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Formating my harddrive

Question: Formating my harddrive

I am selling my computer (with XP Home on) to a friend and wish to wipe the hard drive and reinstall windows xp home.Can someone advise me the best way and easiest way to do this please. I have alll the relevant drivers etc and my xp home uppgrade disk.

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Preferred Solution: Formating my harddrive

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 (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: Formating my harddrive

Put the cd in and set pc to boot from it,the xp cd will "find" your present install,and tell you its not possible to install two versions on one hdd.The install will offer to "delete" the previous install by pressing either D or L (I cannot recall which)Then it will continue on to install XP.(Do not use "Recovery Console" keep going until it offers to "Repair")

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What are the following steps in formating a harddrive. I have accidently deleted the wrong files on my other computer. I want to reformat the harddrive and start fresh. How is this done.

Answer:Formating your harddrive

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Over the past few weeks, I have found my computer running slower, and slower.  I wasn't too sure why, until about a week ago - when I download some free removal software, and virus scanners.  A lot of spyware/trojans and such had attached themselves to my OS.  I have removed almost all of them, but I am afraid that I will never get rid of them all.  So, I have decided to just start over clean and fresh, by reformatting.  But....I don't have the current version of windows disk, that I am running (I have an older MSXPPRO disk, with me), and no bootdisk.  I have tried restarting my computer with the older MS XP PRO disk in the drive, and rebooting via disk drive (Not sure if i did it write or not.)  And I can't simply just right-click on the haddrive, and format for more obvious reasons.. ..  I seem to be stuck! Any suggestions?  All the tutorials/guides that i've read, either end with me needing a Windows install disk (Which, mine is different version? older? bah) or, with a boot disk.   Any help / suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!

Answer:Formating my harddrive. Help!

Do you have a 3.5 floppy drive?

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I had a 80 gig harddrive I took out of my son's PC and I put it in mine and fdisked it.I was going to save it to install in a new PC. Well I want to use it as a slave now, in one of my PC,I installed it as slave and it's seen in BIOS as pri.slave.when I go to device manager it showes up there.I'm sure I need to format this harddrive but not sure how at this point. I running P4 2.6 120 seagate hd. Win. XPHome sp.2. The harddrive I want to use as slave is a WD 80 gig. Thanks in advance for any help. If more info. is needed let me know Thanks again Chuck

Answer:Formating Slave harddrive

Control panel,admin management,storage,disk management,right click drive and format

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I just got a computer, it is celeron 466MHZ, 64MB ram, and it has a 6.4GB hard drive. It works like a charm, but I just recently encountered a problem. The guy who set it up partitioned the hard drive into 1GB C, 2.5GB D, and 2.5GB E. IF he had did them all 2GB it would of saved me a lot of time, but he made the C drive only 1 GB, and no matter what I install on the comp., even if I choose a different drive, it still requires some space on C. I'm completely out of space on C as of now.

So what I want to do is to unpartition the drives, to make them all one again. I have no idea how this can be accomplished without formating the hard drive, and I can't afford to lose the information on the hard drive. So can someone please tell me how this can be done? PLEASE!!!! I'm desperate!!!!

Answer:how do you unpartition your harddrive without formating? PLEASE HELP!!!!!!

Well, with multiple partitions you are gaining more space because you use smaller clusters, but I imagine at 6.4 GB it isn't making terrible of a difference. To partition a formatted drive you need Partition Magic. Current version I think is PM7... runs at about $35 methinks... or maybe it's 50, I'm not sure.

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Although I am not a computer wiz, I did manage to format the harddrive on my old computer by writing format C:, after restarting in MS-DOS while running Windows 98.

With Windows XP I don't find that option. I can get to the Command prompt C:, but it won't let me format the harddrive.

Any assistance with this would be much appreciated, I am trying to re-format and re-partition.

Thanks for your help.


Answer:Formating harddrive in Windows XP

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I want to replace the old 40 gb harddrive in my desktop pc with a larger one. I am hoping there is a way I can format and partition a new PATA harddrive in my external harddrive case and set up the replacement hardrive with my original restore disk. Is this possible? I have windows xp pro operating system. My computer system is an HP DC5000. I know when I buy a new hardrive some formating is required to begin using it, but can all this be done via an external drive case? If so are there step by step instructions? Im a newbie but anxious to learn. Thanks for any help or advice. Oh I forgot to mention my computer only holds one hard drive.

Answer:Formating harddrive from external case

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Hey there,

I own a IBM PC, which is pretty old, I bought it in 1997, and yeah, I mean it still works great, so anyways, the OS it came with was 95, and I changed it a long time ago to a windows XP PRO with sp2, and the reason why I did that was because, I didnít own any windows 98 CD. So now I got one! And I wanted to install it on my IBM, so I booted with the win 98 CD in order to install it that way. Unfortunately, when the formatting part came, it said that there was a bad partition table, or such, in conclusion, they the installation said that there was a problem with the drive. So, I only have a 6GB hard drive install in it.

Now the weird part is when I install win XP pro with SP2 over my previous corrupted win 98 installation, it works, the formatting and all works.

