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Hard Drive has lost its format

Q: Hard Drive has lost its format

Hello, my external hard drive has lost it's format. It was a 1 terabyte NTFS drive, now it's a 1 terabyte unnalocated drive. It has loads of stuff on it and I would like it back.
I have used several DOS programs and a couple of them could see the files and folders but crashed when trying to retrieve them.
When using Runtime's GetDataBack for NTFS, I can see all the files and folders in all their glory and the program lets me save them to another drive but the actual "save" does nothing.
Any help greatly appreciated

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A: Hard Drive has lost its format

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A:Format hard drive /lost internet connection

you need to install all those drivers
goto the PCs manufacturers website and all the drivers should be available to download

post the make and exact model of the PC and we can help further
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A:lost power during full format - is the drive okay?

Yeah, usually it'll be fine. When that happens, you may have to perform a clean command if deleting the partition doesn't work, and then start over with the format.
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A:Data recovery from drive with lost format, software recommendations please

Oh crap. Something like this happened recently to me when I had backed up some data to an USB thumb drive. It worked fine for awhile, then some weeks later, my PC just couldn't read it anymore (kept saying "disk in drive needs to be reformatted/etc"...and the properties for the drive also showed it as RAW format instead of FAT32 like it would have been usually).

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A:Will format the hard drive [D & C drive], delete the all file in it?

Formatting a drive or partition will completly wipe it, delete everything.

Take note you will be unable to format a drive with Windows on it if you are using that installation, you need to use a boot disk. If using dual boot you can format one Windows drive from the other.
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A:Hard Drive will not format

[B]Welcome to TSF..../B]

What is the make and model of the hard drive?

Did the hard drive come with an installation disk?

Do you have an installation disk for Windows?

Explain what type? Is it an OEM recovery disk or Microsoft disk?
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A:how do i format my hard drive

Welcome aboard, JH17

You may follow the steps :
Open Command Prompt at Startup
Type: diskpart > enter
Type: list volume > enter
Type: select volume > enter (the volume that is write protected)
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A:Format hard drive

You will have to take your Hard Drive out of your computer and put it in another computer as a slave HDD (2nd Hard Drive). Then load up the other computers normal OS. Then goto "My Computer" (or "Computer"), right-click your Hard Drive and then click "Format...". Then after the format put it back in your computer and you should have a blank Hard Drive.
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Use the floppy that should have come with the drive. If none came with them, go to manufacturer's website and download it.
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A:Format hard drive

Have you tried running disk cleanup? It will remove old restore points etc and free up some space. It might save you from having to re-install.
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A:Hard drive format

After the hard drive is replaced, go into the BIOS setup screen and set the optical drive first in the boot order, then save the change and exit the BIOS.

Insert the Vista DVD in the optical drive, then restart the computer.

If all goes well, a Press any key to boot from CD or DVD command will appear.

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A:How do I format my hard drive???

Well, if you really want to start anew....

Put your WinXP CD in your CD reader.
Go to your BIOS setup.
Select CD-Rom as primary boot device.
Save settings and reboot.
Answer YES when asked Boot from CD?
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Reboot with the XP CD still in the drive.
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P.S. In your BIOS setup, don't forget to reset HDD (IDE-0?) as primary boot device.
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A:Format old OS hard drive

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A:hard drive won't format

A Win98 boot/install floppy disk WILL format that HD. You can DL one free from many places on the internet.
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A:New WD Hard Drive will not format

Post the exact pw supply you installed. Post a link to the part if possible.

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would you like to force a dismount on this volume? Yes
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A:need help. can't format my hard drive

Sounds to me like you are trying to format the partition that you have actually booted into!
Are you sure about which partition you need to format? Sounds like you may end up loosing everything if you get it wrong....
Once you've sure about the above, you'll need to boot of a dos bootdisk and run from the command prompt.
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A:Need to format hard drive

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Quote: Originally Posted by Shayx

installing build 7264.
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what to do?

Are you trying to mount the iso in windows, and then trying to format that partition?

It might be easier if you burned the iso (not the seperate files) to dvd, then install fro there.

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and welcome to the Forum

I would run diagnostics on the hard drive

See this for how to make a bootable cd
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Main c: drive no partitions.

Use a legit copy of XP SP3

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How do I format the drive?

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You can use the free version of this and it will wipe the drive clean and have it ready to format and install a new os.,fid,22920,00.asp
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Hello scottee and welcome to TSG!

