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Cannot Format D-Drive (2nd hard drive)

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

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.

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

I recommend downloading and running DRP. It's a recovery tool that has been proven to recover files that most other programs have no luck with. I've even recovered files from freshly formatted or partitioned drives.

You can download it direct from this link http://goo.gl/v51TwD. (This link will automatically start a download of DRP that you can save to your computer.)

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

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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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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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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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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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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.
 

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'm currently running Window's XP MCE and have recently been lucky enough to contract some sort of virus. This virus will not allow me to click on any results from a search engine without being redirected to ads. I've run mcafee, spybot, and adaware to no avail. I've decided just to format the hard drive and start over using the f11 key on start up and that won't work either. The system restore function for XP won't go back beyond the day the virus was loaded. I need to get this fixed. I do a lot of school work from my computer and need it up and running asap.

A:Can't even format the hard drive.

Quote:





Originally Posted by jwjone2


...I've decided just to format the hard drive and start over using the f11 key on start up and that won't work either. The system restore function for XP won't go back beyond the day the virus was loaded. I need to get this fixed. I do a lot of school work from my computer and need it up and running asap.




Are you still wanting to reformat and start over or do you want to try fixing the problem?

Let us know which so we will know how next to proceed. Thanks!

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I have been experiencing instability on a system running XP-Media. It is about 3 years old and decided to clean it out, restoring back to the manufacturer's (HP) original image. After doing this Windows remained unstable...rebooting seemingly at random, so I decided to do a totally fresh install from a legitimate XP Pro disk...

As XP Pro is installing, it seeks to format the hard drive to NTFS (either quick of full, as you know), after which I get a message
"Unable to format hard drive. Partition may be damaged, etc"

I tried many times, deleting partition, reducing its size, etc, all with the same results. Aha! I figure...the problem was that the hard drive was bad. So, I go and buy a spanking new hard drive (WD 160 Gig).

Then, when formatting for XP Pro...SAME PROBLEM on the brand new drive. When formatting, (quick or full), it proceeds to 100% seemingly okay and then returns the error. Any idea what might cause this? Of course, at todays prices, I am ready to just get another box, but my inquisitive mind is wondering what is going on?

Thanks,
Pradhan
 

A:Can't format new hard drive..or old one

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I have caught a virus and my computer constantly freezes!! I have lost my windows XP CD but is there anyway I can delete everything but what came with windows??? Sorry in advance for this stupid question.
 

A:Format Hard Drive in XP

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The hard drive (120 Gb) was partioned into two 60 Gb. Only one part is recognized by the system. I can't unpartion the drive or get the system to letter the 2nd partion. I tried fdisk and it just led me in circles. The 2nd partion was made to install Linux, which I have given up at this point.

operating system ME.
Hard drive Maxtor.
 

A:Can't format the hard drive to use it all.

I have seen a few hd that were used in a linux system; most of the time I zero fill the drive. You will have an option on the mgf's utility for writing zeros to the drive. Sometimes this is called a low level format or LLF. I am not surprised you had problems with fdisk; it is almost useless when working with file systems other than FAT / FAT32.

Note this will destroy all data, partition tables, mft, etc on the drive. It will be in the same condition as when it was new, excepting for physical wear of the drive.
 

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I need to format a hard drive so I can install win 7-64.
When I attempt I get a screen with three options. Which should I choose?
Thanks.
 

A:format hard drive

It would GREATLY help if we knew what those options were. As well as the make/model and OS.
 

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Hello,

I was using windows Vista on my notebook. After about a year I wanted to reinstall as it was becoming slow.

However, when I inserted the disk it did not boot from it when the computer started.

I went into the BIOS and set the boot priority to give the DVD top priority. However, that didn't work.

Thinking it was the disk, someone gave me their version of windows vista. However, this didn't boot from the DVD. However, I was able to install windows vista from exploring DVD and double clicking setup.

However, the problem started when I tried to restart. I get this GRUB menu and the computer says it fails to boot.

I want to reformat my entire hard disk and start again.

