Computer Support Forum

FORMAT HARD DRIVE

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

Relevance 100%
Preferred Solution: FORMAT HARD DRIVE

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

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

4 more replies
Relevance 64.78%

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.

4 more replies
Relevance 60.68%

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

16 more replies
Relevance 59.86%

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.
 
 





_____________________________Ed ShumpertService Operations ManagerNA Service & Support

1 more replies
Relevance 59.86%

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.

9 more replies
Relevance 56.17%

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?

6 more replies
Relevance 56.17%

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

7 more replies
Relevance 56.17%

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

More replies
Relevance 56.17%

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

3 more replies
Relevance 56.17%

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.

11 more replies
Relevance 56.17%

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

6 more replies
Relevance 55.35%

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).

10 more replies
Relevance 55.35%

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.

2 more replies
Relevance 54.53%
Question: Format hard drive

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

Answer:Format hard drive

Here you go; KillDisk.

2 more replies
Relevance 54.53%
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
 

7 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

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

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

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

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

Answer:Can't format hard drive.

16 more replies
Relevance 54.53%
Question: Format hard Drive

Hello,        Each time my hard drive is formated, window does not run properly. A message keep appearing that "Windows is keeping unrecognized files, insert  XP disk to install features. After inserting the disk, I will still have the same message the next day. So is my disk having a problem?   

Answer:Format hard Drive

What exactly are you doing with the disc?What Operating System?What is the EXACT error message?

2 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

I have an 80gb IDE Maxtor and a 30GB IDE WD. I am in storage trouble so I pulled them from the closet.

The 30g has a Linux os on it and runs fine I just want to clear it to dump files on

The 80gb is empty


I have partition magic and I keep getting an error on BOTH drives when I try to format saying "Bad partition Error 100"

I googled it and it says to make a Boot disk and FDISK /MBR the drive. So I did.

It didn't seem to do anything. So I just want to format my **** hard drives FORMAT D: I mean where have those days gone?

Someone please help me out This partition magic program seems to be ruining my tables and drives. I just want an empty HD, that shows up in XP to dump files on.

Answer:Hard Drive Format Help

try to format em with your xp cd, delete the partition and format em

or right click computer go to manage disk management and delete and format there.

5 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

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

1 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

I've been having problems with a pc I bought from someone. It was giving me pop-up after pop-up.

I found the "READ & RUN ME FIRST. Malware Removal Guide" and followed the steps there and the pop-ups had stopped for about three weeks. In the back of my mind, I still felt that the ?virus? was still there. So, I didn't visit any sites that would have any of my personal info. Several of the fixes listed in guide required purchasing. Well, I'm not giving any personal info over the web so this is not an option.

Good thing I didn't, because Saturday, the pop-ups started again. The pop-ups really bother me because some are porno related. When I tell it to not install it runs anyway.

I read on MajorGeeks this morning, but I can't find the link now, to a Microsoft page that says the only way to trully get rid of a virus is to format the hard drive.

I've tried to research how to go about formating the hard drive, but the "new" virus seems to have messed with my brower results page and keeps giving me results to Addresses.com and not true results.

I don't know what else to do and I need the pc for my children to do school stuff on, so formating seems to be the only option.

Is there a link to tell me how to do this?
I'm not an expert, just a DIY with a lot of pc experience.

Thanks bunches.
 

Answer:How do I format my hard drive?

well formatting your hard drive will wipe out everything, including the operating system(windows or whatever youre using.) you can reinstall windows if you want which will format and obviously reinstall the operating system, but that requires a windows cd.

id suggest going through the read and run me. everything on there is free and safely downloadable(is that a word? it is now.) from MGs via the links they provide. have the malware people help you out before you decide to just reinstall.
 

2 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

Once upon a time,

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

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

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

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

Anyone have any insight? Thanks for your time.

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

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

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

5 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

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!!

