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Format C drive but leave the D drive intact and reinstall Windows 10 on C Drive?

Q: Format C drive but leave the D drive intact and reinstall Windows 10 on C Drive?

I have a z575 with a SSD divided into a c drive and d drive. I just formatted the c drive assuming I could leave the d drive intact with the data. when I try a fresh install on the c drive with a Windows 10 disc, I get Recovery Your PC Device needs to be repaired A required device isn't connected or can't be accessed. Error Code: 0xc000000f Press Enter to try again Press F8 for startup settings Enter does nothing.F8 does nothing.Each time I reboot hoping to snag the dvd drive, I get immeditatly sent to the Blue screen above. Should I be able to install windows 10 to the c drive regardless of the d drive?I have been running Windows 10 with no problems other than a long lag on boot up, I think because of an old Windows 7 installation. Any insight would be appreciated!Thanks!

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Preferred Solution: Format C drive but leave the D drive intact and reinstall Windows 10 on C Drive?

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

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Mod Edit:  Merged topics - Hamluis.
It looks like a have a weird computer problem since I cannot format my hard drive and reinstall Windows 7 Pro
I was reading to :
  - Insert Windows 7 installation disk
  - Turn off computer
  -  Power on computer and then click " install now " After that  I should have the possibility to format.
Result: After powering computer on,it says Setup is copying temp files and then
            an error message: unable to create a required installation folder, error code = 0X80070005
Can you confirm that the above steps are correct and what is the reason of this error message ?
Or can you suggest another method to format/reinstall Windows 7 ?

A:Format C drive and reinstall Windows 7

Do other CDs and DVDs work ok in this particular drive?  Are there any smudges, fingerprints, whatevers, on the install DVD?

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I want to format my hard drive and reinstall Windows 10, but the PC I want to format was originally Windows 7, and upgraded to Windows 10 when it was free. Is there any way for me to install Windows 10 again without now paying for it? I'm not asking for an illegal way to download, but maybe there are installation files still on my computer? If so, Would I use the Windows authentication code that came with the Windows 7?

A:I want to format hard drive and reinstall Windows 10, but...

yes, when you upgrade you automatically get windows 10 registered - so you can download the windows iso and re-install.
It will authenticate windows 10 with the servers automatically

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I have had a large number of viruses in succession and now I just want to wipe my hard drive and start over. I have a Dell Dimension 2400. I have the reinstallation disk for XP and the resource disks. On the Dell website I found directions for Manually Reinstalling the operating system. It just instructs me to begin with booting from the Op system reinstallation disk and allowing it to format the drive (or largest partition, it says). I suspect that this will leave me vulnerable to the persistent virus(es) that infected the computer. Also, I have a second internal hard drive that I should wipe clean also.
Can someone please direct me to some good instructions to do this?

A:Re-format the hard drive and Reinstall Windows XP

Also, I have read that using F-disk may not completely erase viruses. That article said the drive must be wiped. Comments?

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Hi Everyone,

I Want someone to help me step by step in FORMATING my C drive and how to

reinstall windows 7 again with the help of recovery disc.

my computer was formated and windows were reinstalled but it was not done by me.

please tell me how to do .I have the recovery discs provided by the hp laptop company.

SO pLEASE guide me
i have windows 7 home premium 64 bit.My device is HP DV6 6121tx

A:Want to Format C Drive and Reinstall Windows through Recovery disc

Look in the Tutorials.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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

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I am trying to reinstall windows 8 on my desktop and did a reset from the system in windows, which worked it got rid of the virus.  But to make sure everything is really gone what I really want to do is clean the hard drive by doing a complete wipe
and reinstall and new copy of windows 8 that I have which contains a product key I have.  Back in 2011 I bought the computer and windows 8 failed (it kept saying it needed to be activated, we tried to enter the product key, didn't work, after several
months of issues with our retailer and Computer manufacturer found out it had to be reinstalled remotely by Microsoft so as of now I have Windows 8 on my desktop but do not have a product key.  So I purchased a copy of Windows 8 with a product
key but can't install it.
The problem is my computer does not boot first from the CD drive then the hard drive.  I can't find where to change this. I tried to go to the BIOS to change it but there is no prompt to select the CD drive.  if anyone has any suggestions
I would appreciate any help I can get.  I have a screen shot of the BIOS but it is too large to post.

