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Very weird BSOD on formatted drive

Q: Very weird BSOD on formatted drive

I have a longstanding issue with a pc I have. As soon as it loads past the xp logo screen there is a BSOD with stop code

0x0000007E (0xC0000005, 0xF87F6756, 0xF8A8142C, 0xF8A81128)

I have searched around google for the 7E stop code but solutions found have not worked.

This is a PC with no cards (graphics or audio), HDD that is newly formatted and installed a fresh copy of XP professional SP3. The PC enters safe mode with networking fine, I have internet and can install drivers for USB etc using the OEM CD. There is one device still uninstalled, as it says found new hardware and the device name is MEDIA and this does not match any drivers on the CD. I can't think what this device could be.

So, the HDD works, I have plugged it into another computer (this one) and the disk operates fine. I have also replaced the RAM on that PC with the working RAM stick from this one and it still gives the same BSOD. I have also used a different PSU, but still giving the BSOD. I also have reset the BIOS to default with no joy. I have run chkdsk /r with no effect

The motherboard is a M2A-VM series with 690G chipset (X1250 gpu). The CPU is a AMD Q9550. No hardware has changed since it last worked. No drivers have changed, and it is a fresh install now with OEM drivers, which have worked for me before. All BIOS settings are on default, such as AUTO voltage and RAM timing settings.

Interesting point I add, that may complicate things, is that the PC is not new. It was fully working before for about a year until it started BSODing on me with no reason I can think of. I used the very same XP SP3 disk i am using now to repair the installation, and it worked - I booted up windows normally with no BSOD. However I wanted to start afresh so I put the CD back in and chose to install XP with a full format. From then on I cannot solve the BSOD issue. This shows that there is nothing wrong with the XP CD, at least, and perhaps even it shows that it is not a motherboard issue, as it boots into safe mode now and also booted normally after I repaired the XP installation when I first began having BSOD. Also, on previous installs, it had not mentioned any devices that could not be installed, namely this MEDIA device.

Any ideas, please?

Preferred Solution: Very weird BSOD on formatted drive

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

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I have been getting BSODs randomly for the past few days. The OS has been stable for a couple of years, and the only things that could have caused it that I can think of are:
1. A new app called Bulk Rename Utility
2. A duotone USB drive that I used. This drive seems to be formatted for macs and every time I plugged it in, I get a "Do you want to format drive" option.

To the actual error:

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7601.
Locale ID: 1033

Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: 1a
BCP1: 0000000000005003
BCP2: FFFFF781C0000000
BCP3: 0000000000007076
BCP4: 000070780000E0FC
OS Version: 6_1_7601
Service Pack: 1_0
Product: 768_1

Files that help describe the problem:

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If someone could help point me in the right direction, I'd be very grateful. I can post more information if needed.

Thanks so much,

A:BSOD after using duotone USB drive formatted for Mac

Hello Sameer, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Please read the instructions here: Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions, and post back with the needed information. Someone should be by afterwards to further help.

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I have a Lacie 1tb external hard drive. I have a lot of media on it and suddenly in use it stopped working. I then plugged it into my computer and it said that I had to reformat the hard drive. My other hard drive which had a backup of everything dropped and stopped working. However I really need this one to work and since it can still show up on the computer I was wondering if there was a way I could save it.

A:Formatted External hard drive needs to be formatted again?


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I discovered this issue recently, i bought an external drive case so i can move my internal drive installed on my Vista PC and have it accessible on my Win 7 laptop away from home. I don't understand why the hard drive reads as not initialized or formatted on my win 7 pc. I have two from my vista pc, neither read on my 7 pc.

Can anyone shed some light on this?

Also when i moved my hard drive back to my vista PC the drive appeared to be blank and unformatted, the data is not lost but the partition data was lost. I was able to recover my lost data using recovery software (that unfortunately was not free)

Temporarily I'm formatting the drive on my 7 PC in hopes there will not be future problems like this.

Oh yeah by Vista PC specs:
- home built
Vista Home Premium X64
Intel i7 920 cpu
MSI X58 Platinum mobo
Corsair DDR3-1600 ram
Seagate SATAII 1.5 TB primary
Toshiba 2TB secondary (internal)
Western Digital 3 TB secondary (internal)

please help

A:hard drive formatted on vista says not formatted on my vista pc

Zim mate you would be better posting in the Vista forum (at top of this page) run by the same crew as here.

