer everything (Windows, programs, data files, etc.) to the new hard drive, take a look at the software tools and instructions from the hard drive manufacturer for doing that.

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I would like to know if I can copy my whole hard drive to a backup hard drive.
What I would like to do is buy a new hard drive for my laptop. Then move all and I do mean everything windows XP etc. to the new hard drive. So that I could the start using the new hard drive just like the old hard drive. I think my old hard drive is going bad.
 

Answer:Copy harddrive to new harddrive

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I am looking at my friend's 2 yrs old PC mainly due to not booting up. I just found out that his pc's 10 Gb harddrive has bad sectors of only 700Kb after using scandisk so I reinstall windows myself. It has booted up no problems and running fine as usual but is it necessary to buy a new harddisk? After all, it runs fine even though there are still 700Kb bad sections on existing harddisk. Advice will be much appreciated, thanksGary

Answer:Bad sectors in harddrive - need a new harddrive??

Assuming you reformatted the HD, did the bad sectors show during Formatting or was it some other software that decided you had bad sectors?If it was formatting that disclosed the problem then it may be true. If not it might be a spurious warning and could be ignored.

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Hello everyone, hope some experts can read and maybe help me out. I am frustrated.

I have a problem which I tried to research first in many forums,
videos, etc., and now I am exhausted after a couple of weeks trying
to find a solution.

I bought at CyberpowerPC a desktop called: Black Pearl
back in September 2014.

A gaming desktop, which I rarely used due to work but with nice hardware, etc.
for back then.

I will post only the specs. I think matter for my case, but please feel free
to ask for any info. you need regarding that:

- Cooler Master Thermal Fusion 400 Extreme Performance CPU - Thermal Compound Optimized for Thermal Dissipation

- Professional Wiring for All WIRING Inside The System Chassis - Minimize Cable Exposure, Maximize Airflow in Your System

- CFI Boreallight w/ USB 3.0, EZ Swap HDD, 2x 120mm & 1x 140mm fans, Side Panel Window

- Standard Coolant

- CPU: Intel(R) Core? i7-5820K Six-Core 3.30GHz 15MB Intel Smart Cache LGA2011-V3

- MEMORY: G. SKILL - RipJaws 4 (DDR4-2400)

- VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card (Maxwell)

- CS_FAN: Enermax TB Silence UCTB14 140mm Performance Cooling with Low Noise Profile Fan

- FAN: Corsair Hydro H110 280mm Liquid Cooling CPU Cooler - Extreme Performance CPU Cooler (2 x Enermax Twister Pressure 140MM Fans

- HDD: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)
- HDD2: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive) ... Read more

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Here's is basically how my system is:
All my desktop icons are stuck on the left side of the desktopAll file explorer view are stuck in details view.

Now yes, I have turned off Auto-arrange, still refreshes to all icons on left. I have tired ALL sorts combinations of view + sort by... nothing.

I have tired many anti-malware/virus scans and nothing has come up. I have tired CCleaner pretty much everything and the problem persists.

Of note, I had done a system restore a week and half ago to a specific point and that fixed the problem but for just a day, then it happened again. When I got around to having time to go for another system restore, that restore point was gone and now no other restore point is fixing the issue -_-

That left me to think it might be something I installed or perhaps a windows update... but after having uninstalled pretty much everything I could that I installed in the last week as well as removing recent updates.... nothing.

I have also tried making a new windows account (local)... nothing. Also tried in safe mode, still nothing.

Sooooo, there must be something fcked in my registry or it's something I have no clue about. Google searching has left me nowhere so I begging for some help pls. Thanks~

Answer:Desktop Icons stuck on left side and Explorer view stuck on Details

Have you thought about a in-place repair??

Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade

This tutorial will show you how to do a repair install of Windows 10 by performing an in-place upgrade without losing anything.

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Hello everyone, hope some experts can read and maybe help me out. I am frustrated.

I have a problem which I tried to research first in many forums,
videos, etc., and now I am exhausted after a couple of weeks trying
to find a solution.

I bought at CyberpowerPC a desktop called: Black Pearl
back in September 2014.

A gaming desktop, which I rarely used due to work but with nice hardware, etc.
for back then.

