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Q: blue screened while formating hard drive

A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.
The problem seems to be caused by the following file: partmgr.sys


If this is the first time you've seen this stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:
Check to make sure any new hardware or software is properly installed. If this is a new installtion, ask your hardware or software manufacturer for any other windows updates you might need.
If this problem continue, disable or remove any newly installed hardware or software. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing. If you need to use safe mode to remove or disable components, restart your computer, press F8 to select Advance Startup Options, and then select Safe Mode.

Etc etc..
Installing fresh windows onto laptop, gets to 73% when formating the hard drive then I get this blue screen, tried about 4-5 times. Using a Windows XP cd.
Its a Toshiba Satellite 1905-2301 laptop.
Worked ok before I tried this, just was running slow and laggy from spyware and virus's.

Preferred Solution: blue screened while formating hard drive

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

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

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: blue screened while formating hard drive

Did you fdisk the drive before attempting to install XP?

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A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.
The problem seems to be caused by the following file: partmgr.sys

If this is the first time you've seen this stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:
Check to make sure any new hardware or software is properly installed. If this is a new installtion, ask your hardware or software manufacturer for any other windows updates you might need.
If this problem continue, disable or remove any newly installed hardware or software. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing. If you need to use safe mode to remove or disable components, restart your computer, press F8 to select Advance Startup Options, and then select Safe Mode.

Etc etc..
Installing fresh windows onto laptop, gets to 73% when formating the hard drive then I get this blue screen, tried about 4-5 times. Using a Windows XP cd.
Its a Toshiba Satellite 1905-2301 laptop.
Worked ok before I tried this, just was running slow and laggy from spyware and virus's.

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I want to know if there is a way to format you entire hard-drive with a few couple kekstrokes from the keyboard.I have a situation where I will need to do this on short notice while others are present, so it has to be fast and look as if I were typing in my pass word. Thanks

PS: this is for windows XP service pack II

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I have a compaq 5340 400mhz penII processor,it will not load the restore cd because of a partition error,please help it doesnt seem to read a hard drive installed. trying to do fdisk it says no fixed disk present

how do i do an fdisk from begining it doesnt seem to work for me

[Edited by lee8375 on 03-29-2001 at 08:31 PM]

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i was wondering i anyone would know if you can format the hard drive on a computer with windows xp and if you have the disk to install xp again will it work want to do this but not sure if it will work if anyone know about this email me at
[email protected]
thank you all

A:formating hard drive

Hello medic252 and Welcome to TSG!

Firstly, backup anything on your computer that you want to keep because you should know that after reformatting your C drive you will LOSE everything!

OK, while your computer is on, you have to insert your Windows XP CD and then restart your computer.
If the CD doesn't boot then you have to go into BIOS and change the settings to make your CD Bootable.
Windows will ask you what you would like to do, choose that you want to install Windows XP.
You will be asked if you wish to create a new partition. Select the partition you have and press "D" to delete the existing partition, and then press "L" to confirm that you wish to do this. This will completely delete everything off your computer.
You will need to create a new partition. To do this press "C". You will be asked which size you wish to create your partition, just press Enter to make your new partition the maximum size. Now, select the partition you have just created to install Windows XP on by pressing Enter.
Your computer will prompt you asking if you wish to do a quick installation or a regular installation. Either will work fine but I prefer to choose "quick" because it is much faster.
Now you will need to select: "Format the partition by using the "NTFS" file system.
Windows XP will now be installed. This may take some time and then your computer will reboot.
If your CD in your CD ROM drive starts to boot just leave it, y... Read more

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hi i9 got a botnet virus in my pc as far as i understand it is best to format my hard drive. i only have a upgraded cd of windows xp but as my original os was preloded i do not have any other os cd. can i do a clean instal from an upgrade. also on dos the syntax to format is i think format:c is is correct? i tried it ounce but had error message.

thanks guys

A:formating hard drive

Welcome to TSF....

