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How to format a hard drive w/o a floppy drive

Q: How to format a hard drive w/o a floppy drive

I have a laptop with a partition HD. I want to re-format the entire drive and delete the partition. The problem I have is that I do NOT have a floppy drive and only have a CD Rom drive.

I can find figure out how to reformat with out a floppy drive to boot from.

Please help me!!!!

Running XP now and want to re-install it after.

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A: How to format a hard drive w/o a floppy drive

Simply boot from the XP CD. It should do the lot.
XP does not usually use a boot floppy.

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I am trying to get into one of my foppy disk as it has some files on it that I am trying to look at. everytime I put my disk into the floppy (A) drive and try to load the files on it I get a error message saying disk drive A is not formatted and when I click on yes to format the disk it says my information will be erased of the disk if I do so I didn't try it however I tried to load another disk with nothing on it and I tired to reformat it but it didn't reformat it(I forget what It said). how can I get my floppy disk to load my files to where I can pull up the Microsoft word documents that I have on them? what is wrong with my floppy drive?

A:floppy drive won't format floppy disk

The disks are probably corrupted. You can try and recover the files off of them using BadCopy Pro - Floppy Disk, CD, DVD and Digital Media Data Recovery Software

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I've been noticing after re-installing Win 7 that I get random floppy drive seeks and the hard drive light flashes like crazy and then everything is fine again.I have Clamwin AV,Spyware Blaster and Spybot S&D installed,but that's it,no Windows Defender or Essentials AV.Any ideas what causes this? It's a minor annoyance,but I just want to make sure it's not damaging anything.Also would Readyboost help me? I've got 2 gigs dual channel PC3200 ram(or I could go with 2.5 gig single channel PC2700)and a P4 at 3 gig until I can afford to upgrade my comp.This is my first post in quite awhile so I hope this is in the right place Thanks.

A:Random floppy drive seek and hard drive light flashing

I have a fix for the floppy drive problem. Unplug it!

But er, it could easily be the AV software doing it, or possibly the Windows indexer.

To track it down you could try catching it in the act (if it's prolonged enough) by using the "Resource Monitor" found on the Performance tab of the Task Manager. Click on the "Disk" tab and wait for it to happen and see if something new shows up as doing disk IO.

Though also, disabling the AV software temporarily and see if it stops might be a first try...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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iam trying to format a Floppy drive in window 7 but the dialog box apperas that cant format the floppy drive
by trying using CMD format commad the error shows that disk is not useable track 0 error..
any options to use this disk ?
i wanna use this disk as MS-Dos boot disk..
suggestions will rewards as appriciation..

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Pft...hello i recently bought this computer and like iv had it for a month suddenly i get the Blue Screen Of Death [BSOD] So im like what the hell is going on.. i decide to format..
I formated like i did on my old computer but this time it said..
"Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your system"
I know this problem is common but i dont know to fix it

The fix i found was that you have to mess around in the BIOS with something called RAID
I heard you enter the Boot cd goto setup and when it asks you about RAID you press f6
I did that
i followed a few steps
BOOM!! it wants me to enter a floppy disc to continue. What the Hell?
1.I dint get no floppy disc from the store i bought the computer
2. I dont have a floppy drive

I hope you understood me.. any help is welcome.. im so pissed off..
bascily i wanna know..
how do i format without a floppy ..and is there a way around the Blue screen of death?

A:Cannot Format [NO FLOPPY DRIVE]

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The bios is detecting all of them but Windows 7 is not. The floppy's power is on all the time and it is enabled in the bios. My 3rd hard drive is not being detected, however I did delete some windows 7 files and it was working before that. And I have no idea about my dvd drive. My other drive is working though.

A:Windows 7 not detecting hard drive, floppy and dvd drive

You are going to need to clear some things up.

Do you have an operational system?
"however I did delete some windows 7 files and it was working before that"

By this sentence I would think not.
Insert the W7 disk and press F8 while it is booting and select restore to the last known good configuration and you should be all set.