Many thanks for any support,
 

A:Format hard drive

You will have to take your Hard Drive out of your computer and put it in another computer as a slave HDD (2nd Hard Drive). Then load up the other computers normal OS. Then goto "My Computer" (or "Computer"), right-click your Hard Drive and then click "Format...". Then after the format put it back in your computer and you should have a blank Hard Drive.
 

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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.

Thanks
Chris

A:Format hard drive

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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Hello all,
I have a four year old HP Pavillion. When I powered up yesterday I kept getting a black screen with "reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device".

After reading HP guides I checked all the BIOS settings and the HDD was being recognized in the boot sequence

Not knowing what I'm doing...I put a Windows XP installation disc in and re-booted.

I am now the proud owner of an I: drive with 160GB of pure, free memory.

Did I lose everything that was on my C: drive?
 

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my dell dimension 5000 had some kind of virus which told me i had a full hard drive when the day before i had loads of memory left. so i re installed windows which i think got rid of the virus, but i the hard drive says it is half full when there is only a few things in there. i have tryed formatting the harddrive but it doesnt let me. when i try formating it a message saying...

" windows cannot format this drive . quit any disk utilities or other programmes that are using this drive, and make sure that no window is displaying the contents on this drive. then try formmating again."

When i look at computer managment it says there are three partions.. a 55mb fat healthy eisa.... the (c) 146.21 GB NFTS, and a new volume (E) 2.75 GB NFTS Partion.

please help.
 

A:i cant format my hard drive

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

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

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

A:new hard drive format

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I want to remove windows xp home off my laptop, I had to install a new hard drive and when I installed windows xp I found out I didn't have the drivers disk so nothing works. I went to Dell site to get drivers and there are hundreds of them, the ones I did download wont work. So I want to reformat my harddrive and go back to ME. but I can't. What can I use to FORMAT this hard drive???

Thanks for any advice.
 

A:Format Hard Drive

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I already have Windows 7 installed on my laptop

and now I am trying to fix a laptop in my house that has had a virus on it for a while that corrupted XP (about 8 months it has had it)

then when running a setup for XP to try and fix it it corrupted itself and then got permanently stuck on a setup

so now I started looking at it and I saw that there was an option for it to revert to the way it was when it had working settings

so I am uninstalling everything and deleting everything

but I want to format it completely (so there will be NOTHING left)

so can I do a full format while using the Windows 7 Ultimate disc?

_____________________________________________
please don't say to do a quick format since I don't want to do that, I have been reading some of the posts in the forums and people say to use a quick format and they don't say if you can do a Full format

A:Format Hard Drive

Yes, you can. I wouldn't even bother uninstalling stuff--it's just a waste of time if you are going to do a clean install of Windows 7.

The only difference between a quick format and a full format is that the latter checks the disk for bad sectors. You can do the same thing yourself anytime by running chkdsk /r from a command prompt or from within Windows.

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Had to buy a new power supply and hard drive for my system. New power supply working perfectly. Bought a 500 GB WD5000AAKX Sata drive and it is physically installed. (It is replacing a Sata Seagate 320 GB)

When I start to format the drive and load Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3, I only get so far before the PC abruptly shuts down without warning. The first time, I got to the partition screen where I could specify how much space to partition. It suddenly shut down and after waiting a minute, I rebooted, went back into my boot menu to boot from CD, and this time got to the screen where Windows was going to format (full) the drive. I was at that screen for about 20 seconds or so when it suddenly shut down again.

Any ideas as to what I am doing wrong? It has been over twenty years since I worked as a PC Tech and I have tried to stay abreast of developments on my own. Clearly I am not doing such a good job of it lol. Any advice is greatly appreciated!!!! Thank you so much for your valuable time.

Moonifa
 

A:New WD Hard Drive will not format

Post the exact pw supply you installed. Post a link to the part if possible.

Next you posted you had to buy a new psu and hard drive. Is this by chance because the psu failed?
 

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My computer is driving me insane.....so ive chosen to go to my final option.


How can I format my hard drive and then install windows XP from an upgrade CD without having to install Windows 98 fist?

A:Format Hard Drive

Hi NewFoundMonkey8


Quote:




How can I format my hard drive and then install windows XP from an upgrade CD without having to install Windows 98 fist?




I dont believe you can format the hard drive and use an upgrade cd. There would be no O.S. on there to upgrade to.

What kind of problems are you having?

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my hard drive isnt showing up in my computer but shows up in Device Manager and when i have tried to reformat it, it comes up media is write protected. how do i fomat it so i can use it again?

A:how do i format my hard drive

Welcome aboard, JH17

You may follow the steps :
Open Command Prompt at Startup
Type: diskpart > enter
Type: list volume > enter
Type: select volume > enter (the volume that is write protected)
Type: attributes disk clear readonly > enter

It may work.

Edit: You may also see Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

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I have win/xp pro installed on two hard drives configured raid 0 ,I have been trying to to reinstall windows xp pro but with out success for some reason I can't get the drives to format. What's the trick here? Dave
 

A:Hard drive won't format

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Hi all, After replaceing my damaged mobo on my laptop it took ages to start windows and it was sugested I format my hard drive but when I try I get a message saying,Setup did not find any hard disk drivers installed on your computer,Can anyone help?
 

A:Format the hard drive

If it is a late model laptop with a Sata drive and Not Vista you need to configure your bios to boot properly. Read your manual.
 

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I was trying to do a clean install of XP Pro and I cannot format my 320gig
hard drive. I had my C & D both on this hard drive with a 30gig partition for the OS. Someone tried to help and they got the D partition deleted but I still get to the point of running the format command. When I boot up with the OS CD in the drive I go automatically to the window to put in my name and company information and then to input the key. I tried downloading a disk from Microsoft to allow me to format the drive but it would not work at all. Any help will be appreciated.

A:Hard Drive will not format

[B]Welcome to TSF..../B]

What is the make and model of the hard drive?

Did the hard drive come with an installation disk?

Do you have an installation disk for Windows?

Explain what type? Is it an OEM recovery disk or Microsoft disk?

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Hi everyone,was wondering if some one can tell me how tom format my second hard drive...all I want to do with it is to store data & mp3's on it...Any help would be Appreciated...my system consists of Windows xp home edition,1gig of ram,2.8 Intel proz.2 120 gig hard drives
**Thanks bobbylee
 

A:how do I format Second hard Drive

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I have vista Home on a preloaded Dell PC which is now infected with virus which crashes each time I try to load anything like virus protection. Also the PC runs slowly, so what I want to do is to format and start a fresh. However I dont have the vista disks so I will load an old copy of xp for my old PC. Which really may be a relief. My question is how can I format without the help of a startup disk?

A:format hard drive

Hello Nabsky,

You can pick up at STEP 3 at the link below to do a Dell factory restore. It will format the partition that Vista is on as part of reinstalling Vista back like it was the day you first got it from the recovery partition.

Dell - Technical Support

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I used the hdd from my old laptop to create an external hard drive, but when I plug it in it shows as 4 different drives in my computer. I want to format it, but I wouldn't know how to go about it because of the multiple drives. Their names and size are: SYSTEM (D: ) 198 MB, Local disk (E: ) 445 GB, Recovery (F: ) 20,4 GB and HP_TOOLS (G: ) 99,0 MB. As you can guess the pc I used for this drive was an HP, to be specific an HP pavillion g6 -2005sd. If you need additional information please say so. I just want it to be 1 drive but I don't know if this is possible.
 

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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 think my hard drive is corrupted because I tried to reinstall Windows XP and it froze. So I got a different XP CD and it froze in the same exact spot. I'm wondering if anyone knows how to get in the hard drive and format it without the use of Windows. Can anyone help?
 

A:Format a Hard Drive

how are you trying to reinstall XP? from within windows or by booting from the XP CD?
 

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

Thank You
 

A:Hard drive format

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hey guys,

I need help here. I've installed a new hard drive in my brother's computer and I forgot how to format/partition it in Windows XP. I've been walked through this before but for some reason I completely forgot what I have to do to format it. If anyone can give me a hand with this I would appreciate it very much. Thanks in advance guys!
 

A:How do I format new Hard Drive in XP?

