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Q: formatting xp

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

Preferred Solution: formatting xp

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

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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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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How can I format 80gb hard disk in fat32 and install xp on it?



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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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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

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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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Hi people, I desperately need help on this was surfing yesterday then my avast suddenly detected lots of viruses, and that my PC was attempting to send out huge amount of mails to some unknown people (the mail content is like those advertising in spams) Avast failed to remove this virus and my PC got restarted. Now I can't boot it (it keeps restarting before reaching the desktop) These viruses are so evil!

I tried everything (boot from safe mode, etc), nothing works, hence I figure the only solution is formatting & reinstall my win xp.

I don't want to take it to the PC shop, first I have some sensitive company files inside and secondly it takes week and I need to do my works asap, if I can get it done my own in hours it would be nice. Am now using the other PC.

Is it possible I can format while also keep my files? Those files in the PC are very important to me! Nothing too much, just all my document folders, some files I put in the desktop, and Firefox bookmarks & saved passwords, the rest of the programs I can reinstall again. I can't backup to CDs or HDD now since it keeps restarting!

I have C: & D:, C: is where I keep most my files & probably also where the viruses infected. Really need someone to guide me through the formatting process where I can save all my files. Will appreciate all help, have the original win xp disc

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i haven't been able to format a dvd/rw disc on either my laptop, or pc. so i got into commmand prompt and changed the file to D: and entered 'D:/ fs:ntfs'. i got the message ntfs file system is not supported. suggestions?

A:formatting dvd/rw

It's not supported. DVD disks do not use the NTFS file system. You also can't format a DVD-RW disk on Windows XP. You have to erase it using a 3rd party DVD burning application.

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How would I go about formatting an hard drive that has a currupt version of Windows Vista on? It wont let me do it through Disk Management for some reason.


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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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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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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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I have an Acer laptop that I was asked to format for a friend. It came with Home Premium x32 pre-installed on it. Everything I have tried so far, has not worked. I have a Ultimate x64 OEM disk, a Home Premium x32 OEM disk, and an XP disk. When I tried to boot from CD, nothing comes up, it just starts windows right away. I went into the BIOS and changed it so the cdrom boots up first, and still nothing worked, windows just starts right away. The Ultimate cd and the XP cd have both been used plenty of times on other computers, so they both work for sure.

When I go into My Computer, and open the Home Premium disk, it asks if I want to run the setup.exe and I hit yes, then it just does nothing. When I run the Ultimate disk, it says that it can't run because it's x64 and the laptop is only a x32. When I run the xp disk, the install option is greyed out. When I go to disk management, the 'Format...' is greyed out.

I was wondering if I could get any help on anything I might be doing wrong or what the problem might be. I'm looking at the sticky to go from Vista > XP. Need to check if the computer has the drivers for XP. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks.


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I am running Vista Home Premium and I would like to know where in Vista do I go to find the menu/command to format CD'd & DVD's.

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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

A:Formatting. HELP!


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 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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I reciently got a virus and i was in the process of reformatting my computer. I ran into trouble when the XP CD was running and it got to the reinstallation of windows xp, it said that my HDD wasnt connected when it was. I dont understand the trouble its having, it wont let me find the hdd on the reinstallation but i am able to turn it on and have the computer running with a display message everytime i log on. How can i reformat if its telling me the hdd is not connected?

A:Formatting Help

Did you try a DOS boot disk to reformat your hard drive?

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hello, im trying to formatt my pc to install windows xp service pack1. service pack3 is installed on my pc currently and i want to format it. i do what you do in the video and when the screen is blue and it loads the files, after a while it shows-loading windows xp- then it says- HARD ERROR sth like that and \SystemRoot\System32\ntdll.dll

can anyone please tell my what to do so that i can just format my pc to install windows sp1?

A:Help With Formatting!!!

The problem is that sp3 is on the drive. Use www.killdisk.com to wipe the drive clean, and you should be able to install with your sp1 disc. Assuming that's the only issue with your computer.

edit - Make sure that there are no other hard drives connected, aside from the one you want to scrub. It can wipe other drives by mistake, so make doubly sure only the one is installed.

