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

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

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

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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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I forgot my password. My OS is Windows 2000 NT Prof. I have CD to reinstall, but I don't know how to do, because I can't get past the box that asks for password.

Please Help.

Thanks
Myday
 

A:How 2 Format Hard Drive for Clean Install?

Hi,
Sorry, but here at this site we are restricted from giving help with password issues- we have no way to verify what is going on, so I hope you understand. You should be able to find help with a search like Google, though.

I am Closing this thread as it is against TSG Rules to give help for this issue.
 

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I'm going to do a complete format and clean install of Windows 7 Starter on my ASUS EEE PC 1015-PEM. It's now running 7 Ultimate. I did not back up the recovery partition when I put Ultimate on it (completely spaced.. smh,) have no external optical drive handy, USB not recognizing any flash drive I try, and refuse to pay ASUS $50 for a recovery DVD of drivers, programs, and OS I already paid them for.

Clean Install Windows 7

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

I was going to use these ^^ awesome tutorials with a bootable flash drive of the iso I've downloaded but as I mentioned above, USB is giving me problems. Do I have any options left to do the format and clean Win7 install? Can this be done from the HDD as opposed to a bootable CD/DVD or USB?

A:Format and clean Win7 install from hard drive?

Yes. You will need to extract the contents of the iso onto another partition.

Get your nic drivers from asus site also, just in case win7 built in ones don't work.Plonk them onto the same partition as above.
http://www.helpjet.net/files-Asus-Ee....html#ANetwork

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Granted...this may be a dumb question...but

I botched the upgrade to Win10 by selecting 32-bit instead of 64-bit.
I'm planning to do a clean install, from a bootable flash using the Media Creator tool (that includes the Ann. update)
I know I'll lose all my apps and data, and have made two sets of backups on two different media.

Now the questions. Does doing a clean install wipe out all the garbage that has been accumulating, like old registry entries and such? Do I need to do a format of the drive before I do the clean install to make it really "clean" or does the bootable USB use clean and tidy my hard-drive when I use it?

Does the Win10 install automatically populate a "recovery drive" like what came with my machine, or is that something I do separately? (Although I'm not sure I would ever need it, probably opting to go with a USB recovery instead)

This is the first time I've attempted something like this, and I know there are some really good tutorials which I will and have been using to do the install. I'm just not sure about what happens in this kind-of-in-between-what-I-have-and-what-I'll-get part.

As always, thank you so much for your help. I don't know what I'd do without all the help I've been given over the years.

A:Does clean install of Win10 format hard drive?

Hello way2ob2se,

A true clean install would involve deleting all partitions on the hard disk you want to install Windows on. If you like, the tutorial below is the method I prefer to use for doing a clean install.

Windows 10 - Clean Install

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Hi
Decided I've got so much rubbish on my computer that I would do a clean install of xp.

I booted the computer and altered the the boot sequence to boot from CD. I got the request to hit any key to boot from CD which I did.

I then got a blank black background saying it was checking the computers hardward config.

The screen then changed to the BSOD with the words 'windows setup' in the top left hand corner. And so it remained. Nothing else just a blue screen with windows set up on it. I tried several times including pressing enter when the BSOD appeared but it refuses to go any further. Any ideas?

Fortunately all is not lost. I switched off and the computer boots into windows normally, hey ho

Regards

Mac
 

A:Format Drive and Clean Install Windows xp

The blue screen with windows setup on it is normal..It just sitting there doing nothing isn't. Does the CD have any serious scratches on it?

Instead of formatting you could try http://www.ccleaner.com/ It is a free pc/registry scanner that will fix errors.

Most of the time when a pc slows down it is because the registry/HD is all mucked up from installing, uninstalling, downloading, deleting stuff from your pc. Spyware, adware, malware, and all the other types of the bad "wares" as well as viruses and trojans are other causes.

Also you will want to do a disk cleanup by..click start -> all programs -> accessories -> System tools-> Disk cleanup.

Also try deleting your internet browser stuff..Click tools on the internet explorer window -> Internet options -> Under the browsing history section click delete and this brings up the delete browsing history window. Clear temporary internet files at least or click delete all.

You could also defrag your HD..click start -> all programs -> accessories -> System tools -> Disk Defragmenter.

If you aren't using any kind of spyware software go here http://lavasoft.com/products/ad_aware_free.php download and install it..run it and update the definitions file then do a full system scan and fix any objects it finds.
 