Wait do not format that hard drive give this a try below it might save an awful lot of work!

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Trying To Format C: but I am getting insufficient memory to load system fiels

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From M$: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=177864

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How can a get to the C prompt in order to format the hard drive. I wish to reinstall Windows XP on a clean hard drive. F8 into safe mode doesn't seem to help me.

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I did that by inserting the XP disc and then choosing Repair instead fo installation... but I dont know if this special to the problems I had with mine or if it does that on all !

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I have a compaq armada 7400 laptop, running with windows XP. I would like to format the hard drive and reinstall windows. Any help on how I do that would be great.


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Prior to installing, make the CD/ROM the first boot device and disconnect all external peripherals except the keyboard and mouse.

Once you set your BIOS to boot first from cd . . when it restarts you will see a black screen with a prompt "Strike any key to boot from cd" . . do that and you will be able to delete partitions and recreate the ones you want and proceed to formating and installing XP

That message can pass quickly, so have a finger on the keyboard when you boot. This will delete all data on the drive so be sure you have your important data backed up.

This is a good guide to reinstalling XP . . you might want to print it for reference during the install.


You will have to reload drivers and applications, After the installation, you will need to download and install the MicroSoft Critical Updates. Prior to connecting to the internet you should enable the XP firewall.

If you want to save your files and settings, you can use the XP FAST wizard to create an image of them and save to cd or other removable media. This is a good guide to using the Files and Transfer Setting (FAST) wizard


Have fun . . wrs

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Im not sure if this is the right place for this question, but i am looking to format or reformat, whichever it is, my hard drive. I am running xp home. So I want to reformat and then partition the c drive so one part is small enough for just the operating system i guess so if i ever reformat again i dont have to back up all my files again. I tried to format another computer once and it was just a disaster, i really need to be told step by step right from the very beginning. I also have another hard drive on my computer if that matters for anything...i know this might have been a little confusing but if anyone can help me please let me know. Thanks, DW

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From past 2 to 3 months my desktop computer is functioning really slow, and due my negligence of not installing a anti virus software which can protect my computer from virus. My computer is completely missed up and i wanted to format the hard drive and reinstall windows xp software which i tried for the first time but failed to do that so i wanted some help with this and if i can some written notes with how to do this i will be so thank full

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Hi hitesh.h, Firstly what comp do you have, what discs do you have? You have the xp disc by the sound of it what about one for drivers ets.
Also when you do format and reinstall you will LOSE all your documents and programs. Do you have disks for software you will have to reinstall and have you backed up and saved all the documents you want to keep.

You say you failed your first attempt? where did you get up to/what happened?

have you tried installing antivirus soft ware? there are quite a few good free ones available for download.

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Hello. I am trying to format the hard drive on a dell inspiron 1525 laptop. I am at a dos prompt which is running off the 'support and drivers' cd provided by dell. I type the proper command 'format c:' but keep receiving the error msg 'FAT32 disks are not yet supported'. I'm not sure what that means.

All I want to do is get this hd formated so I can reinstall windows

(The windows vista os on this system took a crap, I tried to use the provided windows vista disk to repair, and also install, windows several times. Each time was meet with more error messages so I thought it may just be easier to format the hd from dos and then try to install windows again)

Please help, thank you

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I'm a little confused; Windows Vista doesn't use FAT32, it uses NTFS. But regardless, when you install Vista, one of the options it gives you is to format the hard drive. This honestly would be the easiest way for you.

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i run windows xp and have two 80 gig hard drives. i was woundering how i re format my second hard drive. thank you

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Right-click the drive in My Computer (or right-click My Computer, Manage, and choose Disk Management).

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i need to format my hard drive because windows was dammaged and not bootable it is healthy i have checked. is there a iso i can burn that i can use to format it. i need to get it done soon please as i need it for work.

A:hard drive need formating no os on there

You sure you want to format and not first try recovering it?