------------------
LittleBit
 

Answer:Can't format hard drive

7 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

i wish to dissconnect 2 80gb hdd wish are currently operating with vista 1x master and 1 is slave ...then i wish 2 connect 1x 160gb hdd and install win home edition on the same machine but only i only want the info on the 160 gb hdd ..can you tell if i do this will it cause any conflict to the 80gb hdds which run vista when i reconnect them to the machine ... oh and do i use the f / disk when trying to install home ed on that 160gb hdd .. this machine has no floppy disk drive and i do have the home edition cd  ...basically i want to reformat and reinstall . thanx in advance for any help suggestions

Answer:hard drive format

That will be a lot of work.Why do you want to do this?What kind of computer is it? Does it run well now with the two drives?Putting all on one drive may reduce the performance.Do you have another computer?Do you have two versions of Vista?

6 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

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

1 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

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

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

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

Anybody know what could be the problem?

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

Thanks
 

Answer:cannot format hard drive

7 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

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?

9 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

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

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

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

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

Answer:hard drive cannot be format

Hi Jammie

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

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

3 more replies
Relevance 54.53%
Question: format hard drive

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

Answer:format hard drive

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

9 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

Forgive my ignorance, as long as I've been a member here, I should be smarter. I just bought a 250 gb seagate external usb2 hard drive for my windows ME pc. It came with very little instructions, and only said that with windows ME the hard drive MUST be formatted prior to installation. How do I do that?
 

Answer:how do I format a second hard drive?

If just a storage drive, then it should already be formatted FAT32 or FAT. If you plug it in, and it shows in My Computer, right click on Properties for the drive, and what does it show for drive format type?
 

33 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

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)
 

11 more replies
Relevance 54.53%
Question: Format Hard drive

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

Answer:Format Hard drive

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

6 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

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.
 

3 more replies
Relevance 54.53%
Question: hard drive format

Hi

purchased a 1tb sata drive as an insurance backup and installed itr in my 64 bit windows seven pro system.

The bios sees the drive but windows 7 does not.

Went into CP and adminastrative tools the n drive management and the drive is shown as unallocated,

tried right click- create simplke volume but all the options are greyed out.

Anyone come accross this?

thanks

Ian

Answer:hard drive format

Hello Welcome to the Windows 7 Forum?

Can you please post a screen shot of your Disk Management Window?
How to Post a Screenshot in Seven Forums - Windows 7 Forums





Quote:
Initialize New Disks



To initialize new disksIn Disk Management, right-click the disk you want to initialize, and then click Initialize Disk.
In the Initialize Disk dialog box, select the disk(s) to initialize. You can select whether to use the master boot record (MBR) or GUID partition table (GPT) partition style.
Note The disk is initialized as a basic disk.



Additional considerations
New disks appear as Not Initialized. Before you can use a disk, you must first initialize it. If you start Disk Management after adding a disk, the Initialize Disk Wizard appears so you can initialize the disk.

5 more replies
Relevance 54.53%
Question: hard drive format

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

Answer:hard drive format

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

3 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

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.
 

3 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

What is the safest way of formatting my hard disk and re-installing XP?All replies much appreciated.Marc.

Answer:HELP! How do I format my hard drive?

Put your XP Disc in the drive and follow the instructions for windows set up, ignore the repair.You will lose everyting and have to reinstall all your programs and SP1 if you have it. If you are running SP1 you will have to reinstall that before you can get your internet connection back.

3 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

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.

4 more replies
Relevance 54.53%
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:
 

1 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

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

Answer:Hard drive will not format

8 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

When I go to format my hard drive it says To close out of any windows displaying hard drive information and to quit any other programs which I have done but it still won't format.

Answer:Hard drive won't format.

Are you.. trying to format the HDD that windows is installed on?

11 more replies
Relevance 54.53%
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!
 

Answer:Format Hard Drive

7 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

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

Answer:Help! Can't format hard drive

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

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

1 more replies
Relevance 54.53%
Question: format hard drive

I know this is simple, and I have done it before, but that was on my old computer and I don't have the instructions I saved. My buddy just called with a totally messed up system which he bought form someone. He has XP disks and needs to just wipe the hard drive and start fresh- how do i instruct him?
 