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I have been told it is possible to create a Flash Drive that I can boot on computer start and install Windows OS. I have done some research but have not found specific instructions on the procedures as to how to do t his.

I know there are certain requirements:
1. The flash drive has to formatted a certain way.
2. The Bios has to be set to be able to boot from USB.

What I want the flash drive to do is:
1. Boot from computer Startup.
2. Format the partition where Windows will be installed.
3. Install Windows
4. Have the Product Code on the flash drive so that Windows will be activated after install.

I am sure that other things I want it to do, but off hand these are the primary ones.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Format Flash Drive To Boot and Install Windows

Creat Windows 7 Bootable USB. Follow Part 2 to create a bootable USB as opposed to a bootable DVD. I'd advise writing the product key down as you'll have to manually input it before you reach a Windows desktop environment. You will more than likely have to set your BIOS to boot from the USB stick.

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I have 2 windows installs on my PC - both of them are on separate hard drives. One of them is 32 bit, the one I'm currently using is 64 bit. I never use that install, so I figured I should go and format the hard drive it's in. The problem is, Windows is not letting me do that. Can anyone help? I don't really want to use boot-time CDs and stuff, but if it's the only resort then I'll have a go at it.
 

A:Format hard drive with another windows install

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Hi
I have looked through solutions for this issue, but the suggestions don't seem to fix my issue...

I am running Windows 7 SP1 Pro 64-bit on a Dell Optiplex 760, and try to do a clean install of Windows 10, using the ISO file which I downloaded from Microsoft & burnt on to a DVD, and instructions from the tutorial on here, which are very good. I downloaded the correct 64-bit version.

I boot from the DVD, enter my region (UK), and choose custom install, and then my hard drive does not show up on the list of where you would like to install. I have all my USB's unplugged (except keyboard/mouse).

I tried deleting my partions using MiniTool Partition Wizard (bootable DVD), so that the entire disk is unallocated. That didn't fix it. I also tried creating a new partition (NTFS) of the entire drive (to get one Primary NTFS partition). That didn't work. I also tried setting that partition as 'active'. The same.

Before formatting etc, I tried a boot from the Windows 7 install DVD, and the hard drive does show up, unlike the Windows 10 DVD.

Do you think it's an issue with the Windows 10 installer?

I downloaded another version of Win10 from the MS Tech Bench page, but same issue.

After formatting etc, during the Windows 10 boot, I tried another suggestion to open up Command Prompt (Shift + F10), and ran 'diskpart' - and no drives are found. I checked the Bios, and it was there.

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A:Windows 10 clean install - hard drive doesn't show up before install

Welcome toTenforums, Simon.

I am a little concerned that the Windows 10 setup program on DVD does not have drivers to properly see and interrogate the system on your PC so that the hard drive is visible. It's the second similar case on this forum that I've seen recently. You also seem to be trying to clean install on an empty PC - is this correct, because if you do so It will not activate.

After much to-ing and fro-ing, it was finally possible to *copy the Sources folder from the setup ISO file onto a partition on the hard drive, and run the setup from there, where it wasn't possible to boot from the DVD, even though it worked elsewhere.

If you still have Windows 7 installed (and you should do for Windows 10 activation purposes - if just to obtain a genuine ticket for digital entitlement), and you have the ISO download available, the solution is fairly simple. If you haven't you will need the Windows 7 key to activate the install.

You seem pretty PC savvy so, I'd ask you to follow the bolded instructions from the * in the 5th para above.

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Hi new here first post. I have been having slow running on my computer for ages, pop ups etc. I now have a brand new lap top which i am using now. I want to wipe my old one clean and start again. I have the original set up XP disc.

I have tried to push F11 on the start up got through to which drive, chose CD/DVD with the disc already in place. It then goes to push any key to run from CD which i do but windows just loads as normal.

Help!!
 

A:how to clean hard drive and re-format

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I used dbn to nuke a hard drive that I got and when I went to install windows xp it would start to load all of the files and then when it starts windows setup it crashes with the code

0x0000007b

I tried partitioning the drive but I believe I am doing something wrong, please help!
 

A:Clean hard drive and Windows Xp install crashing

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Hello,

I'll try to make this easy to understand.

