format drive C: from D:

January 2, 2011 at 08:31:24
Specs: Windows 2000/xp
I am trying to format my drive C: which has windows 2000 installed on it from drive D: which has a freshly installed windows xp, in disk management format is greyed out and when I try to format it, it says that it can't. As far as I know there's nothing from the new installation on drive C:. In disk manager drive D: status is start-up and C: is system. But as I mentioned before I can't find anything in C: that be something from D:. I really don't know what seems to be the problem.
Could anybody please explain what could be wrong or what I should do?

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#1
January 2, 2011 at 09:29:56
Could be simply the pagefile.sys, that is stored on C drive and is recognized by both OSes and therefore used by both, depending on which is actually started.

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#2
January 2, 2011 at 09:42:16
Most likely it is because the system is booting from C: and ntldr, ntdetect.com and boot.ini are there. These are all hidden files and by default will not be shown. If the OS on C: was installed first this would be the case.


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#3
January 2, 2011 at 11:28:37
Where can I find these files and can I move them to the other drive?

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#4
January 2, 2011 at 11:52:14
You have to change the folder options, to display hidden and system files.
pagefile.sys and the files, LMiller7 mentioned, are always located in the root folder of the hard drive.

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#5
January 2, 2011 at 12:27:11
ah yes, I only checked the show hidden files. Can I move these files to the other drive?
and to x86, I'm sorry, I must have clicked wrong

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#6
January 2, 2011 at 14:23:57
You should not move the files unless you're absolutely sure, that these files are not needed, to boot your system.

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#7
January 2, 2011 at 14:47:55
You would be better off backing up all your important files & starting from scratch. Wipe out all partitions, create new partitions, format, then install XP on the C: partition where it belongs. Otherwise you're going to have a mess on your hands.

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#8
January 2, 2011 at 14:53:29
I fully agree to mickliq.

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#9
January 2, 2011 at 14:54:13
Some of the files may have pointers to drive d which may not exist after the format. A proper multi-boot has all the startup in the same partition,

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#10
January 5, 2011 at 04:02:21
ok thank you, I'll do that

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