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PC won't format 250GB hard drive

Question: PC won't format 250GB hard drive

I attempted to add a 250 GB hard drive to my PC, 3.0 Ghz, GA-8S648FX MB with 1 Gig DDR Ram. When I boot my PC and go into the bios, it sees the PC, however when the PC boots it doesn't show it in control panel or in "My Computer". I am running Windows XP Pro 2nd Edition and am frustrated. I have the most current bios for my motherboard and Gigabyte says it should be no problem on their end. So what am I doing wrong? I have tried both setting drives as Cable Select and also Master/Slave. I have tried setting it up with the original Windows XP Pro disk but it only sees 137MB. Any ideas? I got a real good deal so I bought 2 of these 250 GB drives for my PCs, too bad they can't see the. BTW, both PCs are the same motherboard only difference is that one of the PCs is a 2.8 Ghz CPU (INTEL). Thanks

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Answer: PC won't format 250GB hard drive

Try going to the drive manufacturers website and download their tools and use this to format. There is an issue with drives above 137mb but I thought this was solved with XP.

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Hi there,

My Sister owns a ASUS laptop running Windows Vista and has a portable hard drive (WD 250GB) which she uses to back up her files and to store her business files and personal files (music, photos, videos etc.) however, i plugged it into my MacBook to transfer files onto it. Now when i try to plug it back into her Asus, it doesn't recognise it and when "Computer" is opened the hard drive is displayed as "Local Disk (G". I am able to double click the text, but a window pops up saying "You need to format the disk in drive G: before you can use it." But i do not want to format the hard drive because the files on it aren't backed up. I've tried plugging it back into my MacBook, but that doesn't recognise it either.

Any help would be fantastic!

Thanks
 

Answer:WD 250GB Portable Hard Drive requesting format

you may need to rename it as for example in her comp that may have been E drive and in mac F drive so drives have gotten mixed up
try vista disc management if you can see it there change drive letter, or try in safe mode, ie connect drive with comp off then re boot into safe mode
 

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I'm running Windows 7 Pro and the only option I see when I right click on the drives are NTFS or exFAT.

Hopefully it will be something easy because I'm not at all handy with the command prompt, unless someone walks me thru it.
 

Answer:Need to format a 160gb & 250gb external USB hard drive to FAT32?

have a read ta this,maybe helpful... http://uk.wrs.yahoo.com/_ylt=A03uv8...54/**http://www.neurostechnology.com/node/407
 

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Hi beautiful people,

Currently im using a 60gb partition for windows 7 32 bits ultimate in a SATA HD (AIHC mode), i've been told in the past that it is not recommended to use the entire HD as one partition cause slows the system (the needle works more), is that still true?

Answer:Windows 7 in a 250GB Hard Drive

To a certain extent yes, It is better to have one partition in the top of your drive to hold your system files (programs, drivers, etc) and another partition to hold your data. This will help your system run faster.

However, you cannot just rely on this alone. You should do regular disk cleanup using a program like CCleaner (don't use the registry cleaner option) and defragment your hard drive regularly as well.

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Hello, We have a customer who has an R40 that we replaced the drive with at their request for more drive space. The biggest drive we could go with was a 250GB drive. Since we installed the drive, the R40 has found it way back to the shop a couple times for a bad hard drive. We use only NEW drives. The drives have been WD 250 ide notebook drives. The original drive was a 40GB in size. In talking with a colleague form another shop, he suggested that the power supply and battery could play some role in this problem. The laptop battery does not hold a charge. The OS is XP Pro with SP2, the computer does see the entire 250GB when installed, this is seen in My Computer and in the BIOS. Can anyone give a suggestion as to what might be causing the larger drives to not last in the R40. The R40 isa Type 2723-LU2. I would appreciate any advice in troubleshooting this. It could be time for her to move to a new laptop. Thanks, Peter

Answer:R40 on it's third 250GB hard drive in four months

well i don't think the R40 has the shock protection system that came in the later T and R series. This means if the laptop experience constant shocks of some magnitude, this may cause faults to develop in the larger hdd, as the fault tolerance level of these new drives are slightly less than the smaller capacity drives. Usually bad sectors or other mechanical faults may develop, if the the drive head routinely crashes into the platter.   