Im not sure if its a jumper setting issue or bios issue. I am getting the error message "error loading operating system" and also disk read error (cant be that cuz new hard drive being detected in bios)

I purchased a new western digital hard drive (320g) and attatched appropriate cables to hard drive. I initially left the default setting for the jumper (think is cable select) I also have a cdrw attached to same cable and have set that as "slave" I had this same setting in the past as far as i remember but this time around after upgrading the hard drive its not working. i also changed jumper to master w/ slave on hard drive since a cdrw is attached on same cable as slave. That also did not work.

I then disconnected cdrw altogether and used hard drive as master and this time around the windows setup continued whereas it gave me the black screen after rebooting saying "error loading operating system".

Any help? I did a search online but nothing really seems to match my issue here. Im sure its jumper but hoping someone with a bit more expertise can help me.

Thanks in advance

A:New Hard Drive Install And Clean Boot Of Windows

Hi .

First thing I'd check: Is the new hard drive properly recognized in the BIOS? The right settings are reflected?

Second: Is the boot order correct?

I guess I cannot tell if you reinstalled XP or whether you have a possibly corrupted version which you are trying to use. I would delete that partition and try a complete one-step install of XP.

I've been using Cable Select for jumpers for years now...on everything except a USB 2.0 external drive enclosure that wanted the jumper set to Slave. As long as all devices on the cable use that C/S setting, it should be good.

Louis

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Hi Everyone.

I'm not a computer person but do know a bit more than an average person about installing things, etc. Well...I bought an HP desktop about 2 years ago with vista 64 bit on it and it has been crappy ever since. I've had problems with programs not being recognized, things not installing at all when they should, and it freezing up for no good reason. Anyway, I went out and bought Windows 7 ultimate the full version. I saved the few files I have on a jump drive and I want to completely wipe out the hard drive and install windows 7 and start from scratch. However, I want to be sure I do it the right way and would rather not pay someone else to do it. If anyone can kind of walk me through step by step how to wipe out the hard drive and start from scratch, that would be wonderful. I've read things about formatting the hard drive and partitions and whatnot and thats where I lose it. Thanks in advance for any help!

Kim

A:Wiping Hard Drive Clean to Install Windows 7

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

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I have Windows 7 on a SSD and my User files, programs, and data on a 1TB hard drive. I plan on doing a clean install and want to keep the same setup. Do I need to format the hard drive also? If not, how do I install Win 10 & put the User files on the hard drive?

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I just purchased an HP Spectre x360 back in November - so it is pretty new! Suddenly this weekend, I began getting the BSOD. I've tried to reset my laptop and it won't allow me to reset. I've tried to restore to a system restore point and that still doesn't address the issue. Doing an "refresh" of Windows does not fix the issue. So I decided to ust nuke the whole thing and install a complete fresh version of Windows 10. I have a USP drive that is bootable with the installation ISO. I am able to boot to the USB drive just fine.  But when trying to do a clean install, my laptop will not recognize/find my internal hard drive, even though I'm able to boot to it just fine! The only drive it seess is trhe USB drive I'm using to boot from.If I do a "diskpart" when in Install dialog,  and list disk, it only shows the USB drive. No idea what's going on, but am literally at the end of my rope with this Spectre and Windows 10! I've never had more issues installing an OS in my life... If anyone has any insight/solution, it would be greatly appreciated!

A:Windows 10 Clean Install Will NOT Recognize Hard Drive

Have you tried booting to the recovery media that you should have created by now? Did you try the list disk command in DiskPart?   

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So much time has passed since one of my computers was new - programs installed and uninstalled, system crashes and fixes, malware and spyware found and removed, etc. I want to start again with a reformat and fresh install of my original XP Home. I have the Windows XP disk and the serial number. I have SP2 on a cd from Microsoft,
Is there something I can download and burn into a CD while the computer can still go online to speed-up the downloading of critical updates published since SP2 was released? Some way to minimize the searching for updates, the downloading of updates, the constant reboot requirements, etc?
This particular computer has a second hard drive (250GB) installed. What specific files should I copy to the second disk so as to backup my important data?
 

A:Format drive and Clean Install of XP

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I just wiped clean my hard drive (intentionally) and then did a clean install of XP Pro.

Now my hard drive is Local Disk (E instead of (C as it always has been. I don't know if this is likely to be a problem or not but in any event I'd like to reassign my drives so that I can get it back to being (C.

