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Q: My desktop powered down while formatting hard drive

Hello,

I have a Compaq desktop with an
AMD Athlon 1.1GHZ
128MB of RAM
a 16mb TNT video card
and 60GB HDD

I tried to reformat the hard drive because I initially had a virus on it - so the only means was to format it. The first time I reinstalled it successfully with a copy of a WinXP Pro cd, that came with a dell laptop of mine. BIG MISTAKE-- the computer tripped out and was asking for authentication. No problme arised yet, windows xp installed, and authentication was the only thing that was being irritating.

I commensed to reformat the hard drive with nothing in it except the OS installed, with a different copy of WinXP that did not come with my dell laptop. In the middle of reformatting, however, about 51% complete, I powered down the computer because I thought it would not hurt the formatting process, so I could take it back to the owner's house and finish up the reformatting process there, and at the same time be able to hang out at their pool. the old idea of "kill two birds with one stone" or something. >_< I feel pretty stupid. I hope you guys don't chew me out now, but yeah.

So I tried to turn the computer on again later on to finish reformatting. I pressed the power button and everything seemed to go right, until nothing appeared on the monitor. the monitor stays black, with an orange 'standby' light as if the computer was on standby.

P.S. does extreme heat destroy the desktop or the computer parts? i had left it in the car for about 30 mins. to an hour.

A day after, I troubleshot the harddrive to see what the probem was, by swapping out a good hard drive and unplugging all the other cards, like the NIC and whatever else was in there. the monitor still refused to respond. Any ideas?

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Dell Precision 4300 laptop T9300 2.5ghz processor running windows XP pro. Have a WD 400 passport external drive (powered through usb) that worked great for 6 months. Having problems recognizing the drive on usb port. Have a powered Hitachi drive that fine in the same port. Took WD passport and placed it on another computer and it works fine. When plugged into my laptop I can hear it fire up and the indicator light is on. WD troubleshot with me and we eliminated my drivers etc and same result. They warrantied the drive and new one has same issue. Tried a different cable. Dell troubleshot with me and diagnosed bad motherboard. Tech came to house and replaced motherboard with same results. Flashed bios and removed/installed drivers again same result. Drive will appear under device manager butI can't get to it. Part of my computer will lock up when drive in port and unfreeze when I pull it out. Also will see drive appear under my computer when removing usb cable. If I remove usb drivers and power up with WD plugged in occasionally I will be able to get to unit but it will freeze.
 

A:usb powered hard drive not recognized

try this remove safely then reinstall it might work after several times you could go to the website and dowload the proper drivers hope this helps lisa6447
 

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My laptop HDD recently would not load windows. So i installed the OS on a different drive. Now, when i connect the old drive VIA USB 2.0toSATA it will not show up in My Computer. Disk Management will not show the drive either. The HDD is getting power, i can hear the disk spinning.

A:Hard Drive is powered, but does not show up.

Plug in and turn on the external USB hard drive
Right mouse click on My Computer
Left click on Manage
Left click on Device Manager
Expand the USB list
Find the USB device for your USB Hard Drive (the one that has no description)
Right mouse click - Uninstall
Turn off the external USB hard drive
Turn on the external USB hard drive and let it find and install the driver

Open 'Administration Tools', select 'Computer Management', click on 'Disk Management' and see if it can be seen here. If it does show here, chances are it doesn't have a drive letter assigned. If this is the case, right click on the drive, select "Change drive Letter...', and assign a drive letter to it.

If it was not seen there, go to 'Action' on the menu bar, click on 'Rescan Disks' and it should come up. If necessary assign a drive letter to as described above.

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I have a Sabrent 2.5" hard drive enclosure SBT-EKU25 that I am trying to use with USB on a Windows 7 laptop. The drive works but stops doing anything for several minutes at a time. There are no error messages, it just stops... no flashing or steady light. A minute or two later it picks up where it left off as though nothing has happened. It will then run fine again for several seconds and then it goes back to "sleep". I am trying to use the drive to backup files and it spends more time sleeping than doing anything else.