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I use Cobian Backup to produce a zip-file containing all files and folders, except for temporary-folders (I added an exclude-filter), of my system.

Before I can rely on this method, I need to find a way of restoring the 27 gb zip-file, which I store on a networked drive, easily.

Google-searches hasn't helped me yet, so I am trying out TSGF, warmly recommended to do so by a friend.

So: Is there an easy way of booting up a laptop with a formatted harddrive, be able to access a network-drive and extract all the contents of the networked zip-file to the hard drive?

Please help!

Any tips appriciated!

A:How to restore formatted hard drive from zip-file residing on network-drive

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Hi all, new member here and am very emotional lol!!

I recently had to reinstall windows on my pc, and had to swop the drives over as it wouldn't install windows over the original c: disk.

I got windows installed fine onto the master disk and all works well until I try to plug in my second drive (which has all the original windows files on it and needs formatting). It then tells me there is a system disk error, or it just wont boot up at all.

I've checked all my cables, power leads and the master/slave switches on both drives and all seems fine there.

In the advances cmos it has the following listings -

first master - none (won't auto detect either)
first slave - samsung (this is what windows is now installed on, and should be set as master)
second master - dvd-rw
second slave - cd-rom drive

am at a loss as to what else I can do now, any advice is appreciated, thanks!

A:2nd Hard Drive Not Recognised after Master drive was Formatted!

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I suggested a friend's old P3 Dell Inspiron may be quicker running Ubunto. I repartioned and formatted the hard drive before realising there was no CD player. How do I now reinstall an OS? The hard drive connection is not the same as my Dell Lattitude so I can't swop drives. I've tried USB supporting boot disks but still can't access USB devices. Is there any other way to install Ubunto or other OS?
I've tried Duse boot and an Iomega version. USB is assigned a drive letter but when I run DOSUSB.COM (part of the booting routine) the system hangs.
How do I restore the machine?

A:Dell Inspiron has no CD drive and I have formatted hard drive

Ubuntu is an excellent free operating system
But you removed the Partition? How did you remove it? With a floppy disk? because that would seem very strange

Obviously No.1 is to get a working CD or DVD Drive installed (he'll probably need it for other stuff too )
And then >> chat with Dell to see if you can get the Windows Recovery Disc from them (although "P3" is very doubtful that it exists)

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I recently purchased a SimpleTech Simple Drive by Fabrik, I thought it was a simple click and drag process but when I got home it has been nothing but a nightmare. I plugged in the usb and I tried to open the drive when it said i couldn't, I looked up why, and it was because multiple "things" were using the same drive letter? C:/ D:/ , whatever, so I went into Disk Management and renamed the external hard drive to K://, then it asked me if I wanted to format my external hard drive and naturally that's what I thought one was suppose to do, the process took over two plus hours, the next day when I went to System and Maintenance to begin backing up files, the drive would not show up on the drop down bar, only thing that hows up is Cd/DVD F: drive, the drive won't show up anywhere, not in Disk Management, not on My computer, only place it shows up is Device Manager under "Disk Drives-SD1 Device"

Did I do something wrong? Why won't it show up now, what can I do to fix this?

A:renamed drive,formatted drive, now won't show up

Hello weitzu42 and welcome to the forums

a quick trawl around the web indicates that you are not alone with problems seeing your Simple drive . a couple of things to try ...

check in disk management and see if you have an area of unallocated space equal to the size of the drive which would indicate that the format you did was unsuccessful

try updating the driver in device manager

alternatively remove the driver and re-install

Or it could be a simple case of faulty hardware which it seems is not unheard of with these drives in which case replacement would be your only option .

hope this helps

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respected sir,
my 2gb pen drive is not working because i format it as NTFS but it is fat type and window is not formatted it again .plz help me to use it again

A:pen drive not formatted

Double click on my computer. Then find your device. Right click and select format. Click on the drop down box where it says "File System" and select FAT32. Make sure quick format is ticked, hit START.

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I need major help!!! I formatted my C drive because my computer was giving me a hard time, it kept on rebooting itself for no apparent reason and other things. I have Win 98 SE and I can't install anything back on the hard drive. I am at the MS-Dos prompt at the C:\> level...can anyone help me so I can fix my computer. The only access to the internet now is my laptop.

