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Formatting with xp cd

Q: Formatting with xp cd

I'm trying to format my computer that came preloaded with windows vista with my older xp cds, but everytime the cd unpacks the computer crashes saying that windows shut down to prevent an error.

The CDs are fine, i've used them to reformat computers loaded with xp fairly recently.

My computer didn't come with any cds it was preloaded so i dont have the vista install disk. Any thoughts?

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Last night, I tried to transfer a video file as I've done dozens of times. It didn't work. I tried a second time and realized it was because the file was more than 4GB which FAT32 USB drives will not accept.

I successfully formatted the new USB drive to NTFS.

My question is can I convert it back to FAT32? Can I do this using the same method (right-click drive checked off and optimized performance then right-click and select NTFS) I did from FAT32 to NTFS or is something else required?

Is it dangerous to due this? I will only be using this USB stick on my Windows laptops, dvd player and not on my iMac.

A:USB drive formatting back to FAT32 after formatting to NTFS

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,

You are correct, you can just format the drive back to FAT32 and no it shouldn't cause any issues doing this.
I have swapped between file system types many times and never had an issue.


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I recorded some saved programs on my Dish Network DVR 622 to an external hard drive that formatted it for that purpose according to their instructions. Can the external hard drive now be reused by being hooked up to my standalone computer and reformatted or have I lost it because of that use? If so, how do I do it? I do not want to save anything on the drive--just format it and use it for a different purpose. I no longer have the Dish DVR. When I connect the external drive to my desktop I do not even see an icon for it in My Computer.
Thanks for any help.

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its possible it has been formatted using a non standard file system, use disk manager to view the drive and remove any partitions on it, then use disk manager to recreate parttions on the drive

Start >settings> control panel> admin tools >computer management >disk manager.

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okay so I'm creating a new spreadsheet for work and have to format the cells in column C labelled No. Accidents. if the number of accidents is less than 5 i want it to be green and if its equal to 5 I want it to be yellow and more than 5 i want to be red.
That part I am fine with
it counts blank cells as 0
so I want it to be able to ignore these blank cells and leave them as white and not be affected by the conditional formatting colours
Please Help!

A:Solved: Conditional Formatting: Ignore Blank Cells in Conditional formatting

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Okay so the main home PC is running ridiculously slow so I have decided to format it. (I haven't yet done this) The only thing that is stopping me is we don't own a Microsoft OS disc :/
The course I am studying at college has a couple of OS that I can have free but I have been told that this is so Microsoft can see who is using their software which is kind of putting me off using it.
Instead I was wondering if anyone know where I can buy one from that is not really expensive.
Thanks (:

forgot to mention the pc is currently running on XP so it would be either XP or 7 that i am looking for

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Originally Posted by heartshapedbox

The course I am studying at college has a couple of OS that I can have free but I have been told that this is so Microsoft can see who is using their software which is kind of putting me off using it.

As a student you should be able to get Microsoft Software cheaper than most people. Check with your school to see if they offer something like this. I'm not sure what kind of discs you're referring to in the statement above, it doesn't really make sense. There are no OS discs that allow MS to see who or what you're doing.

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hi friends............. i'm new here..........

i hav Win Xp & Win 7..............i hav'nt used XP much..............but it was a week ago that i found somthn wrong with my XP.........i want to format it, when i tried it says "windows was unable to complete format"...........i jus need to 4mat it somhw............


Hello niff and welcome to the forum.
I understand that you have a dual boot system each on a separate partition?
If so, turn your computer on and boot from windows 7. From management tools you will be able to do what you want, but locate first where your XP partition is.

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I need to format my computer. I have four partitions and would like to move my o/s to a larger partition and make it my new c:. I'm running Vista business 64. I new how to do it with xp, but not sure about Vista. I could use some pointers if you have them.


Originally Posted by kman32

I need to format my computer. I have four partitions and would like to move my o/s to a larger partition and make it my new c:. I'm running Vista business 64. I new how to do it with xp, but not sure about Vista. I could use some pointers if you have them.

