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File format changed into other format after format a hard drive

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

Hi everyone,

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

Preferred Solution: File format changed into other format after format a hard drive

I recommend downloading and running DRP. It's a recovery tool that has been proven to recover files that most other programs have no luck with. I've even recovered files from freshly formatted or partitioned drives.

You can download it direct from this link http://goo.gl/v51TwD. (This link will automatically start a download of DRP that you can save to your computer.)

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

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

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Hello members, I'm starving to restore back the files into its original format and icon after trying to open one file which has caused this hectic work.
I thought it could be a malware and decided to backup the data before formatting the hard disk but after reinstallation the same idiot coming....till now can not open any file.

Please I request your needful support to restore back my files ...
Thanks in advance


A:My files format has changed to wrong format and icon

Moved from Introduction thread.

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I was trying to open a file with open with option but has affected all files in my computer....I thought it was a malware hence decided to backup my data and formatted the hard drive but after reinstallation of windows 7 the files are still in wrong format as previously.
Please I need your support to fix this issue.

Thanks in advance!


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I'm running RC 7100 as a Media Centre, freshly updated from Windows Update. I'm using a Hauppauge HVR2200 DVB-T tuner card to receive digital broadcasts, together with a SKY settop box. I'm testing the WTV Converter (righ-click from Windows Explorer) and I'm getting the error above on 1 of the test files, and would like to understand whether this is an error in the conversion program, or because I'm trying to put content into the dvr-ms format that simply won't fit because of the format of the digital recording.

This works:
From the SKY settop box UHF cable I have recorded a 30 minute program giving 1,707,264KB (average 948.5KB/sec), WTV Converter works fine.

This fails within 5 seconds of starting:
From the DVB-T tuner I have recorded a 75 minute program giving 7,257,068KB (average 1612.7KB/sec), WTV Converter fails with the error "WTV Converter cannot convert the file from .wtv to .dvr-ms format because the content is not compatible with the .dvr-ms format".

In the properties of each file, the only difference I could see was that the DVB-T recording said 'DTV Content=Yes' whilst from the SKY setop box it said 'DVT
Content=No'. The properties dialog allowed me to change the flag from Yes to No, but the WTV Converter still fails with the same error.

I don't believe the file is corrupt, since it plays successfully in the Windows Media Centre.

Note that the error message does not state that the failure is due to copy-protection. I was able to google ... Read more

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A local business http://www.dinospizzausa.com/ wants me to add video to his web site. Problem is he brought a Panasonic VDR-D220 recorder. It records to DVD and memory chip. I can move the files with no problem to the hard drive but can't open them.

This recorder came with no software that opens this format. Now what I would like to do is not only find software (Free) that will open this format but also convert it to a format so I can play it on his website using Media Player. In the folder when downloaded to the hard drive are three files, VR_MANGR.BUP, VR_MANGR.IFO and VR_MOVIE.VRO.

Has anyone come up with software that will do this or an easy way to add these videos to a web site so they open when the web page open?

Thank you and have a great day to all.

A:File association and converting VRO format to Media Player format

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i need to know how to convert a avi format video file to a mpg format video file.. please help.. thanks

A:Solved: need to convert a avi format video file to a mpg format

You need a codec. These guys have a free mpeg1 but I would recommend you buy an mpeg 2. http://www.tmpgenc.net/

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I'm backing up everything from my C: drive to drive F: using ntbackup, but first, I'm formatting the F: drive. For the formatting part, I want my script (simple batch file) to make it just happen--I don't want to respond to two prompts before formatting each time I run it. Any ideas?When I do this:format f: /fs:ntfs /v:"Backup_160"It prompts me to enter the volume label for this drive. Then it asks if I really want to erase the thing. I am thinking a "/Y" tacked onto the end will suppress the prompting about whether I want to erase it. What about the volume label prompt? I thought the "/v:"Backup_160"" was supposed to answer this question, but it doesn't seem to. Whether I remove the "/v:" parameter or leave it there, it always prompts. (Note that in this case, "Backup_160" was both the old and new name of volume F:; that's what I want it to always be called when I backup.)Also, what's the best way for me to overwrite the old backup file (Backup.bkf) each time with the new one, via batch file? Is this what the /T and /G switches are for--to overwrite an old backup file?Here's what I used last night:format f: /fs:ntfs /v:"Backup_160"ntbackup backup c:\ /n "Backup.bkf created 10/16/2006 at 1:08 AM" /v:yes /r:no /rs:no /hc:off /SNAP:on /m normal /j "Weekly System Backup" /l:s /f "F:\Backup.bkf"Thanks,Hotshot309

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Harddrive Lacie 250GB connected trough firewire 800:

XP says it's a RAW partition (used to be NTFS)

I have restored all the files from this drive (to another), and now I would like to reformat the drive to NTFS.

