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Unable to delete or format C: hard drive even though drive says "HEALTHY"(system)

Tried a number of steps on eHow.com but in vain.
Hard drive corrupted & infected with virus.
Example of the steps taken:
Step1
Right-Click on the “My Computer” icon either on your desktop or in the Start Menu and select “Manage.”

A new window titled “Computer Management” comes up. Select “Storage” from the left hand side by clicking it once, then select “Disk Management(local)” from the right side by double-clicking it.

Now in the lower part of the main frame (right side) of the window you should see a nice visual of all your hard drives. Each line is a different drive. Each box on a line (with a colored bar at the top and a size displayed in MB or GB) is a partition on the drive. Partitions are separations of space on a drive. Unless you are doing something specific that requires multiple partitions, you only want one partition per drive.

Step2
First you must delete any existing partitions on the drive you are going to format. Do this by right-clicking on the partition's box and selecting “Delete Partition...” Since you already know that you will be deleting everything on the drive, and have already backed everything up, you can safely say yes to any warning the computer presents you with.

If there are multiple partitions make sure you have saved everything off them since they might each have different drive letters (i.e. “D:” or “F:”). Then repeat the above step for each of them. If you only want to format one partition that is OK and you can continue to the next step without deleting the other partitions.

The box for the drive to be formatted should now have a black bar at the top of it and should say “Unallocated” under its size (see picture). Right click on it and select “New Partition...” The New Partition Wizard comes up.

Step3
In the New Partition Wizard click next. On the next page make sure “Primary Partition” is selected and click next. Now make the size equal to the maximum (it should already be set to it), and click next again. On the next page the computer will automatically choose the first available drive letter for the new drive. However, if you like you can choose another drive letter from the drop-down menu, and then click next.
Finally the New Partition Wizard asks if you would like to format the new partition and if so what format. Choose “NTFS” as it is faster and more secure. Leave the “Allocation unit size” as “Default.” In the “Volume label” field enter whatever name you want the drive to have. Simple is better. Avoid using spaces. Lastly, if the drive is brand new and has never been used before check the “Perform a quick format” box. If the drive has been used before leave this box unchecked. Leave the “Enable file and folder compression” box unchecked and click next. Then on the next page click finish.

The wizard will now spend a little while formatting the drive. On old or large drives this may take a while. Do not close the “Computer Management” window until it finishes. You will know it is done when the word under the size of the drive changes from “Formatting” to “Healthy” and the name and drive letter you chose for the new drive show up. After it is finished you can proceed to use your newly formatted drive.


I tried other methods on eHOW.com & still did not work out.
Help me.

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You can't delete the drive in which you are operating and reformat it. You need to do a system recovery with computer supplied CD or reinstall Windows with WIndows CD.

You know that all will be lost.

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Hi,
I'm at a disadvantage because you haven't specified an operating system.

My suggestion, if you are running Windows, is that you reformat your hard drive and reinstall your operating system. The proper procedure is set forth below:


When formatting a hard drive you will need certain things to perform this task correctly. Here is a list of things you will need when you want to format your computer.

  1. You will need a Windows operating system CD. Hopefully you will have the original CD hanging around somewhere. it is also okay to use a copy of your exact disk that you had as long as you have your Windows COA sticker attached to your computer. This is also known as the COA sticker and holds the serial number for your copy of Windows.
  2. You will definitely need to have your files backed up to either an external hard drive or maybe even an online backup service.
  3. When formatting a hard drive you will obviously need a computer that needs a format. This might be a computer with so many errors that it is not worth fixing. It may also be a computer that just hasn't had a good format in a long time.
  4. If you are formatting using Windows XP or even Windows Vista you will need to have either a backup of your device drivers or a system disk that holds your drivers. If you do not have a disk that hold your device drivers then you might have to search for them on the Internet. before formatting a hard drive I seriously recommend making sure that you have a driver for your network adapter so you can connect to the Internet. This will allow you to download the other drivers if needed.

Backing up your files before formatting a hard drive


This is one of the most important things that you can do. People do not understand that when you are formatting a hard drive, this means that you will wipe every piece of darter from that hard drive. If you had saved photos and files or even e-mail addresses, they will all be gone after formatting the hard drive. I hope you understand what I am saying here. Absolutely everything will be gone from your computer and you will only have a fresh new copy of Windows is installed on your computer. This also means that any programs that you have installed, such as photo editing programs, games, and so on, will be absolutely gone. When you have finished formatting your computer, the usual procedure is to reinstall all of your necessary programs and drivers to enable you to start using your computer again.