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If I attach my 250gb hard drive to a 6 yr old mobo, should it recogise it?I purely want to be able to run the maxtor powermax dos util software and won't be booting into windows at all.thanks.

Answer:250gb hard drive and 6yr old mobo

Only way to find out is try it.

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i recently bought an internal seagate 250gb hard drive and when i installed it it is only finding 232gb i was wondering how i can access the other 18gbs if that is possible. i have seen the 137gb barrier but not something like this. all help would be appreciated.

Answer:250gb hard drive not full 250

its the way that windows reports space compared to the hdd manufactures. the hd manufactures report a meg as 1000 KB, while windows reports it as 1024 KB. no over a large amount of storage (say 80gb) the number will shrink, but the space is still there (will be reported as 74.5GB in windows). so what you have is normal.

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I am new to this forum and have a question.

I have a new computer with Windows 7 home basic on it and all works well. Except the external harddrive of Iomega 250GB USB 2.0. The computer doesn?t see the drive. On this drive is are the backups of files that I want to install on this new computer.
How can I solve this problem? I googled for drivers but cannot find anything.

Answer:Iomega 250GB USB 2.0 Hard Drive

it shows nothing at all in computer? what if you unplug the usb then plug it back in again while windows is running? does anything happen?

and please fill in your system specs it may help if someone else sees this thread

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Hello guys.. newbie here.. just want to seek help regarding HARD Drive replacement , for some reason my laptop wont boot upit only does lights (LED) but will not continue to boot or show the logo/ BIOS so we suspected probably HArdisk problem - in that sense we decided just to BUY a new hard drive and replace the existing 160GB with a 250GB.. Now im not sure if this is compatible enough with the MoBO..and the bios..MODEL : LENOVO 3000 G430 just bought it 4months ago here in Hong Kong.. Advice & tips is appreciated. http://www.vatgia.com/pictures_fullsize/tut1254386189.jpg

Answer:is it ok to put a 250GB Hard drive replacement?

You probably can't update the bios in the machine's current condition and if it's only 4 months old that's probaly unwarranted.Check the size to make sure it slot 1, 2 or 3 ( Different thickness) and bring the old HD with you to the store.Also check to see if the HD is IDE, SATA or PATA. It should say on the HD. If not then check out the spec sheets for your machine. Didn't save them? Try doing a search on here. Good luck with that though, I've seen rubber duckies drown with the level of support that Lenovo offers.Ensure that you have the recovery disks or make them any way you can.Good luck to ya bro.

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Hi all, hopefully someone can help?Approx 2 years ago i bought a Medion portable hard drive from my local Aldi. Everything has been fine until today when the connection seems loose. If i connect the hard drive to the cable and plug it into my laptop the hard drive turns on, but the laptop doesn't recognise it, and says its malfunctioned.How do i go about fixing it if at all, and have i lost everything on my portable hard drive.Many thanks,Chris

Answer:Medion 250gb Hard Drive

You could probably disconnect the drive and use it in another external caddy.Before buying another caddy you need to know whether the drive is a SATA or PATA (IDE) probably a SATA if only two years old.

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Ok, I just built my own custom computer with a little from my friends. And we got it all running and working now, however Windows XP Pro is only detecting the 250GB as 130GB, and this is even when we "formated," and partitioned with Windows XP Pro.

Its not the Hard drive, because we built 2 of the exact same (1 for me and 1 for my bro) however its happening on both machines.

Any help, without wipping the currect data on them? (We've already transfered the data from our laptops to the new computers with our 5pc network)

Answer:250GB Hard Drive detected as 130GB?

What kind of hard drives are these? There might be a Bios limitation you need to overcome.

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Hi there, I've got a 250gb maxtor HD and it can't be detected in bios or something is wrong. WHENEVER its connected (either on its own or with another drive), it says "error loading OS".
(PC boots fine with my other Maxtor 120gb HD)

On some sites it says to set Bios HD Access to LARGE instead of auto/lba etc

BUT - my bios doesnt show me such a setting when i go into HD config screen. I know what screen it should be on, but believe me, there is no "large" option for HD access.

Motherboard = MSI MS-6567


Can someone pls help me?? Thanks so much

Dom
 

Answer:BIOS won't recognise 250gb Hard Drive

Well, error loading OS only shows that it can't load an OS. Do you have an OS on that drive?
At bootup, your BIOS should list the drives it detects. Do you see the Maxtor in the list (next to the optical drive)?