When XP tries to format it, it says ehh, " Error ..can't complete the format".

Anyone have any ida how to get past this problem:
I have Easy Reovery 6.03, Fix it utilities and more.

Any suggestions would be most welcome

System XP sp2 with all updates installed

A:PROBLEM: Xp reports RAW format, but I can't format the drive to NTFS,,,

I have run into the same problem except it is formatting 4.7 gig discs. If I find something that will help you, I will let you know. Let me know if you get a solution. It may assist me with my problem..........


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I would like to know in very,very,simple plain english step by step instructions on "How to transfer code (for a signature I created on "mylivesignature.com" ),save it to HTML format,make a file on hard drive,import the file that can be sent along in all my emails"just so you
know how hard this may be to you that do not want to put up with me
here are some statistics(sp) I am a great-gran-ma computer illiterate
newbie,78years,but very eager and determined to learn.
So thanks to any of you brave souls willing to tackle this !!!!

A:Solved: Hard drive file,HTML format?

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i've purchased a seagate 1TB external hard drive and need to format it in FAT32 format.

how can i go about doing this using windows 7?

A:how can i format my external HD drive into FAT32 format

Quote: Originally Posted by Waqas83


i've purchased a seagate 1TB external hard drive and need to format it in FAT32 format.

how can i go about doing this using windows 7?

Hi and welcome

um, why do you need to? there are several 3rd party apps that can but since win 7 knows NTFS, it will not format fat32. Just checked to be sure.

KEn J+

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Hi All!

I am trying to convert an external hard drive (WD My Book, 1TB) from FAT 32 to NTFS. In doing so, I backed up all the files on the drive as an Image (using Paragon partition manager SW) to another external hard drive that is formated in NTFS. I then reformatted the original hard drive to NTFS. My question now is when restoring the image back to the original hard drive (that is now formatted for NTFS) will the image remain as FAT32 or will it convert to the currently formatted for NTFS?


A:Converting file format on hard drive when restoring image

The image will remain as FAT32.

Restoring an image restores the drive to the same state it was in when the image was made. That includes the file system. Any existing contents and file system on the drive will be lost.

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So I bought a used 2 TB Hard drive and it supposedly was only used a couple of times and I got a good deal.

I plugged it in and the software was installed successfully but it doesn't show up in the explorer with a drive letter. Now when I go to the device manager it does show up but I am not able to format it or give it a letter etc. Also like I said in the title it doesn't have a fat32 or NTFS File System.

Here is a screenshot:

The hard drive I right clicked is the one I am talking about. If you need more pics let me know.

I would appreciate if you could help me get this external hard drive to work so it is viewable etc.


A:Western Digital 1021 2TB Hard Drive - No file system and can't format?

I will assume you do not want any of the data that might be on the drive.

In the lower section of the Disk Management window there are 3 'boxes' next to Disk 2.
Right click on that middle (hatched) box and click "delete Volume".

Then Right click on the first box (System Partition) and click "delete Volume".

There should now be just unallocated space for the whole drive (black box). Right click on that and choose "Format".

Let us know if that will work.

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Hi all.
I have some documents created by Microsoft Word in a zip file.
I tried to access them today but they are all now .doc files! Microsoft Word doesn't recognise them anymore, so I am now unable to open them.
I have always been able to access them before with Word. What's happened, and what do I do to change them back?

A:Document file format has changed.....huh?

Not sure I follow you. .doc is the normal extension for Word documents, unless you have Word 2007 and higher, which uses the .docx format.

