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Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by JohnGfun, May 15, 2005.

  1. JohnGfun

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    I have a Notebook computer that I want to wipe out the drive then reinstall the OS. How can I do this? It didn't come with a Recovery Disk...Just a OS re-installation Disk. When I go to MY COMPUTER And right click on the drive and click format...it says it can't do it because it has files used my Windows.

    Any and all help is appreciated!

    John :)
     
  2. digital223

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    which version of windows ?
    what type of format for your hdd do you use fat or nstf?
     
  3. JohnGfun

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    Windows ME
    Fat32
     
  4. music_beans

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    Why do you want to reinstall anyway?
     
  5. kwajr

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    insert cd and restart machine
     
  6. JohnGfun

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    Because it is full of crap...It was a personal computer, I want to clear it off and use it at work. What Does it matter anyway?
     
  7. JohnGfun

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    That doesn't wipe off the drive though? It still keeps my old files.
     
  8. Steve Mehs

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    Delete the partition, then reinstall.
     
  9. JohnGfun

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    How? All I see is format.
     
  10. digital223

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    I use win98se and xp pro........if win me is similar to win 98, and you don't have a start updisk, you can make one with win me then:

    insert the start up disk and re-boot with ctrl, alt del.
    look for format hdd or fdisk

    some mfgrs of hdd's allow you to download a formatting utility that works in dos.
    that may aslo be a solution if you don't have a start up disk.
    you can also go to MS there are complete instructions on hoe to format hhd's for all versions of windows
    sorry i am not really familiar with win me, but the instructions above may be similar
    good luck
     
  11. RandallA

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    You need to create a boot diskette (preferably from Win98).
    http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm

    Boot from the diskette and run "fdisk", delete the partition, reboot, create new partition, reboot, and format the hard drive.

    Boot from the OS Reinstallation CD and install the OS.
     
  12. digital223

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    I think a start up [boot disk] can be created in win me by going to win explorer, then insert a floppy disk in the A drive. Then right click A in explorer. click format then click start up disk.....once done, refer to the above post.
     
  13. JohnGfun

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    Did book disk...I went to remove partition I got this message...
    "Could Not Change Partitions, because the disk could not be locked."
     
  14. RandallA

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    See if this works:

    At the dos prompt, before runing fdisk, type in;

    lock c:

    and confirm when asked, then run fdisk.

    Most likely there was a third party utility to create the boot partition and thus the message.
     
  15. kwajr

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    so the cd doent have a format partitio option
     
  16. JohnGfun

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    Nope....Tried it. Just a Win ME Disk.
     
  17. JohnGfun

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    I confirmed...Then it says locking operation failed.
     
  18. cclement

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    What brand is this computer? On some Compaq's and HP's, especially the new HP's, the format and re-install programs are on a separate partition of the hard drive and you run it a startup.
     
  19. Bama Mac

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    You need to go into the BIOS at start up and disable the HDD from booting up at start up, then reboot with the OS cd. I am not sure which F? key your laptop uses to get into the BIOS. Some use the F2 or F11. The F8 is probably used to boot up in the safe mode.

    What's happening is with out your HDD not disabled at start up the laptop is still recognizing the the OS on the HDD and protects it from being deleted. Once you have the HDD disabled and boot from the OS cd during the setup process it will find the partition on the HDD and then it will give you the option to format the existing partition.

    If you need any more detailed help please don't hesitate to PM me or email.


    Barry
     
  20. RandallA

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    That has nothing to do with his problem. He is obviously booting from the diskette because he can run FDISK. So he has the floppy drive to boot first.

    I think the previous poster has it right, Dell, Compaq and HP create a small partition for their diagnostic utilities. There is some third party utility preventing you from deleting the partition.

    One more thing to try: FDISK /MBR

    Can you tell us what brand, model the laptop is? Also, what kind of hard drive?
    Go to Control Panel, System, Device Manager, and expand Disk Drives. It should tell you what model the hard drive is. Maybe we can find a utility from the hard drive's manufacturer that will allow you to delete the MBR or write 0's to it.
     

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