That's a rather old motherboard. It could be that it simply does not support hard drives larger than ~130GB. And I can't see a BIOS update that would fix it either.. You can try updating to the latest BIOS and hope that it fixes the problem of course.
 

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I previously used windows xp and just went and bought a new hard drive and windows 10 usb. Im confused. I installed the hard drive along with my old master drive, using it as slave i presume. Will it auto partition the new hard drive

Answer:Clean install on a new 250gb hard drive/

no instructions came with the hard drive

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I previously used windows xp and just went and bought a new hard drive and windows 10 usb. Im confused. I installed the hard drive along with my old master drive, using it as slave i presume. Will it auto partition the new hard drive

Answer:Clean install on a new 250gb hard drive/

no instructions came with the hard drive

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Greetings,
I have been helping neighbour with their Lenovo-b50-80. It originally came with Windows 8.1 and I have upgraded it to Windows 10 and after a few hiccups is working perfectly.
The next stage of upgrading this laptop is to clone the 500GB original drive to a 250GB Samsung SSD using Aomei Backupper Standard 3.2 and Aomei Partition Assistant 6.0

When I go to Disk Management I find that the disk has 6 partitions. Most of which are probably linked to recovering the OS back to Win 8.1
I would like to get rid of all unessential disk space and so I thought I would ask for your suggestions.
At this moment all the files including Windows.old are located on the C: drive.
Many thanks,
s.


 

Answer:Resizing Hard-drive To Clone To 250gb Ssd

So I found https://support.lenovo.com/gb/en/documents/ht077144. Towards the end of the page is this image;




Which is 2 partitions short of the Lenovo in #1. The 2 missing 1. Lenovo D: drive NTFS partition and 2. 1000MB partition.
Maybe I should keep them all...
s.
 

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I think this must be fairly new but I cannot find any info or specification on HP website or with a search on Google. I particularly want to know if its file system is NTFS or FAT32 as my PC is Widows XP with NTFS. Maplin are the only people I have seen who have it on the shelf -not even Amazon have it as they still push the ?previous? 250GB model from HP.

Answer:HP ELEMENTS 250GB External Hard Drive

Cancel this thread as data now found.

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Good Morning:I have Xp on one drive (120Gb) and Vista on another drive (200Gb) although I could move that one to another 120Gb drive.I also have a 250Gb Western Digital USB2 external drive which I would like to partition to make it a back-up for the two operating systems.Can anyone point me to an easy (and cheap) program to do that. And, will it be a problem to copy across since the 200Gb only contains about 110Gb currently?Thanks in advance!

Answer:Partitioning 250Gb external hard drive

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Hi all,

A friend of mine is having problems with a 250GB Seagate Hard drive.

It was bought from a computer shop and they fitted it for him. When he took it home the computer didnít recognise it. It then recognised it as 250gb, but his Windows OS wouldnít work properly (it would some times work and other times wouldnít).

He had the drive refreshed, re-formatted and had the partitions removed and rebuilt. Its then that 130GB disappeared.

Does anyone know what may have caused this (sorry I havenít given much info, but this is all I know) and if so, whether itís fixable. I have suggested that the drive be taken back to the shop that it was bought from, under warranty.

If you need any more info, please ask, and I will try and find out.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
 

Answer:250GB Hard drive only shows 120GB.

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Ok guys the story so far i have recieve my new 250GB hard drive my bios recognises it as a primary and a slaveall ok so far, XP doesnt recognise it in my computer settings but does if you go to control panel system then device manager any ideas below previous postingP.s. how do you turn below in to the words CLICK HEREclick here

Answer:Hard Drive + Cables 250Gb Continued

You need to go to right click on My Computer and choose 'Manage' then Disk management.You will see the drive in the list. Right click on the left hand box and choose 'initialize'. When this is done right click on the right hand side and choose 'New partition'. When you have done this right click again and choose 'Format'

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I have recently fitted a Hitachi Deskstar 250gb Hard drive(model:HDS722525VLAT80) to my computer.

After Re-instaling windows (xp) the drive was showing as 125gb.

I have been told this is because windows xp will only support 125gb without service pack 2.

I have now downloaded SP2. but it still shows as 125gb.

Any ideas what I can do to fix this????????????
 