Does anybody know if (a) this is possible and (b) how to do it?

(Currently my Zip Drive has the C assignment.)
 

A:Hard Drive no longer Drive C after clean install

You will have to re-install XP, and remove the ZIP drive(s) before the install, then they won't interfere with the drive lettering.
 

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What do I do now? I decided to replace my existing hard drive as I thought it was damaged due to viruses. I installed a new hard and then used my Windows 7 Ultimate DVD to install. I got as far as the above. If this question has been answered somewhere else on this site, please direct me. I did look but did not find a situation similar to mine.
I have a Core i7-950 3.07 Ghz.

A:Error 0x80070057 during clean install of Windows 7 on new hard drive

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

Have a look at this tutorial, which explains how to optimize a hard drive before you install Windows to it.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

You may also have to consider that the drive you are using may be faulty or that you are missing drive controller drivers.

As a matter of interest, why didn't you run a virus scan before trashing your old hard drive? A virus will mess up your Windows OS, but it shouldn't damage the hard drive, so replacing the drive seems a bit extreme.

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Hello I have a 250gb hard drive on my computer...I had windows vista and just did a clean install of windows 7 professional...after completing the installation it shows that i only have 80 gb of space left on my hard drive??..I thought i would have well over 200gb left...I did a backup to an external hard drive...any possible answers would be appreciated...thanks in advance

A:no hard drive space left after clean install of windows 7

Look for a folder named Windows.old (Desktop? C: Drive?)

In it you'll find most of the files that were on the drive before you upgraded... Delete everything in it that you don't need.

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Hello, I purchased an Inspiron 15R today and wanted to do a clean install of Windows 7 right out of the box. I'm using a Windows 7 disk from another machine.

I formatted the drive and all of it's partitions (recovery etc.) and installed the OS. After booting though I get sent to an error screen that tells me Windows had an error starting up and that I should choose a way to startup with the usual safe mode etc. No matter what I choose it sends me to this screen. So I booted from the disk again to attempt to format and reinstall, but now I have no disk drives to install to.

I have run a diagnostics check and nothing seems to be wrong, the HDD is still being recognized in the BIOS.

What can I do to get my HDD back and showing up in the install destination options?

A:Hard Drive options not showing up for clean Windows 7 install

You can not use an OEM Windows 7 DVD meant for one machine on another.

Also you mentioned "Recovery etc." did you delete the Recovery partition which is used to reinstall Windows to factory defaults?

Is your Windows 7 DVD an OEM or retail DVD?

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***I KNOW ITS OBVIOUS BUT I SPENT ALL MY MORNING LOOKING THROUGH FORUMS AND A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE MISLEADING TO MAKE YOU BELIEVE THAT IT CAN BE DONE*** For all of you wondering if you can get the 14.99 update and download the ISO and burn it on a DVD or USB and then install it on a different computer or on a fresh hard drive, BEWARE, because the updated version REQUIRES you to have a legit copy of Windows 7, on your hard drive in order to install the Windows 8 update, if you don't there is no work around, Windows 8 will install but will not activate unless you enter a valid retail key, It will state that the key that you have is a upgrade key and that a valid copy of windows must be on your hard drive before installing Windows 8. HAPPY UPGRADING!

A:Do not install update version of Windows 8 on a clean hard drive

There is a registry key hack that you can use to activate it.

With that said, don't cheat the system...it's you don't qualify for the 14.99 upgrade, don't buy it.

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Hello, I purchased an Inspiron 15R today and wanted to do a clean install of Windows 7 right out of the box. I'm using a Windows 7 disk from another machine.

I formatted the drive and all of it's partitions (recovery etc.) and installed the OS. After booting though I get sent to an error screen that tells me Windows had an error starting up and that I should choose a way to startup with the usual safe mode etc. No matter what I choose it sends me to this screen. So I booted from the disk again to attempt to format and reinstall, but now I have no disk drives to install to.

I have run a diagnostics check and nothing seems to be wrong, the HDD is still being recognized in the BIOS.

What can I do to get my HDD back and showing up in the install destination options?
 

A:Hard Drive options not showing up for clean Windows 7 install

Did you buy this computer brand new or used?If brand new its got a warranty and id take it back to where you bought it.If used a lot of places give a 90 day warranty and again id take it back and see what the problem is.The dell inspiron 15 r already comes with windows 7 in it so im lost as to why you need to install windows 7 at all unless theres some kind of a problem.What was it doing that you had to do an install or reinstall on it?
 

