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

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Hi,

I have a Viglen (Tesco's) Connect 10 tablet (Desktop-CTR0QB9). BIOS - american megatrends Ver 5.008. CPU - Intel Atom z3735G @ 1.33Ghz 32Bit with 64Bit support.

Was all up to date with V1709, Malwarebytes, Defender.

I was having a problem with the screen and touch pad uses, so I installed which I thought was the correct drivers for the tablet.
But it crashed with the Blue screen with'Driver Overran Buffer Stack' continuously looping trying to repair with not results. The only access to the system was via Command Prompt and despite doing what several people suggested to get back to life which all failed. Even could not access 'D: Recovery' or even using a USB Repair stick made sometime ago.

So I downloaded a Windows 10 ISO as I had nothing with the Tablet from Tesco's. Installed and prayed it not ask for a Product Key as I had none (tried 3 methods via CMD to retrieve). Although now I have a working tablet, but still have issues.

Several of the settings buttons/switches are Greyed and cannot be changed, and those which can be changed make no effect as it was set for.
IE: The tablet power button was assigned to shutdown, it don't'. Cannot get the Battery/Power icon on the tray, despite although greyed in the taskbar settings its switched on.

I have tried several times to reinstall Windows, Formatted the Primary partition, tried to remove unallocated partitions. Cannot either via windows or CMD using diskpart, only the installing lets it be done. I know its not a tot... Read more

Answer:Cannot format Hard drive to completely install clean Windows

Originally Posted by tensone


...I have tried several times to reinstall Windows, Formatted the Primary partition, tried to remove unallocated partitions. Cannot either via windows or CMD using diskpart, only the installing lets it be done. ...



Should be no need to format if you're deleting the partitions in the install as in Steps 10 and onward in this Tutorial: Clean Install Windows 10

Are you saying the Windows installer will not delete partitions as described in the tutorial I linked?

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

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

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

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

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

System Specs
AMD Turion (TM) 64 x 2 Mobile CPU
CPU Speed 2.00 GHz
Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive
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Answer:Solved: win 7 can't find hard drive or can't format hard drive on clean install

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I forgot my password. My OS is Windows 2000 NT Prof. I have CD to reinstall, but I don't know how to do, because I can't get past the box that asks for password.

Please Help.

Thanks
Myday
 

Answer:How 2 Format Hard Drive for Clean Install?

Hi,
Sorry, but here at this site we are restricted from giving help with password issues- we have no way to verify what is going on, so I hope you understand. You should be able to find help with a search like Google, though.

I am Closing this thread as it is against TSG Rules to give help for this issue.
 

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Granted...this may be a dumb question...but

I botched the upgrade to Win10 by selecting 32-bit instead of 64-bit.
I'm planning to do a clean install, from a bootable flash using the Media Creator tool (that includes the Ann. update)
I know I'll lose all my apps and data, and have made two sets of backups on two different media.

Now the questions. Does doing a clean install wipe out all the garbage that has been accumulating, like old registry entries and such? Do I need to do a format of the drive before I do the clean install to make it really "clean" or does the bootable USB use clean and tidy my hard-drive when I use it?

Does the Win10 install automatically populate a "recovery drive" like what came with my machine, or is that something I do separately? (Although I'm not sure I would ever need it, probably opting to go with a USB recovery instead)

This is the first time I've attempted something like this, and I know there are some really good tutorials which I will and have been using to do the install. I'm just not sure about what happens in this kind-of-in-between-what-I-have-and-what-I'll-get part.

As always, thank you so much for your help. I don't know what I'd do without all the help I've been given over the years.

Answer:Does clean install of Win10 format hard drive?

Hello way2ob2se,

A true clean install would involve deleting all partitions on the hard disk you want to install Windows on. If you like, the tutorial below is the method I prefer to use for doing a clean install.

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1...n-install.html

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Granted...this may be a dumb question...but

I botched the upgrade to Win10 by selecting 32-bit instead of 64-bit.
I'm planning to do a clean install, from a bootable flash using the Media Creator tool (that includes the Ann. update)
I know I'll lose all my apps and data, and have made two sets of backups on two different media.

Now the questions. Does doing a clean install wipe out all the garbage that has been accumulating, like old registry entries and such? Do I need to do a format of the drive before I do the clean install to make it really "clean" or does the bootable USB use clean and tidy my hard-drive when I use it?

Does the Win10 install automatically populate a "recovery drive" like what came with my machine, or is that something I do separately? (Although I'm not sure I would ever need it, probably opting to go with a USB recovery instead)

This is the first time I've attempted something like this, and I know there are some really good tutorials which I will and have been using to do the install. I'm just not sure about what happens in this kind-of-in-between-what-I-have-and-what-I'll-get part.

As always, thank you so much for your help. I don't know what I'd do without all the help I've been given over the years.

Answer:Does clean install of Win10 format hard drive?

Hello way2ob2se,

A true clean install would involve deleting all partitions on the hard disk you want to install Windows on. If you like, the tutorial below is the method I prefer to use for doing a clean install.

Windows 10 - Clean Install

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I'm going to do a complete format and clean install of Windows 7 Starter on my ASUS EEE PC 1015-PEM. It's now running 7 Ultimate. I did not back up the recovery partition when I put Ultimate on it (completely spaced.. smh,) have no external optical drive handy, USB not recognizing any flash drive I try, and refuse to pay ASUS $50 for a recovery DVD of drivers, programs, and OS I already paid them for.

Clean Install Windows 7

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

I was going to use these ^^ awesome tutorials with a bootable flash drive of the iso I've downloaded but as I mentioned above, USB is giving me problems. Do I have any options left to do the format and clean Win7 install? Can this be done from the HDD as opposed to a bootable CD/DVD or USB?

Answer:Format and clean Win7 install from hard drive?

Yes. You will need to extract the contents of the iso onto another partition.

Get your nic drivers from asus site also, just in case win7 built in ones don't work.Plonk them onto the same partition as above.
http://www.helpjet.net/files-Asus-Ee....html#ANetwork

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Hi
Decided I've got so much rubbish on my computer that I would do a clean install of xp.

I booted the computer and altered the the boot sequence to boot from CD. I got the request to hit any key to boot from CD which I did.

I then got a blank black background saying it was checking the computers hardward config.

The screen then changed to the BSOD with the words 'windows setup' in the top left hand corner. And so it remained. Nothing else just a blue screen with windows set up on it. I tried several times including pressing enter when the BSOD appeared but it refuses to go any further. Any ideas?

Fortunately all is not lost. I switched off and the computer boots into windows normally, hey ho

Regards

Mac
 

Answer:Format Drive and Clean Install Windows xp

The blue screen with windows setup on it is normal..It just sitting there doing nothing isn't. Does the CD have any serious scratches on it?

Instead of formatting you could try http://www.ccleaner.com/ It is a free pc/registry scanner that will fix errors.

Most of the time when a pc slows down it is because the registry/HD is all mucked up from installing, uninstalling, downloading, deleting stuff from your pc. Spyware, adware, malware, and all the other types of the bad "wares" as well as viruses and trojans are other causes.

Also you will want to do a disk cleanup by..click start -> all programs -> accessories -> System tools-> Disk cleanup.

Also try deleting your internet browser stuff..Click tools on the internet explorer window -> Internet options -> Under the browsing history section click delete and this brings up the delete browsing history window. Clear temporary internet files at least or click delete all.

You could also defrag your HD..click start -> all programs -> accessories -> System tools -> Disk Defragmenter.

If you aren't using any kind of spyware software go here http://lavasoft.com/products/ad_aware_free.php download and install it..run it and update the definitions file then do a full system scan and fix any objects it finds.
 

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I have been told it is possible to create a Flash Drive that I can boot on computer start and install Windows OS. I have done some research but have not found specific instructions on the procedures as to how to do t his.

I know there are certain requirements:
1. The flash drive has to formatted a certain way.
2. The Bios has to be set to be able to boot from USB.

What I want the flash drive to do is:
1. Boot from computer Startup.
2. Format the partition where Windows will be installed.
3. Install Windows
4. Have the Product Code on the flash drive so that Windows will be activated after install.

I am sure that other things I want it to do, but off hand these are the primary ones.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Format Flash Drive To Boot and Install Windows

Creat Windows 7 Bootable USB. Follow Part 2 to create a bootable USB as opposed to a bootable DVD. I'd advise writing the product key down as you'll have to manually input it before you reach a Windows desktop environment. You will more than likely have to set your BIOS to boot from the USB stick.

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Was trying to format my c:\ drive to do a clean install of my windows XP home edition Went to the command prompt and typed in Format c: and this came up.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)When I press the y for yes this comes up.Cannot lock the drive,the volume is still in use.Is there anyway to get around all of this and do a format of my hardrive?

