How to format a hard drive

January 3, 2012 at 11:07:55
Specs: Windows ME
I was given an HP Pavilion without a hard drive. I have an empty unformatted hard drive with 15 GB. I put the hard drive in the computer but the computer says Operating System Not Found. I cannot format the hard drive because I can’t get a DOS prompt (A:\). Can anyone tell me how to format the hard drive so I can install an OS.

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#1
January 3, 2012 at 11:12:05
When you have an operating system available, it generally has the options to let you format the hard drive.

Don't you have a restore CD for the computer?


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#2
January 3, 2012 at 13:33:21
No. I do not have the restore CD. But I do have a Windows 95 OS CD.

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#3
January 3, 2012 at 13:49:29
Well, from this point, you need a restore CD or some CD with an operating system on it to be able to format the hard drive. Because that's usually how it works.. HD gets formatted, you install a clean OS.

Check out amazon.com for Windows XP OEM, you can get a copy for $120.


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#4
January 3, 2012 at 14:17:09
I do have the restore CD for a different HP Pavilion, would that CD work? I also have a Windows XP OS CD.

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#5
January 4, 2012 at 00:10:59
Has the xp cd been used in a previous installation? If so you can't use its product key again.

You'd need a floppy bootdisk with cdrom support to install 95. You can download bootdisk files from bootdisk.com if you need them. But if you plan on installing 95 you need to make sure the HP support page for your model has 95 drivers. And if the 95 cd is the first version (I believe the first version has a 0795 date code on the cd) then you're limited to 2 gig partitions on the hard drive.

You'll need to set the floppy drive as the first boot device in cmos/bios setup. If you have a bootable cd set the cdrom as the first device.

You might be better off finding a 98 or ME full version cd.

I went into some detail on partitioning and formatting in my # 13 here:

http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

You'll need to both partition and format the drive.


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#6
January 4, 2012 at 19:29:14
The floppy drive on the computer does not work.

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#7
January 4, 2012 at 19:59:22
Then you need a bootable cd. The 98 full version OEM cd is bootable as I'm sure ME disks are too. I don't believe the 95 cds are bootable. Or you can download a cd image file and make a bootable cd that way.

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#8
January 4, 2012 at 22:16:42
Install Puppy 'Lucid 528' Linux it is "FREE" and will work better than Windows 98/ME:

http://puppylinux.org/main/Download...


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#9
January 7, 2012 at 08:32:17
I downloaded Puppy Lucid 528 Linux and burned it to a CD. What do I do now?

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#11
January 7, 2012 at 09:58:32
I did like the web pages said. I burnt Puppy Lucid 528 Linux to a CD and made sure the computer "took out" the files in it. When I put the disk in my old computer, it said the same thing "Operating System not found".

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#12
January 7, 2012 at 11:06:06
You need to boot from the CD first, then use the "Installer" to install Puppy to Hard Drive..


The download is an ISO file, in Windows I use ImgBurn to create the bootable Live CD:

http://www.imgburn.com/index.php?ac...


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#13
January 7, 2012 at 18:09:05
I download ImgBurn and created a CD with the iso file. But when I put the disk in the computer, it said once again, "Operating System Not Found". I am using a CD-RW, could that be why it might not work? I also have acsess to a Windows ME. Would there be a way I could hook up the unformatted hard drive, format it, and then install an operating system?

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#14
January 7, 2012 at 23:49:28
To boot from a cd you have to have the cdrom as the first boot device in cmos/bios setup. That assumes you created the cd correctly.

You say you have access to 'a windows ME'. If that means you have an ME cd then just use that to install an OS. If it means you have another ME working computer then no, you can't use that to to make an installation on another hard drive.

However, if the working ME PC has a copy of the installation files then yes, you can burn those to a cd or copy them to the blank hard drive (after it's partitioned and formatted) and you can do the installation. You'd need to do a file search for *.cab. There will be several files, some of which start with win_ and then a number. If you find a folder containing those files then it probably has all the ME cab files.


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#15
January 8, 2012 at 08:50:36
If you run Puppy, you don't need a hard drive. It's a Live CD. Just pop it in the CD/DVD drive, boot off it, configure a few settings, & you'll be good to go.

The problem sounds like you don't have the boot order configured correctly. This was mentioned to you a couple of times but you didn't respond. To change the boot order, boot your system & immediately begin taping the proper key needed to enter the BIOS setup program. Many times there will be a quick popup on the screen that says "press XX to enter setup". The "XX" is the proper key that I mentioned - it might be Del, Esc, Tab, F1, F2, F10, etc. There may even be a key that allows you to access the boot order without even entering the BIOS. Unfortunately you didn't tell us the model number of your Pavilion so you're going to have to experiement.


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#16
January 8, 2012 at 11:53:04
The first thing in the boot BIOS setup is ATAPI CD-Rom. I cannot find the .cab files on my ME and I don't have the Windows ME disk. Could some one tell me where the .cab files are? When I put my Windows 95 CD in my ME there where .cab files in the win95 folder, would thoes .cab files work? Is there a way I could format the blank hard drive with my ME so I could put files on it.