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Hi all.

I just got a new computer with XP and I'm pretty happy with it for the exception of a few snags. One of these snags is its inability to format floppies. Could this be an XP driver problem or is it a drive problem. I can read disks that have things on them, just not format.

Any ideas would be extremely helpful.


A:Drive A (3.5 floppy) won't format disks!!!

Hi Wind_Danzer,
Have you tried right clicking the floppy drive with the floppy in and selecting Format? See if that works. If not what does it do or say?

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I am running windows 98, the a drive wants to format any 3.5 floppy inserted. Once I format a new disk it will read and write on the disk but i can only use it on that machine. The floppy can not be read on any other machine. What could cause this?

A:Floppy drive format problem

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I own a Toshiba Portege R100 running Windows XP. I would like to format the C: hard drive; however, the R100 model does not come with a CD drive or a floppy disk drive.

I own an external Iomega CD drive, but it is only connectable through USB. As formatting a C: drive using Windows XP requires a CD drive (or a floppy drive), this is not an option since the computer cannot boot from a USB-connected drive.

Is there an external CD drive I could purchase that would actually allow me to boot from it? Or, do you have any other suggestions?

Any help regarding this issue would be appreciated! Thank you!

A:Format C: Drive Without Internal Floppy And CD Drives

I think I'd take the drive out, connect it to a desktop using a 2.5" to 3.5" IDE adapter, and do the job there.

It's pretty hard to believe there's no possibility to connect a bootable device to that machine, what are your recovery options if anything goes wrong with the hard disk? From looking at the user manual, they expect you to use the optional floppy drive, I guess you don't have one of those?

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I have been having trouble with my Floppy drive. Windows ME gives me an error when I try to create a startup disk or format a brand new floppy. A Dell technician came to my house and put a new floppy drive in and the same errors still happened. The technician changed the settings in Norton 2001 so it would check all files, and he told me to perform a Full system virus scan in safe mode. I did that and Norton found the [email protected] virus. Norton could not deleted or repair the file. I ran the virus scan several times and it could not repair or delete it. I looked up the virus on McCaffee's site and they recommended to Disable System Restore in Windows ME. I did this and now the virus scanner cannot find the virus but my Floppy drive still does not work correctly. Do you think the Virus is gone? Would this Virus cause those errors with my floppy drive? The Dell technician said before he left my house that I should Backup everything, call Dell, and the technician on the phone would give me 8 commands that would delete the virus no matter what it is. But this would mean that I would have to reload everything on my computer. I do not want to do this if I do not have to. I do not know what to do. Any suggestions?

My computer is a PIII with 256 RAM.

Thanks in advance!

P.S. Sorry for such a long message.

A:Floppy Drive will not format after cleaning virus

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I have a very straightforward question: I am running WinXP Pro on my computer and I just got an external USB hard-drive to back up my data before I upgrade to VISTA.

My internal hard drive is NTFS file system, and the external drive is FAT32. My data backed-up perfectly.

However, I understand that VISTA is NTFS only (for the drive that it's installed on, which in my case will be the internal drive). I will be installing the VISTA OS on the internal drive, and using the external drive solely for backing up data.

I don't want to back up my data externally, upgrade my PC to VISTA, and then discover that I can't access the data on the external drive.

Here's my only question: will VISTA work with a FAT32 external drive, or do I have to convert that external drive to NTFS *before* I attempt to connect it to VISTA?

awaiting your replies - I'll appreciate all the help I can get!

A:will VISTA read a FAT32 external hard drive,or do I have to format the drive to NTFS?

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Hey Guys,

I have a netbook which I want to recycle however it has been used for business purposes and I want to properly format the drive. The issue I have is that it does not have a CD drive nor does it have a working screen. I have connected the hard drive to external display and manually deleted all files from the computer but I know this is not really 'deleting' anything.