Hello kman32, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Windows only allows four "Primary" partitions per hard drive. If you already have four, then you cannot create more.

However, if you are using the 200MB (or 100MB) "System Reserved" partition as a boot partition, you can have all of your OSs in "Logical Volumes (Partitions)" on an "Extended Partition". You can have as many "Logical" partitions as there are letters of the alphabet to use. One of the four "Primary" partitions can be the "Extended" partition, with all of the "Logical" partitions inside it. Here is a link with some info from MS: Understanding Disk Partitions

We can better help you plan what you can do if you will attach a screen shot of your Vista Disk Management drive map to a post. If you need help doing that, here are a couple of links with instructions:

How to Use the Snipping Tool in Vista

How to Post a Screenshot in Seven Forums - Windows 7 Forums

To get the screen shot, go to Computer, Manage (or type Computer Management in the start search box), then Disk Management. Here is an example:

We can start there ...

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Am trying to move some things to a CD-R disc, but nothing comes on screen for formatting when I insert new, clean CD into Dr. E. What am I doing wrong? Thanks.

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theres no need to format it! try one...drag and drop

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I have a Dell Dimension 3000 running Windows XP Home edition. I want to do a new install of XP to restart it fresh but my "C" drive will not let me format it. I open My computer, right click "C" and choose format. I then choose Quick format and click Start. The message pops up warning me that all data will be erased and I click OK. Immediately a new message pops up saying Windows cannot complete the format. I have the OS disc and the two Drivers and utilities discs and I have performed reformats successfully TWICE on my HP laptop running XP. I tried System restore but it only goes back about 30 days and I can't find PC Restore on this machine. I don't understand why the problem in the format. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

A:Formatting my HDD (trying).

Boot to the OS disc (make sure cdrom set as first boot device in bios)

Once setup start you will be able to partition and format during the install.

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I understand (from previous posts) thst i need to re-format my HD to FAT as its NTFS at the moment and XP doesn't like it and wont install,
I have booted my laptop from the disk and its ready to r-format the HD but will only let me format as NTFS how do i change it to FAT???

Thanks in advance

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NTFS is much better for XP its more secure , why do want to format your hard drive in FAT?

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for booting i press F9 after that i enter CDROM then the next process is not going it just starting the windows automatically. plz help me


and welcome to the Forum

What Brand and Model is the PC?

What does F9 do?

What are you trying to do? Reinstall the operating system?

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ok so vista doesnt let me format my comp from the desktop.

i still have the recovery disk i made like 2 mins after setting up my PC.

the only problem is will the recovery disk help reinstall vista?? or will my comp just stop working completely??

apart from the above questions i also have no idea how to format my computer, i know during the boot up process its in one of the TAB, DEL OR ESC menus what what one? and once i get into it then where do i go??

i know its a bit of a lengthy thread, but thanks to any1 who can help

A:Need Formatting Help!!!!

Hi johnscott, Welcome to Vista Forum.
Recovery disk will not let you format your computer from the desktop. You will need a Vista DVD and you need to boot the computer from Vista DVD and then follow this tutorial to do a clean install.
Post back if you have any more questions or issues.

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hi guys

as title says, i would like to format my laptop, my hard drive have 3 partition C D and E where C is where my Windows 7 OS is

what i would like to do is to format my C drive only and install it with windows 7 again without touching the other 2 drives. is that possible?


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I want to format vista home premium 64 bit as it has virus in System32, but i didn't get any dvd/cd for that.I have a drive maintained for recovery.Tell me the steps to recover from this drive.HELP


Originally Posted by ananyasinghal

I want to format vista home premium 64 bit as it has virus in System32, but i didn't get any dvd/cd for that.I have a drive maintained for recovery.Tell me the steps to recover from this drive.HELP

What is the make of your PC. The recovery procedure from the recovery partition is somewhat different from make to make.