The drive enclosure does not come with any drivers and is supposed to be plug and play. I have checked the USB drivers and Windows says they are up to date. I have installed a 60Gb hard drive from an old laptop in it.

If i plug the the drive into the USB port on my Windows XP desktop it works fine.

A:USB powered hard drive enclosures

What type of drive did you put in the enclosure? According to Sabrent's web site it only works with IDE drives.

Sabrent | USB 2.0 to 2.5″ IDE Aluminum Hard Drive Enclosure – BLACK |

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I use a Seagate USB 3.0 external hard drive to do automated system backups on a weekly basis, using both Windows and Acronis. I have always left this drive on all the time, even though I only use it weekly.

I have read where some users power their external hard drives off between backups.

Any recommendations on the best thing to do.......leave it on or turn it off?

Thanks in advance.........

A:Is It Best to Keep External Backup Hard Drive Powered Off

If you can disconnect this drive when backups are not happening, you increase your odds of not having any viri or malware hitting the ext HD. Other than that, disconnecting and powering off ext HD saves some wearNtear on said device.

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I have a USB powered Maxtor 320GB portable HD connected to Windows XP laptop. As it got close to being full it has started to give me "Delayed write error". Sometimes I can access the drive and the files but sometimes the folders show as being empty. Sounds like it is dying. What can I do? What is the best way to save the data and copy it to another drive? At the moment it is not possible to copy data from the drive as it will fail half way through the transfer.

any advice appreciated

Lucian
 

A:USB powered portable Hard Drive problems

As tedious as it may sound, I'd try copying small chunks at a time instead of the whole thing.
 

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Hey folks,
Well, big problem here. I've built a new rig, and was doing a reinstallation of Windows 7, and I'd left my wife in charge of making sure its set to install to the correct HDD. She'd made a mistake and set it to install on my internal Backup drive which is a Western Digital Caviar SE SATA drive, which meant it was to be formatted. Mistake. When she realized she did it wrong, during the reformat, she restarted the computer. BIGGER Mistake. And now I've tried see if I could reformat it and possibly recover some data with a partition tool of some kind, however dont even think I can get it to show up on Windows, even after checking and trying to go to Disk Management to initialize it, it doesnt show up. It only shows up sometimes when I go to the BIOS after that mishap, I've had it for 3 years with absolutely no problems, so is it a possiblility that this mistake may have killed it? Any guidance would help in what to do next.
 

A:HDD powered off while formatting...

You can maybe pull the drive and use a usb sata/ide connector and see what you can salvage.And then reinstall if you can.
 

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I installed a brand new hard drive in my hp pavilion ze4630 and even when booting from the the Win XP disk it does not see the new hard drive. I tried using a Win Me disk in an attempt format from dos but unit does not boot into dos. The hard drive is a Toshiba MK4025GAS and i did not find a driver on their site. What do i need to do to initialize a virgin hard drive ? Also tried installing as slave drive to my desktop and format with functioning Win XP but it also did not see the drive. Thanks for assistance with this matter.
 

A:Hard drive formatting instruction for brand new hard drive

rskin2001 said:

I installed a brand new hard drive in my hp pavilion ze4630 and even when booting from the the Win XP disk it does not see the new hard drive. I tried using a Win Me disk in an attempt format from dos but unit does not boot into dos. The hard drive is a Toshiba MK4025GAS and i did not find a driver on their site. What do i need to do to initialize a virgin hard drive ? Also tried installing as slave drive to my desktop and format with functioning Win XP but it also did not see the drive. Thanks for assistance with this matter.Click to expand...

Can you see the drive in the BIOS setup?
 

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So I've got one 80GB drive that I use to store my Windows XP operating systems, all my programs, games, etc.

I also have an 180GB drive that I want to partition into possibly 3 drives, one for music, another for movies, and another for game installation files.

