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Question: cant format hard drive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Re-format Hard Drive to NTFS Format

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hey Guys,

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

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

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

Any ideas?
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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







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


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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Format external Hard Drive as a boot drive

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

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

Answer:Can,t format my hard drive

tell us exactly how you are formatting the HDD please

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

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

click hereexcellent walk-through site.G

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Question: Format hard drive

I am going to sell my computer and want to format the hard drive
before i sell it and want to make sure ALL DATA is completely wiped
Best software please
Regards to all

Answer:Format hard drive

Here you go; KillDisk.

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

Answer:Can't even format the hard drive.

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Originally Posted by jwjone2


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




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

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

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Once upon a time,

I had a Dell Dimension 4600. I built a new system and recycled the Western Digital HDD into a secondary Test Rig. I installed Xandros on it. Now I would like to put XP back on it, but when I connect it to my primary Rig via an external enclosure XP doesn't recognize it in the My Computer window. The drive appears in the Device Manager, and is "functioning properly".

I want to format this drive so that I can install XP. I tried simply booting from the XP CD to install, but the system disregards the DVD/CD drive and goes to the HDD. I tried Boot Priority as the optical drive as 1st, it didn't work. I then disable all the IDE devices in the BIOS except the DVD/CD drive and the system still loaded the Xandros desktop.

So I thought, "Hey! I'll just connect this to my Rig's backup external enclosure and format it from there." - no way. I checked to see if the original back up drive had a jumper and what it was set to, there wasn't one, so I removed the jumper on the HDD that I am trying to install XP on.

Th drive is not recognized in MY Computer....

Anyone have any insight? Thanks for your time.

BTW - I have had the drive in question loaded w/ XP and connected to my primary Rig in the past (pre-Xandros).

Answer:Hard Drive, ...it no format.

Try other cables. Sounds stupid, but the cables could be bad. Otherwise, i'd say the HD is dead. Can you hear it running at all?

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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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WHEN I DO THE COMMAND IT TELLS ME THAT ITS USING ANOTHER PROCESS DO YOU WANT IT TO DISMOUNT WHEN I SAY YES NOTHING HAPPENEDS

Answer:CANNOT FORMAT THE HARD DRIVE

I think you are trying to format your "C" from within windows. It will not let you do this. Does it look like this click hereAre you in windows when you tried this. Also, what operating system do you have at the moment.Or is it a partition or slave hard drive?

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Question: format hard drive

Hi folks,how do I get to format c drive as windows (2000) says Windows cannot format this drive etc.I want to do a completely clean install and I have the Windows disc (complete, not recovery).Thanks, yaesu

Answer:format hard drive

It is a slightly different way to the norm.......click hereG

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Question: Format Hard drive

Hi, i formatted my hard drive but when i insert my cd to start formating the message appear, NTLDR setuppdd.cannot cont. error code 4.Rey

Answer:Format Hard drive

It would help if we know what os we are dealing with as there can be significant differences between say XP and Win98,

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Question: Format Hard Drive

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

Answer:Format Hard Drive

http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000186.htm

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

Answer:Can't format hard drive

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

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Question: Format hard drive

I took a hard drive out of an old pc and want to install it in another. Whe I try to format
it, it says "cannot format network drive". I tried fdisk and it says "no fixed disk present".
Could someone please tell me what to do?
Thanks,

Gary
 

Answer:Format hard drive

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Question: Format hard drive

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

Thanks
Chris

Answer:Format hard drive

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

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Question: format hard drive

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

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

How should I go about doing this?

Thanks for any help

-Cap'n Bob
 

Answer:How to format a hard drive?

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

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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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Question: Format Hard drive

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

Answer:Format Hard drive

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

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Question: format hard drive

anyone know what i type to format my hard drive at the a promt windows 98/xp

Answer:format hard drive

Yes but which 98 or xp

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I have removed a 2.5" HDD from a Creative MP3 player that I no longer require. I intend to use it as an external usb 2.0 disk drive using a 'Cooldisk' kit purchased on click here. However, I cannot reformat the drive. I have tried both disk management in windows XP and partition magic. Both options report errors during formatting and allocating drive letters. Partition magic reports a 'BAD' partition and fails to do anything with it. This is all probably due to the type of filing system or possible root directories used by the creative jukebox player.......Any suggestions. Incidentally, I am using a 3.5' to 2.5' adaptor to connect the drive to a vacant IDE connection on my P.C.

Answer:Re-format Hard Drive??

You could try and use something like Seagate DiscWizard and see if it recognizes the drive. If you know the manufacturer, they may have their own software that will do a more effective job.If so, use the option to write zero's to the drive, which will effectively wipe it clean and then try a format in your chosen file type.

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

Answer:how to format a hard drive

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

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

Answer:hard drive will not format

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

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

Answer:format 2nd hard drive

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

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

Answer:How Can I Format This Hard Drive?

