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PROBLEM: Xp reports RAW format, but I can't format the drive to NTFS,,,

Q: PROBLEM: Xp reports RAW format, but I can't format the drive to NTFS,,,

Harddrive Lacie 250GB connected trough firewire 800:

XP says it's a RAW partition (used to be NTFS)

I have restored all the files from this drive (to another), and now I would like to reformat the drive to NTFS.

When XP tries to format it, it says ehh, " Error ..can't complete the format".

Anyone have any ida how to get past this problem:
I have Easy Reovery 6.03, Fix it utilities and more.

Any suggestions would be most welcome

System XP sp2 with all updates installed

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A: PROBLEM: Xp reports RAW format, but I can't format the drive to NTFS,,,

I have run into the same problem except it is formatting 4.7 gig discs. If I find something that will help you, I will let you know. Let me know if you get a solution. It may assist me with my problem..........


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Ok well I formatted my previously fat16 4 gig drive to a quick format NTFS drive. Well already I'm noticing a lot of lag (moving a large file to the recycle ben took just about 45seconds, just moving not deleting). When I went to defrag the drive because I know defragging on a small drive does a lot more than on a large drive (say 200gigs or so).

Well, the drive contained a very large unmovable space, which I never used to see on it as far as I can remember. Does a quick format do such things like that? Would that be causing my slow performance? I was going to leave the computer on and let it defrag because it looked like it was going to take a long time (the drive was already heavily fragmented for some reason). Should I just do a normal NTFS format instead of the quick one?

Well pretty much my whole computer was on my 73gig drive, but I didnt' format it, I'm currently using my 4 gig as my main drive, because the 73 is unbootable. I'm fine with just installing things to my d drive but it has been affecting my gaming proformance and I can't think what is causing it unless it is the problem above. I don't see why games would run even slower than before on my 73 gig drive. I just keep coming back to the above problem for my solution.

Could it also be though something with the system trying to access my second harddrives registry because when I run games they arn't located in my current registry. Still couldn't figure out how a game ... Read more

A:Format with NTFS or Quick NTFS format?, Also: 2 harddrive gaming problems

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Why does formatting my drive using NTFS (the full format one) stop at 18%? Once I've booted from Windows XP Pro SP3 installation disc and choose the full format using NTFS, at 18% it stops. I've been using my hard driv for 6 years but have actually REALLY used it the last two years. The previous 4 years I have been using it for homework (like once in 3 weeks).

However, I partitioned my drive using GParted (main partition 160GBand second partition at 20GB) then attempted full format using NTFS option and the full format stopped at 24%. When the format stops, I mean that the yellow bar stays at 24% and does not move for over an hour. The NTFS format (quick option) is like, 0% then jumps to 20%, then jumps to 100% and starts loading the files and all that normal stuff.

WHY DOES THE FORMAT OF MY DRIVE STOP AT 18%????????????????? please help me, I have had no answers for 2 years. At yahoo answers, what I get is some noobs who answer.

Also I want to note that I have a drive made by Western Digital and I have used their diagnostic tools thing and my raw read error rate is at value of 2 and reallocated sector count is some high number (both of the numbers are in red color, everything else in regular black).

SAVE ME I don't want to buy a new hard drive since the United States' economy is so low and my family isn't exactly rich (1 pc using for 6 years). I don't know if I screwed up the situation more but last summer (of 2009) I reformatted and reinstalled Windows XP P... Read more

A:Format using NTFS (full format option) stops at 18%. WHY'S THAT?

The reallocated sectors means that bad sectors have been found, marked as unusable, and replaced with "spares". Bad sectors can be just a one time glitch that affected some sectors, or a sign of a failing drive. If the number of bad sectors continually increases, it's time to replace the drive.

Bad sectors are manged by the drive hardware and by Windows. The drive will add a bad sector to the Grown Defect list (G-List) when it finds one. These sectors should be invisible to the operating system.
Chkdsk will add bad sectors to the $BadClus file. I'm not sure if this is also passed to the hard drive for it to add to it's G-List.
When you do a format, the $BadClus file is deleted. On a full format, Windows runs chkdsk /R on the drive. This checks every sector on the drive to see if it's good or bad. Any bad sectors that were in the $BadClus file, but not added to the G-List, will be checked again.