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I want to prepare a factory fresh drive so that I can use it to save backup images. Soon I will have a second drive that will only be used to store data files. Neither drive will ever be used for the installation of an operating system. From what I've read, I see no advantage to having more than a single partition on either drive. I know I want to use NTFS.

This should be straightforward. I'm finding it is not. I cannot formulate a search that points me to the right tutorial or thread. Either I get hundreds of options to consider or, if I try to narrow the options, no answer is found.

Please point me to the right discussion. Perhaps the answer will help others who come after me, too.



A:Format & Partition New Drive to Use as a Backup Drive or Storage Drive

Do you know how to make a partition and format a drive?

You can do it all in Windows Disk Management.

You don't need to do anything special to the drive just because it is going to store images.
Treat it like any other drive.

Format it with a single partition.

Store your image files on it. Use a folder structure if you want to---perhaps naming a folder something like "Macrium image of C partition, 060714" so you know the date of the image.

Nor do you need to use a separate drive just for image storage.

Make your images and store them like ordinary data. Back up the images just like you'd back up any other important data file. That's what they are: important data.

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I know absolutely nothing about windows vista. I do know that I don't like it, and I want to replace it with XP. Shouldn't be a problem, I've reinstalled XP tons of times before. But when I go into the windows setup, I see some strange (to me) things with the drive lettering, and now I'm confused. I don't want to accidentally format the wrong drive and lose all my files.

In Windows, I have 2 partitions, still just as Acer set it up when I bought the computer:
C: Acer 113g, 80.4 g free (this is my windows disk)
D: Data 112g, 44.2 free (this is my storage disk)

When I load the XP disk and go to choose which drive I want to format, I see:
K: (this is a vista backup drive)
C: [Acer] 115561 total size, 85518 free
H: [unknown] 115561 total size, 115561 free

Now, I assume that C is my actual windows drive, but why is it telling me that H (which should be my storage drive) has no data on it? I'm worried that Acer did something crazy and installed windows to H, or that H will be unreadable for some reason after I slap XP on C. The free space counts for C in windows and C in setup don't even match up exactly. Can anyone explain this please?

Thank you!

A:can't tell which drive I need to format and reinstall on

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OK, so I have 2 hard drives, an SSD for my OS, and a 2nd drive that I store all my files on. I had to do a reinstall this morning, and since I understand W7 has issues installing sometimes when there's 2 discs connected, I disconnected the power and sata cable from my 2nd drive. So I install W7, and it goes fine. I turn off the computer, plug the 2nd drive back in, turn the computer on, and see the drive letter, but when I click on it, I get a message "You need to format the disc before you use it". So I'm thinking, wtf? I go into disc management and it's listed there as well, but the File System is listed as Raw. So I'm thinking, how the hell did that happen? Since W7 only takes 15 minutes to install on the SSD I use, I decided to install it once again, but leaving the 2nd drive connected this time, hoping that would somehow fix it. Nope.

So is there ANY way to fix this? My BIOS recognizes that the disc is there, as does windows...it's just telling me it's in RAW right now, and I have no clue how that happened. Oddly enough I even made an UBUNTU disc and booted to that...but from UBUNTU that 2nd drive doesn't even show up, it only recognizes the existence of my primary hard drive.

A:After reinstall, W7 says my 2nd hard drive is in RAW format..help

Boot free Partition Wizard bootable CD which gives even more reliable readings than Disk Mgmt.
Free Download Magic Partition Manager Software - Partition Wizard Online

You can use the Partition Recovery Wizard to see if you can rescue the partition if it doesn't show up to explore.

IF this fails, I'd boot free Paragon Rescue CD to try it's Partition Rescue function, then try to Rescue Data. Rescue Kit Free Edition | PARAGON Software Group - free partition software, hard disk partitioning

As a last resort, use free Recuva Data Recovery which can try to piece it back together after deletion: Recuva - Features

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I read an article that said to format and reinstall XP, all you do is insert the CD and follow the directions. Since this XP is not an upgrade and the PC came with XP installed, is there any other CD I need to get it up and working again after I format?