Answer:250gb Hard drive shows as 125gb

When you partitioned and formatted the drive, it didn't have any service packs, so it limited the format to what you see. If you go into Disk Management, you'll find that you now have about half the drive listed as "Unallocated". You can create a partition on this section and format it, then it will be available for use as a new drive letter.
 

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I bought a Seagate hybrid hard drive listed at 250GB. when I look at the disk using Acronis disk Director it show the disk size as 110GB. I know the actual size is usually smaller than the listed size but more than 50% smaller? Seems bogus to me.
 

Answer:250GB hard drive only shows 110GB

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Hello, I've recently done a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate and one of my harddrives is not showing up correctly. The harddrive itself is my Local Disk D, it hasn't got any system files on it however it is displaying at the wrong size:

The problem lies in the fact that on boot my Computer's BIOS detects the harddrive as a 233GB harddrive. This is not a problem as I understand that the harddrive itself isn't the exact size as what it says on the box, however the Windows 7 installation and Windows itself only detects the harddrive as being 148gb.

What I've Tried Doing:
I've tried different things to resolve this issue. I've looked at the Disk Management, but there are no extra partitions and I've also looked at the harddrive in Partition Manager which again only picked up 149gb and no unallocated space.
I've run a partition recovery tool in Partition Manager which did not detect any lost partitions containing the rest of the harddrive.
My System:


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Time of this report: 10/18/2010, 18:30:10
Machine name: SAM-PC
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_rtm.090713-1255)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
System Model: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
BIOS: BIOS Date: 09/23/03 17:35:41 Ver: 08.00.09
Processor: AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 146, ~2.0GHz
Memory: 2046MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 2046MB RAM
Page File: 890MB used, 3202MB ... Read more

Answer:IDE Maxtor 250gb Hard drive Problem.

Hello samboyd93. Welcome to the forum.

The only thing I can think of is that the drive is set as a SATA2 drive on an older computer that only does SATA1 (please fill in your "My System Specs" to help avoid these kinds of guesses) although I doubt it.

If you look at the back of the HDD there are jumper pins. Setting a jumper sets the SATA speed on most drives. You may need to consult the HDD's documentation to see what the different jumper positions do. Every manufacturer has a different setup.

I would try setting the drive as SATA1 to test. But both drives should be at the same setting. Also try plugging the problem drive into a different port or using a different SATA cable. Can't hurt, might help.

You should also go into your BIOS and check the settings for that drive and compare them to the settings for the other drive. They should be the same.

Hope that helps.

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I'm not sure if the hard drive is failing, its an older IDE drive. I just formatted the drive and disk manager only shows it with 26.9GB and no other unallocated space. Is there any way to reclaim the lost space or is this a typical sign of a drive on its last legs?

Answer:250GB hard drive newly formatted only showing 26.9GB

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
See what mini tool shows
Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free

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I'm not sure if the hard drive is failing, its an older IDE drive. I just formatted the drive and disk manager only shows it with 26.9GB and no other unallocated space. Is there any way to reclaim the lost space or is this a typical sign of a drive on its last legs?

Answer:250GB hard drive newly formatted only showing 26.9GB

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
See what mini tool shows
Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free

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I recently upgrade my PC, and have installed a NEW 250 GB S-ATA Hard drive.
My bios has been upgraded, and when in the BIOS setup it recognizes the drive as what it should be, 250GB, When I was installing XP and creation a partition thru the intall progam it only let me setup a 131GB partition. I set up a 100GB partition and left the rest to play with afterwards. In the Computer management/disk manager in XP I have my 100GB partition and only 30GB of unallocated space to work with.

Does anyone know how I can resolve this problem?

Shamus

Answer:250GB Hard drive, Windows only allows 131GB partitionable

Since this was a fresh install you need to add SP2. XP came out with a 137G limitation which was addressed with SP1. SP2 has replaced SP1.

If you only want a single 250G partition there are a couple of ways to address it.

1) Install SP2 and then run Partition Magic to resize the primary partition to pick up the extra 150G.

or
2) Slipstream SP2 into your copy of XP and then start over from scratch with a fresh install.
Chas

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There is in regards to my SimpleTech portable hard drive and My new Dell Inspiron N7010 17R which has windows 7. It tells me that it can not recognize the device when I plug it into my USB port. It works great in my Dell Inspiron that has windows XP and my Lenovo at work that also runs windows XP. I have tried another laptop at my place of employment that has windows 7 on it and I get the same error message on that machine also. It has to be a conflict with the SimpleTech 250gb and Windows 7.
Your Help is very much appreciated!!

