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File format changed into other format after format a hard drive

Question: File format changed into other format after format a hard drive

Hi everyone,

I recently accidentally formatted a hard drive. So, I quickly install a file recovery software (EaseUS Data Recovery). Then the result shows that most of SWF files are big in size. I think that lots of my files have been converted or combine with other files. So, how do I recover my files?

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Preferred Solution: File format changed into other format after format a hard drive

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

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

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

Answer: File format changed into other format after format a hard drive

This may not be the best answer, but I would recover the files first. That is you biggest concern right now. Then try to see what you need to do to fix them.

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I have a A51 8131-34U ThinkCentre with the 5 startup disks from IBM/Lenovo.  I am trying to re-format my hard drive using the NTFS format.  I don't know how to do it.  I can use the disks to restore the computer to its original settings but I don't see an option to format the hard disk as if I were using an XP installation disk.  Can someone please help?!? Thanks

Answer:Re-format Hard Drive to NTFS Format

soulsurvivor wrote:
I have a A51 8131-34U ThinkCentre with the 5 startup disks from IBM/Lenovo.  I am trying to re-format my hard drive using the NTFS format.  I don't know how to do it.  I can use the disks to restore the computer to its original settings but I don't see an option to format the hard disk as if I were using an XP installation disk.  Can someone please help?!?
If your drives are already FAT you can use the convert command to turn them into NTFS partitions without loosing any data.

_____________________________Ed ShumpertService Operations ManagerNA Service & Support

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I previously had Vista x64 OS on this hard drive but it was running short on space so I installed the OS on my 1TB drive. I had backed up all files and intended to wipe this drive clean - then format it as a blank NTFS primary partition. When I try to format it I get a dialog box saying format failed. Disk management shows it as RAW instead of NTFS. Also it shows it as 139GB free, why not 150GB? It is a 150 GB WD velocirapter drive as listed in my specs.  What am I doing wrong?Screen shot of 'Disk Management:

Answer:hard drive format keeps failing. How to format?

Try completely deleting the current partition. Reboot. Then again create the partition and format again.You could also try it with something like Easeus Partition Manager ( The home version is free.

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I was trying to change a partion on an external hard drive and some how by mistake changed my backup hard drive to a raw drive and could not go to drive without it wanting to format.

Well I thought it was recovering and changing my drive and data back to the normal setting but actually reformatted the drive.

is there a way to get my data back. I unplugged the drive so no new data was written to the drive!

Answer:Hard drive changed to raw format

Easy way:
Minitools Power Data Recovery. It will allow you to recover 1GB of data for free in order to see if it works for you. $59

How to recover data from RAW hard drive

More Difficult way but free: PhotoRec.

PhotoRec Step By Step

Never copy back the recovered data back to the external hard drive as you already know this will destroy all chances of recovery.

Edit: Easeus Data Recovery wizard may also work.

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Hello members, I'm starving to restore back the files into its original format and icon after trying to open one file which has caused this hectic work.
I thought it could be a malware and decided to backup the data before formatting the hard disk but after reinstallation the same idiot coming....till now can not open any file.

Please I request your needful support to restore back my files ...
Thanks in advance


Answer:My files format has changed to wrong format and icon

Moved from Introduction thread.

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I was trying to open a file with open with option but has affected all files in my computer....I thought it was a malware hence decided to backup my data and formatted the hard drive but after reinstallation of windows 7 the files are still in wrong format as previously.
Please I need your support to fix this issue.

Thanks in advance!


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Dear Geeks,
I have just been faced with a HUGE problem. Last night I switched on my PC and in the bottom right hand corner, I noticed a pop up informing me that new hardware had been installed on my PC. I checked to see what it was and was informed that it was a new hard drive. After closer inspection I realised that it wasn't a new hard drive at all but my existing F: Drive on which I store all my music, photos and college work.
The puzzling thing was that somehow, it had changed from being called 'ST140803A' to 'QT140803A'. Like my main C: Drive, this is an old Seagate drive.
It's a 40 gig and was practically full to capacity.
When I tried to open it, it wouldn't allow me to and said it wasnt formatted, asking if I'd like to format it now. I clicked 'no' and went to look at the Properties to find that the drive had changed from file system NTFS to something else known as RAW. (see jpg attachment)
This happened once before (again for no apparent reason about a year ago) and I lost EVERYTHING on the drive. If I lost all the data on this disk again I will be absolutely gutted as much of the stuff on there is irreplacable.
I know that its kinda crucial to make back ups of data but when you're talking almost 40 gig of music, thats a lot of 700MB blank discs to buy :-(
Could someone please shed some light on how this may have happened and possible solutions to rectifying the situation?
I dont have any viruses / malwa... Read more

Answer:Hard Drive has mysteriously changed format overnight, ALL data lost. Please help

Well the only thing I can tell you at the moment is that a RAW system means the disk is apparently unformatted. I'm working on how to fix this at the moment as I've just had a 80Gb disk do exactly the same as yours - and interestingly also almost full of music files. If I find a cure I'll you know!

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I'm running RC 7100 as a Media Centre, freshly updated from Windows Update. I'm using a Hauppauge HVR2200 DVB-T tuner card to receive digital broadcasts, together with a SKY settop box. I'm testing the WTV Converter (righ-click from Windows Explorer) and I'm getting the error above on 1 of the test files, and would like to understand whether this is an error in the conversion program, or because I'm trying to put content into the dvr-ms format that simply won't fit because of the format of the digital recording.

This works:
From the SKY settop box UHF cable I have recorded a 30 minute program giving 1,707,264KB (average 948.5KB/sec), WTV Converter works fine.