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Flex 2-14D Laptop (Lenovo) - Type 80EE - Model 80EECTO The machine was bought with Windows 8.1 installed, we upgraded to Windows 10 many months ago. Everything was working perfectly 2 days ago when it just refused to boot up. I made a Windows 10 media USB and tried to run a start up repair, nothing happened.I went into the F2 boot menu and discovered no hard drive was installed.I took the case apart and disconnected then reconnected the HD.I then tried a Windows 8.1 media USB (in case I needed to use the originally installed OS). The F2 boot menu was now able to see the HD but the repair options still wouldn't work.From the Command Prompt, chkdsk reported an I/O error, and list vol says everything is Healthy but in RAW format:  Volume 0   C   RAW   Partition   425 GB   Healthy  Volume 1   D   RAW   Partition    25 GB   HealthyI understand from other forum posts that I could probably use a data recovery program to transfer my files onto an external HD, then reformat and start again. My problem is that the laptop came with no installation media and I have no idea what my Windows code is, or even if I should be looking at reinstalling 8.1 or 10. Is there any way at all to change the HD back from RAW to NTFS without reformatting?

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i get the script from other forum. but im still have problem with the format after processing.

this is my script.
SET origfile="C:\Documents and Settings\user\Desktop\test1\before.txt"
SET tempfile="C:\Documents and Settings\user\Desktop\test1\after.txt"
SET insertbefore=4
FOR /F %%C IN ('FIND /C /V "" ^<%origfile%') DO SET totallines=%%C

<%origfile% (FOR /L %%i IN (1,1,%totallines%) DO (
SETLOCAL EnableDelayedExpansion
IF %%i==%insertbefore% ECHO(
) >%tempfile%
COPY /Y %tempfile% %origfile% >NUL
DEL %tempfile%

this script i save as run1.bat. after running, the format is out of order

original file
header 1<--here got tab delimited format--><--here got tab delimited format-->
header 2<--here got tab delimited format--><--here got tab delimited format-->
header 3<--here got tab delimited format--><--here got tab delimited format-->
details 1
details 2

header 1<--tab delimited is missing--><--tab delimited is missing-->
header 2<--tab delimited is missing--><--tab delimited is missing-->
header 3<--tab delimited is missing--><--tab delimited is missing-->

details 1
details 2


A:add new line in text file without format changed

Hi, welcome to the forum,
could you post a sample of before.txt as you have it?
Maybe a vbs script would do a better job since it's easier to search etc.

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I need to format my hard drive [D & C drive]

so i wanna know Will format the hard drive [D & C drive], delete the all file
in it? Like the software that i install [ C:\Program Files], will they remain there or
will be deleted?

i already make a back up to all my Document project [ on D drive as i shown above] but to be honest, i dont want the process to delete my " Program Files" folder [ C:\Program Files]& my Document project [ on D:drive]........

** I just reinstall my pc 4/5 days ago [ maybe on 20 or 21/3/2012 ]

A:Will format the hard drive [D & C drive], delete the all file in it?

Formatting a drive or partition will completly wipe it, delete everything.

Take note you will be unable to format a drive with Windows on it if you are using that installation, you need to use a boot disk. If using dual boot you can format one Windows drive from the other.

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Hello All,

I'm new to this forum seeking help for the issue below. I've searched for similar threads but all are either very old or not specific to my problem . . .

I/O Magic External USB Hard Drive (2007)
Seagate 250mb IDE
Initial problems appeared as the unit began to operate slowly, taking a long time to boot up and for folder to appear in Windows Explorer. Eventually the unit stopped working completely and would freeze up the host computer. Once the external was powered down the host computer would “unfreeze” and resume normal operation.
I attempted to determine if the external chassis might be the problem and removed the HD, mounting it as a slave in an older Dell running Windows XP (this unit had the correct IDE cabling). After correcting a “Don’t Have Permission to View Folder” error, I was able to see the drive. However, when attempting to open the drive in Windows Explorer, the drive at did not seem to respond at first. Eventually I got a pop up that said the “Drive is not formatted, do you want to Format Now?” I didn’t want to do this, so I ran Diagnostic Tools to try to Fix Disc Errors, and got the final message that the disc is in “Raw Format”, and that’s where I stopped.
This drive was a backup to the primary HD in my HP, whose motherboard died just prior to the problems detailed above. It contains ordinary personal data, but also my entire digital collection of music which I’d like to recover. I would rate my level of tech expertise abo... Read more

A:Do You Want to Format / Raw Format on External Drive

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Dear all,

In my system all files file type changed in to unknown file type. if I try to open by changing in to correct file format its shows as junk file. All files are important pls help me in this. Am attaching screen shot for your reference. hoping for better response.. pls help me.