Answer:simpletech 250gb external hard drive & windows 7

Hi and welcome to TSF please try here to see if there is something at the support site for your drive to work with win 7 http://www.simpletech.com/support/support_downloads.php

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Hello all. I'm hoping someone can help me. I have a 250gb maxtor hard drive. I have just purchased my second external case off of ebay and it does not work!!

The first one was no name brand, it says "Awesome" on the case and has lights that light up around the case. It said on the web it supports up to 250gb, and on the auction. When I plug it in, it recognizes it and I can view an play files off of it for maybe 5 minutes then it says "USB device not recognized" and gives errors like "this usb device can run faster on USB 2.0" which it is in a 2.0 port. Funny thing is right when I got it, it worked for a few hours, it kept working pretty well at first for maybe a week, then it just stops working after a few minutes.

So I purchased another one on ebay, another non name brand, it said it supports up to 250 gb, and this one it recognizes it for a few seconds and then it is suddently not on my computer at all. I have checked the device manager under both of these items and for drivers, etc. Everything seems to be working fine. I even downloaded a file that helps your computer recognize high disk space, although I was told on XP I don't have to do that. So what do you all think?? Is it just the cheap external case?? I have a Dell Inspirion 1100 with a celeron processor, purchased 1.5 years ago. I have tried the case on other computers that were better than mine, I have tried the hard drive straight into a computer and it works fine. I have the... Read more

Answer:Need help with getting 250gb hard drive in external case to work.

mmm... i had a problem like that with a flash drive. it worked for a couple of months, and then it just randomly disapperaed, and when i plug it in, it is not recognised anywhere atall on the system where it should be listed. i have never been able to solve that one.

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Hi,

I'd like to upgrade my current HD to the Seagate 250GB Internal Ultra ATA Hard Drive. My computer is 7 years old this June, so I'm curious about whether it's compatible or not. My current HD's specs are located here: http://support.mpccorp.com/apps/specs.asp?ID=1971

Specifically: Embedded Controller Interface: (40 pin) EIDE
Physical Dimensions (H x W x D): 1" x 5.78" x 4"

I have the most recent BIOS update for my computer which was released in 2002. I run XP SP2, PIII 735 MHz, 256 Megs RAM. Do you think this upgrade would work or would I just need to toss the idea and get a new computer?

Also, the HD's specs are located here: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8004679&type=product&id=1155848396138

Thanks so much,
James
 

Answer:Seagate 250GB Internal Ultra ATA Hard Drive

The 7200 hard drive wil give better data transfer, but on your system, p111, 735mhz, increasing your ram would help, I would say, more.
XP runs better with more memory.
Upgrading to a later cpu, and motherboard, would give your old pc, a new lease of life.
 

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Hi, Im new to the forums.

Im having problems with my external harddrive i backed up all my data so i could sort out my virus problem which i used the removal of viruses guide on this site. After, my computer was "cleaned" i plugged in my harddrive and and it was recongnized by Vista but when i try to move all my data back to where it belongs it wont move back. Could this be a virus problem or is my system in need off a proper virus "hunt" and a good virus "clean". i can access the files they just wont go on my computer

Thanks,

Sam

Could it be my hard drive infected with a virus is so tell me how to remove it

Answer:WD 250GB hard drive wont move my files

What happens when you try to transfer files? Do you get an error message? You'll need to be more specific than 'it doesn't work'

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I'm trying to upgrade from the 30GB Toshiba harddrive that came with the unit to a Western Digital Scorpio Blue 250GB EIDE drive.
I take the swap the 30GB out for the 250GB put in a bootable version of XP SP3 CD-ROM and nothing - no sign that any power is getting to the drive.
The CDROM tries to write boot files to the hard drive but nothing happens.

Same thing happens when I try to use the 3cd pack from Toshiba or the recovery CD from Norton Ghost.
The computer is not seeing the drive. Put the old 30GB drive in and it boots up right away.

My BIOS settings show it to be set up for EIDE and to boot from the CDROM. What steps am I missing?

