Solved Laptop Hard drive doesn't format ?

September 11, 2012 at 20:28:00
Specs: Laptop, 3 cpu 3.00GHz 2.01GHz/4GB ram
Hi everyone..my friend's laptop' Hard drive got full of size then it shutdown automatically then we tried to log on but it doesn't work then we tried to install Windows 7..it shows the drives but didn't format it we tried over and over then we could format all drives now all drives get one drive that is C drive but never ever we can format it...that hard drive has alot of necessary things we need those files....the pc got very slow when we try to format but it doesn't allow windows to install......WHAT WE HAVE TO DO to format that hard drives to format it and install the new windows????
Thank you.

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September 19, 2012 at 15:06:33
Thanks..i found a software that called Booting CD that shows all partitions without using system i tied to format it but when it got % 80 of formating it says Hard drive or Disk has problem..so i will try to fix it with this bootable CD..thanks for ALL OF YOU for helping


#1
September 11, 2012 at 21:05:47
In one breath you say you have formatted the drive and in the next you say you cannot format it.
So which is it?
Then you say the drive contains "alot of necessary things we need those files"

Well formatting the drive effectively wipes those files.

It may be too late but you may still be able to recover the files. http://www.piriform.com/recuva
The best option might be to take the drive out of the laptop. Slave it into a working machine and try the recovery software. You may need an adapter in order to connect it to another system. Others here more familiar with LINUX might suggest a bootable LINUX disk that you may be able to use to run the data recovery. I'm not sure how successful that would be since most laptops have only one optic drive and it might be a problem to run a live operating system from a CD/DVD as well as try to burn any recovered files.
If the drive was full you may or may not be able to use recovery tools on it.
As a general rule you should never fill a drive more than 85% of it's capacity.

It sounds like you have even wiped out the inbuilt recovery partition of the laptop and managed to re-partition the drive into a single partition.

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September 14, 2012 at 10:28:45
NehwalSaina..my that laptop does not log on to install that software it does not show windows to install any program..but that (File shredder) installing program or bootable program?

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September 14, 2012 at 10:31:18
Richard59..Thanks for your helping..but that laptop doesn't allow any other windows like XP or LINUX..just allow Windows 7..and i said i formatted (D , E) drives that all drives come to one drive that is C drive now impossible to format it...even i used Boot CD that shred every data and format cd but didnt work. :-(

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#4
September 14, 2012 at 12:23:53
If you are OK with deleting all information on all partitions, simply boot to the Windows 7 install DVD ('tap any key' if needed), select 'Custom' and then 'Partition/Format', then delete all partitions. Then create a new partition and format it to NTSF. Other partitions can be created and formatted after the install from Disk Manager.

If there might be files left on the drive that needs to be saved first, make a bootable CD with Puppy Linux on it and boot to that first and save your files to an external drive. Yes this should work on virtually any machine old or new.

If the install DVD and the Puppy Linux does not 'see' or recognize the hard drive, then make a bootable CD with the hard drive manufacturer's utility on it and boot to that and run the longest hard drive test that it has to see if the drive is good. If you think you are getting erroneous results, make a bootable CD with Memtest86 on it and boot to that to test your memory since nothing can work well without the memory working error free.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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September 16, 2012 at 17:33:10
Thanx..Fingers..The problem is here that DVD Windows shows C: Drive in the custom part but doesn't format the hard drive..so how can i download a boot CD that Just Format all hard drives..i mean NOT WINDOWS DVD..i need Boot CD....and you said Memtest86 does that bootable and can format hard drives..or what is memtest86 and what can that do for my problem?..thanx for your helping

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September 17, 2012 at 18:40:47
Memtest will make sure that you do not have a memory problem that is causing major problems that appear to be hard drive or system problems.

You can download the hard drive utility from the manufacturer of your hard drive (Seagate, Western Digital, etc.) that can test/evaluate the hard drive and there should also be one to partition/format the drive. You may have to open the case to see what brand of hard drive you have. I know that Western Digital offers a free version of Acronis that will only work if you have at least one Western Digital drive installed, but it can handle just about any partitioning and formatting issues you may have. Seagate and others should have something else for you available.

If you are seeing C drive in the Windows installer DVD then you probably passed the point where you can perform this operation. You need to go to Custom and then Partition/Format. THEN you need to delete ALL partitions and you will be able to create a new partition. THEN you will be able to format it. Remember that this operation will wipe the entire drive and you will lose anything that was on the drive that was not backed up somewhere else. If you are not getting the Partition option then you may not have an install DVD, but a Recovery DVD which may not have this option.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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September 19, 2012 at 15:06:33
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Thanks..i found a software that called Booting CD that shows all partitions without using system i tied to format it but when it got % 80 of formating it says Hard drive or Disk has problem..so i will try to fix it with this bootable CD..thanks for ALL OF YOU for helping

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#8
February 19, 2013 at 01:36:15
my laptop does not format. so pls direct to me

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#9
February 19, 2013 at 07:45:03
Instead of hijacking an old thread, please start a new one. And describe in full what steps you have taken to format it and what problems occur when you do.

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