So can someone help me install windows 98. Thanks

PS. The win XP with SP2 is currently formatting my hard drive.

Answer:HardDrive formating problem for win98

Windows 98 does not recognize your XP partition because 98 is an old OS, and it doesn't know what NTFS is. 98 uses Fat32.

Delete all the partitions with Windows XP install disk, create a new partition, but don't format it.

Then use your 98 startup disk to format it to FAT32, then Windows 98 setup will recognize the partition.

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I bought a new Seagate 250GB EIDE HD 7200/8MB/ATA-100 and would like to replace my old drive with it in my Dell? Dimension? 4400 (Pent 4 1.80GHz, 768mb Ram, running Windows XP Home). I need some advice on how I should format this new drive and then clone and replace my old drive with the new Seagate drive using Norton Ghost 2003.

What is best way to format the harddrive to get it ready to clone - using (Control panel > Administrative tools > Computer management > Disk Management) or formating it via Windows XP CD or is there a better way/easier??? Thanks.

Answer:Formating and cloning to a new Seagate 250gb harddrive

You can use Seagates Disk Wizzard ( IMO the easiest & free)\
How to use Disk Wizzard

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step 1 - deleted partitions
step 2 - selected unlocated space and choosed for windows to install (windows asked me to have system reserved partition)
step 3 - I formated system reserved partition and primary partition
step 4 i choose primary partition and click install

step 3 is what i ask for, i formatted SYSTEM RESERVED PARTITION and PRIMARY PARTITION after windows created them.

After I formatted them System reserved partition renamed to unlocated space 85mb partition.

My question is ... is this unlocated space 85mb acts as an system reserved partition?

Asked on many places but ppl are so f.... stupid, asking me like if u delete them they cant be there,... bla bla, just retarded humanity and question is simple,

deleted all, clicked on all hdd all unlocated space, windows asked to make 2 partitions, yes, and than formated reserved, and primary, clicked primary, installed on it, is my unlocated space 85 acting like an reserved partition?

Answer:Formating HDD, and formating partitions, after windows made them?

Post a screenshot of Disk Management Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

Why did you format partitions that Windows created?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Setup cannot continue."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

Answer:reformatted primary harddrive now cant access slave harddrive

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

Answer:Harddrive health with harddrive auto-stop in idle

Is the drive going to sleep now ?

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

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

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

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

T61p, T400formerly x23, x40

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

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

Your suggestions are appreciated

Thank you

Answer:Solved: Network Harddrive Vs Portable Harddrive

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Hi all!

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

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

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

Any help on this issue would be greatly appreciated.

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

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

Thank you,


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

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

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

Answer:Solved: Backing up harddrive with another internal harddrive

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


Answer:External Harddrive into Interal Harddrive

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

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

Answer:Harddrive to harddrive data transfer?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:transfering harddrive (harddrive problem)

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

can get it off here or try newegg or wherever you want go to a local store to get..

It also looks like this various version of the adapter

They all work..

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

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

Will that work with any of these enclosures:

Thank you in advance for any help!

Answer:External Harddrive from Old Computer Harddrive

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


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

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


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

Welcome to Techspot

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

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

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


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

Answer:usb harddrive enclosure -vs- usb external harddrive

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I just purchased these two items:

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

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

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

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

Answer:2.5 harddrive enclosure will not read the harddrive

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

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

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Question: HD not Formating

HI Everyone.

i resently built a Computer

and last night i tryed to Format the HD

after i set the correct boots (boot from ROM-Drive)
i put in the Windows XP pro SP2 V2002 and rebooted

then it got to Boot from CD:_
then it shut down

i tryed the same thing a few more times then it got to

":instepting system hardware" then shut down"

then i tryed it a few more times and it get to windows it setting up and what not, then shuts down

now it goes right back to the ":instepting system hardware" then shut down"

whats going on????
if you guys could please give some input that would be great


Answer:HD not Formating

Sounds like a power supply problem.

Which power supply do you have?

Have you tried running it for ahwile without trying to do anything?

List all components.

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Question: Formating CD-RW

Its a while since I used my CD-RW drive. Last time, when I put a new disc in, I had to format it first before I could write to it. I've now got another new disc but can't for the life of me remember how to format it. I had the idea it was something to do with Nero. help please

Answer:Formating CD-RW

well in nero there is the option to erase the rw medium if thats what you mean. When you click full erase, that is basically the same as a format i s it not. And should take around 20 minutes. In nero on the toolbar click onthe recorder menu and then erase.

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Question: Formating XP

Here's my rig:

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 1 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name 139002-#%97424
System Manufacturer MSI
System Model MS-6712
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 6 Model 8 Stepping 1 AuthenticAMD ~2000 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date American Megatrends Inc. Version 07.00T, 4/2/2001
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\System32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.1106 (xpsp1.020828-1920)"
User Name 139002-#%97424\Pacific Rim Recording Inc.
Time Zone Pacific Standard Time
Total Physical Memory 512.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 346.05 MB
Total Virtual Memory 1.72 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.43 GB
Page File Space 1.22 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys

Here's my problem.