This fails within 5 seconds of starting:
From the DVB-T tuner I have recorded a 75 minute program giving 7,257,068KB (average 1612.7KB/sec), WTV Converter fails with the error "WTV Converter cannot convert the file from .wtv to .dvr-ms format because the content is not compatible with the .dvr-ms format".

In the properties of each file, the only difference I could see was that the DVB-T recording said 'DTV Content=Yes' whilst from the SKY setop box it said 'DVT
Content=No'. The properties dialog allowed me to change the flag from Yes to No, but the WTV Converter still fails with the same error.

I don't believe the file is corrupt, since it plays successfully in the Windows Media Centre.

Note that the error message does not state that the failure is due to copy-protection. I was able to google ... Read more

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A local business wants me to add video to his web site. Problem is he brought a Panasonic VDR-D220 recorder. It records to DVD and memory chip. I can move the files with no problem to the hard drive but can't open them.

This recorder came with no software that opens this format. Now what I would like to do is not only find software (Free) that will open this format but also convert it to a format so I can play it on his website using Media Player. In the folder when downloaded to the hard drive are three files, VR_MANGR.BUP, VR_MANGR.IFO and VR_MOVIE.VRO.

Has anyone come up with software that will do this or an easy way to add these videos to a web site so they open when the web page open?

Thank you and have a great day to all.

Answer:File association and converting VRO format to Media Player format

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i need to know how to convert a avi format video file to a mpg format video file.. please help.. thanks

Answer:Solved: need to convert a avi format video file to a mpg format

You need a codec. These guys have a free mpeg1 but I would recommend you buy an mpeg 2.

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for the book reader software "Evolve Select", how do you export the VBN file to a WPD, DOC or PDF or TXT format?

I notice there is a Print option, but how do you do a Print To File, and how do you select the entire book, because CTRL A doesn't work

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I recently started to format my second 200GB hard drive as NTFS but a power cut interrupted the process and now it shows a "RAW" file format and won't allow me to continue formatting. Any ideas as to remedies?

Answer:RAW file format on hard drive

Is there Data on it you need?It its XP then go to disk manager and try to use Import Foriegn Disk.

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I'm backing up everything from my C: drive to drive F: using ntbackup, but first, I'm formatting the F: drive. For the formatting part, I want my script (simple batch file) to make it just happen--I don't want to respond to two prompts before formatting each time I run it. Any ideas?When I do this:format f: /fs:ntfs /v:"Backup_160"It prompts me to enter the volume label for this drive. Then it asks if I really want to erase the thing. I am thinking a "/Y" tacked onto the end will suppress the prompting about whether I want to erase it. What about the volume label prompt? I thought the "/v:"Backup_160"" was supposed to answer this question, but it doesn't seem to. Whether I remove the "/v:" parameter or leave it there, it always prompts. (Note that in this case, "Backup_160" was both the old and new name of volume F:; that's what I want it to always be called when I backup.)Also, what's the best way for me to overwrite the old backup file (Backup.bkf) each time with the new one, via batch file? Is this what the /T and /G switches are for--to overwrite an old backup file?Here's what I used last night:format f: /fs:ntfs /v:"Backup_160"ntbackup backup c:\ /n "Backup.bkf created 10/16/2006 at 1:08 AM" /v:yes /r:no /rs:no /hc:off /SNAP:on /m normal /j "Weekly System Backup" /l:s /f "F:\Backup.bkf"Thanks,Hotshot309

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Harddrive Lacie 250GB connected trough firewire 800:

XP says it's a RAW partition (used to be NTFS)

I have restored all the files from this drive (to another), and now I would like to reformat the drive to NTFS.

When XP tries to format it, it says ehh, " Error ..can't complete the format".

Anyone have any ida how to get past this problem:
I have Easy Reovery 6.03, Fix it utilities and more.

Any suggestions would be most welcome

System XP sp2 with all updates installed

Answer:PROBLEM: Xp reports RAW format, but I can't format the drive to NTFS,,,

I have run into the same problem except it is formatting 4.7 gig discs. If I find something that will help you, I will let you know. Let me know if you get a solution. It may assist me with my problem..........


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I would like to know in very,very,simple plain english step by step instructions on "How to transfer code (for a signature I created on "" ),save it to HTML format,make a file on hard drive,import the file that can be sent along in all my emails"just so you
know how hard this may be to you that do not want to put up with me
here are some statistics(sp) I am a great-gran-ma computer illiterate
newbie,78years,but very eager and determined to learn.
So thanks to any of you brave souls willing to tackle this !!!!

Answer:Solved: Hard drive file,HTML format?

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Hi everyone. I have a query regarding the above. I have an MOV file on my hard drive, which I have burned onto a C.D. disk. The disk will play fine on my computer via Windows Media Player, however if I insert the disk into my DVD player (in order to view it on the T.V.)It fails to 'load'. Is it possible to change the file in order that once it is on a disc it will become recognised and then play on the DVD? Idiot proof answers, greatly appreciated....Kooji.

Answer:MOV file-Can Format be Changed?

You need a mov to dvd converter program.

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i've purchased a seagate 1TB external hard drive and need to format it in FAT32 format.

how can i go about doing this using windows 7?

Answer:how can i format my external HD drive into FAT32 format

Quote: Originally Posted by Waqas83


i've purchased a seagate 1TB external hard drive and need to format it in FAT32 format.

how can i go about doing this using windows 7?

Hi and welcome

um, why do you need to? there are several 3rd party apps that can but since win 7 knows NTFS, it will not format fat32. Just checked to be sure.

KEn J+

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Hi All!

