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Solved: win 7 can't find hard drive or can't format hard drive on clean install

Q: Solved: win 7 can't find hard drive or can't format hard drive on clean install

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
Pioneer DVD-RW DurkD08l (PM) Optical Disk Drive
3072 Memory
System Bios Version 1.7

Anyone got any ideas on this laptop so I can get a system installed. I checked the bios and there is no settings for a sata drive, raid drive or IDE drive so it looks like this version can't be changed.

Thanks for anyone who can help.


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

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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.


A:How 2 Format Hard Drive for Clean Install?

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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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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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.

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hi .
i have a Compaq nx 7400 .
i was hahving a lot of problems with the computer so i decided to put a new hard drive in and reinstall XP .
well i have the new hard drive in and started up the machine and changed the bott options to run from the dvd and all went fine until i should press the ENTER ( return ) button to install XP now . as soon as i did that the next window said no hard drive found . this was also happening on the old hard drive that was in the machine .

im stuck and i dont know what else to try . anyone had this problem before .?

Thanks for any help .
very strange .

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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

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AMD Athlon 1.8Mhz, hard drive failure a while ago, two new (second hand) hard drives, installed Linux, not sure what flavour, now want to upgrade memory and install WinXP.

I've installed many different Linux over the years to other machines, and did previously dual boot Pclos with XP on this machine, until hard drive failure. WinXP was installed when purchased.

It is set to boot from CD - I'm just wondering if there are any specific issues I shout be aware of before beginning the installation process. I do have the original CD and key (somewhere)!


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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.


A:how to clean hard drive and re-format

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I am having some issues trying to reinstall Win XP. I want to wipe the system clean and do a clean install of xp.

Here is what I have done so far:

Tried to boot from the WIN XP cd - wont let me

Went into the BIOS and changed the boot order to the cd/dvd drive - wont boot, goes to a black screen with a white blinking cursor (top left of screen)


A:[SOLVED] Problems reformatting hard drive and doing a clean install of Win XP

Hello and

Welcome to the fourms!

Is this a retail version of windows 7 Disk?, i ask i see if its your disk is faulty or not

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Here's my situation..I have winxp 80gig hard drive and I got an 500gig hard drive with win7 from my bro's computer.. I know I can't use it in my computer because of the licensing issue and because I tried it already and it won't boot up..

Question: If I bought a new win7 installation cd, is there any way to install it on the hard drive that already has it on their?
Keep in mind, my bro's computer died so I can't put it back in there..

Or do I just need to get a new HD?

Thanks for any advice..

A:Solved: How to do a clean install on a hard drive that was taken out of a dead comput

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well I had the same problem when I first got a new hard drive, but gave up and used Ubuntu (which is way better I now know). Anyway, now I want to dual boot so I can play games in WIndows. Ubuntu finds the harddrive easily and installs easily, but Windows can't even find the hard drive or anything.

So I used Parted Magic to shrink the Ubuntu partition by about 25GB and created a new primary primary partition.
I have a SATA hard drive with a PCI SATA card
my motherboard is from like 2002 and doesn't have any onboard SATA

halp please

A:Solved: Windows XP Pro can't find hard drive on install

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i have just swapped a 10 gig hard drive from one pc to another...
the 10 gig drive used to be in my portable usb hard drive case. which i then used as a portable hard drive.
i formatted said portable drive on windows xp.
i have just decided to put the drive into a different pc.
however when booting from my setup/operating system cd's
i get a message telling my the drive cannot be found.
obviously i have checked all the connections a few times.
im wondering if maybe i have lost some data on the drive when i formatted it?
or any other ideas and helpfull info woulld be most appreciated

A:Solved: cant install operating system as it cant find my hard drive!

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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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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?


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

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

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

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

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

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I'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.


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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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,


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 have a dell dimension 8200 windows xp home edition sp3. One of my hard drives has the fbi virus. I cant boot from a usb on it but the computer can have two hard drives plugged in at once. Could i plug the dirty hard drive in and scan and remove the virus from the clean one?.

A:Scanning dirty hard drive from clean hard drive in same computer

Hello, and Welcome
Detach the drive without the FBI virus. On another computer download Kaspersky Rescue Disk. Burn the iso to a CD. On a Windows 7 computer simply right click the iso and select Burn Disk Image. Connect the computer with the FBI virus via a Ethernet cable so Kaspersky can update it's definitions. Boot the disk and then open the terminal and type windowsunlocker (all lower case) shown in this guide. Then run the antivirus on the Kaspersky disk

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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.


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....


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?

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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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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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I just installed a brand new Western Digital Hard Drive 160 gig. I partitioned it with FDISK, then formated, then did a clean install of windows XP. Everything was fine until after i finished the installation, and i tried to connect my old maxtor 20 gig so i could transfer some files over, and the computer stopped reading both hard drives. When i start it up, the computer can't boot from either drive. I've tried disconnecting each of the drives and only booting with one connected, with no luck. I also tried changing the gray strip, I can't remember what its official name is, but that didnt help either. When I go into BIOS and let it auto detect my drives, It wont recognize either of the drives.

A:New hard drive installed sucessfully, now my computer cant find any hard drive

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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



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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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!

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 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.


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,

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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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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'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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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?


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 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?


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

Quote: Originally Posted by eldraw44

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?


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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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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I recently bought a new hard drive (WD Caviar Green 2TB in system spec) due to a a failed Hitachi 1TB drive, and I have no other internal drive attached to my system.

I'm therefore trying to install a fresh copy of Vista Home Premium on the new drive, but I can't get this to work, and I cannot format the drive through the option on the Vista install CD.