Windows operating system

When formatting a hard drive with any version of Windows you must insert the operating system CD and boot from it. This means that you will see a message on the screen saying "press any key to boot from CD or DVD..". If you do not see this message when you start your computer with the Windows operating system CD in the CD drive, then you must enter your computer BIOS and change the boot settings. Here is a brief tutorial on how to change settings in your BIOS.
  1. It is always recommended that you delete the previous partition that Windows was installed on an create a new partition for the new installation.
  2. In all versions of Windows you will have the chance to divide or partition your hard drive into any size you require.
  3. All of the recent versions of Windows use the NTFS file system. It is not recommended that you use the old FAT32 file system.
  4. When formatting a hard drive in any version of Windows you will see an option to choose a quick format or a slow format. A slow format is always better when you have had major errors on your computer. This can also be known as a low level format.
Common problems people have when formatting a hard drive with Windows

  1. The first step is probably the hardest. As previously mentioned above, you will need to insert the original Windows operating system disk and then start your computer so it boots to that CD. People do not realize that you need to enter the BIOS to change the settings to make the computer boot to the CD first. Some people think there is a problem when the CD does not start.
  2. People often get confused when deleting the partition and creating a new one. Please pay particular attention to this area as it is not as hard as you think.
  3. When you have had your Windows disc for a long time it can become worn. Often I will make a copy of my original disks to use as the original would not transfer the system files to my computer correctly. If you find that when formatting a hard drive, the process stalls a number of times, then it could be your CD is worn out.
  4. One of the common problems that people have when formatting a hard drive is that they accidentally interrupted the process. It is not okay to stop the process of formatting a hard drive half way through. This is a definite way to cause major errors or even the dreaded black screen on your computer.

Formatting your hard drive with Windows

Below I am going to list step-by-step instructions to follow when formatting a hard drive in various versions of Windows. They are all very similar with only a few minor differences. Therefore if you are experienced in formatting a hard drive using Windows XP, you will definitely have no problem formatting with Windows Vista or Windows 7.

The following steps below presume that you have entered your BIOS and change the settings for your computer to boot to your CD or DVD drive. Therefore you will see the message on the screen saying "press any key to boot from CD or DVD..." If you have not this far and press a key on your keyboard, this means that you are booting into the CD to start formatting your hard drive.
Formatting a hard drive using Windows XP

1. The first screen you will see will be blue and it will look like files are being loaded onto your computer. You will be prompted to press the F8 key to agree to the Windows terms and conditions.

2. The next screen you will see after booting from the CD will be a blue screen. On the screen you will need to read it carefully and then press enter. If you press enter on your keyboard, this means that you want to install Windows XP. See the screen shot below

5_20_2012_8_53_25_pm.jpg
3. Now you will see a screen showing the previous installation of Windows.

4. Select that version of Windows so we know which partition we are going to delete. If you have not got a previous version of Windows on your computer you will see an un-partitioned space.

5_20_2012_8_53_25_pm.jpg
5. As you can see in the screenshot above I have selected the previous version of Windows.

6. Now I will press the escape key to install a fresh copy of Windows XP.

7. On the next screen I will select the partition with Windows on it and press D on the keyboard to delete it.

8. Then I will press the letter L to confirm that I want to delete that partition.

9. To recreate a petition we will need to press the C on the keyboard. Your computer will estimate the size for the partition and all you have to do is press enter.


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How to format your computer


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Hi,

I have no personal interest or association with any product that I may suggest.

Unfortunately, you have provided no information on your operating system. The information set forth below is for Windows XP.

When formatting a hard drive you will need certain things to perform this task correctly. Here is a list of things you will need when you want to format your computer.

  1. You will need a Windows operating system CD. Hopefully you will have the original CD hanging around somewhere. it is also okay to use a copy of your exact disk that you had as long as you have your Windows COA sticker attached to your computer. This is also known as the COA sticker and holds the serial number for your copy of Windows.
  2. You will definitely need to have your files backed up to either an external hard drive or maybe even an online backup service.
  3. When formatting a hard drive you will obviously need a computer that needs a format. This might be a computer with so many errors that it is not worth fixing. It may also be a computer that just hasn't had a good format in a long time.
  4. If you are formatting using Windows XP or even Windows Vista you will need to have either a backup of your device drivers or a system disk that holds your drivers. If you do not have a disk that hold your device drivers then you might have to search for them on the Internet. before formatting a hard drive I seriously recommend making sure that you have a driver for your network adapter so you can connect to the Internet. This will allow you to download the other drivers if needed.*