My question is, what exactly do I format the 3 partitions as? Extended, logical, primary, I have no idea which will make the drives stay "available." The problem is that once I finished partitioning the drives the first time, the next day the last 2 partitions became unavilable.

Anyone got any ideas?
 

A:Question about formatting a second hard drive to serve as a storage drive...

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can anyone tell me how to format my hard drive from the desktop?
 

A:help on formatting hard drive

If it's your boot or main drive you can't. If it's a slave You have to go to COntro Panel, Admin tools, COmputer management, then disk management. Right click on the disk you want to format and click format..
 

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Please can someone tell me step-by-step how to format a hard drive?

Thanks very much.
 

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I have just bought a second hand pc and it has many problems. I want to format my hard drive and reinstall the OS. I cant remember how to do.

A:formatting hard drive

http://lifehacker.com/software/windo...tch-157578.php

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I have an XP os, and I am trying to re-format, can you help me?
 

A:Re-formatting a hard drive

Using the Xp CD

Boot from the Windows CD
Allow it to boot up normally
Instead of formatting select to remove the partition (if multiple partitions, confirm which partition you want removed, if not all)

Then re-install Windows (allowing Windows to setup the partition automatically)
Or manually create a new partition, and then format it
If you don't have the Windows CD handy, use tools such as Gparted
Or The Ultimate Boot CD (here are some download mirrors: http://www.techspot.com/vb/post705177-4.html )
 

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Hi, i was wondering if i format my hard drive from a GPT partition to a MBR partition would the alienware apps like " alienFx reinstall itself"

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I want to format my hard drive so I can re-install XP Pro but not sure how to do that? My current hard drive is partitioned and I've moved all the files to the drive I'm leaving alone. How do I format my "C" drive? When I highlight it under My Computer and click on Format it tells me there are utilities or other programs using it and won't let me format it. I need to wipe it out so I can re-install it...any suggestions out there?
 

A:Formatting my hard drive

Early on, during the install of XP, you will be prompted if you want to format the hard drive.
 

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i lost the cd to clean and format my hard drive. my question is how can you clean and format my hard drive? if you can, please tell where i can do this and how.

thanks Dave
 

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If you're talking about just formating the drive then you can do that with a dos boot disk. You can download a disk image here: www.bootdisk.com.
Then run fdisk which will remove everything

You course without an operating system CD, you're not going to be able to put anything back on it!!
 

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Daughters computer is full of malware, very annoying and beyond my ability to fix. Purchased a used hardrive in good condition, just not being used anymore. I am not interested in anything on the hard drive currently but cannot get on to it. I guess it was part of a network before and asks for a user name and password. How do I reformat it to be able to load my windows and other stuff on it?
 

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OK guys, i know alot ppl here dont like to reformat there hard drive for some reasens.... BUT why NOT???

is it bad for the hd?
is there a limit TO formmating?
IS it risky to fromat???

Well help me out , why not format?
 

A:HARD Drive Formatting ???

I don't like it because then I have to reinstall all my programs. I tried to make one of those Bart PE disks with answer files and all but it didn't work for me.
 

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I am looking at formatting my hard drive and was wondering if I have to have a start up disk to do this.
The reason I ask is because my computer, while having a 3.5 floppy drive, thinks it has a 51/4. Is there a way I can fix this? I am runnning Windows 98 se on an athlon 900
 

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I have a Maxtor 40gig hard drive recently tried to fdisk with it having 2 partitions on the drive. Was able to delete the 1st partition which was the primary partition, am not able to delete the 2nd partition which is EXT DOS partition. It keeps telling me "Cannot delete Extended DOS Partition while logical drives exist". Ant suggestions greatly appreciated.
 

A:Hard drive formatting

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q261473/

Did you try Delete non-dos partition?
 