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What will be the best way to format this trashy hard drive? I can get as far as the recovery console, then ask me for a password. I never used one. It tells me that it ask me for a password for the 3rd time and it reboots.


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I replaced the 160GB SATA hard drive in my XP laptop with a new 320GB drive and all went well. I bought an external enclosure and installed the 160GB drive with with Windows XP and all other programs from the laptop still loaded on it.

I am attempting to format the drive so that I can use it for extrernal storage but I am unable to have it recognized by another computer so I can format it. When I connect it the computer starts but then reboots over and over

How can I format this hard drive?.

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"When I connect it the computer starts but then reboots over and over"...

What reboots, the computer?

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my product activation key doesnt work for my windows so i have no way to log on to windows, so im just going to format the harddrive, but im having truouble with getting to MSDOS to format it. and when i go it says i cant because im running programs on the hard drive, can anyone help me?

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Hi, im about to reformat my hard drive but i have a few questions that hopefully you can answer. thanks.

If i choose full format what files will still be there, like will microsft word, paint etc..?

and can i put an installed program onto a disk and put it back on the computer after ive formated, or will i have to install them all again?

A:A few questions on re-formating hard drive...

If you format a disk, everything is erased. Period.
And so, anything you had installed, you'll have to re-install. Installed programs aren't just what's in the folder where the *exe is stored. They are also the uninstall (installsheild/Windows Installer) information, the various entries in the the registry, start menu, desktop icons, etc.

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Thanks a head of time 4 helping me out here. I have a Dell Inspiron 1720 with Vista Home Premium 32bit os. My hard drive crashed and I replaced it with a Hitatchi 2.5 mobile drive. I inserted my vista os disc and my device info shows no hard drive under both primary and secondary hard drive areas. Any ideas?

A:Help Formating New Hard Drive Vista OS

Boot into a Ubuntu live CD using this tutorial:


It tells you how to download the live CD image, burn the image to a disc using this:


Then continue on the tutorial and it (luckily) shows you how to open gparted (the linux partition editor).

Delete ALL of the partitions you see, then apply this. You will then have 100% unallocated space. Then create a new partition and format it with NTFS

Shutdown your computer, remove the CD and try installing Windows again


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hello, rookie at posting questions. I have phyically installed a third internal hard drive. Seatgate 1.5 T SATA II. After phyically puting it into the computer, My Accer did not see the new drive. I did some reasearch and went to manager and was able to istall it. It was able to format up to 73% It then did not go any farther. I let it run for hours but never got past the 73% process. I then cancelled it. The computer now "See" the new hard drive but will not open. I get an error message. I have tried to format it 2 other times now but after hours......16 hours or more it will not go any farther.... any help .


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A friend of mine was using Windows XP pro but then changed to vista. After about 2-3 days he didnt like it because it showed his computer down. So now he wants to go to windows xp home. he installed in but it says 60gb of a 180gb of his hard drive is gone. So he wants to format his hard drive to get most of that back.

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Use Darik's Boot and Nuke to clean the drive of everything that is on it. Boot from the XP CD and the option to create partitions and format will appear during setup.

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while im formating a hd. screen says trying to recover allocation unit then it gives a number started at 8,000 does it every couple thousand . i havent seen this befor.im wondering about bad setors on the disc.

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how old is this drive. What kind is it? PATA, SATA ?

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hello. i deleted my only partition that i had.... i created one. know i need to fomat it.. i dont remember how to do it.. can you tell me..

this is what i did..

1. i used windows 98 disk boot
2.i entered this command. fdisk (A:/fdisk)
3. delete the partition
4.created partition
5. this is the one i need (FORMAT)


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I am having problems formatting my hard drive.......A few days ago, I downloaded (ACTIVE-KILL DISK) and started to kill disk my hard drive. Then, I could not get it back and or even a Prompt on the screen.
I have been trying to format the hard drive all over again but I think I?m not doing it right........First, I need a Format Utility so that a can format my hard drive at the command prompt using a CD-Boot Disk with the format utility in it.
Second, right now, I can not even get a cursor on my screen. But I know that if I use a BOOT-DISK (CD) I can get it to where I can format my hard-drive........

