Cannot format my harddrive..I need

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Cannot format my harddrive..I need

Post by iagudo » Fri Sep 21, 2012 5:11 am

I have 2 format programs recommended by GEEK, easus and mini tool partition...they will not allow me to do partition...The disk layout is C: system and files D: hp recovery data E:hp files...When I start I can do resize and get an allocated file, then on the allocated file I click create and then I get message this is not a primary, and I cannot find a way to change it....and if I use the other program(mini) it says there is no boot files....

My question is what do I do now..........does hp have a lock on the hard drive so that I cannot get in to make changes...and if so how do I unlock it...

Other places say make a disk of the d: drive and get rid of D: and I guess the same for E:

the pc is only 1 week I take back to Best Buy and have their techs do it...there is a charge...formatting is normally a no brainer ...

Do you guys have any Ideas what I can do?

I need partitions

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Re: Cannot format my harddrive..I need

Post by i-conica » Fri Sep 21, 2012 5:19 am

What is it exactly that you are trying or wanting to do?
If I'm not mistaken, you should not try to remove the "E:/" partition as it most likely contains the system boot files, so by removing or deleting that drive, will make the PC unbootable.
Do you want extra partitions or do you want to re-format the entire disk?

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Re: Cannot format my harddrive..I need

Post by i017535 » Fri Sep 21, 2012 5:24 am

knowing what you are working with and what you want to end up will might help. A picture of your Disk Management window using the snipping tool and attaching using the paperclip would be good.

But Windows will allow 4 primary partitions on a Hard drive, if the last one takes up the remaining space. If there is still space left over, Windows will create an extended partition and put the logical partition inside it. Sticking with what Disk Management allows is safest, but your choice.

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Re: Cannot format my harddrive..I need

Post by i0null » Fri Sep 21, 2012 5:27 am

I've been through this with my HP laptop. If you have a win7 install disc:
1- boot from Win7 disc
2- delete ALL partitions on hard drive
3-install Win7 on the Full unpartitioned space
4- you've just successfully taken back control of your machine. Win7 will install on "C" and create a tiny partition (100MB or so) at the back of your HDD for backup or whatever.
5- All the original partitions that you deleted are totally unecessary. Just OEM crap.
6- Congrats! you're done...Enjoy your Win7 machine..........

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Re: Cannot format my harddrive..I need

Post by i18nde » Fri Sep 21, 2012 5:30 am

I had a brain freeze I did not mean to use format!!!!!!!!!!!!! I really meant to type PARTITION!!!

Let go back to the E: you are saying that E has the system boot, and you are right we do not want to delete that one!! Being a pc off the self which is a HP g7-1220 dx notebook I do not have a software for it...Should I burn the D (recovery) and E (hp_tools)??

I do not have a W7 install disk.....I have installed all my working programs and for right now I will work with what I have, do the shrink thing and make them my storage files and just wait until I get used to W7.

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Re: Cannot format my harddrive..I need

Post by i2landscape » Fri Sep 21, 2012 7:03 am

Feedback is always a good thing. Can you post the supporting technical reference (or a link) that will substantiate your conclusion? I know you wouldn't make such an assertion without a valid reason.......and I'm always eager to learn something new as long as it's backed up by research from a credible source.

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