E.g. for an HP, you just press F11 which gets you to the recovery wizard. But for a Gateway or Emachines, this is the procedure:

1. Copy all your own files and folders to an external storage (Disc, USB stick even SD card - 1 GByte capacity should be ample - even 512 MB)
2. Shut the PC off
3. Turn the PC back on and keep hitting the F8 key repeatedly until the Advanced Boot Option Screen appears
4. Click "Repair Your Computer" –if you are not already on it, use the up and down arrows to maneuver to it and then press ENTER
5. Next you have to pick your country and click OK
6. On the "System Recovery Options Screen" click "Restore Application" (last option)
7. Follow the on-screen instructions
8. When prompted, click on "Full Factory Recovery"
9. Click "Next"
10. Click "Yes"
11. Go and have a cup of coffee - don't touch anything - for a while it seems like nothing is happening
12. After many minutes, recovery will complete and you click "Finish"

For Acer, Dell or Toshiba, I have the procedures too, but they a... Read more

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I have a 500G External HDD to which I have copied files from two other HDDs.

Now I'd like to have the External Drive formatted into 2 or 3 partitions, so I can consider each partition a drive for "copying disk to disk".

I have EASEUS Partioner and I think I have Partition Magic (Older version).

Can I do that without messing with the files??

Not the biggest thing in the world, so if I have to "re-copy" all those files, I can do that also, but would rather not. Basically, the files are just there as a 2nd
backup for safekeeping and for using when I need to install certain applications to my new computer.

I did notice that the two HDDs I copied from are NTFS and the External Drive is FAT32. Under the circumstances, I haven't any idea if that matters or not.
I know a computer when I see it and can turn one on if I can find the switch, but certainly not guru. That's why I'm asking gurus.

Thanks for your help.



I'm asking about PARTITIONING, not FORMATTING! Sorry!

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Ok boys and girls, I'm trying to do a little format job, but I get this message with every attempt:

"Windows cannot format this drive. Quit any disk utilities or other programs that are using this drive, and make sure that no window is displaying the contents of the drive. Then try formatting again."

The title of this annoying little pop-up reading "Formatting Local Disk (C: )"

Now, help would be appreciated, and the faster the better, since i'm excited about getting this done. As far as I know I have done what the computer has ordered, but I keep getting it.

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I have been having problems with my computer, and the partitions seem to be corrupted. I have no option to repair Windows from the installation menu when I boot from the XP disc.

I am thinking of doing a clean install, but I was just wondering if there is any way at all in which I can retrieve the data on the HDD. There are two and they are in a RAID configuration.

Is there any hope or have a I lost all my data for good?


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How difficult is it to format a hard drive? Is it possible for anyone to do it or should I go for tech suppotr?


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After using Vista RC! I decided to revert to XPpro.SP2/IE7 and had quite a number of problems with some software irems. I enquired of Microsoft and asked if re-formatting removed Boot virues, and how much junk mght be left on the drive. In fact, after running a full security scan my system was 100% OK

This was their reply which I have never seen elsewhere

1) No, the full reinstall doesnot remove "mbr" on which there might be a boot virus.

2) Yes,There are some 3rd party programs that can extract information from a formatted drive.
3) Yes, there are some third party programs that can remove boot viruses like solo antivirus.
4) Yes, it is not always important necessary to do a data security scan but in some cases it is important.
Please do not hesitate to let us know about the results of these steps, we
will be more than happy to takeover and work on the second action plan.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you once again for choosing

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my pc is not connecting to the internet i have tried everything imaginable. Everything looks fine so i dont understand why it wont connect.

what do i need to re format my pc so it is basic and everything has gone so i can start again.

i hope this will work anyway but i have never done it so a noobie step by step would be helpful :D


A:Re-formatting my PC

Before you go there, have you tried a system restore to a time when it worked fine?

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hi is there any way i can re format my laptop even though i dont have a start up disk or a windows backup disk and if there is can you help me do it please

A:re formatting

hey, you do need an operating system disk like windows xp, vista ext. - with a valid product (license) key, it normally comes with the computer when you buy it. if you have this, the steps are very simple, but may vary a little depending on your operating system disk.

so if you have the disk (with valid purchased product key), please let me know what OS it is so i'll be able to guide you through the formatting and installation...