I'm a musician. I use my computer to record my own music and I also record bands here in my studio. I've been using Win98 for since it came out for this. Never a problem. Since 98 worked so well, I figured I'd upgrade to XP.

Now I have XP.
It's slow, very slow.
My mulititrack recorder, Sonar, is suppose to be XP compatible, but it lags and chatters on play back and during recording.
I have over $4,300 worth of shareware programs, about fifteen programs, and XP will only recognize one of them. The companies of which I bought these programs over the years are now gone. They don... Read more

Answer:Formating XP

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Question: CD-RW Formating

Please brief me on exactly why each new CD-RW needs to be formatted and why it takes up to :30 mins for each disk? What exactly is the purpose of this? I started out with a standard Memorex High Spd 700MB CD-RW and after the agonizingly long process, I wound up with only 560MB left on the disk before burning any data on to it! I use a Dell Inspiron 6000 using their "Sonic" Cd media app. Is there an easier app to use for this purpose?

Answer:CD-RW Formating

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Question: formating

I can not find any information on formating music cds. Im trying to find which format is better and uses less space to burn music cd's to be played in stero's and portable cd players. I run windows xp and have itunes and limewire. I also have record now. Just need to know which format is better and makes room for the most songs on a disk. THanks so much for any help as Im just learning all this stuff.


Try the Apple Lossless format---it gives you CD quality audio in about half the storage space.

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Hi there.

I am making .bat files for every single resion u can think of.

I have 4 HDD's atm, and its kinda boring to format them... i was wondering if there is a "code" that u can write to make a .bat file format drives ( D; E; F in my case)

I have tried

format D: /y
format E: /y
format F: /y

but i have to press enter each time... and it only formats one at a time.

Any advice apreciated


Answer:Formating with .bat

You are playing with fire by doing that. You may also want to specify the file system. I really don't think you want it to default to FAT32.

In order to get them all to format at the same time you would need to use the START cmd to luanch another cmd shell process.

start "" format d: /FS:NTFS
start "" format E: /FS:NTFS

There is no switch to suppress prompting.

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okay so fist im not great with computers but heres what i want to do and what i have.model type: 9174-a34system: windows xp profrssionalver : 5.01  when i got the computer (10months ago) i had the shop down grad from vista to xp  proso i have a vista code on the side of the towerand no xp pro codeand as i game alot and download even more the comp has had some driver issues (grapics card not up to what i used it for and blue screen of death then used recovery disk to restart)  also been rolled back a twice this cause a few more issues now i just want to format and start new but with no xp pro licence code i cannot reinstall windows or format the hard drive (that i know off) with out the xp pro disk and code (windows xp pro disk did not come with new computer).sorry this english grammer is not great as i finaly had it after again runing slow and im trying to find a solution at 1 the final question is am i missing acd or acodeori am just stupid and need the computer taken off me lol(please not i dont wish to partion or split the hard drive to format)any time spent helping is greatthanks

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Question: Formating C:

I have a 8.4 Gig Western Digital HD. I want to format the whole drive instead of just the 2.0 gigs or so that fdisk is allowing me to do. I want to then install Windows 2000 Pro on my computer. How can I format my whole drive at once? Or do I have to format 2.0 gigs then the rest.

Any help will be much appreciated.

Answer:Formating C:

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i am trying install a external cd rom on a laptop which the usb ports are 1.1 and my slight problem is that i cant do this bc there is no floppy disk drive to install the neccessary objects thats needed bc they came on a floppy disk so my question is how do i go about installing this on the pc i have a crossover and my pc i have is using xp pro and the lap is using windows 98 se so how do i do this i need help asap

Answer:help formating this pc

try searching google and downloading the software/drivers

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Question: formating.....

what are steps to format a personal computer


Use Windows CD.

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Can someone tell me or give me a link to all the steps in formatting my hd. Also does ne one know a better os than windows for pc.


To format your hard drive.

Go to my computer
Right click the drive you want to format
For 2000/XP Select format.
For ME/98/95 Go to properties and it will be in there somewhere.

For the OS question.
You can use Linux on PC's and i would say it is better than windows in some ways but not others (eg in the case of drivers).
Linux comes in many distributions (each distribution is like a different version of linux), though most are based on the RedHat, Mandrake or Suse Kernels and the best part about linux is that its free.
The distribution i prefer is Red Hat, but when you start looking around on the internet youll find out about all of the pros and cons of linux over windows adn the pros and cons of all the different distributions of linux.


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I want to format my computer fully and just re-install windows how do I do this?

Could I set my BIOS to boot from CD and then format it from the windows disk management and then restart with windows CD in the drive?


Originally posted by MoDsOuRcEdOtNeT
fully Click to expand...

from that I assume you want to zero out the drive?

