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It is possible that your computer is not able to start up (normally), e.g. problem with your Windows XP, Windows 7, etc. ... e.g. you see a blinking cursor at the top left corner of your (blank) blue screen.
If this is the case, you can try to repair your disk first ... in save mode, get to a DOS prompt, i.e. >
You may see options/commands (at the DOS > prompt) by typing HELP. One of the programs that attempts to repair the disk is CHKDSK. Type at the > prompt: CHKDSK /? to see the options
Then, run the CHKDSK command to repair the boot disk.
After completing the chkdsk, type EXIT (to go back to Windows). If necessary, shut down and power up again and see if the boot disk has been repaired.
In the worst case, you may have to restore your disk from backup, or boot from a back-up (boot disk / CD) to fix the boot disk problem. But first try to save/store all your (personal) files (while in SAFE mode) before you reformat the disk and re-install the operating system (from an installation / boot CD disk)
Try running the check disk utility instead of reformatting and reloading everything.
To run the check disk utility you will need a repair disc ora operating system disc. Put the disc in the cd drive and boot fromit. You want to get to the Dos Command Prompt (Black screen with whiteletters) and type the following command: chkdsk /r Check disk will run well over an hour or two and you will notice thepercentages going from high to low, this is normal. Let it run tocompletion. Then reboot machine.
If check disk fails to solve your problem you might have to reinstall windows.Try doing a Repair Install that way you don't loose your data, documents,music, pictures, videos or programs.
In windows xp you get to the dos command prompt by selecting R for repair whenthe options appear.
In Vista and Windows 7 you want to get to the recoveryconsole and look down at the bottom of the window for the Dos Command. If all fails and you want to reformat as your say, just reinstall windows, it will reformat and delete everything for you.
If the computer is running you will not be able to format the C: drive. You will need to restart the computer with a boot disk, boot to a DOS screen, and format C: drive from there. Just remember this will wipe everything on C:, including your operating system, so you will need your windows reinstall disks handy.
During the boot process you will see on the screen to press delete to enter setup
Press and hold delete during the boot up process to enter BIOS the scroll down to advanced bios features press enter change your first boot device to cd,press escape then press f10 to save to cmos to restart
this will erase you operating system you have to have a operating system disk to load it onto you hard drive or create a partition to load another operating system
(note after you have loaded the operating system you must go back and change the first boot device to your hard drive)
When you created a partition on the new hard drive, did you make the partition active?
A partition that has not been activated can be formatted and Windows installed, disk check etc. but will not boot up.
You can make the partition by booting up in DOS with either a floppy disk or a boot CD and run the DOS command "fdisk" and navigate to Set the partition active.
Hi Michael, Its possible to reformat your hard drive by using a DOS boot floppy disk or CD. You can create this disk on another pc then boot your pc from this disk. It will boot your pc to a DOS prompt, usually "C:>" from there you can create partitions, delete partitions and format the hard drive. The command for creating partitions is FDISK.exe. Make sure your boot disk has the FDISK.exe command on it. Let me know if you require any further assistance regarding this. Best wishes, Graemevm
What operating system do you have installed? If you are using windows Then you need to repair your boot files. Start with boot.ini. you can open this using notepad editor. the info should read:[boot loader] timeout=30 default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS [operating systems] multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect Thats is you are using XP Home Edition operating system. If this doesn´t work then you need to run msconfig. Start menu select Run, then type msconfig.Startup selection should be normal check box. System.ini should have all check boxes checked,Same as win.ini, when you get to boot.ini tab, no boxes should be checked. I hope this helps. Start with the second method first ok.
Create a bootable DOS disk and place it in the drive. Then restart the system. that should get you to a DOS prompt. At the DOS prompt you can tell it to change to the D: drive. You can tell if you have done this right because you will see a D: as part of the prompt. Insert recovery disk 1. If it does not start reading the disk type DIR at the D drive prompt. That will list all the files on the D: Drive. There should be one called autostart or install. Type in the name of the file including the extension. Hit enter.
A second approach is to hit F12 during start up and drop down to the second item and hit enter. That started the Toshiba recovery disk for me once when it would not read it automatically at start up.