I've searched through different forums and have found that the problem may be that the nVidia 570 chipset on my motherboard will not support hard drives >1.1TB. I've therefore tried to install the updated nVidia SATA drivers (through the Vista install CD driver function) but this hasn't worked.

I've also run the MiniTool Partition Wizard as a boot disk which recognises the drive, but when I try and format it, it runs the format, but labels it a "Bad Disk" and the format fails. I'd like to try and split the disk into 2x1TB partitions (so as to be under the 1.1TB), but it (understandably!) won't do this until I've formatted the disk itself.

The disk is recognised in the BIOS, by the Vista install CD and by the Partition software, all with the correct 2TB file size, so I don't think (!) there is a problem with the disk itself or the connections.

As I'm now struggling to come up with anything else to try, I wondered if anyone had any ideas?



A:Cannot format new hard drive or install Vista Home Premium

I would try some of these testing tools first.

7 Free Hard Drive Testing Software Tools

TestDisk - CGSecurity

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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 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


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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I have a office elite desk 800 G2 which has had its hard drive removed.  I bought a new WD 1TB internal hard drive and a retail copy of Home Windows 10 on a USB stick.  I am unable to get the system to work.  Get error message says files may be corrupted.   But both the hard drive and OS are brand new.   THI is not an upgrade; computer has no operating system currently - I am trying to install.   Am I missing something? 

A:How to install clean internal hard drive on desktop without ...

Hi: See if this works... Make your own W10 installation media on another PC from the link below (Media Creation Tool). https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 Use the product key from the W10 home version your purchased. NOTE:  It is also very possible there is already a W10 Pro product key in the BIOS of your PC (they either came with W10 Pro or W8.1 Pro), and that should work with automatically with the installation media you created. If it has a W10 key in the BIOS, you can use the W10 Home edition you bought on another PC.     

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SOS....I was wondering if anyone could help me? Im a newbie so bear with me, My Dell dimesion 2400 desk top has caught loads of virus's , i managed to install Adaware and Spybot in safemode/normal mode but it won't let me open the programmes or if it does it scans so slowy up to 2 hrs to finish, says its found and deleted the virus's but when i boot it up their still their and its becoming more and more slow.

I then tryed to remove the hard drive and connect it via a IDE interface with a usb on the other end to remotly scan it from my laptop, but when I went to open up the case Dell have glued the screws so iam unable to remove it.

I bought the computer a few years ago second hand and it came with no other disks, so i cant do a recovery/repair with a windows disk. My question is(sorry to be long winded) if i buy a copy of windows xp OEM can i just put it on? or would i have to format the drive first(which im gussing i should do) how do i format the hard drive if i cant remove it???...if any one can help with some ideas or what software to use in order to do this would be great

A:Virus's have infected my Hard drive , shall i just do a clean install?

I vote YES

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On my Dell XPS 8910 I completely removed the original Seagate HDD, installed new 1TB SSD drive and followed this process.
 1. Hit F2 during start at the Dell Logo,  enter the bios.   2. Go to Boot menu and disable secure boot.   3. Which enables Legacy Boot.   4. Save the changes, then restart the computer 5. Hit F12 during the Dell Logo.   6. Booted from DVD which contained Windows 7. After Windows Install, restarted Hit F12 and booted to Hard drive and into Windows with no issues
So here is my issue as long as I have Secure Boot disabled and use F12 to boot to the new disk everything works perfectly.  But if I enable Secure Boot and restart with normal boot process the machine gives me error message that "No Drive Installed" which I know is a Secure Boot / UEFI issue.  Since this is a new drive with a new and different OS, I know that the Secure Boot and UEFI needs something changed or updated for the new combination to boot normally.
How do I get the computer to boot normally with Secure Boot enabled again with new hardware and OS?

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Windows Validation Data-->

Validation Code: 0
Cached Online Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0xc004f012
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-PWB9R-4K7W4-2BT4J
Windows Product Key Hash: jlJIE69lzaXsu5B+X11cktZP6u8=
Windows Product ID: 00359-OEM-8992687-00015
Windows Product ID Type: 2
Windows License Type: OEM SLP
Windows OS version: 6.1.7600.2.00010300.0.0.003
ID: {C5A7CD95-BE28-4AF4-816E-8C06F3ED5C91}(3)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Home Premium
Architecture: 0x00000000
Build lab: 7600.win7_rtm.090713-1255
TTS Error:
Validation Diagnostic:
Resolution Status: N/A

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Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

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File Exists: No
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
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OGA Notifications Data-->
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Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGAExec.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGAAddin.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

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OGA Version: N/A, 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
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A:Activation issue after clean install on new hard drive

Hello again - you'll get eactly the same answer here as I gave you in teh Answers forums

Computers that come pre-installed with Windows from large manufacturers usually come with two Product Keys.

OEM SLP: This is the key that came in Windows (from the factory). It works by connecting to a BIOS flag (the SLIC table) found only on computers from that Manufacturer. Once it sees the correct BIOS flag, it self activates.

COA SLP: This is the key seen on the sticker located on the side, bottom or in the battery compartment of your machine. The purpose of this key is to be used in the case the OEM SLP self-activation stops working for whatever reason.

the Key you need to enter is the one from the COA sticker on the case - see here for examples...http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/howtotell/Hardware.aspx

The way to enter it into your current install is either
1) use the Change Product Key link at the bottom of the System Properties page.
2) Click on the Start button, then type in the Search box, SLUI 3 and hit the Enter Key.
both will bring up the change key wizard which will take you through the process, and attempt to activate.

You may need to activate by phone....

telephone activation (operator calls)
Click on the Start button
in the Search box, type
and hit the Enter key
follow the instructions, but when asked which service you require by the telephone ansafone, do NOT reply - this should force an operator to respond, who can deal with you

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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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