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I tried to reformat a disk drive by re-installing Win XP but it still have left some old files in the directory..i want to make a good disk drive format as in..virgin..is that possible? osr

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    myegoph Dec 29, 2008

    i will try that now

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When you attempted to reinstall Xp did you answer to install on a new particion or fix and repair existing? Reparticion hard drive or you can download a program ferom one of the hard disk makers such asWestern digital , reformatt the whole drive with that then reinstall windows. 

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Depending on how you did the install it is possible to trash all your personal files. Hope you have some back ups.

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Hi, I have a HP NX6310 notebook with Win Xp Pro installed. I need to reformat it after it was heavily virused, and reinstall Win Xp but without the recovery disks I am rather helpless. The recovery...


You can't see any HDD's when trying to install because your BIOS system was set the IDE controller to an AHCI, you can set this to native IDE and windows XP setup will read a HDD's..
If you need set the IDE controller to AHCI you need Intel AHCI controller driver for your system, you can see it during installation process to press F6, you must use floppy diskette and put the driver onto it.
Another way to install AHCI driver is Integrate the driver into Windows Installation directory..See here for more details..

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My Z100atapi Zip drive is recognized by Windows 7, but the old disks are not in a recognized file format. I need to get the old data ..


Greetings - According to Iomega your 100 MB ZIP drive media should be fine at being at least readable (the Iomega software does not work with Win 7) natively by Win 7 and Vista. Since the drive is recognized I suspect the problem is actually the discs themselves.

It turns out that the discs were not very good at long term storage and are notorious enough to have a term referring to the problem as the "Zip Burp" where:

  • A) All files on the disk disappear
  • B) Just Compressed Formats such as JPG, ZIP, CAB, ECT Disapear
  • C) "The Disk Needs To Be Reformatted" message is displayed or
  • D) files disappear as you click them


The only way that I know to find out for sure if your discs are good is if you can find someone with an XP machine that will let you temporarily install your Zip drive (including the latest drivers) and see what happens.

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I have an old Medion laptop that ran XP. I reformatted the drive to get a clean install of XP. Now when I try to install XP nothing happens when I press F8 for XP Licensing Agreement. Same with a Vista...


are you booting the unit with the install disk in the drive..?
Make sure both the disk and the drive lens are clean
Look for a check box, if there is one and check it before you press F8
If all else fails
Try reformatting the drive again from within the XP install software and don't forget to choose NTFS as the file system..
If this fails, then try deleting the partition completely and then rewriting the partition back to the drive, again, all from within the XP installation software.

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D:\is not accessible


try to install disk doctor programs like norton, tuneup utiliy  or such of kind of your favourite. If it's recoverable, than it will. If not, you should reformat yor d:/ drive

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On my pc running win xp pack2 i want to install win 2000 pro. how can i do it? please suggest me.


You can either run a dual-boot system where you can boot into XP and Pro when you start your computer, or reformat and install 2k.

If you want to dual-boot you would need a blank partition on which to install it. Unfortunately if you do not already have more than one partition on your current drive, it would be difficult to split a single partition drive into adding another partition unless you are familiar with the tools required to perform such an operation.

However, if you only need to install 2k without having access to XP, all you need to do is insert the Win 2k disk and follow the installation wizard. When it comes to selecting where to install, it should show a partition containing winXP, which you can then install 2K to. Remember, all files on your XP install, including the operating system itself, will be removed. You would lose everything on that partition. If it is a single partition drive, anything on the drive is removed. You should back up any files you want to save by either transfering them to a different drive if you have one, or burning them to CDs/DVDs.

Select the partition you want to install to (if it's a single partition disk, there will only be one listed. If there are more partitions, you can select a different partition to install to which would allow you to keep XP), and I would recommend selecting reformatting the partition to NTFS.

Once it is done reformatting and copying files, it will ask to restart. Restart the computer, but do not press any keys upon startup when it pauses to ask to boot from CD. Wait until the 2K graphical installer loads from the disk, and then you can follow the setup wizard for 2K.

If you have any questions or problems, please add a new post stating them, and I will try to answer.

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Reformat/Reinstall Refresh on hdd


You should provide either CD/DVD rom to boot your sytem in bootable disc.
And you should provide windows XP/2000 bootable disk.

You will need:

CD/DVd Rom
Bootable windowsxp/2000 to reinstall your system.

Note; reformatting or reinstalling your system all files will be remove. you should back up important files before doing.

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Missing hard drive space


Simple problem you made the partions using FAT 16 file system and 80 GB cannot be partition using win98 10 will limit the disk to 10 GB.
Remove all Partions And Use Windows XP to create partition during Installion.

Fix Ya

Best Of LUCK.

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#1508 Bad directory buffer signature


Hi, if this is a fairly new installed XP you're probably better off: repartitioning, reformat and reinstall WinXP but this will delete all contents of the hard drive. If however there are a good number of critical/important files you would want to save/copy, there are two (2) ways of going about saving/copying those files but both involve access to a working computer. (1) remove your Travelstar 5K100 from the laptop and using a 44 to 40 pin adaptor, connect it to the working pc which should recognize it as another hd and therefore you can copy your files to that pc. There are many sites that explains how to do this. You can try Google search or http://search.techrepublic.com.com/search/laptop+hard+drive.html. (2) another method is to boot and run your OS from your cd. While this does not involve physically removing your laptop's hard disk, it might be a bit challenging preparing the bootable CD with an OS. The procedure is better explained at http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/. This will run your laptop although a bit slow however, you can access the hd and save it to a thumbdrive or if you have a lan to another computer. Please let me know if this works ok with you. Good luck and regards.

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