Formatting a extra H/D in XP

July 12, 2009 at 17:25:59
Specs: Windows XP
I installed a 3rd H/D and would like to format it to NTFS. It is already formatted to FAT32. When I try to format it in Win Explorer or My Computer is tells me "Windows can not format this drive. Quit any utilities or other programs that are using this drive. and make sure that no window is displaying contents of this drive. The try formatting again"...??? I did try a few other things...with no luck. So can someone pass on the secret to me
Thanks
JB

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#1
July 12, 2009 at 17:34:33
Go into disk Management, delete te partition. Recreate it and format to NTFS.

Stuart


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#2
July 12, 2009 at 17:40:47
To elaborate on StuartS's response, in Disk management you may get a message that the drive is in use, do you wish to proceed anyway. Did you open files on that drive after connecting it?

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#3
July 12, 2009 at 18:04:52
No I did not open any files...it is and should a blank formatted H/D. I want to use it as a go to H/D with music recorded files and have not yet started until I format in the NTFS mode.

Disk Management??? Location?? I did a search of files and folders and looked all over...can not locate DM


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#4
July 12, 2009 at 18:19:58
Many ways to get to disk management.

Go to Start> settings> control panel> administrative tools> computer management> disk management.


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#5
July 12, 2009 at 18:55:00
You can't format it in Explorer because Windows has put a hidden recycle bin folder on it (RECYCLER), and of course is displaying either the drive contents or drive icon in an explorer window (ref. the error msg you got). Use Disk Manager as advised.

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#6
July 12, 2009 at 19:14:29
Got it...I'll tell you....you learn something new everyday....even at 62 I still learn something everyday....it's too bad I didn't learn most of it at 22
Thank you all
JB

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#7
July 13, 2009 at 02:15:57
When you were 22 most of this stuff didn't exist. At that time computers were still being run by men in white coats.

I know this becasue when you were 22, I was 23!

Stuart


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#8
July 13, 2009 at 03:39:19
Along with that statement there were other things included...but I won't get into that on line ;o)

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#9
July 13, 2009 at 04:19:08
And I was 25.

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#10
July 13, 2009 at 10:39:48
Which one of you helped God name dirt?

"Don't hit at all if you can help it; don't hit a man if you can possibly avoid it; but if you do hit him, put him to sleep."
Theodore Roosevelt New York City, February 17, 1899


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#11
July 13, 2009 at 11:22:59
Not me...I was up North guiding the glacier

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#12
July 13, 2009 at 11:36:03
"Which one of you helped God name dirt?"
That was by bad, sorry.

Hey just FYI, there is a way to format from the Explorer window like you first tried. Right click on the drive from Explorer and choose Format. If it tells you your can't format blah blah blah, just close the Explorer window. The format window will stay open and then try the format option again. it should work this time.


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