A:Formatted C drive

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I defragged my F drive last night. There was 18% free space, and when I got up this morning it told me that the defrag had worked well etc etc etc.

I then rebooted the PC (I had a good reason, but can't think what it was) at which stage I got a message saying the f drive wasn't formatted, and asking me to reformat. I haven't done so, but I turned the machine off, gave it 10 minutes and turn the machine on again.

I still have a non-formatted F drive. Any ideas how to recover files from the drive if it isn't formatted? Most of the files on there are backed up, but I have some stuff on there it is inconventient to go to the backups.

Thanks for suggestions

Meant to say, XP -pro, with all the updates etc, running in classic mode.

A:Drive not formatted

What shows in Disk Management for this hdd?

Is this a laptop or desktop?

Is this PATA (IDE) or a SATA hdd?

Is this installed internally or externally?

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Yesterday, I decided to give up on Windows Server 2008 after a series of serious crashes and go back to XP. I formatted my internal hard drive and installed XP as all my files are backed-up onto a Maxtor 500GB external drive. However, when I tried to use the external HDD, windows wouldn't recognise it, so I went into settings and assigned it a drive letter. However, now, I can't open the drive as windows wants me to format the drive before it'll let me use it. However, I don't want to format the drive as it has all my files on it.

I've heard of a program called Partition Doctor 3.5 that can repair the boot section of the drive but it costs and I really don't have money to spend on a program (student xD) so I was wondering if anyone knows of any applications that have this feature that I could use?


A:The drive E:/ is not formatted...

First I would suggest running a diagnostic test on the Maxtor drive. You can download this from here: http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/downloads/seatoolsThen, check our Freeware topic for this sort of software: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic3616.html

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A few days ago, while someone in my household was using the computer, they tried to download a file which contained the virus WORM_VB.AS - luckily, our anti-virus program detected this and quarrantined the file. I found the file and deleted it (I hope before it did any damage). Since then, I have not tried to access the files on my 2nd internal hard drive. My screensaver is tied to the pictures on this drive and when I got to the computer this morning, there was a message indicating the Screen Saver could not find the files on this drive. I then proceeded to view the contents through My Computer and it showed Total Space 51.0 GB, Free Space 38.6 GB. However, when I double clicked the link, it indicate the drive was not formatted and I need to format it.

If any one can offer any guidance I would appreciate it.

A:Drive Needs to Be Formatted???


I suggest you go here, and follow the 5 Steps; then lodge your HJT Log in the HJT forum where one of the expert analysts will guide you through 'cleansing' your system.

Good Luck with it.

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I formatted my computer and install a new OS without backuping is possible to get my old data

A:Formatted drive c

For the average user....no. Once a format is done, all the data has been rewritten and therefore gone. Now there are specialized companies and software that can attempt to recover lost data but that's done on a professional level, law enforcement and Govt. agencies.

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I have a USB Verbatim store n go that was working perfectly until yesterday. I safely removed it from the desktop. When I replugged it a message says that the device need formatting. I have important data and need to recover it. Any solutions

A:USB drive needs to be formatted?

Sounds like the partition info or FAT (file allocation table) has got corrupted. you'll need special software to "read" the missing partition info. try the following:


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It's an old machine and the C drive was formatted already. I reinstalled XP about 3 years ago and it's been running fine since, up until now that is. I let the computer sit, unplugged and boxed up for about a year, and now I can't access some of my old documents, including all of my music. Any suggestions?

A:Says my C drive has not been formatted, but...

Plug the hard drive into another PC as a slave drive and see if it recognizes anything.

If the other PC sees the hard drive as unformatted - there's a slim chance of recovery.

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Hi, I hope you can help.
(I've had to re-write this because I lost my first post when it timed out)
I run Windows XP Home edition. I have an external hard drive - formatted with the HFS+ file system - connected via IEEE 1394 to this computer. The drive used to be connected to another pc which had the MacDrive software installed. The two computers were connected via LAN, so I was able to pull up the drive in a shared network folder.