I need help from anyone Please..........

First, I need to know where to get the FDISK programs and are they for free...

Second, I need to know how to make a Bootable CD and, if I can put the FDISK utility in the CD.....

If any body out there can help an up an coming tech I would be very thankful to you All!!!!

A starting tech......


A:Having problems formating my hard drive!

The windows CD will work just fine to format the drive so you can put the system back on. If using XP, you don't need or want to use Fdisk, you need to format as a NTFS partition and not a FAT partition. Go in to the bios and set your boot order up as:

CDRom - 1st
Floppy - 2nd
Hard Drive - 3rd

Save that...and enter the Operating System CD and it should work for you to partition and format that drive. If the drive is not partitioned and formatted after Kill Disk, it will not work for you, so you have to do this.

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I am running Vista and want to wipe my laptop clean, back to its factory settings as I am having problems with it.

I don't have a disk to format the drive but do have the partion.

On the partion when I click on "repair my pc" it doesn't load up the formating option it is suppose to, instead it loads vista in safe mode.

can anyone please advise me on what to do?

thank you in advance.

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I have a maxtor (40GB) external hard drive and am using xp home.

When I hooked up the drive to my ibm compat computer, it worked fine.

I wanted to use it on my Imack as an external drive. I followed all directions and formatedd it as a mac drive and it worked once and would not work again.

I tried to reformat it again i9n windows xp home and drive could not be recognized.

Did I ruin the drive, or is there someway I can fix it?


please email me the help if you can at [email protected]

A:Hard Drive Formating Problem

Assuming you're using OS X, connect the drive to your iMac.

Go applications -> Utilities -> Disk Utility

Find the device in the column on the left, and then erase it.

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If I right click on the C drive and choose to format will it erase all of my data including the operating system? or will it wipe data blocks to free up space? I'm a little confused on the terminology. Thanks.

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Hey All! So I just learned that I cant move files larger than 4 GB to my 1Tb external because its in fat32 format. I know I can change it to NTFS and it will fix this. my question is that I know with windows xp you changed it with the command prompt and you can do the same in windows 7 im sure. My question is that when my hd is plugged in and if I right click it I get an option that says format. Is this a faster (perhaps easier) way to format it to a NTFS without running the command prompt?

Also I never ran the setup wizard when i first used it (just started dumping files in it), would the setup software allow me to make the hd NTFSl?

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If you have data on the drive that you don't want to lose, then you don't want "format". You want "convert".

The right-click "format" is the same as the command-line one.

It's best to create a new partition, too. Do it all from within Disk Management.

Right-click Computer > Manage > Disk Management. Or Start > Run: diskmgmt.msc (if your edition has Group Policy).

(I would avoid using any "setup software" at all costs. Use the operating system to set up new drives.)

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Hi Guys,

I have a gateway computer that I want to format the hard drive. I put the recovery disk in and I was expecting it to say "press any key to boot from cd..." I never get the message. I have tried changing the boot order. I have tried disabling all the boot options except for cdrom but I am still unable to get the message. Does anyone know what I need to do on this gateway? I understand the only way to format the hard drive is to use the recovery disk. Am I correct?

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Hello and please help,
My hard drive crashed so I bought another one... (old size =WD160) (new size WD320). Upon installing the XP pro OS on the new HD it was installed it on the j: drive and not on the c: drive as I expected. I believe (from reading other posts) that I can install it again and make it go to the c: drive. My question is how to I get the first install (on j:drive) removed or deleted before trying the reinstall on the c:. Please accept my apologies should this be a stupid question as I am a Senior citizen with limited comp. experience..

A:Problem with formating new hard drive?