If you have many bad sectors, this could take hours, if not days. I had one 60 GB disk that took over 48 hours to run chkdsk /R. Most of that time was spent getting from 40% to 41%. It has only 152 KiB in bad sectors, which is only 304 sectors. It's been nearly 3 years and it hasn't increased, so seems it was just one of those glitches.

You may need to let the system run for a few days for the format to complete, but from the sound of things, you should be saving up for a new drive. And certainly have a good backup program in place for your data.

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I tried to delete Norton Anti Virus from a friends computer using the "remove software" options in winxp, but windows wouldn't let me so I manually deleted any file that had symantec or norton in its name. After restarting windows, the system recovery wouldn't load and I was unable to access many other files in the control pannel. I decided to install an AutoStream handmade version of xp pro, because he didn't have the original install disk. Before I tried to install the new xp, I loaded a reset program that was supposed to let me install with no problems. That is when windows no longer booted up. When booting the promt read; "Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM". I accessed the recovery console with the 6 boot disks, and resolved this issue using a tip from bootdisk.com. Windows would load but it was not fully fuctional. I tried to format from the recovery cosole but I got something like "AUTOFRMT.EXE could not be found" on the screen. I should also mention that I screwed with the bios settings because the cdrom drives could not be found in windows. I activated the recovery console functions like FIXBOOT and DISKPART. Whenever I try to use FORMAT or the COPY function to repair the boot sector that has damaged ntldr or ndetect.com files I get something like "AUTOFRMT.EXE could not be found" promted. Now when trying to load windows All I get is file n... Read more

A:Want to format but <FORMAT C: /Q /FS:NTFS> wont work and thats just the beginning.

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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've dropped an NTFS hard drive in as a second hard drive and want to format it. It won't let me though!!

Is there something tucked away in XP that will allow me to do this? The original hard drive isn't NTFS.


A:How can I format an NTFS drive?

In XP, go Start>Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Computer Management>Disk Management, highlight the drive you wish to format and go ahead. The option of NTFS or FAT32 will be offered to yuo.

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can anyone help me format an NTFS drive plz i have tried a 98 boot disk and even tried doing it from cdrom but with no joy...plz can anyone help...thanx

A:how to format XP with an NTFS drive

what happened when you tried it with the cd?
I know when i had to format an ntsf drive using XP...i just booted in dos from the cd rom...and followed the options to install a new windows..it allowed me to delete all partitions and create a new one

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I just recently reformatted my computer with Windows 7 x64 Home Premium, then did the upgrade to Pro. Still got some programs yet to add, so my question is: I have an external 500 Gb Hdd formatted NTFS that shows 465.66 Gbs free space & I need 479.72 for a disk image wth Macrium. Can I format that drive as FAT & grain the needed space for the image or would it work if I could even do that?

A:Format NTFS 500 Gb drive to FAT?

Quote: Originally Posted by oldyeller38

I just recently reformatted my computer with Windows 7 x64 Home Premium, then did the upgrade to Pro. Still got some programs yet to add, so my question is: I have an external 500 Gb Hdd formatted NTFS that shows 465.66 Gbs free space & I need 479.72 for a disk image wth Macrium. Can I format that drive as FAT & grain the needed space for the image or would it work if I could even do that?

It's very very unlikely you need 479 GB for the Macrium image.

To calculate the approximate space required:

Decide which partitions are to be part of the disk image, presumably C and System Reserved.

Add up the occupied space on those partitions. How much is that?

The Macrium image would normally be 40 or 50 percent of that occupied space.

So--unless your occupied space is circa 1 TB, you wouldn't need 479.72 GB for the Macrium image. You can't calculate it exactly in advance regardless.

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My son's computer was obtained throught my husbands work and contained both windows 95 and NT. He formated the hard disk and I was able (with this message boards help) reset the CMOS. Now, after I installed NT (not knowing I should have partitioned the drives and installed the windows 95 first) I can't partition C and it won't let me format the drive.