Answer:format hard drive

This is if you are sure you want a "clean slate" (for XP):

1. Insert recovery disc (or disc 1) into CD-ROM drive. (You may have to re-start if you don't insert the disc quickly enough)

2. You will see "Press any key to boot from disc..." Do so as quickly as possible.

3. Windows Setup will load.

4. From the Setup menu, press ENTER.

5. It will examine your hard disk, then press F8 to agree and continue.

6. To delete a partition, select it with the arrow key and press D.

7. To confirm, press L.

8. Repeat to delete all partitions.

9. Select the partition to format on the hard disk ("Quick" isn't as thorough) with the NTFS file system.

10. Once format is complete, follow the instructions, and re-install Windows.

Depending on which Service Pack your OS recovery discs are will determine how long it takes to update it. As well as connection speed, processor speed, and installed memory. Once you have Windows ready to go, use Microsoft update, downloading and installing updates until your version is current, making sure to create restore points before you install each service pack.

Also, visit your manufacturer's website for the latest drivers available.

Any additional questions, feel free to post!


P.S. Just for reference, do you have your buddy's system specs?
 

3 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

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).
 

5 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

please can someone tell me the best way to go about formating my computer - I have just bought XP and would like to install it (my system is compatible)I did previously install it without formating - but there are some programs still on there I don't want

Answer:format hard drive for XP

if you set your PC to boot from CD, there is no need to format.Place the CD in the drive and restart your computer and the installation will walk you through the steps for deleting and setting up for a clean install.

10 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

A friend gave me a Seagate St360020A 60gig hard drive to use as additional storage on my computer. I have downloaded and ran the manufacture's installation disk, and set the jumper's according to the slave setting (refer to here: http://www.seagate.com/support/disc/iguides/ata/u6ig100129587b.pdf ). I can partition the hard drive as much as I want, and it will even recognize them in My Computer, but when I try to use disk management to format them it always hangs at either 7% or 22% and won't recognize them using a 98 boot disk with fdisk.
I have a Seagate model St340015A 40gig hard drive set as the master, and have double-checked all of my connections to make sure everything is right.
Do I need to change my jumpers to cable select or am I doing something else wrong?
 

Answer:Hard Drive Won't Format

7 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

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

9 more replies
Relevance 54.53%
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.

10 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

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

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

Answer:My hard drive will not format..

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

3 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

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
 

2 more replies
Relevance 54.53%
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.

5 more replies
Relevance 54.53%
Relevance 54.53%
Question: format hard drive

I have vista Home on a preloaded Dell PC which is now infected with virus which crashes each time I try to load anything like virus protection. Also the PC runs slowly, so what I want to do is to format and start a fresh. However I dont have the vista disks so I will load an old copy of xp for my old PC. Which really may be a relief. My question is how can I format without the help of a startup disk?

Answer:format hard drive

Hello Nabsky,

You can pick up at STEP 3 at the link below to do a Dell factory restore. It will format the partition that Vista is on as part of reinstalling Vista back like it was the day you first got it from the recovery partition.

Dell - Technical Support

Hope this helps,
Shawn

2 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

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

Answer:format 2nd hard drive

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

7 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

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 ?

4 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

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

Answer:Format/Zero my hard drive.

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

2 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

Hey guys, I have a HP Pavilion dv7 laptop. Recently, my computer has encountered some sort of hard drive issue. It started with the constant windows repair loop (yes, I tried all the solutions to fix this) and we found out it was an issue with my C drive. Anyways, I can't boot my computer, nor can I access safe mode. It tells me I need a windows repair disk.

I enter one that I created with my mother's computer and it runs. But, it tells me that my computer is missing drivers.

Anyhow, I don't have any sort of repair disk because the computer I got was refurbished from Microcenter and didn't come with any sort of disk. I've the computer for just over a year now and have had no issues with it until Sunday.

Is there a way that I can format my C drive without actually being able to boot windows? I can access the C drive from the repair disk and it tells me "you must format this disk to use it," I press "format" and it tells me that this disk cannot be formated because it may be disconnected or in read only mode. I went ahead and reconnected the wires from the hard drive to the C drive to see if that was the issue, same problem.

Anyways, how can I format my C drive?

Answer:Format Hard Drive...

Hello Jacob,

If you like, you could download a Windows 7 ISO file for your edition from the link below from any computer to create a bootable Windows 7 installation DVD/USB from the ISO file.Microsoft: Windows 7 Direct Download Links
Afterwards, you could boot from the installation DVD/USB to do a clean install of Windows 7. Be sure that you have your product key written down first. You'll need it to activate the clean install with.Clean Install Windows 7

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
Hope this helps,
Shawn

6 more replies
Relevance 54.53%
Question: format hard drive

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

Answer:format hard drive

click here

1 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

My computer started shut down on it's own and also when it was starting it would just keep starting over and over. I decided to format the drive and reinstall XP. I set it to boot from the cd. It works until I get to where it says enter to continue, r to repair, and esc to exit. The problem is that when I press enter nothing happens. It's like the key board isn't working. It works fine when I enter setup. I have also tried another key board. Can anyone help me out? Thanks.

Answer:Can't format hard drive

check you can see the hard drive in the bios,check the eide cable has not come loose,try a new cable
d/load and run the h/d manufacturers dionostic utility on the h/d

3 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

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

Answer:Format a Hard Drive

click here and click on the relevant OS.G

1 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

Ok this is getting just a little out of hand. Just when I fix one problem, another comes. Well now what happened is I had just finished installing windows, and I was getting some error message about lsass.exe with error status code 128 and a message that windows 2000 will shut down and restart in a minute, and then my machine does restart after a minute. I saw a page on microsoft.com that says that bug is fixed with service pack 4. But in the process of downloading it everytime I would get the message and my computer would shut down before I could get the update finished. So after about the 4th or 5th time of this happening my computer wouldn't boot up, and just went in circles from the Bios screen to the windows start up screen, then reboot and go around in that loop over and over.... Then I tried to format the drive and it came up with the message : checking existing disk format. Invalid device parameters from device driver. Then goes back to the E:\ promt. I tried using FDISK and deleting the primary partition, and creating it again, and that didn't work. Now I've kind of been sitting here stumpted as to what to do?? Any idea's?
 

Answer:Cant Format my hard drive.?.?.?.?.?

Go get a linux cd iso disk ( slackware.com would prob be the best)
boot that, watch the startup for your hard drive, if it goes too fast use the command:
dmesg | more
to see the output again.
Once you know your hard drive assignment then run the command:
cfdisk /dev/hdx
where hdx matches your hard drive (usually /dev/hda)
That program has a gui (tho be it clunky) it may fix your problem.
But kinda sounds like a hard drive or cable falure (or if your lucky just a virus).
 

4 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

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

3 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

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

Answer:Cannot format hard drive

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

2 more replies
Relevance 54.53%
Question: Format Hard Drive

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

Answer:Format Hard Drive

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

7 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

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.
 

Answer:i cant format my hard drive

12 more replies
Relevance 54.53%
Relevance 54.53%

i am attempting to assemble my system (C2D 4500, MSI mobo, 2GB ddr2 800, dvd rom (for now), and WD 160 GB HDD IDE.
my problem is that i have the 160 in another tower attempting to format the drive.
1. it only shows 149.05GB "unallocated" in disk management
2. when i attempt to format, it asks how much i want to partition. how much??
3. once i do partition, what do i do with the rest of the space remaining??

thanks in advance to anyone that can help!!
 

Answer:Trying to format hard drive

mlkmgr said:



1. it only shows 149.05GB "unallocated" in disk managementClick to expand...

A 160GB hard drive will have a formatted capacity of approximately 149-150GB. This is due to the fact that computers calculate capacity based on 1024 bytes/kilobyte, while the hard drive calculation is based on 1000 instead of 1024. Hard drive manufacturers define a megabyte as 1,000,000 bytes and a gigabyte as 1,000,000,000 bytes, which is a decimal (base 10) measurement. Computers define a megabyte as 1,048,576 bytes and a gigabyte as 1,073,741,824 bytes. These are binary (base 2) measurements. This is why the two different industries will report different capacities for the same drive. The number of bytes is the same, but a different number of bytes is used to make a megabyte and a gigabyte.



mlkmgr said:



2. when i attempt to format, it asks how much i want to partition. how much??Click to expand...

You can either partition all of it, part of it, some it. All depends on you. If you partition part of it, the remaining will be unallocated. You can allocated this and use it as if it was a second *drive and store all your data.



mlkmgr said:



3. once i do partition, what do i do with the rest of the space remaining??Click to expand...