I am trying to convert an external hard drive (WD My Book, 1TB) from FAT 32 to NTFS. In doing so, I backed up all the files on the drive as an Image (using Paragon partition manager SW) to another external hard drive that is formated in NTFS. I then reformatted the original hard drive to NTFS. My question now is when restoring the image back to the original hard drive (that is now formatted for NTFS) will the image remain as FAT32 or will it convert to the currently formatted for NTFS?


Answer:Converting file format on hard drive when restoring image

The image will remain as FAT32.

Restoring an image restores the drive to the same state it was in when the image was made. That includes the file system. Any existing contents and file system on the drive will be lost.

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Hi all.
I have some documents created by Microsoft Word in a zip file.
I tried to access them today but they are all now .doc files! Microsoft Word doesn't recognise them anymore, so I am now unable to open them.
I have always been able to access them before with Word. What's happened, and what do I do to change them back?

Answer:Document file format has changed.....huh?

Not sure I follow you. .doc is the normal extension for Word documents, unless you have Word 2007 and higher, which uses the .docx format.

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So I bought a used 2 TB Hard drive and it supposedly was only used a couple of times and I got a good deal.

I plugged it in and the software was installed successfully but it doesn't show up in the explorer with a drive letter. Now when I go to the device manager it does show up but I am not able to format it or give it a letter etc. Also like I said in the title it doesn't have a fat32 or NTFS File System.

Here is a screenshot:

The hard drive I right clicked is the one I am talking about. If you need more pics let me know.

I would appreciate if you could help me get this external hard drive to work so it is viewable etc.


Answer:Western Digital 1021 2TB Hard Drive - No file system and can't format?

I will assume you do not want any of the data that might be on the drive.

In the lower section of the Disk Management window there are 3 'boxes' next to Disk 2.
Right click on that middle (hatched) box and click "delete Volume".

Then Right click on the first box (System Partition) and click "delete Volume".

There should now be just unallocated space for the whole drive (black box). Right click on that and choose "Format".

Let us know if that will work.

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my usb has changed to raw format. i have tried disk management and cmd to format and it still doesnt workcan anyone help me pls

Answer:my USB drive has changed to raw format

you could try a web search for usb recovery software. Odds of recovery are not great. This media is only meant for transferring files not for storage as you can see.Answers are only as good as the information you provide.How to properly post a question:

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Flex 2-14D Laptop (Lenovo) - Type 80EE - Model 80EECTO The machine was bought with Windows 8.1 installed, we upgraded to Windows 10 many months ago. Everything was working perfectly 2 days ago when it just refused to boot up. I made a Windows 10 media USB and tried to run a start up repair, nothing happened.I went into the F2 boot menu and discovered no hard drive was installed.I took the case apart and disconnected then reconnected the HD.I then tried a Windows 8.1 media USB (in case I needed to use the originally installed OS). The F2 boot menu was now able to see the HD but the repair options still wouldn't work.From the Command Prompt, chkdsk reported an I/O error, and list vol says everything is Healthy but in RAW format:  Volume 0   C   RAW   Partition   425 GB   Healthy  Volume 1   D   RAW   Partition    25 GB   HealthyI understand from other forum posts that I could probably use a data recovery program to transfer my files onto an external HD, then reformat and start again. My problem is that the laptop came with no installation media and I have no idea what my Windows code is, or even if I should be looking at reinstalling 8.1 or 10. Is there any way at all to change the HD back from RAW to NTFS without reformatting?

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i get the script from other forum. but im still have problem with the format after processing.

this is my script.
SET origfile="C:\Documents and Settings\user\Desktop\test1\before.txt"
SET tempfile="C:\Documents and Settings\user\Desktop\test1\after.txt"
SET insertbefore=4
FOR /F %%C IN ('FIND /C /V "" ^<%origfile%') DO SET totallines=%%C

<%origfile% (FOR /L %%i IN (1,1,%totallines%) DO (
SETLOCAL EnableDelayedExpansion
IF %%i==%insertbefore% ECHO(
) >%tempfile%
COPY /Y %tempfile% %origfile% >NUL
DEL %tempfile%

this script i save as run1.bat. after running, the format is out of order

original file
header 1<--here got tab delimited format--><--here got tab delimited format-->
header 2<--here got tab delimited format--><--here got tab delimited format-->
header 3<--here got tab delimited format--><--here got tab delimited format-->
details 1
details 2

header 1<--tab delimited is missing--><--tab delimited is missing-->
header 2<--tab delimited is missing--><--tab delimited is missing-->
header 3<--tab delimited is missing--><--tab delimited is missing-->

details 1
details 2


Answer:add new line in text file without format changed

Hi, welcome to the forum,
could you post a sample of before.txt as you have it?
Maybe a vbs script would do a better job since it's easier to search etc.

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I need to copy files to a CD in Windows XP in order to copy them into Windows 98. The only file format that I've found that Windows98 will read a CD is in CDFS

Answer:How to I format a CD in CDFS File format?

There should be no problem playing or opening CD's burnt on XP. I have worked between the two OS's many times without making any special arrangements or formatting.Tell us more. What are the file types you are copying and are you using CD-R or CD-RW? You need to burn to CD-R on XP and you don't format the CD's first. If the files are already on CD-RW then burn them onto CD-R instead. Preferably Finalize the CD-R's produced to ensure they are readable on any system, including W98.EDIT:We need more information. If they are "audio CD's", for example, then the files have to be produced (ripped) from them before transfer, or you use a CD copying program to produce them again on W98. The whole point about CDFS is that it is universal - nothing new (see third link below).Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanksmessage edited by Derek

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I need to format my hard drive [D & C drive]

so i wanna know Will format the hard drive [D & C drive], delete the all file
in it? Like the software that i install [ C:\Program Files], will they remain there or
will be deleted?

i already make a back up to all my Document project [ on D drive as i shown above] but to be honest, i dont want the process to delete my " Program Files" folder [ C:\Program Files]& my Document project [ on D:drive]........

