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The problem is I'm trying to reformat my hard drive. When I open the window that says "delete partition" it is not highlighted, so I can't complete the reformating.

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The partitions are listed in neumeric order. Enter the number (1 or 2) the the partitin is listed as, and the partition will be deleted.
Please note, you will lose EVERYTHING in that partition and you will have to reformat the partition.

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Try F9 during boot.. I doubt you repartitioned that small partition when you reformatted the main partition of the drive. Then again, the F9 function might not work anymore, even though the partition is still intact.. From Asus Support:
Using the Recovery Partition(on selected models)
1. Press < F9 > during bootup.
2. Press [Enter] to select Windows Setup [EMS Enabled].
3. Select the language you want to recover and click Next.
4. Read the ASUS Preload Wizard messages and click Next.
5. Select a partition option and click Next. Partition options:
Recover Windows to first partition only.
This option deletes only the first partition and allows you to keep other partitions, and to create a new system partition as drive "C".
Recover Windows to entire HD.
This option deletes all partitions from your hard disk drive and creates a new system partition as drive "C".
Recover Windows to entire HD with two partitions.
This option deletes all partitions from your hard drive and creates two new partitions "C" (25%) and "D" (75%).
6. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the recovery process.

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This sounds like the main partition on your harddrive was corrupt. You will need to reformat the system.

Using the Recovery Partition:

1. Press [F9] during bootup.

2. Press [Enter] to select Windows Setup [EMS Enabled].

3. Select the language you want to recover and click


Next.

4. Read the ASUS Preload Wizard messages and click


Next.

5. Select a partition option and click


Next. Partition options:

Recover Windows to first partition only.

This option deletes only the first partition and allows you to keep other

partitions, and to create a new system partition as drive "C".

Recover Windows to entire HD.

This option deletes all partitions from your hard disk drive and creates
a new system partition as drive "C".

Recover Windows to entire HD with two partitionThis option deletes all partitions from your hard drive and creates two
new partitions "C" (25%) and "D" (75%).
6. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the recovery
process.

Make sure to burn off your recovery DVDs as soon as you get you rsystem back up and running so that you have them in an emergency.

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Show a step by step procedure to how to reformat a hard disc


- if the hard disk is inside the system use your operating system disk
- boot to the disk by pressing F12
- if you see "press any key to boot to disk" hit the spacebar right away
- if your usinf windows XP delete or partion by highlighting the partition and hit "d" to delete
- it will ask you confirmation, hit "L"
- your system will ask you to reformat hard drive
- for win 7 same process
- first delete partition
- click drive advance option to see the delete option
- delete all partition
- click reformat

hope I answer your question step by step

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Samsung G2 Portable External Hard Drive cannot be formatted. "Unable to complete the format"


Try deleting any partitions on the drive by using Control panel, administrative tools, computer management, disk management. now highlight the drive and right click and click on delete partition. Now create a new partition and see if it will do a full format on it. if not then its stuffed. you have no choice but to buy another drive.

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By deleting the windows partition, you may have deleted the windows compatibility. You can try and reformat a partition of the drive to a windows FAT32 I believe, but you may lose your other data.

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If you boot the computer from a windows CD/DVD in he first stages of installation it will look for all partitions on your hard disks. When it finds your lacie highlight the partition and use the option to delete partition. Repeat this for any other partitions you wish to remove. Now you can use the format option and install windows as normal. Cheers from Scott please dont forget to vote

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How to reformat my MSI notebook?


You need to have an valid Operating System installer CD/DVD. This could be a Windows or Linux installer or whatever Operating System that you prefer.

  1. Turn your laptop on.
  2. Open the CD drive and load the CD Installer.
  3. Reset your laptop to manually reboot it. If you loaded the CD fast, this step is no longer required.
  4. The setup program will then load. Follow the onscreen procedure.
  5. At the point of selecting the hard disk drive, choose "Delete Partitions" to completely remove all data.
  6. After deleting partitions, create new partitions for your hard disk. You can choose to divide your hard disk capacity into 2 or more partitions depending on your requirements.
  7. Format the root partition now (Drive C) to continue the installation.