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HOW to format the pc

A:formatting pc

Hello & welcome to TSF ,

follow this link


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Well, a few days ago my comp got a virus or something, and my anti virus can't get rid of it. My anti virus keeps popping up at the bottom right corner of the screen with a message saying "scanning message" or something, much like a msn pop up when someone messages, but it just keeps going and stacks on with each other and soon my screen is flooded. :(

Anyway, i tried formatting, booting from XP cd at start-up but there's a problem. When i press "any key" to boot from cd, the next thing that happens is my screen left with a message saying checking computer configurations or whatever, and it just stays there forever... I've left it for over an hr and still the same message.

Usually my brother helps me fix my comp, but he went overseas 2 days ago and this problem occurs, and i need to fix it ASAP, as i need to use my comp!! lol

What should i do??? Anyone ???

thanx heapz :)

A:Please, i need help formatting!!

You dont have to reformat to get rid of the virus. Follow these steps [url=http://www.techsupportforum.com/security-center/hijackthis-log-help/305963-new-instructions-read-before-posting-malware-removal-help.html]Here[/url to get help with virus removal.

Reformat and Installing Windows XP.
Items you need beofre starting:

1. The Windows? XP SP2-CD

2. Darik's Boot N Nuke?..A Disc wiping Utility; or alternatively... Killdisk?. (Click the coloured Links).

3. Please read this guide...A Step-by-Step Installation Guide with explanations for each step of the installation.

4. The Motherboard CD that contains all the necessary Drivers etc.

A few tips:
a. Darik's Boot N Nuke will take about 4? hours to completely wipe the Drive; however, this will vary depending on how big the Drive is. (That estimate is for a 80Gb HDD). Wiping the HDD this way will give you the best chance of a 'clean' uninterrupted installation.

b. When you get to Figure 7 in 'The Guide', you can create more than one partition here by simply telling Windows? how big you want it. Should you do decide to create an extra partition, it will not be active until you do so after the installation is over and done with...we can give you guidance as to how this is done, so partition away if you wish.

c. Once the installation is finished, with all the Motherboard Drivers installed, and Internet connected, I stro... Read more

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I got a computer from my boss that had a bad motherboard and processor, i put a new in it and now im trying to format the hd but it has xp on it and has a password, my boss forgot what it was so im trying to format it from dos i wrote "format c:" and it says
"The type of the file system is NTFS.
Enter current volume lable for drive C:"
What do i do now?
any help is greatly appretiated

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I have on several occasions had to format for various reasons my HD, I have always used the OS installation disc to do this, I might add I always use a full format and not the fast. Reading through posts on the forum I have often read members being advised to use a third party software i.e. killdisc or boot & nuke. From what I understand formatting using the OS disc it is possible that the disc is not totally wiped and something could be left behind, is this correct? If so is it reccommended to use a third party software, any advice welcome.

Thank you.


A:Formatting HD

Unless you have a double-dog nasty infection, formating with the XP install cd is all you need to do.

Now . . if you are needing to hide something from the guys with three letters in their company name . . something stronger would be in order

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Hi ! Due to virus attack I had to go through a painful reformating where in I lost important data.
My Pc is supported by Windows XP -Sp 2. For the second time a virus which was detected by Spybot/Norton claim to have removed the same.However i presume it still exists the names are as follows: Zlob, virtumonde ,alexa related start counter , files such as logman, netish commands for wins, glossary , using the Dr watsons log file pops up which makes no sense to me.Is there a way to see if my PC is free from VIRUS? And my all important is iam a novice & wish to complete this task by myself . r there steps to help me reformat my PC back to original settings, dont ask me to restore it does not work.Plz advise & rush help at the earliest???

Marc Cox

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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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Okay, recently my family got 2 computers, so the third one, which im using now, became mine. It still contains remnant files, and because its been a family computer for a while, it's been bogged down. 2 1/2 years without a format will do that to a computer.

There's massive amounts of used space, spyware/malware and other reasons that could be slowing the computer down, so i've decided the best way to go is reformatting.

The problem with this, I have dial-up and reformatting means i would have to re-download everything. and i know, people will say 'back it up, its so easy'. Well, no, no its not. Because I dont have every single installer file for all the programs on here. I dont want all the programs, because some aren't mine and i've never used them, some are being pains and refuse to uninstall(word up Microsoft :]). If anybody has any solutions, advice or would just like to give me a definite answer of 'no, thats not possible', it would be much appreciated.

incase that was really confusing: I would like to create back-up dvds of program files already installed on the computer, along with general documents, music etc..


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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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Hello guys!

I'm trying to format my computer as it is running really slow and I would like to get rid of the excess junk, but I can't do it!

I am trying to boot from the cd, but then nothing helps - is there anything else I can do?


A:Formatting my pc

Make sure the computer is configured to boot from the CD before the hard drive.
Make sure it is a bootable CD.

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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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My pc has become clogged up with programs and therefore i am looking to format and re-install windows xp. I know there is a guide to the re-installation of windows but that is only to repair and not to format.

Could anyone give a step-by-step guide as i don't want to mess it up.


A:Formatting XP

Might try google some time. Its really cool


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Future Shop seems to have decided last time when i brought my computer in that they would keep my XP CD for themselves, and now its been too long to go back and get it.

I want to format my computer using the F11 key, i've heard that this is possible. Anyone know how? Thanks

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Someone recently gave me a Dell laptop which runs Vista. Previously I had copied to a maxell DVD-RW a copy of a paper-printed manuscript so I would be able to edit it on the lap-top. When I tried to save changes the prompt told me that the disk was formatted "read only". How do I reformat the disk so it can make and save changes? I intend to use this laptop for word processing only so I have not used it for the internet. Thanks very much. Brobro

A:DVD formatting

First off, copy the files from the DVD to your HD before reformatting the DVD or you will lose all the info you have on the DVD.
Then try formatting the DVD and see if that works, if still no go, DVD RW are pretty cheap, I would just toss that DVD and use a fresh one.


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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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I was wondering if it's better to first reformat my hard drive before installation or should I let the Custom Installation do it?
I was thinking I could make a Vista recovery disk from my recovery partition before I start, and reformat then restore it to factory condition before running the 7 installation (I need Vista before installing because I purchased the upgrade). Is this all unnecessary? I just want to be sure my computer is running the best it can.
If the custom installation is going to reformat it anyway there is no need, but it doesn't sound like it will since it saves your old Windows files.

Oh, the other complication may be the drivers. If I let it do its own thing, it will save all of my drivers in the C:\Windows.old folder which could be helpful. However, it's a laptop which doesn't have many peripherals attached, so I may not need to worry about it.


A:Formatting HD first?

You need the qualifying Vista O.S. to run the Upgrade from.

As far as the recovery partition, in most cases it will be useless after installing the new O.S., so be sure to make or order your recovery disks in case you need to reinstall both O.S. again. Afterward, you can delete the recovery partition. It should be recreated when you run the recovery disks anyway.

Be sure to make an image of your finished job with the great new WIndows 7 Imaging backup so there will never be the need to do a reinstall, just reimage your HDD in about 20 minutes from the image stored externally.

Upgrade Install with Windows 7

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Hi guys,

I haven an 80GB HDD running Windows XP at the moment.

Tomorrow I intend to upgrade to Windows 7 64-bit.

I have an external HD for all my data, so the 80GB isn't really a matter to me at the moment.

What I am wondering is about formatting the drive, since I am going from Windows XP 32-bit to Windows 7 64-bit.

Will I have to format the Hard Drive BEFORE I insert the installation DVD, or does the Windows 7 Installer AUTOMATICALLY format my HDD before copying the Win7 files?

Sorry if this has been posted before, I did do a search.

Thank you very much!

~ Jack

A:Formatting of HDD

When you first start the setup it will ask you if you want to do an upgrade or a custom install... choose custom install and follow the prompts...

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Have finally gotten to the point of partitioning the hdd but when I get to the system set up page saying it is ready to install windows (Me version) and hit enter, the screen goes blank but the computer doesn't do anything. Is this because the hdd is not formatted? If so, how do I format it? Have read something about some jumpers because the hdd is too large (80GB Maxtor). Anyone have any experience they're willing to share?

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I have a PC that is tribooting on one drive. Win 98SE, Win2k Pro, and WinXP Home. I have a nother drive installed that is not formatted yet. I am using just for data. Is it better to format as NTFS or FAT32? If I do NTFS then I wont be able to access it with Win98 correct?

Is there a limitation with FAT32 in terms of data storage? Can I only store certain types of data or file sizes?

Also, should I just format by right clicking on drive and selecting format or should I use partition magic?

A:formatting HDD

There are NTFS drivers for Win98, and I think they are free or at least very inexpensive.

Nevertheless, FAT32 works fine and you are quite unlikely to hit it's limits. I think the file size limit was 4 gigs. ;]

The relative benefits between the two are:

FAT32 is a tiny bit faster in normal operations and defrags more easily. I tend to put permanent swap files on a FAT32 partition on a second drive for performance. Given your triboot setup, I'd use FAT32 for bulk storage of things like archives, music and movies. On a second drive it also is an excellent place for temp files like CD images while burning a disk.

