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Hard drive problem.. Cancelled format now cant access drive

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

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?

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I recently bought an SSD for my netbook, and took out the HDD and put it in an enclosure. When I connect it to either of my computers, it does not show up in my computer. I can see it in disk management and device manager, but I am not given the option to format or even partition it. I can change the driver letter, which I have, but nothing has changed.

The light on the external drive is on, so I don't think it's a hardware problem. Anyone have any suggestions?


A:Cannot access/format external hard drive, please help

Did you assign it a drive letter?

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I have a customer's Satellite L305D S5895 laptop. This was shipped to me by the customer who tried to install Windows XP Pro, Vista and none would install. He said he tried all installation CDs he had and finally gave up on it and shipped it to me.

When I got it the partition were deleted so I tried to install Win 7 and when I do doing a custom install I get an error saying the hard drive can't be formatted on disk 0 or it will give an error that no hard drives were found.

I reset the bios to default and no matter what I do it won't format or find the harddrive. I was going to upgrade the bios but the only way I found to upgrade the bios is after windows is installed. There is no way to make changes to the bios for settings that would have to do with the hard drive. This has a Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive.

When installing Win 7 I get the normal windows, "windows is starting", "Select Language", "Select System", "Type of install", "Custom Install", "Delete partitions", "New Partitions", "Format", then the error message "Windows cannot format a partition on disk 0. Error: 0x80070057"

This happens regardless what system I try to install. I've tried two different versions of XP, one of Vista and 3 Win 7 and each time a different install CD.

System Specs
AMD Turion (TM) 64 x 2 Mobile CPU
CPU Speed 2.00 GHz
Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive
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A:Solved: win 7 can't find hard drive or can't format hard drive on clean install

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So, I bought this nice little VANTEC NexStar-FX NAS - single bay, Gigabit, quiet. I installed a 3TB HD in it.

The problem: Dang thing doesn't have NTFS as a format option - Just EXT2 or 3, and FAT32. Of course, trying any of them (from either the PC or Mac) fails.

What would be the best way to go about formatting the drive so I can use the NAS? I assume I'll have to install the drive somewhere else to format it... but if I format it as NTFS for instance, will I be able to use it? Or will I have to do a ton of FAT32 partitions?

FWIW, this is my first attempt at utilizing a NAS.

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The specs show the NAS supporting "up to 2TB" drives: http://www.vantecusa.com/en/product/view_detail/449

Also says "*Check our website www.vantecusa.com for the updated storage capacity" but I don't see where they list any firmware updates or anything useful on their site.

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I've got a strange one that I've been working on. The drive had/has Vista 32 bit on it and I can format the drive with my Windows 7 system (it's a drive 3 that I have installed on this system). The status as shown by the screen shot is "healthy active partition".

The first thing I did was run repair but it reported it was unable to repair the install.

I've reformatted the drive - full format, not quick, booted from the Acronis boot CD, reinstalled an Acronis True Image full hard drive backup to the drive (a couple of times). But, it still will not boot, Windows starts to load then it blue screens but the blue screen and info are only there for a brief second and not enough to see the error. I even tried reinstalling Vista, reformat the hard drive and install and it still fails the same way.

I can access the drive from the Windows Explorer and the proper disc contents are displayed. I've run error checking and it doesn't find anything.

I thought it had something to do with the bootmgr (and may still do) but reformatting, reinstalling, etc should have corrected that.

I hate to say the hard drive is bad since no errors show up and it formats properly.


A:Hard Drive Format? Problem

Are you disconnecting the other drives before you install to this drive?

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Hello ~~

I'm having trouble formatting a hard drive. At the FDISK screen I went through the steps of deleting the partition and creating a new one. Then, as instructed, I shut down and restarted. I had no C:/> as I was expecting - just the blinky cursor. So I rebooted with a Startup disk, which in turn got me to the C:/> I wanted. From there I typed "FORMAT C: /s" and the following error was returned:

"Invalid media type reading drive c:"

Uh oh! So I thought I'd start over with the FDISK and when I typed that at the C:/> prompt the same error was returned.