Try this:click here

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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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Question: Format Hard Drive

Hi,
May I know how you can go to DOS to format your hard disk?For your info,I am running on windowsXP Pro version 2002 service pack 2.Thank you fotr your guidance.
 

Answer:Format Hard Drive

Erichan:

What you are talking about is about as fun as bypass surgery.
But, like that surgery, sometimes it's necessary.

If I were going to format my Hard Drive, here is what I would do.

1. Buy an external HD that connects to my PC via USB (external HDs are cheaper than many application programs).

2. Put a boot-up floppy into the A drive and boot up to that disk.

3. At the prompt would type the format command (A:\>format c:\)

4. Pray that I have successfully backed up everything.

The first time I performed that surgery, I forgot that although my own files were backed up, there were many many files that had been downloaded to make defective programs work, or updated drivers for devices (scanners, camera, printer, graphics adapter, modem, etc.) that I lost. The recovery time was not hours, but days.

Consider those things as you have your first cup of coffee this morning.

Cordially,
Cronista
 

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Question: format hard drive

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

Answer:format hard drive

what os are you running
 

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Hi 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 loaned my XP computer to my nephew until he purchased his own...he has informed me that he has forgot admin password (he changed mine) and I can not get in as administrator...he now informs me that he will format it for me, without password but how? when my computer was returned to me, it was as clean as a whistle and cleared of everything...without a passwrd? please help as I am desperate...bagelqueen

Answer:how do i format my hard drive without my

To format he won't need a password.How to log on to Windows XP if you forget your password or your password expireshttp://support.microsoft.com/kb/321305http://support.microsoft.com/defaul...

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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 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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Hard Drive Format Help

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?

I also tried just formatting from he XP cd but the 80g drive now shows up as MAXTOR ROMULUS in the bios and at 0 bytes so XP doesnt see the HD. Prolly because of the deletion of the MBR i dunno. the 30gig boots up to linux just fine so I know it works, but in Xp setup it just freezes when inspecting hardware, prolly due to the ext3 partition.

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.
 

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

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

Thank you,
 

Answer:USB Hard Drive won't format?!

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

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So I upgraded my PC and replaced the hard drive. It has been sitting on the shelf for a long time so I'd like to format it and reinstall windows 7 onto it. I don't have a clue how to do this, can I just unplug the hard drive on my other PC and plug the old one in just to format it, reinstall windows, and then go back to the other hard drive?

Answer:How can I format my hard drive?

Hello Fintar, and welcome to the SevenForums,

Please see this tutorial on how to preform a clean install of Windows 7.
For the formatting part, in step seven of the above linked tutorial you can see how to access the advanced drive options, and the options in the highlighted box in the screenshot underneath step eight will include an option to format the drive.
Good luck and keep us posted,
Nommy

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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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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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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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Question: Format Hard Drive

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

Answer:Format Hard Drive

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

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

Answer:Cannot format hard drive

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

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i want to format my hard drive. backed up the full system, can anybody tell me the best way to format itcheersphil

Answer:Format The Hard Drive

Which Operating System?

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Question: format hard drive

i have a system that is running windows xp but it is a german version now im here my family are complaining they cant understand it so i need to format the drive and install a english version trouble is when i open the hd to click format the type of formting comes up schnell or other and then some thing else in german so we dont know what to press any ideas or helpestoy

Answer:format hard drive

Format during the install click here

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

Answer:Format/Zero my hard drive.

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

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

Answer:cant format hard drive

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

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Had to buy a new power supply and hard drive for my system. New power supply working perfectly. Bought a 500 GB WD5000AAKX Sata drive and it is physically installed. (It is replacing a Sata Seagate 320 GB)

When I start to format the drive and load Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3, I only get so far before the PC abruptly shuts down without warning. The first time, I got to the partition screen where I could specify how much space to partition. It suddenly shut down and after waiting a minute, I rebooted, went back into my boot menu to boot from CD, and this time got to the screen where Windows was going to format (full) the drive. I was at that screen for about 20 seconds or so when it suddenly shut down again.

Any ideas as to what I am doing wrong? It has been over twenty years since I worked as a PC Tech and I have tried to stay abreast of developments on my own. Clearly I am not doing such a good job of it lol. Any advice is greatly appreciated!!!! Thank you so much for your valuable time.

Moonifa
 

Answer:New WD Hard Drive will not format

Post the exact pw supply you installed. Post a link to the part if possible.

Next you posted you had to buy a new psu and hard drive. Is this by chance because the psu failed?
 

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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 have 3 computers, all of them with the same problem.

I've made a startup ms-dos disk, I inserted the disk and restarted my computer.

Whenever I type format c: and press enter I get the following error: bad command or file name
Whenever I type cd c: end press enter I get the following error: invalid driver specification

Anybody know what could be the problem?

I used partition magic to format my hard because i did not have any other options. But the formating takes less then 1 minute. My hard drive has 50GB and I really doubt that it only takes 1 minute to format it.