I will post only the specs. I think matter for my case, but please feel free
to ask for any info. you need regarding that:

- Cooler Master Thermal Fusion 400 Extreme Performance CPU - Thermal Compound Optimized for Thermal Dissipation

- Professional Wiring for All WIRING Inside The System Chassis - Minimize Cable Exposure, Maximize Airflow in Your System

- CFI Boreallight w/ USB 3.0, EZ Swap HDD, 2x 120mm & 1x 140mm fans, Side Panel Window

- Standard Coolant

- CPU: Intel(R) Core? i7-5820K Six-Core 3.30GHz 15MB Intel Smart Cache LGA2011-V3

- MEMORY: G. SKILL - RipJaws 4 (DDR4-2400)

- VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card (Maxwell)

- CS_FAN: Enermax TB Silence UCTB14 140mm Performance Cooling with Low Noise Profile Fan

- FAN: Corsair Hydro H110 280mm Liquid Cooling CPU Cooler - Extreme Performance CPU Cooler (2 x Enermax Twister Pressure 140MM Fans

- HDD: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)
- HDD2: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive) ... Read more

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Hello everyone, hope some experts can read and maybe help me out. I am frustrated.

I have a problem which I tried to research first in many forums,
videos, etc., and now I am exhausted after a couple of weeks trying
to find a solution.

I bought at CyberpowerPC a desktop called: Black Pearl
back in September 2014.

A gaming desktop, which I rarely used due to work but with nice hardware, etc.
for back then.

I will post only the specs. I think matter for my case, but please feel free
to ask for any info. you need regarding that:

- Cooler Master Thermal Fusion 400 Extreme Performance CPU - Thermal Compound Optimized for Thermal Dissipation

- Professional Wiring for All WIRING Inside The System Chassis - Minimize Cable Exposure, Maximize Airflow in Your System

- CFI Boreallight w/ USB 3.0, EZ Swap HDD, 2x 120mm & 1x 140mm fans, Side Panel Window

- Standard Coolant

- CPU: Intel(R) Core? i7-5820K Six-Core 3.30GHz 15MB Intel Smart Cache LGA2011-V3

- MEMORY: G. SKILL - RipJaws 4 (DDR4-2400)

- VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card (Maxwell)

- CS_FAN: Enermax TB Silence UCTB14 140mm Performance Cooling with Low Noise Profile Fan

- FAN: Corsair Hydro H110 280mm Liquid Cooling CPU Cooler - Extreme Performance CPU Cooler (2 x Enermax Twister Pressure 140MM Fans

- HDD: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)
- HDD2: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive) ... Read more

Answer:Preparing automatic repair - stuck - Desktop won't load Windows, stuck at BIOS

Quote:




- While doing all this and when the problem started I monitored all the temperatures with the digital monitor. VGA, CPU, and everything else was not hot at all. CPU never passed 80 celcius, average was maybe 75 celcius for example.




80C while in the BIOS? That is not fine at all, something isn't cooling that processor correctly.

I would recommend taking the heat sink off and reapplying the thermal paste. Then reseat the cooler.

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Hello everyone, hope some experts can read and maybe help me out. I am frustrated.

I have a problem which I tried to research first in many forums,videos, etc., and now I am exhausted after a couple of weeks tryingto find a solution.I bought at CyberpowerPC a desktop called: Black Pearl back in September 2014.A gaming desktop, which I rarely used due to work but with nice hardware, etc. for back then.

I will post only the specs. I think matter for my case, but please feel freeto ask for any info. you need regarding that:

- Cooler Master Thermal Fusion 400 Extreme Performance CPU
- Thermal Compound Optimized for Thermal Dissipation
- Professional Wiring for All WIRING Inside The System Chassis
- Minimize Cable Exposure, Maximize Airflow in Your System
- CFI Boreallight w/ USB 3.0, EZ Swap HDD, 2x 120mm & 1x 140mm fans, Side Panel Window
- Standard Coolant
- CPU: Intel(R) Core? i7-5820K Six-Core 3.30GHz 15MB Intel Smart Cache LGA2011-V3
- MEMORY: G. SKILL - RipJaws 4 (DDR4-2400)
- VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card (Maxwell)
- CS_FAN: Enermax TB Silence UCTB14 140mm Performance Cooling with Low Noise Profile Fan
- FAN: Corsair Hydro H110 280mm Liquid Cooling CPU Cooler
- Extreme Performance CPU Cooler (2 x Enermax Twister Pressure 140MM Fans- HDD: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)
- HDD2: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)
- MOTHERBOARD: MSI X99S GAMING 7 ATX w/Killer GbLA... Read more