A:File type changed automatically in to unknown format

Hello and welcome Atleast mate looks like quite a pickle you are in. Now two scans we would normally ask you to do are these if you haven't run them already
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/433-disk-check.html < if necessary include the /f and /r in the command line as per Option2
If these do nothing then post back please but just make sure you run them as admin and in safe mode if you want to as safe mode only loads the essential Windows files to power up. To do that shut down then wait a few seconds - power up while tapping F8.

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Hi expert, when I installed Jet Audio Basic Player suddenly the .dat file extension format icon changed like a media player kind of song that if you open it will play. But ofcourse it will not play because it is .dat file extension only. How I will restore this to original file format?

A:Help Jet Audio Basic Player changed the icon of .dat file extension format

Uninstall Jet Audio and reinstall to see if that solves the issue.

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I'm working on an Excel project. I need a Macro to find duplicate values in Column D and when a duplicate is found, format the font color and fill color for that row, column A thru E. Any ideas?

What I currently have finds the duplicates, but only contionally formats items in that column. I don't want it to be conditional, but here is what I'm using:

Private Sub btnDuplicates_Click()
Selection.FormatConditions(1).DupeUnique = xlDuplicate
With Selection.FormatConditions(1).Font
.Color = -16383844
.TintAndShade = 0
End With
With Selection.FormatConditions(1).Interior
.PatternColorIndex = xlAutomatic
.Color = 13551615
.TintAndShade = 0
End With
Selection.FormatConditions(1).StopIfTrue = False
End Sub

Any idea how to do this?

A:Non-Conditional Format: Duplicates Values in 1 Column Format Fill and Font Entire Row

I got rid of the conditional formatting you recorded, because I thought the best way was to loop through the cells in the column and try to find them in the range above and below, and it found them, to format the range of cells from A:E associated with the cells. The problem with using conditional formatting is that you can't loop through cells containing a certain format, because the cell object is not actually formatted. I hope this helps...

Sub Test()
Dim cell As Range, strValue As String
For Each cell In Range("D1:D10")
strValue = cell.Value
Select Case cell.Address
Case Is = "$D$1"
If Not Range(cell.Offset(1, 0), cell.End(xlDown)).Find(strValue) Is Nothing Then GoTo Format
Case Else
If Not Range(cell.Offset(-1, 0), cell.End(xlUp)).Find(strValue) Is Nothing Or _
Not Range(cell.Offset(1, 0), cell.End(xlDown)).Find(strValue) Is Nothing Then GoTo Format
End Select

Exit Sub
' you can obviously change this to suite your needs
With Range(cell.Offset(0, -3), cell.Offset(0, 1)).Font
.Bold = True
.Size = 10
.ColorIndex = 16
End With
GoTo Continue

End Sub


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I am setting up a spreadsheet for the year and want to use it year over year. I have the cell set up with the date (1/1/2011) with a format of d so that it displays the date as Sat, 1/2/2011 - Sun, etc. Since I want to use this year after year with minimal work and I want to highlight the cells that are equal to Sat and Sun, how would I set up that formula. I tried the basic =A1="Sat" and without quotes but it just returns #NAME. I know working with dates in formulas is different but can't figure out what I need to use.

A:Solved: Excel 2007: conditional format when date displayed as format d

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Windows Mail will not format text even though it shows the formatting bar. No color, justification, photos, or size works.
Only B I U work and font style and size.
Copying and pasting from Wordpad loses the formatting.
Cannot email directly from Wordpad, like in xp, without having OUTLOOK. I want to email through windows mail. I don't have or want WORD. Works won't email either, even though the button is there. Not even on File/Send. Does nothing.
How to email something nice I create? I have vista 64 so I cannot copy it to my xp 32 machine; it isn't recognized. Any solutions?

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I'm running Windows 7 Pro 64-bit. When running Windows Backup onto an external 4TB Touro HDD (2TB partition), I receive the error:

The last backup did not complete successfully. One of the backup files could not be created. Details: The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error.

