Hard drive d can't be formatted

August 9, 2011 at 13:49:06
Specs: Windows 7
Hard drive D can't be formatted says in use. I want to know how to stop the files from running. I had an operating system on this drive xp and I installed windows 7 to another. I want to delete all of the files on this disk. There are two file folders I can't delete, 65dc9f76c5b578b9341dfcac3878, WINDOWS. i tried safe mode and logging in as adminastor. I also went in to the secerity taps on the file

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August 9, 2011 at 13:56:29
The problem is that when you have more than one drive and you install Win7 (or Vista), it puts a small file on the second drive as part of the installation process (I have no idea why, one day I'll research the problem but for now I can't be bothered). Anyway, the only solution is to temporarily remove the 'd' drive and then repair the startup files, using either a full win7 disk, or a repair disk - this will set the system up to just use the main drive, after which you can re-connect the slave drive and format it as usual.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd


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