Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums

Fresh Windows 8.1 Install Problem. Cannot Format Drive.

  1. #11

    Just as a side question, did you turn on AHCI mode for SATA in BIOS ?

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #12

    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1

    My BIOS does not have the option of changing from AHCI mode. By default it is in that mode so sayeth HP.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #13

    You may wanna try creating a 2nd partition and using that - somehow windows prioritizes a system partition that cannot be formatted or something - a second one may be seen as 'non-system'...( the other cause is a 2nd HDD attached - not applicable in your case 'tho)
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #14

    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1

    I tried doing that but still no luck, I can create partitions without any trouble but when it comes time to formatting they come up with an error. In CMD and Windows Installer I cannot format the partitions.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #15

    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64

    I am still trying to figure out what you mean by "formatting" the drive. All you are supposed to do is create a partition. Then install in that space.

    If you are trying to use some special process, please explain.

    Do you have a camera you can take a picture of the partitions window when you are setting that part up? You can attach images if you use the Advanced replies and the paperclip.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #16

    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1

    My apologies. I mean the FS will not change from a RAW format. Windows installer cannot do it and neither can CMD. When I enter the command "format fs=ntfs" it tells me that the parameters are incorrect.

    When windows tries to do this during the installation it tells me that "Windows could not format the partition".

    I will submit photos later when I can.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #17

    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10

    Quote Originally Posted by Sieg3n View Post
    Alright, so here is where I am at. I downloaded the firmware update but unfortunately my SSD already had the update.

    I am also noticing that whenever I partition my drive it immediately shows that I have 0 MB free on it. I have to CMD Clean it in order to get the space back.

    It is still not letting me format it into NTFS and it continues to tell me that the "Parameter is incorrect".
    It sounds like the SSD may have died. If so you'll need to get an RMA from Crucial to send it in for a warranty replacement. - Micron Consumer Product Group terms and conditions of sale - warranty
    Last edited by Brink; 14 Jul 2014 at 10:49. Reason: typo
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #18

    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center

    From what I have learned, you do NOT format your PC.
    You just install the new operating system because you need the present OS to be there.

    Formatting is nuts. Truly.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #19

    Considering the previous HDD flaked as well ,, maybe it's the SATA connector?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Fresh Windows 8.1 Install Problem. Cannot Format Drive.
Related Threads
What Hard Drive format will allow Windows Vista or 8 to install... It is NTFS? I been getting error messages on my blank Hard Drive saying that Windows 8 cant install on this hard drive. I have other hard drives but they contain Ubuntu.
This flash drive wont format when I right click and choose format as nothing happens when I do so. I have another flash drive that Windows wont even recognize at all. This is very frustarting and I can't figure out what steps I may be missing in order to get this thing to work. I have tried...
I'm looking to create a system image of Windows, but my external hard drive already has a bunch of files on the drive. There is plenty of space for the backup, but I'm worried if Windows will format the drive. Has this happened to anyone before?
I'm sorry but I'm new at this but I'm at a loss at what I'm suppose to do. Just got in the mail 2 ssd's and the HD7870 video card along with a copy of windows 8.1 complete (retail). My boot ssd (one I'm trying to install on) is a 60gb Mushkin and the other is the one I was going to put games on...
Windows 8.1 Fresh install Driver??? problem in Windows Updates & Activation
Just completed the 8.1 upgrade. and my Lenovo Laptop z570 will not stop beeping... I did notice that in my device drivers, under OTHER Devices. I have an unknown Device. on Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Embedded This was never an issue before.. I've removed EVERY USB Device i have and still the...
Windows 8 install on fresh drive in Installation & Setup
I was wondering if I were to use the Windows 8 disc to install windows 8 onto a new SSD drive would my Windows 8 upgrade key work on the SSD drive or does it only work on a drive that previously had Windows 7 installed on?
Windows 8 will not do a quick format on a brand new 2 TB drive after initializing the drive. I get an error message stating that the parameter in incorrect. Was using an MBR format. I tried it through Disk Management and also Diskpart running as Administrator. I had to use Paragon Hard Disk...
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook