A hard drive formatting

formatting a hard drive

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2 methods: From the startup screen format a PC (actually format a hard drive) is quite simple if you do it from Windows. If you have a cd or dvd as the startup disk used to the hard disk format is a little more complicated. In this article we will give explanations on

both ways.

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Steps method 1 or 2: 1 check the

from Windows disk. Select the hard drive and view the content. Back up any data you want to keep. To do this, use an external drive or burn it on dvd’s. Note: due to a disk format erase all data on that drive.

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 a hard drive format

2 Click on \ ‘ my computer \ ‘ \ \. Click in the window my computer \ \ ‘ \ \ ‘ with your right click on the drive you want to format.

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3 Select \ \ \ ‘ \ ‘ Format. If you are in the menu that appears, click Format \ \ ‘ \ \ ‘ will open a new window in which is given a number of options, depending on the type of drive and operating system. Labels are optional. Choose \ \ ‘ \ \ ” startup disk if you plan to use the to format disk as the startup disk. From Windows you can the current boot drive (usually ” c: ” ) not format.

method 2 or 2: 1 From the startup screen back up your hard drive. Note: due to a disk format erase all data on that drive. There are a number of options for creating a backup: use the built-in backup feature of Windows. Open \ \ ‘ \ \ ‘ backup and restore by clicking Start > Control Panel > system and maintenance > backup and restore.

 a hard drive format

use a program such as Norton Ghost or any other program.

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copy the entire disk to another disk.

 a hard drive format

 a hard drive format

2 Obtain or create a startup disk. You can use your Windows installation dvd as boot drive.

 a hard drive format

3 burn the installation files on a dvd if you don’t have Windows installation dvd. Follow the instructions of the manufacturer or developer to download the files and burn.

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4

follow the instructions to create the necessary disk. An annotated dvd will not be accepted. Please insert a blank or rewritable dvd.

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5 remove the burned dvd. If the burn is completed you can take the dvd from the computer, until you’re ready to format.

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find the BIOS procedure in the documentation of the computer, search in your user manual or online. This you have only necessary if it is not immediately possible to boot from the dvd in the steps for this is created. You have to set in that case start from the dvd drive and not, as usual, from the hard drive. You can customize the BIOS settings when you start your computer at a certain key on your keyboard at the moment you see the logo of the manufacturer in image appear. Usually this is ALT + S or F1 or another function key.

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Set in that you want to boot from the dvd drive. Go to the BIOS screen to adjust the boot sequence. Now is probably drive c: set as first boot drive and the dvd drive as second. Make sure the dvd drive above the hard disk in the boot sequence.

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now do the boat-8 dvd in the dvd drive. Store the startup settings and exit the BIOS menu. Don’t forget to choose for saving the settings before you close the screen. Now the pc will reboot, but this time from the dvd. The screen that appears will look different than you are used to.

9 choose the startup options, depending on the program. If you boot with a dvd with Windows you will what to answer questions, as if you are installing Windows for the first time. You can delete partitions, then erase the whole disc. Do this only if you are sure that you have a good backup. You choose the disk format the partition where Windows is installed. That’s probably ” : C ” . Choose ” NTFS ” If you have the choice between gets \ \ ‘ NFTS ” and ” FAT16 ” , and choose ” Quick ” .

 a hard drive format

if you have the dvd or the manufacturer of the computer used as a startup disk, you see a completely different screen. Follow the instructions, the software usually is not complicated. Read the manual or call the manufacturer if necessary.

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Tips if the computer is off you can remove the power cable or data cable or the disk or disks that you do not want to format it. Usually, the boot drive the drive on the primary channel (IDE0). Check the discs on master or slavestand. This allows you to avoid getting accidentally the wrong disk.

Ad Alerts data being erased while formatting can hardly be restored. Make sure you first back up all important files before you start to formatting. In the BIOS screen, the various discs probably indicated by numbers instead of the letters that you are used to in Windows. Therefore, it is useful to know the exact sizes of the disks (which is also listed in the BIOS screen) so you know which disk which is and you do not accidentally the wrong disk.

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