If the installation was a success, just not the drive letter you want, you can easily change the drive letter in disk management(right click "My Computer"---drop down pick manage--new screen --find disk management---double click---find the J drive and right click for a new drop down that has "change drive letter" as a choice...
First select the drive letter in the box---remove it---then click add letter and pick "C" or disk (0). Hit ok and your done.

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Hello guys, my laptop (Lenovo) is runing slow, i dont know for what kind of reason, i had running windows 10 and reinstalled windows 7 but still its going slow , i have beeing installing windows by deleting all its partition and then install windows, but there should be another way to fully format my hard drive, like in first day ?

A:Need help on fully formating hard drive ?!

When you delete all partitions during installation, it cleans all the drive. There is no better way.
If your laptop is slower than it used to be, can be for many reasons. High CPU temperature or HDD failing are one of them.
How old is your laptop?

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I formated my hard drive and did partitioning and then reinstalled Win98. Everything worked fine at first. Then I ran the Matrox G400 disk and Creative Sound Blaster Live and everything went crazy. After that I started getting all kinds of fatal exception errors. Can't install Norton virus protector or other programs. Now it says it doesn't detect DDC monitor. Won't shut down or restart unless I unplug it. What is happening. It noted that Matrox\util\vbext.exe was a bad file name. I fixed this problem and that's when it showed up that it doesn't detect DDC monitor. Can't reboot. What do I do. Explain it simple because I am a novice. I'm trying. Have learned a lot from your site and I thank you for all the help you give us. Appreciate any help you can give me.

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well my computer is jacked up and i need to re format my hard drive but i ain't got a windows xp disk to reinstall windows so i was wondering if there is a way to reformat wiht out losin my os

A:NEED help formating my hard drive with out losin my os

no you will have buy one

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i really need help installing an operation system on my acer aspire 5535. my screen kept going blank for no reason and every now and then it cuts out with no warning so i decided to install xp but for some reason it won't let me. it comes up with error message saying windows detected a fatal error and must shut down. i decided to go back to my old os but it won't install either. can anybody help me pls.

A:can't install vista after formating my hard drive

and welcome to the Forum

It's likely it encountered a SATA hard drive . . you will need the drivers for that to install XP.

Have you verified that XP drivers are available for that pc? You may be better installing Windows 7

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Hello !

Sorry if this has been answered before, i haven't had time to search the forum for a solution to my problem.

I have recently purchased an additiona hard drive for my computer, so that i can install the OS (Windows 7) onto it and then format my previous hard drive which had the OS on it in the first place.

I have successfully installed Windows 7 on the additional hard drive (being 80GB), but when i went to format my other hard drive using Computer management i got the error: "Windows cannot format the system partition on this disk". A friend then suggested i try to format it using the prompt command, but i got the error of: "Access denied as you do not have sufficient prvileges. You have to invoke this utility running in elevated mode."

The hard drive still has Windows 7 installed onto it, along with other programmes which i have previously installed.

Here is a screen shot of the Computer management screen which i am presented with: http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff11/Gorgor_Theynrand/Computermanagement.png

Much appreciated for your time and i hope the problem can be easily resolved

A:Solved: Formating Hard Drive Issue.

Its because you left it in and left it as the main drive, so its still being used by your new installation even though the Windows files are on the new 80GB drive its still the System and the Active drive.

I assume the reason you bought the new drive was to recover the data from the original drive? If so do that now by copying whatever data you need to your other drives or to the new 80GB. Then disconnect the new 80GB drive and boot from the Windows disc, delete the partition off the original drive and reinstall Windows on it. Once you have it installed back on the original drive then you can reconnect the new drive copy any data you want off it and then format it.