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Evening everyone...This post is a variation of a previous post in the hardware discussion board and I didn't know if it would be helpful to put part of the question here as well. I'll apologize in advance if I am asking too vague, difficult to understand questions or if it is not approriate to seek help in this way. I have a computer built by a friend who cant work on it anymore b/c of a recent move. I currently have a 4 gig hard drive and want to replace it with a 41.1 gig ( 40 gig? ) Hitachi Deskstar 7K80 model #HDS728040PLAT20. I am running Windows XP-Home OPS. Finally, once the new drive is physically in the case and hooked up, how do I go about formatting or partioning the new drive ( Cutter ducks and waits to make sure that no one throws anything at him...waiting...waiting ...) I know BIOS is involved but am not sure how to go about it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again everyone.

A:Formatting new hard drive

The Hard Drive that you are installing, is it new? if so, it should have instructions included. If not, then I would go to the manufacturer's website and look them up. There are factors, such as jumpers and formatting software, that are specific to the exact hard drive model. So, it's kind of hard to generalize...so check with the manufacturer.Here are a few links to Common Hard Drive Manufacturers:Western Digital:http://www.wdc.com/Maxtor:http://www.maxtor.com/Seagate:http://www.seagate.com/Samsung:http://www.samsungelectronics.com/hdd/index.html

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Hey there. Here's what's going on. I have a 500gb Western Digital Passport Essential. I had formatted it to NTFS right when I got it. It works fine with my Vista laptop. But I now wish I could use it with more. I'd like to be able to connect it to my PS3 and 360 to get media off of it, and I use Windows and Mac both very much on a daily basis, so I think I'd like to reformat it as FAT32, but before I do, I'd like to ask if this is a good idea. I've heard things that FAT32 doesn't accept files more than 4 gigs? So any help on the matter would be great. Thanks.
 

A:Hard Drive Formatting

I would consider that the File size limit would make it an unwise choice however you could make a fat32 partition on the drive for the gaming system media part. leaving the rest NTFS.
 

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My 4 year old system died on me recently and I'm in the process of building a new one. I had 2 hard drives in the old system, one for storage, and the other had XP as an OS on it. Seeing as I have no working desktop (just a laptop) or anyone that actually has a desktop to turn to....what are my options for formatting my drives so I can put them in the new system. I'm just trying to avoid buying new HD's if at all possible. Can anyone lend any advice in this matter? It would be much appreciated. Thank you.
 

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I want to format my hard drive. What files specifically should I backup before I format?
 

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Kiwiguy,
 

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I am reformatting my hard drive and I am getting this message:
Formatting Hard Drive 1,218.62M
Trying to recover allocation unit (with a number that is counting up), (ex 190,160 and counting up).

Is this something that is necessary? How long will it take? I want to load WIN95 onto the hard drive, so any help would be a big help.
 

A:Formatting Hard Drive

It sounds like you have some bad areas on the hard drive.....it could take quite a while to reach the end, depending on how many errors are found.

If the drive is pretty old, you might think about replacing it.

There's also utilities on the manufacturer's websites you can download that will test it for you.
 

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Kiwiguy,
I successfully reformatted my hard drive, but when I re-installed some of the programs that I had backed up on my other hdd, they wouldn't work without re-installing them from their original cd's or disks. Error messages indicated that some files were missing e.g ".dll" etc.
What did I do wrong and how can I get those programs to run once I have restored them?
 

A:formatting hard drive

Backing up and restoring from backed up files is very different to reinstalling programs on a fresh copy of Windows. For this reason I only ever backup data, as the system files are of limited value.

Your new copy of XP has a fresh clean registry, with no knowledge of any installed programs.

Copying back the installed programs does not tell the Registry they are there.

All your data created will be there, but you need to reinstall all the programs. Backing up the programs in this manner is unhelpful when you then reformat and install windows anew.

To be able to copy everything back in a working format requires special "drive imaging" software, such as Nortons Ghost.

This will copy back an exact replica of what was saved (including all damaged files you probably wanted to get rid of), so thats not always helpful either in some cases.

Bottom line, when you reformat, you should reinstall every program. Its always been that way since Windows 95.
 

