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Hi there, You should be able to do this by opening up "my computer" and then clicking once with the left button of your mouse the drive Icon that you wish to change.
Then right click your mouse and a menue will appear, you choose format, you should then be able to choose NTFS
Once formatted, you are ready to go!
Hope this helps, Chris

Posted on Nov 09, 2008

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My desk top computers screen went black, can my data be save on the hard drive and how can i take it off


Not posting the model number of the Dell desktop computer, get's you generic information.

The model number can be found on the back of the computer, next to the Windows product key.

Moving on......


Suggest use an external enclosure.
Remove the harddrive from the computer, and install it in an external enclosure.

The external enclosure has a USB cable, and you just plug it into any available USB port, on a working computer.

Then go to My Computer, or Computer; depending on which Windows operating system the computer has; and double-click on the drive letter that corresponds with the external enclosure.

(WinXP: Start > My Computer
Win Visa / Win 7: Windows logo button > Computer )

Examples of drive letters;

C: Drive = Harddrive of the computer you are using

D: Drive = Separate partition on the harddrive for Restore files, or is for the optical drive (CD/DVD drive)

E: Drive = Optical drive generally, but may be the drive letter that corresponds to a Removable Device.
The external enclosure you plugged in, is a removable device.

None of the above is 'etched in stone', except the C:Drive
Things change from computer to computer, and the way you may have it set up.

Easy way to know?
Before plugging in external enclosure, open My Computer, or Computer.
Look at what each drive letter corresponds to.

Now when you plug the external enclosure in, you will see the change; and know which drive letter corresponds to the external enclosure you just plugged in.

Double-click on the name next to the drive letter, that corresponds to the external enclosure you plugged in.

Go into My Documents, or Documents.
Again, depends on which version of Windows you have.
Win XP = Start > My Documents
Win Vista / Win 7 = Windows logo button > Documents

Now open each folder, until you get the personal files you want to keep.
Photos, music, videos, documents you have created, or downloaded.

You cannot remove programs, or applications. Just your personal stuff.
(You can, but that is for a separate discussion)

Also open Downloads.
(WinXP = Click on Start > My Documents > DOUBLE-click on Downloads.

Win Vista / Win 7 = Click on the Windows logo button (Start), click on Documents, click on Downloads.

Harddrives are measured in Width.
2-1/2 inches across for a laptop harddrive. 2.5 inches.
3.5 inches for a desktop harddrive.

Don't know what Dell this is again, don't have the model number.

Cannot tell you if the harddrive is an IDE (PATA) unit, or a SATA unit.

So you will need either a 3.5 IDE (PATA) external enclosure,
OR,
a 3.5 SATA external enclosure.

There are external enclosures that are 3.5 and IDE/SATA, also.

Basic examples,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1733195&CatId=2779

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2145406&CatId=2780

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3883498&CatId=2780

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallel_ATA

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_ATA


Easy way to identify what type technology is used, for the harddrive in your computer; IDE/PATA, or SATA;

Power cable for an IDE/PATA harddrive,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#peripheral

Power cable for a SATA harddrive,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#sata

For additional questions please post in a Comment.
Regards,
joecoolvette

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Pull the harddrive out, install in an economical external enclosure.
The external enclosure has a USB cable.

Plug the USB cable into any available USB port, on a working computer.

Go to My Computer, or Computer; and double-click on the drive letter, that corresponds with the external enclosure.

(Actually with the harddrive in that external enclosure, it is now an external harddrive)

http://esupport.sony.com/US/p/model-home.pl?mdl=PCVR539DS&LOC=3#/howtoTab

It's an IDE harddrive. Also known as a PATA harddrive.

A harddrive is measured across it's width.
2-1/2 inches across is a laptop harddrive.
3.5 inches across is a desktop harddrive. (3-1/2 inches)

So you need a 3.5 IDE (PATA) external enclosure.
One example,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1733195&CatId=2779

Regards,
joecoolvette

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That would be on another WD2500JB Caviar harddrive

Either that, or start looking on the internet posting -
WD2500JB PCB Board, and see what search hits come up.

Here,.....let me try.............

http://www.hdd-parts.com/18100096.html

Before you replace it, let me ask........
1) Was it in a Desktop PC?

2) Was it in an external harddrive?

External harddrive?
Then suggest you obtain a 3.5 IDE (PATA) external enclosure,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3883498&CatId=2780

In an external harddrive there is a small interface circuit board.

The Harddrive plugs into the small interface circuit board, and the USB cable is attached to the small interface circuit board.

It is this small interface circuit board that usually goes bad.

The external enclosure is just like the case of the external harddrive.
Has a USB cable going to a small interface circuit board, and the harddrive plugs into it.

Regards,
joecoolvette

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Win 7 will format it as NTFS if the drive is new enough.
The only drawback with FAT32 apart from speed is the 1256 Character limit on file names.

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How do you reset the format on a laptop, and change the hard drive


Not sure what you mean by Format, but to change a HDD you turn the lap top on it's screen the undo the screws marked with a picture Harddrive at the bach of the laptop. Normally only one or two screws hold it in place.
Not more than three. Then you pull out the harddrive, do this slowly and when you have time, don't rush. To format a drive use the installation of Microsoft Windows. Format the drive to NTFS, as FAT32 is the older format. NTFS is faster and is standard from Windows XP up to 7.
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How to change hard drive


change your hard drive by replacing another hard drive with ide a belt type one end to the mother board and other end to the harddrive..... then another wire that comes from your smps box in your cabinet with red blue green colours connect it to your hard drive thats it..

if your harddrive is sata then do the same in the sata

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I Transferred a hd into this pc from another pc. This hd is ntfs format.The second hd in this pc is the fat format. In explorer it shows the second hd as the d drive. When i click on it it says this hd is...


First of all, I hope the harddisk which has the operating system on it, and which the system is booting from is NTFS formatted. Try and crosscheck this first. Then after doing this, try and assign a new drive letter to the harddrive that is showing error from the Systems Management Page.
This is how you do that : Right-Click on My Computer Icon, Go to Manage, Click on Disk Management, Then when you get to this place, You should see ALL the HardDrives installed on your system including the one singing for "format me"...lol.
Then locate and right-click on the harddrive, and select "Change Drive letter and Paths", and select any new, unique letter for your HDDrive. then click on OK.
Hope this helps.
Goodluck.

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I had my maxtor one touch 4 750 gb external hard drive installed on a dell laptop with windows xp i plugged it into a mac and installed it but couldnt get it to work so i plugged it back into my laptop and...


Hi there, I think it may be to do with the format of the harddrive - see if you used the Maxtor in a Windows XP environment it would have been formatted to suit that OS.

Is the Harddrive formatted to NTFS?

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When I try to back up my computer files for Windows Vista using a Toshiba 320GB capacity portable external hard drive I receive the message that I need a ntfs drive. Can my external drive be converted to...


Yes, it can:
Before you begin, connect your external hard drive.
To format the drive with NTFS
1.
Log on to your computer as an administrator.
2.
Click on the Vista Orb right-click Computer, and then click Manage.
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Under Storage, click Disk Management.
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If the Initialize and Convert Disk Wizard appears, click Next. If the wizard does not appear, skip to step 8.

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On the Select Disks to Initialize page, click Next.
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On the Select Disks to Convert page, click Next.

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On the Completing the Initialize and Convert Disk Wizard page, click Finish.

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Right-click your external drive (which will probably be drive E or drive F), and then click Format.
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In the Format dialog box, type a name for your external hard drive, such as Backup Drive. Then, click OK.

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Click OK again.

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