Any thoughts? This is an old computer I was trying to reload Windows on. Thanks for any advice!!

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I can't access a slave drive i've been using for about 3 years now. I use it for file storage. I've made no changes, but when i try to access it, i get the massage - the disk is not formatted. Format it now? It was working fine yesterday, but if i format it i'll lose my files. I've run an antivirus scan, spybot, registry checker, still no joy

A:Hard drive format problem

This might seem redundant...but try accessing a known folder on the drive directly.
eg. START>>RUN, Type "D:\Games\"

there are other things to try, but this has happend to me before and I couldn't fix it, but at leased I could backup everything in the folders I could access this way.

And if this works...it eliminates lots of other reasons.


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I bought a Buffalo station 1TB external drive a few months ago and it failed after the first usage. After transferring about 10gb worth of data, the next time I tried to boot up the drive just wouldn't be recognised by the system anymore and I felt like the data was lost. I posted a thread months ago and was told to try removing the drive and install directly into my pc.

Last night I attempted to do this but the boot up screens say "sec slave drive failure". It is a SATA western digital drive, the other SATA device in my system is a DVD burner, and my primary drive is an IDE, along with another IDE secondary drive.

This is the message I get on start up:
3rd Master: WDC WD1200BB-00DWA0 15.05R15
Ultra DMA Mode-5, S.M.A.R.T. Capable but disabled

3rd Slave: IC35l060AVV207-0 V22OA63A
Ultra DMA Mode-5, S.M.A.R.T. Capable but disabled

Secondary Slave Hard Disk Error
Press F1 to resume

Is there anyway I can repair this drive so that I can get some usage out of it? I don't mind too much if I have to sacrifice the data that i saved (I assumed it's lost since the drive first failed) but it would nice if there was some way to retrieve it too. Any ideas appreciated.


A:Hard drive failure problem - how 2 format etc?

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Hey Tech People! This is a weird one.

I bought an HP ENVY H8-1534 for my wife (refurbished; great price). The site said it came with Windows 7; it came with Windows 8. I tried it out for four seconds and realized right away why Microsoft has gotten so much crap over this. Put plainly, in my opinion, this is worse than any other operating system. (I used a slightly different description last night and now I can’t find my cat). I am also not thrilled about having to sign up for every single service Microsoft has (or the machine will not work) and converting to Microsoftolicism and worshipping the greedy jerks that intentionally come up with this stuff.

I am very technically proficient with most Windows operating systems up until now. I decided to install a brand new Windows 7 Premium (premium for the price) disk on this thing.

Here is my question: I did all the BIOS stuff (turned off secure boot and everything else). Apparently this Seagate 1.5T SCSI Barracuda hard drive is formatted differently for Windows 8. I didn’t know that. Now, not only does the Win 7 install tell me it cannot be installed on this disk, but now, it has disappeared from all the hardware management programs (device manager, diskmgmt.msc, etc.). I put the drive in my old Windows Ultimate (for the size of the vein on my forehead) machine and same thing. Bootable rescue disk; nothing. Bootable USB; nothing. Something said the format was in a PG or PN something configuration.

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A:Windows 8 hard drive format problem...

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My computer is saying that my external drive needs formatted and formatting it will erase all the data. I have much data on it that I was saving on an external drive because I want it. Is there a way to retrieve the data before reformatting the external drive? I have a toshiba pentuim pentium (r) dual core T4200 with a windows vista home premium operating system and a accudata hard drive model number PDHD1000USB72.

I can be contacted at [email protected]

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I have two hard drives on a computer. I started reformatting the secondary drive, which doesn't have the operating system on it, and realized soon after I started that it has some important data on it. It had barely started when I cancelled it. Now the drive needs to be formatted to be used. Is there a program that can recover deleted data from an unformatted hard drive?