What I would like to do, since this is my son's computer mostly for games and such, I think I would like to format the drive and install just the windows 95. Can any please help me format the NTFS hard drive?? Thanks.

A:can't format NTFS Drive

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Hey, I'm trying to format my USB drive to NTFS. When I try with diskpart, it will format to 100% and then give me an error. When I try Rufus, it gives me this log:

Rufus version: 2.1.649Windows version: Windows 8.1 64-bit
Syslinux versions: 4.07/2013-07-25, 6.03/2014-10-06
Grub versions: 0.4.6a, 2.02~beta2
Locale ID: 0x0409
Found USB 2.0 device 'Lexar USB Flash Drive USB Device' (05DC:A833)
NOTE: This device is an USB 3.0 device operating at lower speed...
1 device found
Disk type: Removable, Sector Size: 512 bytes
Cylinders: 1947, TracksPerCylinder: 255, SectorsPerTrack: 63
Partition type: MBR, NB Partitions: 1
Disk ID: 0x00000000
Drive has a Windows 7 Master Boot Record
Partition 1:
Type: NTFS (0x07)
Size: 14.9 GB (16016998400 bytes)
Start Sector: 2048, Boot: Yes, Recognized: Yes
Scanning image...
Disc image is an UDF image
ISO label: CD_ROM
Size: 4683708416 bytes
Has a >64 chars filename: No
Has Symlinks: No
Has a >4GB file: No
Uses Bootmgr: Yes
Uses EFI: No
Uses Grub 2: No
Uses Grub4DOS: No
Uses isolinux: No
Uses KolibriOS: No
Uses ReactOS: No
Uses WinPE: No
Format operation started
Requesting disk access...
Opened drive \\.\PHYSICALDRIVE1 for write access
Will use 'F:' as volume mountpoint
I/O boundary checks disabled
Analyzing existing boot records...
Drive has a Windows 7 Master Boot Record
Volume has an unknown Partition Boot Record
Deleting partitions...
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A:Unalbe to format USB drive to NTFS

You know pirating windows is a banning offence here right? Using image: WINDOWS 7 ALL IN ONE(PRE-ACTIVATED).ISO

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I have a WD Passport Essential 320gb external hard drive that I want to use to back-up my dual boot system (W7 and XP). Unfortunately, the software included won't install to W7 and I am too lazy to switch over atm. I've decided to use W7's built-in back-up application to create a system image, but first I have to format the external drive. How can I do that?

A:How can I format my external drive to NTFS?

Hmm nevermind. I seem to have found out how to do this immediately after posting. GO WINDOWS 7 SEARCH!!

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How do you format a 64 gb flash drive in NTFS?

It came in Fat32 but I need to place a 56gb file on it and Fat32 will not accept a file greater than 4gb.

I can get smaller drives to do what I want, but not the 64gb. I would appreciate anyone answering that knows.

A:How do you format a 64 gb flash drive in NTFS

There are so many Google hits to this, I am providing you with a pictured tutorial one: http://www.ntfs.com/quest22.htm

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I need my 4gb flahs disk to be formatted with NTFS, but it does not always fail. It works fine with FAT, exFAT and FAT32, but not with NTFS. I have formatted it with NTFS before....

I have tried formatting quick and slow, on Right Click ---> Format as well as on Device Manager. I still get the same error: "Windows was unable to complete the format". I have the same issue with gParted in Linux.

A:My USB flash drive won't format to NTFS

See this thread.

Convert FAT or FAT32 Volume to NTFS


USB Stick - Formatting Issues

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I am running Windows 2000 Pro - NTFS
and want/need to format my hard drive.
Well, holy XP batman, there doesn't seem
to be all lot of support for this {sweet} OS.
(but it usually doesn't need it!!)
Can anyone help me out, perhaps with
some ideas or a "bootdisk" or "partition magic" or ???
I sure would appreciate!


