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I installed my drive succesfully then I am trying to install protools and it tells me to format the disk so I followed their instructions to the letter but when I named the drive I ended up apperantely with the drive being Partitioned and am getting this message saying that one of my backups is not connected how Can I simply get rid of the drive on my Mac and start all over?

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Format hard drive


This is generally how your format the hard diskand install Windows.
First you need a Windows XP or Windows Vista installation CD and the productinstallation code, which is printed on the Windows label on the bottom of yourlaptop.
Boot up with the Windows installation CD start and follow the instructions toinstall Windows.
Next Delete the existing Windows partition.
Next Create a new partition.
Next format this new partition - Format the partition in NTFS not a quickformat. This will prepare the Windows for a clean install. Quick now if you only want to format the hard drive.

Mar 14, 2012 | Dell OptiPlex 760 PC Desktop

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Install Windows 7 or Windows Vista on a Pc Without DVD Media


For user who doesn’t want to waste a DVD disc to burn the ISO to physical media, and does not have WinPE (Windows PE) startup disc, here’s a workaround method to install Windows Vista and Windows 7 into physical computer’s hard disk drive or partition (volume) directly with ISO without writing or burning to disc. The without-disc installation method is useful especially during beta and RC period of new operating system in the making, where the new build and new versionis launching and publishing every now and then. This tutorial guide assumes that the new Windows 7 or Windows Vista will be installed and replaced the original existing operating system currently installed. The instructions can be modified slightly (mainly on hard disk partition used) to fit into need of readers who want to have a dual-boot, multi-boot, or simply just to upgrade install to new OS.

1. Install a virtual CD/DVD drive on existing Windows operating system.
2. Mount the Windows Vista or Windows 7 installation DVD ISO image using the virtual drive.
3. Copy all files inside the virtual CD/DVD drive mounted with the ISO into any folder on any partition or hard disk drive not going to be used to install the Windows OS. For example, copy into E:\Windows7.
4. Copy the bootmgr and boot folders nested inside the copied folder (i.e. \Windows7) to root directory of system boot drive, typically C:\.

Note: For Windows Vista, users may need to use this step: Copy the bootmgr folder from E:\Windows7 to C:\ root directory, copy E:\Windows7\boot\boot.sdi file to same folder in C:\boot folder, and then copy bootsect.exe from the E:\Windows7\boot\ folder to C:\ drive.

Note: boot folder in system boot drive is hidden system folder.
5. Create a new folder named sources under the C:\ root folder.
6. Copy the boot.win file inside \Windows7\sources folder to the source folder created in the system boot drive, normally C:\.
7. Open a command prompt as administrator.
8. Run the following command (change the C to your drive path letter if applicable):

C:\boot\bootsect.exe /nt60 C:

For Windows Vista users who copied bootsect.exe to C:\ root folder, use the following command instead:

C:\bootsect.exe /nt60 C:

A successful message is the command completes successfully.
9. Change the name or label of the boot system partition local disk to BDCP or any name you prefer that easier to remember and type (in DOS command promot, use label command).
10. Restart the computer.
11. After booting up, the system will start the corresponding Windows installation process. Select the applicable language to install, time and currency format (regional settings locale) and keyboard or input method in the installation wizard dialog.
12. On the next screen, user will be presented with option to Install Windows. DO NOT press on Install Windows button, instead, click on Repair My Computer link on the bottom left corner.
13. In the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) System Recovery Options dialog window, click on Command Prompt to open a DOS Prompt window.
14. Run the format command to format the primary hard disk or partition to clean state:

format c: /q

Note: /q switch, which perform quick format can be omitted to full format. And if existing hard disk partition is of FAT32 filesystem format, use format c: /q /fs:ntfs to convert the file system to NTFS while formatting. Before formatting begins, the command may prompt for hard disk drive or partition label name, if so, enter accordingly (i.e. BDCP).
15. After format completed, start the Windows Vista or Windows 7 installation process again by manually running the setup.exe located in the copied. Note that the setup.exe is not the one located on boot system drive which copied at later step, as the boot drive has been formatted. For example:

E:\Windows7\sources\setup.exe
16. Continue with installation procedures by following on-screen instructions as per normal practice.

on May 19, 2010 | PC Desktops

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Attempted system recovery on HP a1540n. Only option allowed was to format hard drive. Computer now stops at splash screen. Boy, I need help. Thank You, Gordon


By formatting your hard drive, you've wiped all the data.

You now need to re-install an operating system.

If you have a Windows installation disk, just put it in your CD/DVD drive and re-boot, follow instructions.

If you don't have an windows installation disk, its a case of buying one, make sure you also get the COA Code of authority, 5 groups of 5 letters and numbers.

