how to format an unallocated hd in DOS...

April 24, 2012 at 05:09:15
Specs: Windows XP
i want to reformat my hdd, but it turned out to be unallocated, when i run my OS cd and when i get to create a partition it only says that "set-up cannot access this disk" how can i fix this one...somebody help to any pro's there...thnx in advance...

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#1
April 24, 2012 at 05:15:42
If you really mean DOS ( as opposed to a Windows command prompt) then you need to use fdisk to create a partition.

But if you are doing this on Windows just use Disk Management to create the partition.

In any case, I don't think this is a programming issue.


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#2
April 24, 2012 at 05:20:58
Why are you trying to format a Windows disk through DOS?

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#3
April 24, 2012 at 07:07:05
coz i thnk i have no other option, when i started to tun my OS cd...the same message i have received (set up cannot access any disk) but the size of the disk is there...i cant select any disk to create any partion...whta shall i do?

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#4
April 24, 2012 at 07:13:14
My guess is you have a SATA HDD. XP doesn't recognize SATA drives unless the SATA/RAID drivers are installed. Use the HDD manufacturer's software to partition & format, then use one of the methods in this "how-to" to reinstall XP:

http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...


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#5
April 24, 2012 at 07:16:03
my hdisk is already 100% disc space, nothing at all...i want to install my OS but when i get to starting windows set up and creating a partition, i cant create bcoz, (set up cannot access any disk), how can i fix it...what shall i do p[ls help...thnx

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#6
April 24, 2012 at 07:20:31
i already use windows 7 and vista but still the disk is not accessible

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#7
April 24, 2012 at 18:24:05
Th you probably have a faulty disk.

Stuart


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#8
April 24, 2012 at 21:50:36
is thta that my hard disk is damaged?

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#9
April 25, 2012 at 00:23:06
Microsoft only allows 4 primary partitions. If the drive has logical partitions and unallocated space then an Extended partition uses a primary partition.
depending on how OS's are installed you can have unallocated space that may not be usable. A possible solution is repartitioning the drive, That would involve copying, moving, or resizing partition(s).

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