A:Solved: Cancelled reformat hard drive, trying to recover data

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My laptop is a Dell Latitude D830 running Windows Vista.

I've bought a Freecom USB 2.0 Hard Drive XS 1TB (Model Code SSYBBA) which came FAT32 preformatted. I wanted to reformat to use NTFS so I plugged it in to my USB port. Opening Windows Explorer, the drive was picked up as G:\ and I could view files on there and copy and remove files so I knew the disk was working OK.

I started reformatting by right-clicking on the drive letter and selecting "Format" from the menu and select NTFS and kept the default settings. After an hour I cancelled the formatting (clicked Cancel) and a message popped up asking me to confirm, so I did.

Since doing this, the drive is now no longer recognised and doesn't get a drive letter assigned. I've tried rebooting, reconnecting and checking in Disk Management and it just doesn't appear (although is powering up when the laptop starts). Also, Device Manager doesn't show it. Screen shot of Disk Management attached.

Can you tell me, how do I get the drive letter back to restart reformatting?

Thanks in advance for your help.


A:Cancelled external HDD hard disk formatting, now no drive letter

What options do you have when you right click on the drive?

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I recently formatted my backup drive (Internal ATA 750GB drive using some tool called "Hard Disk Low Level Format Tool" and now it does not show up in my computer. I tried administrative tools, and assigning a drive letter and all and when i try to open it now (it does show up) but says the drive is "0 bytes". Any ideas? Thanks.

ALSO it says (when i double click the drive) "E:/ Is not accessible" "Parameter is incorrect"

A:750GB ATA Hard drive problem - not showing up after format!

Have you initialised the disk in disk manager? How does it show up in disk manager?

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I recently replaced my slave hard drive which I use to hold a drive image of by Windows XP OS on my "C" drive.
When I tried to partition the new drive (80 gig) using "Partitiion Magic", it failed, with an error message saying that there was a file error on the disc. Don't ask me to tell you what the exact error was because it has now vanished along with the contents of my hard drive. After the error message, I tried to format the hard drive and it refused to do so. I then downloaded a tool known as "Hard Disk Low Level Format Tool" and used it apparently sucessfully to format the hard drive.
I then tried to partition it again with "Partion Magic" and it replied with a message which I dont remember the details but it basically said that the hard drive was corrupt and therefore unfixable. Can anyone help me to "clean" the hard drive or should I just cut my losses and buy another. I was thinking of something like "nuke & boot" or is it "boot & nuke".
Thanks in advance.

A:[SOLVED] Problem trying to format my hard drive (slave)

use killdisk and partition and format from disk management

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hi there,

I need some good advice here, I hope someone can help me.

I just bought a usb3.0 320gb external hard drive the brand and model are: "Imation Apollo M100"

I plugged it into a usb 3 port and it worked but I wanted to format it before i used it, so i right clicked on it in my computer, and clicked format from the drop down box.

I selected quick format and then started it. It ran for a while, then a box popped up saying: unable to complete format" or something to that effect. after that it was inaccessible. the drive showed in my computer as "local disk H:" or something like that. there was no gauge below it indicating the amount of data remaining on the disc, like all the others (ie: "30gb of 465gb left" which is displayed below my internal hard drives)

from the control panel i went to system & security -> create and format hard disk partitions. in disk management it was there with a 1mb partition and the balance of the space as RAW. so i deleted it and tried to format it again with the same result (minus the 1mb partition) i unplugged it and tried the process again, this time i unchecked "quick format", and still no dice.

now it wont pick up at all... i hear the ding dong when i plug it in, but it doesn't show up anywhere, in my computer or in disk manager.