A:How to Format hard drive Win 2K ~ NTFS

Welcome to TSG

Boot off of the 2000 CD and blow the C:\ partition away. Recreate it and format it and reinstall.

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And THANKS for your time, help, and advise!!!!

I understand that W95/98 does not handle NTFS format.

Here is what I would like to do:
Current drive used by W95/98 system will remain the same (IDE/0/ as "C") and as FAT32.

Connect a drive (IDE, SCSI, USB) to the W95/98 system.

Format this drive as NTFS.

I have found drivers that can define the drive at boot time and an application that can find the drive and read(only) the drive if formatted as NTFS.

The question I have is the following:

Is there an application/utility that exists that can be loaded to a W95/98 disk that can be executed whose sole purpose is to format a drive as NTFS?​
That is, without using a NT/XP boot disc or delivery CDs for tools that will format the drive as NTFS.

Thanks for your time, advise, and help!!!!


A:Format/Partition a drive as NTFS on W95/98

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I HAVE a new Maxtor external drive USB2.

I want to format it NTFS. What do I do? It is connected to my Dell Laptop which has WinXPpro on it.

A:How Do I Do An Ntfs Format On An External Drive

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I have a windows xp machine, i have a second hard drive which is 10gb, how do i format the 2nd drive to ntfs.

A:format second hard drive to ntfs

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I have a 32 gig flash drive that I want to format. I know how to do it but before it starts formatting, it asks if I want to format it with FAT 32 or NTFS. All my computers are running Windows 10 and are 64 bit, but I don't think that has anything to do with this process

Should I select FAT 32 or NTFS to format this Flash Drive?


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I'm building a dual boot system with Win98 running on one partition of my HDD and W2K on the other.

The data from the W2K O/S needs to be stored on my slave HDD formatted in NTFS to avoid the 4Gig file size limit(I'll be working with huge video files) that FAT32 imposes.

My question is this:

Other than the ability to tranfer files or data between operating systems if both are running under FAT32, is there any reason Not to format the W2K partition in NTFS?


A:Any good reason not to format W2K drive with NTFS?

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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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Okay so here's the story. I have just recently decided to try and use my old PC for some very basic Windows gaming. The problem is, it has Linux Ubuntu 10.0.4 on it at the moment and the hard drive is formatted in to something like an ext4 format. When I put in my Windows 7 install disc and boot from CD it all goes fine up until choosing where to install the OS. It won't let me format the hard drive inside of the setup process, yet to install Windows I believe it needs to be in FAT32 or NTFS format.
Also it won't let me format the hard drive inside Ubuntu itself because it comes up with the error that it is already in use.
So basically what I need is some advice on how to format it using either what I have already got or a little bit of freeware that I can burn to a disc and then power up the machine in to it to format the hard drive. Thanks in advance
Oh and here are the specs as they stand at the moment if you want them:

Old Packard Bell IMedia PC: (originally had Win XP 2005 Media Edition on but I have since installed Win7 RC then linux on it)
OS:Linux Ubuntu 10.04 Desktop
RAM: 512MB
HARD DRIVE: 80GB Hard Drive
PROCESSOR:Intel Pentium 4 (Don't know what speed it is running at)
GRAPHICS CARD:ATi Radeon Xpress 200

A:Solved: How do I format my Linux Hard Drive in to NTFS?

I have run into this with linux drives before. It is pretty easy to fix; simply wipe the drive with the drive maker's diagnostic app, DBAN, or any other wipe app. This removes everything from the drive ie it is how it came out of the box. If there is anything you need on the drive, make sure you have a backup before doing this task.

You download the diagnostic app from whomever made the drive ie WD, Seagate, etc. You will need the dos or boot version. One of the options is to zero fill the drive [sometimes called a LLF]

DBAN is available for download from many sites. Here is one

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Would prefer to format the flash 3.0 drive as NTFS but there are considerations for my usage.

