how can I reformat my EeePC Netbook 1005HAB?

Asus Eee pc 1005ha black netbook
January 3, 2011 at 22:08:02
Specs: Windows XP Home Edition
my Asus EeePC Netbook 1005HAB (Win XP Home Ed.) starts up with "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key"
I can get to Bios Setup but how can I reformat the Hard drive

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January 3, 2011 at 23:29:29
Enter bios and set boot order like this(1.Cd drive 2.Hdd 3.Usb etc) or when u start the system tap f12 key for boot menu then select cd drive. If the netbook doesn't have dvd or cd drive use external optical drive.

We can not fight new wars with old weapons, let he who desires peace prepare for war - PROPHET.

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January 5, 2011 at 09:26:22
No cd drive and I need to do this with a XCD drive. It's gotta be a key code or pinhole somewhere...

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January 23, 2011 at 17:12:11
did u ever find a solution because i am having the same problem? i need answers

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January 23, 2011 at 18:28:05

What model do you have ?

Which same problem ?

Are you getting the same message as in the first post ?

If you can't get into the bios, if Windows will not load normally, you need to find the Owner's or User's manual for your model on the manufacturer's web site - how to get into the bios Setup is always in that.

If you want to install or re-install Windows.....

Does your netbook model have a built in CD or DVD drive ?
If it doesn't, even if the bios Setup can be set to boot from a USB connected drive, you usually cannot install XP from a USB CD or DVD drive because the files on the CD cannot recognize the USB optical drive model (all you see in that case is a blue screen).
There is a method of installing XP when you can't get the CD to load Windows, if you're interested - it requires that you have access to another working computer and have an inexpensive adapter to connect your drive to the other computer.

You can't run a Repair installation of XP unless you can boot the computer from a CD from in an optical drive connected to the same computer. The above method can only install Windows from scratch. If you have files on the hard drive that you do not want to lose, you will need to copy them to elsewhere first, BEFORE you install Windows again. E.g. Even if the operating system will no longer load normally, there are ways of copying data - e.g. a bootable Linux CD may work fine in a USB optical drive.

If you don't have an XP Re-installation CD that came with the computer ....

You can probably order Recovery disks for your model from somewhere on the brand name's web site, if your model is not more than 5 years old or so, and have them shipped to you within a few days. They are usually relatively inexpensive - much cheaper than buying an OEM XP Home CD, the cheapest type you can buy,

OR if you know anyone who has a regular OEM Microsoft XP CD, of the same version, Home or Pro, as on the official Microsoft label that's on the outside of your case, probably on the bottom, you can use that CD to install Windows along with the Product Key that's on the label.

A regular OEM Microsoft XP CD has "For distribution with a new PC only." printed on it, and holograms on the CD.

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January 24, 2011 at 08:16:19
Nope no solution other than buying a new hard drive. I tried USB booting XP, Xternal dvd drive with the support disk..etc. This virus screwed up the boot sector.

Tubesandwires what exactly are you talking about??

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January 24, 2011 at 09:50:26

You connect the hard drive to another computer via some adapter, delete all the partitions, make a small, say, 2gb FAT32 partition (e.g. with Fdisk and Format) and install Dos 7 or Win 98 or 98SE or ME on it, copy the contents of the \i386 folder off of an XP CD (from a Home or Pro CD, whatever the netbook has the license for) onto that partition,

then you install the hard drive back in the netbook, the netbook will load the older operating system, then you run a command using a file that's in the \i386 folder to run Setup, install XP on the remainder of the drive space, copy the \i386 folder contents to the XP installation for future use so that a Windows CD is not needed to install some feature when it normally would be.

The netbook then has it's Windows XP installation and will load on the netbook.

Then you can use a third party "partition manipulation" program to delete the small partition and add the space freed up to XP's partition.

some adapter........
- a simple gender adapter for 2.5" to 3.5" IDE or SATA data/power to connect it to a desktop computer's IDE or SATA header
- install the netbook drive in a 2.5" external drive enclosure, for a SATA or IDE drive, connect it via USB to any computer with USB ports
- use another type of USB adapter that allows the netbook drive to connect to any computer

Of course, you have the options of
- deleting only the partition(s) you want to delete initially, such as only the one that was C. However, in that case, Windows won't necessarily see itself as having it's system partition on C, it may be some other drive letter.
- making the partition XP is installed on smaller than the unallocated space available and later make one or more other partitions on the remaining un-allocated space in Disk Management in XP.

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January 28, 2011 at 20:38:29
If you want to install XP on it.....

See response 5, 6, and 7 in this:

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January 29, 2011 at 17:57:56
When i turn on my computer i get a black screen that says "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key". Well I found the original cd that came with my computer i have an external cd drive. When the cd loads it goes to the ASUS recovery cd/dvd mode it then tells me that No fixed drive found! Check your harddisk and retry! And now im stuck! When I go to my Bios setup everyone had a boot boaster but me! So what do i do??

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January 29, 2011 at 19:02:44

Does the hard drive show up in the bios Setup - it must !

If it does, if the hard drive is SATA, this could be your problem .....

If the mboard's bios Setup has the SATA controller(s) in SATA a.k.a. AHCI mode, then the files initially loaded from the CD cannot recognize SATA drives because there are no SATA controller drivers for your mboard built into the CD.

The easiest way to get around that is....
If you change that setting in the mboard's bios so the SATA controllers are in an IDE compatible mode of some sort, then the files initially loaded from the CD WILL recognize SATA drives, as IDE compatible drives.

Whatever that setting is, it's presently set to SATA or AHCI, it's changeable, and at least one other choice is an IDE compatible choice, Save bios settings.

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July 29, 2011 at 13:12:17
you can reformat but if you install linux distros by using a usb
download unetbootin
get usb flash drive and format it
get the ubuntu netbook remmix image
use unetbootin to create a live system in your usb basically you have to put image in unetbootin and choose ur usb stick and click ok
then get that usb put in net book but when netbook starts go to the boot section and choose ur usb stick as the first booting device and press f10 to save and exit
and ur netbook will automatically load in to ubuntu and you can format and install

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