The other computer got smashed up, and I was able to salvage some parts including the hard drive (which is now a slave EIDE drive in this machine). I connected the external drive via IEEE 1394 to this pc. I have been unsuccessful in attempting to access the contents of the drive. It is visible in 'Disk Management' as Disk 2, but it shows the partition as unallocated. I cannot assign it a drive letter. It is also visible in 'Device Manager', under Disk Drives, and is shown as LaCie Group SA LaCie 1394 Disk drive LUN 0 IEEE 1394 SBP2 Device. I can access the drive by booting the Mandriva Linux operating system, but I need access to the drive in windows.

Disk 0 has four partitions, which are assigned the drive letters C:, G:, D:, and H: respectively. Disk 1 is the slave EIDE drive, and is assigned the drive letter I:. Disk 2 is the inaccessible drive. CD-ROM 0 is assigned the drive letter Q:, and CD-ROM 1 is assigned the drive letter R:.

Things I have tried:
I have installed a demo version of Paragon's HFS+ for windo... Read more

A:HFS+ formatted drive in XP

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I am getting BSOD errors without warning in my PC. I am attaching my ZIP file herewith. Please help!!

Thanks and Regards,

A:BSOD in formatted PC

Your Operating System is counterfeit, you have an Acer OEM PID on a retail Gigabyte motherboard.

Host Name: ILFS02-PC
OS Name: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
OS Version: 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
OS Manufacturer: Microsoft Corporation
OS Configuration: Standalone Workstation
OS Build Type: Multiprocessor Free
Registered Owner: ILFS02
Registered Organization:
Product ID: 00426-OEM-8992662-00006
Original Install Date: 6/10/2014, 3:20:02 PM
System Boot Time: 6/10/2014, 3:53:04 PM
System Manufacturer: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
System Model: G31M-S2L

Install a fresh copy of the media with a genuine product key and we will be happy to help.

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The other day I was installing Windows 7 on my computer. I have 3 hard drives in my computer, and when picking the partition to install to, I wasn't paying attention and accidentally formatted the wrong drive . I did this through the Windows 7 installation GUI so I assume it was the equivalent of a quick format because it only took a few seconds to prepare my 500 GB drive.

Is there any way I can recover my files? I know they haven't technically been "deleted" and are mostly recoverable, since I didn't write much to the disk after formatting it. But I know it follows a different file structure than XP so I'm not sure if any Un-Delete programs will work. It was formatted as NTFS before my quick format, and after, so that avoids a major problem.

What can I do? I'd feel terrible if I can't recover my files. That was essentially my storage drive where I kept all my pictures/music etc.

A:Formatted Wrong Drive!

Try this:http://www.piriform.com/recuva

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So I just installed a new Hard  Drive, installed Windows, downloaded all the drivers from HP but my wifi radio switch on the keyboard won't work so I can not use wifi. Also all the drivers for the LAN and Ethernet are installed but a Ethernet connection doesn't work either? Plz help! Thank you! -Jesse H. 

A:New hard drive formatted but....plz help!

Need full model number and Windows version. Drivers are going to depend on the exact hardware and the Windows version so we need to know thise things to find your drivers. 

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I have a fully legal, licensed, paid for etc. version of xp.

I really want to format my hard drives (completely)....my question is:
do I need to re-install my xp, get all the updates (SP2, 3, etc.) before running a clean install of Windows 7 Upgrade Version? Or can I start right from the Windows 7 disc and use my xp key/disc if required?

I know I could do this when going from '95 to xp (yes I'm old).

All info is appreciated, and I apologise if this has been asked and answered.

A:Upgrade on formatted drive

I clean installed from Vista, not XP, but as far as I know, if you have XP on the drive, you can just dive into the clean install by booting from your Win 7 upgrade disc.

If you mean that you have an empty drive, but have an XP disc sitting in a drawer somewhere, I don't think that is a problem either. You are just not able to legally use the XP install after you install Windows 7. No need to install XP first as far as I know.

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After trying to solve some issues, I eventually had to format my laptop to attempt to reinstall xp. Now when I am inserting the xp disc on starting up my laptop it is not recognising it as a boot disc and consequently it will not start the installation or do anything. Any help appreciated.

A:How to install xp on a formatted drive?

is it an original copy?

is your BIOS configured to check your cd-rom drive before it checks your hard drive while booting?