A:Format hard drive and reinstall XP

Did the computer come with a restore CD?

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My friend has a dell 4400 with win xp, she says they messed up some of the programs and now
it will not start up correctly, I dont know what kind of errors etc...but how do you format it and
reinstall win-xp? what is the best way to get to the c prompt to do a format? thanks..

A:How do you format the hard drive and reinstall win-xp?

For XP, just boot from the CD and when you get to the screen about asking which partition to use, delete the partition and then create a new one.

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I'm trying to delete everything from my old pc, prior to selling it on (get rid of all my old files and programs as the purchaser doesn't need them). I then want to install XP from CD. What's the easiest way - when I did this on a previous Win 98 pc, I'm sure it let me just format the hard drive and start from scratch. XP doesn't seem to want to let me do that! The way it's going, I'm likely to lose patience and just go buy a new hard drive, it'll be less hassle than this has been so far. Any ideas/help appreciated.

A:Format Hard drive and Reinstall XP

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I want to do this. If when the questuin enable cd-rom support comes up will it recognise the cd drive as its a cd/dvd combo drive ?


A:format h/d will reinstall rconise cd/dvd drive?

A Windows setup disk loads generic cd rom drivers so you can install from a cd. You shouldnt have a problem.

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Hi All,

My Laptop Specs:

Lenovo Win7 PC
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU m 460 @ 2.53 GHz
Installed Memory: 4GB (3.8GB usable)
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Operating System
I am neither too technically qualified nor am I a computer illiterate. So please help me accordingly! Here's my issue...

My Laptop has Windows 7 Home Premium pre loaded. When I bought the laptop, there were only two drives (C Drive of 275 GB, on which OS was installed and D drive of 175 GB).

I have a lot of data to be stored and did not want to keep anything in C drive (as I have experienced loss of data during times of OS crash). Hence I wanted to shrink the C drive to about 100 GB and make the remaining as a separate drive.

3 days ago, I read a lot of tech forums and did it on Computer> Manage> Disk Management. I shrinked the C drive volume to 147 GB (which was the maximum I could shrink it to). I tried to make a separate drive of the remaining space. But it
would not allow me to. It gave me an error message "Cannot create a new volume in this unallocated space because the disk already contains maximum number of partitions". I tried to expand the D drive, but the option "Extend Volume" was not highlighted.

After a lot of reading tech forums, I understood that Windows 7 OS allows only 4 partitions.

So I downloaded a third party Partition Manager called Mini Partition Wizard Home edition and installed it on the system. I tried creating another drive using this wizard but w... Read more

A:Need Help: D Drive missing, pre loaded OS:format & reinstall

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized full Disk mgmt drive map with listings showing all columns, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu. Attach using paper clip in reply box.

It's likely the 15gb first partition is Lenovo Recovery so visit the Lenovo Support Downloads webpage for your model to browse the Manual for how to factory recover so you know those options.

Here are tips for clean reinstalling Factory OEM to look over: Reinstalling Windows 7

I would also run Disk Check and the HD maker's diagn/repair extended CD scan: Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp

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Hi All,

My Laptop details:

Lenovo Win7 PC
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU m 460 @ 2.53 GHz
Installed Memory: 4GB (3.8GB usable)
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Operating System
I am neither too technically qualified nor am I a computer illiterate. So please help me accordingly! Here's my issue...

My Laptop has Windows 7 Home Premium is pre loaded. When I bought the laptop, there were only two drives (C Drive of 275 GB, on which OS was installed and D drive of 175 GB).

I have a lot of data to be stored and did not want to keep anything in C drive (as I have experienced loss of data during times of OS crash). Hence I wanted to shrink the C drive to about 100 GB and make the remaining as a separate drive.