** I just reinstall my pc 4/5 days ago [ maybe on 20 or 21/3/2012 ]

Answer:Will format the hard drive [D & C drive], delete the all file in it?

Formatting a drive or partition will completly wipe it, delete everything.

Take note you will be unable to format a drive with Windows on it if you are using that installation, you need to use a boot disk. If using dual boot you can format one Windows drive from the other.

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Dear all,

In my system all files file type changed in to unknown file type. if I try to open by changing in to correct file format its shows as junk file. All files are important pls help me in this. Am attaching screen shot for your reference. hoping for better response.. pls help me.

Answer:File type changed automatically in to unknown format

Hello and welcome Atleast mate looks like quite a pickle you are in. Now two scans we would normally ask you to do are these if you haven't run them already < if necessary include the /f and /r in the command line as per Option2
If these do nothing then post back please but just make sure you run them as admin and in safe mode if you want to as safe mode only loads the essential Windows files to power up. To do that shut down then wait a few seconds - power up while tapping F8.

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In EXCEL 2010, ON the HOME Tab, Whenever I change any cell format from the CTRL+1 pop-up, eg font size, Decimal places fill etc, Excel jumps from the Home Tab to the File Tab. This is a recent occurrence and , I think, now happens with all workbooks. How do I prevent the unwanted jump?Thanks

Answer:Excel 2010 jumps to File tab whenever a format is changed

Found the answer.Right clicking the Ribbon opens a pick list of 5 choices.One of the choices is a toggle: " Minimize the ribbon".With that selection checked, you can click on any of the tabs to display the Ribbon for that tab. Then as soon as you make a selection, or click on a sheet, the ribbon immediately minimizes and jumps to the FILE tab. Click again in the ribbon area and uncheck the " Minimize the ribbon" choice and Excel 2010 again behaves normally.

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Hello All,

I'm new to this forum seeking help for the issue below. I've searched for similar threads but all are either very old or not specific to my problem . . .

I/O Magic External USB Hard Drive (2007)
Seagate 250mb IDE
Initial problems appeared as the unit began to operate slowly, taking a long time to boot up and for folder to appear in Windows Explorer. Eventually the unit stopped working completely and would freeze up the host computer. Once the external was powered down the host computer would “unfreeze” and resume normal operation.
I attempted to determine if the external chassis might be the problem and removed the HD, mounting it as a slave in an older Dell running Windows XP (this unit had the correct IDE cabling). After correcting a “Don’t Have Permission to View Folder” error, I was able to see the drive. However, when attempting to open the drive in Windows Explorer, the drive at did not seem to respond at first. Eventually I got a pop up that said the “Drive is not formatted, do you want to Format Now?” I didn’t want to do this, so I ran Diagnostic Tools to try to Fix Disc Errors, and got the final message that the disc is in “Raw Format”, and that’s where I stopped.
This drive was a backup to the primary HD in my HP, whose motherboard died just prior to the problems detailed above. It contains ordinary personal data, but also my entire digital collection of music which I’d like to recover. I would rate my level of tech expertise abo... Read more

Answer:Do You Want to Format / Raw Format on External Drive

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Hi expert, when I installed Jet Audio Basic Player suddenly the .dat file extension format icon changed like a media player kind of song that if you open it will play. But ofcourse it will not play because it is .dat file extension only. How I will restore this to original file format?

Answer:Help Jet Audio Basic Player changed the icon of .dat file extension format

Uninstall Jet Audio and reinstall to see if that solves the issue.

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I'm working on an Excel project. I need a Macro to find duplicate values in Column D and when a duplicate is found, format the font color and fill color for that row, column A thru E. Any ideas?

What I currently have finds the duplicates, but only contionally formats items in that column. I don't want it to be conditional, but here is what I'm using:

Private Sub btnDuplicates_Click()
Selection.FormatConditions(1).DupeUnique = xlDuplicate
With Selection.FormatConditions(1).Font
.Color = -16383844
.TintAndShade = 0
End With
With Selection.FormatConditions(1).Interior
.PatternColorIndex = xlAutomatic
.Color = 13551615
.TintAndShade = 0
End With
Selection.FormatConditions(1).StopIfTrue = False
End Sub

Any idea how to do this?

Answer:Non-Conditional Format: Duplicates Values in 1 Column Format Fill and Font Entire Row

I got rid of the conditional formatting you recorded, because I thought the best way was to loop through the cells in the column and try to find them in the range above and below, and it found them, to format the range of cells from A:E associated with the cells. The problem with using conditional formatting is that you can't loop through cells containing a certain format, because the cell object is not actually formatted. I hope this helps...

Sub Test()
Dim cell As Range, strValue As String
For Each cell In Range("D1:D10")
strValue = cell.Value
Select Case cell.Address
Case Is = "$D$1"
If Not Range(cell.Offset(1, 0), cell.End(xlDown)).Find(strValue) Is Nothing Then GoTo Format
Case Else
If Not Range(cell.Offset(-1, 0), cell.End(xlUp)).Find(strValue) Is Nothing Or _
Not Range(cell.Offset(1, 0), cell.End(xlDown)).Find(strValue) Is Nothing Then GoTo Format
End Select

Exit Sub
' you can obviously change this to suite your needs
With Range(cell.Offset(0, -3), cell.Offset(0, 1)).Font
.Bold = True
.Size = 10
.ColorIndex = 16
End With
GoTo Continue

End Sub


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Windows Mail will not format text even though it shows the formatting bar. No color, justification, photos, or size works.
Only B I U work and font style and size.
Copying and pasting from Wordpad loses the formatting.
Cannot email directly from Wordpad, like in xp, without having OUTLOOK. I want to email through windows mail. I don't have or want WORD. Works won't email either, even though the button is there. Not even on File/Send. Does nothing.
How to email something nice I create? I have vista 64 so I cannot copy it to my xp 32 machine; it isn't recognized. Any solutions?

