I have reformated my laptop and during the proccess i portioned the hard disc in two portions C and E when the reformating finished i go two my computer and saw that portion E was not shown there.so i thought to start reformating again and this time i rerformated only new portion E .the problem now is that when i switch laptop on it suggested me to chose which from two windows i wanted to open.it means that there are tow windows home adition installed on it.one in C and another one in E .that windows in E i have deleted but the problem was not solved.when i switch it on again are displayed this message that says chose one windows to open.i would like to know if this is a hard problem or not and if yes how posibility is to solve this problem without reformating because i dont want to reformate it again because i have some program on it that i cant find anywhere.
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Re: windows problem after reformatting
Well M8:) you cand delete an OS just like that
Now you have to start over again, and format both c and e, then you install windows on C again.
When you done with the installation you still wont be able to see E
So you need to make E visable!
Rightclick on MY COMPUTER, in the end you will see HANDLE, select that one, now you will see a line called DISC HANDLE, select hat one, now you can see both of the partition. Click on your E partion, select to format it and when the format is doen geve it a name, like E again.
Now the disc is visable under MY COMPUTER
Good luck to you M8:)
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If you are going to reformat your entire hard drive, you will need to use an OS boot/install disc from your optical drive, a windows XP setup disc is not enough to get the job done, you need Windows Vista/7 Setup DVD. How To Format From Windows Setup Disc
The link will take you to a site that breaks out the process.
hi you should be able to reformat as part of a fresh windows installation.when you run your disc after the initial checks /and window file installation you are given a opportunity to choose a partition/usually you will select ;c;/you are then given an opportunity to delete the old window(reformat).choose the long reformat as quick is only used for new hard drives .when after reformating.windows will reboot .if your not familiar with installing a new window be aware when windows reboot to start instalation .dont touch any of the keys on your keyboard .just let it reboot .hope this helps.
This means that the Boot sequence part of Windows has becoming corrupted. If the FIXBOOT boot command does not work for you during the repair option, when inserting your system discs, then you have no alternative than to reinstall Windows.
If there is data on the drive that you need, then I would advise getting a USB to hard drive adapter and transfering the files to another PC before reformating.
This fault usually occurs during incorrect shutdowns,, hard resets, or power loss whilst the computer is switched on.
You need a windows Vista disc. Insert the disc and follow the prompts. I would format the hard drive instead of upgrading do a new install. The best way would be to go into your bios and make sure the boot device order has the cd-rom booting before the hard drive. Then put the disc in and start the computer, when it says press any key to boot from cd hit any key and let it load and then follow the prompts to install.
On some systems it will allow you to defragment with lower than 15% of your hard drive, but sometimes some programs refuse to defragment if it is lower than that. I suggest trying to free up at least 900 MB in the drive and try defraging.
reformatting a drive is a big undertaking, formating the drive will erase everything, including viruses, before you format you need to make sure you have all the discs including the windows disc, driver discs, and a factory restore disc, also you make check the documentation on your system because alot of the gaetway, dell, emachines systems have restore partitions installed on the drive. Also youll need alot of coffee and alot of time, most importantly aside from the windows disc youll need a driver disc for any ethernet or wireless card you have installed. without this you will not have access to the internet most likely and donloading updated drivers is very helpful. This is a time consuming proccess unless there is a restore partition on the harddrive, the documentation will tell you how toaccess it if it exists, if not a restore disc will be nice.
Most laptops havew a 'hiddn' partitionon the hard disk where the 'raw' operating system lives .. this partition contains all the software needed to recover from a crash ..
So DO NOT format your disk UNLESS you have the Dell Windows CD and the Dell Drivers CD ..otherwise your laptop may never work again ..
To get into the hidden partition, you hold typically hold down the Ctrl and 'F11' key (or some other combo = check you manual for 'system restore') during power-up .. this will give you a choice of doing a 'clean' re-install .. (which will reformat the USER area of the disk).
The drive may be damaged physically and is setting the remaining portions of the disc as bad sectors. If this is the case you need to replace your hard drive immediately.
If the space is unpartitioned you can do this through windows using a program called partition magic.
You can also reformat the drive using a windows cd and it can reformat the drive to 80 gigs (assuming the disc does not have bad sectors).