Answer:Satellite 2410 wont see new 250GB hard drive

Hi

It looks like the BIOS does not recognize the new HDD? I assume it?s too large?
The Satellite 2410 series is old and I assume it will not support bigger HDD?s than 120GB due to the 28bit LBA

So try with smaller HDD like 80GB or 100GB.

Greetings

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Ive been reading around and noticed that problems like this are fairly common. Im having troubles finding something that applies to me. I have a Dell Dimensin 8100 P4 1.4 GHZ, its sorta old i guess, it was a relatively new P4 computer i think. I just bought a Hitachi GSX 250GB ATA-100 IDE 8MB Buffer hard drive and havent been able to get it to be recognized at more than 127GB. I tried updating my BIOS (went from Revision A02 to AO9) but that didnt make any difference on the drive. DO i have to wipe the drive and start over with the blank drive or what? I also read that XP Home needs SP1 to recognized more than 127GB so i downloaded SP2 and it didnt make a difference. If anyone can clear up why this isnt working thatd be great.Thanks Alot
Brian
 

Answer:Solved: 250GB Hard Drive Only Showing as 127GB

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Maplins list this as 'New'. Price is £69.99 inc vat ex store. Has anyone got/know of this drive and if so what are their opinions.

Answer:Maplins 250GB Western Digital External Hard Drive

Ordered one from Amazon £11 cheaper, delivery due tomorrow.

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I'd like to get a 250GB SSD in my T450s when I order it, but Lenovo is charging $280 for the upgrade. So I'm thinking to order a T450s with a conventional 500GB spinning hard drive and buy a Crucial 256GB SSD elsewhere for $105. I would save $175 plus have a 500GB hard drive which I could erase and format and put into an external enclosure and use for other stuff. My question is -- I'm going to order the T450s with the Windows 7 Professional installation, so can I easily swap out the 500GB hard drive for the Crucial 256GB SSD (I'm ordering from elsewhere), and reinstall/recover Windows 7 Pro from recovery discs? I'm assuming that recovery discs are included or can be downloaded. Or, could I restore to the Crucial 256GB SSD from the recovery partition on the 500GB hard drive? How would I do this? 

Answer:Order T450s with 500GB hard drive, upgrade to 250GB SSD

Download and install Macrium Reflect.  There's a free version that makes clones.  Clone the factory drive to the SSD, then swap it out.  You don't get recovery disks.   The recovery software, though, has the option of creating a recovery disk set from the recovery partition that is installed on the drive.  So, you could burn the disks and put them away as your recovery solution.  When you clone the factory drive, you have the option of selecting which partions to include on the cloned drive.  If you've burned the disks first, you can simply not select the recovery partition (which is typically lettered "Q") and just clone the system reserved and Windows partitions and save yourself the disk space on the SSD. Once you've got it set up to your satisfaction, and you have the disks, then format the factory drive to use for your other purposes. 

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This is not a repeat! It's just that I read somewhere about one needs to make sure that it is formatted to NTFS. My Windows XP Sp2 is formatted to NTFS so will this present no problem when I come to use the drive?

Answer:Maplins 250GB Western Digital External Hard Drive

No roblem.Used one for two years.

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This hard drive originally was in my brother's computer. He had XP installed, went to install Windows 7 and after the first reboot, it would just hang on the bios screen.

I played with the jumper settings and such, nothin'. Put it in a few other computers, nothin'.

I was just curious, is it something that can be fixed or should I lay it on my desk to hold down some papers?
 

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I am trying to install an hitachi hard drive into dell 4600 my bios auto detects but when I go into my computer in windows xp the drive doesn't show up... Can any one help me???
 

Answer:Solved: Installing Hitchi 250gb hard drive in dell 4600

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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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Does anyone know how many milliamps this device draws?

The "Technical Specification" provides plenty of info but does not specify the actual current. All it says is that it is powered directly from the USB port. But I need to know exactly what the peak ma of this device is.

TiA

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Answer:Western Digital My Passport Essential 250GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive

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Hi I'm Mark. I'm having a problem when it comes with my notebook [dell inspiron 600m] and my external hard disk [WD Elements 250gb]. when I connected the 5 pin cable of the external hard disk to the usb port of the notebook, the connection is seem to unstable or on-and-off, therefore making file copying impossible. The external hard drive and the notebook is in good condition, although I can't really figure out what seems to be the problem. I am also having a theory that this might be a power supply problem. I would be very grateful to someone who can help me about this matter..
 