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After a power outage 3 weeks ago I was having issues with the system going down at around 5 minutes and then less and less time after that. I was told it was a display issue and to uninstall and reinstall my display drivers. I uninstalled my drivers and it was still the same. I felt like it was temperature related. I found my graphics card (Radeon 5700) was dirty. I cleaned it and thought I was back in business. Everything was back to normal, all I needed to do was update my graphics drivers. Once that was done, my computer would no longer load past the Windows splash screen.

I used Puppy Linux on a flash drive and I have access to everything. I can use the internet and access all my files. This to me says that it is not a hardware issue.

The fact that when I try to go into safe mode it gets stuck for more than a day on classpnp.sys (when I finally give up). I understand that classpnp.sys has loaded but, there is something after that that the computer can't load. I have seen some people have atipcie.sys load after classpnp.sys and it makes sense to me that it would be a graphics driver that is causing the issue.

I need my Windows 7 up and running for school and work projects. Any ideas, thoughts, or help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Stuck on Windows splash screen, safe mode stuck on classpnp.sys

Hi ,
Follow this tutorial to run SFC /Scannow at boot.
SFC /SCANNOW : Run in Command Prompt at Boot
If you want to run the command from a USB drive follow this tutorial.
Boot Windows 7 System Repair Disc from USB Using Grub4Dos
And apply it to the first link instead of the ERD (Emergency Repair CD).

Generally a good tutorial to read.
Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

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Computer gets stuck On the motherboard screen, and when I try to enter the setup when pressing delete it will change screens and say entering setup but will get and will not load the setup. I think I obtained a virus from a torrent and made my computer act like this.

Specs: windows 7 home edition
Ripjaws 4gb ram
Intel core i5
Motherboard : msi p55a-gd55

Answer:Computer stuck on motherboard loading screen, and stuck in setup.

Wrong forum for malware issues. Please post here: Virus/Trojan/Spyware Help - Tech Support Forum

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I tried using the driver CD to see if it will help with anything rebooting and I did some Express Test. It gave me this code:
 
Error Code:    650F:136C
Msg:    IDE device failed. Blank media or no media is present in optical drive. Test requires media with data (Resource CD, Installation CD).
 
Have no clue what it is. Ive done some reading on Mup.sys. It requires me to remove some 'USB card'. I dont really see any . Any advice would be appreciated or if you have anymore further queries let me know.

Answer:Stuck on Mup.sys (during safe mode) and stuck on Windows XP loading screen.

HI Jon,
Thats not  a error to worry about.
That error comes up when u run express test on the computer and the cd drive is empty.
Are we working on a notebook or a desktop.
And mup.sys is a system file .You can repiar mup.sys by following these steps.
1>Start the computer from the Windows Xp CD.2>At the Welcome to Setup screen, press R to repair. 3>At the C:\Windows prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER: ren c:windows\system32\drivers\mup.sys mup.old4>At the C:\Windows prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:expand <cd-romdrive>:\i386\mup.sy_ c:\windows\system32\drivers\mup.sys5>After the file is successfully expanded, type exit, and then press ENTER to exit Recovery Console. 6>Restart the computer.
Best of Luck.

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Good afternoon all, My z570 is about 5 years old but still works/worked fine unitl  was rudely forced to install windows 10 creators 2 weeks ago, there was no option to not install and now stuck in the boot sequence.My z570 shipped with win 7 originally, then to win 8 and fianlly we had the free upgrade to windows 10 last year and all without any problems, everything worked untill the forced install was thrust upon me.As you can see in the picture that's how far my laptop gets and no further, this is obviously a win 10 creators edition issue as the previous win 10 worked great.I've tired safe mode and it will boot into safe mode but I can not find out how to fix it. Does anyone have a solution to this?


























