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19 views

Hard drive boots, but asks to be formatted when attached to another computer

I am trying to cleanup a hard drive that has been infected. I've done this hundreds of times for people, but am having an issue with this one. The infected system is a Windows 7 install (Home ...
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3answers
51 views

Recover formatted drive

Here is my question, I have formated my C drive and installed windows on it, but I lost some important file I have used many recovery tools but it is not showing that folder itself I am using XAMPP ...
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1answer
24 views

Disk actions are not available for some drive in Disk Management

I have plugged old E-IDE PATA drive into my motherboard and it detected it, unfortunately, Windows only see this drive but can't do anything with it. Why?
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2answers
130 views

Clean install vs disk image

Once a year I am making a clean install on windows, in order to keep my system fast. After posting a question on making a bootable windows usb with exe programs where I was adviced to make a disk ...
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3answers
1k views

Is it possible to install Windows from a external hard drive without losing data?

I want to install Windows from my external hard drive (using a tool such as Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool). However, I don't want to lose the data I already have stored on the HD. Is it possible? ...
0
votes
1answer
202 views

Pro & cons of different format/file system solutions for Hard Disk [closed]

I'm recently migrated to Mac and my HD is NTFS so I can't use it. I would like to know what are the pro and cons of different formats for Hard Drive and generally for mass storage device. I work with ...
1
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0answers
405 views

impossible to format a RAW usb flash drive

I was trying to format my flash USB that is a RAW format. When I plug it windows asks me to format the USB I choose format I choose slow format but after 6 hours not even 1% done. I tried quick ...
0
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1answer
84 views

Formatting an unused system drive in Windows 7

I have two system drives on my laptop. The drive that I am currently using is "C" drive which is working fine. I have another system drive called "D" which was used earlier by me, but now it is ...
3
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2answers
178 views

Formatting and re-installing OS vs. just re-installing OS

To make Windows run faster, people consider re-installing the OS. I read this article. What does an OS re-install help with? My question is.. Does formatting the drive before re-installing the OS ...
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1answer
102 views

What is the “Default” file system in Windows Format wizard?

On the Windows 7 Format wizard, there is always a file system that is noted as (Default). Why is there a default file system? What is it exactly?
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2answers
245 views

convert FAT and NTFS without data loss

Which one of these filesystem format conversions will keep the data on disk, and which will require backup, reformat, and restore? FAT32 to NTFS FAT32 to FAT16 NTFS to FAT32 NTFS to FAT16 Note: I ...
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2answers
94 views

OS agnostic (external) hard disk drive preparation

I am a trans-OS user (coming out, I love linux and windows, one with the heart and both with the mind ;)) Somewhere in the back of my head I remember, formatting an external usb drive with windows or ...
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3answers
695 views

Installing Windows 8 on new SSD and transfer apps as easily as possible

I recently ordered a 128-GB SSD, on which I plan to reinstall Windows 8 as well as put applications, as well as a high quality 1 TB hard drive to replace my old, slow 250-GB hard drive. Once the ...
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3answers
39 views

Installing Windows 7 on a new partition

My laptop is two years old and it came with an original Windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed. Unfortunately, it had one partition and I didn't change this at the beginning. Now, I want to format the ...
1
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0answers
350 views

SSD can't be seen/formatted/anything , stops other drives from booting

I have an old SSD I once installed Win 7 on. As far as I remember the install was working fine at the time. I booted the PC in question up again recently - it contains the SSD in question as well as ...
1
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2answers
120 views

Format drive in Windows, using drive in Mac (Marking bad sectors)

I have a new 3 TB hard drive that I would like to peform a full format on in Windows. Its my understanding that a full format will mark any bad sectors on the drive and will not use those sectors to ...
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1answer
205 views

Can I format my Windows 7 Pro installation and re-install it without a CD? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I reinstall Windows 7 if I lost my installation DVD? Can I format my Windows 7 Pro installation and re-install it without a CD? I have a legit copy of my licence ...
1
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2answers
96 views

How to set up a PC which can be booted from Linux AND Windows?

Our PC was running Windows XP up to know. It has become incredibly slow and I'm considering switching to Linux (Ubuntu?!) as a fresh OS. However, there are some applications we rarely use which run ...
1
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1answer
104 views

No drives to choose while formatting

I was trying to format my friend's computer and when we came to the point where we have to choose which drive to install windows on, there was no option to choose from, i.e there were no drives ...
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0answers
95 views

Start menu content has disappeared after reinstalling C: partition

I have Windows 7 64bit with 2 partitions: C:, which is system partition (~100GB) D: partition (~600GB) for programs [I've changed in Windows Registry default directory for new installed ...
2
votes
1answer
7k views

Which Allocation Unit Size do I have to choose for my SDHC card?

I'm formatting my SDHC 4GB card before putting an OS on it for my Raspberry Pi. It says "allocation unit size" 32 KB and gives me options of up to 1024 MB. What do I do about that?
2
votes
1answer
119 views

hard drive formatting error

I have a disk composed of a single partition. It is formatted in ntfs and has files in it. Linux reads them fine, and is able to write on it too. So the disk is fine, and it doesn't show any smart ...
0
votes
1answer
293 views

Can the serial number printed on the COA sticker of a Sony laptop be used with other Windows 7 install disks?