DBAN or Autoclave or your HDD manufacturer probably offers a utility to do that with the Diagnostic

"Fake Low-Level Format, Zero-Fill and Diagnostic Utilities

"As I have said (probably too often, sorry) modern drives do not need to be low-level formatted by the end user, and in fact cannot be LLFed outside the factory due to their precision and complexity. However, it seems that the need to LLF hard disks on the part of users has never gone away. Like some primordial instinct, many PC users seem to have a fundamental desire to LLF their modern disks. Maybe it is built into the genetic code in some way yet undiscovered. ;^) In fact, even if it were possible, the vast majority of the time that someone "needs" to LLF a hard disk today, it is not really necessary. Many users jump quickly to wanting to try an "LLF" whenever they have a problem with their hard disk, much the way many jump to re-installing their operating system whenever it gives them troubleClick to expand...

and Real Low level Formatting

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Ok when i go to do a format this is what i do....

a:/format: c

and i get this

Required parameter missing

Answer:help with formating my HD

The syntax should just be "format c:" - no quotes.

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Question: new to formating.

Answer:new to formating.

please help? i have heard about the benefits of formating and would like to give it a try .i am a new computer user so would appreciate guidance in simple turns .i use windows XP which i installed in the hardrive when i bought my computer ,will i need to uninstall windows and if so how do i reinstall as i do not have a back up disc.

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Question: Formating Help

I decided to do a complete reinstall or Vista on my HP Pavilion Laptop, so I booted into the vista disk and formated the drive vista was on, and then I tried to format my other drive and it just sits there and does nothing, forcing me to hard restart. So, I boot up again, and try to delete it, but it says:

"Failed to delete the selected partition. [Error: 0x8007001b]"
what can I do to format the partition, or just delete it?

Answer:Formating Help

Hi PersonoftheFurby,

Welcome to Vista Forums.

I would just delete all of the partitions and create them again in the Drive options (advanced) area, then format them. That usually works better.


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Question: HD not formating..

I just built a friend of mine a pc and i'm going to put xp pro on it. Well after putting in xp disk it goes through the agreements and up to the partitioning page. I then select to install and format the HD with no additional Partitions but after it jumps to the Formating page it is suck at 0% and wont move. I also just realized that its suppose to be a 250GB HD but its only showing 127.99. Its a WD Sata HD, any idea why this could be?

In the bios it shows it as 250gb and also on channel 2? I have a dvd drive also installed, but when i hooked it up it shows sata 1 is the HD and Sata 2 is the dvd drive. Any thoughts?

Answer:HD not formating..

Well i just popped in one of my 40gb IDE HD's and i can format it fine. In the past i've never had troubles with Sata drives but it seems like thats the problem here. Ideas? He suppose to pick it up tomorrow but if i cant even get the OS installed i dont see that happening.

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Question: Formating HD in XP

I need to reformat the hard drive in my new comp. im running windows xp for an os. when i right click on the drive under disk management and click format it wont work. I guess i just dont know what im doing. can someone explain to me step by step how to format a hard drive when using xp? thanks a ton.

Answer:Formating HD in XP

are you wanting to format the partition containing windows XP so you can reinstall it? if so, try booting from the CD (go into the BIOS and change the boot device order to CD first.) The installation process allows you to format the HDD.

is this what you wanted to know? if not post back and tell me.

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I need help on formatin an old computer so that is can be used easier, It is a pentium 166( yah its oretty old). Its hard drive is split and i would like to make ait just one.


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i am tryin to format my computer. i used killdisk on c: and then i restarted it. i put a windows 98 start-up floppy disk in. i put the first boot to the floppy drive. and then started it up. it went a little longer w/ no results w/ the 98 start up floppy. i then got to the ms-dos screen and typed in format c:. it then had the nerve to say "format not supported on drive c: format terminated" i probally left some things out bc im extreamly frustrated. if you need to know more ask and ill tell. i need to get this thing fixed tho. thanks

Answer:formating hd w/ 98. need help!!!

Boot-up with the 98 disk only

@ prompt type: fdisk

what's it say?

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Hi,I have (for the kid's) a PC which is running sluggish,I have decided the best thing to do is start again.I have never formatted a hard drive before so i'm after what ever advise any of you can give me please on the best way to to it!!Thanks in advanceSandra

Answer:Formating help please.

What operating system is currently installed on the computer and do you have the installtion disk of the operating system?

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I really need to format my computer but im not sure how too. I have a pentium 3 550 running windows 98 se. ANY HELP would be greatly apreacited. I do have a windows 98 cd too


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Question: Formating a HDD

After almost three years of use my system, Window 98, has become unstable despite re-installing Windows. Therefore, I have decided that I want to wipe my HDD clean and re-install the software that I still use from scratch thus getting rid of the bits and bats of other programs that are no longer needed.The problem I have is I am not 00% sure as to how I go about doing this I am aware of facilities such as FDISK etc, but would be grateful if someone out their can adviser me of the steps I need to take or point me at a reliable website that will give me the information I am after. Any help in this area will be gratefully received.Cheers,DN14

Answer:Formating a HDD

click here

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Right my hard drive is from my old compaq pc (7482) that i have moved over to a pc that i built. It was a preformated hdd that has a lot of preinstalled sorftware and w98 a partition of about 2.5 gb. i now have the xp upgrade installed but i can not get rid of all the old software and a partition that i do not use. is there a way of clearing th ols w98 and all its old stuff just leaving me with a clear hdd and xp on it.

