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Windows can't format C- can you help?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by PetrachiH, Jan 23, 2011.

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  1. PetrachiH

    PetrachiH Thread Starter

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    I just recently built my newest creation and stumbled upon this error when attempting to format my C drive.
    These are the specs:
    AMD Phenom II x2 555
    Gigabyte 6850 Radeon
    Gigabyte MA770T-UD3
    4GB Ram
    and finally 1TB Seagate internal HDD

    This is the whole error:
    Windows can't format C
    "Check to see that the disk and drive are connected properly, make sure that the disk is not read-only, and then try again. For more information, search Help for read-only files and how to change them."

    When I enter BIOS it sees the drive without issues. It does, however, see it as an IDE although it's a SATA. Is that a big issue? i don't see SATA drives anywhere on the BIOS.
    Back to the issue. Have any of you encountered this specific problem? If so, how'd you get around it?
    I tried setting the drive as primary, switched it from SATA slot 4 to SATA slot 0 and then slot 1 but no luck, always the same error.

    Help is much appreciated!
     
  2. Saga Lout

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    How are you trying to format the drive? Are you doing this as part of the installation process or with the disk slaved into another system? If the former, it may be that Windows wants to see the driver for your SATA drive. If that is the case, it won't matter if it's formatted or not. I hate to say this but you can't format a disk which is actually running a system but I have to point it out because people have been known to try. :D
     
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    Your main issue is that Windows is not seeing your drive, not that it can't format the drive.

    If Windows could see the drive, it could format it. Formatting the drive with a third party partitioning tool is not going to make Windows see it since it's an interface issue.

    Is there an option in your BIOS to enable AHCI or RAID? If you can select either of those options, it will more than likely enable SATA as well. Once SATA is enabled, Windows should be able to see the drive, provided that Windows has a driver for your board's SATA interface.
     
  5. PetrachiH

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    Windows sees something in the C: drive, it just doesn't recognize it. Right?
    I just changed the interface to AHCI but no luck. I'll try RAID.

    Also, I get the "new data to DMI" BIOS error when booting up with my HDD as a primary boot option.
     
  6. PetrachiH

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    Saga Lout:
    I'm trying to format the drive as a process of the W7 installation. Windows is trying to find drivers that are compatible with hardware on this computer, but when I scan it nothing pops up. It sees my Local Disk (C:), CD Drive (D:), and Boot (X:).
    The HDD is brand new, nothing's ever been installed in it. Every part used in this build is brand new and has never been tampered with.



    Does anybody know where I can find Windows 7 drivers needed for installation on the web?
     
  7. PetrachiH

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    I managed to open the Command Prompt and I typed "format C:". It says that the type of the file system is RAW while the new file system is NTFS. Warning, all data on non-removable disk drive C: will be lost! proceed with format?
    I hit Yes. It is now formatting 953869Mb of memory but is only at 2%. How long does formatting usually take?
     
  8. Saga Lout

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    It can be a painfully slow process - the last 1Tb I formatted took over four hours but I can never see a valid reason for that. Watching it makes it slow down, of that I'm certain. :D

     
  9. PetrachiH

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    Well, it is finally formatted; it took approximately 2 hours. I watched it for 20 minutes and could've sworn 40 minutes went by so I just left the house :D

    So, I knew that it wasn't the issue but it had to be done. I need to find the device drivers, I typed the error on Google and am looking towards that. "No device drivers were found. make sure that the installation media contains the correct drivers, and then click OK." Anybody know where to download these drivers?
     
  10. Saga Lout

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    If there were any, they would have been in a hidden partition on that drive because of lot of External disks are provided with the maker's backup software, etc. Now it's formatted in NTFS, pressing F6 as files are starting to be copied and then Enter when the system stalls and asks for drivers might just get you through.
     
  11. PetrachiH

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    Wait, when should I hit F6? I'm at the "Select the driver to be installed." screen and as of right now it's rescanning for drivers. Nothing found. I got a 2GB USB thumbdrive along with my 555 but I need a 4GB to install W7. I'm starting to get convinced of the fact that my DVD drive isn't Windows certified or w/e. It's a Lite-On 22x.

    Now, if I can manage to find or buy a proper USB drive, would I have to go into the BIOS and set it as the primary boot option?
     
  12. Saga Lout

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    On an average day, I might reinstall XP twice but W7 is a rarer occurrence so I may be wrong here. Usually, when the installation process starts, there's an option flashing by on the bottom of the screen to press F6 to install specialist SATA drivers. Later it will stall and ask for that driver - in XP's case, believe it or not, on a floppy disk but gives the option to hit Enter so it can look inside itself for more driver options. W7 has far more in its cabinets so there's every chance it will find one.

    As to USB installation of W7, I've yet to do that but yes, USB Legacy Support would have to be enabled and a USB stick be set to the first boot option. Obviously you will change that when the system is up and running.
     
  13. PetrachiH

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    I'll try re-burning W7 at 1x. It solved the error for some, let's hope it does the trick.
     
  14. PetrachiH

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    Re-burned at slowest speed possible. No change.
    Formatted USB thumb drive in NTSF (same thing as above, gets to the same point) and FAT32 (doesn't even load windows)
    I'm out of resources. My LiteOn drive is compatible with Windows 7 but it came without drivers. Every other component in my build is compatible.



    Edit:
    Using some common sense I cleaned/created primary partition/and used QUICK ntfs format for my HDD through DiskPart. Waddya know, it finally detected 3 drivers (two blank ones and one with the 930GB available), it still didn't work. I deleted the empty one and the 930GB one and another drive was created.
    After 2 days of ridiculous stress I finally managed to get past that. It is now Expanding Windows files at 70%.

    Thanks for all the help, Saga. Appreciate it!
     
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