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Formatting c drive

What's the correct command after "c:" to format the hard drive? [tried to load an antivirus on my laptop after loading Windows 7 Beta...BIG mistake!]

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Yo can do this when you installing windows it asks you weather you want to format

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Ex. hard drive will not open windows say windows will not even formate


If windows will not format the hard drive then the HDD is probably bad. Depending on the operating system you're trying to load, if it's Win XP or earlier you can still use DOS to format the drive then try loading windows onto the drive. Windows will want to format the drive again when you load the disk and that's ok because it will format the disk from FAT32 to NTFS. If it still fails then You more than likely have a bad disk that cannot be written to. One other thing you can try is to boot to command prompt and type in sfc /scannow Make sure you have windows inserted in CD drive. This will check your system if Windows is already loaded on the drive but you're having a hard time booting to it. Hope this helps

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Hi My pendrive is write protwcted, Pendrive is


Some pen drives have a small toggle switch with them which make the drive write protected try locating that switch. If there is no such switch then try formatting the drive preferably from safe mode. you can do this by following these steps:
1. Shutdown your computer or laptop
2. Insert USB Memory Stick into your laptop or Computer
3. Turn on laptop and then immediately start pressing (Fcool.png key then Advanced Boot Options screen will come up
4. Select Safe Mode with Command Prompt
5. After loading files if your USB Memory Stick drive letter is (G) for example then write as
6. C:\windows\system32>G: and press enter
7. G:\>format G: and press enter
8. If ask you (Y/N) then press (Y) and press enter
9. Now a full format will start which remove write protection from USB Memory Stick.

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I have a 1tb Buffalo HD-PCU2 ministation. I want it formatted as Fat 32 to use on my Humax recorder but Windows vista or 7 don't recognise it? Is it fixable?


FYI: fay32 doesn't support files larger than 2GB so if your putting movies than do NTFS.

To format as FAT32 you have to open an command prompt as admin. Window Button > All Programs > Accessories > Right CLICK command prompt and run as admin.

<VOL> = your drive letter ex E:
Command to format as FAT32

format <VOL> /FS:FAT32 /X

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My hard drive is recognized in bios but windows will not format for windows 7 install


You have to have the current drivers loaded on the motherboard for the HDD to be able to load your operating system.

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Iomga eGo drive data back-up for Vista need transfer to Windows 7


try to connect it to another computer that runs vista, reformatting is never a good thing. the portable hould be read on any other computer, but if you connect to another computer that have vista take it off and keep it on the other computer for a little (like someone elses computer) and put it back on to the computer with windows 7, reformat it and try to put our stuff back on then try again.

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Computer wont recognize external hard drive


try to format the external HDD using command prompt..... type "cmd" in start & search box and hit enter... command prompt will be opened... Now type "format X:" where X=your external hdd drive letter.... if it does not format then right click on my computer icon> goto manage >select Disk management> select the external drive> right click and delete partition > again right click and select create partition > again right click and select Format drive.....
this will fix the issue....

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Blue error screen won't reboot or do anything


This is called "The Blue Screen of Death". Essentially you have to format the drive in most cases, and reinstall the Operating System. This occurs when there is a major conflict with a driver and Windows protects itself by not loading. You can try using your recovery disk if you have one. The other thing you can try is loading a new copy of windows in a diffrent directory like "XP2". The laptop will ask you which version of Windows you want to load and chose the second entry for XP. This is only if you need to get at your files to back-up. You will still need to format and install Windows again as this method is sloppy.

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Iomega fat 32 formatter program does not allow me


If you really must have fat 32 (maybe for MAC use ?) then windows itself does not support doing a fat format on large drives.

However there is a fix Yup thats why they call it FIXYA

Here is a link to just what you need

Hope its what you need and good luck

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I`m unable to install windows 98 in seagate 80 gb ide barracuda hdd


For W98, if you create the bootdisk from within windows, you will need to go here to download the newest version of FDISK.EXE then copy it to the bootdisk, allowing it to overwrite the older version. This way you will have support for larger harddrives.

FDISK LIMITATION WITH 64GB DRIVES:
Why does FDISK not recognize my disk (or RAID array) which is larger than 64GB?

There is a bug in Microsoft's FDISK under Windows 95B, 98 and 98SE that can be corrected by downloading a newer version. See Knowledge Base Article Q263044 for more information.
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q263044

When you use Fdisk.exe to partition a hard disk that is larger than 64 GB (64 gigabytes, or 68,719,476,736 bytes) in size, Fdisk does not report the correct size of the hard disk.

The size that Fdisk reports is the full size of the hard disk minus 64 GB. For example, if the physical drive is 70.3 GB (75,484,122,112 bytes) in size, Fdisk reports the drive as being 6.3 GB (6,764,579,840 bytes) in size.

NOTE: This hotfix is not designed for 48-bit logical block addressing (LBA) hard disks, and it is not supported on hard disks larger than 137 GB. However, even if the drive is physically larger than 137 GB, if you create partitions smaller than 137 GB, this FDISK.EXE version will work correctly. (THE FORMAT COMMAND WILL SHOW THE DRIVE AMOUNT IN DOS TO BE OFF THE MARK, BUT WILL BE CORRECT WHEN YOU GET INTO WINDOWS ITSELF)

Direct English Version download:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/Win98/Update/8266R/W98/EN-US/263044USA8.EXE

This package installs the updated Fdisk.exe to the Windows\Command and Windows\Options\Cabs folders, on a computer running Windows 98 or Windows 98 Second Edition. If you are starting a computer from a Windows 98 Startup Disk in order to partition and format the hard disk, you should copy the updated Fdisk.exe from the Windows\Command folder to the Startup Disk, replacing the original Windows 98 or Windows 98 Second Edition version of Fdisk.exe on the Startup Disk.

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