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i went from windows 8 to 10 about a year ago ans now i got this problem... https://youtu.be/-P4mBrUUhto and also sometimes it loads up pc detected a problem restarting for u.. and it just keeps doing that... and then gets stuck tp another black screen...i have this pc for more than 2 years.

Answer:Pc stuck in hp logo then stuck in black screen and startup r...

Hi, Shutdown the notebook.  Tap away at the esc key as you start the notebook to enter the Start-up Menu.  Select the Diagnostic Menu option ( f2 ) and run the tests on the Hard Drive and Memory. Post back with the results, including any error codes that may be generated. Can you also post back with the full Model No. and Product No. of your hp 2000 series notebook - see Here for a guide on locating this information. Regards, DP-K

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My laptop refused to start up at first leaving just a blank screen, though I eventually got it to start up though it stays stuck on the Lenovo logo as long as it's open. I close it and it gets to the password login screen. When I open it, though the password Feild is flooded with characters that I can't see, because it's the space for my laptop, and yet none of my keys are pushed down so I'm not sure which keys are 'stuck'. I've tried compressed air, vaccuming it, running my hands on the keyboard, even turning it over and tapping it from the bottom so I have no idea what else I can do. 

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My laptop refused to start up at first leaving just a blank screen, though I eventually got it to start up though it stays stuck on the Lenovo logo as long as it's open. I close it and it gets to the password login screen. When I open it, though the password Feild is flooded with characters that I can't see, because it's the space for my laptop, and yet none of my keys are pushed down so I'm not sure which keys are 'stuck'. I've tried compressed air, vaccuming it, running my hands on the keyboard, even turning it over and tapping it from the bottom so I have no idea what else I can do. 

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Hey all. I have a Thermaltake V5000D case that has a lock on the front panel. One day I was just fiddling with the lock, turning the key back and forth (fidgeting problem I have sometimes), then it just stopped turning with the lock in the locked position and now my front panel is locked shut! I am very thankful that the the door wasn't latched or I wouldn't be able to get to the on/off button and my optical drives and stuff. But my front panel is still locked and I cant get to my fan filter. Also, my door wont latch shut because the metal latch on the lock is in the way of it closing all the way. This is very annoying and is going to suck when I have to move my tower around with the door swinging away.

I've tried turning the key in every position possible with every amount of force in my hand. I actually bent the crap out of one of my keys and cant completely straighten it out now. I've tried picking it and examined it with a flashlight for any obstructions in the hole. The next thing I can think of is mabye WD-40 on it because it seems the little levers in the lock are getting stuck when the key pushes them in and they dont come back down on top of the key. But I would like to ask you guys to see if anyone has ever had this problem and/or if you have any ideas to fix it. Thanks in advance!
 

Answer:Help! PC Case lock is stuck! Door is stuck shut!

Love to help but sadly thermaltakes website is not helpfull in schematics or decent pics of the area of the lock.... only thoughts I have are can you take the side panel off on the side nearest the lock and see if you can force the hook up? ( doesnt look like you can from another pic I searched for as the front panel is too flush to the side )

If you can from the inside of th ecase see the back of the lock its latch-hook is only attached by a big screw from the looks of it and if you could unscrew it you would get access to the front I have no doubt.

the pics I was looking at http://www.3dxtreme.net/index.php?id=thermaltakexvdv5000d2 ( 8th one down )


Sadly appart from a locksmith, this is the only suggestions I have at present.
 

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Hey everyone, My Lenovo W540 has recently started acting up, became extremely slow all of a sudden.I checked the power manager to make sure  I hadn't reduced the settings for battery /AC usage and I found that even on maximum performance settings the CPU is stuck at 29% on AC power and 81% on battery power.Any idea what might be going on ? I've seen some people with issues using the dock but I'm connecting directly to the adapter. Disconnecting and reconnecting have done nothing to fix this, changing the power settings has done nothing, just as restarting has done nothing. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated as the computer is running extremely slow. Best regards,P













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Answer:W540 stuck at 29% CPU on AC power, stuck at 81% CPU on battery

Dear Sir Welcome to Lenovo Community Here a small step we can make then see whats the result.Please remove the power manager from ur device ( uninstall it ) then turn off your device then remove the battery ( if its removable one ) & charger  as well, press & hold the power button for 15 seconds. Then turn on ur machine & check your normal power plan into control panel. hope this step will resolve the situation. if no so please reply me back . Best Of Luck

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My computer automatically updated when I turned it on. It's on the HP logo screen. The update stops at 9% and won't budge for the past 2 days.

