Error formatting hard drive

February 13, 2009 at 20:50:40
Specs: Windows XP, 256MB
hi,
My error says""Format cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. Format may run if this volume is dismounted first.All open handles to this volume would then be invalid. Would you like to force a dismount on this volume? (Y/N)"
However when i enter Yes it says unable to lock drive C as it's in use by some other process.
Pls help on this!!

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#1
February 13, 2009 at 21:54:21
Let me guess. You trying to format the drive that XP is running on.


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#2
February 13, 2009 at 22:00:56
No i am trying to format it from another drive!!!

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#3
February 14, 2009 at 00:57:10
It may contain a swap file or hold the %TEMP% directory.


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#4
February 14, 2009 at 01:04:59
Well can you explain little more in an easier way...as i am just an basic user.

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#5
February 14, 2009 at 02:23:05
start > settings > control panel > system

On the ADVANCED tab, look in PERFORMANCE for swap file.

In ENVIRONMENT see where %TEMP% is.


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#6
February 14, 2009 at 02:53:35
So should I hold the directory..in order to proceed with reformat!!

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#7
February 14, 2009 at 03:22:06
Will you be available tomorrow also??as the pc which needs to be formatted is at my residence,for today i'll try the procedure as mentioned by you..and will advice progress tomorrow...pls be there...as i'll require assistance.
Thankyou

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#8
February 14, 2009 at 03:32:18
I usually check msgs evry day.


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#9
February 14, 2009 at 03:44:32
Gr8 ..just explain me the final step...what should i do once i have the %Temp% directory???

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#10
February 14, 2009 at 21:40:23
If the %TEMP% is on the drive you want to format, move it.


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#11
February 14, 2009 at 21:44:28
GoodMorning,
As you mentioned above to hold the swap file my cpu boots from hard drive however after welcome screen desktop screen appears and then nothing happens "no icons/no taskbar" nothing !!how should i continue!!

I have a new problem also..my CPU boots from XP cd and when the "press any key to boot from cd" appears and i click space or enter key ..nothing happens my screen is black with an - (sign) blinking!!


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#12
February 14, 2009 at 22:49:55
You need a new thread with a subj like "won't boot from XP CD".


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#13
February 14, 2009 at 23:03:11
OK THANKS!

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#14
February 15, 2009 at 22:53:19
hi ...plsssssssssssssss help...is there any body who can guide properly through the whole process...it's getting me annoyed now!!!

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