These mainly have to do with putting backup images of the entire pc on the thumb drive. So the pc would have to be booted from the usb flash in the event of a restore. Would be using the Acronis disk to do so, but:

a) how can the thumb drive even be recognized with it being run via a pci card combined with its driver loaded for Windows XP (which is to say, before XP is restored) and aside from this...

b) is it possible to boot from a usb 3.0 port, to mount an image? Can it be NTFS or should it be exFat (exFat in itself would require a patch to run from Windows, yet XP again would only be present after the restore)

Whenever I've done a restore I've booted from an image on the hard drive from the Acronis disk, no problem.

A:Thumb Drive Format - NTFS vs exFat & XP/Windows

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My friend just gave me a 4gb kingston USB flash drive cause he dont use it anymore , so i thought i could use a little extra for readyboost. But when i first touch it , my antivirus software says it has 3 viruses inside , so i format it , and it was formatted as FAT32 , but i ... im not sure what was in my head at that time , but anyhow i choosed to format it as NTFS , then it suddenly just ... stop , i tried anything , it always show me that "the disk is write protected" , so i changed the registry , try format it anyhow , i couldnt do anything to it. Untill i came up with "attack the enemy when they least expect it" , so i unplug it , plug it in , format it to fat32 right when it shows up on the my computer screen , and it worked! then i set it as "dedicate this device for readyboost" and turn off the PC , now i turned the PC on and its write protected again ... idk what to do , or what to explain , is it because this thing is too old to be formatted as NTFS or its because the virus still exist and its eating my PC slowly i dont even know , or its just the flash drive is already broken ? somebody help please ...

A:USB flash drive stop working after i format it to NTFS

May be your computer got infected when you first plugged in that alien pen drive - just guessing.

Now just do this. Let us examine what is inside that pen drive - if possible.

Run WinRAR- your bit version - , after plugging in the pen drive keeping Shift key pressed to prevent autorun. Navigate to the pen drive and a screenshot of what you see inside.

Just like this the contents on that pen drive:

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It is a 64 GB Toshiba USB drive (TNU). Problem is that every time I try to format to NTFS the normal way with Windows 7 or Windows 8 I get the message: Windows was unable to complete the format.

I tried to format it using the specific software from the drive manufacturer, TNA.

A friend managed to format it to FAT32, but the next time I tried to access the drive Windows showed a message saying that I needed to format the drive to use it. Then there appeared only the exFAT option.

I also tried some partition software, like AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition, and it could format to both FAT32 and NTFS, but when I removed and put the USB drive back Windows again warned me about the need to format and again I had only the exFAT option left.

Please, help me with that, it's driving me crazy!


A:I need to to format exFAT USB flash drive to NTFS/FAT32

It's possible that the thumb drive itself is defective.

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Sorry for my bad english...

Recently I bought this PQI FLASH storage device. And now, I have a problem with that piece of hw. When I wish to format volume in NTFS windows respond with a message: Windows was unable to complete format. !
Formatting in FAT, and FAT32 works fine, but copynig from my HD to Flash is very slow! NTFS does not work! What can I do to solve this problem?


A:PQI usb flash Smart Genie 512MB NTFS format problem

Why do you want to format it in NTFS ?

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I'm backing up everything from my C: drive to drive F: using ntbackup, but first, I'm formatting the F: drive. For the formatting part, I want my script (simple batch file) to make it just happen--I don't want to respond to two prompts before formatting each time I run it. Any ideas?When I do this:format f: /fs:ntfs /v:"Backup_160"It prompts me to enter the volume label for this drive. Then it asks if I really want to erase the thing. I am thinking a "/Y" tacked onto the end will suppress the prompting about whether I want to erase it. What about the volume label prompt? I thought the "/v:"Backup_160"" was supposed to answer this question, but it doesn't seem to. Whether I remove the "/v:" parameter or leave it there, it always prompts. (Note that in this case, "Backup_160" was both the old and new name of volume F:; that's what I want it to always be called when I backup.)Also, what's the best way for me to overwrite the old backup file (Backup.bkf) each time with the new one, via batch file? Is this what the /T and /G switches are for--to overwrite an old backup file?Here's what I used last night:format f: /fs:ntfs /v:"Backup_160"ntbackup backup c:\ /n "Backup.bkf created 10/16/2006 at 1:08 AM" /v:yes /r:no /rs:no /hc:off /SNAP:on /m normal /j "Weekly System Backup" /l:s /f "F:\Backup.bkf"Thanks,Hotshot309

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i've purchased a seagate 1TB external hard drive and need to format it in FAT32 format.

how can i go about doing this using windows 7?