Error code: 0x8078002A

The cause was given on a forum as:

"The "root cause" is that Windows 7 (and its system tools) does not support a 4K native block size. As a workaround the disk can be formatted with "Advanced Format"/512E to use 512K blocks."

It was suggested I try WD Quick Formatter, but this only works with WD HDDs.

How do I format my HDD to "Advanced Format"/512E to use 512K blocks, so I can use Windows Backup with it?

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Can you control the folder format that your search results opens with?
My work computer keeps reverting to music format when I want the general format. I don't need to know contributing artist of my solid modeling files.

A:Searches in folder with general format - results in music format

You should be able to customize any folder.

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Does anyone know how to or a program convert from Real Player format to Windows Media Player format?

A:Convert Real Player format to Windows Media format?

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I tried to delete Norton Anti Virus from a friends computer using the "remove software" options in winxp, but windows wouldn't let me so I manually deleted any file that had symantec or norton in its name. After restarting windows, the system recovery wouldn't load and I was unable to access many other files in the control pannel. I decided to install an AutoStream handmade version of xp pro, because he didn't have the original install disk. Before I tried to install the new xp, I loaded a reset program that was supposed to let me install with no problems. That is when windows no longer booted up. When booting the promt read; "Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM". I accessed the recovery console with the 6 boot disks, and resolved this issue using a tip from bootdisk.com. Windows would load but it was not fully fuctional. I tried to format from the recovery cosole but I got something like "AUTOFRMT.EXE could not be found" on the screen. I should also mention that I screwed with the bios settings because the cdrom drives could not be found in windows. I activated the recovery console functions like FIXBOOT and DISKPART. Whenever I try to use FORMAT or the COPY function to repair the boot sector that has damaged ntldr or ndetect.com files I get something like "AUTOFRMT.EXE could not be found" promted. Now when trying to load windows All I get is file n... Read more

A:Want to format but <FORMAT C: /Q /FS:NTFS> wont work and thats just the beginning.

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Why does formatting my drive using NTFS (the full format one) stop at 18%? Once I've booted from Windows XP Pro SP3 installation disc and choose the full format using NTFS, at 18% it stops. I've been using my hard driv for 6 years but have actually REALLY used it the last two years. The previous 4 years I have been using it for homework (like once in 3 weeks).

However, I partitioned my drive using GParted (main partition 160GBand second partition at 20GB) then attempted full format using NTFS option and the full format stopped at 24%. When the format stops, I mean that the yellow bar stays at 24% and does not move for over an hour. The NTFS format (quick option) is like, 0% then jumps to 20%, then jumps to 100% and starts loading the files and all that normal stuff.

WHY DOES THE FORMAT OF MY DRIVE STOP AT 18%????????????????? please help me, I have had no answers for 2 years. At yahoo answers, what I get is some noobs who answer.

Also I want to note that I have a drive made by Western Digital and I have used their diagnostic tools thing and my raw read error rate is at value of 2 and reallocated sector count is some high number (both of the numbers are in red color, everything else in regular black).

SAVE ME I don't want to buy a new hard drive since the United States' economy is so low and my family isn't exactly rich (1 pc using for 6 years). I don't know if I screwed up the situation more but last summer (of 2009) I reformatted and reinstalled Windows XP P... Read more

A:Format using NTFS (full format option) stops at 18%. WHY'S THAT?

The reallocated sectors means that bad sectors have been found, marked as unusable, and replaced with "spares". Bad sectors can be just a one time glitch that affected some sectors, or a sign of a failing drive. If the number of bad sectors continually increases, it's time to replace the drive.

Bad sectors are manged by the drive hardware and by Windows. The drive will add a bad sector to the Grown Defect list (G-List) when it finds one. These sectors should be invisible to the operating system.
Chkdsk will add bad sectors to the $BadClus file. I'm not sure if this is also passed to the hard drive for it to add to it's G-List.
When you do a format, the $BadClus file is deleted. On a full format, Windows runs chkdsk /R on the drive. This checks every sector on the drive to see if it's good or bad. Any bad sectors that were in the $BadClus file, but not added to the G-List, will be checked again.

If you have many bad sectors, this could take hours, if not days. I had one 60 GB disk that took over 48 hours to run chkdsk /R. Most of that time was spent getting from 40% to 41%. It has only 152 KiB in bad sectors, which is only 304 sectors. It's been nearly 3 years and it hasn't increased, so seems it was just one of those glitches.

