Can not reformat netbook internal drive Still bootable

February 16, 2013 at 17:55:51
Specs: Windows XP SP3
I installed XP to the internal drive on my netbook and now the boot disk is identified as D. When I tried to reformat the drive to reinstall windows I am given an error that it can not be reformatted.

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#1
February 16, 2013 at 18:10:04
Are you trying to reformat the drive from within windows? If so that is the reason you are getting the error message. The operating system being active will not let you hit the self-destruct ( format) button.
Presume you have a bootable XP install disk. Boot to that and you will find format tools. You might want to examine the partition structure of the hard drive first. It is likely there is a recovery partition there and that is the reason you may have installed XP to the second (D) partition instead of to C. Did the machine come originally with XP?

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#2
February 16, 2013 at 18:36:33
No it came with Linux and there is only one partition on the drive. I am trying to reformat it from the setup.

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#3
February 16, 2013 at 18:43:50
"reformat it from the setup"
In the bios, make sure in the boot section is set to boot from the CD first.
Click F10 to save & when the comp reboots it will boot from the CD.

You only have a few seconds to once the message > press any key < comes on the screen.

Once the install begins, you will see this message again, Don't touch.


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#4
February 16, 2013 at 18:46:46
Another thought, having had Linux installed, it will have created special partitions, you will need to delete those.

D to Delete the selected partition ( XP )
http://www.blackviper.com/os-instal...


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#5
February 16, 2013 at 20:00:58
I have the bios set to boot off of the USB stick I made with Win2Flash because the netbook does not have a CD drive. The problem is that set up will not reformat the drive or allow me to install XP over the current partition. Right now there is one partition on the drive and 32 meg of unallocated space on it.

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#6
February 16, 2013 at 20:45:16
You need to delete the current partition(s), create one or more new ones, then format

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#7
February 16, 2013 at 20:56:25
"Right now there is one partition on the drive and 32 meg of unallocated space on it"
As already mentioned, when the install starts, delete ALL partitions.

If you are still stuck try GParted Live on USB
http://gparted.sourceforge.net/live...


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#8
February 16, 2013 at 23:33:28
Another to try.

MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition
http://www.majorgeeks.com/Partition...
http://partitionwizard.com/free-par...
MiniTool® Partition Wizard Bootable Flash Drive
http://www.partitionwizard.com/boot...
Run MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition from USB Pendrive
http://twenty5nov.blogspot.com.au/2...


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#9
February 17, 2013 at 06:36:15
I tried t delete the partition with both Gparted using Ubuntu Live and the Windows installer and both of them failed. The 32 meg is not unallocated it is unpartitioned I am not sure if that changes anything.

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#10
February 17, 2013 at 12:13:03
Netbooks do not have an optical (CD) drive.

You MAY have overwritten the recovery partition.

You should be able to boot to a USB flash drive that has been properly prepared.

Are you wanting to re-install Windows or go back to Linux?


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#11
February 17, 2013 at 15:49:08
I need to install Windows for a program that does not run with WINE. The drive is a replacement for the one that came with the netbook but I have installed both Windows and Linux on it before.

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#12
February 18, 2013 at 06:48:51
You haven't told us the make/model of your netbook, the make/model of your new HDD, or even the Linux distro you were running. I assume your netbook has a SATA HDD & you're aware that XP doesn't recognize SATA HDDs? To get XP to install, you'll either have to change the SATA setting in the BIOS to "IDE compatibility" or you'll have to create a new XP installation disc with the SATA drivers slipstreamed into it. Use the HDD manufacturer's software to partition/format the HDD.

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#13
February 18, 2013 at 18:05:01
Sorry about that. the netbook is a 900a EEE PC and the SSD is a PCI-E SATA drive. I was able to install XP onto th drive before but I am going to use NLite to slimstream the drivers into the install and try again.

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