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My emachines will not install windows xp, so i tried to install another windows perfessional and it said the disk has exceeded its limet.


Hi,
Pop the disk in the drive and set off your install.
When the setup gets to the part where it asks you where you would like to install XP you will need to delete the C drive partition, format the partition and install XP.
XP from a clean install only takes 3GB of hard drive space, so unless you are trying to install XP on a drive which is only 2GB then you have no chance until you get a bigger capacity hard drive.

The information will be there at the beginning of setup telling you how many partitions you have (if any) and how big the drive is.

Remember that you need to delete the partitions that holds the older operating system as all the information is still on the drive, deleting the partition will permanently delete the information.

Regards.

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How to reformat R52 ibm thinkpad


Your laptop should have come with a recovery disk, you will need to boot to that disk following the onscreen steps for formatting and restoring the operating system files. Furthermore, if your system did not come with a recovery disk, or you have a Windows XP/Vista disk you can boot to that instead.

Windows XP Install:

After the installation system boots, the setup prompt will prompt you for searching the system for previously installed versions of Windows; bypass the recovery option after the search is complete. The setup will then display a list of Hard Drives to install Windows; follow the key for deleting the partition (press "D" to delete). Once the partition has been deleted highlight the "free hard drive space" and press "Enter" then you will be prompted to format the drive and install Windows. Moreover, you should right down the Windows Product Key off the sticker on the bottom of your laptop; you'll be asked for that key after the setup restarts your computer assuming you are using that license for that version of Windows.

Windows Vista Install:

When you boot to the Vista DVD you will be prompted to enter the product key as soon as the setup loads. Select the Hard Drive with the mouse, then left-click the format button on the right pane. Continue with the installation.


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Laptop crashed after updating Incredimail and now it says media failure and operating system not found.


  1. Ensure all of the Windows XP installation discs and information are present.

  2. Install the Windows XP disc.

  3. Press and hold <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<Del> at the same time to restart the computer.

  4. When the computer restarts and the splash screen appears, press

  5. In the Boot menu, use the <Up> and <Down> arrows to select either CD or DVD, and then press <Enter> to continue.

  6. If prompted, press any key to continue. If you do not press a key, the computer starts from the hard drive. In that case, wait until Windows has completed started up, and then begin again.

  7. At the Windows XP setup window, select To set up Windows XP now, press Enter, and then press <Enter>.

  8. Press <F8> to accept the terms and conditions specified in the license agreement.
    Note: you will have to reformat the entire hard drive/disc


  9. In the Windows Setup Partition screen, press <Enter> to partition the hard drive. On this screen, review the listed partitions. Usually, the original operating system partition is labeled (OS) and is also the largest partition.

  10. Use the <Up> and <Down> arrows on your keyboard to highlight the OS partition and press <D> to delete the partition.

  11. When the Confirmation screen appears, review the warnings and press <Enter>to continue. You will now be returned to the previous screen.

  12. Use the <Up> and <Down> arrows to highlight the unpartitioned space and press <Enter> to set up Windows XP. The Windows XP Setup appears with the following information highlighted: Format the partition using the NTFS system.

  13. Press <Enter> to continue. On the next screen, a progress bar shows the format process. When the format is complete, the setup files are copied to the hard drive.
    The following message appears: Please wait while setup copies files to the Windows installation folders. This might take several minutes.
    Then follows Setup is copying files…. The status bar displays the percentage complete. When complete, the computer reboots and the set up wizard appears.

  14. When the Regional and Language Options window appears, change as needed, then click Next.

  15. When the Personalize Your Software window appears, enter a name and organization if wanted, then click Next.

  16. When the Product Key window appears, enter the product key, then click Next.

  17. When the Computer Name and Administrator Password window appears, enter a password if wanted, then click Next.
    When you enter the password, be sure the caps lock is off; passwords are case sensitive.

  18. When the Date and Time Setting window appears, change as needed, then click Next.Windows is installed, a progress bar indicates approximately how much of the task is complete.

  19. The computer reboots.
    The Windows XP operating system is fully installed.

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