hard disk cannot be formatted

Sony va10 / Pcg-fr820
February 7, 2010 at 18:33:30
Specs: Windows XP
i would like to install windows XP but the partition cannot be deleted and cannot be format...what should i do?

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#1
February 7, 2010 at 18:54:45
It sounds like you are trying to install xp from within windows. That can't be done. You can't format a partition that is in use. You need to set the boot order in the bios to boot from the cd drive. Then insert the disk and press any key when prompted to boot the xp cd. Then follow the directions to delete the partition and format for the installation.

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#2
February 7, 2010 at 19:16:16
pactually i already familiar with formating and installing operating system to PC and laptop.but this is the 1st time i found the problem....i'm using laptop sony va10...previously, the laptop is full of viruses....so i installeh antivirus and all the viruses deleted....unfortunately my laptop OS corrupted and became blue screen....so i would like to format the partition.but the bios said that the partition cannot be deleted.i'm out of idea...please help me

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#3
February 7, 2010 at 19:17:28
besides that i've already use safe mode to uninstall the antivirus but failed...

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#4
February 7, 2010 at 19:54:02
The Windows disk should be able to format the hard drive (or partition if you select custom). If it cannot, you may need to use a third party disk tool first, or a Linux CD to format to NTFS (or even to FAT32, and let XP reformat from there to NTFS).

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#5
February 7, 2010 at 20:01:00
i've already use linux(knoppix) cd on my laptop....the os can be run on my laptop...but i'm not familiar with linux....how to format my hard drive to ntfs using linux?can u help me

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#6
February 7, 2010 at 21:39:42
You cannot format to NTFS using Linux. Pay attention to this statement in response 4:

(or even to FAT32, and let XP reformat from there to NTFS).

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#7
February 7, 2010 at 22:47:10
ok....i've tried to repair windows through recovery console...is it possible?

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#8
February 8, 2010 at 05:02:27
"but the bios said that the partition cannot be deleted" Go into the bios and turn off virus detection. Can not say just where it will be or the exact wording.

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#9
February 8, 2010 at 06:23:26
All you need to do is to restore the laptop to a factory state using the hidden partition on the hard drive.

Watch the screens when you first start the computer to learn what keystrokes to use to start the restore process.


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#10
February 8, 2010 at 06:47:14
Which do you want? And How bad is Windows? And is everything personal backed up elsewhere?
If windows xp just won't start, but you think it may be ok otherwise, OR you need to try to save files, try a repair install and DON'T delete or format!
If Windows xp is bad AND everything is backed up, AND you have programs and drivers to reinstall, a clean install of windows MIGHT (probably) will bring you back to a near new computer usually problem free. BUT you will need an install CD for windows NOT a recovery CD, that works with a recovery partition on your hard drive to repair windows.
If you cannot repair windows but need to recover files, I believe there are a few ways to boot to a CD (windows install disk or linux CD) and recover files, Just ask, there are others here who can give you more details on this than I can.

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