Thanks
 

Answer:cannot format hard drive

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Question: format hard drive

every time i try to format hard drive it tells me that `quit any thing that mite be using it` can u tell me wat such things shall i do

Answer:format hard drive

You cannot format the Partition with the Operating System on in WINDOWS. You have to do it in a DOS environment. i.e At Boot with a Startup Disc or you Windows CD.You can format other Partitions that are not in use

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

Any help is immensely appreciated!!

thanks a bunch~
 

Answer:How Do You Format A Hard Drive?

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

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

Thank You

Beau
 

Answer:Need to format hard drive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hi.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 was running an XP SP1 b4 it got all messed up with viruses and stuff.
so i decided format and reinstall windows. a clean install.

but when i booted with the cd and tried to format my hard drive.
it says i can't format drive C:\. it says that the disk is not there.
but i can format drive D:\ however. and before u say my hard drive's busted.
both of them are partitions on the same drive.

any one can help me out??
 

Answer:Can't Format Hard Drive

Does it give any reason for not being able to format? You might have to remove the partition and create it again to get it to work (use FDISK in dos).
 

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I put a brand new hard drive(Maxtor ATA 200GB) into Dell 4600. According the Maxtor hard drive's installation guide state Windows OS don't properly support the full capacity of an internal drive larger than 137GB, so I installed an Ultra ATA/133 PCI card to support this hard drive. However, when I turn the pc on, the system can found this hard drive, but ask me to

IDE BUS Master Enabled
Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility

System stop here everytime. What should I do? I didn't format this hard drive yet, how can I do the format?
 

Answer:new hard drive format

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

Answer:Hard Drive Re-Format

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

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Question: FORMAT HARD DRIVE

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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Here's what I've got:

Dell PowerEdge 650 w/ 80G hard drive.

i loaded Free BSD but kept getting write and read errors.

So, I called support...it's not a bad hard drive or anything..i figured it's a bad partition, but when I go to reload Free BSD it act like it installs it again, but now i get worse errors. I loaded the CDenab.exe onto a floppy disk. This disk contains Debug.exe, fdisk, scandisk, and so forth.

I cannot get the debug to work(or i don't know how) and I cannot get the fdisk to format the hard drive. I try to enter fdisk c: and it says that either it cannot format a network drive or that c is not a valid drive.

Any suggestions? All i want to do is totally format my hard drive to I can start anew.

Thanks ahead of time for any help on this!!

-Tia
 

Answer:cannot format hard drive

at the a:/ prompt you just type fdisk thats all
 

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Question: Hard Drive format

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

Answer:Hard Drive format

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

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

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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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I have windows 7 ultimate 32 bit, i have two hard drive one is my local disk and the other is the OS windows xp pro. I want to format that hard drive but it is says it it is unable to do it. What can i do? How i get into windows xp is when i start the computer up i tells to select which windows. What it does, it moves all the files to the first hard drive(local disk) to operate the OS. So i looked up for a formatting software which i found Darik's Nuke and Duke, i've used it before it is really good but i think the xp might link of the windows 7 files. I'm worried it might delete windows 7 too or some of it. So anybody can help me here?

Answer:Can't format hard drive

Bleeping computer : I don't understand how you are saying that it moves the files to run the other operating system . If it tells you to choose any of them that menas you have both installed and nothing will be harmed. In order to format all you should backup your data using a simple and easy software where you can store the backups online , i suggest http://www.dmailer.com/dmailer-backup.html.To format you can try any of this options :-insert the windows xp cd and try do delete all partition from the setup and install it on a fresh one-insert the windows xp cd and enter recovery console and try to format the one you want

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Hi.. I was wondering "HOW CAN I FORMAT A HARDDRIVE ON A MAC" and reinstall the origional OS.. Thanks..

Answer:How can you format a hard drive on a MAC

[highlight]Google[/highlight] is your friend.

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

Answer:Format the hard drive

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

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Need help on formatting the hard drive. I get it going then it gets to 98% then stops. Says format aborted 98% completed. How do I get it to finish??? Help please!!

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LittleBit
 

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

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

Thanks so much.
 

Answer:Can't Format Second Hard Drive

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

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Question: format hard drive

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

Answer:format hard drive

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Can't format hard drive.

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

Answer:can't format hard drive

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Can anyone please help me! I have just attatched a 120 gig hard drive to my computer using a drive enclosure that connects using a usb connection. Windows keeps giving me a message saying that this drive is not formatted, do I wish to format now? when I click yes 3 or 4 hours go by then I get a message saying that Windows cannot format the drive. so I can't use it!! I am desperate for help!! I am running XP on a 1 year old dell 8300 3gh. Thanks

Answer:cannot format a USB hard drive

Start off by right clicking my computer. Pick the manage button. This will open a new window. Scroll down to disk management and press enter. Now look to the right hand side for the usb drive. on a portion to the right of the drive, right click it. What options do you get?

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Hey guys,

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

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

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I 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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Question: format hard drive

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

Answer:format hard drive

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

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