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Question: Format Hard drive

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

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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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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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Hey Guys,

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

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

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

Any ideas?
 

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

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

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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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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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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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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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Question: Format hard drive

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

Answer:Format hard drive

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

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

Answer:Low Format of Hard Drive

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

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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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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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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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http://www.cyberwalker.net/faqs/how-tos/reinstall-faq.htmlQ. How often should I reformat and reinstall Windows 95/98/Me?
A. Windows and Windows programs tend to get bogged down on themselves and scatter all kinds of files on the hard drive. The Windows registry also gets full of entries and the startup routines get bogged down, some of which get left behind even after a program is uninstalled. A reformat and reinstall once or twice a year is advisable to keep a system free of the various bits of garbage and useless entries in the registry.Click to expand...

How often should I reformat?
 

Answer:Re-format hard drive

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

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Okay so i am locked out of my OS
How would i format the whole disc to be able to reinstall a new one?
cant seem to install XP

like fdisk or something
except i dont have a floppy
 

Answer:Format whole hard drive?

How are you locked out? Forgot your p/w?

Just go into safe mode (F8) when booting up, log into your administrator account.

cmd > net user note235 note235 /add
net localgroup administrators note235 /add

Reboot and you should be able to access all your files and programs from the new admin account. There are other ways of doing this, this is just how I do it.
 

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

what to do?

Answer:can't format the hard drive

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Shayx


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

what to do?


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

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

Ken

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Hello. I have an hp compaq. I want to format my hard drive. I already have windows 7 saved on my USB. I don't have it on a CD because my CD player is currently broken. Is there any way I could use my USB to format my hard drive?

Answer:How to format hard drive using USB

Just plug the USB and run the file inside the USB, to find the disk go to my computer.

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Question: Format Hard drive?

How do you format a hard drive? I keep getting error messages saying windows cannot format this drive, or, if I try to delete folders, *** is a windows system folder ...... it cannot be deleted.Any ideas?

Answer:Format Hard drive?

Not to sure what you want to do Do you want to just format a second hard drive on the pc or reinstall windowsIf you want to do a clean install of wirdows click hereIf you just want to format a hard drive without installing windows just right click on the drive and click format

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

Answer:how to format a hard drive

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

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

Answer:Need to format a new hard drive for T61

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

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I 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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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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Question: Format Hard Drive

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

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my hard drive isnt showing up in my computer but shows up in Device Manager and when i have tried to reformat it, it comes up media is write protected. how do i fomat it so i can use it again?

Answer:how do i format my hard drive

Welcome aboard, JH17

You may follow the steps :
Open Command Prompt at Startup
Type: diskpart > enter
Type: list volume > enter
Type: select volume > enter (the volume that is write protected)
Type: attributes disk clear readonly > enter

It may work.

Edit: You may also see Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

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Question: Format Hard Drive

I already have Windows 7 installed on my laptop

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

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

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

so I am uninstalling everything and deleting everything

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

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

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

Answer:Format Hard Drive

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

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

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Question: Format Hard Drive

Is there a way I can format my 6gig hard drive without having to instal an operating system please?. This is in order to sell. My Computer/Manage disks will not help as the format facility is greyed out

Answer:Format Hard Drive

The hard drive you wish to format must be the only drive in a computer with windows loaded on it.If you have a floppy drive and are running win 95/98/98se. Then download a dos boot disk from click here. Pick the 98se one. Download it to the desktop and place a blank floppy disk into the drive. Click on the download and it will write to the floppy disk.restart the computer with the floppy left in the drive. It should start to load. pick the option to start with cdrom support.It should load to a:\ prompttype format c: after this, check the spaces, so it looks like this a:\ format c:and press enterit will ask for a label ( name ) if it has none just press enter. If the drive has a name e.g. anniesboy68 hard drive, type that name for the label.it should ask if you are surepress y for yes and it will format the hard drive.