You may need to let the system run for a few days for the format to complete, but from the sound of things, you should be saving up for a new drive. And certainly have a good backup program in place for your data.

If all the bad ... Read more

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I created a label format and stored it in format gallery in win XP, Works 8.0. Now, when I pull up Works, the "blank page" is the labels format, and I can't get to a blank page to type a letter. When I pull up Format Gallery to delete the only format I've ever created, it doesn't show up and the DELETE button is inactive. I think I have to go into regedit to delete the file, 'cause that's what I found for Works 6.0. Anybody out there know?

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I created a label format and stored it in format gallery in win XP, Works 8.0. Now, when I pull up Works, the "blank page" is the labels format, and I can't get to a blank page to type a letter. When I pull up Format Gallery to delete the only format I've ever created, it doesn't show up and the DELETE button is inactive. I think I have to go into regedit to delete the file, 'cause that's what I found for Works 6.0. Anybody out there know?

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I have some videos in AVI format and would like to convert them to DVD format. ( I would like to distribute them to some orphanage schools )

I would like to know which DVD format is most commonly used and good in quality.

And what is the best way to convert?

Thank you for your consideration.

A:Converting AVI files to DVD format?which is most used format and good in quality?

Hi bspkumar,
Here are a couple of links to some freeware downloads to convert from AVI to DVD format.


The above link gives information on how to go about converting your videos.

If you keep a backup copy of your videos then why not try these versions and see how the quality is? If no good, then you haven't lost anything.

Hope this helps you.
Kindest regards

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So, the title basically says it all.

This is what happened:

My 1TB external hard drive worked just fine. I used to store there everything. It was using NTFS file system.
Last week I connected it to my laptop and it was really slow when I tried to move or delete files from my pc to the drive.
I disconnected and reconnected it to my laptop. Suddenly, it said that I had to format it! I couldn't even access it neither the files in it.
I managed to take some of the files to my laptop using recovery software and they are now safe.
I thought the trouble would be gone now. I thought now I would just format it and store my files again.
I was wrong. I can't even format it! I tried disk management, cmd, almos everything. I downloaded various programs to run tests and try to write everything zeros. Turned out quiting that cause it tells me it needs a lot of hours.

So: I tried a different approach that I was so stupid not to have tried yet. I tried formatting in other file system. I tried and it worked, well, almost... I can only successfully format it to exFat with the 'quick format' option enabled. If that option isn't enabled or I try to ormat it to NTFS, the formatting proccess takes forever or crashes. I would stay with my HDD formatted to exFat, but it is too slow...


A:Can't format external HDD, except to exFat and 'quick format' enabled

Hello mate.

Have a look through the information below, you may just need to let a full clean all run though it will take hours, it may be the best option if you need the HDD for storage and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


Open an elevated command window from the Windows desktop and run the clean command as listed in Method One of this first tutorial linked below to over-write just the disk format information, if that doesn't work use the clean all instead to completely over-write the entire HDD with zeroes then use Windows disk management to create the desired NTFS partition(s) needed. Secure Erase / Wipe : Definition and Methods

Additional Secure Erase / Wipe Information

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I have conditional format in row 5, as follows
Condition 1
=(F5="") and dragged across
Format is for No colour
Condition 2
=ISNUMBER(FIND("G",numForm)) and dragged across
Format is for Light green if condition met

Cell Format is set at General

I have two problems
1. Cell F5 produces 4 decimal places
2. If I change Cell format to Number , with 2 decimal places Conditional format of light green does not occur.

Is there a way to have a number cell format (custom or otherwise)to two decimal places and a conditional format that leaves the light green if a number is in F5. If no number cell to remain clear.

Any suggestions appreciated.

A:Solved: A Conditional Format and cell format proble,

I think you should verify that the format in the conditional format is a number too
Check if there are no quotes arounf that conditional format conditions, this happens quite often

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Please give me a suggestion!
It would be nice if somebody gives a suggestion.

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I have been experiencing instability on a system running XP-Media. It is about 3 years old and decided to clean it out, restoring back to the manufacturer's (HP) original image. After doing this Windows remained unstable...rebooting seemingly at random, so I decided to do a totally fresh install from a legitimate XP Pro disk...