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Whenever I try to open and run a CD from my CD ROM drive, I get the following message..."The disk in drive D is not formatted. Do you want to format it now? The disk just spins in the drive for a few seconds, stops, and then nothing more happens. Does anyone know why this is happening? Any way to fix this? The drive is a Toshiba DVD-ROM SD-2502 1011. I saw other messages on this board where people were having this same problem with their hard drive, but didn't see any threads on CD ROM Drives. Thanks.

A:The disk in drive D is not formatted.

Download DISCInfo which can check the capabilities of the drive (from the menus) and also try to update the firmware on it

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Hi, I thought i could fix my kid's computer problems by formatting the hard drive and then simply re-install xp using my xp home disk. However, when the computer boots from the cd-rom and starts the setup it tells me "set up can not find a previous version of windows installed on this computer." and then asks me to put a windows disk ie. 98/me. I couldn't find my original me disk and all of the boot disk download cites i've found are for floppy disks, the problem is none of my computers have a floppy drive. Is there somewhere i can go to download them on cd or am I beyond help.

A:formatted hard drive

Floppy disk wouldn't help you anyway, the update install needs to see another copy of Windows, and I didn't say it had to be yours now did I?

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Okay here is somthing I did really stupid. Really stupid. I wanted to upgrade my computer Operating system from Win98 to Win2000, but I was having problems, so I decided to format the C drive. First thing I had never format C: and boot from Win 2000 cd and voila it would solve my problem. How stupid could I be? I didn't even bother partitioning or doing anything. I just went to dos and typed C: format C: it asked me couple of times if I was sure. I typed 'Y'. So, now no mater which bootdisk I try, I downloaded all of 95bootdisk and 98bootdisk available at bootdisk.com but I still can't even boot my HD.

A:Formatted C: drive, now won't boot

I believe its likely a simple issue. If you have downloaded boot disks and they aren't booting to something workable then you don't have the proper boot sequence set up in your BIOS. Normally people like to make it your floppy drive first, and then your cd drive, and then your hard drive.

Your 2000 cd should be bootable, so you don't need a 9x boot floppy. If it isn't though, you need to boot off a 9x floppy and then start computer with cd rom support (it will be an option if you boot off the floppy). From there you can start the 2000 setup. I can't remember if setup.exe works (I don't think it does for 2000) or not. If it doesn't then you need to start the install by typing <cddrive>:\I386\winnt.exe

Good luck.

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I went and did a stupid thing. I formatted my hard drive and now I can't find the cdrom to reinstall windows. I am booting up from a: As it boots up it recognizes the cdrom and it says "Primary Slave disk: CDROM Mode 3. If I can get it to find the CDROM, and reinstall windows, I can get it to boot from C: -- correct? I already went into the BIOS and the cdrom is not listed there. But if I list the CDROM then it doesn't boot from a: and it won't boot from C: Please help me.

A:Help! I've formatted my hard drive! Now what?

After you boot from the startup disk, can you type C: and hit enter, do you get to the c prompt.
As far as the rest, bootup with a win98 startup disk, at the menu choose with cdrom support. Once done your cdrom should be available but the drive letter will be one higher than it normally is, so if it was D it will now be E.

If you don't have a win98 startup disk go to http://www.bootdisk.com and download one.

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my seagate 120 gb pc formatted USB hard drive, 6 months good use, suddenly is asking me to format it. every other Pc, and i tried several other ones, gives the same response. Is the data on it retrievable with software? or am i resigned to losing data...? Help!!


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Hope someone can help me with this. Every time I plug my camera, PSP, or IPOD into my wife's laptop I get the frustrating message "Drive F Not Formatted. Would You Like To Format It Now?" Obviously I click no. I've read about this problem but all the advice concerns recovering lost data. I just need the Autoplay box to come up every time I plug in a USB device like it did on my old computer. I guess I took it for granted. The laptop recognises all my gadgets and says "now ready to use" but it won't let me. I got my dongle working but nothing else will. It's driving me insane so any solutions or advice on how to change my removable disk drive will be very very much appreciated. Thanks.

A:USB Problem. Drive F Not Formatted?

Anyone? I'm desperate.

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I bought a verbatim 2.5 mobile hard drive usb 500gb (62873) 2 days ago. I was transferring files onto it running XP no problems. When I turned it on the next time says not formatted and slows my pc right down. Have tried reconnecting several times. Very weird I guess I can reformat as long as my freind hasn't deleted the files I just copied. This should not happen with a new hard drive. Can someone help me out here? I just bought this drive because my other wd external died after less than a year!