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Hi Guys,

We have a single user here that has problems with stuck outbox messages in outlook. Off of only one of his email accounts in his profile. Off of only his computer. There are definitely some patterns of characteristics from the emails though, which I would imagine have something to do with the problem. They are: They almost always include attachments, they've always got multiple recipients and CC's, and they're almost always replies in threads of emails being sent back and forth.

Clearing out and recreating his profile doesn't help, doing the standard "take off some of the 'RE:'s in the subject line", throw it in drafts and then re-send it, copy-and-paste it into a new message altogether... some of these randomly help solve problems at total random, but 99% of the time they don't work.

My only workaround that works completely is using a virtual box (or logging in through another PC), setting up his profile and forwarding the stuck message from the outbox on the alternate computer.

Now obviously that means it's not our email host, and it's not some strange format or character that's universally just not able to send... what happens with these messages is that they aren't even looked at, they don't even begin to send (sometimes attachments would explain a delay as it would take time to send out a big file), they're just ignored permanently on his computer.

I obviously see a solution would be to switch out his desktop, but that's kind of like saying "... Read more

Answer:Outlook stuck outbox- Not conventional 'stuck' either

Greetings!

I have a bit of experience with Outlook and Exchange, so I have a few questions for you--
Are you running in a Microsoft Exchange environment, and if so, which version?
What antivirus are you running on the affected PC?
Do you have any special spam filtering or virus scanning on the mail server that is specifically for email?

I've seen where certain antivirus products can cause these "stuck" outbox issues. I assume you've tried the basic F9 (send/receive) to try and force the message through as well?

Thanks

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hey guys, im not sure if this is actually a problem with vista or my pc, so if im wrong feel free to move this thread....

so im having lately problems with my pc\vista, i donu.
i leave my pc alone for a few minutes and when i get back its Frozen, i see whatever was on the screen the moment it gut stuck and i cant move the mouse, and the LED at the Front of the PC, the one thats on when the computer is "thinking" is Switched ON and stays that way.
this started happening a few weeks ago, i dont think i installed anything new that might have caused this.
and one other thing, im almost sure its related, i tried installing the beta version of windows 7 and in middle of installation it gets stuck the same way i described before, i tried different versions of the Windows 7 and a few times each and it gets stuck every time and each time in different progress of the installation...
please help me.
thanks.
MeydanB

Answer:Vista Gets Stuck, and Stuck on windows 7 install

I'd suggest starting with running a memory test ( http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tuto...torial146.html ); then following that with a bootable hard drive diagnostic:

Here's a description from my blog:

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What you'll need:
- a blank CD
- a computer with an internet connection where you can download a file, install a small program, and burn a CD (doesn't have to be the computer that you'll be testing).

1. Determine the make and model of your hard drive

- In Windows XP - Go to Start...Run...and type in "devmgmt.msc" (without the quotes) and press Enter. Click on the + sign next to Disk Drives and use Google to search the information listed there)

- In Windows VISTA - Go to Start...and type in "devmgmt.msc" (without the quotes) and press Enter. Click on the + sign next to Disk Drives and use Google to search the information listed there

- From outside of Windows: Unplug the system from the wall, remove the battery (if it's a laptop) and crack the case open. Look inside to locate the hard drive and write down the make and model number (although the model number isn't required for the test, it will help you to identify what sort of drive to replace if the test says that the drive is bad).

If you're unable to see the hard drive info, follow the steps below for the Hitachi DFT. At the screen where it asks you if the list is correct, the model number of your drive will be there. Use Google to search for the model and that will let yo... Read more

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Mr.... my lap suddenly stuck after 5 ,10 minutes switch on... after that it doesn't work... so i have to long press power button for machine off...... so what can i do.... thank u.... appreciate ur help..................!
 