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The Acer C: drive is now full and the Data D: drive is empty, but it is not recognizing it automatically. This computer is my brother's, he bought it new and has it at my house. It came formatted with no disc's and I'm not sure where his books for it are. Can anyone tell me how to activate the second hard drive so I can use itunes and download video, etc.

It would be very much appreciated. My brother uses the computer here but it has been here for at least 3 years maybe and the book is misplaced. He mostly uses it for youtube, facebook, and stuff like that and is less computer educated than I am at tech stuff, which isn't saying much.

Thanks in advance for any help.
 

Answer:Aspire AST690-UP925A 250GB SATA hard disk first drive full and won't go to 2nd

Boot into Bios, usually by hitting F8 as soon as the POST screen appears and see if the hard drives are both recognised. If the spare drive does not show in the Bios it either has a fault or it is not correctly connected.

What OS is on the PC.
 

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Hi,

I'm sure this is simple, but I can't figure it out and searching google hasn't found me any answers. I am building a new system. It all works fine. But I have a WD 250GB hard drive I"m using. When I boot from WinXP Pro CD, and go to format the drive and install the OS, it only tells me I can format 130GB of space. Nowhere to be found is the rest of my drive...

Any thoughts as to what I"m doing wrong here?

Thanks!
Kimberly
 

Answer:XP won't format whole 250GB HD

Hi, if the version of Windows on the install CD pre-dates Service Pack 2, you will get this problem.

Microsoft added the ability for Windows to see hard drives bigger than 137 GB in Service Pack 1 (and Service Pack 2).

If you have access to another PC, download Service Pack 2 (which includes Service Pack 1 btw), and integrate it into your install source and burn a new CD from which you can install. You can find good instructions for doing that here:

http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sp2_slipstream.asp

You can download Service Pack 2 (full 266 MB package) from here:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...BE-3B8E-4F30-8245-9E368D3CDB5A&displaylang=en

As a workaround, you can create a partition less than 137 GB, install Windows, and then install Service Pack 2 and you will be able to access the rest of the hard drive. Then you can partition the rest from the Computer Management interface (right-click "My Computer" > Manage...)
 

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It has been 3 or 4 hours and... still going.

Drive is a Western Digital 250 (really more like 232) GB, 8MB cache, one touch, external hard drive.

USB2 connection.

Win XP
1.7 GHz Celeron
756MB DDR RAM
 

Answer:how long does it take to format 250GB?

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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 need to format HDD to fat32 for a movie player standalone....win7 is formatting to some funny format and making my hdd drive click in the player.

what do i do to format to fat32 and what cluster size , ty

Answer:Format to Fat32 for 250Gb in windows 7

Hi ollie007

Welcome to SevenForums
Are you having issues converting media (video) to a standalone player (format) or do you want to convert the data (video) to fat32 format?

Regards

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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 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 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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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 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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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 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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Answer:Hard Drive Format

I have a laptop that runs windows 98.The hard disc has bad sectors on it.I would like to reformat this drive but it will not allow me to do this. Is there a solution to this or am I stuck with this problem.?I would like to reformat the system as I would like to remove the rubbish and start again.

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I have caught a virus and my computer constantly freezes!! I have lost my windows XP CD but is there anyway I can delete everything but what came with windows??? Sorry in advance for this stupid question.
 

Answer:Format Hard Drive in XP

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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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hi everyoneI am running windows xp, and am trying to share my broadband connection between my 2 pcs, however one of my pc's has a virus and i need to wipe my hard drive in order to install windows again. Im not sure how to wipe my hard drive, so any help wud be greatly appreciated.thankspaul

Answer:format hard drive

a complete format sounds a bit drastic at the moment post what virus you have some one may be able to help you remove it just make sure the unaffected machine is not connected to the network

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how do i do it. start all over.

Answer:how format hard drive for xp.

Hi there..again,Well, that can be done in several steps but understand you will lose all data on your machine by doing so...unless you back it up on some external source first. I don't believe (I've seen your other post) that your situation requires that yet....you have been infected by malware...that can be removed. But if you desperately want to reformat:http://www.cyberwalker.net/faqs/reinstall-reformat-winxp/Let me know if that helps Big SmilesHS

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

Answer:how do i format my hard drive

Welcome aboard, JH17

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

It may work.