3 days ago, I read a lot of tech forums and did it on Computer> Manage> Disk Management. I shrinked the C drive volume to 147 GB (which was the maximum I could shrink it to). I tried to make a separate drive of the remaining space. But it would not allow me to. It gave me an error message "Cannot create a new volume in this unallocated space because the disk already contains maximum number of partitions".Even when I tried to expand the D drive, the option "Extend Volume" was not highlighted.

I again started reading tech forums and understood that Windows 7 OS allows only 4 partitions.

So I downloaded a third party Partition Manager called Mini Partition Wizard Home edition and installed it on the system. I tried creating another drive using this... Read more

A:Need Help: D Drive missing, pre loaded OS:format & reinstall

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Hi All,

It's time to format my hard drive. It hasn't been formatted since 2008 when it was bought and it's having some major issues.

I made a system image. when i was installing it, I couldn't check the option to "get rid of the partitions and format the hd". It requested the drivers, asked me to insert the disc, but I don't have any disc with the drivers.

Is there another way to install the same system image I've made and get the hard drive formatted too?

A:how to format my hard drive and reinstall the same system image

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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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So currently my gigabyte motherboard has 2-1TB drives in a mirror raid as my secondary drive for data storage and 1 250GB single drive for my OS. In the BIOS I have the setting set to RAID for my hard drives, which I set this after I loaded windows when I first started, but now my 250GB single OS drive needs to be reloaded, but my XP disc will not see the drive since I have it set to RAID. I'm having trouble loading the raid drivers from gigabyte and I thought it would be easier to set the hard drives to AHCI mode and unplug my 2-1TB drives, reload windows on the 250 then plug my 2-TB drives back up then switch the BIOS back to RAID, but I am worried that this will mess up my RAID on my 2-1TB drives?? I would hate to experiment and lose the data on those drives. Will switching modes mess up my RAID???

A:Gigabyte Mirror Raid on backup drive need to reinstall XP on single OS drive question

Pull the drives off the system, do whatever you need to do to get XP installed. When that is working, change the settings to RAID, then reconnect the mirror.

It's best to install XP with nothing else on the system anyways, otherwise you risk having XP decide to install your O/S on drive "D:".

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i go into device manager and i see tsstcorp cd/dvdw ts-h652m .however device is unable to play any cd ,dvd or burn.problem also with usb2.0 drive says unable to format and cannot display any files however it does work on any other pc.I would appreciate if someone can help me resolve this.this forum is great by the way I didnt know barely how to turn on pc and thanks to this forum I AM MORE KNOWLEGIBLE ABOUT PC.THANKS IN advance.

A:my disk drive tsstcorp cd/dvdw ts-h652m also usb drive says unable to format

Uninstall the cd/dvd drive from Device Manager and restart Windows.

After Windows restarts the drive will be reinstalled.

If still having issue try the solution here

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Hey any help would this would be GREATLY apprciated.

One of the hard drives on my pc [250gb drive , drive E:\] has about 180gb of that data inside one folder. Today I went to open the folder and the pc locked up for a second and then said that DRIVE E:\ is not formated and asked if I wanted to format it. If I select no and try to access the folder again it does the same thing. I cannot risk loosing any of the data that is inside this folder on this drive. IF anyone could try and help me access the files inside this folder I would be so appriciative!!!

Someone please help....


All other folders on the drive open just fine...

A:Folder inside drive will not open - telling me to format entire drive..

It also says that there is 0 bytes in the folder when there should be over 110gb ...

Is there any sort of program that will repair something like this...

When I right click the drive in my computer and check properties it says used space 184gb...but then when I go into the E:\ drive and select all the folders and select properties it says there is only 74.2gb used ?

The other 110gb is in that folder that I am not able to access....

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Hey Guys,

I have a netbook which I want to recycle however it has been used for business purposes and I want to properly format the drive. The issue I have is that it does not have a CD drive nor does it have a working screen. I have connected the hard drive to external display and manually deleted all files from the computer but I know this is not really 'deleting' anything.

How can I format the drive from within Windows? Unfortunately I cannot get bios to display on the external display so I can not do anything from DOS or Bios simply because I can't see anything!

My latest attempt has been to use Active KillDisk to create a bootable USB however this is when I ran into the issue of the Bios and DOS not displaying, it will only display once windows has been loaded.

