How to format HDD to NTFS

  Chris1006 20:03 07 Jun 2012

Is this possible without Windows being installed. The reason I ask is that after lots of trouble I installed ubuntu. I know wish to reinstall windows but it will not let me as the disc is not ntfs.

  Zak 20:21 07 Jun 2012
  Chris1006 21:35 07 Jun 2012

Thanks. Ill try that.

  northumbria61 21:44 07 Jun 2012

If you are going to install Windows from a boot-able CD you should get the option to format the hard drive during the install process.

  bluesbrother 22:00 07 Jun 2012

Seagate DiscWizard

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"DiscWizard works with Maxtor and Seagate disc drives. The software lets you quickly install your new disc drive with wizards that guide you through the processes of creating and formatting partitions on your disc drive, transfering data, and backing up your data."

I have heard that it works with other makes of drive, I don't know for sure.

  Chris1006 22:51 07 Jun 2012

When I get to the option to format it is greyed out. When I try to install win7 it says I cant because the drive is not ntfs. Is there a way of reformatting it in ntfs.

  robin_x 23:28 07 Jun 2012

You must boot from a CD. Otherwise it will be in use.

In any event, all partition apps can have their quirks too for unobvious reasons.

You can also try:

Partition Wizard Bootable CD


gparted live cd

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