Cannot format hard drive

January 26, 2010 at 15:59:48
Specs: Windows XP

I cannot format my hard drive it saying (Window cannot format this drive. Quit any disk utilities or other programs that are using this drive, and make sure that no window is displaying the contents of the drive. Then try formatting again.) how do i quit any disk utilities or other programs are using this drive?

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#1
January 26, 2010 at 16:37:28

If you are trying to format C: drive and your OS is on C: you need to boot off your installation disk.

If your trying to format E: ect and you have installed programs on it then you need to open task manager ctrl alt del and end the running process.

Or you could boot off a "Live cd" and format any drive as the cd is the only OS or program running.

When you format.....you loose all information on that drive.


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#2
January 26, 2010 at 16:50:43

how do i boot off your installation disk.

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#3
January 26, 2010 at 16:52:12

how do I boot off your installation disk. i want to format C:

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#4
January 26, 2010 at 17:31:33

Start computer....press f 8 and make sure the first boot device in the bios is the cd rom . Insert cd. Restart computer.

If it is a Dell you may skip bios by pressing f 12 and get a boot option. Be sure the cd is in the drive.

On an IBM insert cd. Shut down press and hold the f 12 down. Start computer . When boot menu apears let up f12 and select
cdrom optiont


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#5
January 26, 2010 at 20:10:00

Be aware that all the files on the partition will be deleted when you format.

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#6
January 26, 2010 at 20:29:18

"Be aware that all the files on the partition will be deleted when you format."
.....including everything you have added to the partition Windows is on since Windows was last loaded.

Formatting the Windows partition without backing up what you do not want to lose on the partition Windows is on is very short sighted.
Whatever problems you were having, they can probably be fixed without you having to to that, and that may take less time in total than you re-installing Windows, having to load the drivers you need, loading all the programs you want to use, and updating Windows, to get the computer back to the way you want it.


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#7
January 26, 2010 at 23:58:54

There must be a file still under use, running from pendrive..
Install Unlocker... Right click on your pendrive and select
unlock option that appears... This will open a window telling
what file or process is using your pendrive... Click unlock all..
Then you can format your pendrive..

http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/un...

I guess your PC is infected with a virus.. use a updated anti
virus or read this post of mine to remove manually...

Joyfax Server


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#8
January 27, 2010 at 03:33:59

It seem i cant do it because my cd player is not being reconize. i have two cd player it not working. it cd player open but it never showed any program on my screen. im mean nothing not even a game or any of them. how do i fix this?

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#9
January 27, 2010 at 05:12:35

After inserting a known good CD into the drive go to My Computer and right click the drive icon. Choose to explore the disk. If you can see a list of folders then there is nothing wrong with your drive.

Windows has a feature called autoplay that may not be working for you. That doesn't mean the drive is broken.

I suggest you get someone that knows more about computers to help you before you have more problems on your hands.

Do you have backup copies of your personal files on this computer?


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#10
January 27, 2010 at 15:56:52

When i go on my computer i dont see the drive icon for my cd player i have one that called drive C: that it nothing else shows. usally it showed icon of my cd player drive but it not showing it. And what cd im i post to put in the cd drive?

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#11
January 27, 2010 at 15:59:50

Is this a laptop or desktop computer?

You can't format the Windows partition from within Windows. You need to boot to the WinXP CD.


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#12
January 27, 2010 at 17:39:48

desktop but how when my cd dont work?

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#13
January 27, 2010 at 20:09:48

Just because it isn't working in Windows doesn't mean it isn't working when you first boot.

You need to watch the POST screens at start up to verify the drives are being configured.


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