I think I answered this above
 

6 more replies
Relevance 54.53%
Question: Format Hard drive

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

Answer:Format Hard drive

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

10 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

I initially tried to format the drive via My computer it comes up with an error message saying something is displaying the drive. I tried via MSCONFIG to stop all other programs but could not find any other program operating. Then shut down opened in safe mode with the same result. Then tried with the command prompt and format c: but getting the message." Cannot run as the volume is in use by another process.format may run if this volume is dismounted first do you want to force a dismount? I replied y to the Y/n options it then said "Cannot lock the drive, the volume is still in use".I would appreciate any help to format this drive thanks in advance

Answer:Trying to format an old XP hard drive

Is this a SATA or IDE HDD?If IDE is it selected master or Slave?Are you using 'Control Panel/Administrative Tools/Computer Management' or a third party application?

10 more replies
Relevance 54.53%
Question: Hard drive format

if you take a HD with win 98 SE and put it in another comp. with win XP PRO in it, can you format that HD with win 98, cause no boot disk works
thank
 

Answer:Hard drive format

"cause no boot disk works"

What do you mean?? You can't boot with a Boot Disk??

XP can format a HD as a FAT Drive.
 

1 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

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

Answer:how to format hard drive?

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

4 more replies
Relevance 54.53%
Question: format hard drive

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

Answer:format hard drive

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

3 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

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

Thank You

Beau
 

Answer:Need to format hard drive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3 more replies
Relevance 54.53%
Question: Format hard Drive

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

Answer:Format hard Drive

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

2 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

I have one question, how do you format the hard drive.
I looked all over this forum and i've found about about 30 ways, all of which make about 0 sense to me. "boot w/ the OS disk," What the h*ll does that mean! (No offense to anyone, u people know what UR doing) I don't know a WHOLE lot about comps. but i do know that the way ppl talk about fomattin' their HD's it's gotta be somewhat simple. Can someone PLEASE tell me how to simply format my hard drive. I've got Windows XP, in a dell 2350, 60 GB HD, 512 MB ram, and a Pentium 4 processor at 2.5 gigs.
Thank U so much, In advance,
Jeff

Answer:How To Format Hard Drive

Windows xp, this is very good for you.

Ok go into your bios set the cd-rom to run on boot-up. Now you will run into several xp style looking pages follow the directions and you can formatt no problem. all xp need is the cd so dont worrie about os boot disk as the cd is basically the boot disk.

3 more replies
Relevance 54.53%
Question: Format Hard Drive

My C: drive is in the "red" and I was told that I need to format it and reinstall Windows Vista. I can't seem to find the Vista Installation Disc. I don't remembering getting one when I purchased the laptop; I have a Dell Insprion 1520.

How do I get this disc?

Also, do I need to format just the c: drive or the d: drive also?

Answer:Format Hard Drive

If the OS came preinstalled, you can get one at cost. In lieu of that most computers have a recovery partition that will restore to factory specs. Usually an f key at boot.
You can find out how from your manual or online.
Factory specs is just like a new install.

2 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

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?

11 more replies
Relevance 54.53%
Question: format hard drive

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.
 

Answer:format hard drive

15 more replies
Relevance 54.53%
Question: Hard drive format

Can someone direct me to the instructions for reformatting my hard drive and reinstalling Windows 98. I don't need to keep any of the data already stored on the drive.

Answer:Hard drive format

click here and click here?

1 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

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

Answer:How to format 2nd hard drive

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

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

1 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

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.

8 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

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?

6 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

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?

9 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

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.

9 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

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.
 

2 more replies
Relevance 54.53%
Question: Format hard drive

How can i format my slave drive so that it does not have any windows O/S stuff on it. So that its just an empty drive that i can store extra files and documents on on it. I installed it from another PC and it has left over files on it.Can this be done??

Answer:Format hard drive

Just boot to an OS CD and begin the installation process. Early on you'll be given the opportunity to format. Choose that option. After the format, remove the cd.

14 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

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

10 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

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.

6 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

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

5 more replies
Relevance 54.53%

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

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

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

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

Thanks,
Pradhan
 

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

13 more replies