CANT FORMAT THE HARD DRIVE (Toshiba Satellite L100)
When I run bootable XP....Setup was unable to format the partition. The disk may be damage. Make sure the drive is switched on and properly connected to your computer. If the disk is a SCSI disk, make sure your SCSI devices are properly terminated...
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You can not format the Windows Drive (referred to as windows partition) while the windows is running.
CAUTION: FORMATTING A PARTITION OR HARD DRIVE WILL RESULT IN ALL THE DATA BEING LOST.
But you can format any other drive or partition, to format a drive or partition other than the windows', open My computer right click on the drive icon and click format, press all the OKs and your drive will be formatted in a while.
To format whole hard drive, even the windows partition,
CAUTION: FORMATTING A DRIVE WILL RESULT IN LOOSING ALL THE DATA AND THE WINDOWS AS WELL.
Now back to business, to do a complete format you need a bootable cd, If you have your recovery disk or even a bootalble windows disk you can format everything.
Lets assume that you have a windows bootable cd, insert the disk while the laptop is starting (make sure that the computer boots up with the cd), let the setup load its files, then follow the instruction until you reach to the point when you can see your hard drives and its asking for formatting press F to format the drive which is highlighted.
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How to partition and format the hard disk using the
Windows XP Setup program
You can use the Windows XP Setup program to
partition and format the hard disk. To do this, use the following steps:
Step 1: Partition the hard disk
Insert the Windows XP CD into your CD
or DVD drive, or insert the first Windows XP Setup disk into the floppy
disk drive, and then restart the computer to start the Windows XP Setup
Note If you are using the Windows XP Setup
disks, insert each additional disk when you are prompted, and then press
ENTER to continue after you insert each disk.
are prompted, select any options that are required to start the computer
from the CD or DVD drive.
If your hard disk
controller requires a third-party original equipment manufacturer (OEM)
driver, press F6 to specify the driver.
For more information about how to use F6 to supply a third-party OEM
device driver while the Windows Setup program is running, click the
following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge
Limited OEM driver support is available with F6 during Windows XP
At the Welcome to Setup
page, press ENTER.
Note If you are using the Setup disks (six bootable
disks), the setup prompts you to insert the Windows XP CD.
Press F8 to accept the Windows XP Licensing
If an existing Windows XP installation is
detected, you are prompted to repair it.
To bypass the repair, press ESC.
All existing partitions and non-partitioned spaces
are listed for each physical hard disk.
Use the ARROW keys to select an existing partition, or create a new
partition by selecting the non-partitioned space where you want to
create a new partition. You can also press C to create a new partition
using non-partitioned space.
Note If you want to create a partition where one or more
partitions already exist, you must first delete the existing partition
or partitions, and then create the new partition.
You can press D to delete an existing partition, and then press L (or
press ENTER, and then press L if it is the System partition) to confirm
that you want to delete the partition.
Repeat this step for each existing partition that you want to include in
the new partition. When all the partitions are deleted, select the
remaining non-partitioned space, and then press C to create the new
To create the partition with the maximum size, press
To specify the partition size, type the size in megabytes (MB) for the
new partition, and then press ENTER.
If you want to create additional partitions, repeat
steps g. and h.
To format the partition and install
Windows XP, go to step 2.
If you do not want to install Windows XP, press F3 two times to
exit the Windows Setup program, and then do not follow the remaining
steps in this article.
To format the partition without installing Windows XP, use a
Step 2: Format the hard disk and install
Use the ARROW keys to select the
partition where you want to install Windows XP, and then press ENTER.
Select the format option that you want to use to format the
partition. You can select from the following options:
Format the partition by using the NTFS file system
Format the partition by
using the FAT file system (Quick)
Format the partition by using the NTFS file system
Format the partition by using the FAT file system
Leave the current file system intact (no changes)
the selected partition is a new partition, the option to leave the
current file system intact is not available.
If the selected
partition is larger than 32 gigabytes (GB), the FAT file system option
is not available.
If the selected partition is larger than 2
GB, the Windows Setup program uses the FAT32 file system (you must press
ENTER to confirm).
If the partition is smaller than 2 GB, the
Windows Setup program uses the FAT16 file system.
deleted and created a new System partition, but you are installing
Windows XP on a different partition, you are prompted to select a file
system for both the System and Startup partitions.
After the Windows Setup program
formats the partition, follow the instructions that appear on the
screen to install Windows XP. After the Windows Setup program is
finished and you have restarted the computer, you can use the Disk
Management tools in Windows XP to create or format more partitions.
For additional information
about how to use the Windows XP Disk Management tools to partition
your hard disk, click the following article number to view the
article in the
Microsoft Knowledge Base:
How to use Disk Management to configure basic disks in Windows XP
If you recently installed and any new program it could be a corrupt driver. Boot to safe mode by hitting F8 and delete it. If you didn't, you will have to remove drivers individually. Failing hardrive is another culprit.
The CMOS needs to be set to first read the CD or DVD drive before it reads the Hard drive. Once your XP disk is in the drive it will boot from the CD drive and setup the computer, The CMOS is acessed by turning on the computer and immediatly pressing either the deleat key or the F! or F2 key try each one till you get to CMOS then look for boot section. Set CD drive to first your HD drive to second.
get a winxp installer CD, you can repartition your drive on the first part of the winxp installation process. Prepare your drivers for your machine especially the network and USB drivers which you will need to copy and transfer files firstly. If u meant of installing an additional OS like winxp to your extra space, you need a boot loader to switch between OSes.hope this helps
If you do not have a recovery partition, you will need to have some sort of bootable disc with an operating system on it. The reasoning behind this is that your computer cannot format a hard-drive it is currently running off of unless the hard-drive is partitioned and your OS is running on a partition that is not being formatted. I would recommend either getting windows recovery disks, or a copy of Ubuntu or such free Linux distributions for this action. After your Laptop is formatted it will have no Operating system and will not work until one is installed on it.
The quickest solution here would be to put the hard drive into a computer that has Windows already running, and format it through the operating system itself. I've run into this problem a few times, and when another computer wasn't available I would use a Linux boot disk to clear out all my partition tables, then I would load up with Windows XP and tell it to write a new NTFS partition. Do NOT select the 'quick format' option, you'll have to wait through the long one.
if you have a WIN XP cd you can partition the drive with the start up after you ckick set up win
click F-8 and then install the first win screen you should see will say f to format d to delete partition ckoick the d
then are click the c to create a new partition and then f to format the new partition then load the drive