Any ideas?

A:Solved: Help needed to securely format hard drive - no screen or CD drive

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I have a Dell Inspiron 15 N5050.
This unit was having high lag and memory utilization of 100% shown in task manager and resource monitor. Ran Dell Extended Troubleshooting. Results = Hard Drive error. Replace hard drive.
What are the Hard Drive specs for this unit.
This unit runs Win 7. How do I reinstall on new hard drive?
Thank you in advance for your help!

A:Inspiron N5050 Hard Drive Crashed. Drive type and OS Reinstall help

Any 2.5" SATA notebook drive will work that's 9.5 mm or slimmer.
Ideally you prepared a set of recovery media when you received the system -- if you did not, you will need to contact Dell to purchase that now.

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Hi. My external hard-drive stopped working yesterday. This is what's happening:

I plug it in as usual, then it says "You need to format the disk in drive F: before you can use it. Do you want to format it?".
I'm thinking it's more than likely an issue of having pulled out the usb cable without clicking 'safely remove'.

Yesterday I actually got it working again briefly by typing "chkdsk F: /R" into command prompt. Now when I do that it doesn't work, it says "The type of the file system is NTFS. Unable to determine volume version and state. CHKDSK aborted." And when I double click on F: drive in my computer it says "F:\ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted or unreadable".

Are there any other options besides using some sort of data recovery tool (I'd rather not do this just because it takes a long time)?

A:Solved: External hard-drive:...format the disk in drive F: before you can use it.

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I have an anternal media drive whith a number of hidden partitions which do not show up in windows. One of these partitions had become corrupted and unuseable and I would like to try re formatting it to fix the error.

In Partition Magic there are a number of drives listed. Some of the drives on the partition have assigned drive letters but the one I want to format has is greyed out and listed with a * infront of it. Partition Magic will let me enter the drive to view details and even gives me the option to format it BUT then wants to assign the drive the letter A:

If I do this then the media drive will be unable to work as it will have lost the file path it needs to record on to. I just wnat to re format this drive (with whatever freeware) and have the drive letter (wich is currently unassigned) untouched so that the media player never knows its been formatted.

File system is FAT32, partition size is 10gb, using Partition Magic, there are 2 partitions with assigned drive letters and 3 without on the 1gb HDD.

Any help or suggestions appreciated thanks.

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Other than TestDisk, what are some other free software downloads that
a person might try to recover data from a formatted drive? The drive was
formatted by accident.

This addresses an issue form one of my previous post but I have not
had any luck with TestDisk.

Thank you,

A:Free Drive Recovery programs for accidental drive format.

Please don't post duplicate threads. If your thread is in an inappropriate forum, please report it and a moderator will move it.

Continue the problem resolution here: http://forums.techguy.org/business-applications/871411-possable-recover-formatted-drive.html

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The other day i went to format a partition(called drive D) of a hard drive in dos mode. Just after i pressed enter for the format to begin i relised that in dos my partitioned drive D was actually called drive G and my other hard drive which was drive E was called D, so I was actually formatting drive E. I quickly pressed restart and once in windows tried accessing drive E but it wouldnt let me because it sais it needs to be formatted because it hasnt got a File System. Ive used getdataback to access it but I want to know if there is a way to give the drive a file system name without actually formatting it?

A:Hard drive problem.. Cancelled format now cant access drive

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Hi,I am using a windows xp sp2 and a HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-H42N cd/dvd driveThe problem is my cd drive is sometimes detecting the contents of a cd and sometimes not. I am not even able to find the pattern because the same cd when i insert it into the drive at times it shows the content and at times not.I want to format only my C drive using the windows xp cd. But the problem is when i am trying to boot from the cd, the os is not able read from cd.I checked the bios boot priority configuration and it is set to cd/dvd first.what is the other way of format my c drive other than by booting from cd ?i copied all the contents of the "windows xp installation disk" onto my usb flash drive and wanted to setup windows xp.when i double clicked on "setup.exe", i was able to go to the blue screen which had options of "collecting information, dynamic update, preparing installation, installing windows, finalizing installation". the problem is ..it has not asked me whether to just format c or format c,d,e drives.what will happen if i go ahead and format. will i lose all my data in d, e, f drives also..or by default it just formats c drive even if it does not ask us ?I am actually facing all these problems bcos...my pc is not booting from my cd.Please help me with answers.thank you

A:cd drive not reading contents of disk and does xp installation just format c drive ?


