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Windows 7: Cannot Format Hard Disk

09 Jan 2010   #11
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

No.

Active immediately after create primary partition and before format.

The first command is diskpart not disk part.

If you want to make just a single partition for the entire drive, the create partition command would just be:

create primary partition


without any reference to size.

You of course can later resize partitions in Windows Disk Management.


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09 Jan 2010   #12
theog

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

where it reads format=fat replace with format=ntfs.


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09 Jan 2010   #13
jradicle11

windows 7/windows xp/windows vista
 
 

I can do this in XP?
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09 Jan 2010   #14
ignatzatsonic

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I have no idea if it can be done in XP.

I thought you wanted to format and install Windows 7 on a particular partition. The instructions from all of us have been based on that assumption.

Maybe we were wrong and you are trying to do something else.

Maybe you can go back to square one and explain your intentions.
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09 Jan 2010   #15
jradicle11

windows 7/windows xp/windows vista
 
 

Well I want to install Windows 7 but it wasn't even recognizing my hard drive.
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09 Jan 2010   #16
ignatzatsonic

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Your system specs say you have 3 operating systems: XP, Vista, and Windows 7.

True?

Not true?

How many hard drives?

One?

Two?

Three?

We need more detail as confusion reigns.

Post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management if any of your operating systems will show the disk in question.
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09 Jan 2010   #17
jradicle11

windows 7/windows xp/windows vista
 
 

Well, I have this laptop I'm currently on that is Vista, another computer which I use that is XP, and then I was trying to install 7 on my new computer, the one mentioned in my specs. This is the computer with the issues.
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09 Jan 2010   #18
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I apologize.
I am confused as well, and likely my misunderstanding getting everything started.
I thought this was a secondary drive he was having issues with and was attempting to format from within a running Windows. .


im confused and tired ;-/

When you start the Win7 disk, and boot from the CD..

exactly what happens?
Can you choose Custom install etc?

if the bios is listing the HD, then Win Setup should see it as well at that point, regardless of if its partitioned, formatted or whatever.
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09 Jan 2010   #19
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Assuming your new PC has just one hard drive, you would begin the Windows 7 installation, press Shift F10 as was explained earlier in this thread, run diskpart as explained earlier in this thread, and see if it helps your situation.

Is there a particular reason you can't or won't try that?
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09 Jan 2010   #20
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Can Vista see the HD?

Go to Vista Disk Management - if it says the drive is offline - rt click it ( on the left where it says Disk #) and select Online.

Then rt click it and select intialize to mbr - follow instructions.

Then you can create partitions.
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