the disk in drive d cannot be formatted

June 5, 2009 at 07:13:02
Specs: Windows XP SP2
recently i installed windows xp....i hav 4
drives..C,D,E,F.I installed the XP in the C
drive.I had some files in the D drive and i
moved them to F. After moving when i tried to
open my D says that

"the disk in drive d is not formatted.
Do you want to format it now?"
an when i click "yes" says
"the disk in drive D cannot be formatted"

what could be the reason for this..?what
should i do now..?
any 1 plzzz help.....thanks in advance..

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June 5, 2009 at 09:19:33
Hi Kay, I assume you transfered all important files to F, so formatting the D unit wouldn't be a problem. Try this, go to start > config > panel control > administrative tools > click icon PC manager (or another name icon 'manager') and from the left column, click 'disk management' (my OS isn't in English). You'll see the disks there in use and others (not formatted), select the one you need and right click on mouse. Select 'convert in dynamic disk', this will give you options to format and make it active. You can select properties too to check if the disk is working ok. I hope it helps.

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June 5, 2009 at 09:28:36
If you currently have a dynamic disk/array be VERY cautious in formatting. A dynamic disk is usually comprised of more than one physical hard drive. What you do to one can affect the other/s.

Go to Disk Management and see how the drive is currently listed there. Check ALL your drives/ partitions.

Verify that D drive is actually a partition on a hard drive and not an optical drive.

Also verify how many physical hard drives you have by checking in Disk Management. They will be listed as Disk 0, Disk1, CDrom, etc.

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June 5, 2009 at 09:59:32
Might just be because it's still 'in use' due to the file transfer. Shutdown and reboot the PC and try it again.

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June 5, 2009 at 13:55:13
Safemode format. Reboot the computer and keep tapping f8 during boot and choose safemode. You should be able to do it there. Good Luck.

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June 6, 2009 at 22:08:19
Response 1 & 2
I cannot see the D drive at all in the Disk Management
window.Only C,E & F are visible and i could see their

Response 3
I tries many times rebboting and formattin but in vain.

Response 4
I could not even format even in safemode.the same error
message that it could not format the drive is coming.

i am not understanding what's the prob.Pls help.

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June 6, 2009 at 22:58:31
Right click on the drive in 'my computer' and choose 'properties' and see what info it gives about the drive.

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June 6, 2009 at 23:05:30
Type: Local Disk
File system: RAW
Used space: 0 bytes
Free space: 0 bytes
Capacity: 0 bytes

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June 6, 2009 at 23:20:20
I'm not sure what's going on. You may need to open the case and verify the drive data cable is in good condition and firmly attached.

If that's not the problem you should go through Disk Management to get it set up again. Here's some info:

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June 7, 2009 at 00:01:01
all cables are firm...when i open the disk management i could
see info only about the removable disk(CD-ROM)...i could not
see any info about the harddisk drives...

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June 7, 2009 at 07:47:56
If you actually have WinXP running then you MUST have at least one drive/partition being recognized by WinXP or it wouldn't be running.

Post the brand and model of your hard drive/s. Are any service packs integrated into your WinXP install CD (SP1/SP3?).

Disk Management normally opens in a small window. Expand that window to full screen.

Sounds like drive D is a CD drive.

Hard drives should be labeled as Disk 0 & 1 in Disk Management. Then if there are multiple partitions in each disk then they will show as drive letters to the right of the disk label.

Drive letters can be reassigned and probably were when you re-installed WinXP. Your old D drive is now probably E and so on.

You can reassign the letters for all but the OS/boot drive, which in your case is C:.

Post back what you see after expanding the window.

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June 10, 2009 at 09:51:40
OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name
System Manufacturer Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
System Model 945GCM-S2L
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 13
GenuineIntel ~2000 Mhz
Processor x86 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 13
GenuineIntel ~2000 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Award Software International,
Inc. F5, 12/27/2007
SMBIOS Version 2.4
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer----Version = "5.1.2600.2180
User Name
Time Zone India Standard Time
Total Physical Memory 2,048.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 1.21 GB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 3.84 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys

Drive A:
Description Removable Disk

Drive C:
Description Local Fixed Disk
Compressed No
File System NTFS
Size 38.08 GB (40,887,832,576 bytes)
Free Space 13.52 GB (14,517,907,456 bytes)
Volume Name
Volume Serial Number 0CFDBE22

Drive D:
Description Local Fixed Disk
Compressed Not Available
File System Not Available
Size Not Available
Free Space Not Available
Volume Name Not Available
Volume Serial Number Not Available

Drive E:
Description Local Fixed Disk
Compressed No
File System NTFS
Size 64.93 GB (69,717,438,464 bytes)
Free Space 14.88 GB (15,976,751,104 bytes)
Volume Name
Volume Serial Number B07F9908

Drive F:
Description Local Fixed Disk
Compressed No
File System NTFS
Size 64.94 GB (69,725,663,232 bytes)
Free Space 19.93 GB (21,402,042,368 bytes)
Volume Name
Volume Serial Number C8B4D5E6

Drive G:
Description CD-ROM Disc

Drive K:
Description CD-ROM Disc


Description Disk drive
Manufacturer (Standard disk drives)
Model ST3250310AS
Bytes/Sector 512
Media Loaded Yes
Media Type Fixed hard disk media
Partitions 4
SCSI Bus 0
SCSI Logical Unit 0
SCSI Port 1
SCSI Target ID 0
Sectors/Track 63
Size 232.88 GB (250,056,737,280 bytes)
Total Cylinders 30,401
Total Sectors 488,392,065
Total Tracks 7,752,255
Tracks/Cylinder 255

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June 10, 2009 at 10:46:46
OK, that hard drive is a Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 SATA II.

Go to the Seagate site and download their drive fitness utility. Burn to CDR and run it from the boot. Test that drive specifically. If it doesn't pass the tests then contact Seagate for an RMA number for replacement.

Seagate has had lots of problems with their barracuda drives and others failing prematurely. Get Seatools for DOS at the link below. There is also a Windows version if you prefer. It should work because the drive in question is NOT your boot drive.

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