I want to reinstall Windows 7 on my Sony Vaio laptop using a generic OEM Windows 7 disk to avoid Sony's crapware because they're a pain to remove. However, I've heard mixed results regarding the use ...
3
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3answers
3k views

USB flash drive showing “disk not formatted” error?

When I attempt to access the files of my USB flash drive after connect it to my PC running Windows 7, it shows format error saying that it is not formatted. Any way to fix this error?
2
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1answer
1k views

Is disk Format equivalent to TRIM on all blocks of SSD

I wonder what happens to SSD disk if I format it in Windows. Does it replace old data with new data or tells it to erase data just like TRIM command without filling anything instead ? I want to use ...
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3answers
381 views

Formatting a Drive in Windows XP vs. Windows 7 [closed]

Are there any differences between formatting a drive in Windows XP vs. 7?
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2answers
105 views

Quick windows install on several pc's? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: what is sysprep? how is it useful? I often have to format/install Windows 7 on several pc's (laptops mainly) what's the quickest way to install? DVD / USB install is ...
0
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3answers
2k views

How can I wipe Windows from the command line?

I need to erase all my data before giving out my old computer but I don't have the Windows CD. How can I wipe my C: drive from the command line?
2
votes
2answers
121 views

USB drive acts like formatted

I put my USB hard drive to another computer at work (Windows 7) and after trying to read it for a while in the end it asked me that I need to format it before I can use it. Of course I said no. It was ...
2
votes
1answer
521 views

Broken Formatting In Notepad

Often I have problems with formatting in Notepad on Windows XP Home. For example hidden space between characters or line breaks. When I copy text with broken formatting to another place, it all ...
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4answers
15k views

Windows 7 does not recognize a Linux formatted hard drive

I've got a problem with a couple hard drives, I recently switched from a Debian Linux install to Windows 7, installation went without problems but now I find that there is no way to format a couple of ...
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3answers
6k views

My Western Digital 500GB Passport disk says “not formatted” when I plug it in Windows

When I plug my Western Digital 500 GB Passport disk in my Windows machine, it says "not formatted, do you want to format it" something. I started having this problem after I put it in an old desktop ...
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2answers
629 views

Vfat file system on usb-drive for Windows and Linux compatibility

I've just formatted by usb drive to vfat, as I heard that is best to use in both Linux and Windows? What do you think?
3
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2answers
305 views

How to safely reformat C drive from other Windows boot?

One hard disk. 3 partitions (C D E). Windows XP on C and D. E just has data. I am booted to D. I want to reformat of the other boot, i.e. C, for space. I see windows management console doesn't ...
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2answers
722 views

Windows 7 - Deleted boot files

I am (was) using an install of Win7 on the C Disk Partition, I formatted the D Disk Parition, and now Win7 fails to bootup. I suspect the bootup config files were stored within the D Partition, ...
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4answers
3k views

Can PC boot fom Mac OS X Extended Journaled?

Is my PC able to boot from my external USB formatted to Mac OS X Extended Journaled? It works fine on my Mac, but I want to boot from it on my Windows (PC).
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3answers
121 views

Excel 2007 shortcut?

Is there a shortcut in Excel 2007 (or a simple way to define one) to paste all copied values, but without formatting ? I'm entering some data in tables, and it would really save my life, that one.
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1answer
2k views

How to reformat a SD card to VFAT after formating it ext3

I have formatted a sd card ext3 for some test but I would like to to reformat to vfat. I have used linux to reformat using mkfs.vfat but still can't read it in windows. The next thing I was going ...
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votes
3answers
110 views

Problem with opening pen drive

I've a Pen Drive. And I'm not able to format it.. when I'm going for formatting it shows that its formatting but even after half an hour its still formatting... The PD is not opening. and AntiVirus ...
0
votes
2answers
3k views

Time to Format a Disk (NTFS)

Recently, using Windows 7, I did full formatting of Western Digital external USB Powered (500GB) in NTFS . "I hope its speed is 7200rpm." Surprisingly, it took almost 5 hours to complete the full ...
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votes
3answers
2k views

How to copy text from the cmd console and keep the formatting (with color)?

I want to cut and paste from cmd and keep the color information when pasting to another application. It's similar to pasting in most applications with formatting information. Is there a way to do ...
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5answers
2k views

How does formatting work in Windows?

How does formatting work in Windows? Does it erase all the data on the drive to 0? What's the difference between fast format and normal format? If it doesn't set all the data in the drive to 0, how ...
9
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0answers
2k views

How do I recover files from an USB flash drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: flash drive ejected improperly- lost files I have a USB flash drive that claims it needs to be formatted every time I put it into my computer (Windows). Yesterday the ...
3
votes
3answers
987 views

ms office word 2003 and word 2007 styles

I have a paper written on Microsoft Word 2003 with a lot of styles. I wish to do another paper, but to use those styles. How can I do that? I have Microsoft Word 2003 and Word 2007 on my machine. ...
3
votes
7answers
9k views

Prevent a hard drive from being formatted?

I have an external hard drive and I partitioned it in 3 partitions. I want do something on one of these partitions, so nobody can format it (its data is important to me). What should I do? I use ...
40
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14answers
6k views

Windows XP: Can I paste plain text by default?

I regularly copy and paste text between spreadsheets, emails, browser windows, etc. I can't think of a single time when I've wanted to keep the formatting from the source text. I already know about ...