Answer:Formating HDD that used to have W98 and now has XP

just boot from the xp cdrom anddo a clean instal of xp, you will be given the opertunity to Format the drive at the beginning of the processjust read the screen and follow the instructions. AS you are upgrading you may need your win98 disk handy to prove you had one.

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tryimg to format a recently partitioned drive of 40gb.Wen I attach drive to cable on the slave and moved jumper to correct position and then restart with a boot floppy to use the formating tool, neither the master or other drive are detected.Have tried it on its own but wont detect that either.As soon as I take it out and have my drive in only everything is back to as is..Any Ideas Please

Answer:HDD Formating

Check the jumper setting on your main drive. Also try Cable select .... what is your Operating System?You may also need to go into the BIOS/SetUp to see if the option for the second drive on the IDE is enabled.

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Question: formating new HDD

hey, i want to format a new external 2 TB hard drive, will that get a virus? thanks

Answer:formating new HDD

Only if you download dodgy software to it, or visit disreputable sites...........but then so might your other disks in the computer.

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Question: hew hdd formating

I have just brought a new hdd as my old one is starting to sound very dodgymy ? is can i format the new hdd form a win xp install diskif not how to format new hdd with no floppy drive on pc

Answer:hew hdd formating

Yes, if you boot from the XP install disk, the installation process will do it all for you.You have backed up all of your data which is on the System drive(C:)? (Photos, music, docs etc.)You do have the PC's drivers CD somewhere?You are prepared to install all the applications and personal tweaks from scratch?You may have to phone Microsoft to activate XP again.Using Acronis to make a clone and then restore the clone to your new HD, is a much faster and more elegant way, but the method is another story and not what you asked.

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Question: formating a pc

My PC has windows Me and I recently added a hard an additional hard disc from an old pc .The problem is Windows can't find the new hard disc and I really want to clean down the whole sysytem and start again .Tried the windows floppy start up disc but can't make sense of its process .Is there a better way of just foramting the C drive and the new hard drive and then re installing Windows Me ?Thanks - Les

Answer:formating a pc

First of all you need to set up the second drive as a slave by changing the jumpers on the drive. This should enable it to be recognised - if not check in the BIOS to make sure that the secondary HDD is set to auto. Once you have done this you can back up your data to this slave drive and format the originalC drive.I assume you have an original ME Setup disk to do this and you`re not relying on a recovery disk.Boot Disks from click here

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i have made a BIG mistake but hey im 16 and im still learning more and more about computers via mistakes so ...

i was reinstalling my OS (win XP PRO) and when the screen asked me which partiion to install it on i had left my USB pen drive and not noticed so when i saw this weird partition i didnt think twice about deleiting it leaving it as a 512mb (ruffly) unpartition space i then proceeded the OS setup only to realise wot that mystery partition space was i then took my pendrive upstairs and plugged it into to my other pc runing win xp home and nothing but nothign happens any way i cna recover this pendrive?

p.s i think it was using file FAT system


well may aswell lock this thread as i carried on tryin to solve this issue and i tarted the boot disc and located the usb drive as an unpartition space and made a partiotion on it resulting in an 8mb mem loss then loaded up windwos and formated it and now it wokrs just with 8mb less better then no pen drive i suppose

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Can anyone out there give me step by step instructions how to format an operating system of windows 98, "YES" your right i'm a beginner. also can i install XP onto another computer, this XP disc has already be used for my system, is this possible.Cheers BiffBoff


Have I got this right, you wish to format your hard drive and reinstall 98.Heres a couple of sites that will walk you though format hereclick hereand "can i install XP onto another computer, this XP disc has already be used for my system, is this possible".no ,you can only have it on one pc at a time.

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My laptop has too many partitions now, 10 total and I need to reformat the drive with two partions but am unable to do it during Window setup or using Diskpart. How cak I do it fast? Regards,Tola

Answer:Formating HDD

Assume you prefer not to remove it from the machine. Use a Linux Live thumb drive and the application gparted.  What happens if you try to delete and format partitions by using something like a Windows 10 install disk? 

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I have XP Home SP2 with C and a D recovery partition.

Both are corrupted and infected. Should I format the C part or the D partition. Since both are infected would not the remaining partition try to reinfect the newly cleaned partition.
How may I go about stopping this from happening?

Any ideas or am I just being overly paronoid?

Answer:Formating C&d Which One First

[/b]dannyboy[/b] could you give us a little more information. Mainly what brand computer and what do you think it is infected with? Do you have the recovery\restore\OEM XP disk? Have you looked at our self help section? you really want to spend the time to safe you current install or do you just want to start over?If the drives are infected beyond repair yes you need to clean your drive prior to re-installing XP. If you go to this extreme I would recommend a drive "wipe" in stead of a simple "format". Wiping a drive overwrites the information on the drive, while formatting leave the information intact but allows the old information to be written over. There are many "wipe" programs and of various degrees of destruction. I find that a Simple Wipe is perfect for cleaning a disk for installation. It will overwrite the entire dive one time. If you are attempting to conduct a secure wipe there are several strenghts that you can use DoD (7 passes), Gutman (38 passes), or specify how many time. 38 passes is Black Helicopter paranoid, and frankly a waste of time.

