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Re: Unable to format hard disk.
You did not mention what steps you have tried. and what the problem occurs when you try to format. It also depends which OS you are using.
There is a solution very easy to use. If you have Win98 or older version then try to boot with command prompt only aund then run FDISK. Using FDISK delete all partition and create new partions, then try to format and install your OS.
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your System may be slow due to following reason - Too many programs running at startup or in the background - Data Corruption, hard disk fragmentation - Missing Windows updates or outdated drivers - Not enough hard drive space, too many unused programs - Left over programs, old cached and temporary files So Follow these steps to fix computer problem:: - Delete all the temp files - Remove unused programs - install latest drivers from the manufacturer site - Install and run antispyware software - Free up wasted space with Disk Cleanup tool - Defragment your hard disk drive If you are unable to perform above tasks then use a single utility tool like PC Fresher that will fix windows errors that cause of system slow
The USB Flash Drive must be configured with an active primary MS-DOS partition. It must also contain the boot files. Follow the steps below to create a bootable USB Flash Drive. Requirements:
Motherboard with BIOS that supports USB boot.
USB Flash Drive that may be erased.
Bootable floppy disk or CD with Fdisk and Format commands.
Plug in the USB Flash Drive.
Make the USB drive the only bootable hard drive.
Method 1: If available, change the BIOS settings for the hard drive sequence, making sure the USB device is at the top of the list above all other hard drives. Not all BIOS Setup Utilities have this option.
Method 2: Disable all hard drives in the BIOS. In some BIOS Setup Utilities you can disable the individual hard drives, while in others you will need to disable the controller.
Method 3: Unplug all hard drive cables inside the case. If the cables are unplugged the computer cannot detect and boot to the hard drive.
Insert the bootable floppy disk or CD into the appropriate drive.
Restart the computer to the bootable floppy disk or CD.
At the command prompt, type: FDisk.
Delete and create a new active primary DOS partition.
Use FDisk to delete all partitions from the USB Flash Drive.
In FDisk, press the 3 key to Delete partition or Logical DOS Drive.
If there is just one partition on the drive, choose 1 to delete the primary DOS partition. If there are several partitions, the extended and logical partitions must be deleted before the primary partition.
After choosing option 1, the screen appears with partition information and a prompt for the partition to delete. Choose which primary DOS partition to delete, and then press ENTER.
A prompt appears to enter the volume label of the hard drive. Enter the label exactly as it appears on the top of the screen in the partition information. If the volume label contains gibberish or lowercase letters, the partition will have to be deleted as a non-DOS partition. Try using the option to delete a non-DOS partition in FDISK. After entering the volume label, press ENTER.
You are prompted if it should delete the partition. Press Y for Yes, and then press ENTER.
The screen changes to show only the total disk space and a line near the bottom that prompts that the primary DOS partition has been deleted. Press the ESC key to return to the main menu.
Use FDisk to create a primary partition on the USB Flash Drive. The drive letter will be C:, since all other hard drives were disabled in step 2.
In FDisk, press 1 to Create DOS partition or Logical DOS drive.
Press 1 to Create a Primary DOS Partition.
The next screen prompts if the maximum hard disk size should be made into one partition. Press the Y key, and then press ENTER.
The next screen prompts that the computer will now reboot. Press ENTER to continue.
Exit FDisk and restart the computer.
Start the computer from the bootable floppy disk or CD with the USB Flash Drive still connected.
At the command prompt, run Format by typing the following command: Format c: /s. Press ENTER.
At the command prompt, run FDisk by typing following command: Fdisk /mbr. Press ENTER.
Restart the computer without the bootable floppy disk or CD, and attempt to boot to the USB Flash Drive. If it works, it should go to a C:\> command prompt.
Change the settings made in step 2 back so that the computer operates normally again.
you need to do this on a brand new low level formatted, and high level formatted hard drive. you must have the install disk, and a internet connection, and a properly running system available to work along side.
You can reformat this old drive; however, personally, I wouldn't bet on using it. hard drives are cheap these days. let me know.
I don't know if you are recovering using the hard drive partition or a DVD that you have made from the programme within Tempro. Please clarify as if you are using a DVD there should be no problem with deleting data, it will do that as a matter of course as it re-formats the drive. If however you are using the partition, that is a different matter. Are you Vista or XP? XP gets upset when deleting files and tends to stop you if it can!
Hopefully you will have more luck if you run Format from the recovery disk. If you can format the drive that will stop the conflicts you are finding. Any version of Format will work, even an old DOS version, it just stops the file system from fighting back. A bit of a severe problem if you have to re set your system! Good luck
Formatting a hard disk cannot prevent recovering data from a hard drive. There are programs available on the Internet that wipe data permanently from a hard disk. Here are a few sites that can hekp you wipe data from your hard drive :-
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
Operating system is the main program of the computer. It can b easily detected by your computer in boot up. So if the computer doesn't detect it, this are the steps you can try :
First try to run system restore if you have one.
If you don't have system restore disk, or back up disk, you can remove your hardisk from your laptop and try to connect it to other computer as an external hard drive. in that, you can copy important files and back up it in other computer if it is not also deleted.
Then if you have back up your file or not, you must format your hard disk. return your hard disk to your laptop and format it.
If you don't know how to format just ask again here.
that the hard disk is installed properly in the laptop. The drive
cannot be formatted before it is installed, or if it's not installed
the required software. The type of media will depend on the hardware in
your laptop. Older computers without a CD-ROM drive, will require the
use of the operating system
floppy disks. Laptops that can run Windows XP require the installation
CD and product key. Older versions of Windows also have disk-formatting
capability in the installation process, and the installation media is
either a CD or floppy disk.
the installation disk or manufacturer software in the drive and then
boot the computer. Early in the installation process, the Windows
installer has a step that will detect any installed hard disks and
allow for them to be formatted. The software from the disk manufacturer
will also detect the hard disk and give you the option to format the
Determine which file system is to be used. Windows XP will either work on a NTFS file system or an older VFAT file system. Choose the desired file system when prompted.
whether the whole disk should be formatted or if the disk will be
partitioned and each partition to be formatted separately. The Windows
installer includes a menu-driven utility that will create hard disk
partitions before formatting. If the hard disk is being formatted to
replace an existing Windows installation, delete the existing
partitions and re-create them.
the hard disk with the Windows installer when prompted. The Windows
installer will let you know when it is time to format the disk and ask
1) You cannot format the OS partition using Windows “Computer Management”
2) If you are trying to format another partition or another Drive in your computer and you can not do that thru “Computer Management”, then you can format your drive using a Windows Cd or any Partition Utility tool. (Using that you also can format your main (OS) partition)