Answer:stuck suddenly stuck after 5,10 minutes switch on my lap

By far the simplest fix is to use System Restore to roll back Windows to a point in time when everything when your computer was functioning correctly. It allows you to undo system changes without affecting your personal files, such as e-mail, documents, or photos. Video: Fixing a problem using System Restore​ If that doesn't help, try restoring an earlier system image or backup. No suitable restore point, backup, or image available? Kick yourself -- you missed the easy solution, and you're left with digging through Windows' many settings.
 

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My notebook' s windows logo key is stuck but it is not physically stuck. Whenever I press any button, e.g if I press A then action center opens up.Please anyone help with this issue

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With my Windows 7 Home 64 bit version the svchost is stuck on nearly of 50% CPU use, and updates is stuck too so that it stays on searching for windows updates but never completes to install any available.
 

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this is a many faceted and increasing in facets issue (ill try to make it as short as possible);

backstory:
the male side of my video cable connection (the part on the motherboard) had bent pins; the pins were unbent and the cable was able to fit back in, BUT

problems:
the picture was garbled--wrong colors, moving lines, etc. the people at a tech store told me the video cable was pinched and knowing that it had been jammed in the hinge for a while, i believed it extremely feasible. I finally ordered a new video cable but replaced it, and to no avail. the picture may have been slightly better--but not significantly if so; additionally (and im not sure if it was this way the first time as well) the computer was displaying at the size of the external.

i restarted, and reazlied that the laptop screen displayed nothing at startup, until logged in--exactly like the external. i figured that at least a portion of what was going on was the computer was sending the external screen signal to the laptop.

things i've tried:

-reseating both ends of the new video cable MANY times
-turning the computer off, taking out battery, holding start button, putitng battery back in, restarting
-every variation of screen resolution/external monitor setting
-pluggin in the external, putting laptop to sleep, unpluggnig external
-reinstalling video/image drivers
function key combinations

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Answer:stuck booting safe mode, which doesnt work; stuck in external monitor mode?

i managed to change the safe mode option, unfortunately the laptop screen still isnt working correctly (the external is)

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Question: Reformatting?

I wanna reformat my comp, does anyone know a good website, or can directly give me instructions on doing so? Also I have heard it is possible to create a Win. XP bootable disc(i lost mine), on floppy or CD... how do you do that?

Answer:Reformatting?

One usually needs the windows disc to reformat. At least I've used one the last 5 million times I've reformatted a boot drive. I'm not sure how you intend to make a bootable CD, unless you saved an iso of the disc on your computer, in which case you'd need to have saved the serial also. Maybe someone else knows another way.

Let's see. Once you've got a disc, log into your bios and make sure your boot order is CD, Hard Drive. Then put your CD in the drive and restart again. hit any key when it asks if you want to boot from the disc.

Just go through the prompts and stuff, and when you get to the screen which asks you which partition you want to install windows on, You can choose to create or format a partition. Sometimes you might need to delete a partition and create a new one. Format in NTFS.

That's just the general from memory, but I hope it helps.

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No the windows 98 does not have a floppy drive. Just a cdrom drive.

I do have the original install disk.

I thought I could reformat it easy but I did a bit of looking up and apparently when you reformat it erases the cd rom drivers so you can't reformat from there.

Do I HAVE to have a floppy drive?

I'm really not sure how this is done.

I can use a little dos.

Thanks for helping

Cheers.

Answer:Reformatting win 98

Yes, you need to go 'format C:\' from the A drive. Not too sure about a system disk from a cd drive but you might as well try.

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Question: Reformatting help?

Ok, I have only reformatted my comp a few times, and happen to run into problems each time doing so, and this is the latest one. Any help at all is greatly appreciated.Ok, after pressing F6 after boot, (asking me if I want to install 3rd party drivers or whatever) I come to this screenhttp://img218.imageshack.us/img218/9758/0000041ve7.jpgI press S, and come to this screenhttp://img182.imageshack.us/img182/2425/0000043bt0.jpgI hit enter, and choose to install this driver, and come to this screenhttp://img511.imageshack.us/img511/3232/0000045sn6.jpgI hit enter, to set up windows XP, and come to this screenhttp://img511.imageshack.us/img511/9475/0000046vj6.jpgBla bla... Yeah I agree... At first, I deleted the partitioned space (my old windows), and proceeded to install, but an error occured, and I had to restart. I hit enter, because nothing happens when I press C, and it wont delete the partition that appears to not be there.. After hitting enter, this screen comes up.http://img170.imageshack.us/img170/4599/0000047vd9.jpgSo I hit enter... And this comes up.http://img170.imageshack.us/img170/5692/0000048ob4.jpg*censored*?After hitting enter to continue.. The dreaded "A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent further damage" Screen pops up. I have NO idea what to do in order to continue the formatting.. Please.. I need this computer for work. Any help is GREATLY appreciated.Thanks.-Mike

Answer:Reformatting help?