A:2 Day old hard drive says not formatted

I guess I can reformat as long as my freind hasn't deleted the files I just copiedClick to expand...

First of all data you do not backup is data you do not care about. All drives will fail, it is only a question of when your drive will fail.

Next external drives are just not as reliable as an internal drive. This is for a number of reasons;
1 Heat. External drives that do not have their own cooling fan are NOT made for continuous duty. They are made to switch ON and backup what you want then switch OFF.
2 The extra interface ie the usb/firewire interface. It adds something else to fail.

If you are having problems with a 2 day old drive, return it and get another one.

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I want to run minimized image recovery and I want to know will my secondary drive like d also gets formatted.. And I dont want it

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i have a compaq pressario cq60 laptop my son has formatted the hard drive and now vista and all drivers have been deleted how do i put vista back on.

A:formatted hard drive

If you have the install DVD it is very easy
Clean Install with a Full Version of Vista
You will need a product key number, however. It should be on the computer. It is 25 numbers and letters separaated into groups.
If you do not have a CD, you can burn one by using this ISO
[Direct Download Links] Download Official Windows Vista RTM with SP1 Setup Files (32-bit and 64-bit) - Tweaking with Vishal
You must have a product key number

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I got a virus and my computer and the only way I could really get rid of it was to format my drive. I had windows 7 on. So I booted from cd, selected custom installation and clicked the drive. From there, I clicked the format button. When I installed the installation stuck on "Expanding files: 0%". I tried to install my old vista cd and it still stuck on the same exact thing. After that, I read on a forum that I had to install an older version of windows so I installed xp. I tried to put my drivers back on while I was on xp but it said that the drivers were not compatible (I guess I need to install them on vista or 7). I'm not to advanced with computer's, but I know what i'm doing if you could tell me. My pc is a Dell XPS M1530. Specs: 4gb dual channel ram, Intel core 2 duo 2.20 ghz, Nvidia geforce (I can't remember the full name), on Windows 7. When I purchased my pc, it came with vista and I installed 7 ultimate on it and it worked fine so its not the cd. I used the 64-bit one. I also heard that the virus could have killed my ram but I put in new ram and still, "Expanding files: 0%". Please help. Thanks

A:Windows 7 on a formatted drive help!

Was the W7 install a upgrade or a full install after Vista?

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I recently reinstalled XP and mistakenly did a quick format of my data drive and have lost files ie:- ebooks, pdf documents,documentaries, movies (avi) that i would like to recover, I wouldn't have minded if it was my D drive as i have it backed up
the drive in question is 750GB in three partitions 70gb C:windows partition,160gb Drogram files,467gb G:data storage
the G drive partition isn't deleted as it is listed in disk management as free space
i use an external drive to backup my data but in this case i hadn't done one for a while
Is there a program i can use to recover the partition ?
from reading other peoples posts most seem to have deleted their partitions and the programs recommended are pretty expensive i don't want to pay big bucks if a free program will restore the partition
any help would be appreciated

A:Recover formatted drive

You might try one of These freeware suggestions.

I've seen This recover files from a Formatted HDD when others wouldn't .. But that was a long time ago.
The trial DL will see if it can read the Drive .. But you have to buy it to recover the Data.

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You guys are great and have helped me much in the past.

My floppy drive WAS working on both of my computers. I have one with 98SE and one with XP. I inserted the disk on my 98SE and it opened the files. I then took it out to load it onto my XP machine and I got the message "disk in drive a is not formatted, would you like to format now".

Even stranger, when I immediately took the disk back to the 98SE computer so that I could view the files again, I got the same error message. I do have other floppies that are working so I know the drive is working and it seems strange that the 98 computer actually read the disk the first time.

I've checked my cables, I'm not sure how to check my BIOS but I can't see how anything has changed since I used it last. Now neither computer will read the disk. The light comes on when I ask it to read it but then I just get the error message.

I noticed other threads with this problem but I have been unable to find a solution yet and not much has been written. Please help if you can.

A:disk in drive a not formatted HELP

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I have a Dell Inspiron 8000 laptop. The internal DVD drive has not worked for about a year. If I put a disc in I hear pathetic sounds. I formatted my hard drive today because the computer has been running very slowly (mouse and keyboard lag) in spite of virus and adware scans. It was only after I did this that I realized my folly: I have no way of reinstalling windows.

