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Q: re formatting

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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A: re formatting

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

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

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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.

Regards,
Jamie

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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.
 

A:Formatting external drive after dvr formatting

Hi

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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Howdy!
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
BUT
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!
Cheers
 

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

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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?

Thanks.

A:Formatting?

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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re my other posts,

When my son tried to boot up his laptop he got a system 32 error. Got hold of a copy of xp, tried to run recovery but no joy. So installed another copy of xp. Removed all his files from the c drive. He is now left with a c drive and a e drive(with the new install of xp on) Do I format C? and leave E? So the os runs just from E and he has a "new" laptop or do I format the E drive and C drive and reinstall xp??

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Laptops are unique animals. You should not manually install WinXP. Your laptop should have come with recovery CDs, you should use them exclusively. Gone to your laptop's manufacture Tech Support for help.

Laptops have unique driver requirements that a vanilla install of WinXP will not have, not to mention any apps that came pre-installed on your laptop. The laptop's recovery CDs should have re-installed everything back to original configuration.

Do you remember having another drive (like D:) on your laptop before your problem? If not, you may have just wiped the Recovery Partition some laptops use, those with a POST Boot Option (similar to BIOS Setup) for recovery. Recovery Partitions contain the recovery setup files (including WinXP) for some laptops.

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So i've been through SO many problems with my computer its just time to format it.

I right click drive c, format.

I click start,

i get an error saying that "Windows Cannot format this drive. Quit any disk utilities or other programs that are using this drive, and make sure no window is displaying the contents of this drive then try reformatting again.

everything is closes, the window aswell. I go to my task manager and i've tried to close everything, I only have 18 procceses running, most of which are essential.

What do I do!?

~~ I've also tried installing windows over windows. My computer's main issue is that it crashes and re-boots about 100 times before it starts up properly, so trying to re-install without formatting never worked.

HELP

A:Formatting Help

You can't format the drive that the operating system is on from withing the opoerating system . .you must boot from the XP Install CD . . to do that, enter BIOS ( Setup ) and set the first boot device as CD/ROM.

Put your XP Disc in the drive and disconnect all external peripherals except the monitor, keyboard and mouse, and be sure those are not USB, or wireless. Any internal USB card should also be removed.

If you are using an upgrade version installation CD, you'll also need a CD with an older operating system ( Windows 98SE or Windows ME ) to complete the install. Also Make sure you have the 25-digit product code for the Windows XP CD.

Once you set your BIOS to boot first from cd . . when it restarts you will see a black screen with a prompt "Press any key to boot from CD" . . do that and you will be able to delete any or all partitions and recreate one or more, then proceed to formating and installing XP.

That message can pass quickly, so have a finger on the keyboard when you boot. This will delete all data on the drive so be sure you have your important data backed up. The prompt will appear after every reboot, but do not press any key on subsequent reboots. The setup process will continue with no action required from you.

If you do not get that message, and if you have another optical drive, try the XP CD in the other drive.

If you are installing on SATA drive, there is an additional step:

http://xphelpandsupport.mvps.org/how...ws_... Read more

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Trying to install a new hard drive, which went fine to begin with until I started installing the XP OS and found out my product key # is missing. I have a Win 98 boot disk and 98 OS disk but now the computer has 'started' installing XP so now I need to format the hard drive to be able to install Win 98, until I can get the product key for XP. I need to boot from MS-DOS to format the hard drive, but when it gives me the options, it don't offer the boot in MS-DOS mode without going into safe mode, which starts the XP version. I need help getting into DOS to format the hard drive so I can install Win 98 temporarily. All suggestions appreciated!!
 

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I have a CD writer plus. I was told in order to transfer data to a cd, I need to format my cd. Can you tell me how to do this. I went to cd creator but didn't find any info on formatting.

Thank you
Rosie
 

A:formatting a cd

See this link for more information :

http://advisor.uchicago.edu/docs/w2k/cdrw/

Further links at bottom of page.
 

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

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

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

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

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I 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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Hi friends,
I have a doubt relating to formatting. a file has been attached with this. I want to align the first page as seen in the second page. please see the attachment.

regards
Jasih

A:Formatting

I'd Select all the text, right-click it and chose Paragraph then remove any spacing not desired, in this case change 10 in the Spacing after: box to 0.

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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, I would like to know how to Format a CD ,so I can drag and drop on it like a floppy.

Thanks Joe
 

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Jcapstick said:

Hi, I would like to know how to Format a CD ,so I can drag and drop on it like a floppy.

Thanks JoeClick to expand...

drag and drop on it .. hmm what kind of cd is it? is it a cd r, or cd rw ?
 

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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

Welcome,
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.
 