Answer:format of drive c: for clean install of Windows XP home edition

Those warnings are for a reason. Once you do that, the system is gone.The proper way is to set you PC to boot from the CD. When it does you get some kind of message, depending on what kind of install CD you have.Have you already made a backup of any data you want? In the case of the standard version of the XP install CD, there is the option of instantiation without destroying your documents. Otherwise, doing a format and install destroys all data on the selected partition.What some do is to use a partition manager to create another partition, format it. Then copy documents to the new partition. Then formatg only the system partition and install.

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Yesterday I upgraded from Windows 8,1 to Windows 10. I wanted to clean install so I booted from my USB drive (which has the Windows 10 image and worked before on my other PC) and it didn't work.
Something was corrupt with my registry on the C: drive so I formatted it. Now I can't boot obviously and I get odd error messages like bad_config_info or something like that. I can't even clean install on the damn drive, it gets stuck after copying files.

Any help? I really need my laptop ready over the weekend, because my current PC is garbage and also blue screens with Memory_Management. I'm not even bothering with that on a 6 yr old PC.
ERROR CODE 0x80070570

Answer:Windows 10 can't clean install off a flash drive on Dell

Have you tried deleting all the partitions on the hard drive and picking the resulting unallocated space to install to?

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I have upgraded my pc and surface pro to windows 10 and now I want to download the iso for USB to do a clean install on my surface pro. I have the media creation tool. I launch that, select my version, etc., then when I get to the screen where it would create media to USB, it says that there is no USB connected. I am having this issue on both the desktop and the surface. Is there something I am doing wrong? Do I need to format or configure the flash drive a certain way for it to show up to the media tool? My computer is certainly reading that the flash drive is connected.

Answer:Trouble setting up flash drive for clean install of Windows 10

I would try a NTFS format maybe?

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I have 2 windows installs on my PC - both of them are on separate hard drives. One of them is 32 bit, the one I'm currently using is 64 bit. I never use that install, so I figured I should go and format the hard drive it's in. The problem is, Windows is not letting me do that. Can anyone help? I don't really want to use boot-time CDs and stuff, but if it's the only resort then I'll have a go at it.
 

Answer:Format hard drive with another windows install

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Trying to do clean install. At the point of selecting a partition the hard drive shows blank.I can't get beyond this point. Could it be a bad hard drive?

Answer:clean install windows 7 on old hard drive

Boot into the bios, is the HD showing there?

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Hi
I have looked through solutions for this issue, but the suggestions don't seem to fix my issue...

I am running Windows 7 SP1 Pro 64-bit on a Dell Optiplex 760, and try to do a clean install of Windows 10, using the ISO file which I downloaded from Microsoft & burnt on to a DVD, and instructions from the tutorial on here, which are very good. I downloaded the correct 64-bit version.

I boot from the DVD, enter my region (UK), and choose custom install, and then my hard drive does not show up on the list of where you would like to install. I have all my USB's unplugged (except keyboard/mouse).

I tried deleting my partions using MiniTool Partition Wizard (bootable DVD), so that the entire disk is unallocated. That didn't fix it. I also tried creating a new partition (NTFS) of the entire drive (to get one Primary NTFS partition). That didn't work. I also tried setting that partition as 'active'. The same.

Before formatting etc, I tried a boot from the Windows 7 install DVD, and the hard drive does show up, unlike the Windows 10 DVD.

Do you think it's an issue with the Windows 10 installer?

I downloaded another version of Win10 from the MS Tech Bench page, but same issue.

After formatting etc, during the Windows 10 boot, I tried another suggestion to open up Command Prompt (Shift + F10), and ran 'diskpart' - and no drives are found. I checked the Bios, and it was there.

So presumably that is the issue. If i ran 'diskpart' with my prior Windows 7 install, diskpart sh... Read more

Answer:Windows 10 clean install - hard drive doesn't show up before install

Welcome toTenforums, Simon.

I am a little concerned that the Windows 10 setup program on DVD does not have drivers to properly see and interrogate the system on your PC so that the hard drive is visible. It's the second similar case on this forum that I've seen recently. You also seem to be trying to clean install on an empty PC - is this correct, because if you do so It will not activate.

Solved Can't install. possible partition error - Windows 10 Forums

After much to-ing and fro-ing, it was finally possible to *copy the Sources folder from the setup ISO file onto a partition on the hard drive, and run the setup from there, where it wasn't possible to boot from the DVD, even though it worked elsewhere.

If you still have Windows 7 installed (and you should do for Windows 10 activation purposes - if just to obtain a genuine ticket for digital entitlement), and you have the ISO download available, the solution is fairly simple. If you haven't you will need the Windows 7 key to activate the install.

You seem pretty PC savvy so, I'd ask you to follow the bolded instructions from the * in the 5th para above.

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Hi
I have looked through solutions for this issue, but the suggestions don't seem to fix my issue...

I am running Windows 7 SP1 Pro 64-bit on a Dell Optiplex 760, and try to do a clean install of Windows 10, using the ISO file which I downloaded from Microsoft & burnt on to a DVD, and instructions from the tutorial on here, which are very good. I downloaded the correct 64-bit version.

I boot from the DVD, enter my region (UK), and choose custom install, and then my hard drive does not show up on the list of where you would like to install. I have all my USB's unplugged (except keyboard/mouse).

I tried deleting my partions using MiniTool Partition Wizard (bootable DVD), so that the entire disk is unallocated. That didn't fix it. I also tried creating a new partition (NTFS) of the entire drive (to get one Primary NTFS partition). That didn't work. I also tried setting that partition as 'active'. The same.

Before formatting etc, I tried a boot from the Windows 7 install DVD, and the hard drive does show up, unlike the Windows 10 DVD.

Do you think it's an issue with the Windows 10 installer?

I downloaded another version of Win10 from the MS Tech Bench page, but same issue.

After formatting etc, during the Windows 10 boot, I tried another suggestion to open up Command Prompt (Shift + F10), and ran 'diskpart' - and no drives are found. I checked the Bios, and it was there.

So presumably that is the issue. If i ran 'diskpart' with my prior Windows 7 install, diskpart sh... Read more

Answer:Windows 10 clean install - hard drive doesn't show up before install

Welcome toTenforums, Simon.

I am a little concerned that the Windows 10 setup program on DVD does not have drivers to properly see and interrogate the system on your PC so that the hard drive is visible. It's the second similar case on this forum that I've seen recently. You also seem to be trying to clean install on an empty PC - is this correct, because if you do so It will not activate.

After much to-ing and fro-ing, it was finally possible to *copy the Sources folder from the setup ISO file onto a partition on the hard drive, and run the setup from there, where it wasn't possible to boot from the DVD, even though it worked elsewhere.

If you still have Windows 7 installed (and you should do for Windows 10 activation purposes - if just to obtain a genuine ticket for digital entitlement), and you have the ISO download available, the solution is fairly simple. If you haven't you will need the Windows 7 key to activate the install.

You seem pretty PC savvy so, I'd ask you to follow the bolded instructions from the * in the 5th para above.

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

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

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

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Hi new here first post. I have been having slow running on my computer for ages, pop ups etc. I now have a brand new lap top which i am using now. I want to wipe my old one clean and start again. I have the original set up XP disc.

I have tried to push F11 on the start up got through to which drive, chose CD/DVD with the disc already in place. It then goes to push any key to run from CD which i do but windows just loads as normal.

Help!!
 

Answer:how to clean hard drive and re-format

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I am using windows XP Pro and need to clean the hard drive of everything so I can install another software. What software can I use to remove everything off the hard drive ?

Answer:clean/format hard drive

Do you just want more space on your disk? If so goto control panel, and 'programs and features' for vista or 'add/remove programs' in XP (someone else will have to tell you for other OS') and follow the instructions to uninstall programs you don't want. If you actually want to format your drive you'll have to re-install your OS aswell as all the programs you wanted to keep.FB

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I just purchased an HP Spectre x360 back in November - so it is pretty new! Suddenly this weekend, I began getting the BSOD. I've tried to reset my laptop and it won't allow me to reset. I've tried to restore to a system restore point and that still doesn't address the issue. Doing an "refresh" of Windows does not fix the issue. So I decided to ust nuke the whole thing and install a complete fresh version of Windows 10. I have a USP drive that is bootable with the installation ISO. I am able to boot to the USB drive just fine.  But when trying to do a clean install, my laptop will not recognize/find my internal hard drive, even though I'm able to boot to it just fine! The only drive it seess is trhe USB drive I'm using to boot from.If I do a "diskpart" when in Install dialog,  and list disk, it only shows the USB drive. No idea what's going on, but am literally at the end of my rope with this Spectre and Windows 10! I've never had more issues installing an OS in my life... If anyone has any insight/solution, it would be greatly appreciated!

Answer:Windows 10 Clean Install Will NOT Recognize Hard Drive

Have you tried booting to the recovery media that you should have created by now? Did you try the list disk command in DiskPart?   

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Hello,

I'll try to make this easy to understand.