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Hi,
I've got a Win RT 7 Install running and my only problem is that it doesn't see flash drives as drives to install the OS on to. I can see the USB drives for loading a driver so the installer already sees the USB drive but it won't list it for selecting a destination for the OS. So, I'm not sure I even need a driver and some RT setting needs to be set for it to see flash drives for Win 7 OS installs.
The install only sees IDE or SATA Drives and will let you load a driver from a flash drive but not let you install the OS onto it?
Also, I'm already installing from another 16GB USB drive.
The SSD drive went south on this Dell Netbook and I'm gonna try and run Win 7 off a USB drive.
I've got a 16GB USB drive with a bootable RT 7 WIn 7 32Bit image and I'm only as far as the select drive to install and it doesn't list the USB drive, I can browse to select a driver and the 8GB USB Drive is there.

Bill

A:USB Flash Drive as Hard drive to install to.

To run a Win7 from a flash drive, you need a Win7 Enterprise edition (because of the product key activation problems).

You can, however, install Win8 on a flash drive because there are currently no activation problems. Windows 8 To Go - Setup on a USB Flash Drive or USB Disk

You should know though that a really fast USB3 flash drive is required to make that a pleasant experience. On a USB2 drive it will work like molasses and you will soon be fed up (I have tried it).

Consider that for the price of a fast 32GB USB3 flash drive you can buy a 60GB SSD which you can also attach via USB3 or eSata and that might be a better deal.

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I'd like to make sure all malware is off an old hard drive before I re-use it. I want to make sure that all areas, including the boot sector are clean. Will using "format" in disk manager do that, or is Diskpart/Clean a more thorough cleaning?

Thanks

A:Cleaning a virus laden hard drive - format vs diskpart/clean

If you want a thorough format you can use the Clean All command, but be aware it will take several hours or so depending on the size of your hard drive.

Gregrocker is of the opinion that the Clean command is enough and knowing how knowledgeable he is I'd say that's good enough.

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

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Hi Folks,

I just did a clean install of Win7 and must have done something wrong. I found a file called Windows.old.

I would like to wipe my hard drive completely clean and then install a fresh copy of Windows 7 Home Premium.

How do I accomplish this task? It's a good time to start over because I'm just at the stage of adding the security software. Already did the drivers but don't mind doing those over again.

I have a Dell 5150, Pentium D820, Dual Core 2.8 GHz with 3 GBs memory.

Many thanks,

ms

A:Clean Install of Win7 - Wipe Hard Drive Clean

Do you a regular Windows 7 installation disk, with Product Key?

If so, boot from that disk by setting your DVD drive as the first boot device in the BIOS or by choosing the DVD drive from a menu. Do you know how to do that?

Midway in the installation process you will come to a screen that asks where you want to install Windows. Look for "drive options, advanced" or something very close to that. Take that choice.

At the next screen, all of your partitions will be shown. Delete them all.

That will leave you with nothing but "unallocated space".

When you install to the unallocated space, it will be automatically formatted by Windows and you should end up with a very small "System Reserved" partition and a large C partition covering the rest of the drive.

Back up your data before beginning.

Windows.old is your old installation. If you proceed as above, you won't get it.

With 3 GB of RAM, you should probably go with 32-bit.

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I'm trying to duplicate my previous system where I had two hard drives with identical content. One was always disconnected so that one drtve could back up the other. I just installed a second drive in my current Windows 8.1 desktop computer and can't bring the second drive to an active status. I have followed several posts to the point where formatting the new drive is required and here I'm stopped, and can't go foward.

Does anyone have a procedure that can get this second drive to a useful state?

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I'm trying to duplicate my previous system where I had two hard drives with identical content. One was always disconnected so that one drtve could back up the other. I just installed a second drive in my current Windows 8.1 desktop computer and can't bring the second drive to an active status. I have followed several posts to the point where formatting the new drive is required and here I'm stopped, and can't go foward.

Does anyone have a procedure that can get this second drive to a useful state?

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So I cannot format my secondary hard drive where Windows 7 RC was installed. Did I install Windows 7 incorrectly onto my system? I've posted a screenshot from my Computer Management window.

Thanks.

A:Cant Format Second Hard Drive, Bad Install?

Are you getting a specific error message when trying to format the secondary hard drive?