Backing up your files before formatting a hard drive

*This is one of the most important things that you can do. People do not understand that when you are formatting a hard drive, this means that you will wipe every piece of darter from that hard drive. If you had saved photos and files or even e-mail addresses, they will all be gone after formatting the hard drive. I hope you understand what I am saying here. Absolutely everything will be gone from your computer and you will only have a fresh new copy of Windows is installed on your computer. This also means that any programs that you have installed, such as photo editing programs, games, and so on, will be absolutely gone. When you have finished formatting your computer, the usual procedure is to reinstall all of your necessary programs and drivers to enable you to start using your computer again.

indows operating system

  • When formatting a hard drive with any version of Windows you must insert the operating system CD and boot from it. This means that you will see a message on the screen saying "press any key to boot from CD or DVD..". If you do not see this message when you start your computer with the Windows operating system CD in the CD drive, then you must enter your computer BIOS and change the boot settings. Here is a brief tutorial on how to change settings in your BIOS.
  • It is always recommended that you delete the previous partition that Windows was installed on an create a new partition for the new installation.
  • In all versions of Windows you will have the chance to divide or partition your hard drive into any size you require.
  • All of the recent versions of Windows use the NTFS file system. It is not recommended that you use the old FAT32 file system.
  • When formatting a hard drive in any version of Windows you will see an option to choose a quick format or a slow format. A slow format is always better when you have had major errors on your computer. This can also be known as a low level format.

Common problems people have when formatting a hard drive with Windows

  1. The first step is probably the hardest. As previously mentioned above, you will need to insert the original Windows operating system disk and then start your computer so it boots to that CD. People do not realize that you need to enter the BIOS to change the settings to make the computer boot to the CD first. Some people think there is a problem when the CD does not start.
  2. People often get confused when deleting the partition and creating a new one. Please pay particular attention to this area as it is not as hard as you think.
  3. When you have had your Windows disc for a long time it can become worn. Often I will make a copy of my original disks to use as the original would not transfer the system files to my computer correctly. If you find that when formatting a hard drive, the process stalls a number of times, then it could be your CD is worn out.
  4. One of the common problems that people have when formatting a hard drive is that they accidentally interrupted the process. It is not okay to stop the process of formatting a hard drive half way through. This is a definite way to cause major errors or even the dreaded black screen on your computer.

Formatting your hard drive with Windows

Below I am going to list step-by-step instructions to follow when formatting a hard drive in various versions of Windows. They are all very similar with only a few minor differences. Therefore if you are experienced in formatting a hard drive using Windows XP, you will definitely have no problem formatting with Windows Vista or Windows 7.

The following steps below presume that you have entered your BIOS and change the settings for your computer to boot to your CD or DVD drive. Therefore you will see the message on the screen saying "press any key to boot from CD or DVD..." If you have not this far and press a key on your keyboard, this means that you are booting into the CD to start formatting your hard drive.
Formatting a hard drive using Windows XP

1. The first screen you will see will be blue and it will look like files are being loaded onto your computer. You will be prompted to press the F8 key to agree to the Windows terms and conditions.

2. The next screen you will see after booting from the CD will be a blue screen. On the screen you will need to read it carefully and then press enter. If you press enter on your keyboard, this means that you want to install Windows XP. See the screen shot below:

5_20_2012_1_11_46_am.jpg

3. Now you will see a screen showing the previous installation of Windows.

5_20_2012_1_18_26_am.jpg


4. Select that version of Windows so we know which partition we are going to delete. If you have not got a previous version of Windows on your computer you will see an un-partitioned space.

5. As you can see in the screenshot above I have selected the previous version of Windows.

6. Now I will press the escape key to install a fresh copy of Windows XP.

7. On the next screen I will select the partition with Windows on it and press D on the keyboard to delete it.

8. Then I will press the letter L to confirm that I want to delete that partition.

9. To recreate a petition we will need to press the C on the keyboard. Your computer will estimate the size for the partition and all you have to do is press enter.



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If that is what you want, you will need your operating system disk. It will have the option to delete the current partition and install the "new" system. When you delete the partition, again, all the information on that partition is deleted.
Follow the instructions on your recovery disk and it will lead you thru these steps.
If you need more, details, let me know where your having a problem. There are more detail instructions at: http://www.ehow.com/how_6026_format-hard-drive.html

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ady,
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.

For Boot Disk you can surf/download from BootDisk (click here)

If you want detail help, please post your problem in details.

Thanks
Iqbal

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