How can I format the drive from within Windows? Unfortunately I cannot get bios to display on the external display so I can not do anything from DOS or Bios simply because I can't see anything!

My latest attempt has been to use Active KillDisk to create a bootable USB however this is when I ran into the issue of the Bios and DOS not displaying, it will only display once windows has been loaded.

Any ideas?

A:Solved: Help needed to securely format hard drive - no screen or CD drive

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

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Hi. My external hard-drive stopped working yesterday. This is what's happening:

I plug it in as usual, then it says "You need to format the disk in drive F: before you can use it. Do you want to format it?".
I'm thinking it's more than likely an issue of having pulled out the usb cable without clicking 'safely remove'.

Yesterday I actually got it working again briefly by typing "chkdsk F: /R" into command prompt. Now when I do that it doesn't work, it says "The type of the file system is NTFS. Unable to determine volume version and state. CHKDSK aborted." And when I double click on F: drive in my computer it says "F:\ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted or unreadable".

Are there any other options besides using some sort of data recovery tool (I'd rather not do this just because it takes a long time)?

A:Solved: External hard-drive:...format the disk in drive F: before you can use it.

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The other day i went to format a partition(called drive D) of a hard drive in dos mode. Just after i pressed enter for the format to begin i relised that in dos my partitioned drive D was actually called drive G and my other hard drive which was drive E was called D, so I was actually formatting drive E. I quickly pressed restart and once in windows tried accessing drive E but it wouldnt let me because it sais it needs to be formatted because it hasnt got a File System. Ive used getdataback to access it but I want to know if there is a way to give the drive a file system name without actually formatting it?

A:Hard drive problem.. Cancelled format now cant access drive

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Hello all, I know this might not be a big thing to most, but hear's the problem...I've got an HP ZV5340US notebook (I know, just the letters HP have you cringing right about now) that has everything but a floopy drive. So I purchase a generic, no name USB floppy drive, boot-up the laptop, connect the cable, windows recognizes it and installs drivers for it and everythings ok...not. after slipping it a floppy and accessing the drive, I get a familiar message stating the floppy is not formatted...would you like to format now? At first, I say no, and then get a message stating the drive can not read the disc. Take the disc out and re-insert, get the same message, only this time clicking yes in answer to the format question...only to be greeted with a "can not format disc" message.

My question is did I get a piece of junk or do I need to enable something within Windows XP Home Ed. or it's registry? The floppies I tried are read/written to without a problem on another laptop that has a built-in floppy drive. I've also tried both the drivers XP loaded when it recognized the new hardware AND the drivers that came via CD with the drive.

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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 ]

A: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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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?

A: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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Is it possible for me to replace my Floppy Drive with a new Hard Drive so I can get more space?

How much do Hard Drives usually cost for 100 Gigs?

Sorry, computer-noob here.

A:Floppy Drive to Hard Drive

No need to replace the floppy drive...you can add a hard drive for additional space.
Newegg is a decent site to get an idea on prices.


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two weeks ago i was bought a Fujitsu B series lifebook computer.About 5 days ago I had got that virus stating I had a "processor running at 83 degrees", "hard drive clusters are partly damaged", "must scan to fix this issue", yatta yatta yatta and some other classic virus jive talk i cant remember at this moment. At first it kept bothering me about the scan, then it started popping up 57 windows in short succesion, then i couldnt access my other files, then my desk top went black and was reduced to 4 icons, start menu was obliterated.try combo fix, trend micro, some other reliable programs but i would either down load them and they'd disappear or in the case of combofix it would load then exit out quickly. It reached a point were i just couldn't boot my computer up anymore.NTLDR was missing it said. I am not sure if that virus deleted it or if the computer and its hd were just old and wore out. It was from the flea market.. I cant get past that error msg, there is no flash drive boot up option on this old thing, i have no floppy drive with it, it has no cd rom drive, ive heard the external usb cd rom drive cant be used to boot it up but im not 100 percent sure.Someone else with the same notebook reported that it would not allow usb cd rom drive boot up. I have been told network boot is an option but i was told thats just to access it after its turned on and its not what i think its for. I was told an hd switch was a good option but i dont... Read more

A:"NTLDR is missing" issue with computer featuring no cd rom drive, floppy drive, or flash drive support..

i think im past infected moderator. saying im still in the infection stage is like telling someone with cervical cancer to take the HPV vaccine..