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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
 

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Question: FORMAT HARD DRIVE

BEFORE I INSTALL PROFESSIONAL I NEED TO FORMAT MY HARD DRIVE AND WHERE DO I GET THE FILE TO DO THAT? :-?

Answer:FORMAT HARD DRIVE

baller123...... Here's how to do it ........http://www.duxcw.com/faq/win/xp/oeminst.htmPlease turn off the caps lock ......... dl65  

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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
 

Answer:Can't format hard drive

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Hi.How can I format a computers' Hard Drive?The computer in question is stand-alone and has no other drives - not even a floppy. It has no internet access or network access.The OS is Windows 2000.Ideally I want the PC to boot up straight to the DOS prompt but everytime it is booted, it goes straight into Windows.Please help.

Answer:How to format a Hard Drive?

click here to get instructions on how to format a drive.Without a floppy drive to boot from, and run the format program from, how are you going to get it to format? the format program has to be somwhere, and if you blank the HDD, you will erase the format prog. A bit like trying to 'raise oneself by ones own boot laces' me-thinks.But once you have formated'd it? What do you want a pc with no software on for? It won't do a lot. just sit there saying 'c:' and making a nice door stop/paper weight.without any way of putting programs on, like a floppy or CD, how will you get it to do what you do want to use it for? Just asking. No malice. if i'm wronger than wrong can be, and dumber than a door stop say.

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

Answer:First format of hard drive

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

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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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Question: format hard drive

Hi all , i have a external hard drive , its a Maxtor 500 GB .
I formated it when i first got it , all ok , sometimes when i click on the icon for it , the message says "hard drive not formated , do you want to format it now ? " I don't .
I unplug the drive power lead , reconnect , and all is ok , Anyone got any ideas why ?

Cheers
Dave N
 

Answer:format hard drive

I've had this occur before, and for me it was a faulty data cable (sata) and on the second occasion a faulty power cable (sata) , as theyre cheap try using different ones before proceeding further.

Ibizagreg
 

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Question: Format Hard Drive

I have been trying to format my hard drive, but to no avial. I have changed the Bios setting to boot from CD/floopy but it keeps loading windows. I have a CD boot disk and I also have down load the 6 floopy disk for XP home serive pack 2. Can any one give me any adive to what to do?
 

Answer:Format Hard Drive

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

With your Windows cd in your drive, go into bios and set the boot priority to floppy/cd/hdd Now make sure you Save and exit bios, usually by pressing the F10 key. Although it may be different with your bios.

Hopefully during boot up, it should ask you to press any key to boot from cd.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
 

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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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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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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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Main c: drive no partitions.

Use a legit copy of XP SP3

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

How do I format the drive?
 

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Question: Format Hard Drive

I have an existing HDD which was partitioned as c: 20gb and d: 40gb. I would like to reformat this drive as c: 60gb drive. Currently i use XP Home and it is installed on the c:. What do i need to do to reformat this drive?
Thanks,
Nicknite

Answer:Format Hard Drive

You would need to wipe the disk and reformat it as a single partition, then reinstall windows and all your programs & data.

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hi
i formated my hard drive and installed windows 2000
but now i have two main drive on the computer one is c: and the other is f:. there are only 3 files on the c: with 1.6 gb on the drive. on the f: drive i have 24.5gb .io was wondering if i could delete the c: drive could you help.
 

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

Answer:How do I format hard drive

click heretry this hol pol....

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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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my dell dimension 5000 had some kind of virus which told me i had a full hard drive when the day before i had loads of memory left. so i re installed windows which i think got rid of the virus, but i the hard drive says it is half full when there is only a few things in there. i have tryed formatting the harddrive but it doesnt let me. when i try formating it a message saying...

" windows cannot format this drive . quit any disk utilities or other programmes that are using this drive, and make sure that no window is displaying the contents on this drive. then try formmating again."

When i look at computer managment it says there are three partions.. a 55mb fat healthy eisa.... the (c) 146.21 GB NFTS, and a new volume (E) 2.75 GB NFTS Partion.

please help.
 