Dick

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I have to format again for the fourth time. The first two I pressed cntrl + F11 during startup to revert it back to factory settings. Both times, the trojan was still around. The third time I installed another XP operating system ontop of the old one, trojan still here.

This time it'll be done right, a complete wipe.

Could someone help me out and give step by step information on formatting?

Will the comp be able to read the XP CD after being formatted?

A:Formatting help.

To perform a clean install: enter BIOS ( Setup ) and set the first boot device as CD/ROM. Put your XP Disc in the drive and disconnect all external peripherals except the monitor, keyboard and mouse, and be sure those are not USB, or wireless. Any internal USB card should also be removed.

If you are using an upgrade version installation CD, you'll also need a CD with an older operating system ( Windows 98SE or Windows ME ) to complete the install. Also Make sure you have the 25-digit product code for the Windows XP CD.

Once you set your BIOS to boot first from cd . . when it restarts you will see a black screen with a prompt "Press any key to boot from CD" . . do that and you will be able to delete any or all partitions and recreate one or more, then proceed to formating and installing XP.

That message can pass quickly, so have a finger on the keyboard when you boot. This will delete all data on the drive so be sure you have your important data backed up. The prompt will appear after every reboot, but do not press any key on subsequent reboots. The setup process will continue with no action required from you.

If you do not get that message, and if you have another optical drive, try the XP CD in the other drive.

If you are installing on SATA drive, there is an additional step:

http://xphelpandsupport.mvps.org/how...ws_xp_on_a.htm

This is a site that walks you thru a simulated XP installation:
http://www.echoproject.net/en/software/catalo... Read more

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Hi, If I format my toshiba laptop and re install windows 7, will it work without all the toshiba stuff that comes with it when purchased. I have a corrupt registry that recovery will not fix. The problem is in start up. I have ordered a windows 7 full version disc to try and repair but want to know if I can format.

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You should try the start up repair from the CD first but your machine should run better without all the bloatware that came with it. In fact you should be better off in the long run with a clean install without all the toshiba software and preinstalled bloatware.

Formatting should work for you but it's sometimes better to get the all the required drivers before hand and put them on a CD or DVD.

If this laptop came with Windows 7 installed most every driver will install automatically after you reformat.

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Hi,

Not sure if I'm posting in the right area, But is there an application out there that will erase all data on a DVD-RW disc so it appears blank?

I realise Nero will do it when asked to burn over a used DVD-RW, But I'm using Sonic Record Now DX to backup my PS2 games, and it refuses to accept used DVD-RW (of which I have many!)

Thanks in Advance...
 

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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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I have been encountering problems in XP recently (I.e. Hanging on bootup, different error messages, as well as problems when adding users to XP, etc.) Initially I installed XP over Win 2000. I want to format my C: Drive (which XP is on) and then reinstall XP by booting up from the XP CD. However, my file system is NTFS and it does not allow me to format my c: drive.
Any suggestions???
 

A:Formatting in XP?

bootup with any W98 floppie......
 

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A friend is trying to format but he gets a screen that says he can;t format with updated windows.....any ideas???

A:Formatting

Get hold of a Linux Live CD( any version will do) on it will be a prog called Gpart. That will do the job for you.
Windows is backward compatable, if you have say Sp2 installed then a normal windows installation disc cannot read it.

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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.

Thanks!

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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A friend bought a new computer with XP already preinstalled. It is an HP and no software was provided other than what is installed on the machine. Basically no CD's to reinstall should a problem occur. He cannot stand XP and would like to format C: and install Win98 SE. We have tried everything and cannot get this blasted thing to allow fdisk, format, etc.

What he basically wants to do is start over without XP and forget this nightmare ever happened.
 

A:Formatting C: with XP

Try booting off of a floppy (a win98 boot disk) and running fdisk that way. Should work (pick to delete non-dos partition) -- unless HP has some really secret partitions... I know that they have their restore software on the hard drive actually, that's why it doesn't come with CDs....

Funny though, I've never heard such negative comments about xp - what does your friend 'hate' about it exactly??!?
 

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Hey,

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.

Thanks
 

A:Formatting XP

Might try google some time. Its really cool

http://www.theeldergeek.com/xp_home_install_-_graphic.htm
 

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I have a pc that has win xp pro edition installed on it. I have discovered that unless you are the administrator, you can not format the hardrive or do anything else. How can I bypass the adminstrator and format this hardrive. Whenever I go into the dos mode in the start menu and try to run a format command I get denied. Is there anyway that I can go straight to dos mode when I first boot up the pc and then format from there. What are my options?
 

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

This was their reply which I have never seen elsewhere
ACTION PLAN:

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

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

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

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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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Hi,
I've heard from several people that formatting your computer a lot can reduce it's performance, Is it true? if yes please describe why. And if not please recommend how frequent should i format my computer.