Has anyone got any idea whats going on or what i have done wrong? im normally able to figure this stuff out but im completely stuck... ... Read more

A:external hard drive problem, unable to detect or format


1. Try to connect the USB 3 drive to a USB 2 port, just to discard any problems with USB 3.0 port?

2. Goto Start>Control Panel>select "Icon View">Device Manager
Click the "View" tab and select "Show Hidden Devices"
In the Device Manager window, find the item/items labeled "Universal Serial Bus controllers." And expand.
Now plug the device in. Do you see a USB mass storage driver appear under USB?
Try all USB ports.

3. Also do you see any devices in Device Manager listed as Other or Unknown, or having a yellow symbol?
If so right-click and Update.

4. Update the driver for your USB 3.0.



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I am running Windows 7 Professional, 64-bit, on a Lenovo W500 ThinkPad laptop. I am trying to upgrade my Seagate 320GB hard-disk drive to a Western Digital (WD) Blue 1TB. The new drive has 4K sectors (Advanced Format), as opposed to 512-byte sectors, which appears to be causing some problems with Windows. The operating system loads, however Windows Update will not work, and various programs give strange prompts. The old drive was cloned to the new using Acronis True Image WD Edition. Proper alignment was verified using Acronis WD Align. I have to clone the old drive; clean-installing Windows is not an option. Microsoft has this article for what seems to be my problem: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/982018. I already have run this file (prior to cloning), however the problem remains. I have read on-line that it might help to install Intel RST 9.6 or later. My Device manager currently lists Intel ICH9M-E/M SATA AHCI Controller (under IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers); it is driver version I have tried to upgrade the driver, however without success: I simply receive the message, "Windows has determined the driver software for your device is up to date." Help is greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.


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A:Problem Upgrading W500 to 4K Advanced Format Hard Drive

Have you installed windows7 sp1?

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I enabled bitlocker by editing the group policy. At tha time, I encrypted my internal and external hard drive. The internal drive saved the key to my usb drive and by default, the external drive save it in my Documents folder. I also selected the auto-unlock option to prevent myself from having to key my password each time I used the drive. Due to performance issues after upgrading from Vista, I decided to reinstall Windows 7. I copied all of my data over to the external drive from the Documents folder, right clicked th external drive from the Computer folder and assumed by removing the password, which is allowed since the auto-unlock setting was enabled (not the best idea for those who might be considering this) and thought that Bitlocker was disabled from the external drive and was not aware that it had to be turned off from the Control Panel System and Security area. I proceeded to install Ubuntu which repartitioned the hard drive.I was curious to see if the new beta release fixed a kernel panic issue I was experiencing and it did not. I now went back to Windows 7 and started the installation. This repartitioned the drive again and everything was reinstalled. I go to plug in my external drive and now I'm prompted for the 48 digit recovery key. Ok, I pull out my jump drive to find that I don't have it. Since it was in my Documents folder and I copied all of that data to the external drive prior to the reinstall, its now encrypted on the drive and I've basically lost all of ... Read more

A:Cannot access external hard drive after enabling Bitlocker to go. Recovery key file is on the encrypted drive and I cannot access it. Any suggestions?

No, without the cert you cannot gain access to the drive, by design, and as expected behavior. If you could, there would not be a reason for the encryption to exist at all.Rating posts helps other users
Mark L. Ferguson MS-MVP

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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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I am running Windows 7 Professional, 64-bit, on a Lenovo W500 ThinkPad laptop. I am trying to upgrade my Seagate 320GB hard-disk drive to a Western Digital (WD) Blue 1TB. The new drive has 4K sectors (Advanced Format), as opposed to 512-byte sectors, which appears to be causing some problems with Windows. The operating system loads, however Windows Update will not work, and various programs give strange prompts.

The old drive was cloned to the new using Acronis True Image WD Edition. Proper alignment was verified using Acronis WD Align. I have to clone the old drive; clean-installing Windows is not an option.

Microsoft has this article for what seems to be my problem: An update that improves the compatibility of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 with Advanced Format Disks is available. I already have run this file (prior to cloning), however the problem remains.