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Hey all,

I just installed a second hard drive on my computer with an eye toward installing linux on it. The installation went fine, but when I restarted my computer the "A" drive does not show up any where.

When I put a floppy in and go to "run, a:" it tells me that it has been renamed or removed.

No idea what could have caused it. I checked the cables and there is nothing unplugged.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

***Scratch that...I restarted and went to my bios, there was no floppy enabled, so I fixed it there.

A:New Hard drive = no floppy?

Check in the BIOS. Most likely something changed there. There are only 5-6 floppy-settings, on the first Standard page, and on the Advanced BIOS settings page.

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My system: Home built Windows XP Pro, Abit AN7 motherboard, AMD Athlon XP 2500+, 1 gig DDR 2100 RAM, 200gig Seagate HD, 200 gig WD HD, DVD-RW, DVD-ROM, ATI RADEON 8500DV AIW, Creative Audigy 2, Antec 420watt True Power PSU.
A few days ago I started having problems when I would reboot. It would take several tries before I could boot into XP. It kept getting worse until I could not longer boot into XP at all. The video would corrupt (vertical stripes) and then it would freeze. Well, I thought maybe I had a virus, so I tried to boot from a KNOPPIX Live Linux CD, and it did the same thing. I then thought maybe it was the video card or the drivers, so I tried the card in another computer and it worked fine. Then I thought maybe the motherboard was bad, so I replaced it with a new ABIT AN7. I had a Gigabyte board before. Even after replacing the MB, I still cannot boot from the hard drive or cd although the video is no longer corrupted. I have also tried disconnecting everything and trying different memory to no avail. The POST is fine and I can get into the BIOS fine, it's after that when the trouble starts. When I try to boot from the cd or hard drive, it will start to load even taking me to the XP safe mode menu, but no matter what selection I make, it will hang once it starts to load. Same thing with the KNOPPIX CD and with MANDRAKE MOVE live CD. I tried disconnecting the HD's and just boot from the CD, still doesn't work. I have tried to reinstall XP, but i... Read more

A:Can't boot from cd or hard drive or floppy!

Welcome to TechSpot
When you change motherboards, you will have to re-install from scratch. It will never start your old Windows from a new mobo.
Your new mobo may also need a BIOS-update to recognize harddisks of that size.
In either case, take the Audigy card out, then try again. When asked for SCSI-drivers etc. you may need to press F6 and install special drivers for those HDs.

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I have a second hard drive, which I recovered a deleted file into. I went into the find the recovered file, but it wasn't there, even though it used up a few gigabytes of space. I'm now frustrated, and I want to format the drive. It kept saying "being used by another process" or something like that, anyways, I went into the hard drive and deleted everything myself. The hard drive is now empty, but it still has about 16gigs of space being used, even though the drive is completely empty.

The software I used to recover my file was "Recuva". I uninstalled it, so it shouldn't be interfering with the formatting. Is there anyway to force format the hard drive???

Please help!

Thank you.

A:Cannot Format D-Drive (2nd hard drive)

Use your Windows install disc. When it gets to the point where it ask you where you want to install Win 7 indicate that drive. Then format the disc. Now exit the installation. If you cannot get that one to work then attempt it with a XP installation disc.

Another way is to go to your Control Panel and choice Administration Tools then go to Computer Management. From there go to Disk management. Once there right click on the Drive then click on Delete Volume. Once that is done, reformat. Hope this helps.