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I saw some past threads here on this sight, but none of them nailed a good enough answer for me, so here I am.

My problem is that I have a Toshiba laptop with Windows Vista on it, but I want to install Windows XP "over it" because I cannot use any of my previous programs or media on Vista.

How do I reformat the hard drive in this Toshiba laptop to delete Vista and install XP Pro, because when I boot from my new Windows XP Pro CD, it states in the middle of the setup "Cannot find hard disk."

Any suggestions?
 

A:Need to format laptop hard drive to install XP.

Hello,

Try this link, it should be simple to partition your drive and install Windows XP as long as you have the software. I have a Mac and partitioned mine with Vista because I couldn't find XP software. Anyhow I used a program called BootCamp which is for Apple but the following link should work with your laptop or any other non-mac computers. I browsed the site and it is easy to understand and it gives you step by step instructions, pictures included. Hope this helps....

http://www.howtogeek.com/forum/topic/howto-windows-xp-install-on-a-vista-computer

Once you pull the website, click on the link under Overview and that should be all you need.

Let me know. Misty
 

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my dad recently acquired a virus or something on his computer that caused most of his data to become corrupt. i thought maybe a simple format and install would help solve the problem but i cant get the drive formatted. i took the old hard drive and hooked it into my computer and my computer wouldnt even boot for some reason. basically what i need to know is if there is a way i can format and reinstall. i tried to format it and at the last second it said the format could not be completed. anyone have any suggestions?
 

A:hard drive format/install woes!

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is it possible to clean install windows 8 pro on new hard drive?
 

A:clean install on hard drive

Of course. But not the "Upgrade" (discounted price) version.
 

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I probably went about this backwards. I had Windows 7 installed on a 120GB SSD with my User files & some Program Files on a 1TB hard drive. I did a clean install of Windows 10 on the SSD last night. Now I have decided that I want to keep the Windows 7 OS also, but I am not sure what "dual boot" means or entails.

I am sure I will have to partition D drive to install Windows 7 on & I just noticed that my CD/DVD drive is not showing. I will need help with this also please.

And, what do I need to do to combine the User files for Windows 7 & 10 on the D drive, or is this even how to go about it?

I have attached my setup in Disk Management & my system info here: http://speccy.piriform.com/results/Q...vy5IOEIVsJcTne

A:Did clean install of Win 10 on SSD - Want to put Win 7 on hard drive

If you used that same W7 to upgrade to 10, than you don't have license to W7 any more. It's been "traded" so you can't legally use it any more.
Otherwise it's not a problem. Best way is to temporarily disconnect SSD and install whatever OS you want on HDD. After that you can reinstall HDD and use program called EasyBCD on the SSD to set a menu from which you can choose which OS to BOOT from. There are other ways but this one is easiest and safest.

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My T410i hard drive died, I have Windows 7 Home Basic OA key, but how to install on new hard drive? I had to replace the hard drive, I realise from the help pages I should have written down the error messages before replacing... Either way I am unsure how to obtain the Windows 7 Home Basic software to re-install.I have the key, where should I go - the microsoft site says it came pre-installed so I need to contact the supplier - Lenovo, but on the product list T410i is too old and not listed. Thanks in advance for you time.CheersPaul

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This flash drive wont format when I right click and choose format as nothing happens when I do so. I have another flash drive that Windows wont even recognize at all. This is very frustarting and I can't figure out what steps I may be missing in order to get this thing to work. I have tried shutting my PC down and then plugging in the flash drive, then turning it back on to no avail.

A:Windows 8.1 Won't Format Flash Drive

Please try to format using GParted live if it won't format from Windows. GParted -- GParted Live Manual

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Hi all,

I recently bought an Inspiron 1405 which has Vista installed on it. I would like to uninstall vista and install xp. So I inserted the XP CD into the drive and changed the bios so that computer boots up from CD.

It boots up from XP CD and goes to the blue screen and starts
loading the necessary files to start the installation.

Then after done with loading, it shows that famous blue screen: "Windows has encountered an error message and has to shut down otherwise it will harm your computer. If this is your first time, restart your pc and if it's not your first time them you have some devices which are not compatible, disable things blah blah".... So I never get to that point where it asks me to format or repair windows...

And when I restart the computer, ir either boots up from the CD again and comes to the same screen or it shows that Windows Repair wizard.