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

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Question: Format hard drive

My computer came installed with Windows Xp and other software. Can I format my computer using a OEM windows xp disc. Usually when I need to redo my computer it sets it back to the condition it in and most of the software preinstalled on the computer I do not use and have to delete the programs. I would like to reformat and put on my own programs is this possible.

Answer:Format hard drive

It sounds like the disc you have is not a full working copy of XP, if you format the HDD you will have to buy a full working copy of XP or some other O/S with registration code in order to do what you want.Incidentally you said that "Usually when I need to redo my computer", does this mean that you re-intall everything regularly ? this kind of drastic action is not normally necessary with XP there are built-in safeguards and tools that make this unnecessary.

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

Answer:Format second hard drive

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

Partition - Mark as Inactive

System Repair Disc - Create

Partition - Mark as Active

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

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

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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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Hi everyone,was wondering if some one can tell me how tom format my second hard drive...all I want to do with it is to store data & mp3's on it...Any help would be Appreciated...my system consists of Windows xp home edition,1gig of ram,2.8 Intel proz.2 120 gig hard drives
**Thanks bobbylee
 

Answer:how do I format Second hard Drive

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

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I have a STUPID HP HDX9200. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world until I actually bought it. 4 months from purchase and 2 replacements later, I am STILL having problems with the laptop.

The SECOND replacement computer they sent me has a bad hard drive. HP as usual doesn't know what they are doing and sent me a hard drive for some 13" laptop. The problem I'm having now is I already formatted my old hard drive I have to send in, but the way it's being done is unusual to me. I pop the windows recovery disc in, and it formatts the partition automatically supposedly. I'd like to get directly to the partitions myself and delete them. When it does it automatically, it says my hard drive size is 32GB, starts some FBI Gui (File Based Interface or something) and trys to install software which never finishes.

SO - does anyone know how I can access the partitions on Vista 64-bit? Exact directions would be great!

Thank you!

Ryan

Answer:How To Format Hard Drive

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

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

Answer:How to format hard drive?

claptrap said:





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

No help on Pirated things here at MG
 

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

Answer:Format XP hard drive

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

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Hi.. 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

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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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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

HiI want to completely wipe my hard drive and start again, (I don't even want to backup any files because there is nothing of any importance) It has Millenium on it, unfortunately this is the only OS I have to re-use!(I have XP on my two laptops, but that won't help me!) when I go to 'my computer' and right click the C drive and click on 'format' a window comes up saying 'windows cannot format this drive because it cotains files in use by windows' I'm not sure what this means or what to do?Peter.

Answer:format hard drive

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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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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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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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Hi people

Need some advice, I recently re-installed win 7 ultimate because I wanted to clear my c: drive, but for some reason it installed on partition drive D:.
Now when I turn on the pc I have two options of which win 7 to load.
I want to format my c: drive but in disc management it won't highlight the option.
How do I reformat my c: drive

Many thanks in advance

Mark

Answer:How do I format my hard drive

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

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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

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

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

Answer:format my hard drive

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

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Having formatted harddrive yesterday, now when Windows reboots I get one Tiny PC screen,followed by 3 Windows screens before it fires up.Is there a way to stop that and have one Windows screen only?????Thanks

Answer:After format hard drive

youre not makin a lot of sence mate, can you be a bit more decriptive?prof

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Sorry - I've been having a real nightmare setting up my new hard drive and now I think I've got a virus that nothing will find and I am completely unable to access the internet, it take ages to boot up and nothing works.so nothing else for it, but can't remember how to get into dos and what the command isplease help!

Answer:how do I format my hard drive?

What operating system are you using and once you get to DOS the command is format c: then press enter.If you are using XP thou put the XP cd in the tray make sure the BIOS is set to boot from cd first and then you can format from the setup.

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Question: Format hard drive

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

Answer:Format hard drive

Hi,

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

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How do you format a hard drive?

Answer:How do you format a hard drive?

if your using xp, just load the cd and format and reinstall from there.

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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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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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i have a 80gb(master) and 120gb(slave) hard drives on my pc and i was wondering if i could formatt both drives and reinstall windows xp(home) to have both hd's to be recognised as one; as in, have no partition or master/slave config

Answer:format and set up hard drive

Only if your motherboard supports RAID.

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