Thank you
tmkilani

A:Formatting the PC

Formating the computer leaves it with a blank drive . . no Operating System and no applications

Do you mean reinstalling the Operating System?

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

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

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

A:Formatting

Originally Posted by kman32


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



Hello kman32, and welcome to Vista Forums.

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

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

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

How to Use the Snipping Tool in Vista

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

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

We can start there ...

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

A:Formatting CD-R

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

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I'm planning to reformat my cousin's computer. It has Windows XP Media Center 2005 Edition. I borrowed a XP Media Center 2005 Edition disk. I need to know if I can use my friend's disk with my cousin's product key. My cousin has a product key on the bottom of the laptop.

Also, since it's a laptop would Windows add the necessary drivers or do I need to download them manually?

The laptop is a Toshiba Satellite A105-S2194

Any info would help :) thanks!

--
Homer

A:I need formatting help

You can use the borrowed disk and your cousins product key together. Microsoft just require you to have one valid product key per motherboard.

Windows comes with a set of generic drivers and will try to use these if they are appropriate, however this generally does not by any means cover the drivers required in most laptops.

I would recommend retrieving the correct drivers for your laptop from the OEM's website BEFORE you format the HDD. Then store them somewhere else ie a USB pen. I say this because many people find that the driver for the network card is required after a re-installation and without it they cannot access the internet to retrieve the drivers they require.

Hope this helps?

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i can not format my computer
it tells me it is being used by another user
it used to have win 2000 and it now has xp home
i heard that win 2000 hides an 8 mb partitioni but cannot find it
and that it is still running thats why i can not format
i have tried many ways of format but none seem to work for me
it runs really slow! very slow start up counts memory by 2's
internet works fine.
i am sure there is a way
if someone could help thank you

A:formatting

do a google for killdisk, format with that, the xp format utility
is not to good.,

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

A:Formatting XP

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

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

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

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

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I seem to have a problem, my computer has been playing up for some time, i have tried all the virus programmes and have had enough now, the problem is although i have formatted a computer before, i seem to be having a problem getting to the blue start screen on xp, i have gone into the bios settings to boot straight from cd, but instead of getting the welcome blue screen the computer keeps booting straight to desktop as it would if i was loading it from the hard drive, i have disabled all other boots, only cd applied, any ideas ? Thanks

A:formatting

Once you set your BIOS to boot first from cd . . when it restarts you will see a black screen with a prompt "Press any key to boot from CD" . . do that and you will be able to delete any or all partitions and recreate one or more, then proceed to formating and installing XP.

That message can pass quickly, so have a finger on the keyboard when you boot. This will delete all data on the drive so be sure you have your important data backed up. The prompt will appear after every reboot, but do not press any key on subsequent reboots. The setup process will continue with no action required from you.

If you do not get that message, and if you have another optical drive, try the XP CD in the other drive.

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

A:formatting

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

It's free.

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

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i 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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i did not know which forum to post this in so i chose this one. i have been wiping drives with wipe drive and ofcourse windows will recognise the drive but it wont read it becuase it isnt formatted. well my problem is that i dont know what software to use to quickly format the drives. at the moment i am using a windows xp sp2 install disk to format and just pulling the plug before it starts copying files so it doesnt give me a ntld error when i load the drive. but since i need to format atleast 10 dell gx270 sff computers at a time i need good software that can i can put on disc and boot from it. ive tried ubcd and ubcd4win (which i cant find a download with the actual ubcd4win.exe file) and ive even tried older win98se startup disks which for some reason wont boot. ive also tried bart pe and i cant format the drive from it becuase it wont recognise the drive. does anyone have a solution or know of a boot cd that i can use?

A:formatting

Welcome to TSF!

Darik's Boot and Nuke works wonders for me. Give it a shot

Best of Luck!

-Coolfreak

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

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

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

Thanks in advance.
 

A:Formatting DVD-RW (please help!)

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Hey guys, i was just wondering if reformatting windows 98 is similar to XP? like teh "format c:/q, and d:\setup commands
 

A:formatting?

Easiest way is to boot to the cd and let XP delete and recreate partition (s) . . then format and proceed to installation.

wrs
 

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

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

Regards,
Rollin
 

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look, unlike many people nowadays, the bottom of my *** is not infused the computer chair, so i am not completely litarette or however you spell it, but, i need help formatting my hard drive....I set my bios to boot on the disc or whatever, but may have done it wrong, and would appreciate full instructions (Windows XP Home), yes, i have the install disc, and have backed up any files i want to save.
 

A:formatting

This site has a very good step by step tutorial:
http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sg_clean.asp
 

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