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re: HP Mini / Samsung SE-S084 External DVD Writer (this unit has 2 usb connections for communication and power.)

Tried formatting froom WIndows CD

Got 2% complete, then "A disk error occurred" / "Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart"

Now I can't boot from CD (get the same error message)

Can't boot computer either.

Is there a FORCED FORMAT I can do?

Any Suggestions are appreciated.

tx.

A:Can't format hard drive XP

and welcome to the Forum

I would run diagnostics on the hard drive

http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287

See this for how to make a bootable cd

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I intend to format a hard drive but unfortunately I do not have the Window 7 cd
Is this possible at all and if so,how ?

Thank you

Saturn 3
 

A:How to format a hard drive without CD

It is possible, since you can download Windows 7 legally from here. You must, however, have a valid product key to enable the download. Is this a pre-built or custom-built PC? Bear in mind, you'd be better off sourcing drivers to re-install before you re-format.
 

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hi i was wondering how do you format a harddrive but i have one problem, my dvd drive wont work and i have the WINDOWS cd but i cant get my dvd or cd drives to work, they show up in the bios but in XP they dissapeared.

A:How To Format A Hard Drive

Hi skyline_2k7

You don't say if everything else is working, a better description will enable people here to give a clearer answer.

Does your Bios boot from CD-ROM?
If it does then place your Windows cd in the drive to see if it will in fact boot from it. If it doesn't then it may not be XP but something else.

Do you have a foppy drive present on your system?
If you do then you could use a boot disk from a operating system like WIn98 or WinME. These will normally install the CD drive from this bootable floppy.

Failing either of the above there are boot images that can be installed onto a USB pen drive.

Hope this helps

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Can't able format new hard drive need help ?
I try all think,
Can't able find the boot.. Error
 

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How does one force the WinXP cd to read upon booting up. I have changed in the bios, CD-ROM, Hard drive, then floppy. It bypasses the cd and goes straight for the desktop. even if I don't set it to the hard drive it still goes to the desktop. I don't get it.
 

A:Format hard Drive

is this a version of XP that you bought, or did it come with the computer your using?
 

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I want to format my hard drive and then reinstall windows. How do I format the drive.
 

A:format hard drive

There are several procedures. Try booting to the cd/dvd of the version of Windows that you are going to reinstall. There will be a few options that you must decide on as the procedure progresses. I would suggest that if you are unsure how to do this, you may want to have someone assist who is familiar with the process. There are tutorials available if you "Google" for "reformat and clean install windows". It is not difficult but some of the terminology may be unfamiliar and confusing. For example do you want to quick format or not. Do you want to delete partion(s) or not. Do you know what NTFS is? For the first timer these things may bewilder and confuse. You will also want to know what hardware/devices you have and I would suggest you have drivers available for them. Windows usually has default drivers for the majority of those devices but not all of them. Also you may want to update drivers afterwards.
 

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Here's what I've got:

Dell PowerEdge 650 w/ 80G hard drive.

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

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

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

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

Thanks ahead of time for any help on this!!

-Tia
 

A:cannot format hard drive

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

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A few months ago, after a Windows update, one of my external hard drives went RAW. So I bought a program and recovered most of my lost files. Lately, I went to recover some files I didn't get the first time, or were corrupted when recovered. The program doesn't see any data, and when I try to reformat it, it can't be done. This is a Seagate Free Agent Go-Flex 1T drive and I need the space. any ideas?
 

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I have a laptop that has stopped working

The laptop has a recovery partition
The hard drive doesn't respond though
I've got it in an external enclosure
I thought formatting might help - get rid of and patch any errors

Windows 8 won't let me format

What can I do?
Is there another way to format?
Or does the fact that I can't format tell me that the hard drive is bad and maybe beyond repair?

Thanks
OM
 

A:Can't format a hard drive

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if you take a HD with win 98 SE and put it in another comp. with win XP PRO in it, can you format that HD with win 98, cause no boot disk works
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A:Hard drive format

"cause no boot disk works"

What do you mean?? You can't boot with a Boot Disk??

XP can format a HD as a FAT Drive.
 

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