As XP Pro is installing, it seeks to format the hard drive to NTFS (either quick of full, as you know), after which I get a message
"Unable to format hard drive. Partition may be damaged, etc"

I tried many times, deleting partition, reducing its size, etc, all with the same results. Aha! I figure...the problem was that the hard drive was bad. So, I go and buy a spanking new hard drive (WD 160 Gig).

Then, when formatting for XP Pro...SAME PROBLEM on the brand new drive. When formatting, (quick or full), it proceeds to 100% seemingly okay and then returns the error. Any idea what might cause this? Of course, at todays prices, I am ready to just get another box, but my inquisitive mind is wondering what is going on?


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I put a brand new hard drive(Maxtor ATA 200GB) into Dell 4600. According the Maxtor hard drive's installation guide state Windows OS don't properly support the full capacity of an internal drive larger than 137GB, so I installed an Ultra ATA/133 PCI card to support this hard drive. However, when I turn the pc on, the system can found this hard drive, but ask me to

IDE BUS Master Enabled
Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility

System stop here everytime. What should I do? I didn't format this hard drive yet, how can I do the format?

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Hello. I have an hp compaq. I want to format my hard drive. I already have windows 7 saved on my USB. I don't have it on a CD because my CD player is currently broken. Is there any way I could use my USB to format my hard drive?

A:How to format hard drive using USB

Just plug the USB and run the file inside the USB, to find the disk go to my computer.

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I have a laptop that has stopped working

The laptop has a recovery partition
The hard drive doesn't respond though
I've got it in an external enclosure
I thought formatting might help - get rid of and patch any errors

Windows 8 won't let me format

What can I do?
Is there another way to format?
Or does the fact that I can't format tell me that the hard drive is bad and maybe beyond repair?


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http://www.cyberwalker.net/faqs/how-tos/reinstall-faq.htmlQ. How often should I reformat and reinstall Windows 95/98/Me?
A. Windows and Windows programs tend to get bogged down on themselves and scatter all kinds of files on the hard drive. The Windows registry also gets full of entries and the startup routines get bogged down, some of which get left behind even after a program is uninstalled. A reformat and reinstall once or twice a year is advisable to keep a system free of the various bits of garbage and useless entries in the registry.Click to expand...

How often should I reformat?

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Who ever you quoted says once or twice a year, but I think it is done when you have a good current backup of all of the important data files off your computer and only then and when your system needs it. It needs it whenever the computer starts running like a slow mule going to china and can not be fixed in a simple way. There is actually no set rule of or how many times a year to re-format the system. I am using Windows XP Pro and have had it going for 4 years now and it runs just fine with minimal problems.

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I was trying to do a clean install of XP Pro and I cannot format my 320gig
hard drive. I had my C & D both on this hard drive with a 30gig partition for the OS. Someone tried to help and they got the D partition deleted but I still get to the point of running the format command. When I boot up with the OS CD in the drive I go automatically to the window to put in my name and company information and then to input the key. I tried downloading a disk from Microsoft to allow me to format the drive but it would not work at all. Any help will be appreciated.

A:Hard Drive will not format

[B]Welcome to TSF..../B]

What is the make and model of the hard drive?

Did the hard drive come with an installation disk?

Do you have an installation disk for Windows?

Explain what type? Is it an OEM recovery disk or Microsoft disk?

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I have been having lots of trouble with my pc. everything from ati drivers to pop ups on my screen. I just tried to reformatt my hard drive and it says Windows was not able to complete the fomat. What do you do now when you just want to redo your computer. I also can not boot with the xp professional cd. It also says that it can't find my hard drive. HELP.

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Hi everyone. I was recently having a bad problem with Javascript on my computer that I couldn't fix. I came on here and posted a message and I got around 30 replies of ideas to fix it. Well, I tried them all and nothing worked. So, I reinstalled Windows. I had planned to format my partition and then reinstall Windows but it didn't go that way. Turns out that I accidently reinstalled Windows and left all my programs here. Now this would be good except for the fact that my computer is a bit messed up. All of my programs are still here BUT none of them are on the start menu among other things. So, I am considering trying to figure out how to do a format of the partition and then reinstall Windows once again. But if I can get the current Windows fixed where everything on the start menu is where it belongs and everything, I'll be fine with that. So, I am going to try a few things and meanwhile I would just like some advice on how to get my format working. Here's what I did. I loaded my restore disk into the computer which has a copy of XP on it. I have formatted from this disk before so I was trying to do it again. I hit Install Windows. So, it proceeded to reinstall Windows but wouldn't format the hard drive. So, I tried again doing the same thing I did before. When I got to the part where I could delete the partition, it told me I couldn't delete the partition because there were temporary installation files (for XP installation I suppose) that are r... Read more

A:How do I format my hard drive???

