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zoran
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cannot format

#1 Post by zoran » Mon Apr 11, 2005 11:34 pm

i cannot format my 1st partition (system is on this) from windows setup,i get a msg saying that it cannot be formatted, i can delete the partition and create it but not format it.
what are my options here, i also must tell u that i have a second partition available but in there i have all of my valuable data. how can i retreive them and then install winxp on the 1st partition?


p.s. its a laptop

cocha
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This question should be answered

#2 Post by cocha » Wed Apr 20, 2005 9:37 am

This is a typical scenario, i use a boot diskette and with the fdisk and format tools i create the partitions and format the drives to be ready to install any operating system.... But how to do the same task using UBCD?

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#3 Post by Scott Cooper » Wed Apr 20, 2005 5:51 pm

From the FAQ:

Question: Does the Ultimate Boot CD include FDISK?

Nope. I was afraid if I did that Micro$oft might send their secret police after me! :-) But you can use Ranish Partition Manager, which is a very nice and capable substitute for FDISK. Or you could boot the FreeDOS image, which includes the FreeDOS version of FDISK.

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cannot format

#4 Post by Victor Chew » Wed Apr 20, 2005 7:10 pm

You need to customize the CD and include your own disk image that does
what you want.

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Last comment about it

#5 Post by cocha » Thu Apr 21, 2005 3:51 am

i understand about fdisk, but UBCD does not have any "format" tool ?

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#6 Post by Victor Chew » Fri Apr 22, 2005 5:36 pm

Formatting a HDD involves writing specific filesystem information to a
partition. With DOS, you could typically only format FAT16 or FAT32
filesystems. I have not heard of any freeware DOS tool that will allow
you to format NTFS filesystems, not even with NTFSDOS.

I am not the expert here, but you might have better luck with
INSERT/UBCD, since Linux had traditionally been very strong in support
various filesystem types.

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#7 Post by Victor Chew » Sat Apr 23, 2005 5:08 am

This information from another topic in the forum:

If you run UBCD Full, with Insert, you can run Qtparted which
is a Partition Magic clone; from there you can create/resize/
delete partitions, even NTFS.


Besides creating an NTFS partition, you can also format the NTFS partition, which is what you need.

Thanks to bldrdash, the original contributor for INSERT/UBCD for posting this tip!

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Las question about it

#8 Post by cocha » Mon Apr 25, 2005 10:08 am

thx for the feedback, but what about formating from UBCD a partition with FAT32 file system....

I need to solve this because i dont have a Operating System boot CD, and my computer does not have a floppy drive, so my only option is UBCD boot CD...

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#9 Post by Victor Chew » Mon Apr 25, 2005 7:16 pm

I believe Qtparted can handle FAT32 partitions as well...

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#10 Post by cocha » Tue Apr 26, 2005 4:17 am

Thx a lot for taking time to answer my question.... im gonna try that

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