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I had posted to another help forum after infection from, we think, a P2P website. Don't worry. I know they're bad, I know what some of them are, and I know how to spot them anyway. I am never using them again. My mouse pointer and keyboard were locking up. A tech was helping me; I don't remember which site. I ran hijack this and saved a log, but the forum wanted me to swear off and uninstall the P2P programs first. With the amount of time it took to uninstall the programs, my desktop became unreachable, and I could not even save files or restore my computer. My memory checked out fine, but my quick hard drive scan froze at 39%, and my long and short BIOS scans both froze at 22%. The quick one, sfc/scannow, showed attr: XX, then suggested warranty repair for error code 10008. Online, the code translated "replace the hard drive." I chose to re-format and hope for the best. After days of updating drivers, the operating system, the web browser, and java, I thought the problem was done. But, my webroot scan picked up Killit-A, and sometimes the mouse pointer and keyboard will lock up. Here is my hijack this log:
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 7:49:40 PM, on 5/5/2009
Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
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A:Still there after re-formatting

Whenever I do a scan --- either Webroot or Kaspersky --- the mouse pointer and keyboard lock up and the scan stops at a certain Windows, Installer file called c51d67.msi which says created on 5/3/2009 at 5:08 PM. I can't remember what file that was. When I try to either open it, or pick it up, or right-click it, the mouse pointer and keyboard locks up. Can I delete the file in dos or by command prompt?

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got given a 200 gig hd its a toshiba tryed to put it in my fathers comp it wont formatt any ideas would be brillinat thnks appreciated ..... john

A:formatting hd

More details please. Have you installed the drive as a slave drive with the correct jumper settings? Does the drive show up in Windows and/or the BIOS upon boot?


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I am trying to format my sys. One is not going past set up loading 'kernel debugger dLL'. The second is show file 'ams' missing even after changing the OS cd 3 times.


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Working on a Document in Microsoft word located on desktop. Renamed and it reformatted the document into what look like squares etc., can't get the former document back now. This is a friend's at work so I don't have access. Very important document. What should he do?
Thank you


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I want to format one of my drives, recently got a new laptop but kept the old hard drive but now have 2 drives

when i go to format the old one with all my old stuff it says its in use ?

Help please -_-

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I've bougth a new hard disk, and i've installed.

But I've to format the disk.

How I do it in XP?


A:formatting a new HD

get the hdd utility to format the drive for XP, put the XP disk in and follow directions for setup
make sure your CD will boot from CD in bios


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i am trying to format my computer and i get this message
i to go through BIOS but it don't help and so i was told to download drivers and the press F6 but i dont know where to get them:

my mother board is:

i also tried to format it by going through my computer manage

can u please help and also any other suggestions would help

A:formatting xp

sounds like you could be using an older copy of xp that doesn't contain sata drivers. are your hard drives sata?

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Hi, I am trying for the first time to put my pic's onto a disc, as i select windows photo gallery to burn my pictures to disc i first select the pic's i require to burn then click the burn symbol under the symbol Data Disc comes up i click this then after a few mins up pops up a message click to format. After a while a message comes up ( windows could not compleate format) am i doing something wrong?


Are you burning an erasable disc? That's the only reason for a format. I would use
Imgburn as that's the one everyone I know who is serious about multi-media uses.

It's free.

Generally erasable discs are ok for a test burn. Stick the disc in a DVD player to make sure the movie came out. Then burn to DVD+R. Erasable discs are notorious for being unreadable even on the system that burned them.

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I've just noticed today that you can't format a HDD if it's the only partition on your HDD that has Windows on it. Is there anyway around that?

I wanted to reinstall Vista Home Premium 32bit on my system, but for some reason I hit problems. I wanted to do it because I've run out of disk space, but I think the problem is that I don't have enough disk space to store the temp files that are needed to do the install? Am I right in saying that? The only reason I wanted to format the HDD was because when I booted the CD on start up the "Windows is loading files..." page finished and nothing happened afterwards.