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I've been writing a novel for about a year and I have around 96 pages written. It is not much but much of that time has been spent doing research. I have been saving it to a floppy disk. Some time after I began it stopped saving to my hard drive so I just continued saving to the floppy. I keep three copies as insurance. Yesterday I had a notice on my screen telling me the floppy is full; no more can be added. I had done more than 12 hours of writing and if I turn my computer off I will lose that. You see, when I go in to the computer and then to My Documents and then click on the novel, it always asks me to insert a floppy. It is as though it is not on my hard drive.

Last night I attempted to save it to a CD-RW and according to what that program told me, I was successful. But I am unable to bring up the story from that CD-RW.

Today I went and bought a SanDisk Cruzer Micro USB 2.0 Flash Drive. It is a; SDCZ6-2048RB. On the vague instructions that came with it, it appears I don't need to download any software to support it because I am using XP Pro. It goes on to say I don't need to turn my computer off in order to remove the appliance. But it doesn't tell me if I need to turn my computer off to plug it in. If I turn my computer off I lose 12 hours of intensive work. I want to save what is there. Maybe it is somewhere on my hard drive but it just won't appear for me.

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A:I Need Assistance With Saving From Floppy & Cd-rw To Hard Drive. Xp Pro

what program are you composing the novel in?

does it have a file/save as command?

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Hello, and thanks in advance.

I'm fairly new to this and teaching myself as I go but I have a problem that is stumping me. I recently had my hard drive crash in my Dell Dimension b110. Now I know it's not a great system but it does, and has done, what I need of it. I purchased a Seagate Barracuda 500GB (model# ST3500641AS-RK) hard drive to replace the old one but I'm running into issues as I try to reload XP Home on my machine.

Part of the problem, I think, is that the new hard drive is SATA while the old one was IDE. I've purchased a quality adapter and everything seems alright except that when I start up the XP installation disk, hit F6 and then 'S' to prompt for the SATA hard drives installation disk I get a message that I need a floppy disk to complete the install. Thing is, I don't have a floppy on my machine. I tried to do some stuff with Nlist but I got really confused and wasn't sure exactly how to get the drivers off of the Seagate installation disc.

Right now I'm working off of my laptop and it doesn't have the ability to burn disks but I do have an external hard drive available if I could boot XP with the needed drvers from the external hard drive.

Any help would be greatly appreciated as I'm just leaning how to do all of this stuff by teaching myself.


A:XP Re-install Needs Floppy for hard drive recognition

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It would appear the BIOS was haning up on the MBR of the hard drive. I disconnected the hard drive and rebooted. I could boot off of the CDROM or the floppy. I then reconnected the hard drive. I am repartitioning the hard drive and rformatting. The MBR will be re-written after partitioning.
I was attempting to make a multi-boot system.

The system originally came with WINXP Home.

I re-partitioned the hard drive and installed WIN 98.

Now the system freezes.

The lights on the keyboard blink once (POST is completing).

I can access the BIOS setup and change things.

I have changed the boot order several times but the system does not even check the floppy or the CDROM drives.

I reset the BIOS to defaults with no change.

I reset the BIOS (removed the battery) and still no change.

I configured the BIOS to check memory and display this check. This change is innitiated and saved.

After memory check, it recognizes the CD Roms. Then it hangs up with just a curser in the upper left hand corner of the screen.

I an running an HP Pavilion 793 (originally came with WIN XP HOME), Pent. 4, 3.06Ghz

A:System Wont Boot From Cd/floppy/hard Drive

chekc bios for quiet boot settings or anything that disables boot commands such as fast boot or hides processes behind splash screens. In Win98 hit the esc key just after reboot to see where the system hangs

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I'm on Windows XP. I can only use safe mode and system restore will not appear.

I've given up and decided to reinstall Windows. I've had that familiar problem of setup not recognizing any hard drives on my machine; I've got two SATA disks. I actually do have a floppy and loaded what I believed to be the necessary SATA drivers for my MoBo to get past this, but then I got a message that set up could not find a floppy drive. I then tried slipstreaming those same drivers into a working XP boot CD to no success.

