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Right-click on the hard drive icon for your external in my computer, select format and then select start in the resulting window. Windows will promt you that all data will be lost: select OK.

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Right click on the icon for the hard drive in my computer. Select format.

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My laptop did not work while reformat "it says make sure that your hard disk is properly connected";what should I do?give me some help!!!!pls!!


Try using a different USB port to connect the external drive you're trying to format. If you're formatting the internal drive of the laptop, try doing it using a Windows installation disc. If that fails as well, you'll need a new drive.

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try it on another computer if that dosent work you should
reformat your computer but first backup all your data by putting your another internal hardrive on your computer and move all your files you need to the empty hardrive and after that take the hardrive with all your stuff in it off the computer and then reformat the hardrive which the external hardrive does not work on and install a new operating system then put the other hardrive with all your stuff back on your computer and transfer your stuff into the hardrive with a operating system then try the external hardrive

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you can burn all your stuff into a CD or a DVD
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you can put all your stuff into FlashDrives and then after you reformat the hardrive with an operating system put your stuff back into the computer and after that the external hardrive should work

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My Dell desktop computer will not boot and it is too old to spend money on repairs. However, I would like to be able to get the files off my hard drive. If I buy a kit and turn the internal hard drive...


Nope. you cannot access your files. even if you use a external hard dive to access the files.

i suggest you install windows 7 in your computer but do not reformat the hard disk . in that way your files will still be saved in your harddrive.
Once you have access to your files i suggest you save them in a flash drive or external hard drive if you have one. then reformat your computer and install a windows xp.

here is a tutorial on how to install windows 7 without reformatting your harddrive.

Goodluck. If you have any success using my solution please give me updates.. Thanks

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I reformatted and reinstalled windows when mine did that. If you have a backup of your files then you're in good shape. If you don't have a backup then it's a little tougher. Take the drive out of your computer, put it on another one as a secondary or on an external exnclosure. Then copy the files you need to the host computer and copy them to a flash drive or a cd. Finally, reformat your hard drive, reinstall windows, and restore your files from your backup. Have fun!

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Well hmm i would have to say you need to reformat it which you probably dont want to do but this is what i can say the best to do but if you dont want to maybe someone else can help you but im just giving the best help answer

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I am not familiar with external hd, but with macs.  It will not let you reformat a disk if that is the starup disk.  Instead of disk utility, you need to PROBABLY reinstall the os using a universal full install disk.  That´ll let you reformat the hd.

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my old computer had a problem like this, i think the only way to fix a problem like this would be to reformat your hard drive and reinstall your operating system, which would delete everything on your hard drive...if you do not want to lose the files on your hard drive, you can hook up the hard drive to a different computer as a secondary drive and take the files you need off of it...then put the drive back in the original computer and reformat...after that just put back the files back on the original computer with a flash drive or an external hard drive...
cant think of another way to solve this

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Well, you can plug it into your mac, and then open the applications folder on your mac(by opening the Macintosh HD icon first) and opening the utilities folder and selecting Disk Utility. Through disk utility, you can reformat any drive to Mac OS(preferably journaled.) so that you can use it with Time Machine, and the MAC OS.

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