Please let me know how I should fix this problem so I can install XP...

Thanks in advance
 

A:Solved: How to format a hard drive with Vista and install XP?

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here goes: i got a pc off my uncle for christmas and he's all about the dodgy's so i decided whatever he'd filled the computer with, i was going to erase the whole lot and start fresh with win7.

Unfortunately there appears to be an awful combination of both vista and 7 already installed. There is no validation key and i do not have any disks. The hard drive appears to be fubar'd as no matter how much i delete off it, it still keeps telling me i have 6gb remaining and 12gb used.

When i go to install windows 7 from an official disk that i have purchased myself, it refuses to install on drive c because of there being no space. It refuses to install over everything and the drive itself refuses to be formatted.

Please help!

PS: ignore that my OS is Vista in my profile. OS stated on this pc is XP ?_? dont ask.

A:my hard drive wont format cant install win7

hello


Quote:





Originally Posted by ?jon?


it still keeps telling me i have 6gb remaining and 12gb used.




how big is hdd? (18gb)

have you tried wiping hdd with Dban? http://www.dban.org/download

make sure cd/dvd is 1st to boot!! http://www.simplyguides.net/guides/b..._from_cd.shtml

what is make and model of pc and what os was original?

good luck

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hi,
I have download windows 7, backed up all my drivers and copied all my important info onto my external Hard drive and am about to try and clean install windows 7.

But do i have to partition the hard drive? My Dell laptop has a 110GB hard drive which came already partitioned. 10GB is called 'Recovery', do i need to do the same and make a larger partition and install Windows 7 or just leave it as it is?

thanks!

A:Do i have to partition my hard drive for clean install?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by eldraw44


hi,
I have download windows 7, backed up all my drivers and copied all my important info onto my external Hard drive and am about to try and clean install windows 7.

But do i have to partition the hard drive? My Dell laptop has a 110GB hard drive which came already partitioned. 10GB is called 'Recovery', do i need to do the same and make a larger partition and install Windows 7 or just leave it as it is?

thanks!


Hi by that do you mean you are attempting to dual boot with an older version of windows, and your asking if you need to make a recovery drive for wndows 7? IF this is the case you wont need to make a recovery drive but you will need to partition the 100gb hard drive as you cant install 7 on the recovery partition.

Or are you saying that you have a 10gb for recovery and the other 100gb clean and ready for install on the 100gb?

If the answer to the second one is yes, just install it. If you are installing it over windows, a new file called windows.old will be made, and you can extract all of your files from the previous windows if needed.

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I'm doing a clean install on my computer, and it's going alright until it asks me to choose which hard drive I want to install Windows 7 on.
Apparently I have 2: a C drive and a D(Recovery) drive.

What should I do in this situation? Should I just install on the C drive, or should I do what it says here:
Partition the Hard Drive in a Windows 7 Install

and delete the partitions and create a new one.

Help me out, thanks.

A:Clean Install: Which Hard Drive do I choose?

Is the recovery D: drive from a factory install computer ?

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How do I clean install on a hybrid hard drive?

A:How do I clean install on a hybrid hard drive?

You can install the same way as you would any other hard drive.

Clean Install Windows 7

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Hello!

Sadly, the hard drive inside my dell inspiron died I honestly can not get it to work. Windows is unbootable, and another computer can't recognize the drive.

So, I was wondering if it was possible to use a Windows 7 .iso to install windows 7 on the new drive. Will the product key on the back of my Dell work?

If not, what can I do?

Thanks!!!

A:Hard Drive Crashed. Clean Install Possible?

Yes, it will work. Get the ISO from mydigitallife.info. Download the version that matches your product key.

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I am about to upgrade another PC (about 4 months old) currently running Windows 7 64bit. The PC is set up so that although the PC has the OS and programs on the SSD (C drive), all other data and info is on the 2Tb hard drive. Their is only a single user with no password and the PC was setup (configured) so that the user profile knows to put that user info and data on the 2Tb hard drive.

I want to do a clean install and am happy to clear everything on the C drive (SSD) and the hard drive.
When installing Windows 8 from the ISO image on a DVD, how do I create the similar situation that I had for user profile when running Windows 7?

Also is it possible to be able to boot up straight in to the user without having to enter a password, as I can currently do on the Windows 7 boot?