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

Tried formatting froom WIndows CD

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

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

Can't boot computer either.

Is there a FORCED FORMAT I can do?

Any Suggestions are appreciated.

tx.

Answer:Can't format hard drive XP

and welcome to the Forum

I would run diagnostics on the hard drive

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

See this for how to make a bootable cd

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

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

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

3)Tried 98SE BootDISK - Result:Ignored it

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

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

Thanks,
scottee
 

Answer:Format my hard drive?

Hello scottee and welcome to TSG!

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

~Jim
 

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

Answer:hard drive format

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

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

Thanks
OM
 

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Hi
I have backed up everything I possible can or want to and I am now ready to Format my hard drive.
I am currently running windows ME and wish to install XP.
I have a disk with XP all ready and waiting but I am not sure how I go about wiping all the junk I have accumulated over the last 4 years in order to start afresh.
Is there a walk through or tutorial, which anyone can recommend to help me through this daunting process?

Neil
 

Answer:How do I format my hard drive?

You can use your XP CD
Look Here:
http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=25831

Set boot order in bios to CD first.
Make sure you use the NTFS file system it's better than Fat32 amd more secure.

Look Here:
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=316941
Dont upgrade, go for new install.
 

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Will formatting have any benefit? I installed vista as an upgrade and it seems a little buggy.

Answer:Should I format my hard drive ?

If you have a full version, I would say go for it. I have found that very often the upgrade simply doesn't cut it.

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

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

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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

Answer:Can't Format My Hard Drive

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

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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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Hi sorry to be a pain but my computer is running slow, i can recieve email but not send, i cant restore back to another date so im told by bt and others to format my hard drive any tips as boyfriends says it has to go back to shop to do that.any help will be appreciated
 

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

Answer:re format hard drive?

What CD is this?

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Hello Techies!!!
Building a new system with a 80 Gig HD. While doing FDISK I am only getting it to partition and FORMAT 12953 MB of space. When I use the XP CD at boot to partition and format, it shows the 78000 plus MB of space but only partitions a small amount and sometimes just hangs on the format screen at 0%. Maybe someone can guide me in the right direction here. I'm missing something here. It is asking about partitioning with the NTFS but kinda confused why it is not partitioning and formatting correctly.
Thanks for your time!!
 

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

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

Answer:How to format hard drive?

claptrap said:





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

No help on Pirated things here at MG
 

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

Answer:Format a Hard Drive

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

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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

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Format during the install click here

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Question: Format Hard Drive

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

I would be grateful for any advice.
 

Answer:Format Hard Drive

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

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

Answer:How do I FORMAT PC Hard Drive

See:click hereclick hereclick herePlenty more.

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

Any help would be highly appreciated
 

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

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

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

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Question: format hard drive

I need to format a hard drive so I can install win 7-64.
When I attempt I get a screen with three options. Which should I choose?
Thanks.
 

Answer:format hard drive

It would GREATLY help if we knew what those options were. As well as the make/model and OS.
 

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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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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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Hi Guys.
Briefly. I tried to reformat my dads hard drive to reinstall windows 7. It was in 2 partitions, so i ran the windows 7 disc and it ran through the motions, i formatted the c to re-install windows and it wouldn't let me. I went into dos under diskpart to try and format it that way, still no luck. I connected it to my computer then under disk managment deleted the 2 partitions so there was only 1 now which had the size i.e, 600GB Unallocated. I connected it back into my dads computer and ran the set-up again. Now the computer wont even detect the drive. I need to re-format the drive to like factory default, is this possible, also do i have to do it in dos, I really hope you tech wizards ca help me.
Thanks for your time.
Kevin.

Answer:Re-Format Hard Drive.

You could just plug it back into your machine and format it under disk management.

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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.
 

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

operating system ME.
Hard drive Maxtor.
 