When this happens can you eject the cd? When it doesn't read it does it still sound like it is being read in the cd drive?

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Ok, here's the situation, I want to install XP Pro on a former XP HE (I say former because there are so many corrupt/damaged system files that no Win DVD, or live CDs can recognize it..), on a Vaio VGN-A617B laptop.
I would prefer to do a factory recovery from the recovery partition but there seem to be some problems too, it can't set up properly.

In short:
I got the error "unmountable drive" after a system crash.
After trying unsuccessfully to repair it with the recovery console doing chkdsk/fixboot/fixmbr, I tried to replace the files using the repair option on a Win DVD (not from the recovery console) but it couldn't see any previous Windows installations and only listed the partitions leaving me with set up/create/delete options.
I made a BartPE DVD to copy and save some personal files on an external drive.
Unfortunately, BartPE completely messed up the drive/partition letters and gave the letter E to the external drive, but E was the hidden vaio recovery partition, so C was assigned to it...
After restarting the laptop and unplugging the external drive, the vaio recovery partition kept the letter C, and E was given to the system volume...

So, now I am left with a laptop that tries to boot from the unworking recovery partition (it worked before the letter change), and a useless system volume that doesn't work.

I tried to change the letters and give back the E to the vaio recovery partition hoping that it would work but I can't,I ... Read more

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Due to various rement programs and fear of viruses, I would like to wipe clean the "C" drive and restore the system to its original out-of-box settings using either the "D" partition or the system produced recovery disks.

A:Clean C Drive & reinstall Vista from Recovery Drive D / Disk

You can use either. Make sure to save any thing of value to you on cds/dvds. Then just follow on screen prompts and that's it.

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After being attacked by several Trojans a couple of nights ago (which I mentioned in another thread), my security and personal information may be compromised as I speak, and it looks likely that I'll have format and re-install Windows XP on my laptop for the first time. This is my first time doing so for this CLEVO D900T, which is from circa-2005 and a hand-me-down from a family member. The thing is, I'm reading in this laptop's manual that in order to re-install WIndows XP, I'll be needing a USB floppy disk drive to install what appears to the drivers for the laptop's SATA drive. Thing is, I wasn't given a USB floppy drive by my family member, thus I don't have one. I was wondering, could I instead use a flash drive or flash memory (i.e microSD card) via the laptop's card reader to load the drivers? I'm not sure if in this case it'd be best if I just re-install or format and re-install.

Also, I'm trying to make it easier for me to get my laptop back to the way it is when and if I re-install. Is there any way I can get a list of all of the programs I have installed on my PC right now, or possibly carry over all of my programs and settings for the next install? Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

A:Laptop needs USB floppy drive to reinstall Win XP, can I use flash drive/memory instead?

Well, you are going to have problems... Sorry to say...

First off, most PCs with SATA drives will have an option in the BIOS to place it in IDE mode. This assures that Windows Setup will be able to detect it as a drive with the ability to be installed to.

As for USB drives, it all depends on your BIOS version and manufacturer. Toshiba for example, does not support ANY usb device unless it is made by their company. It sucks, yes, but i guess for more money for crappy products.

You can install the drivers to a flash drive, but you will also have to make a bootable image to that drive, and load your windows setup files, manually format and partition the drive, copy the files over, then start the setup process to do that. It is a huge hassle that I had to deal with on a Toshiba Portege 3500.

Backing up is a bit easier. You can use the built in windows backup software (Start>All Programs>Accessories>System tools> Backup) and make a complete backup to an external drive to restore after format. The problem is YOU WILL ALSO TRANSFER THE VIRUSES YOU HAVE!!!