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please could anyone guide me to how i formatt my hard drive:

ive been having alot of problems, i have already re installed xp but has not made any difference.

urgent

thanx
 

A:i need help formatting my hard drive xp

Black Viper has the best step by step guides that I've seen:

XP Home:

http://www.blackviper.com/Articles/OS/InstallXPHome/installxphome1.htm

XP Pro:

http://www.blackviper.com/Articles/OS/InstallXPPro/installxppro1.htm
 

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Purchased new comp without operating system, after installing my own Windows operating system found they had sent me the wrong spec of computer. Now have to return for correct comp spec to be sent to me. My question how do I format the hard drive to remove windows and return the comp in the clean condition I received it. Your help gratefully appreciated.
joni

A:Formatting Hard drive

Just make another clean install. All your info and the old OS will be gone.

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I'm currently using 7 RC1 build 7100, and my computer came with Vista 32-bit Home Premium. Is it a bad idea to format the first hard drive? I want to get rid of all the BS, as it's terribly slow using Vista now (7 working great), but I can't find the recovery disc and cannot find anyway to make a restore disc or boot off of the recovery partition in Vista.

I've posted a screenshot of my 7 disc management. The one with approx. 27 GB left contains Vista, and I now have all of my important files on my external drive, so I don't need it anymore.

Or is it possible to make a recovery disc using that partition anyway? Trust me, I've read everything I could find and I think my system only came with a disc, it's just that this disc management seems to show the "recovery partition" on the Vista drive.

Also, will this cause any problems? I read something about the boot partition maybe still being on the Vista drive, and the possible need to move it. 7 was installed on what was in Vista the "D" drive, although now they're swapped in 7 so the one I need to get rid of is now D instead of C.

I hope this makes sense, and thanks in advance for any help.

A:Formatting hard drive containing old OS

Not sure quite what it is you want to do.

1. If you boot off the recovery partition - you should get the options to return that 1st HD to factory condition - i.e. with Vista on just as you received it.

You should be able to boot the recovery partition by marking it Active. Make sure you have a bootablle partition manager - in case in doesn't work and you need to mark Vista active again.

There is free downloadable .iso of GParted here:

SourceForge.net: GParted: Files

GParted -- Download

The Vista partition is Marked as System - that means it contains 7 boot management files.

If you restore Vista to factory condition - you need to then Run startup repair from the 7 dvd to add it back as a boot option.

2. If you wish to delete the Vista partition - you need to Make 7 into the System partition , and make the 7 HD the boot drive( the first drive in bios HD boot order).

You also need to add the 7 compatible bootsector code and MBR to the 7 HD.

Don't worry, it is easier than it sounds.

Unfortunately, in your case, the 7 HD is an extended partition - you can't mark it active and make it the System partition, unless you convert it to a Primary partition first.

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The hard drive on my Pavilion DV6660se laptop died a few months ago and I want to install a new compatible hard drive.My question is, how does one go about formatting and partitioning the new drive? Is there a function key that I must press on my laptop in order to bring up a screen that will show us the options to follow? GaryRob

A:hard drive formatting

If you have Recovery Disks or a Windows dvd you can boot from it.It will format the hdd before installing Windows.

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I have two hard drives on my PC. The newest, a 120Gb SATA and my old hard drive a 19Gb. I would like to format my old hdd. Can I use the command by right clicking the hdd then follow the steps or is there more to it? Once formatted can I use it without installing an operating system? I want to store the photos from my digital camera on it. I do not want to touch the SATA hdd.
 