NTFS is more sophisticated and efficient. It has file compression, better security, and is less likely to lose files when a disk error occurs. It's the better choice for large collections of little files, or those you want to keep safe.

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I'm needing to wipe clean my C: Drive completely. Iv'e gone the route of going into the DOS prompt and doing the format C: command ..and doesnt do a thing. I'm using XP is there a feature within XP that will easily enable me to do this task? Thanks in Advance

System Specs:
Intel P4 D845WN Mobo
Intel P4 1.5 CPU
Windows XP Home Edition

A:HD Formatting

If Drive C is the primary drive, as in the one that has windoze on it, it will not be quite that easy. Might wanna try this instead .
a. go ahead and double click on My computer icon , then go ahead and right click on and should see a Format option.
b. a better way ( at least the way i see it ) is ether using a win98 startup disk or might wanna a utility disk provided by your hdd manufacturer ( all the major players have one , under software downloads)

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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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I have a 20GB HDD currently partitioned into two. Would want to merge it into a single one. How do I do it assumming both partitions are empty ie no files. I'm running on XP Home. Thanks!

A:Re-Formatting HDD

Don't know if XP disk management offers any alternatives, but I'd just delete both partitions and create 1 new one the size of the drive.

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Hey guys and gals,

this is a really stupid question, but it's been awhile since I've had to format a hard drive. I have a new one, a 120GB western digital. Can I format it into more than 2 partitions? If so, would I just boot to dos and use fdisk to do the partitioning? (this is a new system, no OS yet)....like I said, simple question, but it's been awhile, any answers would be great.


A:HDD formatting


You could always use the disk that comes with the drive to, does the same thing.


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I am running a windows 7 operating system on my Sony Vaio. Its been pretty slow lately and got numerous viruses that I have to scan periodically. If i wanted to format my computer and save the necessary files on a USB.. how would I do that?

Since I bought this computer with the win 7 already on it.. and have no CD.. is there anyway I can still do it.. or do I need to purchase the CD?



If you have not fiddled with the recovery partition you can launch recovery from that.

How to Recover Factory Settings on Sony Vaio Computer with Windows 7 | eHow.com

The process is also described in the user manual that would have come with your computer.

Make sure you backup important user data before starting recovery. Once the computer is restored to factory state, make a set of recovery disks asap.

If OTOH the recovery partition is not usable, you'll need to get hold of a win7 disk, install and activate with the sticker key.

FYI, you can also order a set of recovery disks from Sony for a nominal charge.

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Need some help.

My computer is all messed up. First off, while booting up

It says

Invalid Boot.ini
Booting from C:\windows\

That doesnt seem to affect my computer at all but I may just be naive. Anyhow, my main problem is, I cannot play any games on my computer. While playing, I either get the microsoft error, or I get the WinXP Blue screen error. The error seems to be based around my Graphics driver. I have tried several different drivers for my graphics card, as well as 2 different graphics cards.

Ge-Force 4 ti 4200 128mb and a Ge-Force FX 5700 ultra 128mb both of which get the same error while playing.

I did have a virus earlier but I got rid of it, not sure if that could be the cause.

When i get the Blue Screen error, most of the time is says "IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL"

But sometimes it doesnt say that at all or sometimes it says something different.

Anyhow, I have tried everything in my limited knowledge of computers to fix this problem but to no avail. My MAIN problem is reformatting.

I do not have the cash to shell out for a win XP disk. My computer was a gift and custom made. It did not come with a win XP disk and here is where im stuck. Is there any way to get this problem fixed cheap? Or get my comp reformatted? I would really like to get it reformatted because they split my hard drive and gave my logical drive the main brunt of the disk space. I just like having everything on one drive. Cant stand these FAT32 drives.

I have had this computer f... Read more


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I just bought a pack on blank CDs today and when I put the CD into the drive and try to the message saying that I need to format the disk, it doesn't come up. I've been trying to open this option up, but I can't. I just get this message "Selected disk drive is not in use. Make sure the disk is inserted." It is inserted, but nothing happens. It's so frustrating. HELP!

A:Formatting CDs

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Hi, I need some instructions for deleting my old WIN95 so that I can install WINme. It's not an upgrade but a WINme for OME, if previous version can be detected then WINme will not install. Any advice is appreciated.


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