I have read on-line that it might help to install Intel RST 9.6 or later. My Device manager currently lists Intel ICH9M-E/M SATA AHCI Controller (under IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers); it is driver version I have tried to upgrade the driver, however without success: I simply receive the message, "Windows has determined the driver software for your device is up to date."

Help is greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.

A:Upgrading to 4K (Advanced Format) Hard Drive (Windows Update Problem)

Do you know if the new 1TB drive is using the GUID file table (GPT)? I wonder if the old drive was in MBR format and you are cloning to GPT. That may cause problems.

If so you may want to format the 1TB as MBR with 512 sectors. There is no reason you need to use GPT under 2.2TB. So performance should not be an issue.

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Hi everyone,

I recently accidentally formatted a hard drive. So, I quickly install a file recovery software (EaseUS Data Recovery). Then the result shows that most of SWF files are big in size. I think that lots of my files have been converted or combine with other files. So, how do I recover my files?

A:File format changed into other format after format a hard drive

This may not be the best answer, but I would recover the files first. That is you biggest concern right now. Then try to see what you need to do to fix them.

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

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

Please help me!!!!

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

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

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

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Here is my problem:
I just upgrade my PC from win2k to XP. I have 3 hard drives installed. The install went fine but one of the hard drives will not allow me to access it now. I tried to change permissions which is what I always have done in 2k but when I am in properties it does not give me the option now in XP. The other drives have the option available. I am pretty good with 2k but not at all with XP. It is a western digital HD if that matters. I assume it is just not allowing me to access because of the permissions....... Can anyone steer me in the right path? Thanks!

A:Help with hard drive access problem.

I am not completely familiar with win2k, but i have a few options. First, when you did the installation of XP, did you format all the drives? I'm assuming not doing that is the only way some permissions could have been carried over from your old OS. What sort of error does it give you when you try to access the hard drive?


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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 1300MHz, x86 Family 15 Model 0 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 639 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce2 MX/MX 400 (Microsoft Corporation), 32 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 39997 MB, Free - 3484 MB; I: Total - 953835 MB, Free - 920511 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Computer Corporation, Dimension 8100 , ,
Antivirus: Kaspersky Internet Security, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled I can't access an exteranal drive letter G. As you can see it doesn't even show here in the hard drives section. I get this message:G:\ is not accessible Request could not be performed because of an I/O device error. This message came when I double clicked on the drive in My Computer! Thanks

A:hard drive access problem

The drive may have failed. You can check if this has happened by testing it with the drive maker's diagnostic software. Links here at top of page: http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287

Most external drives are known to fail or have other problems much more so than internal ones.

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OK, I'm having a hard drive problem I've never encountered before and... well, I haven't been very diligent on my backups (it has been 6 months), so I'm very worried I may lose some valuable files. I'm hoping someone here can help me.

BACKGROUND: I have an HP dv6 laptop computer running Windows 7 that was working fine for a couple of years. Then, all of the sudden without any warning, I started to experience a peculiar hard drive behavior. Upon launching a program (3rd party or Microsoft), the hard drive would become completely busy, causing the whole system to be sluggish and apps to not respond. The drive would make a series of clicks and access sounds in a certain pattern that repeats every 2~3 seconds. Same exact pattern, over and over. Then after a while, it would subside. Yet, it would repeat again and last longer. I was able to run diagnostics on my drive and everything checked out. I even booted up in a special HP BIOS diagnostic where it could check the hard drive -- no errors found. I ran Malware Bytes, but it turned up nothing significant. I booted up in SAFE mode, still same problem. I posted about it, but couldn't get any advice that helped.

OK, I figured there must be a bad driver somewhere that was caused by a Windows update, so I decided to roll back to an earlier checkpoint. Well... BAD MOVE. The rollback worked, but it made things worse. Now I was getting this hard disk access loop DURING BOOT UP, which didn't happen before. Well, that righ... Read more

A:Hard drive problem, and can't access externally - what to do?