Well, if you really want to start anew....

Put your WinXP CD in your CD reader.
Go to your BIOS setup.
Select CD-Rom as primary boot device.
Save settings and reboot.
Answer YES when asked Boot from CD?
Then select Start computer with CD ROM support on the menu displayed.
Once you get the DOS prompt (A>), type FDISK<Return>.
Delete all your partitions (logical drives first).
Reboot with the XP CD still in the drive.
You'll have to perform a full XP installation again, including re-activation (and then re-install all your software).

Good luck.

P.S. In your BIOS setup, don't forget to reset HDD (IDE-0?) as primary boot device.

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my hard drive isnt showing up in my computer but shows up in Device Manager and when i have tried to reformat it, it comes up media is write protected. how do i fomat it so i can use it again?

A:how do i format my hard drive

Welcome aboard, JH17

You may follow the steps :
Open Command Prompt at Startup
Type: diskpart > enter
Type: list volume > enter
Type: select volume > enter (the volume that is write protected)
Type: attributes disk clear readonly > enter

It may work.

Edit: You may also see Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

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Hard Drive Format Help

I have an 80gb IDE Maxtor and a 30GB IDE WD. I am in storage trouble so I pulled them from the closet.

The 30g has a Linux os on it and runs fine I just want to clear it to dump files on

The 80gb is empty
I have partition magic and I keep getting an error on BOTH drives when I try to format saying "Bad partition Error 100"

I googled it and it says to make a Boot disk and FDISK /MBR the drive. So I did.

It didn't seem to do anything. So I just want to format my **** hard drives FORMAT D: I mean where have those days gone?

I also tried just formatting from he XP cd but the 80g drive now shows up as MAXTOR ROMULUS in the bios and at 0 bytes so XP doesnt see the HD. Prolly because of the deletion of the MBR i dunno. the 30gig boots up to linux just fine so I know it works, but in Xp setup it just freezes when inspecting hardware, prolly due to the ext3 partition.

Someone please help me out This partition magic program seems to be ruining my tables and drives. I just want an empty HD, that shows up in XP to dump files on.

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I was using windows Vista on my notebook. After about a year I wanted to reinstall as it was becoming slow.

However, when I inserted the disk it did not boot from it when the computer started.

I went into the BIOS and set the boot priority to give the DVD top priority. However, that didn't work.

Thinking it was the disk, someone gave me their version of windows vista. However, this didn't boot from the DVD. However, I was able to install windows vista from exploring DVD and double clicking setup.

However, the problem started when I tried to restart. I get this GRUB menu and the computer says it fails to boot.

I want to reformat my entire hard disk and start again.

Many thanks for any support,

A:Format hard drive

You will have to take your Hard Drive out of your computer and put it in another computer as a slave HDD (2nd Hard Drive). Then load up the other computers normal OS. Then goto "My Computer" (or "Computer"), right-click your Hard Drive and then click "Format...". Then after the format put it back in your computer and you should have a blank Hard Drive.

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Hello all,
I have a four year old HP Pavillion. When I powered up yesterday I kept getting a black screen with "reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device".

After reading HP guides I checked all the BIOS settings and the HDD was being recognized in the boot sequence

Not knowing what I'm doing...I put a Windows XP installation disc in and re-booted.

I am now the proud owner of an I: drive with 160GB of pure, free memory.

Did I lose everything that was on my C: drive?

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Hi people

Need some advice, I recently re-installed win 7 ultimate because I wanted to clear my c: drive, but for some reason it installed on partition drive D:.
Now when I turn on the pc I have two options of which win 7 to load.
I want to format my c: drive but in disc management it won't highlight the option.
How do I reformat my c: drive

Many thanks in advance


A:How do I format my hard drive

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

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