I have a removable CD-R drive that works, but I can't use that to load the setup disc because I need to boot with my removable 3.5" floppy drive that goes in the same port. Besides, I don't know how to tell the computer to read from the removable drive instead of the internal one.

I thought that maybe, If I copy the contents of the boot disk to the hard drive, I could load the computer with the removable CD-R drive inserted. But still, when the CD driver loads, it starts up the broken, internal drive. Please let me know if there is anything I can do, or where I should go to get my drive replaced (Dell told me that they cannot replace the drive, which is puzzling to me).

A:Formatted.. CD drive won't read.

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Hello all:

This is my first time out here. I have been driven to the edge of insanity this week by my PC and I am running out of options (other than the PC-off-the-roof solution, which is a little drastic at this point).

Perhaps some of you XP sages can empathize and give me direction. About a month ago, Windows started having issues with Norton System WOrks 2006. I gave in, read the tech support issues and uninstalled the damned program. This was a temporary relief until I began having registry issues every time I turned the PC on. It would not run a scan disk to completion without freezing or crashing. I installed Windows Defender while I worked on my Norton issues, and it could not complete a full system scan without crashing. I believed it MUST be a windows issue, so I used the disk and tried to repair the existing installation. THen things really got slow and sticky. I finally gave in, backed up all my data onto a separate hard drive, and decided to format the main hard drive and reinstall windows.

At first, everything went well. I partitioned and formatted the drive, but when I started to copy the installation files, I would get errors and I would have to skip certain files. THen, when it came time to actually begin the installation, the install fails after attempting to copy a certain file. Over and over again, the system tried to get beyond that point, but will not. At my wit's end, I brought my PC to work and the Techie there has been working on i... Read more

A:Hello and HELP! I cannot install XP on my formatted drive

When you replaced the hardrive are you sure it was good?
Was it new?
You may also want to replace the data cable

I would definatly replace the ram since you have extra I have seen bad ram do exactly this. Just make sure the ram you replace it with is compatible

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Hey u guys.

I had a virus on my laptop. So as advised I formatted the c:drive, soon afta I did that I was advised to bak my stuff up photo, music etc!! So now I've lost my stuff but still got my os. So is there neway to self restore my things?


A:Re formatted hard drive

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hey guys, i have a 300GB HDD and just formatted and deleted the partitions using Partition Wizard Home Edition and there is still 37mb of data left on the drive. im using truecrypt too, could this be left over data from TC?


A:Just formatted a drive, but there's still data on it?

Just ignore the 37 MB's. Chances are that right after you create the partition, a Recycle Bin and System Volume Information (Restore Points) folder are created on the drive. 37 MB's is very little space and can be ignored.

But, where do you see this amount listed? Did you delete any partitions the used TC before using the partitioning tools?

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I am not sure what is going on. I was having problems with my system so i decided i would format the drive and start a clean system. I was able to format the drive successfully and then the problems started happening.

- I have a windows XP disc. i went to the bios and set the CD as first boot device. But, even though its set that way, it looks like its alwasy going to boot the hard drive first. I have to boot by pressing F12 to go the the boot menu.

- I am able to then install correctly. But then after a few mins, the system "restarts". It sounds like it restarts but it doesnt realy restart. The screen turns black and the computer lights seem to be stuck.

- I have reformated a few times to see if it was a bad install but the problem keeps happening.

I just cant seem to get this working and cant figure it out. Is there any way to figure out whats wrong?


A:Formatted Drive now keeps restarting

Anyone? Please?

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i have a seagate MOMENTUS 5400.4 (250GB) internal drive, this drive is supposed to be in my ASUS (the one to have win7 on it). but im thinking to maybe get a stable operating system on there, get it worked out, then upgrade to win7. so because i already have winXP pro, im thinking of starting off with that, then move to win7.
but in the XP installation (ive read up on this, here), if its a SATA drive (which mine is), i need to install drivers for it to finally install windows on it. is this true? where can i find these drivers??
the reason for this is because when i formatted my drive, i may have did it the wrong way. all i can see on the drive is two folders (recycle bin, and system something), the recycle bin obviously has the recycle bin in it, and the system folder is inaccessible.
but i can't help feel that i have formatted it wrong, the reason for originally formatting it was to wipe everything and start fresh, but i dont know if there should be any files on there ready to install an OS on there. like, i dunno, a bat file, or anything...

so if anyone can clarify this question, 'what files need to be inside a SATA INTERNAL drive before i can install an OS (or insert it back into a laptop)??', then that would be really helpful

(>'_')> bonecrusher <('_'<)

A:formatted drive, need info

The recycle bin, and system volume information folders indicate you formatted this drive as either a logical partition, or extended partition.