Thankfully I have been able to slowly but gradually pull off files that I really needed, now fiddling around getting other files that I'd like to have. The highest USB drive I could get recognized is 8Gb. So at least I was able to pull over around 7Gb of files with each swap. Still mystified why my 16Gb USB drive won't work. Anyway, it was clumsy having to use XCOPY... so I launched Explorer and was able to get the GUI interface going. The hard drive loop kicked in once or twice, but then subsided. The only strange thing is that the click+drag functionality would stop working after each drag... so I'd have to close the window and open a new one.

I'm still perplexed... as to why I could not access the drive externally, that it was seen as raw devices. There must be some kind of drive encryption. If a known encryption is used, is there some method by which the drive can be used externally? Or is it permanently relegated to internal use until decrypted?

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I have a second hard drive, which I recovered a deleted file into. I went into the find the recovered file, but it wasn't there, even though it used up a few gigabytes of space. I'm now frustrated, and I want to format the drive. It kept saying "being used by another process" or something like that, anyways, I went into the hard drive and deleted everything myself. The hard drive is now empty, but it still has about 16gigs of space being used, even though the drive is completely empty.

The software I used to recover my file was "Recuva". I uninstalled it, so it shouldn't be interfering with the formatting. Is there anyway to force format the hard drive???

Please help!

Thank you.

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

Use your Windows install disc. When it gets to the point where it ask you where you want to install Win 7 indicate that drive. Then format the disc. Now exit the installation. If you cannot get that one to work then attempt it with a XP installation disc.

Another way is to go to your Control Panel and choice Administration Tools then go to Computer Management. From there go to Disk management. Once there right click on the Drive then click on Delete Volume. Once that is done, reformat. Hope this helps.

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I'm amateur pc user. Been trying fix problems all week. Changed power box due to over heating, used AVG & Superantispyware. Keeps asking to reboot and choose boot device, and several hints of mysterious behavior inside machine. Feels like something is eating it (paranoid spirituality). Anyone know what's going on. Please be gentle with me;Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 14:43:58, on 30/04/2010Platform: Windows Vista SP2 (WinNT 6.00.1906)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18904)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Program Files (x86)\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 3\AWC.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\AASP\1.00.61\aaCenter.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\SUPERAntiSpyware\SUPERAntiSpyware.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Kontiki\KHost.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 3\Sup_SmartRAM.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\DT Utilities\DT Utilities PC Backup Pro\mgCtrl.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG9\avgtray.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Entriq\MediaSphere\EntriqMediaTray.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Entriq\MediaSphere\\EntriqMediaServer.exeC:\Windows\Integrator.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exeR0 - HKCU\Software\Micr... Read more

A:Unknown problem,system restore&recycle bin&2nd hard drive vanished, 2nd hard drive

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I want to copy an access database from a zip drive to a hard drive. Can I simply just select the database and do a copy and paste or is there anything else involved? Also, what would be the easist way to make changes to the database on the hard drive and have them update on the zip drive and vice versa?

A:copy access database from zip drive to hard drive

That should do it.
Copy/paste or click and drag.

To "back up" the database regularly?
Copy and paste over.
There is no EASIER way without getting very involved.
Since the drive is just for a simple backup, I would keep it simple.

Please make sure you're compacting your Access DB on close (Tools-Options, General tab, in 2000 and above), so that it doesn't unnecessarily get bigger and bigger.

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I have win xp,sevice pack 2 with 2 hard drive.

Recently my PC encountred a virus attack named "net.net"
I scaned my PC with AVG and removed all virus,but after that I cannot access 2 partition(D-drive and E-drive) on 1st hard disk.
Everytime I click on both the partitions I get a error msg "The disk in drive D(name) is not formated Do you want to format it now?"
I cannot access through windows explorer and any of options shown on right click on the icon of D and E-drive(like "open" , "search" , "explore" & so on..)