A:how can i format my external HD drive into FAT32 format

Quote: Originally Posted by Waqas83


i've purchased a seagate 1TB external hard drive and need to format it in FAT32 format.

how can i go about doing this using windows 7?

Hi and welcome

um, why do you need to? there are several 3rd party apps that can but since win 7 knows NTFS, it will not format fat32. Just checked to be sure.

KEn J+

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Hey guys, I downloaded Windows RC ISO file, there's a readme file that reads "This disc contains a "UDF" file system and requires an operating system that supports the ISO-13346 "UDF" file system specification."

What exactly does UDF mean here? Plus, that ISO has a size of over 2GB, but when I open it using tools like ISO buster and UltraISO, it is shown to have a size of only several kBs. Why is that?

I ventured to burn that ISO file onto a blank DVD using Alcohol 120% ,but when I tried to install it, I was promted no bootable record was found on the DVD.

Can anyone help ?

A:Windows 7 installation CD format problem UDF format

1) When you DL an ISO, you don't need to open it up with UltraISO or any thing else. If you're already running Win7 it has a native ISO image to disc burner. If you're using Vista / XP, grab Alex Feinman's ISO Recorder v3

2) If you want to use a third party tool ,that's fine, but use it on a virgin DL - IOW, ***DON'T*** play with it in UltraISO or anything like that - DL it and burn it to disc.

3) If you prefer to boot off of USB and install it, follow our tutorial: USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

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Hello All,

I'm new to this forum seeking help for the issue below. I've searched for similar threads but all are either very old or not specific to my problem . . .

I/O Magic External USB Hard Drive (2007)
Seagate 250mb IDE
Initial problems appeared as the unit began to operate slowly, taking a long time to boot up and for folder to appear in Windows Explorer. Eventually the unit stopped working completely and would freeze up the host computer. Once the external was powered down the host computer would “unfreeze” and resume normal operation.
I attempted to determine if the external chassis might be the problem and removed the HD, mounting it as a slave in an older Dell running Windows XP (this unit had the correct IDE cabling). After correcting a “Don’t Have Permission to View Folder” error, I was able to see the drive. However, when attempting to open the drive in Windows Explorer, the drive at did not seem to respond at first. Eventually I got a pop up that said the “Drive is not formatted, do you want to Format Now?” I didn’t want to do this, so I ran Diagnostic Tools to try to Fix Disc Errors, and got the final message that the disc is in “Raw Format”, and that’s where I stopped.
This drive was a backup to the primary HD in my HP, whose motherboard died just prior to the problems detailed above. It contains ordinary personal data, but also my entire digital collection of music which I’d like to recover. I would rate my level of tech expertise abo... Read more

A:Do You Want to Format / Raw Format on External Drive

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Is it possible to add conditional formatting to a text box within an Access report.

I want to be able to highlight certain records to the user to highlight the urgency of the item.... e.g. bold and italic formatting.

Does anyone know whether this can be done?

A:Access 97 Reports - Conditional Format

Hi, welcome to TSG.

Yes, this can be done, using the On Format event of the report. This link gives you an example of the code to do it.

There is also a conditional-formatting feature built in to 2000 and 2002.

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I have a quick question. I am installing Windows XP on a brand new hard drive. Durring setup it asks me if I want to Format using NTFS or FAT. Does it matter which I use?

A quick response would be highly appreciated. Thanks.

A:Format: NTFS or FAT?

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one of the partitions on my USB attached hard drive is showing as RAW, is there
a way to format to NTFS without losing the data on the partition?



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Can anyone tell me how to format my hdd in ntfs without having to install Windows?

A:format in NTFS

Hi ogfuchris

Welcome to TSG!