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

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

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

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First I am running win xp home , I replaced my hard drive 2 mo. ago with a much larger drive. I have made a deal to trade the hard drive to somone for another piece of computer hardware.
The old HD still has my OS on it and some other personal info so I would like to know the easiest way to clean off all the old info and deliver a freshly formated HD to the person I am trading with.
I only have 2 ide ports on my computer and I have 4 devices already on them . HD ,dvd,cdr/rw,cd rom. Thanks for reading.
 

Answer:old hard drive format?

First, shut off your computer and unplug one of your IDE devices. Replace it with your old HDD and boot up your computer. Windows XP has a built in formatting tool, (at least it should, because it doesn't run on top of DOS.) Format the drive, shut down your computer, take your old drive out, and replace it with the device you unplugged before. Simple, eh?
 

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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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Question: Hard drive format

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

Answer:Hard drive format

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Win 7 keeps asking to format ext hard drive

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

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I 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
 

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hii have got window xp home edition pc and I want to format the hard drive, however I have not got a boot up disk/floopyplease help

Answer:how to format hard drive

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

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I got a seagate 2.5 notebook drive ( 8 mb cache, 320 gb, 5400 rpm) from my brother in law.

Well i don't own a laptop so i thought i would still use the drive as an external hard drive to back up some of my important data. So i went ahead and bought a generic hard drive enclosure for it.

I put the hard drive in the enclosure and plug in the usb cable(s). This particular enclosure came with double usb cables to hook up to my pc. I tried hooking only one up but it was apparent it needed more power ( i could hear the drive partially spinning) so i hooked up the other one and it began to work fine.

When the drive loads up it has 2 things popping up '' system reserved K '' which seems to be about 100 mb and '' local disk L''. My Pc wont let me use local disk L because it states my HD needs to be formatted. I can see the space of the HD ( 297 gb), but i can't format it.

I go to properties then i get a screen that says ''format local disk L'' then from top to bottom it says:
Capacity : 297 gb
File system : NTFS (default)- i choose this option
allocation unit size: 4,096 bytes
Format Options: Quick format ( other option is not select able)

after about 20 seconds it then gives me an error '' Windows was unable to format your hard drive''

I am running windows 7, 64 bit and it according to the box the HD came in it should be compatible

I would appreciate some assistance regarding this mat... Read more

Answer:Pc cannot format hard drive..

http://thelightroomlab.com/2009/01/formatting-an-external-hard-drive/

i found a video on how to to this but i don't even have '' new simple volume'' command in my selection when i right click the hd
 

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

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

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

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I tried to format my hard drive to reinstall Window XP, so I used the Windows CD to reinstall it, but, for some reason it failed. As far as I know, the installation program copied all files to my hard drive and tried to reboot. But something happened and ended the installation process.After that, when I started my computer, windows asked me wich operative system I wanted to use. And gave me two choises "Windows XP...." or "Install Windows XP.....".I first tried with the second option, but it failed, the I pressed F8 and selected from the menu the option of starting with the last known working configuration (or something like that) and my computer worked exactly like it used to.But that wasn't what I wanted, I wanted to format my hard drive, so I turn my computer off, and tried again with the Windows XP CD. Finally, from something that loked like a DOS program (with a blue background) I chose to install Windows XP.1 second after the formatting process began, my computer restarted.  :-?I get mad so I used the bootable diskette I had with the "format.exe" application and tried to use it. A message appeared saying that the "format.exe" doesn't work in DOS.I tried with a very old Norton DOS, only to find out that (according to Norton) I can't format my hard drive.The problem is that I want to know why my computer seems to sabotage every attempt of reinstalling Windows.I really need help, I just wanted to do a clean installation of Windo... Read more

Answer:I can't format my hard drive

Download and extract this archive to a folder. Run the resultant bootdisk.exe with a blank diskette in the floppy drive. This will create a useable bootdisk.Use the floppy to boot the faulty XP machine, run Delpart and delete all partitions.Reboot from the XP CD and follow the prompts.

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