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I'm running Windows 7 Pro 64-bit. When running Windows Backup onto an external 4TB Touro HDD (2TB partition), I receive the error:

The last backup did not complete successfully. One of the backup files could not be created. Details: The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error.

Error code: 0x8078002A

The cause was given on a forum as:

"The "root cause" is that Windows 7 (and its system tools) does not support a 4K native block size. As a workaround the disk can be formatted with "Advanced Format"/512E to use 512K blocks."

It was suggested I try WD Quick Formatter, but this only works with WD HDDs.

How do I format my HDD to "Advanced Format"/512E to use 512K blocks, so I can use Windows Backup with it?

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I am setting up a spreadsheet for the year and want to use it year over year. I have the cell set up with the date (1/1/2011) with a format of d so that it displays the date as Sat, 1/2/2011 - Sun, etc. Since I want to use this year after year with minimal work and I want to highlight the cells that are equal to Sat and Sun, how would I set up that formula. I tried the basic =A1="Sat" and without quotes but it just returns #NAME. I know working with dates in formulas is different but can't figure out what I need to use.

Answer:Solved: Excel 2007: conditional format when date displayed as format d

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I creating a large document, and most of my document will be on pages in the 'letter" format. I need to have a one in the Landscape Format, then back to "Letter" and I may need to do this on a few occasions. Can anyone assist me and how to do this?Thanks   

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Does anyone know how to or a program convert from Real Player format to Windows Media Player format?

Answer:Convert Real Player format to Windows Media format?

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Can you control the folder format that your search results opens with?
My work computer keeps reverting to music format when I want the general format. I don't need to know contributing artist of my solid modeling files.

Answer:Searches in folder with general format - results in music format

You should be able to customize any folder.

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Why does formatting my drive using NTFS (the full format one) stop at 18%? Once I've booted from Windows XP Pro SP3 installation disc and choose the full format using NTFS, at 18% it stops. I've been using my hard driv for 6 years but have actually REALLY used it the last two years. The previous 4 years I have been using it for homework (like once in 3 weeks).

However, I partitioned my drive using GParted (main partition 160GBand second partition at 20GB) then attempted full format using NTFS option and the full format stopped at 24%. When the format stops, I mean that the yellow bar stays at 24% and does not move for over an hour. The NTFS format (quick option) is like, 0% then jumps to 20%, then jumps to 100% and starts loading the files and all that normal stuff.

WHY DOES THE FORMAT OF MY DRIVE STOP AT 18%????????????????? please help me, I have had no answers for 2 years. At yahoo answers, what I get is some noobs who answer.

Also I want to note that I have a drive made by Western Digital and I have used their diagnostic tools thing and my raw read error rate is at value of 2 and reallocated sector count is some high number (both of the numbers are in red color, everything else in regular black).

SAVE ME I don't want to buy a new hard drive since the United States' economy is so low and my family isn't exactly rich (1 pc using for 6 years). I don't know if I screwed up the situation more but last summer (of 2009) I reformatted and reinstalled Windows XP P... Read more

Answer:Format using NTFS (full format option) stops at 18%. WHY'S THAT?

The reallocated sectors means that bad sectors have been found, marked as unusable, and replaced with "spares". Bad sectors can be just a one time glitch that affected some sectors, or a sign of a failing drive. If the number of bad sectors continually increases, it's time to replace the drive.

Bad sectors are manged by the drive hardware and by Windows. The drive will add a bad sector to the Grown Defect list (G-List) when it finds one. These sectors should be invisible to the operating system.
Chkdsk will add bad sectors to the $BadClus file. I'm not sure if this is also passed to the hard drive for it to add to it's G-List.
When you do a format, the $BadClus file is deleted. On a full format, Windows runs chkdsk /R on the drive. This checks every sector on the drive to see if it's good or bad. Any bad sectors that were in the $BadClus file, but not added to the G-List, will be checked again.

If you have many bad sectors, this could take hours, if not days. I had one 60 GB disk that took over 48 hours to run chkdsk /R. Most of that time was spent getting from 40% to 41%. It has only 152 KiB in bad sectors, which is only 304 sectors. It's been nearly 3 years and it hasn't increased, so seems it was just one of those glitches.

You may need to let the system run for a few days for the format to complete, but from the sound of things, you should be saving up for a new drive. And certainly have a good backup program in place for your data.

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I tried to delete Norton Anti Virus from a friends computer using the "remove software" options in winxp, but windows wouldn't let me so I manually deleted any file that had symantec or norton in its name. After restarting windows, the system recovery wouldn't load and I was unable to access many other files in the control pannel. I decided to install an AutoStream handmade version of xp pro, because he didn't have the original install disk. Before I tried to install the new xp, I loaded a reset program that was supposed to let me install with no problems. That is when windows no longer booted up. When booting the promt read; "Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM". I accessed the recovery console with the 6 boot disks, and resolved this issue using a tip from Windows would load but it was not fully fuctional. I tried to format from the recovery cosole but I got something like "AUTOFRMT.EXE could not be found" on the screen. I should also mention that I screwed with the bios settings because the cdrom drives could not be found in windows. I activated the recovery console functions like FIXBOOT and DISKPART. Whenever I try to use FORMAT or the COPY function to repair the boot sector that has damaged ntldr or files I get something like "AUTOFRMT.EXE could not be found" promted. Now when trying to load windows All I get is file n... Read more

Answer:Want to format but <FORMAT C: /Q /FS:NTFS> wont work and thats just the beginning.