I have just upgraded an older Windows Vista PC to Windows 8 Pro through a clean install and that went perfectly, but only had a single 1Tb hard drive (C drive).

Thanks for any a help and advice.

Steve

A:Clean install on existing Win 7 PC with SSD & hard drive

Hello Steve, and welcome to Eight Forums.

You will be able to do a clean install of Windows 8 on the SSD without losing anything on the other HDD. In Windows 8, you will have the option to create a "Microsoft account" (with email address) or a "local account" (same as in previous Windows) now. The tutorial below will give you more details about all of this though.
Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade
When installation is complete, you could set Windows 8 up the same way you did in Windows 7.

The tutorial below can show you how to set Windows 8 to sign in to a user account of your choice automatically at startup.
Log On User Account Automatically at Windows 8 Startup
Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I have 2000 and tried to revert to an old BACKUP but the pc is still corrupt. Can't get online as it can't find TCP or C drive. Don't know what caused this.('m on dads pc now. Bottom line is I need to wipe the hard drive and reinstall from scratch. I have important stuff on ZIP Disks so not worried about losing things. I get the CD to run Win2000 setup but it only lets me go over setup and won't allow me to run NEW INSTALL. HELP!! How can I do this?? I'm panicky to say the least! Thanks for any help!
Tres
 

A:HELP! Can't reformat hard drive -want Clean install!

when I try to boot from boot disk I get to disk 4 and it says fastfat.sys is corrupt-setup failed so I can't even do it from disk! HELP!!
 

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I've done a clean install on a new hard drive on a Sony Vaio VPCC and am having overheating problems (the laptop keeps turning off when it gets too hot, so I haven't even completed Windows updates).

Just wondered if anyone had any suggestions. It's happened twice now with the new drive installed - once when I had cloned the old drive onto it, and now with the clean install. When I put the old drive back in, it doesn't overheat. Everything is clean as well.

The original drive was 320GB 5400rpm 8mb cache, the new one is 500GB 5400rpm 16mb cache. I'm just wondering if Sony put some piece of firmware on the original hard drive or something.

What's installed at the moment is - Windows 7 Service Pack 1, I let Windows install the drivers (although later installed the Nvidia driver as the VGA one stretched the screen - to see if that helped with the overheating, but it didn't).

The original factory install had Intel Matrix Storage Manager, which I don't have now - would that make a difference?

A:Overheating after new hard drive and clean install

Hello hazel123,

Is the laptop clean and you can feel hot air coming out of the exhaust vent ?

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I previously used windows xp and just went and bought a new hard drive and windows 10 usb. Im confused. I installed the hard drive along with my old master drive, using it as slave i presume. Will it auto partition the new hard drive

A:Clean install on a new 250gb hard drive/

no instructions came with the hard drive

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I have a 1TB usb flash drive that was Ex-Fat32 formatted. I want to put my System images for my laptop and desktop on this drive and when I try to format the drive to NTFS I get the same error every time "Windows could not complete the format of this drive" but it doesn't say why. When I try to run a disk check on the drive I get the message that "this disk cannot be checked because it is not formatted'; would you like to format now?" which of course puts me right back in to the same issue.

Is there any other way to check the usb drive for errors and to format it to NTFS?

thanks,

DanielJ

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I have a 1TB usb flash drive that was Ex-Fat32 formatted. I want to put my System images for my laptop and desktop on this drive and when I try to format the drive to NTFS I get the same error every time "Windows could not complete the format of this drive" but it doesn't say why. When I try to run a disk check on the drive I get the message that "this disk cannot be checked because it is not formatted'; would you like to format now?" which of course puts me right back in to the same issue.

Is there any other way to check the usb drive for errors and to format it to NTFS?

thanks,

DanielJ

A:windows cannot complete format of usb flash drive

Have you tried diskpart? I don't know whether it'll work with USB flash drives but it's worth checking.

Open a Command Prompt W/ administration rights.
Type in "DiskPart" in command line.Type in "list disk" in command line to show all disks in this machine.Use "select" to set the focus to the specified partition.
For example "select disk 1".Use "clean" command to remove GPT disk from the current in-focus disk by zeroing sectors.

Go back to Disk Management, you can see GPT disk is "Not Initialized" now.Within Disk Management, right click on disk info, choose "Initialize Disk", You can see GPT disk is "Unallocated" now.Right click on disk info, choose "New Partition…", follow Partition Wizard and format it.

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