If you don't want to pay for a system disk, Download and burn a copy of one of the Free Linux operating systems. Ubuntu is my favourite. Just log onto :- http://www.ubuntu.com/ and follow your nose.

Again, when you have a disk, put it in the drive and reboot.

Nov 23, 2010 | PC Desktops

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Unable to access safe mode using f8 or msconfig because a virus has exe,


try to scan ur system using your anti-virus or if still not work you need to reset it to its factory default or reformatting your HDD...



How to Format a Computer with Windows Vista

Warning - Formatting hard drive information does not permanently erase the data. Even after a computer has been formatted, deleted files can be easily recovered. If you want to permanently wipe your hard drive by completely overwritting hard drive data, check out WipeDrive.
To format your hard disk during Windows Vista installation, you'll need to start, or boot, your computer using the Windows Vista installation disc or USB flash drive.

  1. Turn on your computer so that Windows starts normally, insert the Windows Vista installation disc, and then shut down your computer.

  2. Restart your computer.

  3. Press any key when prompted, and then follow the instructions that appear.

  4. On the Install Windows page, follow any instructions that are displayed, and then click Install now.
    • If the Install Windows page doesn't appear, and you're not asked to press any key, you might need to change some system settings. To learn how to do this, see Start Windows from a CD or DVD.
  5. On the Get important updates for installation page, we recommend getting the latest updates to help ensure a successful installation and to help protect your computer against security threats. You will need an Internet connection to get installation updates.

  6. On the Type your product key for activation page, do one of the following:
    • If you are reinstalling Windows Vista, you should enter your product key now.
    • If you are not reinstalling Windows Vista, you can skip this step.
  7. On the Please read the license terms page, if you accept the license terms, click I accept the license terms.

  8. On the Which type of installation do you want? page, click Custom.

  9. On the Where do you want to install Windows? page, click Drive options (advanced).

  10. Click the partition that you want to format and click Format
    • If you have more than one partition on this hard drive and want to get rid them to make one big drive again, then select a partition and click on the Delete option for each partition. Once you have deleted all of the partitions, select the Unallocated Space partition and click Format
  11. When you've finished formatting, click Next.

  12. Follow the instructions to finish installing Windows Vista, which include naming your computer and setting up an initial user account.
    • If you do not want to reinstall Windows Vista, you can cancel the installation at this point and keep your newly formatted drives.

Oct 03, 2010 | PC Desktops

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Sombody gave to me old PC ,and I would like to Formate Hard Drive,and star all d from "0",Ike! I do not know how?


Hi,

The drives can be formatted while you install new operating system. Boot the system with an Operating system disk and follow the instructions to format the hard drive and then install the new operating system.

Regards
Sherbaz

Aug 07, 2010 | Dell Dimension 4600C PC Desktop

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How to format hard drive


To format any extended or external hard disk

Right Click the drive (example D:\ )and select the FORMAT Options

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Click START to Format the Hard Drive. The time to format depends on size and the condition of the Hard Disk.

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Feb 15, 2010 | Acer Aspire SA80 (ASA80UC4603) PC Desktop

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I bought a phillips portable hard disk drive and i need to format it for my Samsung tv. Can this be done.


All disks can be formatted or Erased, what you need is the Software to do it. I found Acronis to be the best software for this job, you just insert the disk and follow the instructions. But be careful, once formatted you can not retrieve any info back, and it also formats your Boot to where you have no system at all installed. You will then have to insert a system disk of your choice and install it to your new clean drive. Good Luck.

Oct 27, 2008 | PC Desktops

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Reformatting


just make sure in bios that your first boot device is cd rom,then install the cd and follow the instruction

May 08, 2008 | Dell Dimension 3000 PC Desktop

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I'm new to building pcs and this is my first build. I have two Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250310AS 250G hdd's installed in my newly built pc. I have yet to detect a driver when trying to install ...


There are many ways to format your hard drive but i will tell the two ways.
  1. while you installing the os like windows xp,2000 it ask you to format the hard disk to install the windows operating system. It comes before the copying the files into the hard disk while you install the windows.
  2. Another way is formatting the harddisk is by seagate software like DM (Disk Manger) is comes with the harddrive or you can download the software from the seagate website for free. DM is the software for formatting . so you can format your harddrive by these software.

May 03, 2008 | PC Desktops

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I try dial up connection.I hear it dialing up.But connection is not succesful.I receive a report.Check plug ins.


Have you checked your phone card on the back of your computer to make sure it is plugged in securely? Unplug it and plug it back in behind the computer and on the wall jack and try again.

Try reinstalling the driver for your modem. If you have the installation disk, put it in your cd rom and follow the onscreen instructions. Choose to replace the current version of the driver.

If you do not have the installation disk, I will need the make and model of your modem card.

Apr 12, 2008 | PC Desktops

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