One final thing, is there any other option for reinstalling Vista Home Premium on my machine?

Thanks in advance guys, any help is much appreciated.

A:Formatting HDD

Hi Paul,

Were you trying to reinstall from within windows, i.e an upgrade/repair type install?

Repair Install For Vista

If you boot from the installation dvd, you can select Drive Options (advanced) and delete, recreate and format partitions there.

Clean Install with a Full Version of Vista
You may find you have the option of a pop-up boot menu - watch the black screen with white writing when you start the machine - may say something like:

F2 for setup
F11 for boot menu ( your F numbers may be different)

Press the one for boot menu - when it pops up, arrow to cdrom drive , put dvd in press Enter. It will ask you to press any key to boot from cdrom - press Enter again.

If you don't get that option , see this

How to Set BIOS to Boot from CDROM - www.hiren.info
Hope it helps


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Today I will be getting my new ssd samsung 820 120gb. My question is

1. I made a dell system recovery disk, will that disk format the ssd automatically or must the new ssd be formatted using a program.

2. the program I am going use is called "partition wizard" and the disk is a boot disk. Can I use that to pre format , prior to using the system recovery disk? I have used this on other hdd and it does the job. Then use the recovery disk to install the OS

Given the above the above scenario which is the best way to proceed

A:formatting new ssd

Mate try this SSD Alignment while you have the old drive still running and use a USB to SATA gadget.

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I like to formatt my c drive but somehow i'm having a problem getting there , any suggestions?
I want to start with a clean drive

A:formatting c

Hi digtman and welcome to Vista Forums

The C: drive is the system drive, and, as such, is protected from being formatted within Vista. To format this drive, it needs to be done when you install Vista - see the following Tutorials:
(STEP ONE 11) Clean Install with a Full Version of Vista
(STEP ONE 14) Clean Install From Upgrade Vista

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i baught a maxtor hd and i put the win xp cd in after installing it thinking i could format using that.after it asked how much to partition i just hit enter and then the only option to format i had was for ntfs instaed of the fat 32 i wanted.so i exited and then tried using the software that came whith the hd to format but it said 8 mb was not partitioned and i neede to use nt. i dont know what nt is and now my xp cd just reads error loading windows.all i need is a program to format my drive in fat32,where can i D\L
one? thanks. atleast,i think thats all ill need.

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I need to format XP but the problem is when i start up the system with the bootdisk in the disk drive it wont allow me to access my Windows drive (F:\) instead it only allows me to access the 3 1/2 disk drive (A:\) my second hard drive (C:\) and the unknown B:\ drive ... can someone please give me advice on how to format the F:\ drive so i can install a new operating system

A:Formatting XP

My guess is your drive is partitioned NTFS. If so you probably need to run fdisk and delete the partition and set up one your boot disk can handle.

I'm guessing here but it sounds like you're not putting XP back on. If you are you could just boot to the CD and repartion during setup.

Enough guessing though. If that didn't clear it up:
-What is on there now? XP?
-What operating system is the boot disk from?
-What operating system are you putting on it?
-What type of system is it? Gateway? Dell? HP?
-What brand hard drive?

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Morning All,

Sorry if this is in the wrong place I wasn't quite sure whether this should go in Hardward or Windows.

I am having a bit of trouble re-formatting my HD - I have just bought a 120Gb SSD and want to install Windows on it. My original hard drive already has Windows 7 installed, while I know you could probably get away with leaveing Windows on the other hard drive I thought best to have a clear out and format the disk.

I followed some instructions online using the Windows disk to format the HD, but I ran into a problem. For some reason I can't get my PC to boot from the disk. I went into the Bios set the boot drive to my DVD drive but no luck it just ignored it and booted from the HD. I went back and set the DVD drive as the first boot drive and disabled boot from the HD but for some strange reason it still booted from the HD and I have absolutly no idea why!

Is there anything I am doing wrong and could you point me in the direction of another formatting tool?