Im not sure if its a jumper setting issue or bios issue. I am getting the error message "error loading operating system" and also disk read error (cant be that cuz new hard drive being detected in bios)

I purchased a new western digital hard drive (320g) and attatched appropriate cables to hard drive. I initially left the default setting for the jumper (think is cable select) I also have a cdrw attached to same cable and have set that as "slave" I had this same setting in the past as far as i remember but this time around after upgrading the hard drive its not working. i also changed jumper to master w/ slave on hard drive since a cdrw is attached on same cable as slave. That also did not work.

I then disconnected cdrw altogether and used hard drive as master and this time around the windows setup continued whereas it gave me the black screen after rebooting saying "error loading operating system".

Any help? I did a search online but nothing really seems to match my issue here. Im sure its jumper but hoping someone with a bit more expertise can help me.

Thanks in advance

Answer:New Hard Drive Install And Clean Boot Of Windows

Hi .

First thing I'd check: Is the new hard drive properly recognized in the BIOS? The right settings are reflected?

Second: Is the boot order correct?

I guess I cannot tell if you reinstalled XP or whether you have a possibly corrupted version which you are trying to use. I would delete that partition and try a complete one-step install of XP.

I've been using Cable Select for jumpers for years now...on everything except a USB 2.0 external drive enclosure that wanted the jumper set to Slave. As long as all devices on the cable use that C/S setting, it should be good.

Louis

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I have Windows 7 on a SSD and my User files, programs, and data on a 1TB hard drive. I plan on doing a clean install and want to keep the same setup. Do I need to format the hard drive also? If not, how do I install Win 10 & put the User files on the hard drive?

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Hi Everyone.

I'm not a computer person but do know a bit more than an average person about installing things, etc. Well...I bought an HP desktop about 2 years ago with vista 64 bit on it and it has been crappy ever since. I've had problems with programs not being recognized, things not installing at all when they should, and it freezing up for no good reason. Anyway, I went out and bought Windows 7 ultimate the full version. I saved the few files I have on a jump drive and I want to completely wipe out the hard drive and install windows 7 and start from scratch. However, I want to be sure I do it the right way and would rather not pay someone else to do it. If anyone can kind of walk me through step by step how to wipe out the hard drive and start from scratch, that would be wonderful. I've read things about formatting the hard drive and partitions and whatnot and thats where I lose it. Thanks in advance for any help!

Kim

Answer:Wiping Hard Drive Clean to Install Windows 7

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

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I used dbn to nuke a hard drive that I got and when I went to install windows xp it would start to load all of the files and then when it starts windows setup it crashes with the code

0x0000007b

I tried partitioning the drive but I believe I am doing something wrong, please help!
 

Answer:Clean hard drive and Windows Xp install crashing

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I am working on an old computer for my son to use. Details of Issue:Compaq 5WV270 Installing Windows ME new copyCreated Boot DiskErased old PartitionsCreated and Formatted Partitions through FDISK, followed all instructions properly.BIOS boot order is set - CD-ROM, Floppy, HarddriveUpon reboot with boot disk, I choose start with CD-ROM assistanceAll seems to load ok, it tells me my CD ROM is drive EI place the windows CD into the drive, and command - E:\setupit tells me bad command or file name.I have tried - E:\install, E:\setup.exe, differnet drive letters with same commands. NOTHING starts the install of the new windows CD.The boot disk ssems to have the correct drivers on it, it does recognize the lerrter for the CD-ROM,but all I get is "bad command or file name".Can anyone assist. My computer knowledge is limited. Thanks.

Answer:Help... Stuck with clean windows Install to Hard Drive

Depending on the CDRom driver used on the bootdisk your drive designation may be different...Try R: setup which is the default CD drive setting for the OAKRom driver on most bootdisks...Even though your drive is E: it will designate it as R: in the boot process....Good Luck.

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I have a laptop and a desktop with a 120 gig ssd and a 64 gig SSD respectively. Both computers have conventional hard drives as drive D. I have two 250 gig SSD's on the way. What is the best strategy for moving to the new SSD's and preforming the clean install of Windows 10. The desktop is running Windows 10 insider preview 130 and the laptop is on Windows 8.1.

Answer:Upgrading SSD hard drive and doing a clean install of Windows 10

If you have W10 as an ISO file, just set it on a USB memory stick and install from there with same MS account. If 8.1 is OEM version you can do same thing with it too. Either way, don't forget to set SATA to AHCI mode in the BIOS on both of them, SSDs require AHCI instead of IDE for proper operation.

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I have Windows 7 on a SSD and my User files, programs, and data on a 1TB hard drive. I plan on doing a clean install and want to keep the same setup. Do I need to format the hard drive also? If not, how do I install Win 10 & put the User files on the hard drive?

Answer:Clean Install Windows 10 on SSD & Data on Hard Drive

Well firstly it makes no sense to have OS on ssd and programs on hdd unless ssd is tiny. Rather defeats point of having an ssd.

Copy all data in user directories to another directory.

Upgrade or clean install windows 10 on ssd.

Use settings storage option to use hdd for user data etc.

Copy the data back to user directories.

You will have to reinstall programs if not portable ie make registry changes e.g. MS Office.

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No wifi option after clean install of Windows 8.1 on a new SSD hard drive (install from flashdrive made from originally installed Windows 8.1). In Device Manager, how do I know which NIC or adapter has been installed from Lenovo?It's a Yoga 2 11. There are many in the pulldown menu but I have no idea which one to install. Also, the Device Manager has nine (9) exclamation points for unknown devices found!!! Please help. I'm hoping you tell me which hardware device has been installed on my Lenovo for Network adapter and I can download the driver and install on a USB. Thank you.













Solved!

Go to Solution.

Answer:No wifi after clean install of Windows 8.1 on a new SSD hard drive

I downloaded the WLAN adapter from the support page of Lenovo and this corrected the problem.

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Tried using the recovery tool to reset to factory defaults which kept giving me various errors so went ahead and downloaded the windows media installation tool to a clean flash drive to do a clean wipe and fresh install. Booted up from the flash drive and it won't detect my hard drive. Using the command prompt and DISKPART the hard drive is not listed, like its not even there. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated?

Answer:Clean install of Windows 10 can't see hard drive - EDGE 15

So I yanked the hard drive and tried it on 2 other machines. It's toast. I can hear the read heads clicking but the drive doesn't spin up. Real nice Product, didn't even last a year of minimal use.

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So much time has passed since one of my computers was new - programs installed and uninstalled, system crashes and fixes, malware and spyware found and removed, etc. I want to start again with a reformat and fresh install of my original XP Home. I have the Windows XP disk and the serial number. I have SP2 on a cd from Microsoft,
Is there something I can download and burn into a CD while the computer can still go online to speed-up the downloading of critical updates published since SP2 was released? Some way to minimize the searching for updates, the downloading of updates, the constant reboot requirements, etc?
This particular computer has a second hard drive (250GB) installed. What specific files should I copy to the second disk so as to backup my important data?
 

Answer:Format drive and Clean Install of XP

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I have a Dell Inspiron One and a few months I had the BSOD numerous times.  The computer didn't come with a restore disk.  I contacted Dell and they sent me one.  When I used the disk, not only did it not work, it made things worse.  All the data I had on my hard drive I backed up.  I want to get a clean start.  The computer does not boot to windows or any other OS.  I am currently running Fedora 13 as my OS.  Fedora 13 is a Linux OS that I used to be able to access my computer.  Fedora 13 recognizes my hard drive.  When I right click my hard drive's icon, a "format" option is available.  Can I format my hard drive this way and start over again?  If not, what should I do?  I plan on installing Fedora 17 on my hard drive after I fix this problem.

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Hello I have a 250gb hard drive on my computer...I had windows vista and just did a clean install of windows 7 professional...after completing the installation it shows that i only have 80 gb of space left on my hard drive??..I thought i would have well over 200gb left...I did a backup to an external hard drive...any possible answers would be appreciated...thanks in advance

Answer:no hard drive space left after clean install of windows 7

Look for a folder named Windows.old (Desktop? C: Drive?)

In it you'll find most of the files that were on the drive before you upgraded... Delete everything in it that you don't need.

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Hello, I purchased an Inspiron 15R today and wanted to do a clean install of Windows 7 right out of the box. I'm using a Windows 7 disk from another machine.

I formatted the drive and all of it's partitions (recovery etc.) and installed the OS. After booting though I get sent to an error screen that tells me Windows had an error starting up and that I should choose a way to startup with the usual safe mode etc. No matter what I choose it sends me to this screen. So I booted from the disk again to attempt to format and reinstall, but now I have no disk drives to install to.

I have run a diagnostics check and nothing seems to be wrong, the HDD is still being recognized in the BIOS.

What can I do to get my HDD back and showing up in the install destination options?
 

Answer:Hard Drive options not showing up for clean Windows 7 install

Did you buy this computer brand new or used?If brand new its got a warranty and id take it back to where you bought it.If used a lot of places give a 90 day warranty and again id take it back and see what the problem is.The dell inspiron 15 r already comes with windows 7 in it so im lost as to why you need to install windows 7 at all unless theres some kind of a problem.What was it doing that you had to do an install or reinstall on it?
 