Please don't post duplicates. You have been anawered here:


Closing duplicate.

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A while back,someone posted that Macrium Reflect was limited to making 4GB files when making a system image.

That's true if you use a USB drive formatted in Fat 32.

If using Fat 32 format you will end up with probably 5 or more small image files.

If using a USB formatted as NTFS you will get 1 big file.

I prefer 1 file to many small files.

2 pictures:

This one of a usb formatted in Fat 32:

This one from a USB formatted in NTFS:

I just thought this information might prove useful.

A snippit on Fat 32 & NTFS:

FAT32 file size support tops out at 4GB and volume size tops out at 2TB. This means that you're limited to 2TB FAT32 partitions if you want to use a 4TB drive. It also means that you are limited to 4GB files. This is a concern with uncompressed high-definition movie files, where 30GB files are not unheard of. Theoretically, NTFS is limited by design to 16EB (Exabytes). One Exabyte is the equivalent of one billion Gigabytes, so we're quite a ways away from maxing out NTFS. In practice, 2 to 4TB volumes are the limit at this time. Larger volumes will require a 64-bit OS and compatible hardware.

A:Fat 32 vs NTFS usb format

Just for the image file you can go either way. But if you want to boot WinPE from the USB I believe it insists on FAT32. If the USB is already formatted FAT32 then it will make it WinPE boot/restore without erasing the files already on.

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I have two HD's in my system...the first one (40GB) has WinXP and is working fine...the second one (80GB) is vacant so I decided to try Debian3.1 within the first 15GB...leaving the rest of the 2nd drv as NTFS...the install of Debian failed several times and when I gave up and tried to go into my XP system (drv #1) the MBR was corrupt. I ran the Recovery Console cmd "fixmbr" and all returned as normal...or so I thought.

Trying again to install Debian I went into PartitionMagic8 to look at all my drv's and then discovered that the 2nd HD is now listed as BAD by PM8...I've tried several more times to format it to NTFS but each time the following error message is returned:
"Error 4 while executing batch
Error 4 Bad argument/parameter"

I've Googled this error message and to no avail....any thoughts/suggestions
as to how I can gain back my second HD?

A:2nd drv will not format (NTFS)

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Hi all,

I am restoreing my XP machine after a HDD died I needed to partition and format my new HDD to NTFS before running my snapshot restore program. Big problem. How do you format a partition to NTFS without XP.

I bodged it by starting XP install, allowing it to format, ejecting the CD and then snapshot restoreing.

So I am looking for a CDROM .iso that will boot dos, allow me to fdisk & (crucialy) format NTFS partitions without booting XP. I don't have a floppy drive anymore so its got to be a CDROM

Any suggestions ?



A:Format NTFS without XP ?

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Can I format a WD Mybook Ext HD as one partition FAT32, a second partition NTFS?


A:Format Ext HD w/FAT & NTFS?

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I've added a second hard drive and am wondering if I should be formatting it with NTFS or Fat32, as my first hard drive is running WinXP? I only want to use the 2nd hard drive for my video editing projects and video editing software.


A:format 2nd HDD with NTFS?

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I have purchased a couple hundred CDs and all are formatted with RAW. I cannot use them in this format and have tried everything I know ( which is not very much ) to format these discs. I am sitting here looking at all of these boxes of discs and cannot use them at this point except for drink holders.

Can someone please tell or show me how to be able to use these disks please? I have a ton of data I need to store and am running out of the older discs which only hold 650 MG but at least they work!

THanks !!


A:Format RAW to NTFS??

try this link --> adaptec
if it works you may loose a little space
don't know why someone would format all those before using
check your burner program you may just need to untick the RAW burn mode

good luck:chef:

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I am running Win XP Pro
on a Pentium III 933 MHz w/ 256 MB RAM
I have 2 40 GB IDE Hard Drives in the computer
They are formatted for FAT32

To add a 3rd Hard drive I installed a PCI USB2.0 card
and an external USB2.0 HD Enclosure with a 120 GB IDE drive in it, on which I created 2 partitions, 40 GB and 80 GB.
Windows formatted them for NTFS

I think I should all the drives with the same format system - to move files around, etc.