Thank you


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As you can guess, I am not one of a very talented IT engineer!
I realized that my 250Gb HDD Maxtor got formatted by XP as a 149Gb!! What sould I do to get my full 250Gb??
Thanks in advance. V.

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I would like to format my Hardrive how do I do this?


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Ok this is what I am wanting to do;
I want the SSD to ONLY have windows 7 installed on it. 
I want everything else to be saved default to my 1 TB HDD
This is a MSI GP60 2PE Leopard if that gives any different perspective.

A:Formatting SSD and OS help

Every program you install will have to make a connection into the operating system. This means that the bulk of the program can be on a secondary drive and all of your data files can reside there as well. But, a portion of each program will be connected to the OS and also reside on the SSD.
You just have to be very careful installing your programs. Be sure to specify the drive, otherwise the default is to install on the same drive with the OS.

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How do I do this? Do I have to reinstall windows? How do I install windows?


Shivers said:

How do I do this? Do I have to reinstall windows? How do I install windows?Click to expand...

Put the Cd into the cdrom at power up. Go into bois and set to boot from Cdrom. The windows disk will look at the hard drive to see if it is fomatted. If is not it will ask you if you want to format. Say yes

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Is it possible to format my usb HDD 2 1/4" Notebook drive without putting it in a notebook PC?

Windows format does not seem to work.


A:Formatting my usb HDD

Prboz said:

Is it possible to format my usb HDD 2 1/4" Notebook drive without putting it in a notebook PC?

Windows format does not seem to work.

ThanksClick to expand...

Yes you can hook it up the an XP machine and it will recognize it and you should be able to format it in disk management

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Im thinking about upgrading to XP, but I just read that one has to "clean format the Hard Drive. What does that mean? Or, how do I go about formating the Hard Drive? Thanks for whatever info comes along.

A:What does formatting HDD mean?

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hello all you experts,
i'm a major beginner so please dont laugh,can any1 tell me the procedure for formatting mt pc,i use nt4 but want win98 on...sorry for looking dumb!!

A:formatting nt4

You can do a little reading here first, then post back for additional questions. As well after you begin i suggest you have a source to get back here incase problems arise.

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hi Guys

I have a funny one here for you all !

I Formatted my laptop with the recovery Disk that come with the laptop as i have done many times before just fine. My Laptop has a 30 gig hard drive and then after the os goes on it has 27.5 gig, but this time after the install it only has just over 20 gig, so i have lost 7 gig !!

So i reformatted the laptop again and another time after that and still only get the same about of space, i have no partions set up, and am unable to boot in dos as it's XP home, as i have no floppy drive as it is a fairly new laptop !!!

Any advice or help anyone

A:Help Formatting xp !!

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I have a Dell Laptop and want to format my HD. I have Win XP Pro and I have a floppy drive and a Win98 Start-up disk. Can I format the same as the old way? Is there a different way?


A:Formatting w/ XP Pro

There is no need for a win9x boot disk; boot with your xp cd and setup will start. During setup you will be given the option to delete / create / format partitions. Format with ntfs and setup will continue to load winxp.

You "may" be able to use the win9x boot disk, however there is no need to use win9x utilites on an nt based os.

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Format cannot run because the volume is used by another process format may run if this volume is dismounted which i hit the y button to dismount this and it doesn't work do you have any clues as to why this is happening. And how can i fix it? I also have a problem that the computer keeps reading the a drive and i do not have floppy disk on this computer totally lost please help.

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Alright, I just got a DVD recorder which supports both hard drive and DVD recording (on-R and -RW). Now what I want to be able to do is record onto the DVD then watch it on another DVD player in another room. Now, I tried this and it wont work (on VR or Video mode) because I didnt finalize. If I finalize a RW I am affraid I will not be able to use it again at all, but I found this on a website:

"* DVD-RW (Video mode): Finalizing is necessary. It cannot be edited after finalizing. Reformating is required before it can be used for recording again."

So my question is, Can I finalize a DVD-RW then format it and use it again? And also, how do you format a DVD-RW!?!

Thanks in advance.

A:Formatting DVD-RW (please help!)

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