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Can't format the c: drive. it says system format is not allowed.

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You can't format your C: drive while you are running Windows. That is totally legit as Windows does not want to destroy itself. Format of a Windows C: partition will have to done from outside of Windows, i.e. bootable floppy or CDrom

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Acer Aspire E1 531 Black screen. Power Light will flash on.


The USB drive that is being used as a Flash BIOS update must have been formatted. If not you can format the drive to a FAT32 not NTFS because it won't work. You then copy the Flash update and let it update when you start your BIOS upgrade. Once you completely allow it to upgrade then let it restart. If the laptop doesn't start up then you will need to take out the system apart and look for the BIOS chip that got updated. You need to pry it but not so hard but to take it so it can reset the system. If doing that allows the screen to come back to the original state it will be advisable to not to upgrade. For laptops its harder because you would need to open the whole system up and the BIOS could be a chip or hardwired right into the system. So make sure that updates do not damage the motherboard is very important.

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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.

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I have tried everything Ctrl F11, Ctrl F9, Ctrl F8 and nothing allows me to reset the harddrive


Im not sure that you understood the concept of resetting the hdd...this can be done only by formatting ...and from the windows you can not format but the partitions(drives) that not contain the windows installation ...to be able to format all partitions you have to use a installation cd with the operation system ( a boot-able one ) ..and boot from cd ...by selecting this operation from Bios settings ...and go along with the clean installation not from the recovery partition or cd ...
after you get along with the clean installation and formatted the hdd and remake the partitions ...and finished the installation of the operating system ...than you can use the recovery cd to install the drivers and the factory settings and programs .....
another easy way to do that ..is to hook it on another computer ...and just format it from windows...this will erase it clean ..and you will have to reinstall the OS after that ...

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I am trying to erase all information on the desktop and have it return to factore settings.


The best way of doing in is finding the CD which came with it, which will allow you to format the hard drive and reinstall the operating system and the system specific setting which came with it when you first brought it. If you are unable to do this, search the dell website for the drivers for your PC, download them and save them to a USB drive, then format the computer using freely available tools on the internet before reinstalling windows and then copy the drivers from the USB drive back onto the computer. You can then use windows update when connected to the internet to download the most up to date files. Remember to backup all your documents before formatting though.

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I didnt get a boot disc with my computer and would like to make a copy


On a new computer that didn't come with a reboot disk, they create a hidden partition on the hard drive to store this info. Provided that the hard drive has NEVER been re-formatted, it will still be there. Some manufatuers allow you to make a boot disk, others don't, in either case they do allow you to wipe your system and re-install their software at bootup. Hope this helps.

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Will not boot


CHeck the jumper settings of the hard drive...

is it detecting on BIOS>.

Apr 02, 2009 | PC Desktops

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Why cant I Format the hard drive on a dell pc


when the system is u and running normally the comp is using the hardrive to run your computer to format it you must enter the installation of xp and format the disk during the installation process. there is a part of the installation where if theres a o/s on a harddisk it will allow you to format it just make sure you format it to NTFS if will be one of the selections

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Sandisk 16 GB USB Drive wont accept large files says disk is full


What is the USB drive formatted as? Look in My Computer then right click the USB drive, select Properties. See what it says under "File System". My guess is the drive is formatted as FAT32. Now FAT32 has a size limitation of 4GB for a single file, which would explain the error. To get over this you need to reformat the USB drive as NTFS. Then it will accept the 6.95GB file. You can format the drive by right clicking it again and selecting "Format" ... choose NTFS from the drop down menu. Be aware that any data already on the drive will be wiped by the format so be sure to back it up before formatting.

Dec 31, 2008 | PC Desktops

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My 16gb samsung thumb drive will not format in winxp. i have tried all of the online fixes but none seem to work. the drive is currently in the raw mode.


Windows was unable to complete the format. I think the drive is toast ie: I used an older version of fdisk and format and it came back and said track 0 bad disk unusable.

Nov 12, 2008 | PC Desktops

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FORTMATTING A NEW DRIVE


FORMATTING OR PARTITIONING A HARD DRIVE.

Formatting and partitioning a Hard drive will wipe out any and all information. Much like erasing recording tape.
Please be careful when attempting this procedure.
Partitioning a drive usually happens before the formatting process. Any drive can have up to 4 partitions.
Only one partition can be designated as active (the boot partition) one of the 4 partitions can be designated as an extended DOS partition.
When installing an Operation system ie: Windows (OS) The OS will bring you through this process.
However, on the other hand if you have an additional drive installed and you want your PC to see it, depending on what Operating system you have, you must navigate to the "Disk Manager" via the computer manager in the controlsettings of the OS. to see if the drive is recognized by the OS.
If it is, Right click on the drive and request a partitioning of that drive. Once the partition is complete, then request to format. this will configure the drive for the file format ie FAT or NTFS. In most cases NTFS is the format you would select. Additionally, you'll be requested as to the type of drive Logical or extended.
What you'll be doing with the system depends on how you Hard drive (HDD) will be partitioned out.
Remember the boot or active partition is where your OS will be and will be seen first after the PC boots (starts) up.
If you are using the system for home use, one partition is all you'll need. Lastly, you don't need 4 partitions on your PC unless you plan to use separate drives for say... backups, or to consolidate files. A lot of info I know... but if you go with one partition that maybe all you need.
I can't fix this for you, but if I helped you get it fixed, please rate it as a fixya not a helpful rating. These ratings let me be allowed to help you and others in the future. If you need more help, feel free to keep asking, but keep the original information so I can see it.

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