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i know it's a sill question...but can any tell me how to format my hard disk

c ive got 4 partitions....c,,e,f,g ....d is the optical drive.....

now c has got all the OS and system files...

i want to format c,e and g but not f

formating c means removing OS files so ill need win XP cd

but if u install win XP all drives have 2 be formatted

dont they??

Answer:Formating Har(D)isk

If you have the Windows XP cd then just boot into it. You don't have to format all drives, just format C: and install Windows on there. Then when you get into Windows you can use Disk Manager in Administrator tools to format the rest of the partition. You can also use Win98 startup disk or any Windows startup disk, the formart drive: command can do it also. You can go into My Computer, right click on your drives and click format too.

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Question: RE formating

Ive been posting loads of issues regarding slow pc, ive tried every helpful comments you have all recomened, but ive got a spare hard disk, wich iwant to re-format and bin my old one as im convinced this is the problem.The problem being is the pc ive got was second hand,i didnt have a xp disc given me, ive got one from a friend, when i go to input the auth code what do i do, the xp thats on at the moment is authentic, (i know this when you do auto updates and microsoft checks) so CAN I GET THE CODE FROM THIS PC,please help AGAIN guys thanks.

Answer:RE formating

click here or belarc will also retrieve the code click here

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ive formated my laptop with loads of diferrent xp disks and vista and windows 7 but it wont format it gets to the screen that examines hard drive the bit before u delete partition and format it can any one help please



Originally Posted by themobsta69

I've formatted my laptop but it wont format

I'm not sure what you mean when you say, you have formatted your laptop but it won't format?
Are you booting from a Windows CD/DVD? Here you can choose to Delete the partition and then Create a new partition and then you would Format the partition (do not do a Quick Format, this will take longer but will test the integrity of the drive). If you are booting from a Windows disc and it won't complete the Format process then the HDD may be damaged.
Download the ISO image of the Hitachi Drive Fitness test burn it to a CD using IMGBurn and boot off of the newly created CD and run the short and extensive diagnostic tests for the HDD.

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I bought 5 DVD-RW and used two to download a video from my Pinnacle video creation software . Then found I couldn't rewrite or delete from the disc ! How do I achieve ability to use the rewrite facility ? I'm on Windows XP Home ?ThanksLes

Answer:formating a DVD -RW

Has the disc been finalised ?

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Hey all. I'm gonna be formatting my HD soon and I haven't done it on XP but once or twice, so I thought ya'll might have some tips or tricks on the easiest and/or best ways to do it, and if ya'll found dificulties in certain places. Thanks

Answer:Formating HD

Use the "save your settings/files wizard." It works really well if you want to keep the same config of XP. Make sure you do a clean install, boot up the pc with the cd in it and do a full ntfs format. Just make sure you save your files :P

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Hi, my desk top is using xp and i cant access it i have tried allsorts of things boot disks, recovery disks but still no joy, can you help me to format then i can start again,

Answer:Formating XP

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Question: Formating???

I'm currently trying to re-install windows xp pro on my hp pavilion laptop which previously was running xp pro. I have a hp windows xp operating system cd that I'm trying to use to re-install. Every time I try and start up from disc, it tells me to insert the Restore Plus CD. I do not have the restore plus cd.

If I try and re-install while running windows, it will start all the required steps and then stop at the blue screens saying it had to stop to protect computer.

so my question is.

Is there a way to reformat my hd and re-install windows xp pro?


Buddy you should have a restore plus cd -unless HP copied in onto your HD and you formated it unknowingly.

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if i format my laptop and then install xp again will all the drivers and stuff be there or will i have to get new drivers....if so where?


Usually after a format, you will need drivers. Just search for the manufacturers web site

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hi allcan anybody tell me how to format a laptop running windows98 thanks martan


Have you got the 98 cd?

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Nero 7 ultra edition & Blaze media pro wil not write data to my discs they say the disc is not formated i can write cd-r dvd-r no problemis there something wrong with my Sony DVD RW DW-U10A DVD/CD-R ?

Answer:how do i go about formating a DVD+RW

Nothing wrong with your DVD-RW.To use RW media it needs to be formatted first. Normal CDs/DVDs don`t need this because once written they stay that way.To format a DVD-RW, open Nero. Select the DVD tab (top center of the window) go to the Data icon (looks like a page) and select `Format/Prepare Rewritable DVD` and follow the instructions.

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hi every 1IBM x40 win pro trouble started with USB'S overloaded .every time try to format my drive I keep getting cannot dismount drive or access denied I tried chkdsk and fsutil with no vail can any one help please


If you can download try GParted click hereYou can wipe and format the drive with that from an iso cd.

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Alright I accedently got ahold of a trojan and it ****ed me over

I have an XP disk but I dont know what Key during boot gets me into the Bios

Can anyone tell me?