There are a lot of threads on this problem, but I don't know what to try next.

I have a MSI K8T Neo-FSR (MS-6702) Motheboard and used the drivers I found here:

I copy the "Driver Disk" folder where there is TXTSETUP.OEM, RAID and PIDE folders. But I've also tried going into the RAID folder and just putting those contents on a floppy, which are VIAMRAID.sys. VIAMRAID.cat and VIAMRAID.inf

I don't understand the driver details, but have tried a few combinations anyway.

I've read about switching things in BIOS to load correctly, but I don't know if this option is available on my PC, as I see no options for it when I look in it.

Here's another question; would the various custom Windows disks available to download feature drivers that would circumvent this problem or do I need to confront it directly someway?

A:XP set up: can't find hard drive or floppy -- no success with slipstream

SATA driver(s) need to go into the TEXTMODE section of the installation. You have to use the SATA driver specific to your motherboard chipset. Most motherboard manufacturers bundle a bunch of drivers in a single download and let you pick out the one your motherboard actually needs based on the actual chipset in your partticular motherboard; pick the wrong SATA driver, and it won't work...

Try here for more help.

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I started moving some of my files off of my hard drive onto Floppys, files I use for business, some Word documents and Microsoft Picture It files. After I moved my business card templates I decided to go in and open them to make sure and now they won't open. Picture It error that comes up is "file cannot be opened". So I tried moving them from the floppy back onto my hard drive and now that doesnt' work either!! Error that comes up is " cannot copy: Data error (cyclic redundancy check)". What on earth?!

I need these files!

Anyone have any idea? I'd appreciate any help! Thanks!

Win XP NTFS file system
Pentium 4
128 MB
Picture It! publishing platinum
need more info? let me know

A:Can't move file from Floppy back to hard drive

well here is what that cyclic redundancy check means. http://www2.rad.com/networks/1994/err_con/crc.htm
Maybe your floppy disks were bad? Try the same files on a new floppy and see what happens.

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I just checked out the trial version of Norton Ghost, and from what I could tell, it has not option available to create a bootable floppy. So... what's a good utility I could use?

A:I'm looking for a hard drive cloning software on a bootable floppy...

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Hi everyone. I am trying to move three JPEG pictures from a floppy to my hard drive. Unfortunately I keep getting an error that says:

Cannot copy "filename": Cannot read from the source file or disk.

What do I do?

A:Can't move JPEG files from floppy to hard drive!

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I am surprised I didnt see this as a sticky.

I have some apps (diagnostic) utilities that only run on floppy or via CD ROM. I would like to "copy" or create a bootable USB stick and run them.

How can I accomplish making a bootable USB thumb drive that will allow me to emulate a floppy?

A:How create bootable USB stick/hard drive without floppy installed

Quote: Originally Posted by Sammy888

I am surprised I didnt see this as a sticky.

I have some apps (diagnostic) utilities that only run on floppy or via CD ROM. I would like to "copy" or create a bootable USB stick and run them.

How can I accomplish making a bootable USB thumb drive that will allow me to emulate a floppy?

You can

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

Ken J

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I am having a lot of trouble trying to get the PC to find Sata drive while tring to install Windows xp!.I have checked out different sources but they all seem complicated. It is a custom built pc with an intel motherboard. I do not have a floppy drive in it. Could someone help me PLEASE!!! I dont know what to do.

A:Cannot find any hard disk drives during windows xp install. do not have floppy drive!

You can provide those drivers from CD.
When the setup asks you to press F6 to load drivers, press F6, remove XP CD, insert driver CD.
When done, installation will ask you to re-insert XP CD.

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MY Maxtor 80GB hard drive is partitioned C drive 30Gb W98Se FAT32 & F drive W2K 50Gb NTFS. Is it possible to format the drive back to just 1 partition running W2K NTFS?

