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Old 01-14-2007, 12:32 AM   #1
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My corporate company went out of business and I got a free IBM laptop. I tried to reformat the laptop but it said couldn't find hard drive? I mean it works when I login with my username etc and Window is installed on it. Did the admin hide it or locked it or something?
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Old 01-14-2007, 04:54 AM   #2
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Are you trying to format withing Windows or are you booting with a disc? You can't format within windows as Windows will be using files that a format would delete...

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Old 01-14-2007, 09:15 AM   #3
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If you didnt get any CDs with it then if you want to format you will need to buy an XP CD.
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Old 01-14-2007, 03:38 PM   #4
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I have a copy of XP pro sp2.

I tried to format it by booting it from CD. But it can't find the Hard drive. Weird!
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If the computer is relatively new, it could well be a SATA harddrive, which the Windows disc doesn't recognize by default....If you have your motherboard CD, chuck that in and have a read of the Manual on how to create "A SATA Driver Disc" or similar. THen in the windows installation, when it is Loading FIles down the bottom, when i says "Press F6 to load RAID Drivers" or similar, press F6 and wait, it will then ask for the floppy u created, follow the steps and you should be right

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Old 01-16-2007, 01:09 AM   #6
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What happen if there is no floppy drive? =D

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If the computer is relatively new, it could well be a SATA harddrive, which the Windows disc doesn't recognize by default....If you have your motherboard CD, chuck that in and have a read of the Manual on how to create "A SATA Driver Disc" or similar. THen in the windows installation, when it is Loading FIles down the bottom, when i says "Press F6 to load RAID Drivers" or similar, press F6 and wait, it will then ask for the floppy u created, follow the steps and you should be right

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Old 01-16-2007, 01:33 AM   #7
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Erm, i know some motherboard have a utility....let me get back to you

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Old 01-16-2007, 10:39 PM   #8
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It's an IBM T-62
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Old 01-16-2007, 10:43 PM   #9
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I was looking around a fair bit last night on Google and other places, and couldn't find a suitable solution...you can't get access to a floppy drive, not even for 5 minutes?

Maybe someone else has a solution?

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Old 01-16-2007, 10:49 PM   #10
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actually, it's an IBM T-60.

Can the USB card be acting as floppy? If not maybe I can burn it onto a CD and put it in after press F6?
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