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Hello, I purchased an Inspiron 15R today and wanted to do a clean install of Windows 7 right out of the box. I'm using a Windows 7 disk from another machine.

I formatted the drive and all of it's partitions (recovery etc.) and installed the OS. After booting though I get sent to an error screen that tells me Windows had an error starting up and that I should choose a way to startup with the usual safe mode etc. No matter what I choose it sends me to this screen. So I booted from the disk again to attempt to format and reinstall, but now I have no disk drives to install to.

I have run a diagnostics check and nothing seems to be wrong, the HDD is still being recognized in the BIOS.

What can I do to get my HDD back and showing up in the install destination options?

Answer:Hard Drive options not showing up for clean Windows 7 install

You can not use an OEM Windows 7 DVD meant for one machine on another.

Also you mentioned "Recovery etc." did you delete the Recovery partition which is used to reinstall Windows to factory defaults?

Is your Windows 7 DVD an OEM or retail DVD?

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What do I do now? I decided to replace my existing hard drive as I thought it was damaged due to viruses. I installed a new hard and then used my Windows 7 Ultimate DVD to install. I got as far as the above. If this question has been answered somewhere else on this site, please direct me. I did look but did not find a situation similar to mine.
I have a Core i7-950 3.07 Ghz.

Answer:Error 0x80070057 during clean install of Windows 7 on new hard drive

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

Have a look at this tutorial, which explains how to optimize a hard drive before you install Windows to it.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

You may also have to consider that the drive you are using may be faulty or that you are missing drive controller drivers.

As a matter of interest, why didn't you run a virus scan before trashing your old hard drive? A virus will mess up your Windows OS, but it shouldn't damage the hard drive, so replacing the drive seems a bit extreme.

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***I KNOW ITS OBVIOUS BUT I SPENT ALL MY MORNING LOOKING THROUGH FORUMS AND A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE MISLEADING TO MAKE YOU BELIEVE THAT IT CAN BE DONE*** For all of you wondering if you can get the 14.99 update and download the ISO and burn it on a DVD or USB and then install it on a different computer or on a fresh hard drive, BEWARE, because the updated version REQUIRES you to have a legit copy of Windows 7, on your hard drive in order to install the Windows 8 update, if you don't there is no work around, Windows 8 will install but will not activate unless you enter a valid retail key, It will state that the key that you have is a upgrade key and that a valid copy of windows must be on your hard drive before installing Windows 8. HAPPY UPGRADING!

Answer:Do not install update version of Windows 8 on a clean hard drive

There is a registry key hack that you can use to activate it.

With that said, don't cheat the system...it's you don't qualify for the 14.99 upgrade, don't buy it.

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I just wiped clean my hard drive (intentionally) and then did a clean install of XP Pro.

Now my hard drive is Local Disk (E instead of (C as it always has been. I don't know if this is likely to be a problem or not but in any event I'd like to reassign my drives so that I can get it back to being (C.

Does anybody know if (a) this is possible and (b) how to do it?

(Currently my Zip Drive has the C assignment.)
 

Answer:Hard Drive no longer Drive C after clean install

You will have to re-install XP, and remove the ZIP drive(s) before the install, then they won't interfere with the drive lettering.
 

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I've attempted to install Windows Vista x64 and Windows 7 x64 using retail copies of both OS's on my T400. Neither OS can find the hard drive during the install process. I've downloaded every driver possible from Lenovo and loaded them via USB during the install, with absolutely no luck. I've installed Ubuntu in the meantime to have a usable computer, but I really need Win7 on there, so I have to figure this out. Any solutions? (and telling me to go download the driver isn't going to help me). Also, I've messed around with the AHCI setting in the BIOS, but that didn't help either. 













Solved!

Go to Solution.

Answer:T400 Windows 7 or Vista Clean Install - Can't Detect Hard Drive

Weird.  Win 7 Pro 64 installed on my T400 without any issues that I can recall.  I realize that doesn't help you much  I was doing a clean upgrade install using a Microsoft upgrade DVD over the top of a Vista installation. Since you've already tried fiddling the  ACHI/IDE mode the only other thing I can think is something about your initial disk partitioning or formatting (or lack of same) confused the installers.  (I realize a confused MS installer is hard to imagine...) Maybe fire up your Ubuntu live CD and dd some zeros to the first few sectors of your drive and try again.  Or format the thing w/your choice of FAT32 partitions and see if that makes the installer(s) happier. What model drive are you using?  Is it the original drive (not that it should matter, mine wasn't)?  What was installed on the machine initially? Just pulling stuff out of my <....>,Z.

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My PC won't boot because it says it can't find the hard drive. I booted from a flash drive, but it wants to do an install. Is it going to wipe everything or just do an "upgrade"?

Answer:Boot from flash drive wants to install. Clean install or upgrade?

Dont understand that what cant find the HD the bios or other if its trying to install its finding a drive I assume?

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Hi,
I've got a Win RT 7 Install running and my only problem is that it doesn't see flash drives as drives to install the OS on to. I can see the USB drives for loading a driver so the installer already sees the USB drive but it won't list it for selecting a destination for the OS. So, I'm not sure I even need a driver and some RT setting needs to be set for it to see flash drives for Win 7 OS installs.
The install only sees IDE or SATA Drives and will let you load a driver from a flash drive but not let you install the OS onto it?
Also, I'm already installing from another 16GB USB drive.
The SSD drive went south on this Dell Netbook and I'm gonna try and run Win 7 off a USB drive.
I've got a 16GB USB drive with a bootable RT 7 WIn 7 32Bit image and I'm only as far as the select drive to install and it doesn't list the USB drive, I can browse to select a driver and the 8GB USB Drive is there.

Bill

Answer:USB Flash Drive as Hard drive to install to.

To run a Win7 from a flash drive, you need a Win7 Enterprise edition (because of the product key activation problems).

You can, however, install Win8 on a flash drive because there are currently no activation problems. Windows 8 To Go - Setup on a USB Flash Drive or USB Disk

You should know though that a really fast USB3 flash drive is required to make that a pleasant experience. On a USB2 drive it will work like molasses and you will soon be fed up (I have tried it).

Consider that for the price of a fast 32GB USB3 flash drive you can buy a 60GB SSD which you can also attach via USB3 or eSata and that might be a better deal.

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I'd like to make sure all malware is off an old hard drive before I re-use it. I want to make sure that all areas, including the boot sector are clean. Will using "format" in disk manager do that, or is Diskpart/Clean a more thorough cleaning?

Thanks

Answer:Cleaning a virus laden hard drive - format vs diskpart/clean

If you want a thorough format you can use the Clean All command, but be aware it will take several hours or so depending on the size of your hard drive.

Gregrocker is of the opinion that the Clean command is enough and knowing how knowledgeable he is I'd say that's good enough.

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

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Hi Folks,

I just did a clean install of Win7 and must have done something wrong. I found a file called Windows.old.

I would like to wipe my hard drive completely clean and then install a fresh copy of Windows 7 Home Premium.

How do I accomplish this task? It's a good time to start over because I'm just at the stage of adding the security software. Already did the drivers but don't mind doing those over again.

I have a Dell 5150, Pentium D820, Dual Core 2.8 GHz with 3 GBs memory.

Many thanks,

ms

Answer:Clean Install of Win7 - Wipe Hard Drive Clean

Do you a regular Windows 7 installation disk, with Product Key?

If so, boot from that disk by setting your DVD drive as the first boot device in the BIOS or by choosing the DVD drive from a menu. Do you know how to do that?

Midway in the installation process you will come to a screen that asks where you want to install Windows. Look for "drive options, advanced" or something very close to that. Take that choice.

At the next screen, all of your partitions will be shown. Delete them all.

That will leave you with nothing but "unallocated space".

When you install to the unallocated space, it will be automatically formatted by Windows and you should end up with a very small "System Reserved" partition and a large C partition covering the rest of the drive.

Back up your data before beginning.

Windows.old is your old installation. If you proceed as above, you won't get it.

With 3 GB of RAM, you should probably go with 32-bit.

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So I cannot format my secondary hard drive where Windows 7 RC was installed. Did I install Windows 7 incorrectly onto my system? I've posted a screenshot from my Computer Management window.

Thanks.

Answer:Cant Format Second Hard Drive, Bad Install?

Are you getting a specific error message when trying to format the secondary hard drive?

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A friends computer is really screwed up and I have suggested re-formatting and re-installing XP. He is quite happy to do this and has asked me to help him. I have never done it and I don't know much about XP as I use Win98SE. I know it is probably straight-forward but I would really appreciate some guidance. He doesn't need to save any files, he is happy to wipe the drive. Spec is 1GB Athlon, 256RAM, CD-ROM, G-Force2 64MB, XP Pro.Many thanks in advance, Andrew.

Answer:How do I re-format a hard drive & re-install XP?