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boy i mess up big time

i formated the wrong ard drive, one with my photo and other stuff on it, even after i was so carefull, i still do not know how i miss some thing, i did it before many time

now my question once a hard drive is format, ther no way to get even some data off the drive is there,

a bit curious, but i think it to late for any thing there

A:is ther any way one can get some file off hard drive after formating

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How do I format my hard drive, and create a boot disk so that I can clean out my old hard drive and then reinstall Win98 plus my device drivers? I have a new MSI 845 Ultra -AR motherboard with Pentium 4 and I am in the process of completing my building of a new PC. I still am using my old 10.2 Gbyte Maxtor hard drive from my previous Gateway PC but I want to clean it out and then re-install Win98 plus my device drivers. Thanks for all of your help in advance.

A:Solved: Formating my Maxtor Hard Drive...

For boot disk, go to Add/Remove Programs > Startup Disk. To format HD, boot using boot disk and use the command

format c:

Make sure you save all of your drivers and files you need on a CD or different partition before continuing.

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I have a new hard drive that I've formated using XP's Disk Management as NTSF. The drive has a capacity of 250GB but it only formats with 232.88GB of available space. All my other drives are similarly short. Is there a way to get access to the total space on the disk?


A:NTSF Hard Drive Formating Issue

It is correct. It is a difference between how the OS reports drive capacity (base 2) and how manufacturers report size (base 10)

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If I were to put in a new hard drive in my computer and remove the old one would I have to get a new product key for windows XP?

A:Formating hard drive & installing WinXP

simple answer: No!

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We recently upgraded my computer including a new hard drive. This was actually Hard drive #2 replaced under warranty due hard drive #1 failing. Our dilema is this...

- On H/D #1, we first installed
"Windows 98 2nd Edition for PC's without Windows"
"Windows XP Home Edition Upgrade"

Everything seemed to run smoothly with my system, then after the hard drive crashed a week or so later (unsure why???.......)

- On H/D #2, in ERROR.....(I wasn't thinking......) we installed
"Windows XP Home Edition Upgrade"
Without first installing
"Windows 98 2nd Edition for PC's without Windows"

Not only that, while installing winxp, I was asked if I wanted to convert from Fat32 to NTSF. I said yes! (Ugh! Duh!) and now that I have realized my error and realized the limitations of ntsf I am unable to re-format my hard drive in order to reinstall windows 98 first and then winxp. I am told when trying to format that I can't as my drive has been partitioned?? My sytem is moving so slowly and I'm unsure of how to correct my error......


I have attached a system info file

A:formating a ntsf hard drive with winxp

It seems that Windows still believes that HDD# 1 is still in operation .click Start >control panel >Administrative tools >Computer mgmt.>disk mgmt. Check to see if and how HDD#1 and HDD#2 are configured. If you have nothing on HDD1 Logical drive you Should be able to delete it and go back and format HDD 2 and proceed with 98 cd install & then XP install. For good insight on partioning i suggest you look at your options at http://www.aumha.org/a//parts.htm For install info go to http://www.blkviper.com Hope this helps let is know by posting back.

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partistion problem????????

Hello All
I am a newbee and have a qution about partitioning and formating the hard drive , I have a 80 gig hard drive and want to formate it and creat a 2 partition but when i try to reinstall the windows(XP PROFFESTIONAL) it only formates the C drive and not the D rive which is the other drive on the same hard drive how do I get to have the D drive formated also .
thank for any help

A:How to formating and partitioning the secound hard drive?????

Hello All
I am a newbee and have a computer that has two hard drives.
I was able to format my secound hard drive by going into the MY COMPUTER hen clicking on the secound hard drive then right clicking on the mouse and formate but how do I partition it,
Any help would be graetly appriciated

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At the mo my Win XP 120 GB drive has about 26 GB left but i have a second hard drive in my PC ( which i only connect when i wanna do some thing in Win98) which is a 70 GB drive so im thinking of using that as a second drive for my PC , i have alwas been used to formatting W98 drives etc , ie using FDISK etc but im new to doing hard drive replacments / Hard Drive add ons in XP , so my question is whats the best way to add a second hard drive to XP ? i have been told i can format the drive etc while Win XP is booted up ?? is this true ? .