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I have some videos in AVI format and would like to convert them to DVD format. ( I would like to distribute them to some orphanage schools )

I would like to know which DVD format is most commonly used and good in quality.

And what is the best way to convert?

Thank you for your consideration.

Answer:Converting AVI files to DVD format?which is most used format and good in quality?

Hi bspkumar,
Here are a couple of links to some freeware downloads to convert from AVI to DVD format.

The above link gives information on how to go about converting your videos.
If you keep a backup copy of your videos then why not try these versions and see how the quality is? If no good, then you haven't lost anything.

Hope this helps you.
Kindest regards

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So I did a fresh format yesterday like I do every few months. This time I did it a little different and used partition magic after windows was installed to split my drive in 4 parts. I ended up resizing a couple of the partitions but not the C partition. Everything was fine for an hour then all of a sudden my computer just keeps rebooting over and over and over. It's not the ram, I can't boot in safe mode it does the same thing. As soon as it's about to load windows it just restarts again. I look online everywhere just now as to what this could be maybe my power supply? None of my connections are short circuiting either. Anyway before I go out spending money on new parts to see if that's what it is I want to try and format and see if that will fix it. So I went to do that and as soon as it's about to detect the partitions on the drive I get a blue screen and the ntfs.sys error message and it won't let me go any further. So I can't even format what can I do to fix this? Help please. Thanks

Answer:blue screen keeps rebooting, can't format get ntfs.sys when i try to format help

Can you boot to CD at all? It sounds like you'll have to remove all partitions...

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I created a label format and stored it in format gallery in win XP, Works 8.0. Now, when I pull up Works, the "blank page" is the labels format, and I can't get to a blank page to type a letter. When I pull up Format Gallery to delete the only format I've ever created, it doesn't show up and the DELETE button is inactive. I think I have to go into regedit to delete the file, 'cause that's what I found for Works 6.0. Anybody out there know?

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I am working on creating a identifier for my data but when I enter in the formula into Excel 2010, the results are not appearing as I expected.Here is my formula: =A2&(LEFT(C2,3))&LEFT(B2,3)&LEFT(F2,1)where the cell A2 contains the date 11/23/1982However, in the results, it is appearing as 30278.The most frustrating part is I did the same formula in another spreadsheet and it worked as expected! The dates in that spreadsheet showed in the date format. Unfortunately, I did not save the other spreadsheet since that was just a draft to get the identifier.message edited by luthientinuviel

Answer:Formula is returning the text format instead of date format

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So, the title basically says it all.

This is what happened:

My 1TB external hard drive worked just fine. I used to store there everything. It was using NTFS file system.
Last week I connected it to my laptop and it was really slow when I tried to move or delete files from my pc to the drive.
I disconnected and reconnected it to my laptop. Suddenly, it said that I had to format it! I couldn't even access it neither the files in it.
I managed to take some of the files to my laptop using recovery software and they are now safe.
I thought the trouble would be gone now. I thought now I would just format it and store my files again.
I was wrong. I can't even format it! I tried disk management, cmd, almos everything. I downloaded various programs to run tests and try to write everything zeros. Turned out quiting that cause it tells me it needs a lot of hours.

So: I tried a different approach that I was so stupid not to have tried yet. I tried formatting in other file system. I tried and it worked, well, almost... I can only successfully format it to exFat with the 'quick format' option enabled. If that option isn't enabled or I try to ormat it to NTFS, the formatting proccess takes forever or crashes. I would stay with my HDD formatted to exFat, but it is too slow...


Answer:Can't format external HDD, except to exFat and 'quick format' enabled

Hello mate.

Have a look through the information below, you may just need to let a full clean all run though it will take hours, it may be the best option if you need the HDD for storage and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


Open an elevated command window from the Windows desktop and run the clean command as listed in Method One of this first tutorial linked below to over-write just the disk format information, if that doesn't work use the clean all instead to completely over-write the entire HDD with zeroes then use Windows disk management to create the desired NTFS partition(s) needed. Secure Erase / Wipe : Definition and Methods

Additional Secure Erase / Wipe Information

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I have conditional format in row 5, as follows
Condition 1
=(F5="") and dragged across
Format is for No colour
Condition 2
=ISNUMBER(FIND("G",numForm)) and dragged across
Format is for Light green if condition met

Cell Format is set at General

I have two problems
1. Cell F5 produces 4 decimal places
2. If I change Cell format to Number , with 2 decimal places Conditional format of light green does not occur.

Is there a way to have a number cell format (custom or otherwise)to two decimal places and a conditional format that leaves the light green if a number is in F5. If no number cell to remain clear.

Any suggestions appreciated.

Answer:Solved: A Conditional Format and cell format proble,

I think you should verify that the format in the conditional format is a number too
Check if there are no quotes arounf that conditional format conditions, this happens quite often

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I created a label format and stored it in format gallery in win XP, Works 8.0. Now, when I pull up Works, the "blank page" is the labels format, and I can't get to a blank page to type a letter. When I pull up Format Gallery to delete the only format I've ever created, it doesn't show up and the DELETE button is inactive. I think I have to go into regedit to delete the file, 'cause that's what I found for Works 6.0. Anybody out there know?