Hopefully your friend has an XP CD? (even an OEM) in which case just ask the BIOS to boot from the CD and it will offer the options to re-install the O/S including reformatting if necessary.

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hi,i am at the moment trying to install windows xp home edition. and i am at the point when it shows me all my partitions. Now my main partition is 19 GB so i want to format it. so what do i do? do i says D for delete partition or what.Hope someone can helpThanksBen

Answer:How to format a hard drive in xp install

click here

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I'm trying to duplicate my previous system where I had two hard drives with identical content. One was always disconnected so that one drtve could back up the other. I just installed a second drive in my current Windows 8.1 desktop computer and can't bring the second drive to an active status. I have followed several posts to the point where formatting the new drive is required and here I'm stopped, and can't go foward.

Does anyone have a procedure that can get this second drive to a useful state?

Answer:Install of Second Hard Drive Can'Format

Welcome to the forum can you post a screenshot of diskmanager showing the drive so we can see. Have you first created a parition then tried to format if so what error do you get. Is this an IDE drive or sata

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my new motherboard came capable of booting up from a USB flash drive/cdrom/HDD etc...

my last one apparently also had it but it was kinda half ***** still so i left the floppy there.

so does the flash drive finally replacing floppy disk drive as far as features and being acessible and bootable in bios and dos?

i got a gigabyte GA-EP43-UD3L motherboard and treres an option in the boot menu for flashdrive.

i had to use the floppy to recover from my system not booting up into windows in the past and dont want to get stuck without any access to the system if something happends.

and also i made a customized image of my windows disk with latest graphic drivers and all the rest of them using NLITE.

but could not figure out how to make a bootable flashdrive.
i just extracted the image to flash drive and it wouldnt boot.

i went around google for a lil bit and found few different methods of doing it.

can anyoen suggest which method os the easiest and most reliable out of them?

Answer:can we finally get rid of floppy drive? making a windows install flash drive

My mobo doesn't even have a connector for a floppy disk drive. I use a flash drive to flash my bios, but I have a usb floppy drive if I happen to need one.

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I probably went about this backwards. I had Windows 7 installed on a 120GB SSD with my User files & some Program Files on a 1TB hard drive. I did a clean install of Windows 10 on the SSD last night. Now I have decided that I want to keep the Windows 7 OS also, but I am not sure what "dual boot" means or entails.

I am sure I will have to partition D drive to install Windows 7 on & I just noticed that my CD/DVD drive is not showing. I will need help with this also please.

And, what do I need to do to combine the User files for Windows 7 & 10 on the D drive, or is this even how to go about it?

I have attached my setup in Disk Management & my system info here: http://speccy.piriform.com/results/Q...vy5IOEIVsJcTne

Answer:Did clean install of Win 10 on SSD - Want to put Win 7 on hard drive

If you used that same W7 to upgrade to 10, than you don't have license to W7 any more. It's been "traded" so you can't legally use it any more.
Otherwise it's not a problem. Best way is to temporarily disconnect SSD and install whatever OS you want on HDD. After that you can reinstall HDD and use program called EasyBCD on the SSD to set a menu from which you can choose which OS to BOOT from. There are other ways but this one is easiest and safest.

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I probably went about this backwards. I had Windows 7 installed on a 120GB SSD with my User files & some Program Files on a 1TB hard drive. I did a clean install of Windows 10 on the SSD last night. Now I have decided that I want to keep the Windows 7 OS also, but I am not sure what "dual boot" means or entails.

I am sure I will have to partition D drive to install Windows 7 on & I just noticed that my CD/DVD drive is not showing. I will need help with this also please.

And, what do I need to do to combine the User files for Windows 7 & 10 on the D drive, or is this even how to go about it?

I have attached my setup in Disk Management & my system info here: http://speccy.piriform.com/results/Q...vy5IOEIVsJcTne

Answer:Did clean install of Win 10 on SSD - Want to put Win 7 on hard drive

If you used that same W7 to upgrade to 10, than you don't have license to W7 any more. It's been "traded" so you can't legally use it any more.
Otherwise it's not a problem. Best way is to temporarily disconnect SSD and install whatever OS you want on HDD. After that you can reinstall HDD and use program called EasyBCD on the SSD to set a menu from which you can choose which OS to BOOT from. There are other ways but this one is easiest and safest.

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My PC is a Dell E6420 Latitude
The HDD crashed,so I bought a brand new one.Also bought a new copy of Win 7 professional.
I switched out HDD, turned on my laptop and saw this:

Intel boot agent GE v1.3.72
Initializing and establishing link
PXE-E61 ; Media test failure check cable
PXE-M0F;Exiting Intel boot agent
No Boot Device Found. Press any key to reboot the machine.  

So I restarted,pressed F12, went to BIOS and selected cd/dvd drive to run first  so I could install win 7 on the new HDD ,and I see this
No Boot Device Found.Press any key to reboot the machine.
I've installed OS on desktops before,but not a laptop.
I'm assuming that since both HDD and OS cd  are brand new that the fault lies with me.
Thanks in advance. 

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is this possible. i know under 9x OSes you could boot a dos prompt and start the install that way. i basically am tired of burning new xp discs all the time, and i would like to know if there is an option for doing this on xp...

i know that you can network install xp too... but i don't know how to do that. so if install from HD is not possible, how do i network install?
 

Answer:Clean install XP from a hard drive?

Here's an idea: Burn an XP disc and don't lose it.

A Hard Drive install is impossible, as if you want a 'clean' install it would have to reformat the hard drive. Theoretically, if you imaged the contents of an XP CD onto a separate hard disk and tried to boot off that it might work, but I've never heard of any such thing attempted.
 

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is it possible to clean install windows 8 pro on new hard drive?
 

Answer:clean install on hard drive

Of course. But not the "Upgrade" (discounted price) version.
 

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my dad recently acquired a virus or something on his computer that caused most of his data to become corrupt. i thought maybe a simple format and install would help solve the problem but i cant get the drive formatted. i took the old hard drive and hooked it into my computer and my computer wouldnt even boot for some reason. basically what i need to know is if there is a way i can format and reinstall. i tried to format it and at the last second it said the format could not be completed. anyone have any suggestions?
 

Answer:hard drive format/install woes!

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new machine built from scratch. 1500gig seagate barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS. loading vista and it tells me i need to load driver for hard drive. i have searched all over seagate web site and other forums. i loaded the new firmware and no joy. i have tried to find a drive with no success.

any help? i have never had this many problems with a hard drive before.

mother board
striker extreme
 

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I saw some past threads here on this sight, but none of them nailed a good enough answer for me, so here I am.

My problem is that I have a Toshiba laptop with Windows Vista on it, but I want to install Windows XP "over it" because I cannot use any of my previous programs or media on Vista.

How do I reformat the hard drive in this Toshiba laptop to delete Vista and install XP Pro, because when I boot from my new Windows XP Pro CD, it states in the middle of the setup "Cannot find hard disk."

Any suggestions?
 

Answer:Need to format laptop hard drive to install XP.

Hello,

Try this link, it should be simple to partition your drive and install Windows XP as long as you have the software. I have a Mac and partitioned mine with Vista because I couldn't find XP software. Anyhow I used a program called BootCamp which is for Apple but the following link should work with your laptop or any other non-mac computers. I browsed the site and it is easy to understand and it gives you step by step instructions, pictures included. Hope this helps....

http://www.howtogeek.com/forum/topic/howto-windows-xp-install-on-a-vista-computer

Once you pull the website, click on the link under Overview and that should be all you need.

Let me know. Misty
 

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This flash drive wont format when I right click and choose format as nothing happens when I do so. I have another flash drive that Windows wont even recognize at all. This is very frustarting and I can't figure out what steps I may be missing in order to get this thing to work. I have tried shutting my PC down and then plugging in the flash drive, then turning it back on to no avail.

Answer:Windows 8.1 Won't Format Flash Drive

Please try to format using GParted live if it won't format from Windows. GParted -- GParted Live Manual

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I have Windows 7 home basic(64 bit) with Intel Core2 Duo.It was doing fine around 2 months back or so.But suddenly ,it stopped copying or deleting any data from any USB removable disk.Whenever i try to format any USB Flash drive ,it gives me an error message, "Windows was not able to complete the format".s

Answer:windows cannot format USB flash drive

Can you format that device on another computer?1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.

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My T410i hard drive died, I have Windows 7 Home Basic OA key, but how to install on new hard drive? I had to replace the hard drive, I realise from the help pages I should have written down the error messages before replacing... Either way I am unsure how to obtain the Windows 7 Home Basic software to re-install.I have the key, where should I go - the microsoft site says it came pre-installed so I need to contact the supplier - Lenovo, but on the product list T410i is too old and not listed. Thanks in advance for you time.CheersPaul

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I have 2000 and tried to revert to an old BACKUP but the pc is still corrupt. Can't get online as it can't find TCP or C drive. Don't know what caused this.('m on dads pc now. Bottom line is I need to wipe the hard drive and reinstall from scratch. I have important stuff on ZIP Disks so not worried about losing things. I get the CD to run Win2000 setup but it only lets me go over setup and won't allow me to run NEW INSTALL. HELP!! How can I do this?? I'm panicky to say the least! Thanks for any help!
Tres
 

Answer:HELP! Can't reformat hard drive -want Clean install!

when I try to boot from boot disk I get to disk 4 and it says fastfat.sys is corrupt-setup failed so I can't even do it from disk! HELP!!
 

