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Q: formatting a new HD


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

But I've to format the disk.

How I do it in XP?


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A: formatting a new HD

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


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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.

A:Formatting external drive after dvr formatting


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

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

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


A:Re-formatting my PC

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

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


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

It's free.

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

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I am workling on a report in access 2000. I have a report on the kids in my group and one of the groupings is by age.
I have age ranges such as under 10, 11-12, 13-15 etc
In my report I count the number in each group but the weirdest thing happens. I inserted a chart and the legend comes up for the 2 "10-12" year olds as "12-Oct". Somehow it's seeing the 10 as October.
I assume it's a formatting problem...Any suggestions as to how to fix it


You could try "10 to 12" instead

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

my mother board is:

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

can u please help and also any other suggestions would help

A:formatting xp

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

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


Originally Posted by kman32

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

Hello kman32, and welcome to Vista Forums.

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

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

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

How to Use the Snipping Tool in Vista

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

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

We can start there ...

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

A:Formatting CD-R

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

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



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


Originally Posted by ananyasinghal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks in advance

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

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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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Hey guys,

My pc is running a bit slowe lately, got lots of stuff, (too much on it).

So I'd like to restore my pc back to factory settings. I have aroud 110 gig of stuff and I don't want to lose it. So I bought a firewire drive to back it all up on. My plan is, transfer all my data to the external hd. Then formatting my hd completley and rebooting as new, then transferring my needed data abck on to my pc.

I've neevr formatted before so not to sure how. My main worry is the pc not restarting (once its been cleaered of old data). I have a start up cd that came with my pc but i have no windows xp cd( (it came pre installed).

Any ideas, words of warning, suggestions or similar would be greatly appreicated.
Thanks guys.
ps. feel free to add and tell me voer msn on: [email protected]

A:Formatting MY HD

What Brand/Model pc? . . some manufacturers have a recovery partition on the drive which restore to the condition shipped . . do not format if you do not have a XP installation CD

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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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I would like to format my hd's, to put on windows ME back onto my computer. I lost my windows xp cd, but i have my ME cd. so would someone give me some input on how to format please and thanks...

A:help formatting xp please.

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Hiya all.

I am going to (sigh...) re-format my 40 gig HDD for reasons you do NOT want to wade through...

I currently have four partitions on a 40 gig HDD, two bootable (c:\ w98; d:\ XP Pro). The W98 partition is wrecked and I also have wanted to setup a linux partition so I can learn that system and play around in the "open source" universe, so now's the time.

The question is, given my 40 gig capacity, what is the _optimal_ setup for the new partitions?

I now have W98 on a ~3gig partition, w/ XP on ~20, and the other storage "drives" pretty much even divided for the balance of the space. I don't use W98 a lot, but I do need it for some things. It works fine on a 3 gig partition, and probably could be OK on something even smaller (I've run W98 on smaller HDDs than this before, without any obvious problems.

I need storage areas on distinct partition, so I want at least one data storage partition, i.e., a total of at least four partitions.

Other conditions and requirements are:

1 -- I use MS Office on _both_ Windows systems, Open Office and Corel Office Suites, too. These (esp. MS Office XP) need a lot of space. Also, I am using XP for almost everything, so that OS needs to be "catered to" with this re-format. I mean, the XP partition is the one I am least interested in running at a "thin" level, and it seems to like having the current 18.something gigs.

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hey guys, i'm haveing tonz of probleums with XP and i'm not really sure what to do, i don't have much space left and i would like to just start over i have formatted it twice before, and fixed all the probleums.

now if i do it from that will i still need the windows XP cd and such, i also have my dell recovery cd if this helps? Thankz for any help!

A:Formatting XP, Please Help!

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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???


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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hi, i'd like to format my machine (running xp pro) and do a fresh install (do clear all the clutter)

can you tell me how to go about this and of anything i need to look out for??



One way is to boot with your XP CD. Early on during the install process you will be prompted to format the drive.

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A bit of a strange question.

I have a PC with Windows XP home. I am selling this PC without windows and want to format my C: drive.

In the old days I would get Windows 98 to create a Bootable disk with a format command but Windows XP does not allow me to do this, I think.