A:Formating a win98 drive to use a a second hard drive in XP

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I recently I bought a 1TB HP SimpleSave External Hard drive and its default file format is NTFS, like most new external hardrives on the market are. However I need this hard drive to work on my PS3 which only supports FAT32 file format so I need to be able to reformat the hard drive.

I am running Windows Vista Home Premium operating system which does not allow re-formatting of hard drives in FAT32. I also read you can use Command Prompt to reformat the drive but because it is 1 TB it will be too big to do this. This led me to use a program called SwissKnife.

I got this information from this link: http://www.online-tech-tips.com/computer-tips/formatting-external-hard-drive-to-fat-32/
And the SwissKnife site is found here: http://www.compuapps.com/download/Swissknife/swissknife.htm

Now doing this screwed up my external hard drive. When using the program to format the hard drive I got a pop-up what looked like a caution symbol (a yellow triangle) with no error message. Then at the bottom of the screen main program screen it said my hard drive would show changes once it was unplugged then plugged back in (it did this in a matter of seconds I doubt the actual reformatting process would be this short).

So upon re-plugging in the hard drive it doesn't work anymore. Every time I click it in the "Computer Window" it freezes up. Also it does not show up in the "Disk Management" window and when selecting it in the SwissKnife program it crashes.

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A:Problem Formating an External Hard Drive to FAT32

I didn't see that SwissKnife supported Vista

You can try DIsk Director by Acronis

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Hey guys i need to format my external hard drive. But I need it as fat32 as i use it with all different types of computers. Any easy way to do this? If not Ill take the dirty way.

A:Solved: formating hard drive as fat32 >32gb.

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I'm new to this but I figured I'd give this a try. This is a repost of my earlier post I did last week. no replies .

I have an Acer Aspire 5110 laptop and recently I've been getting the bluescreen when starting the laptop. Sometimes it pops up after I login, sometimes on the password screen. The bluescreen usually has HSFHWAZL.SYS (i think). After this, windows usually does a disk check. Sometimes it finds nothing, other times it truncates like 15-20 files.

Currently I'm running WindowsXP Media Center Edition.

I downloaded HijackThis and here's the log file.

If I'm missing anything, please let me know. Thanks!

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 6:19:20 PM, on 30/10/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
C:\Acer\Empowering Technology\ePerformance\MemCheck.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\AluSchedulerSvc.exe
c:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\bin\btwdins.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\LightScribe\LSSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
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A:Help im getting blue screened!

Blue screen is Blue screen of Death if it occurs it means that there is some issue with the operating system or the hardware.
it may be the virus issue.
If the error occurs follow the on the screen instructions if it says to restart the computer in the safe mode, try that.

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Have an HP Pavilion dv2700 that keeps showing a blue screen with the message:

Problem event:blue screen
OS version: 6.1.7601.
Locale ID: 1033

Additional info about problem:
BCP1: 0000000000000000
BCP2: 0000000000000000
BCP3: 0000000000000000
BCP4: 0000000000000000
OS Version: 6_1_7601
Service Pack:1_0
Product: 768_1

Files that help describe the problem:

What can the problem be? Please HELP!

A:Blue Screened

Hi, some reasons for Blue Screens
New hardware - software installed.
Device driver - Video driver - corrupted - faulty.
Faulty Ram - Overheating - Dying hard drive etc.
Let us have some Pc specifications.
Check and post
TSG System Information Utility - found here.
Post the Minidump files
Create a new folder on the desktop and call it dumpfiles [or something similar]

Look in c:\windows\minidump
Copy the last 4 minidump files to that folder.
Close the folder and right click on it and select Send To Compressed [zipped] Folder.
Windows will compress the file and then save the new zipped file in the same location.

Use the 'Manage attachments' in the 'Go Advanced' reply window below to upload that zip file here as an attachment.

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