Solved D drive emptied mannually, still shows partially full

February 6, 2014 at 16:20:07
Specs: Windows 7
did run chkdsk: d
got the following response

"Access denied, you have insufficient privileges, you have to invoke running this utility in elevated mode"

BTW am unable to format. Does not allow me to ... says you format cannot be completed.

help !

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February 6, 2014 at 19:07:48
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To run chkdsk right-click CMD and select Run as Administrator. What were you using to format the disk? Have you ever created a partition of the drive? Anyway, once you run CMD as admin, you should be able to use:

cd D:\


del D:\ "."

Which should delete everything on the drive. (I don't know if it'll do hidden files or protected files, i don't know that much about command prompt, although I think it will...)

Have you made sure no files on the disk are in use? This could be preventing the format from working. Definitely run chkdsk, I'm pretty sure corrupted sectors on the drive will stop files from being deleted too.

Also type this into CMD:

dir D:\

it'll tell you if there are any files left on the drive.

Part of the problem might be that there are files on the drive that are saved to an CDFS or SCSI partition. They are treated like read-only disks, so you can't delete them. Usually you'll have to have some sort of software to remove those.

Have you ever mounted something (like an ISO) onto that drive? If so, use whatever mounting program you used to delete the partition.

Actually, you shouldn't have to use the 'cd' command, just use del or erase. They do the same thing.

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February 7, 2014 at 07:54:09
Assuming that you do not use anything on the D drive and it is not your recovery drive (or you have no need for it any longer), you need to make sure you are booted as an administrator and launch Disk Manager and delete the partition. Once it shows the space is no longer a partition, you can then create a new partition and format it.
If this fails and you are still sure that you do not need this drive or anything in it, you will need to boot from a CD/DVD with a disk utility on it in order to delete the partition from outside of Windows.
Warning: Make sure that what is on the partition is not something Windows needs and if it was your recovery partition, you have a recovery disk set made or a proven disk image and repair disk to be able to reimage the drive if it becomes needed.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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February 7, 2014 at 20:32:44
thanks tried it all still shows as partially occupied. I had my old back ups on this drive when my O/s was Win Vista. I just upgraded to Win7 and transferred the files I need from D drive to C drive.

Now I needed to clean up/empty D because I no longer needed what was on D.

Still shows up as about a quarter full.

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