So what is the best way to format C: before selling my PC.


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I've been having troubles recently with my pretty new laptop. It's a 3,06 ghz with 512 ram. I've been having performance related problems that where not there the first couple of months I had it. I suspect my installation of SP" for Windows XP had something to do. Now I want to format my harddrive, so I can have a fresh start on my computer, because having a 2000$ machine have such sucky performances kind of pisses me off. I've tried close to everything.

I've been on the security forum for about three weeks, trying to see what the problem was, in case it was caused by some sort of virus or something, but we found nothing. So since we (by we I'm talking about Cookiegal and I) think it might be related to SP2, I just want to format, and I want to make sure I do it right, so i'm just asking for someone to take me through this process, thanx.

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basicly i need someone to take me through reformatting my hardrive


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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

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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 need help on how to get winXP to format my sata drive at bootup, so I can clean install XP again? I'm resorting to this measure 'cause XP seems to be hanging during bootup.

All suggestions welcomed


A:Need Help Formatting In Xp

but the xp cd in the drive and reboot ur pc. makshure that the cdrom drive is in the boot sequince. then after u reboot it will say press any key to boot cd. or something like that. then wait till it loads to the main screen. then delet all the partitions and reforamtt. its self explanitory after that.

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I have a seagate 160gb sata hdd partitioned to 40 and 120 gb.
With Windows xp Home sp2 on the 40gb.
If i format the 40gb hdd will i have to reinstall the sata drivers?.......



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I went to format my pc, using the recovery bootdisk i have.Im on XP.I put the disk in and typed in dos, format c:. everything seemed to be goin a ok and then it asked for teh volume label, i pressed enter then rebooted my pc with the disk in again.

I then typed format c: again as i thought the origional format didnt happen. I then get a message saying that this disk is not able to format. the bootdisk also doesnt seem to load correctly now either.

i wonder if someone can help me, the pc has not been formatted yet as i am using it as i type this message to you.

thank you

A:Formatting PC

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

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

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

Thanks in advance guys, any help is much appreciated.

A:Formatting HDD

Hi Paul,

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

Repair Install For Vista

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

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

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

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

If you don't get that option , see this

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


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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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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

A:formatting a cd

See this link for more information :


Further links at bottom of page.

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

A:re formatting

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

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

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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

A:Need help formatting win xp

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Hi i have a home video made with a Panasonic VDR-M50PP on a Sony DVD-R 1.4 disk.
When i load it in the camera it creates thumbnails so i can view it. But i can't get it to play on my computer. I would like to make it into a format that universal like windows media player or quicktime. any suggestions?
My computer is a vostro 1400 with a pioneer DVD+- RW DR-K17Y ATA Device

A:Formatting dvd

Have you closed the disc? You have to do that or it won't play in any other device.

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Hey Everyone, I recently purchased some dvds to copy movies off of my external hard drive, but my computer wont let me go to auto play or anything. It says the dvds need to be formatted but i cant find the option to do that anywhere. I have tried it before with maxwell dvds and it worked great but i have a different brand now and im just not sure what the issue is, any suggestions? Thanks

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My camera (Sony CD1000) uses CD-R 156MB discs.
I purchased new blank Memorex discs and the camera can not INITIALIZE them. When I insert an older disc with pictures in it, XP tells me that the File system of the disc is UDF.
What third party burning CD software could I use to format a CD-R disc as UDF?

A:Formatting a CD-R as UDF using XP

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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 am trying to burn a picture slide show on my windows media player. i have a Sony DVD-ROM DDU1615. i looked in the users guide and it says it is compatible with a DVD+R 3.3X-8X CAV. i am trying to use a DVD+R 1X-2.4X and it will not recognize it. is there a difference in these two DVD's or is there something wrong with my DVD burner?

A:I need help with DVD formatting..

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I have a AST PIII 450 with 128mb of RAM, Win98se. I am trying to format CD RW with DirectCD Wizard 2.5d. It starts the format process, when it gets to the verifying process, it just goes on forever, I have let it run for up to 11 hours. The machine does not lockup, the process just goes on and on. Any help would be appreciated, or maybe any other software I could use to format a cd rw.

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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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