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Hello all, I have a hard drive that is partioned as "C" and "D". My operating system is on "C" and I do not wish to interfere with it.
The other partion, "D" has some files on it that I cannot delete. These files are the remains of a backup program that I no longer use. I tried to format it by opening "My Computer", right clicking on this "D" drive and selecting Format. I am unable to achieve this either because of a message that prevents me from doing this.
Is there another method of formatting this partition without endangering the other partition "C", which has my OS, programs and all my data on it? I would require a step by step explanation as I am new to computers.
Both partitions use NTFS.
Cheers
John
 

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I am seriously considering doing the big "No-N0" and re-formatting my hard drive. My ex-wife will have this computer for a few months and I want to make absolutely sure that there is nothing on it that she might be able to find and use against me in a custody battle. In addition, I had Windows 2000 installed and it failed (locks up everytime you try to boot), so I installed Windows XP, which works fine except that it normally does not allow me access to all of my old files/programs. I have tried to remove "2000" a number of times in vain. I have everything I need backed up on CD Disks. I would feel more comfortable allowing my ex to use the computer if I have re-formatted the hard drive. There are other reasons as well, that I won't go into right now. I have the Windows Installation cd disk and so would be able to re-install XP. Considering that this is a done deal, any advice?

Thank you very much,
Gig
 

A:Re-Formatting Hard Drive (C:)

This would be the time to install "SP3." It in effect will put in place "SP2" and the over 100 updates thereto rather than going through the usual updating. I would run "chkdsk /r" before removing the present OS.

{redoak}
 

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I have lost my mind. Okay, maybe only part of it. I have a box with server 2003 on it. Now the powers that be want it to be an XP machine again. I have tried just about everything I can think of the format the darn drive and so far no luck. Any help would be appreciated.

R
 

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Worked with basic PCs for many years but am trying the easy task of upgrading a PC with a larger hard drive. I'm am learning that I am a true Novice at this:

Bought WD 500GB hard drive & installed in a Dell Dem4600. Did not format the drive right because now it shows I have 225Gb available space in drive "F". Need to get the HD back to original so I can allocate the entire hard drive. Using XP Home with add-on SP3 later. I have all my original disks; tried the XP start disk (original) but am lost on how to proceed. Can anyone offer suggestions?

Whiskered One
 

A:New hard drive formatting

Not certain, but you may be up against a bios limitation.
My older Gateway would not recognize the full size of my new drive, because of this.
A work-around may be to partition the drive into three separate "logical drives", keeping each under that limit you have discovered. (Maybe 100-200-200).
In initializing the drive you should be presented and option to partition.
 

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I am trying to format my hard drive. Since the last time that i have done it, I installed a new cd-rom drive on my computer. When I insert the 3.5" master diskette and turn the machine on, I get an error message- "Unable to recognize cd-rom drive". What does this mean and how do I proceed so that I can format my hard drive?
 

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Recently my network stopped working, in trying to set it up again it said that I was missing drivers so I put the disk in to get those. Now with the new changes after I sign on to my pc it has a pop up that says I now have to reactivate windows, would you like to do this now....YES or NO, but no matter which one I choose it kicks me right back to the main computer user log in screen. It won't let me boot any drives to rerun the windows disk to reinstall. I have no desktop and I can't get to command prompt either. I would love to know if there is a way to completely reset the motherboard and all of it's hardware and software and start from scratch, or to format the hard drive from bios since that is the only place I can go other than user log on screen.

A:formatting hard drive

You can boot to your windows xp disk and format from there if you want to. Just make sure to set your cd-rom drive as the first boot device inside of bios, under boot sequence. After that, exit and save out of bios. You will see something along the lines of "Hit any key to boot from disk" come up on your screen. Do so and your xp disk will take it from there.

After it inspects your hardware, you will get a couple of options. Install a copy of windows, boot to recovery console, etc.... Selecting "install a copy of windows" will give you the option of formating your diskdrive.

Please be aware that after doing so, for all practical purposes all of your information on that particular diskdrive will be wipped out in a matter of less than a second. Then the reformatting/remapping of the drive will take place.

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Hi,
I just re-installed windows XP and can not access my 2nd harddrive. I have two 120gig hard drives in my gateway both were operating correctly prior to reinstalling XP. After the install XP will not let me access the second hard drive with out formatting it. The drive is healthy and recognized in Computer Management's disk management. But when I try to use windows exporer or access this drive I get the message "The Disk in F: drive is not formatted" and ask me to format the disk.
I would like to try and save the info on this disk if at all possible, but it is not critical. Is there any way to access this info or save it on to one of the CD/DVD drives?
Thanks for any help
Newbie to the group
MSP
 

A:Hard drive formatting

I am having the same problem, if you find out how to fix it, please let me know.