If you use the file and settings transfer wizard, you can transfer most of your stuff, but you WILL HAVE TO REINSTALL A LOT OF YOUR SOFTWARE, as it will not transfer your registry entries.
Your best bet is to get an Antivirus/spyware removal tool (Such as www.superantispyware.com) and an anti MAlware software (such as Malwayebytes). This will clear most of your infections, and gives you more time ... Read more

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My primary HDD was failing so I backed it up and replaced it with a larger 1TB drive.  After reinstalling everything the new drive is displaying the same size as my old drive and the extra space available is unallocated.  I can allocate it as
a separate drive but I find that annoying and would prefer to just have my primary C: drive show up with all of the available space.  I formatted the extra space and made it available separately as drive G hoping that I could EXPAND drive C but that option
is not highlighted as selectable on drive C for some reason.  Should I just live with this extra space or is there a way to easily combine C and the new G space?

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I have a HP Pavillion laptop computer. I needed to replace my hard drive, the salesman at the store said I could buy an external hard drive and remove it from the case and use it as an internal. I did that. Now I get NTLDR is missing. I ordered recovery discs from HP but nothing happens when I try to use them. HP said I need to format the new hard drive but I don't know how. Can someone help a beginner?

A:Solved: how to format an external drive to be an internal drive

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I need to format my hard drive [D & C drive]

so i wanna know Will format the hard drive [D & C drive], delete the all file
in it? Like the software that i install [ C:\Program Files], will they remain there or
will be deleted?

i already make a back up to all my Document project [ on D drive as i shown above] but to be honest, i dont want the process to delete my " Program Files" folder [ C:\Program Files]& my Document project [ on D:drive]........

** I just reinstall my pc 4/5 days ago [ maybe on 20 or 21/3/2012 ]

A:Will format the hard drive [D & C drive], delete the all file in it?

Formatting a drive or partition will completly wipe it, delete everything.

Take note you will be unable to format a drive with Windows on it if you are using that installation, you need to use a boot disk. If using dual boot you can format one Windows drive from the other.

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Dear All,
I want to ask if any Microsoft forum or technet mentioned that
Step 1: reinstall the OS drive without formatting the D data drive which is bitlocker encrypted.

Step 2: After encypted OS drive again, the D data drive can be automatically unlocked by reset the password.

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I have a computer with a 250 GB hard drive that is nearly all used so I want to add a new hard drive for extra capacity, what steps should I follow in order to do this properly? Also is their a way to put the old hard drive and new hard drive as the same Drive type and have a C: drive with 500 GB's of storage to use.

A:Need info on how to add a new hard drive while keeping my old one intact?

Not sure if you can make both of them set to "C". But its real easy to set up a second drive. Make sure that the jumper is set to "slave". Then pop it in there hook it all up and that is pretty much it. Then presto you have another drive.

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I have a laptop with a partition HD. I want to re-format the entire drive and delete the partition. The problem I have is that I do NOT have a floppy drive and only have a CD Rom drive.

I can find figure out how to reformat with out a floppy drive to boot from.

Please help me!!!!

Running XP now and want to re-install it after.

A:How to format a hard drive w/o a floppy drive

Simply boot from the XP CD. It should do the lot.
XP does not usually use a boot floppy.

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Hey sevenforums,
very sorry if this thread is a double, I have seen others with a similar problem but unfortunately none of their fixes have been able to help me.

I have upgraded my computer to use solid state drive for the operating system. as other walkthroughs have suggested I have removed my separate hard drive in order to do a clean install. windows installed fine but when I went to attach and format my secondary drive I ran into some problems. formatting from within Windows told me that the hard drive was already in use and I had to shut down other applications. then I tried formatting it from within the Windows 7 Installer and it told me that I could not because I had my system files and what not on there. then I tried to use diskpart but it told me the same thing when I ran the clean up it said I had my page files and system files and other things on there.

is it possible that my computer is confusing the new system files with the old? they both have installed the identical copy of Windows.

I have backed up my old drive so recovering the files off of it is not an issue at this point I would just like to do a big dirty format

sorry for the formatting and punctuation errors I am using my phone

A:Can't format secondary drive (old system drive)

You can use Partition Wizard free to wipe that old disk. If it doesn't do it inside windows, create the bootable media and boot into PW, format there.