Can u tell me why u press f6. U want to install 3rd party driver.Now you shut down computer compeletly(its off yet)then tight the HDD cable & try again without pressing f6.Let see what happend!!

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Question: Reformatting help

Hi, I am new to computerhope so I hope I am not posting on the wrong thread or something.I currently have Linux ( Xubuntu 10.10 ) and want to reformat my PC to Windows XP.The only problem however is that when I insert the Win XP installation CD and change the boot settings to boot from CD it doesn't work. It shows the screen where it says : Press any key to boot from CD, but none of the keys work. -  So I was wondering if there is anyway to reformat PC without CD and then install Windows.Thank you in advance.I am using :Intel Pentium 3.0 GHz                   512 mb RAM                    80 GB  Hard Drive                   128 Ati Radeon Secondary

Answer:Reformatting help

There are three possible reasons the system will not boot from a disk:1) The optical drive is not the first device in bios boot order or2) The disk is not bootable or it's a bad disk or3) The drive itself is badIf your system actually requires you to select the option at boot, make sure the system sees your keyboard (in other words, if you are using a usb keyboard then bios has to be set to see usb at boot - assuming your bios has that option - otherwise use a ps2 keyboard).

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Didn't know if this was the right sub forum to post in but anyways.. I was wondering if reformatting your computer was bad for it? Sometimes my computer wont work or feels to cluttered so I like to reformat it to make it run at its full potential. Thanks for the information in advance.

Answer:Reformatting, is it bad?

reformatting your Hard Drive will erase any and all files from it including the OS. its not bad if thats what you want.

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Question: Reformatting

How often do you guys recommend for formatting/reinstalling/cleaned? I don't know the technical terms, sorry, lol. I see talk of this and wonder if I'm due.

My computer is about 2 years old, seems to be lagging a little, my antivirus, adware, spyware programs, etc., are kept updated and run regularly. The computer is used everyday for basic stuff like e-mailing and surfing.

I'm not familiar with this so it wouldn't be something I would even attempt to complete myself. Any guesstimations as to how much it would cost?
 

Answer:Reformatting

I like to reformat and reload Windows every 6 months or so to keep things running smoothly... just be sure to back up (save to CD) anything you wouldn't want to lose: stuff like music, photos, documents, etc... As long as you have all the needed software (Windows CD, driver CD's, etc.) it's a fairly simple and straight forward process. BUT- if you don't want to do it yourself, most (if not all) PC stores should charge for an hour of labor. Labor rates can vary greatly from $40/hr to over $100/hr: so call around. If you don't back up your stuff first, it'll be gone forever or the shop will charge extra to do it for you..... the shop where I work charges a flat rate for a Windows reload and it includes installing all the drivers, service packs, updates, and a 'burn-in' period to make sure everything is stable....

hopperdave2000
 

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What is the proper or best way indetails on how to reformat my pc? I am sure somebody has mastered this, and would you please pass this info along.

Answer:reformatting

Maybe something like this is what you're looking for:http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

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Question: reformatting

yesterday my friend tried reformatted his computer, when we tried to boot up windows xp it doesnt run?

we put the disc in the E: drive the d: drive doesnt work so we are using the other one E:

we went into BIOS change teh boot sequence to the E: drive but for some reason the disc doesnt boot, when we type E: dir
the content on the disk appears so we tried "E:setup" but still nothing happens it says unable to run this in Dos mode or something can any one help me figure out how we can install it is teh another way

Answer:reformatting

Hi,

You have several issues going on there that need answers or fixed.

1)
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yesterday my friend tried reformatted his computer, when we tried to boot up windows xp it doesnt run?