If u have a solution please sen it to my e-mail ID: [email protected]

A:unable to access a partition drive of hard drive

The virus likely corrupted or deleted the partition information. I've used a few apps in the past with mixed results, you can give Partition Table Doctor a try.

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I am trying to move all my files from my computer to my new external hard drive, but whenever I try and move a file over 4 GB in size i get this error message...
"The file is too large for the destination file system"... anyone know how I can get around this so I can move those files over?

A:Problem transfering large file from hard drive to external hard drive

Get ahold of some software that will break up the file into chunks.

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My hard drive crashed seemingly due to a trojan horse. Unfortunately I did not have a recent back up. So I hooked it up as a slave to another drive. I can access some of the data, but my most recent data is not accessable. I'm sure this is because of the password protection on a different profile.

I am using Windows XP Home Edition which does not have the administrator tools that professional does. Isn't there a way that I can get around the security and log in through DOS?

Do I need to use the old motherboard with the new drive in order to do this?

I know there has to be a way to do this and I am desperate to get my data off of the drive.

Please HELP!!!!!

A:Hard Drive Crash-Access from another drive

Background please: Did you try a repair install? No data loss with that.

Can you get hold of/make a Win98 startup disk?

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when I go to access my C drive an eror message pops up and says

"Windows cannot find "RECYCLER\s-1-2-94-100026750-100011381-100025454-5413.com'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click Start, and then click Search"

I've uploaded a print screen of the windo that pops up if that helps.

I don't know what to do can you help plz!?!?

A:[SOLVED] I can't Access my C drive (hard drive)


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Trying to do a favor for my Sales Assistant and get her boys laptop running again, which is an HP Presario about 4-5 yrs old. Though it came with XP Home installed, her ex-boyfriend had installed XP Professional some time ago, and that's all I know about this computer.

Tried everything to get it to boot -- no luck. Appears the hard drive was locked, as couldn't access the drive even in Safe Mode, despite changing PW settings in the BIOS. Tried installing XP Home from my disc (intending to use her key on bottom of laptop), but it kept wanting the XP Pro CD. Without going into the many things tried, I decided it was best to try for a clean install after formatting the drive.

Have a disc w/ Darik's Nuke 'n Boot on it, along with various utilities. None of the utilities fixed anything, BTW, so here's where I'm at currently. I'm running the Boot 'n Nuke program in Autonuke mode, which will hopefully allow me to reinstall XP once it's done...with "once it's done" being the operative phrase. It's already been running for FIVE hours and it's only done 3% of the drive, and the prgm estimates 150hrs to completion, which is appx another 6 days. There's got to be a better, faster way.

I thought about stopping the process, and seeing if I can access a mode called Quick Format -- which I didn't use because it said "autonuke" was the easiest, safest format to use and had the best default settings, etc. ... Read more

A:How To Format A Drive When You Can't Access It In Xp?

Any MS XP CD can wipe a drive...it's the first step before formatting/creating a new partition for install of XP.

Note that I did not say Recovery CD.

Just insert the CD (after having changed the boot drive setting in the BIOS so that the optical drive is the 1st option), go through the screens, delete any/all existing partitions, create new partition/format...then the install will begin.

Whole process takes less than 50 minutes.


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

Thank You

A:Hard drive format

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Hi.Am trying to do new installation (clean install) of windows xp pro and cant seem to get the option of formatting the drive.All it seems to do is rewrite over the previous installations(even though I choose new installation option).Since trying to reinstall I also keep getting the error "cant find c:\windows\system32\tools\delfolders.exe." It doesnt seem to be cuasing any problems as such as I can still use my computer but I would really like to format and get rid of any crap.Any ideas?Also clicking on C drive in My Computer and then clicking file and then choosing format, also says that windows cannot format this drive.Please close any utilities ................. and try again.No luck.Thanks.Darren.