Why would you want to install XP first, then upgrade to Windows 7? Why not a clean install instead?

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I stupidly formatted my 4GB USB as it showed no files but under properties it stated 3GB was used. I forgot on my PC the files don't show but on my Mac they do. Anyway stupid me, I formatted my USB and now I can't get any of my files.

I tried the USB recovery software but it recovered some strange unknown file formats. I had a lot of images and other folders with dates on them.

Anyone know anyway of recovering these files? Would the files be on the same computer I formatted? or will it be hidden in my USB pen?

A:Help USB Pen drive formatted but need files!

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I have a HP compaq 8430 after getting my hp nx7010 replaced due to a poor connection between the internal hard drive and the motherboard supposedly (this is a completely different story) but my luck has not been too good with the HPs.

I then bought a WD My Book 500gb pro edition external hard drive to keep renderings, and such on for a grant that I am working on. I left the drive at the office and took my laptop home for the weekend and when I came in on Monday plugged everything in and the message:

"The disk drive is not formatted, format now?"

appeared and I have not even had the setup for a week!! I do have a weeks worth of work on the external hard drive which is not backed up else where that I would like to salvage - mostly psd files and photos. Which of the the previous ways worked best to recover photoshop files?

I can use my computer to make a good drawing but am not sure how to access the system that well. Thanks for your clarity.

Thanks for your help!

A:USB Hard Drive Saying Not Formatted

Hi and Welcome to TSG, I've split off your post into its own thread.

First thing as always is to try the drive on another computer or try a different USB cable.

For data recovery software you could try PCI Inspector as its free: http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm

Additionally, I would recommend in the future that you always have two copies of your data, one on the internal hard drive and a second backup on the external drive. Having just one copy of the data on the external drive is no better then having one copy on the internal drive.

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I was installing Vista for the first time. I backed up all my files and was doing a clean install. When I was prompted for the drive, I selected C and it stated I did not have enough memory. Without thinking, I chose to format the C drive.

I continue with the install and it goes through the process until it has to reboot...when it reboots, it takes me back to the first screen of the Vista installation (Select Country etc)

Can someone please give me some guidance?


A:Formatted C drive during Install

Best tutorial I have seen:

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When I load a blank CD/DVD into the DVD drive I get a "Disk Not Formatted" message: "Windows cannot read from this disk. The disk might be corrupted, or it could be using a format that is not compatible with Windows." This occurs on any blank disk - CD, DVD, DR/RW etc. Pre-recorded disks play fine. I have both Nero & Cyberlink Power Cinema on my system. Any ideas would be welcome.

A:DVD drive - disk not formatted

Does Nero work?

If so, ignore the message. Windows wants to format the blank disk. 99%of the time, that isn't what you want.


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My computer says Drive F: (Cd Drive for burning and watching videos, it came with comp) says its not formatted properly. It wont' repsond to anything, not even when i click eject disk.

I have Compaq presario SR1030NX if it helps

Whats wrong with the drive?

A:Drive not formatted porperly

there isn't a disk in the rom.. i assume?

AND this has been working right along?

remove it from your device manager and reboot.

post back

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Oops, sorry. I deleted this post so as not to be a bother to others.

In short, I couldn't get a Mac formatted hard drive to read when connected to a PC. I know I can format to fat32 within Mac's disk utility, but I couldn't back up the drive first, thereby losing all data.

I found TRANSMAC which will allow my PC to read the drive. Its not a free program, but it has a FULL 30 day trial which is perfect if you only need to use it once like myself.

In short, format your drive in fat32 with Mac's disk utility BEFORE loading files to be transferred.

A:XP won't recognize EXT Drive formatted on MAC

We would like to know what the problem was, so we can learn.

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