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Please give me a suggestion!
It would be nice if somebody gives a suggestion.

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After quite a few niggling problems ive decided to format my hard drive and reinstall XP Professional but windows wont let sick of this comp.Please help.

Answer:cant format hard drive

You cannot format from within Windows. You need a boot disk click hereHere's a guide (for W98 but the formatting bit is the same) click here

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

Answer:Cannot format hard drive

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

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

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

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

3)Tried 98SE BootDISK - Result:Ignored it

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

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


Answer:Format my hard drive?

Hello scottee and welcome to TSG!

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


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

Answer:How do I FORMAT PC Hard Drive

See:click hereclick hereclick herePlenty more.

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After many problems I decided to format my hard drive. All went OK until the actual formatting bit, when it got to 27% of the drive formatted, then stopped. The little light went out and nothing else happened. I left it for about 20 minutes but no change. I restarted and tried again, but exactly the same thing happened. Does this mean my hard drive is damaged? Any ideas welcome.Thanks

Answer:Can't format hard drive

Seems likely to be a bad sector or something on the hard drive. Most manufacturers will have doenloadable utilities to test the hard drive. I have used the Seagate/Conner utility on other drives although not all features are applcable. You could try this link to download the seagate utility or look for one more appropriateclick here

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Hi.. I was wondering "HOW CAN I FORMAT A HARDDRIVE ON A MAC" and reinstall the origional OS.. Thanks..

Answer:How can you format a hard drive on a MAC

[highlight]Google[/highlight] is your friend.

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Here's what I've got:

Dell PowerEdge 650 w/ 80G hard drive.

i loaded Free BSD but kept getting write and read errors.

So, I called's not a bad hard drive or anything..i figured it's a bad partition, but when I go to reload Free BSD it act like it installs it again, but now i get worse errors. I loaded the CDenab.exe onto a floppy disk. This disk contains Debug.exe, fdisk, scandisk, and so forth.

I cannot get the debug to work(or i don't know how) and I cannot get the fdisk to format the hard drive. I try to enter fdisk c: and it says that either it cannot format a network drive or that c is not a valid drive.

Any suggestions? All i want to do is totally format my hard drive to I can start anew.

Thanks ahead of time for any help on this!!


Answer:cannot format hard drive

at the a:/ prompt you just type fdisk thats all

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

Answer:Help! Can't format hard drive

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

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

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Hi - I've got a 20GB hard drive that has accumulated a lot of junk over the years. I'd like to start afresh and re-format the drive and re-install windows. Will the drive be as good as new? Would appreciate any advice on the best way to do this. Cheers.

Answer:Hard Drive Re-format

Which Operating System?

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

Answer:Format Hard Drive

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I am trying to uninstall xp from a hp pavilion 6623. someone installed xp over 98se and did not do a back up disc. when i try my restore cds i get a message saying "explorer needs to find the program that created the install" or something like that. I don't have a floppy boot disc but I do have the restore cds and a 98se full version disc. How can I get my C drive to format. I f I can't format can I install the Se disc over xp and restore the original files? If i put se back on over xp would that enable my restore discs to work?

Answer:format hard drive

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As the title says how?I am running XP and have decided to re-format rather than use the system restore.This will clear everythig and let me do a new install rather than upgrade or fix.Thanks toon

Answer:How do I re-format my Hard drive?

click hereexcellent walk-through site.G

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

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

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

Anybody know what could be the problem?

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


Answer:cannot format hard drive

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How do I format a hard drive?  It's being used now but I want to wipe out everything and start new.  How do I do this?

Answer:Format a Hard Drive?

If you are going to install an Operating System to this hard drive then the OS will format it for you.If it is an extra drive (not the one your OS is on) then all you need to do is delete everything on it.

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I put a brand new hard drive(Maxtor ATA 200GB) into Dell 4600. According the Maxtor hard drive's installation guide state Windows OS don't properly support the full capacity of an internal drive larger than 137GB, so I installed an Ultra ATA/133 PCI card to support this hard drive. However, when I turn the pc on, the system can found this hard drive, but ask me to

IDE BUS Master Enabled
Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility

System stop here everytime. What should I do? I didn't format this hard drive yet, how can I do the format?

Answer:new hard drive format

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I,ve tried to format my 20gig hard drive due to my Win ME freezing up on startup but at the end where it says FORMAT COMPLETE. Writing out file allocation table 2 percent complete.Then I get the message "Error writing FAT Format terminated. Can anyone help on this one pleese?

Answer:Can,t format my hard drive

tell us exactly how you are formatting the HDD please

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

Answer:Re-Format Hard Drive.

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

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

Answer:How To Format Hard Drive

Windows xp, this is very good for you.

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

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I just got my son's 2004 R51 when he got a new laptop.  He had started having unspecified problems with the XP OS.  He's not sure what happened to cause them, but IE, Outlook Express, and Windows media player stopped working.  He used my Win XP SP2 disc to try a reload of Windows.  After reading the excellent info on this site, I realize that he probably should have used his original CD's (long gone) or he should have tried the Access IBM button before trying to reformat the HDD.  That said, what do I do now?  It sounds like I need to either get a new hard drive or get some original recovery discs.   When I press either F11 or the Access IBM button, I get the Startup Interrupt Menu.  Before I moved the HDD up to #1 in the boot sequence, I got a screen offering me the option to start either of 2 "Microsoft Windows  Xp Home Edition"(s).  One starts fine, the other has a screen which says that "Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem...Could not read from the selected boot disk...Check boot path and disk hardware..."  It does not start from this version of Win XP.  With the former version, and the HDD moved up, Windows (My copy of Win XP Home SP2) starts OK, but IE, Outook Express, and Windows Media Player do not work at all. Mayday, Mayday, Mayday! Thanks in advance for your help.  

