how can i format a hard drive to hfs while in vista?

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  1. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Is an APM or GPT partition?

    Disk Management will work even if it isn't mounted in Explorer.
     
  2. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Disk Management might complain about being unable to modify the 128/200 MB EFI slack partitions then. You should be able to format the HFS+ parts though.

    APM will format just fine using Disk Management though.
     
  4. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    do i just hit delete volume?

    format is grayed out when i right click
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I have a feeling you won't be able to delete the volume. I haven't had to do this in some time. I remember now it's the Windows installer that can't modify GPT drives but I'm unsure about Disk Management.
     
  6. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    well here is my scenario

    I have a hackintosh

    I keep a bootable backup to try new system updates on

    It kp'd so now I cant boot off that drive

    My primary drive, i accidentally moved the kernel

    I have chameleon and now even when I try and boot from the retail disk, it loads up chameleon (even if I have no drives selected at all in the boot priority) and the essage is that it can not find the kernel

    How do I recover these hard drives? I don't care if I have to completely wipe them now but I couldn't reformat with my vista install dvd nor my xp install dvd

    Any idea?

    Thanks
     
  7. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    no luck. doesnt seem to detect my drives...

    this is quite annoying! i cant seem to salvage them:eek:
     
  8. pcguru83 macrumors 6502a

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    If all your looking to do is completely wipe the drives and start fresh, try this:

    From the partition setup screen during the Vista install process, press Shift + F10. This will bring up a command prompt. At the command prompt, type

    Code:
    diskpart
    Dispart will start and you'll be presented with the diskpart "prompt" of DISKPART>. At the prompt, type

    Code:
    LIST DISK
    Note the disk number of the drive you want to wipe. At the DISKPART prompt, type

    Code:
    SELECT DISK [I]YOURDISKNUMBER[/I]
    You'll get a message saying that Disk x is now the selected disk. At the DISKPART prompt, type

    Code:
    CLEAN
    This will erase all the configuration information, including data, partition tables, MBR, etc from the disk!!

    This will leave the disk in an "uninitialized" state and must now be partitioned. The disk should still be selected, so at the DISKPART prompt, type

    Code:
    CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
    You can also create other types of partitions using this command by swapping out "PRIMARY" for "EFI", "EXTENDED", "LOGICAL", and "MSR". If you use primary, it will simply create one large partition that fills the disk.

    That should get you started. Diskpart is a very powerful tool though, so definitely type HELP at the DISKPART prompt for a full list of commands. you can also type HELP COMMANDNAME to get detailed info about that command.
     
  9. pcguru83 macrumors 6502a

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    Did that work for you?
     
  10. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    yes, it did:)
     
  11. pcguru83 macrumors 6502a

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    Awesome. I love DISKPART. It's a MS utility that actually works pretty well. :D
     

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