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How do you format a compaq computer, i cant access the restore partician on the harddrive

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If you're using windows 98, put in the CD then in the C:\ prompt type FDISK then you can partition your hard drive to the capacity that you want. Then format it by typing in the C:\ prompt ex. format c: then press ENTER. If you are using Windows Xp then put in the CD and let it boot from there. It will ask you what you want on how to partition your hard drive and formatting it.

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My acer aspire one netbook all of a sudden went to back screen and white lettering saying no bootable device--insert boot disc and press any key. how do i fix this without a disc because i have no cd/dvd...


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Normally when this happen this is a sign that ether there is a problem with the harddrive or the data on it just got corrupted. If you have access to another computer you can try to connect the drive from your notebook to it to see if you can access some the data.

Note if you can access the data and your notebook had Windows 7 or Vista on it you will need a computer with one of those to recover all your data. In addtion you will need to follow the steps at this link to get access to the files in your user profile.

http://www.fixya.com/support/r4724656-file_ownership_in_windows_7_windows_vist

Now if you are not able to access your data this most likely means the drive is bad. Try to do a full format on the harddrive on the other computer. If it works then this means that the drive most likely is good. Note do not do a quick format as this will not fully test the drive.

As for the recover disk since you do not have a ROM drive for your computer you will need to contact ACER and/or look on their site to get the restore program. Then you can install this on a USB thumb drive and this restore your computer.

Let me know if you have any more problems or questions

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How do I reformat a compaq armada e500 lap top


Use the Restoration Disk.

Perform a Repair if you are going to keep existing personal information.
(i.e., Documents you have created or downloaded, Photos, Music, and programs you have downloaded, or installed)

Repair is a Non-Destructive Installation.

Perform a Full Installation if you do not plan on keeping personal information.
Full Installation is a Destructive Installation.

If you do not have the Restoration Disk for your Compaq Armada E500, you can obtain it from HP Support. (HP owns Compaq)

In the USA the Restoration Disk is free.
The shipping and handling is not.

$17 for a 5 to 7 day ship, $24 for a 2 to 3 day ship.
Call 1-800-474-6836
(24hrs a day, 7 days a week)

For all other countries please click on this link,

http://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-information/summary/ww-support.html

If you format the harddrive the wrong way, you will wipe off the Windows operating system.
You'll have a blank harddrive.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Jul 05, 2011 | Compaq Armada E500 Notebook

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Iwant to formet my pc compaq sr5160il how can i?


Get a program called FDisk, that is on a bootable floppy. (search 'bootable floppy' and 'fdisk' on Google) Insert this floppy into your floppy drive and turn on the computer. At the command bar, invoke Fdisk. When it runs, select delete primary partician. Then quit Fdisk and invoke Format. Your hard disk will then format.

You do fully understand everything on your drive will be then gone - correct?

May 02, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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I have an old laptop that partition and hd have been reformatted. I've tried using boot disk but keep getting the message that says, ''save to disk partition not found. So, can't get win98se to load as...


Haven't used win98 for a while so bear with me and this uses DOS COMMANDS too.
If useing restore cd/floppy you have to use a utility from compaq that creates two partitions on hard-drive.
They may have a restore floppy if you need it too.
One for "recovery files" and one for "OS Boot"
AHH, the memories, I still have my 95/98/ME Laptops up and running for older stuff. HP n CQ too.
Restore CD should do it all though.
If no restore CD - have Win98 CD?
if Harddrive partitioned and formated - Just do 1
1. boot from Win98 CD.
Partition n Format
2. Choose boot to DOS (puts u in virtual drive A)
AT PROMPT
3. Type drive letter of CD ( C: D: or E: )
4. Type CD Win98
5. Type Fdisk ( to partion drive)
reboot n do 1 + 2
6. Type format C: ( I do this to ckeck drive for errors)
OR
JUST Boot from CD and follow install instructions.
1 to 6 for if you have problem with Win98 CD setting up Harddrive.

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Iam working on a compaq pc desktop had windows xp with pen4 iam trying to install a old harddrive i had in a pc that had windows 98 how do i clear all the old thing,s out of the harddrive so i can install...


ok ...the issue is only that it might recognize the operating (win98) system if its installed on it ..if it was just a slave there will be no problems..just attach it ..on the bus and power ...and boot the system ...if you want you may use a partition magic program to format and rename it ...but you can do that with the xp ...by clicking right on the drive in my computer and format from there ... if it doesn't want to format it ..just boot from the installation cd ( xp) and continue like a normal installation until you are at the point where you have to choose the partition to install the program ...choose the new added hard disk and format it ...by deleting and reformat ....but after this just stop the installation and restart the old OS ...but I'm sure that you will be able to format it quick from xp directly ...so , just attach it and boot...click my computer to see if it sees it ..and format

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How to format a Toshiba M100


get a win 98 boot disk floppy. set bios to read floppy or usb floppy first save and exit. insert disk and boot comp. select boot without cd rom support. At command prompt type " FDISK " then hit enter dont type quotes. delete the particians then create new partician set 1 particians as active then remove disk then insert OS disk and go forth. I after you install your new OS and you get two boot options at the command promt after loading type " delpart " and delete the particians and save (use the tab and alt keys to bring up menus save and exit before you leave delpart) reboot and run fdisk to creat a partician and set it as active. then load your OS

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I had formated my laptop, i need driver softwares for compaq evo n620c urgently........


If you only formatted the C: drive there is a restoration partion that can be accessed by hitting F11 or 12 during initial boot. Otherwise if you do not have access to a restore disk set, then use a flash drive along with a computer that has internet access and go to the compaq site and using your computers service tag/serial number download the basic required drivers and install them from the flash drive

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View fies in my hardisk when windows does not load


Well it sounds like you are booting with the cd however it's your harddrive that's having a issue.
Go into the bios and check to see if your computer see's a hard drive.
If you can't do that put the laptop against your ear and listen to see if you hear the harddrive spin up.
Either way you do not have access to c:\
The harddrive either died or someone might have dropped it or jarred it and somehow it came unplugged depending on the laptop or notebook you have.

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Creating restore disks


you cant format a computer w/o an os installer.purchase,power up,insert it in your rom and follow the screen instructions.u

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Format,


If you really can't access the recovery section and you really want to format your PC, then put on the Vista CD and reboot. Boot using the Vista CD and paritition or format your hard drive then install the O.S. etc.

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