Windows would let me reforamt the FAT32 drives to NTFS
but it will not allow me to reformat the NTFS to FAT32

How can I format the 2 new partitions for FAT32?

A:Format HD - FAT32 or NTFS

First of all, the format of the partitions will have no affect at all on your moving files from place to place, regardless of any combinations.

NTFS is a far superior file system and is much faster for partitions that are as large as the ones you are dealing with. It is also much more fault-tolerant and your data will be safer with NTFS. I'd suggest converting your FAT32 partitions to NTFS, but whatever you decide, moving files will not be a problem.

Due to the large decrease in performance that FAT32 exhibits with larger partitions, you will need to go to the drive manufacturer's site to obtain software if you want to format to FAT32 since XP won't allow it.

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We're using a Kbox to push images.

We've got one machine failing to boot and I think it's a problem with the MBR.

Should I format C: as NTFS first or install a new MBR first?


A:Format as NTFS or install MBR first

Definitely format as NTFS first.

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I'm trying to Upgrade my Hard drive to a new one. Essentially I'm running BounceBack software that came with a kit to replace the hard drive in my Laptop for something larger. The problem I'm having is that my computer will not seem to format anything in NTFS. FAT is no problem. The new hard drive is initialized, and partitioned, but my system will not format the NTFS partition. I'm currently running Windows XP Professional, and I'm completly up to date as far as that goes.

Please help, my harddrive is too small, I can't even Defrag anymore, and there isn't anything I can remove from the system. I even did a system restore back to factory settings, and still could not format the partition.

Thanks for any help.

A:Solved: Can't Format NTFS

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Hi, If anyone could help me quick... I'm in a jam here.

I'm in XP trying to figure out how to go about formatting my hard-drive into NTFS, and then how to install Win XP afterwards... I have never installed XP on it's own, I used to always have Win98 on drive C: (Fat32) partition, and XP on drive D: (Fat32) partition. So when I wanted to format drive D:, I would go into fdisk in Win98 dos, or Partition Magic 7 in Win98 and do it all from there.

Now I have WinXP on drive C: (one partition only), still in Fat32, I want to clean up old files and junk on the drive, formatting C: into NTFS, as suggested by a friend? How do I do this?

I have a Pentium II computer which is over-clocked to speeds of a Pentium III, with 512mbs PC133 SDRAM, I have gone into the BIOS and changed the boot sequence from: a, c, scsi to cdrom, c, a.

I was told that after formatting the drive (unsure how to do this in XP), do I use "fdisk" in "RUN"? Then with the WinXP Pro disk in the drive upon reboot, somehow it will recognise it's there and setup will start?

I need to do this tonight, so if somebody could answer my plea for help, I'd be greatly thankful!!!


A:Need help quick... format? NTFS? XP?

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i just bought windows 7 and im trying to install it from my laptop running ubuntu 9.04 linux. when i get to the install stage i get the message "windows setup cannot find a location to install temporary files". i believe this is because my hard drive partition is not in NTFS format, therefore windows cannot attach its files to it. so my question is, how do i remove ubuntu AND make my hard drive NTFS format. i plan on removing ubuntu and performing a clean install of win7, i just need a format that is NTFS first!! thx!!

A:hd ntfs format for win 7 from linux


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I would like to format my hardrive to NTFS however windows XP Pro wont let me it keeps saying; "Windows cannot format this drive. Quit any disk utilities or programs that are using this drive and make sure no window is displaying the contents of the drive. Then try formatting again"

Any suggestions any one?


A:NTFS File format in XP Pro

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I am attempting to install W7 to my laptop which currently has Ubuntu residing on it. I would like to do a clean install of 7 on it, but I get to certain point in the install where it errors with "windows must be installed to a partition formatted as NTFS". How do I do this? I got into the command prompt "X:\Sources" but where do I go from there?

Many thanks in advance!

A:Solved: How do I format as NTFS?

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