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CANNOT FORMAT HD, CANNOT STOP VISTA FROM BOOTING

I have a HP computer that came with VISTA preloaded.

I have had so many problems with it that I want to format the HD and load Vista again from scratch. Problem is Vista won't let me do that. It tells me that I don't have permission to run a format command at the command prompt level. I'm the administrator...I guess only God or Bill Gates can run a format command.

I have read on the forums here to get a program called DBAN and put it on a DVD and boot from that in order to format the HD. When I hit the "ESC" key on boot, I get the screen to change the boot order from the HD to the DVD drive, but it doesn't accept the change. I think I lock in "boot from DVD drive" but it goes on and boots from the HD anyway. No matter what I do, it doesn't change/save the change.

Does anyone have any ideas?

HP Pavilion dv6000 series
Notebook
Vista Home Premium
100 gb HD
2 gb memory
AMD Turon dual processors

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I bet you put DBAN on a CD...

In reply to: CANNOT FORMAT HD, CANNOT STOP VISTA FROM BOOTING

But didn't create a CD from the DBAN image. The effect would be it would never boot.

Tell us EXACTLY how you created your DBAN CD or DVD.

Bob

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DBAN DVD

In reply to: I bet you put DBAN on a CD...

Hi Bob,

I copied the files into Vista-Downloads, from the internet site. I formated the DVD and pulled the ISP file down onto the DVD using Explorer. You are correct, I wasn't certain I had created anything--and apparently I didn't.

I actually pulled down 4 files, one is a zip file of ASA files that won't unzip, the ISO file, a BZ file (never heard of that type) and an executable that doesn't seem to do anything. Maybe that unzips the other files. I was so frustrated when I made the post that I shut down the computer and haven't been back yet.

So, what step did I miss? Fortunately I have another computer that I can use while the Vista machine isn't running properly.

Thanks...Cindy Nelson

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pulled the ISP file down onto the DVD using Explorer.

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"pulled the ISP file down onto the DVD using Explorer. You are correct, I wasn't certain I had created anything--and apparently I didn't."

You need to create a CD from the ISO image, not put the ISO or what's inside on the CD. The distinction is a fine one and might be missed by some. Let me share a FREEBIE that can do the right thing with the ISO file.

http://isorecorder.alexfeinman.com/isorecorder.htm You'll want V3 for Vista...


Bob

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CANNOT FORMAT HD, CANNOT STOP VISTA FROM BOOTING

In reply to: pulled the ISP file down onto the DVD using Explorer.

Bob,

The ISO recorder gets stalled at 35% and won't move any further. Any other ideas?

Thanks...Cindy

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Try DeepBurner...

In reply to: CANNOT FORMAT HD, CANNOT STOP VISTA FROM BOOTING

The freeware edition of DeepBurner (direct download link) is small but should get the job done while avoiding the problems encountered while installing ISO Recorder. When you launch it after installation you will be given three options...choose the later, "Burn ISO Image." You'll see the long white text box with a button along the right edge signified by just "..." Click that, then browse for the ISO file you downloaded in the window that pops up. Once it's selected go Recorder->Burn ISO from the menu bar. That will extract the contents and burn the needed files to DVD, making it bootable in the process. Reboot your computer, and assuming the BIOS settings are good you'll receive the option to 'Press any key to boot from CD/DVD.' Do so and follow the on-screen prompts from there.

Hope this helps,
John

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