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I am about to upgrade another PC (about 4 months old) currently running Windows 7 64bit. The PC is set up so that although the PC has the OS and programs on the SSD (C drive), all other data and info is on the 2Tb hard drive. Their is only a single user with no password and the PC was setup (configured) so that the user profile knows to put that user info and data on the 2Tb hard drive.

I want to do a clean install and am happy to clear everything on the C drive (SSD) and the hard drive.
When installing Windows 8 from the ISO image on a DVD, how do I create the similar situation that I had for user profile when running Windows 7?

Also is it possible to be able to boot up straight in to the user without having to enter a password, as I can currently do on the Windows 7 boot?

I have just upgraded an older Windows Vista PC to Windows 8 Pro through a clean install and that went perfectly, but only had a single 1Tb hard drive (C drive).

Thanks for any a help and advice.

Steve

Answer:Clean install on existing Win 7 PC with SSD & hard drive

Hello Steve, and welcome to Eight Forums.

You will be able to do a clean install of Windows 8 on the SSD without losing anything on the other HDD. In Windows 8, you will have the option to create a "Microsoft account" (with email address) or a "local account" (same as in previous Windows) now. The tutorial below will give you more details about all of this though.
Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade
When installation is complete, you could set Windows 8 up the same way you did in Windows 7.

The tutorial below can show you how to set Windows 8 to sign in to a user account of your choice automatically at startup.
Log On User Account Automatically at Windows 8 Startup
Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I've done a clean install on a new hard drive on a Sony Vaio VPCC and am having overheating problems (the laptop keeps turning off when it gets too hot, so I haven't even completed Windows updates).

Just wondered if anyone had any suggestions. It's happened twice now with the new drive installed - once when I had cloned the old drive onto it, and now with the clean install. When I put the old drive back in, it doesn't overheat. Everything is clean as well.

The original drive was 320GB 5400rpm 8mb cache, the new one is 500GB 5400rpm 16mb cache. I'm just wondering if Sony put some piece of firmware on the original hard drive or something.

What's installed at the moment is - Windows 7 Service Pack 1, I let Windows install the drivers (although later installed the Nvidia driver as the VGA one stretched the screen - to see if that helped with the overheating, but it didn't).

The original factory install had Intel Matrix Storage Manager, which I don't have now - would that make a difference?

Answer:Overheating after new hard drive and clean install

Hello hazel123,

Is the laptop clean and you can feel hot air coming out of the exhaust vent ?

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

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

no instructions came with the hard drive

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So here is my problem: I have two hard drives in my computer, a 36gb WD Raptor which has XP Pro and a few very small programs, and a 250gb WD which I put all my programs/games on. About every year I do a clean install of XP by using DBAN and then just simply installing xp. The problem is that even though I have installed all my games onto the 250gb (which I do not wipe) the games will not run because there are some files that are put onto my C: drive even though I installed it on my G: drive. My question is: "Is there a way to clean install my C: drive while not having to reinstall all my programs? What files should I look for in the C: drive that I should copy or whatever so I can paste them back once I've reinstalled XP?" Any help on this subject would be great. Thanks!

Answer:Clean Install XP While Games on are second hard drive...

A lot of games rely on their registry entries and won't work properly or at all without them. As for making them work, there is no easy way. You could try to exporting the registry settings for each game, then importing them into the new install, but it doesn't always work and messing with the registry can often make things worse.I would recommend just reinstalling the games.

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What program do I need to completely clean my hard drive so I can reinstall 98se on a clean hard drive ? Many thanks dave.engsurv

Answer:Re Install 98se on clean hard drive

Al you need is a boot disk, for example from click hereand start the PC with it.Then choose to format the hard disk.WindowsReinstall.com - XP, Vista, 2000, NT, 98, ME, 95, 3.1: repair, reinstall, install, upgrade any Windows operating systemclick here

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How do I clean install on a hybrid hard drive?

Answer:How do I clean install on a hybrid hard drive?

You can install the same way as you would any other hard drive.

Clean Install Windows 7

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Hello!

Sadly, the hard drive inside my dell inspiron died I honestly can not get it to work. Windows is unbootable, and another computer can't recognize the drive.

So, I was wondering if it was possible to use a Windows 7 .iso to install windows 7 on the new drive. Will the product key on the back of my Dell work?

If not, what can I do?

Thanks!!!

Answer:Hard Drive Crashed. Clean Install Possible?

Yes, it will work. Get the ISO from mydigitallife.info. Download the version that matches your product key.

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I'm doing a clean install on my computer, and it's going alright until it asks me to choose which hard drive I want to install Windows 7 on.
Apparently I have 2: a C drive and a D(Recovery) drive.

What should I do in this situation? Should I just install on the C drive, or should I do what it says here:
Partition the Hard Drive in a Windows 7 Install

and delete the partitions and create a new one.

Help me out, thanks.

Answer:Clean Install: Which Hard Drive do I choose?

Is the recovery D: drive from a factory install computer ?

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my Grandson  did clean install of win 10   now no patration on hard drive  no recovercy disk,win10 is working but donot have Lenovo programs like onekey recovery and I do not know how to set it up like it also does this void my Warranty

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Hi,

My hard drive bit the dust and I installed a new one. How do I assign a drive letter to the new drive?
On the install it just says disc 0 partition 1. On the Vista where do you want to install Vista screen the 'new' drive option is not highlighted and I cannot select it, or choose how much space to give?
All help please....I am at a loss! Thanks.:cry
 

Answer:Clean install of Vista on new hard drive

Follow the steps in this guide to install Vista to a new hard drive. If you have 2 or more hard drives in the PC, temporarily disconnect the drive(s) that you don't want to install Vista on, this will make things easier to figure out when it comes to formatting the drive. You should have a screen that looks like this after entering the product key, and after agreeing to the license agreement...

You might want to click the "Drive Options (advanced)" button if you want to use custom partition sizes and whatnot. If the drive does not appear in the list, power down and double check the data and power connections; power up again and go into the BIOS and make sure the drive is recognized there. If it still is being 'seen' by Vista, try using a bootable utility to format the drive. You can download this type of tool from the hard drive manufacturer's web site for free, or check the Major Geeks Drive Utilities Section and you're bound to find some freeware to do the job. Personally, I use O&O Partition Manager for these things (it's a bootable PE-based CD) but it isn't free (link: http://www.oo-software.com/home/en/products/oopartitionmanager/index.html) and I'm not sure if they have a functional demo version or not....
 

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hi,
I have download windows 7, backed up all my drivers and copied all my important info onto my external Hard drive and am about to try and clean install windows 7.

But do i have to partition the hard drive? My Dell laptop has a 110GB hard drive which came already partitioned. 10GB is called 'Recovery', do i need to do the same and make a larger partition and install Windows 7 or just leave it as it is?

thanks!

Answer:Do i have to partition my hard drive for clean install?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by eldraw44


hi,
I have download windows 7, backed up all my drivers and copied all my important info onto my external Hard drive and am about to try and clean install windows 7.

But do i have to partition the hard drive? My Dell laptop has a 110GB hard drive which came already partitioned. 10GB is called 'Recovery', do i need to do the same and make a larger partition and install Windows 7 or just leave it as it is?

thanks!


Hi by that do you mean you are attempting to dual boot with an older version of windows, and your asking if you need to make a recovery drive for wndows 7? IF this is the case you wont need to make a recovery drive but you will need to partition the 100gb hard drive as you cant install 7 on the recovery partition.

Or are you saying that you have a 10gb for recovery and the other 100gb clean and ready for install on the 100gb?

If the answer to the second one is yes, just install it. If you are installing it over windows, a new file called windows.old will be made, and you can extract all of your files from the previous windows if needed.

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

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

no instructions came with the hard drive

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I want to install Win7 Pro32. The laptop currently has Vista Basic 32. The machine is also massively infected with all kinds of nastiness at the moment. So, I want to format the hard drive and get it good and clean, prior to the new install. What is the best way to accomplish this? I tried using the format option during the setup of Win7, but it did not seem to do anything.

I am guessing a boot disk??? If so, what is the best way to create one. Free is always a good price. Can I create what I need using my desktop with Win7 Pro64? Is there a freeware program that would work better?

Links or instructions would be greatly appreciated. I did a google search, but I had not heard of any of the websites that came up in the search results. So, I was hesitant to try any of them. I know that no one here will steer me wrong.

Thanks!
 

Answer:Format hard drive for fresh install of Win7????