The data is still there, because it can read/write in DOS. I checked.
 

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i need help in partitioning and formatting my hard drive. Can someone explain to me??
 

A:formatting hard drive

FDISK simulation here:
http://www.computerhope.com/sfdisk1.htm

FORMAT info here:
http://www.computerhope.com/formathl.htm
 

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I currently have a Gateway computer built in 1999. The computer has 512 mb ram. A pentium II processor. I have a newer copy of windows xp home edition installed on the hard drive. Due to virus and software removal issues my hard drive is almost full. I need to uninstall this version of windows and formatt using my original version of windows xp without the service pack 2. It will not boot from the cd drive because it will not let me put on a older version on top of a newer copy. Microsoft recommended to boot cd in the setup screen. they told me to change the boot setting so that cd is the first drive read. I was told to press the F10 function key to boot from startup with cd in the drive.
I am supposed to get a second screen that tells me to press any key to boot. When this screen did come up any key that I pressed would not boot the cd. However I am also having problems accessing the screen to give me this prompt while pressing f10. I was told that there was no driver error with the keyboard since other functions with the keyboard are working. Thank you for any help you can provide as I am currently stuck and extremely frustrated.
 

A:need help formatting hard drive

"It will not boot from the cd drive because it will not let me put on a older version on top of a newer copy." How do you know this if you have not been able to boot?

There is no need to "format" with modern operating systems. Setup allows preparing the drive as one of its options later on.

You should enter BIOS setup and put the CD-ROM at the top of the boot priority list.
 

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hi
I have 2 HD's .a 60 gig and a 4 gig. I amhaving problemswith the big one and I want to format it. I am running off of the 4gig. I am wondering what the best way to format the 60 would be. should i just go to accessories , MS-DOS and use fdisk? or is there a better,safer way?
 

A:Formatting my hard Drive

There are a few ways to do this can use the utility disk that came with you hdd if not you can go to there site and download it.. Also xp will do this when you install the windows xp cd and make sure u have first boot sit to cdrom ..
 

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I'm trying to format my hard drive. I have a windows xp reinstallation dvd, but I'm unable to boot from it.

A:Formatting my hard drive

I'm guessing that you already tried setting the BIOS to boot from your cd/dvd drive, correct?

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I have 2 questions.

1) I am working on one of my friend's computers and it starts up in MS-DOS. how do i get back to windows?

2) I am going to add a new hard drive to my computer. How do i format and partition it?

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I am working on one of my friend's computers and it starts up in MS-DOS. how do i get back to windows?That would depend upon how it is booting to DOS now. Is there a floppy disk in the floppy drive? Perhaps removing it would let the computer boot to Windows (assuming that windows has been installed on the hard drive).I am going to add a new hard drive to my computer. How do i format and partition it?Can you be more specific? Is this going to be a second hard drive for storage of data? So you already have one hard drive with Windows XP installed on it? Etc. The more info the better.

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now that all my issues are fixed, i have installed my old drive and was able to remove the pictures and files i needed, now i'd like to clean it up to ensure it is free of virus etc, is there anything special to do in order to format it? or just use fdisk?
 

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I am very computer savvy at least i thought, but i can not figure out how to simply format my hard drive back to factory settings!

The resources are capped after just opening a couple browser windows and its at 100% almost all the time so I want to just format it completely and start fresh!

when I get the the disk management, I cant format the hard drive and i cant partition it either.

Please Help!

A:need help formatting hard drive

Hi vavi2s, welcome to vista forums, as a last resort you can do a ststem recovery if you have the discs,But if you do a system recovery remember it completely erases snd reformats the hard drive, deleting all data files you have created, system recovery reinstalls the operating system, programs, and drivers, so you should backup any files you want to keep, Good luck patch41

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