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Windows 7: Want to format secondary HDD after reinstall of windows

21 Jul 2013   #1
inaniloquent

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 
Want to format secondary HDD after reinstall of windows

hello,
I just reinstalled windows and so of course I need to format my 2nd internal harddrive (i wish there was a way I could just access the files..so annoying..) anyway last time I did this it was fine but for some reason I always get the error "format is not allowed on the current boot, system, pagefile, crashdrump or hibernation volume" even if i attempt to use DISKPART in cmd. The disk is flagged as system in computer management and making it active or inactive makes no difference

help appreciated!


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21 Jul 2013   #2
TwoCables

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by inaniloquent View Post
hello,
I just reinstalled windows and so of course I need to format my 2nd internal harddrive (i wish there was a way I could just access the files..so annoying..) anyway last time I did this it was fine but for some reason I always get the error "format is not allowed on the current boot, system, pagefile, crashdrump or hibernation volume" even if i attempt to use DISKPART in cmd. The disk is flagged as system in computer management and making it active or inactive makes no difference

help appreciated!
This is due to Window 7's installer putting the boot sector on this hard drive (I still don't know why it does this!). I don't know how to fix this problem other than possibly by doing this:
  1. Put the Windows 7 DVD in
  2. Shut down
  3. Disconnect the 2nd drive (you can leave its power cable plugged in)
  4. Turn the computer back on and make sure it boots to the Windows 7 DVD
  5. When you get here, click "Drive options (advanced)"
  6. Click "Delete", then "New", and then "Format"
  7. Click Next
When you finally get to the Desktop, shut down and reconnect the 2nd hard drive. Turn the computer back on and then try the Quick Format again. Although, I would like to know why you want to format it.
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21 Jul 2013   #3
inaniloquent

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by inaniloquent View Post
hello,
I just reinstalled windows and so of course I need to format my 2nd internal harddrive (i wish there was a way I could just access the files..so annoying..) anyway last time I did this it was fine but for some reason I always get the error "format is not allowed on the current boot, system, pagefile, crashdrump or hibernation volume" even if i attempt to use DISKPART in cmd. The disk is flagged as system in computer management and making it active or inactive makes no difference

help appreciated!
This is due to Window 7's installer putting the boot sector on this hard drive (I still don't know why it does this!). I don't know how to fix this problem other than possibly by doing this:
  1. Put the Windows 7 DVD in
  2. Shut down
  3. Disconnect the 2nd drive (you can leave its power cable plugged in)
  4. Turn the computer back on and make sure it boots to the Windows 7 DVD
  5. When you get here, click "Drive options (advanced)"
  6. Click "Delete", then "New", and then "Format"
  7. Click Next
When you finally get to the Desktop, shut down and reconnect the 2nd hard drive. Turn the computer back on and then try the Quick Format again. Although, I would like to know why you want to format it.
I'll try this and let you know if it works.

Well, it's not showing up anywhere except in management and I can't access it or anything so I thought I just had to format it to use it again. Am I wrong?
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21 Jul 2013   #4
TwoCables

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by inaniloquent View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by inaniloquent View Post
hello,
I just reinstalled windows and so of course I need to format my 2nd internal harddrive (i wish there was a way I could just access the files..so annoying..) anyway last time I did this it was fine but for some reason I always get the error "format is not allowed on the current boot, system, pagefile, crashdrump or hibernation volume" even if i attempt to use DISKPART in cmd. The disk is flagged as system in computer management and making it active or inactive makes no difference

help appreciated!
This is due to Window 7's installer putting the boot sector on this hard drive (I still don't know why it does this!). I don't know how to fix this problem other than possibly by doing this:
  1. Put the Windows 7 DVD in
  2. Shut down
  3. Disconnect the 2nd drive (you can leave its power cable plugged in)
  4. Turn the computer back on and make sure it boots to the Windows 7 DVD
  5. When you get here, click "Drive options (advanced)"
  6. Click "Delete", then "New", and then "Format"
  7. Click Next
When you finally get to the Desktop, shut down and reconnect the 2nd hard drive. Turn the computer back on and then try the Quick Format again. Although, I would like to know why you want to format it.
I'll try this and let you know if it works.

Well, it's not showing up anywhere except in management and I can't access it or anything so I thought I just had to format it to use it again. Am I wrong?
Whoa. It has files on it too. Omg. I see what you're facing now. I don't know what to do. If you don't mind losing all of those files, then perhaps you should leave it connected and perform steps 5 and 6 on the 2nd drive and then shut down and disconnect it before installing Windows.
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22 Jul 2013   #5
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

TC would a boot to Ubuntu be able to retrieve the data? that way the Windows will not get involved.

The other way is take the thing out and connect up with a USB / SATA device and hook in as an external drive??
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22 Jul 2013   #6
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Did you install Windows onto the new hard drive with the old hard drive still connected?
If so, then the files the new installation needs to startup Windows will most likely be on the old hard drive.

A quick check would be to disconnect the old hard drive and then try to start the computer with only the new drive connected. If it won't start, then you know this is the case.

If that is the case, then this is the fix:
  • Install DVD in drive
  • Shut down > disconnect the old hard drive (only the new drive connected)
  • Start the computer > boot to DVD
  • Then run Startup Repair. You may have to do this 3 times to correct the problem.
Startup Repair

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times


Once you have created the system boot files on the new hard drive you should be able to remove the active flag from the old hard drive. After that the old hard drive will just be another hard drive, and you will be able to access any files on it.
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29 Aug 2013   #7
inaniloquent

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
Did you install Windows onto the new hard drive with the old hard drive still connected?
If so, then the files the new installation needs to startup Windows will most likely be on the old hard drive.

A quick check would be to disconnect the old hard drive and then try to start the computer with only the new drive connected. If it won't start, then you know this is the case.

If that is the case, then this is the fix:
  • Install DVD in drive
  • Shut down > disconnect the old hard drive (only the new drive connected)
  • Start the computer > boot to DVD
  • Then run Startup Repair. You may have to do this 3 times to correct the problem.
Startup Repair

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times


Once you have created the system boot files on the new hard drive you should be able to remove the active flag from the old hard drive. After that the old hard drive will just be another hard drive, and you will be able to access any files on it.
I don't think I have a disk for my windows. How do I do it without the disk?
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29 Aug 2013   #8
madcratebuilder

Win8/8.1,Win7-U64, Vista U64, uncounted Linux distor's
 
 

If you want the to download the live cd "Knoppix" It well allow you to recover windows files and transfer them to another disk or flash drive, even burn them to cd. Very powerful and user friendly linux based OS.
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29 Aug 2013   #9
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You don`t need a windows install disc, just create a system repair disc.

System Repair Disc - Create

And who told you you have to format the 2nd drive ? If you do you`ll loose all the data on it.
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