A:Cannot format hard drive


What you need to do is go into BIOS setup menu and set your boot order to:

CDRom - 1st
Floppy - 2nd
Hard Drive - 3rd

Don't forget to save before you exit.

Put your OS CD into the CDRom and let it boot. (I am assuming that you have a full self-booting copy of XP)

When it comes up. let it format to NTFS before you start to install...that should work for you.

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hello,i am new in here
i have a problem when trying to format my drive

i am trying to install new 8.1 os but it is hang while it is format

i have try format from bios and it is also hang while formating
i have put it as external drive from other system and still cannot format it (also from etc software)!!!!

is it because the drive became raw partition?
how i am suppose to change in back to ntfs when it is cannot be format

A:hard drive cannot be format

Hi Jammie

What do you mean hang? Depends how your formatting it, some programs that have formatting features will hang for minutes to hours while formatting depends on how big the hard drive is.

Are you sure that the drive has already been formatted?
If you want to put the drive back to NTFS you can do so in Windows>Format or using a piece of software called Parted Magic which is a live CD and allows you to view/edit/format partitions on each hard drive.

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My C: drive is in the "red" and I was told that I need to format it and reinstall Windows Vista. I can't seem to find the Vista Installation Disc. I don't remembering getting one when I purchased the laptop; I have a Dell Insprion 1520.

How do I get this disc?

Also, do I need to format just the c: drive or the d: drive also?

A:Format Hard Drive

If the OS came preinstalled, you can get one at cost. In lieu of that most computers have a recovery partition that will restore to factory specs. Usually an f key at boot.
You can find out how from your manual or online.
Factory specs is just like a new install.

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Hi, I recently upgraded and moved the OS to a new drive. I want to format the old OS drive (now D drive). How would I go about doing this? I know you can't format a bootable drive too

Any help?


A:Format old OS hard drive

Make sure the drive is connected to your computer (internal drive should be, external drive needs to be plugged in.) Then click Start > Computer and find the drive in the list of drives. Ensure any data on the drive that you wish to keep has been copied to another drive, as formatting will remove all data. Right-click on the drive's icon and select the "Format..." option to bring up the Format window.

Select the required file system (you'll probably want to stay with NTFS) and give the drive a new name (called a "Volume label"). If you just want to erase a drive that has already been formatted, consider using the "Quick Format" option; otherwise leave this option unchecked. Click "Start" to begin the formatting process. A full format could take several hours.

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Hi all , i have a external hard drive , its a Maxtor 500 GB .
I formated it when i first got it , all ok , sometimes when i click on the icon for it , the message says "hard drive not formated , do you want to format it now ? " I don't .
I unplug the drive power lead , reconnect , and all is ok , Anyone got any ideas why ?

Dave N

A:format hard drive

I've had this occur before, and for me it was a faulty data cable (sata) and on the second occasion a faulty power cable (sata) , as theyre cheap try using different ones before proceeding further.


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

A:Hard drive won't format

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Bit of a basic question but Ive never added a second drive to my tower before, its out of another computer with data on it, so do I connect it as is, then boot into windows and format from there or , start off floppy into dos and format with fdisk.many thanks

A:How to format 2nd hard drive

Easiest way is to install it as the slave in the other pc and format in Disk Management . . ( Right click on My Computer . . select Manage . . Disk Management )

Be sure you get the jumpers right . . if the original is jumpered as Master, jumper this one as Slave . . if the original is Jumperd as Cable Select, jumper this one as Cable Select also.

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Hello to all....

I am getting rid of my old pc.....either to a friend or friend of a friend....
I want to make sure that I delete everything on my hard drive and leave no sensitive information that can be obtained. What would be the easiest and least expensive way to do this. I do not have any original os cd for this computer, I purchased it from a friend and it already had windows xp professional with an 80g hd. Please help.....



A:how to format my hard drive

You can use the free version of this and it will wipe the drive clean and have it ready to format and install a new os. http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file_description/0,fid,22920,00.asp

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