Windows most probably just sees that system files etc/could be marked as active also and stops format.

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What happens if I clean install Win7 (OES) on a hard drive and then reinstall a hard drive with the stock Dell upgraded to Win10 from Win 8.1?
My systemell 3847, 16gb ram, Nvidia Graphics card

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Hi all.
My 18 months old laptop met its maker (needs a new motherboard at the cost of about $600), yeah f.. y.. Toshiba!, so I have purchased a new HP that came with 64 bit Vista Ultimate (didn't have to register it during unpacking, it says it is registered?). I would like to transfer everything over (about 80Gs worth stuff) from my old machine. What would be the most cost effective (time wise) sollution? Can I import the registry and copy over the file structure (ie my documents, program files, etc.) or do I have to manually reinstall most of my programs to make them work again?


A:Migrating XP from a dead computer (hard drive intact) to 64 bit Vista


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Hey Guys

I just want to know how to reinstall windows 7 but keeping my files saved.

I am newbie in Windows 7
I am using Windows XP before and when Im going to Reinstall XP
This options come out

I am selecting the last one which is "Leave the current file system intact <No Changes>"
it means that you are going to install OS but files will not be deleted
Is there any option in Windows 7 installation is same as this???

Please help me guys
Thanks for reading my post
Sorry for my bad English. . .

A:Leave the current file system intact for Windows 7

You can achieve this by doing a repair install as told in this tutorial: Repair Install


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Windows XP Pro displays the primary hard Drive set as the master on IDE 1 as drive F: instead of drive C:. I can not find the cause.....any ideas? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks

A:Windows XP displays primary hard drive as drive F: instead of Drive C:

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I have just finished a pc build with a SSD to be used as the boot/OS drive and a secondary 2 HDD setup in raid 0 for storage.

First I started with the SSD only and installed win7, applied all the updates etc. At this point the system has rebooted at least half a dozen times with no issue.
Next I set up the 2 HDD in raid 0, initialized it with disk manager and everything is looking good. But as soon as I reboot the system, upon startup the system can't find a os. Using the windows install disc, I go into the recovery console and discover that the boot drive which was C:\ is now E:\ and the storage drive which was E:\ is now C:\.
The os files on the boot drive seem to be all there. It's just in the wrong drive path. Using the recovery console I switched back the drives to their proper places, but then on startup I got the error 'bootmgr is missing' at this point I gave up, nuked the drives and started from scratch only to get thing again once I initialized the HDD and rebooted.
I am sure I have overlooked some stupid detail somewhere. Can anyone help me figure out where I went wrong?

A:Windows 7 has swapped my drive paths with my boot drive and sec. drive

My first thought with a new build is settings in the BIOS, many times something has to be changed.

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I recently got a new hard drive. The first thing I did was create a new partition. After that, I copied the contents of my C drive to the new partition using HDCopy. Next, I changed the letter of my C drive(changed it to Z) and changed the letter of my new partition to C. Now it looks like everything works, but I do have one question. When I go to windows computer management, it still says my drive that used to be C is my system drive and my NEW C drive is Page File. Here's a screen shot to help:http://i42.tinypic.com/1zxbg9e.jpgI'm wondering if this is problematic and if there's any way to make my C drive listed as the system driveThanks,Austin

A:C drive not listed as system drive in windows drive manager

Your pc is still booting to the Z drive it seems. You might want to try just backing up your stuff and doing a format so that the new drive does not contain your system root.

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I have a Dell Laptop which came with XP, last year I purchased Win7 Home Premium Upgrade and installed it on the Laptop. I let my stepson use it until today, the User files have been messed with and there is more junk on it than I am willing to work around.
I would like to format the hard drive and reinstall Win7 using the same disc I purchased last year. I still have the Product Key.
I have searched but have not found details particular to my needs, which basically means I am no Techie!

A:format win7 hard drive and reinstall win7 Home Premium.

I believe you will find this is what you are looking for.
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

The system will run much better in general using that method rather than upgrading as well.

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