I would be grateful for any advice.

A:Format Hard Drive

Do you want to keep anything on the drive? If not its really easy. Just boot from the Windows 2000 and it shoudl give you options to delete the existing partitions.

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

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

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

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

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Hi Jammie

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

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

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I have been trying to format my hard drive, but to no avial. I have changed the Bios setting to boot from CD/floopy but it keeps loading windows. I have a CD boot disk and I also have down load the 6 floopy disk for XP home serive pack 2. Can any one give me any adive to what to do?

A:Format Hard Drive

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

With your Windows cd in your drive, go into bios and set the boot priority to floppy/cd/hdd Now make sure you Save and exit bios, usually by pressing the F10 key. Although it may be different with your bios.

Hopefully during boot up, it should ask you to press any key to boot from cd.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:

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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.


A: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 am trying to format my hard drive and re install windows 7 as my hard drive is ruuning out of memory tried removing some programs but is not helping much my hard drive is 232GB I only have 28GB left can anyone please advise me how to foramt my hard drive.


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Have you tried running disk cleanup? It will remove old restore points etc and free up some space. It might save you from having to re-install.
You can format your drive during the windows 7 install.
Clean Install Windows 7

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My computer runs very slow while loading pages from the internet. If I re-format the drive will that cure my problem? I have tried the factory reset but that really didn't change things to much. I have the boot discs I created. Any directiion will be appreciated. Its been a very long time since I did one of these.       Thanks

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Hello Jimmy,  first lets do a hard drive test by tapping F2 During start up . If the test pass , then reinstall OS using the disk  By tapping F9 key during start up    #hpexpertday 

Regards;SmileyI am an HP employeePlease click the White Kudos star to say thanks for helping.Please mark Accept As Solution if my help has solved your problem.

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Hi GAng,

I got a new ide hard drive that I've converted to a USB device with the help of an IDE to USB2 converter.

Anyway, I have it connected and the drivers installed. It doesn't appear to be recognized in the bios but I don't know if it should be.

It is recognized in the Device Manager as a USB Mass Storage Device that is working.

The problem is I want to use it as an external backup/storeage device. I need to format it. How do I access it?

I also need to be able to move files onto it. How do I do this whe I can't find it listed in MY COMPUTER?

I've never used this type of device before and I'm a bit confused...

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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?


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I have a 500GB WD Blue Hard Drive doing nothing, so i decided to use it as storage instead to go buy a new Hard Drive, it currently was a boot drive with windows 7 professional on it, so i was wondering how could i completely format it and get rid of everything to use it as my secondary storage?

A:How to format my Hard Drive?

You can just delete the partition in Disk Management, and create a new one. However, if you face problems you can use Partition Wizard free bootable.

The pagefile.sys on it may fool the current OS. See how it goes.

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Hello Techies!!!
Building a new system with a 80 Gig HD. While doing FDISK I am only getting it to partition and FORMAT 12953 MB of space. When I use the XP CD at boot to partition and format, it shows the 78000 plus MB of space but only partitions a small amount and sometimes just hangs on the format screen at 0%. Maybe someone can guide me in the right direction here. I'm missing something here. It is asking about partitioning with the NTFS but kinda confused why it is not partitioning and formatting correctly.
Thanks for your time!!

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hi i just put a new 160 gb hard drive in my old comp and created a new primary partition but when i go to format my new drive so i can install windows it says:
Invalid mediad type reading drive c: Abort, Retry, Fail?

Does anybody know why this is?

thanx jon

A:Help cant format new hard drive

It really helps if you fill in details of Hardware and software in your Profile.
Saves guessing.
I bet you formatted that HDD with Fat32 Win 98 disk .There is a 130 Gig recognition limit for partitions .
Try breaking up the drive to 2-3 partition below 130 Gig

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Need help on formatting the hard drive. I get it going then it gets to 98% then stops. Says format aborted 98% completed. How do I get it to finish??? Help please!!


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