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Ok well i Partioned my Hard - Drive and i install windows 7 so i could Dual boot
when i try to format (pressing F11 when the computer first loads up) it dose nothing.. and gose to the dual boot page Giving me options whether to start up Vista or Windows 7?



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Question: HDD formating help

okay so here is my problem, im about to install a new video card and i would like to get rid of everything on my hard drive including XP before i do, my computer has also been running slower and i had a virus that put god knows what on there, all i know is that it sure did give me some nasty popups. but anyway will this wipe out everything on the hdd and if so i need step by step instructions on how to format it.

Answer:HDD formating help

You can choose to format your hard drive when you install Windows XP.

What computer do you have? Do you have a retail version of Windows XP or did Windows XP come pre-installed on your computer?

If you have a retail version of Windows XP, then all you need to do is boot into the Windows XP installation disc and choose to format during setup.

If Windows XP came pre-installed on your computer and you have a set of recovery discs / a recovery partition, boot into the recovery discs / recovery partition, and perform a clean install of Windows XP (commonly called a 'destructive' system recovery).

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can anyone help a dim blonde? i need to know in 'easy' steps how to reformat my pc please, thanks in aniticpation. ellie

Answer:re-formating my pc help!!

Before you reformat 2 things, are you sure you have the disks you need, operating system, motherboard drivers, modem, graphics card etc and are you sure you need to do this?Need to know the operating system anyway to provide a link, windows 98, xp?

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Is there a difference between quick Hard drive formatting and normal when installing windows xp.Do they both do the same thing


Thats what I like too know too!!

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on my lap top came with the recovery version of windows xp ,and I want to buy my own windows xp ,how can I format the hard disk ,like one used to do with a floppy disk with win 98.and get shut of it.the other day I used the floppy method on a desktop to get rid of a bad virus .now I am scared if it happens to me , I also want to section the disk for linux . like I do on my other desktop ..

Answer:formating a lap top

Put the new XP CD in the drive. Make sure the CD drive is the first bootable device in the BIOS and then switch on. Hit the Space bar when promted "Do you want to boot from the CD?" and you can format and partition away using the tools built in the XP CD.

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Question: formating

I have a Compaq EVO n600c and want to format the HD and install new xp pro on it. The thing has thwarted all attempts to get it to go to either a floppy or the CD to boot the Win 98 floppy or CD so I can format the HD. I have been all over the Inet and have consulted with a couple of programmers, and it seems to be an impossible task. I am thinking I will need to buy a new HD and hopefully be able to start from scratch. If any one has an idea on how to get it to where I can load the 98 start disk, ould be much appreciated. It always goes to the HD and the Me no matter what I try.


Well, you might want to download a service manual, as well as look at the notes on installing XP on this machine, both on this page: Compaq Documentation

In Maintenance and Service Guide Compaq Evo N600c I find this
Turn on or restart the computer. Press F10 while the
F10 = ROM Based Setup message is displayed in the
lower-left corner of the screen.Click to expand...

Under Boot Options, I find this:
MultiBoot, which sets a startup sequence
that can include most bootable devices and
media in the system.Click to expand...

I'm guessing if you enter the BIOS setup and configure it to boot from the CD first, you can boot the XP CD.

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Question: formating hdd

i am trying to format my hard drive . i managed to format xp away. but it must of left a couple of files still on my hard drive as it says something about using 2 operating systems on 1 drive. i have used fdisk about 15 times already but it keeps saying something about 2 operating systems then a blue screen of death. is there another formatting disk i could use or does it have to be a windows diskthanks in advance.eddie

Answer:formating hdd

Fdisk will set up the drive, partition it etc, but to actually format it you will need to use the 'format' command. But then i assume you know that. Are you able to put the offending HDD in a second pc to see whats actually on it and how it is partitioned ETC?

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Question: xml formating

Hi, I am currently working on a project that involves people posting their resumes into a field on a webpage, from there the resume info gets stored into a mysql table in xml format. My question is, is there an easy way to retrieve and output the same resume while retaining the original format from say, the word document that the person copied and pasted from? I greatly appreciate any input on this. Thanks.

Answer:xml formating

You could transfrom the xml and output to html however you want, but the output would be what you want it to look like and not the original.

If someone is submitting the resume via form, it's going to lose all the formatting.

You could have them submit the resume via form and along with it, the actual word (or other doc) file along with it in a zip file.

Word can export resumes to html, but some formatting will be lost.

If all the resumes followed a standard format, you could either transform the xml or provide an html template for THEM to use to make their resumes, which they can send along with it.

However that may be too much to ask of THEM.

(not everybody uses word, so remember that)

It's really up to you on what how you want to do it.

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I can email PDF files from my PC to a person that uses a Mac and he is able to open them. But if I send him a CD, he is unable to open it. I assume this is a formating issue. I'd like to able to format the CD in Mac format, so a another Mac can open the files. Is there such a way?



Answer:Formating A CD With A PC For A Mac

I guess that would depend on the files. The Mac should be able to open a standard ISO9660 formatted CD's. How do I make an ISO9660 Disk might help you.