It's about this simple:

1) Make sure you've got all your stuff "saved" if necessary before you start this, to the best of your ability since you're about to wipe the drive(s)/partition(s) clean.
2) Insert the Windows 7 installation DVD (x86, x64, doesn't matter)
3) Boot the machine off that DVD.
4) When you get the first dialogue box, click Next.
5) When you get the next dialogue box, click Install Now.
6) The next dialogue box, put the check in the box (to accept the license terms, click Next.
7) Next dialogue box, select Custom install (just click in that area) - do NOT do an upgrade, period.
8) Next dialogue box, click the Drive options link, highlight the partition(s) one at a time - if you have more than one, you're primarily interested in the system partition, where Vista is currently installed, and Delete it - completely delete it totally. If it's the only partition (one big partition using the full capacity of your given hard drive), you'll end up with a completely unallocated drive at that point.
9) Once that's accomplished, highlight that drive/space by clicking on it, then either you a) choose to use a portion of it for the system partition or b) use it all.

- For a) click the New button, then punch in the amount of gigabytes to use for that partition (in thousands, so if you wanted a 50GB partition, that's 50000) then click Apply - it'll take a few seconds to create the partition which will be unformatt... Read more

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here goes: i got a pc off my uncle for christmas and he's all about the dodgy's so i decided whatever he'd filled the computer with, i was going to erase the whole lot and start fresh with win7.

Unfortunately there appears to be an awful combination of both vista and 7 already installed. There is no validation key and i do not have any disks. The hard drive appears to be fubar'd as no matter how much i delete off it, it still keeps telling me i have 6gb remaining and 12gb used.

When i go to install windows 7 from an official disk that i have purchased myself, it refuses to install on drive c because of there being no space. It refuses to install over everything and the drive itself refuses to be formatted.

Please help!

PS: ignore that my OS is Vista in my profile. OS stated on this pc is XP ?_? dont ask.

Answer:my hard drive wont format cant install win7

hello


Quote:





Originally Posted by ?jon?


it still keeps telling me i have 6gb remaining and 12gb used.




how big is hdd? (18gb)

have you tried wiping hdd with Dban? http://www.dban.org/download

make sure cd/dvd is 1st to boot!! http://www.simplyguides.net/guides/b..._from_cd.shtml

what is make and model of pc and what os was original?

good luck

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Hi all,

I recently bought an Inspiron 1405 which has Vista installed on it. I would like to uninstall vista and install xp. So I inserted the XP CD into the drive and changed the bios so that computer boots up from CD.

It boots up from XP CD and goes to the blue screen and starts
loading the necessary files to start the installation.

Then after done with loading, it shows that famous blue screen: "Windows has encountered an error message and has to shut down otherwise it will harm your computer. If this is your first time, restart your pc and if it's not your first time them you have some devices which are not compatible, disable things blah blah".... So I never get to that point where it asks me to format or repair windows...

And when I restart the computer, ir either boots up from the CD again and comes to the same screen or it shows that Windows Repair wizard.

Please let me know how I should fix this problem so I can install XP...

Thanks in advance
 

Answer:Solved: How to format a hard drive with Vista and install XP?

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I have a hp laptop and i have installed windows 10 on it. Since my laptop became slow and it became messy. i want to do a clean install. My question is will it format disks other than c. i have 1 TB hard disk and i have made 2 drives from it(E and F). i have my stuff on that drive will it be erased while i install windows 10 creators update?

Answer:Will windows 10 clean install format my full hard disk including partitions i created

Originally Posted by Aravind Belagaje My question is will it format disks other than c. No, it will not.
Your clean install is done on C drive and affects only C drive.
Other drives/partitions remain untouched.

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My recovery feature does not work ( i tried a lot using F11 ) so,  i still want to change my OS with  Windows XP in English, i have a CD with license, and i want to know how to install it from a Flash USB,  in that case , i suppose, there is a possibility to repartition my hard drive ,I will be grateful if you can help.

Answer:Install XP from Flash USB and repartiton Hard Drive

This might be of interest to you. [Courtesy of EEEGuides.com]





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I have a 1TB usb flash drive that was Ex-Fat32 formatted. I want to put my System images for my laptop and desktop on this drive and when I try to format the drive to NTFS I get the same error every time "Windows could not complete the format of this drive" but it doesn't say why. When I try to run a disk check on the drive I get the message that "this disk cannot be checked because it is not formatted'; would you like to format now?" which of course puts me right back in to the same issue.

Is there any other way to check the usb drive for errors and to format it to NTFS?

thanks,

DanielJ

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I have a 1TB usb flash drive that was Ex-Fat32 formatted. I want to put my System images for my laptop and desktop on this drive and when I try to format the drive to NTFS I get the same error every time "Windows could not complete the format of this drive" but it doesn't say why. When I try to run a disk check on the drive I get the message that "this disk cannot be checked because it is not formatted'; would you like to format now?" which of course puts me right back in to the same issue.

Is there any other way to check the usb drive for errors and to format it to NTFS?

thanks,

DanielJ

Answer:windows cannot complete format of usb flash drive

Have you tried diskpart? I don't know whether it'll work with USB flash drives but it's worth checking.

Open a Command Prompt W/ administration rights.
Type in "DiskPart" in command line.Type in "list disk" in command line to show all disks in this machine.Use "select" to set the focus to the specified partition.
For example "select disk 1".Use "clean" command to remove GPT disk from the current in-focus disk by zeroing sectors.

Go back to Disk Management, you can see GPT disk is "Not Initialized" now.Within Disk Management, right click on disk info, choose "Initialize Disk", You can see GPT disk is "Unallocated" now.Right click on disk info, choose "New Partition…", follow Partition Wizard and format it.

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I have a 1TB usb flash drive that was Ex-Fat32 formatted. I want to put my System images for my laptop and desktop on this drive and when I try to format the drive to NTFS I get the same error every time "Windows could not complete the format of this drive" but it doesn't say why. When I try to run a disk check on the drive I get the message that "this disk cannot be checked because it is not formatted'; would you like to format now?" which of course puts me right back in to the same issue.

Is there any other way to check the usb drive for errors and to format it to NTFS?

thanks,

DanielJ

Answer:windows cannot complete format of usb flash drive

Have you tried diskpart? I don't know whether it'll work with USB flash drives but it's worth checking.

Open a Command Prompt W/ administration rights.
Type in "DiskPart" in command line.Type in "list disk" in command line to show all disks in this machine.Use "select" to set the focus to the specified partition.
For example "select disk 1".Use "clean" command to remove GPT disk from the current in-focus disk by zeroing sectors.

Go back to Disk Management, you can see GPT disk is "Not Initialized" now.Within Disk Management, right click on disk info, choose "Initialize Disk", You can see GPT disk is "Unallocated" now.Right click on disk info, choose "New Partition…", follow Partition Wizard and format it.

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Ok, I have a new SL300 and I installed a NEW Hard Drive and installed windows XP Pro CLEAN. I got ALL the drivers up and running with ONE exception. There is an UNKNOWN Device in the device manager and I can't seem to find what it does. Looks like everything works on the system. I also can't seem to get the Intel 5100 software to control my wireless card. If anyone has any ideas it would be very helpful! I ran a utility for unknown devices and that didnt find it either.

Answer:Windows XP Clean Install New Hard Drive UNKNOWN DEVICE IN DEVICE MANAGER! HELP!!!!!

what's the hardware ID of the device?   you can find this in device manager (start > run > devmgmt.exe). have you installed thinkvantage system update to see if it finds the missing device?

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I have a office elite desk 800 G2 which has had its hard drive removed.  I bought a new WD 1TB internal hard drive and a retail copy of Home Windows 10 on a USB stick.  I am unable to get the system to work.  Get error message says files may be corrupted.   But both the hard drive and OS are brand new.   THI is not an upgrade; computer has no operating system currently - I am trying to install.   Am I missing something? 

Answer:How to install clean internal hard drive on desktop without ...

Hi: See if this works... Make your own W10 installation media on another PC from the link below (Media Creation Tool). https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 Use the product key from the W10 home version your purchased. NOTE:  It is also very possible there is already a W10 Pro product key in the BIOS of your PC (they either came with W10 Pro or W8.1 Pro), and that should work with automatically with the installation media you created. If it has a W10 key in the BIOS, you can use the W10 Home edition you bought on another PC.     

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AMD Athlon 1.8Mhz, hard drive failure a while ago, two new (second hand) hard drives, installed Linux, not sure what flavour, now want to upgrade memory and install WinXP.

I've installed many different Linux over the years to other machines, and did previously dual boot Pclos with XP on this machine, until hard drive failure. WinXP was installed when purchased.

It is set to boot from CD - I'm just wondering if there are any specific issues I shout be aware of before beginning the installation process. I do have the original CD and key (somewhere)!

