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  1. joshkp3

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    i installed linux then decided i wanted windows back so i tried to format the hard drive it wouldnt format, i looked at the file system and it says raw, what do i do???!!! i need that hard drive!!!:(
     
  2. erick295

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    Windows does not work well with Linux filesystems. You'll probably have to use another program like Partition Magic to remove the Linux filesystem. Alternatively, you can use a low-level format utility from the drive's manufacturer. This would completely erase all the data on the drive, and Windows would then be able to format it. Go to the manufacturer's web site to download the utility.
     
  3. joshkp3

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    thanx i was a bit worried:)
     
  4. qldit

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    Good Afternoon joshkp3, the madboot floppy disk will also do the low level format you need.
    It's scary when you can't fdisk a drive.
    qldit.
     
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    I downloaded madboot and im formating right now but its taking a long time.its been 40 minutes and it is at only 5% and what format is it being formatted?
     
  6. Trifecta

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    If you have an XP disc, the setup will format the drive using NTFS. A great option, though, is to use Partition Magic. Works like a charm for me.
     
  7. qldit

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    Good Morning joshkp3, that would be the low level format you are using, what actually happens is that zeroes are being written to each memory position, this is why it takes so long.
    The benefit of this is that anything previously on the drive is overwritten and will not cause any unpredictable future problems.
    You would be aware that data could othewise have some possible bearing or be retrievable and even detrimental with later written data.
    qldit.
     
  8. joshkp3

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    yes i think i might of clicked the low level format too
     
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    will canceling it do any harm to the hard drive? im sick of waiting cause its 9:49 here and its only 26% done
     
  10. joshkp3

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    It works!! problem solved.:) I dont know what id do if it wernt for you guys (y)
     
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    G'day, yes the area at the beginning where the MBR was, is the main problem area with some Linux Distros converting back. In some cases MS fdisking programs would not delete the Linux stuff. This was especially evident with earlier Mandrake distros.
    Zero writing the entire area overcame this problem or using some commercial set-up programs with similar techniques.
    At 26% you are well past that area. (the MBR area is probably only a fraction of one percent)
    The drive should operate normally with the MS setup ptograms now.
    qldit.
     
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