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Something that you would think should be so easy, Trying to format my Hard Drive. I keep getting the attached message. Can anyone help me?

Answer:Help With Formating Hd

I take it that you were trying to format the c drive while you were using it ? since you are dualing with 98 and it can't see xp you may have to go for partition magic.

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Question: Formating In Xp

I think I goofed!!!!! Thank goodness my C drive is okay and working.

I have 2 dock-able 40GB HD's. Windows XP pro, 512 RAM etc.
Formatted my D drive using "format d:/fs:ntfs".
In the process somthing came up I'd never heard mentioned before. "Open Handles". Any way I said Yes and the Handles were deleted or what have you.
When I went to start, accessories, system tools and system info,
components, storage and drives I saw where the file system on my C drive was FAT 32 and on my D drive was NTFS.
I then assumed that they both should be FAT32.
So I reformatted my D drive usimg "format d:/fs:fat32"

Went back to system info etc and my D drive still reads "File System NTFS"

Figured the second format didn't take so tried "FORMAT D:/FS:FAT32/Q.
(Figured that since the drive had just been formatted that I might as well do the q/quick format)
Got the message "volume too big for FAT32".
Reckon I need a lesson in formatting and a step by step explanation.

I want to end up with two or three partitions on my D drive. two each 4GB partitions and a 32GB partition.

Do I need the so-called Handles. What are they and how do I put them back in.

Other articles on Partitioning a hard drive mention using FDISK to partition.

XP does not recognize FDISK.

XP help has no topic on Partitioning????

I may want to try and install windows 98 as well as XP.

XP help on "installing more than one OS on your PC"
states th... Read more

Answer:Formating In Xp

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Question: re formating

hi allcan anybody tell me how to reformat a laptop that has no windows installed please thanks martan

Answer:re formating

do you have a windows set up cd? if so boot from it and you will get the option to format as part of the installation.

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complete novice here... i have formatted my windows 98 system.. and dont know how to reinstall windows.. i have a recovery floppy disc.. i have a laptop and can dl anything else i need butr only to disc..... please give me insruction..thanks

Answer:help with formating

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Question: formating...

What should i use Fat or NTFS?
And whats the differance?



You cannot format a volume larger than 32 gigabytes (GB) in size using the FAT32 file system during the Windows XP installation process. Windows XP can mount and support FAT32 volumes larger than 32 GB (subject to the other limits), but you cannot create a FAT32 volume larger than 32 GB by using the Format tool during Setup. If you need to format a volume that is larger than 32 GB, use the NTFS file system to format it. Another option is to start from a Microsoft Windows 98 or Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me) Startup disk and use the Format tool included on the disk.

Choosing between NTFS, FAT, and FAT32

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Hi folks,

I have discovered recently that my computer is infected and after researching the topic I have found that the best way to make sure a computer is 100 percent clean is to do a low level re-formating
to make the machine like new from the factory.

I have the recovery discs and I also have a legit copy of windows XP
Thinking of upgrading to Windows 7 for better security.

Should I have a professional do it or can I find an easy program
to help me save money. The computer shop would charge me like 200
so I am wondering what you would do in this case.

Instead of trying to clean out the viruses one by one, id rather just
delete every bit of data in one swoop and start fresh

Any tips on how to go about this?

Answer:Re-formating the PC

Install, reinstall, or uninstall Windows - Help & How-to - Microsoft Windows

Always good to have the most current drivers for your computer or motherboard downloaded and on a cd or usb hard drive prior to the clean install.

If it is a prebuilt go to the companies website, browse your model and get the drivers. The two most import to have are chipset and lan. With these you can get online and dl the rest if you wish.

Make sure you have backups of all your important data. You will need to reinstall any programs like office that you use.

1) Install Windows using the clean install methods ensuring you re format the drive.
2) Install chipset drivers
3) Install lan drivers
4) go online and update windows
5) install graphics driver
6) install the rest of your drivers ie sound in no particular order.

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Question: Hdd Formating

when i format a hdd in dos u can format in quick mode or normal, if i do it in quick mode will all of my data still be erased

Answer:Hdd Formating

Quick erase is the same as deleting the files individually. The data is erased but only by removing the file headers and so is recoverable.

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How do I format over XP Pro so I can install 98 se ? If I boot up in safe mode it won't let me format.


Answer:Formating over XP Pro

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Hello all, I'm having a hard time formatting my computer! I running WinXp Pro. I bought this computer on eBay a while ago and it was running WinXp and I upgraded to pro. When i upgraded I basically overworte everything the previous owner had on it so his files are still on here(some of them). Now I have lots of spyware and viruses on it and its running slower!! Hers exactly what I do to try and format::::

start<run: format c:
Proceed with format? <y/n> y

Format cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. Format may only run if this process is dismounted first. ALL OPENED HANDLES TO THIS VOLUME WOULD THEN BE INVALID. Would you like to force a dismount on this volume? <y/n> y

Then nothing happens when I type in yes. So here I am

I would like to be able to completly clear this computer out and have a fresh start. If someone could please help me that would be great and very much appreciated!!!

Answer:Need help formating :(

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