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Answer:R51 hard drive format.

Make sure you download and install two things 1)current BIOS and 2) intel chipsetThe Intel Chipset will help in installing the drivers after you have downloaded them. Remember after you download all the files from the website for the drivers, you have to run the setup program from the driver folder. the ONLY THING YOU WILL have a problem with is THE SOUNDMAX AUDIO drivers which is being a issue. I have that issue.Good Luck

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

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

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

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Question: format hard drive

can anyone please help how do you format hard drive completley im running win 2000 pro

Answer:format hard drive

If you have the win2000 installation disk, then insert it into the cd drive and restart your system....Then look out for the "press any key to boot from cd..." message and press a key!!!This will boot the system from the disk!!! Then just follow the on-screen instructions to format the drive (normally press "enter"->"F8"->"d"->"L"->"enter" to format and re-install windows!!!*********NOTE: You MUST have "boot from cd" option enabled in the BIOS for this to work***************

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


Answer:Should I format my SSD hard drive?

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

Answer:format and set up hard drive

Only if your motherboard supports RAID.

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I need to format my computer, i have windows xp cd but i dont know what do.. any links or advise would be great. Thanks


is set to boot from cdrom drive, place xp disk in cdrom drive when instructed press any key to boot from cdrom, follow onscreen instructions from there

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Question: format hard drive

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

Answer:format hard drive

It is a slightly different way to the hereG

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

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

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

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Question: Hard Drive Format

I have a Samsung 80GB ultra ATA hard drive to format, how can I do it without an OEM CD


Answer:Hard Drive Format

Can you please provide more info on you are trying to accomplish? ie. is this drive going to replace an existing drive or is it going in next to an existing drive and does your old drive still work. Also what version of Windows.

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Question: Hard drive format

My daughter has a Dell Inspiron 1545 Lap Top Model#PP41L.The hard drive has failes-is corrupt.This is a Hitachi 2.5" 9mm SATA notrbook drive 3.0Gb/s 5400 rpm capacity 320GB Firmware#C40C.When I install a new hard drive I will have to format it-could you suggest a method to do this and a format that would be suitable for Windows Vista.

Thank You

Answer:Hard drive format

After the hard drive is replaced, go into the BIOS setup screen and set the optical drive first in the boot order, then save the change and exit the BIOS.

Insert the Vista DVD in the optical drive, then restart the computer.

If all goes well, a Press any key to boot from CD or DVD command will appear.

After you press any key(which you need to do quickly before the command disappears) the setup process will start.

You format the hard drive first and and then install Vista.

I suggest you go here first and become familiar with this guide.


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Question: format hard drive

anyone know what i type to format my hard drive at the a promt windows 98/xp

Answer:format hard drive

Yes but which 98 or xp

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I just got myself a 40gig laptop hard drive and an external USB caddy. Disk manager lets me create a partition, but formatting doesn't work. Windows says that the drive is healthy. When I tell it to format, it gets to 100%, pauses a while then tells me "The format did not complete successfully". So while the drive is recognised by windows, it can't be used, which is really annoying me.

Can anybody help? Or have I just got a faulty hard drive?

Thank you,

Answer:USB Hard Drive won't format?!

In this instance, I would pull the drive fom the usb case and install it into the system temporarily to format.

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Question: hard drive format

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

Answer:hard drive format

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

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

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

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

Thank you!


Answer:How To Format Hard Drive


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i was running an XP SP1 b4 it got all messed up with viruses and stuff.
so i decided format and reinstall windows. a clean install.

but when i booted with the cd and tried to format my hard drive.
it says i can't format drive C:\. it says that the disk is not there.
but i can format drive D:\ however. and before u say my hard drive's busted.
both of them are partitions on the same drive.

any one can help me out??

Answer:Can't Format Hard Drive

Does it give any reason for not being able to format? You might have to remove the partition and create it again to get it to work (use FDISK in dos).

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HI everyone,
Without going into too much detail. My hard drive has XP
O/S on it. All I want to do is to format it. NTFS. So I have
a clean hard drive with no operating system on it. How can
I do it?


Answer:How do I format my Hard drive??

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How do you format a hard drive?

Answer:How do you format a hard drive?

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

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

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

Answer:format my hard drive

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

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Today's challenge is the big one friends. I have a Dell Dimension with a 525 Mhz P III. I installed a second hard drive for storage only and all was working fine. Then something went wrong. I am not sure if a virus or what but now all is fine except I cannot access the storage hard drive. When I attempt to access it, it says it is not properly formatted and do I want to format it. When I attempt to format it (quick format or long way) it says it cannot be formatted.

I am running XP Pro. Any suggestions? If so, please provide detailed directions as I am a little in over my head in this particular arena.

Thanks so much.

Answer:Can't Format Second Hard Drive

It's possible the drive may have died. If you purchased the drive new, it should have come with a diagnostic floppy. If not, go to the mfr's web site and download their diagnostic utiltity and run it on the drive.

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

Answer:format hard drive for XP

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

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

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I have a 1tb HDD in the PC that had a lot of rubbish on it so i decided to format it but windows will not let me format, i have also tried with Easeus with the same result.
I deleted all the files from the HDD but it still refuses to format.
Any ideas please.

Answer:hard drive will not format

Just a thought, have you tried using the "Quick Format" option?

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i want to format my hard drive. backed up the full system, can anybody tell me the best way to format itcheersphil

Answer:Format The Hard Drive

Which Operating System?

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