Thanks
 

Answer:Solved: Clean install WinXP to new hard drive

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Windows Product ID: 00359-OEM-8992687-00015
Windows Product ID Type: 2
Windows License Type: OEM SLP
Windows OS version: 6.1.7600.2.00010300.0.0.003
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Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
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Answer:Activation issue after clean install on new hard drive

Hello again - you'll get eactly the same answer here as I gave you in teh Answers forums

Computers that come pre-installed with Windows from large manufacturers usually come with two Product Keys.

OEM SLP: This is the key that came in Windows (from the factory). It works by connecting to a BIOS flag (the SLIC table) found only on computers from that Manufacturer. Once it sees the correct BIOS flag, it self activates.

COA SLP: This is the key seen on the sticker located on the side, bottom or in the battery compartment of your machine. The purpose of this key is to be used in the case the OEM SLP self-activation stops working for whatever reason.

the Key you need to enter is the one from the COA sticker on the case - see here for examples...http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/howtotell/Hardware.aspx

The way to enter it into your current install is either
1) use the Change Product Key link at the bottom of the System Properties page.
or
2) Click on the Start button, then type in the Search box, SLUI 3 and hit the Enter Key.
both will bring up the change key wizard which will take you through the process, and attempt to activate.

You may need to activate by phone....

telephone activation (operator calls)
Click on the Start button
in the Search box, type
SLUI 4
and hit the Enter key
follow the instructions, but when asked which service you require by the telephone ansafone, do NOT reply - this should force an operator to respond, who can deal with you

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I'm trying to install WinXP SP3 onto a new 500Gb SATA2 drives using a MSI P6N SLI motherboard and when the PC boots, the BIOS sees two SATA hard drives (including the correct size), but when I run the WinXP install CD, I get stuck when the install CD claims it can find no hard drives to install WinXP on.

I have the install CD from MSI which has the ide SATA drivers on it and I've tried to use nlite to integrate the SATA drivers into the install CD, but the resulting iso file still cannot get past the "cannot find any hard drives" point. The MSI driver CD includes 7 ide_SATA files including an inf file which nlite adds to the i386\NLDRV\001 folder and strips all the last characters off each file, e.g. NVATA.INF becomes NVATA.IN_.

The only files on the MSI disk that contain a txtsetup.oem file are the RAID drivers, so I cannot make a floppy disk to insert via the F6 route, and as stated above, cannot get the nlite iso SATA drivers to be seen by the install CD.
I've been going around in circles with MSI tech support trying to have them provide a txtsetup.oem file for the non-RAID SATA drives, but either they don't understand or they are just avoiding the solution because they have no solution. They tell me to download the install driver file (same as on the MSI CD) from their website and load it - but I can't do that until Windows is installed, which I can't do. I can't seem to get through to them that to run the MSI driver CD, WinXP has to be ALREADY install... Read more

Answer:Can't get clean WinXP install on SATA Hard Drive

Hello jpegman

If you can`t slipstream the drivers all you can do is to go into the BIOS and change the SATA operation mode to RAID Auto/ATA.

.

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i want to clean my hard drive and re in stall xp home i only have the cd supplied by the manufacturer which was iqon technologies if anybody can help it i would be very gratefull my hard drive is a maxtor 4R080J0

Cheers

Drummer

Ps I have to go now but will be back online tomorrow night

Answer:I Want To Clean My Hard Drive And Do A Fresh Install Of Xp Home

It depends on what you mean by "CLEAN". If the cd you have from the manufacturer is a "Restore CD", chances are it's the XP install cd. When you run the install, it should format the harddrive, meaning completley erase every file and partition you have. If you want to do a complete wipe w/ a fresh re-install, that's the way to go.I've heard of some XP disks that DON'T format automatically, but give you a choice whether you want to. I've never experienced one of those myself, so i don't know what it edits or keeps.Remember, before you reformat and re-install, save any files you need to keep on a floppy, cd-rom, or flash drive.

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Hi all, I'm new to this forum, exhausted, desperate and bleary eyed from trying to fix this all night.

I have a home-built machine running Vista Ultimate 64-bit which has been running fine for several months.

Last night I was editing video using Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. At some point the system froze up, and after about 15-20 minutes of nonresponsiveness and ctrl-Alt-Del not working I did a hard reset, figuring I had just saved my edits a few minutes before the freeze anyway.

Since then, I cannot load Vista in any mode. Normal, Safe Mode and Last Good Configuration all result in BSODs and auto-restarts during the windows loading splash screen.

I popped the Vista Install CD in the tray and did Repair, but it still Blue Screened every time.

I figured maybe I could just install a fresh copy of Vista on a new hard drive then slave my original one to it and copy the files.

I unplugged my original HD and took a hard drive from an old machine, plugged it in, formatted it and sat through the Vista install from the CD, only when it restarted to finish its back to BSOD!

The new errors I am getting are STOP 0x0...7E and STOP 0x0...A
which are different than the blue screen on the other HD which provided no error code, but still leaves me with no OS.

The windows memory tester program on the install CD runs all the way through without crashing, but when it restarts the machine it will still blue screen before windows can load to display the results.
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Answer:BSOD on Startup, even with Clean Install and new Hard drive

Reset CMOS before hardware troubleshooting.

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On my Dell XPS 8910 I completely removed the original Seagate HDD, installed new 1TB SSD drive and followed this process.
 1. Hit F2 during start at the Dell Logo,  enter the bios.   2. Go to Boot menu and disable secure boot.   3. Which enables Legacy Boot.   4. Save the changes, then restart the computer 5. Hit F12 during the Dell Logo.   6. Booted from DVD which contained Windows 7. After Windows Install, restarted Hit F12 and booted to Hard drive and into Windows with no issues
So here is my issue as long as I have Secure Boot disabled and use F12 to boot to the new disk everything works perfectly.  But if I enable Secure Boot and restart with normal boot process the machine gives me error message that "No Drive Installed" which I know is a Secure Boot / UEFI issue.  Since this is a new drive with a new and different OS, I know that the Secure Boot and UEFI needs something changed or updated for the new combination to boot normally.
How do I get the computer to boot normally with Secure Boot enabled again with new hardware and OS?
Orgbrat

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SOS....I was wondering if anyone could help me? Im a newbie so bear with me, My Dell dimesion 2400 desk top has caught loads of virus's , i managed to install Adaware and Spybot in safemode/normal mode but it won't let me open the programmes or if it does it scans so slowy up to 2 hrs to finish, says its found and deleted the virus's but when i boot it up their still their and its becoming more and more slow.

I then tryed to remove the hard drive and connect it via a IDE interface with a usb on the other end to remotly scan it from my laptop, but when I went to open up the case Dell have glued the screws so iam unable to remove it.

I bought the computer a few years ago second hand and it came with no other disks, so i cant do a recovery/repair with a windows disk. My question is(sorry to be long winded) if i buy a copy of windows xp OEM can i just put it on? or would i have to format the drive first(which im gussing i should do) how do i format the hard drive if i cant remove it???...if any one can help with some ideas or what software to use in order to do this would be great

Answer:Virus's have infected my Hard drive , shall i just do a clean install?

I vote YES

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I recently resussitated my old, reliable T60 by installig a new hard drive.  Old XP and other T60 software disks long gone, so I clean installed Win 7 using a disk from Microsoft that I had purchased for another purpose but hadn't used. Anyway, the Fn blue botton and all blue button functionalty gone.  How can I get this back?.  

Answer:Fn button not working on T60 after clean install of win 7 on new hard drive

Try dowloading and installing Lenovo's System Update, it should update all latest Lenovo drivers.

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Hi,

I recently bought a new hard drive (WD Caviar Green 2TB in system spec) due to a a failed Hitachi 1TB drive, and I have no other internal drive attached to my system.

I'm therefore trying to install a fresh copy of Vista Home Premium on the new drive, but I can't get this to work, and I cannot format the drive through the option on the Vista install CD.

I've searched through different forums and have found that the problem may be that the nVidia 570 chipset on my motherboard will not support hard drives >1.1TB. I've therefore tried to install the updated nVidia SATA drivers (through the Vista install CD driver function) but this hasn't worked.

I've also run the MiniTool Partition Wizard as a boot disk which recognises the drive, but when I try and format it, it runs the format, but labels it a "Bad Disk" and the format fails. I'd like to try and split the disk into 2x1TB partitions (so as to be under the 1.1TB), but it (understandably!) won't do this until I've formatted the disk itself.

The disk is recognised in the BIOS, by the Vista install CD and by the Partition software, all with the correct 2TB file size, so I don't think (!) there is a problem with the disk itself or the connections.

As I'm now struggling to come up with anything else to try, I wondered if anyone had any ideas?

Thanks,

Stuart

Answer:Cannot format new hard drive or install Vista Home Premium

I would try some of these testing tools first.

7 Free Hard Drive Testing Software Tools
CGSecurity

TestDisk - CGSecurity

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i was just wondering how i extract the files from an installation disc onto a flash drive, so i can use the flash drive to perform a clean install.

Extract Files from Windows 7 Installation DVD

i already looked at this but it wasn't specific to my uses.

Answer:using a flash drive for clean windows 7 installation

nvm, should have looked harder

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

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