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#17
January 8, 2012 at 17:07:53
Yeah, but things are getting complicated. Just send me a private message with your snail mail address and I'll burn you a copy of ME and send it. Does the HP pavilion have an ME COA sticker on it with a product key?

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#18
January 8, 2012 at 21:26:56
"The first thing in the boot BIOS setup is ATAPI CD-Rom"

If that's the case, then you probably didn't burn the Puppy disk correctly.

"I download ImgBurn and created a CD with the iso file. But when I put the disk in the computer, it said once again, "Operating System Not Found"."

Did you check the contents of the disk to make sure it unpacked?

"I am using a CD-RW, could that be why it might not work?"

It's possible. You still haven't told us anything about your system so we have no idea of your specs or what type of optical drive you have. You'd be much better off with a 2011 version of Linux than a 12 yr old version of Windows.


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#19
January 9, 2012 at 00:19:51
If you use a CD-RW disk it will likely fail, you need to burn to CD-R disks....

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#20
January 9, 2012 at 09:54:52
Puppy is unpacked on the disk. The computer that does not work does not have a COA sticker but the model number is XE736.

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#21
January 9, 2012 at 10:59:25
"Puppy is unpacked on the disk"

Then the problem is most likely that you used a CDRW rather than a CDR & have a very old optical drive. Why have you refused to list your system specs?

"the model number is XE736"

Was it too difficult for you to state that or to link to the specs at the very start of the thread?

Here you go:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...

Your system is extremely outdated & only accepts a max of 256MB RAM. My guess is you don't even have that much installed - do you even know? Regardless, there's no point in even trying to install XP, it will perform horribly.


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#22
January 9, 2012 at 11:25:48
If I put in a newer CD-RW drive (which I have) would it then read the Puppy CD-RW I made?

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#23
January 9, 2012 at 13:01:33
considering ago of PC, would use a CD-R disk.

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#24
January 9, 2012 at 14:41:42
Don't change the drive, just use a CDR rather than a CDRW. And considering the age of your computer, I'd try a different version of Puppy. Maybe Puppy Linux 4.2.1?

http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=05488


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#25
January 9, 2012 at 14:52:23
Sorry RIIDER, I put my new CD-RW drive into the computer and then tried the CD-RW disk again before you last post. Instead of saying, “Operating System Not Found”, it said, “Image Checksum Error, Sorry”. Now what do I do? Should I try Puppy Linux 4.2.1, or is there something else to try?

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#26
January 9, 2012 at 15:08:36
The disk is bad. Since it's a CDRW, erase it & try again.

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#27
January 9, 2012 at 15:39:57
I erased it and tried again but the same thing happend.

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#28
January 9, 2012 at 15:52:41
Did you check the MD5 hash before burning the disk? Redownload the ISO, then check the MD5, if it's OK, try burning it again.

http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...


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#29
January 9, 2012 at 17:07:10
The MD5 on the ISO file is F04EC9EF3540BE8E50D0A24C512E1309 Is that good or bad?

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#30
January 9, 2012 at 17:25:49
Did you check it to make sure it matches?

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#31
January 9, 2012 at 17:47:02
Matches what?

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#32
January 9, 2012 at 20:09:37
pup-431.iso is here:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/pub/linux...

MD5 Checksum Checker:

http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...


This and more can be found with GOOGLING, try it sometime....


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#33
January 10, 2012 at 07:07:06
I tried to make a Puppy Linux 4.2.1 CD but it still said something about a Checksum Error.

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#34
January 10, 2012 at 07:49:34
Could be the BIOS settings, could be a bad CMOS battery, could be a bad optical drive or cable. Try booting off the Puppy disk on a different system. It it works, that will rule out the disk as the problem.

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#35
January 10, 2012 at 10:14:48
My other computer will not boot off of the disk but it already has an OS installed. I unhooked the hard drive but my ME would still not boot from the disk.

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#36
January 10, 2012 at 10:34:28
"My other computer will not boot off of the disk but it already has an OS installed"

The HDD has nothing to do with it & there's no reason to disconnect it. Is your boot order set correctly in the BIOS? Are you still using a CDRW disk? Does this computer have a modern optical drive that can boot from CDRW's?


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#37
January 10, 2012 at 17:40:45
Yes the boot order is set to CD in the BIOS setup. I am still using a CD-RW and the computer has a drive that can read CDs and write to them.

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#38
September 16, 2015 at 07:55:38
Hello R211N,

If I read this thread the topic is not about Windows ME at all.
You only have a Windows 95 and Windows XP installation CD.

Before asking a question in a dedicated forum you should decide what OS you are going to use and then ask your question there.

If you have not decided yet, you should ask your question first in the General or Hardware forum.

message edited by Soedesh


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#39
September 16, 2015 at 16:44:19
I didn't know you could still post to a thread that's over 3 1/2 years old.

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