Well, did he get it formatted? If so, how did he get it done? Did he try to format to Fat32 or NTFS? Was the drive already partitioned, or did he repartition it? If so, how many partitions? If he formatted it with Fdisk, did he make the partition active? Please give any other details that are appropriate.

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drive doesnt work so we are using the other one E:




Why does it not work? Do you have all the ribbon cables and jumpers hooked up correctly? Check with this schematic to see it is properly set up:


The master and slave jumpers must be set up correctly on your drives as displayed on the top of each drive.

DO NOT mix master and slave with CS (cable select) on the same ribbon cable. If one is Master the other MUST be slave. If one is Cable Select the other one on the same ribbon cable must be Cable Select. (Please note that the majority of hard drives are factory default as Cable Select)

Make sure the drive is placed correctly on the ribbon cable as shown below:

M
O
T
H ==Ribbon Cable=== Slave ===Master (end of cable)
E
R ..................................?? OR ??
B
O == Ribbon Cable==Cable Select==Cable Select (end of cable)
A ..............................( as... Read more

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Question: Reformatting W2K

Hi everyone,

I'm having a problem I just can't seem to figure out. I've been trying to reformat my HD. Well, everytime I do a format c: it gives me a warning....no problemo! I reply "Y" and get the following message:

Format cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. Format may run if this volume is dismounted first. It then goes on to ask if I want to force a dismount, which I do.

I then get the message:

Cannot lock the drive. The volume is still in use. Grrrrrrrrr!!!!!

I thought it might have been GoBack, or maybe Norton. As far as I can tell, there are no other processes running that would lock a volume.

So, being the old pre-Windows guy that I am, I thought if I could boot from a disk that would work. Well. I've tried creating W2K boot disk (4 of 'em ). Then I tried the ERD...nope. I tried booting with a Win98se floppy.....nope. Didn't work either.
I am really at the end of my rope here. I've never encountered NOT being able to reformat.

BTW, I have only one partition as far as I can tell, if it helps.

If anyone can help me, it will have to be baby steps as I've never encountered this problem before, but I sure do need the help.

Thanks

JDB
 

Answer:Reformatting W2K

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OK, so I made sure my BIOS was booting from CDROM and first priority, and then HDD.

I put the Windows XP Pro CD in and the little windows pop-up screen came up and I exited that and shut down my computer.

I turn my computer back on and I cannot get ANYTHING on my monitor.

I have two slots on the back of my eVGA 6800 PCI-E card... I have tried every possible variation i could possibly do with the two slots with three different monitors. I also took care of the obvious stuff and made sure my card was tightly fastened in my PCI-E slot and things like that.

Now, I could not a a screen for the life of me so next time I turned my computer on, took OUT the windows XP disk, and turned off my comp.

Turned it back on this time without anything in the CD ROM and STILL nothing on any screen.

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.

Also, I have no monitor slot on my MSI N-force 4 motherboard. So I cant try that either.
 

Answer:Reformatting, need help!

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I am trying to reformat my computer but I cant get the windows xp disk to boot on startup. Ive been in the BIOS and changed the boot sequence order but still no luck. I know the disk works because I have used it before. My computer is custom made almost two years old. It specs are: asus p4p800se motherboard, pentium 4, 3.4 ghz HT, 1GB ram, 160GB HD, DVD and CD drive, ati radeon x850xt pe. Please help me.

Answer:Reformatting

Hi,

O.K., not to be trite here or be simple, but the little things is what all of us techs miss some times, but do you have your boot order set to:

CDRom - 1st
Floppy - 2nd
Hard Drive - 3rd (one you want to boot from)

If not, then set it to that and don't forget to save before you exit.

Post back with questions/concerns.

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Question: reformatting.

Im going to reformat my pc,and ive seen all the drivers ill need.But after ive downloaded the drivers,where do i put them for when ive formatted my pc?

Answer:reformatting.

Depends.CD, Floppy Disk, USB Memory Key, If you have a Card reader (SD, XD, Flash type Cards).

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Question: reformatting

im reformatting C drive from boot disc as we speak. what will this do? wil it fix my problem where the computer restarts over and over??

Answer:reformatting

Reformatting will remove everything on your dard drive including your operating system.Your computer will then need to have a new operating system installed.

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