If all the discs are being ignored by the boot process then I believe the fault lies with the BIOS, not the discs. Can you enter the BIOS and ensure that the boot sequence is A: first, then C:?

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at the a:/ prompt you just type fdisk thats all
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A:format hard drive

Hello Nabsky,

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You don't say if everything else is working, a better description will enable people here to give a clearer answer.

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It should boot into safe mode just fine. You will want to press F8 just after the BIOS Post screen.
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mlkmgr said:

1. it only shows 149.05GB "unallocated" in disk managementClick to expand...

A 160GB hard drive will have a formatted capacity of approximately 149-150GB. This is due to the fact that computers calculate capacity based on 1024 bytes/kilobyte, while the hard drive calculation is based on 1000 instead of 1024. Hard drive manufacturers define a megabyte as 1,000,000 bytes and a gigabyte as 1,000,000,000 bytes, which is a decimal (base 10) measurement. Computers define a megabyte as 1,048,576 bytes and a gigabyte as 1,073,741,824 bytes. These are binary (base 2) measurements. This is why the two different industries will report different capacities for the same drive. The number of bytes is the same, but a different number of bytes is used to make a megabyte and a gigabyte.

mlkmgr said:

2. when i attempt to format, it asks how much i want to partition. how much??Click to expand...

You can either partition all of it, part of it, some it. All depends on you. If you partition part of it, the remaining will be unallocated. You can allocated this and use it as if it was a second *drive and store all your data.

mlkmgr said:

3. once i do partition, what do i do with the rest of the space remaining??Click to expand...

I think I answered this above
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is this a version of XP that you bought, or did it come with the computer your using?
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Hi NewFoundMonkey8


How can I format my hard drive and then install windows XP from an upgrade CD without having to install Windows 98 fist?

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What kind of problems are you having?
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i want to format my hard drive ,
i do have dell inspiron 1150 laptop

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May I know how you can go to DOS to format your hard disk?For your info,I am running on windowsXP Pro version 2002 service pack 2.Thank you fotr your guidance.

A:Format Hard Drive


What you are talking about is about as fun as bypass surgery.
But, like that surgery, sometimes it's necessary.

If I were going to format my Hard Drive, here is what I would do.

1. Buy an external HD that connects to my PC via USB (external HDs are cheaper than many application programs).

2. Put a boot-up floppy into the A drive and boot up to that disk.

3. At the prompt would type the format command (A:\>format c:\)

4. Pray that I have successfully backed up everything.

The first time I performed that surgery, I forgot that although my own files were backed up, there were many many files that had been downloaded to make defective programs work, or updated drivers for devices (scanners, camera, printer, graphics adapter, modem, etc.) that I lost. The recovery time was not hours, but days.

Consider those things as you have your first cup of coffee this morning.

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how do i do it. start all over.

A:how format hard drive for xp.

Hi there..again,Well, that can be done in several steps but understand you will lose all data on your machine by doing so...unless you back it up on some external source first. I don't believe (I've seen your other post) that your situation requires that have been infected by malware...that can be removed. But if you desperately want to reformat: me know if that helps Big SmilesHS
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Hi Guys.
Briefly. I tried to reformat my dads hard drive to reinstall windows 7. It was in 2 partitions, so i ran the windows 7 disc and it ran through the motions, i formatted the c to re-install windows and it wouldn't let me. I went into dos under diskpart to try and format it that way, still no luck. I connected it to my computer then under disk managment deleted the 2 partitions so there was only 1 now which had the size i.e, 600GB Unallocated. I connected it back into my dads computer and ran the set-up again. Now the computer wont even detect the drive. I need to re-format the drive to like factory default, is this possible, also do i have to do it in dos, I really hope you tech wizards ca help me.
Thanks for your time.

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You could just plug it back into your machine and format it under disk management.
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HI everyone,
Without going into too much detail. My hard drive has XP
O/S on it. All I want to do is to format it. NTFS. So I have
a clean hard drive with no operating system on it. How can
I do it?


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Hi GAng,

I got a new ide hard drive that I've converted to a USB device with the help of an IDE to USB2 converter.

Anyway, I have it connected and the drivers installed. It doesn't appear to be recognized in the bios but I don't know if it should be.

It is recognized in the Device Manager as a USB Mass Storage Device that is working.

The problem is I want to use it as an external backup/storeage device. I need to format it. How do I access it?

I also need to be able to move files onto it. How do I do this whe I can't find it listed in MY COMPUTER?

I've never used this type of device before and I'm a bit confused...