Solved Unable to format or delete partition

July 15, 2015 at 02:00:36
Specs: WIN XP, 1GB
Hi all, I have a Compaq Laptop with Win XP SP3 Installed on it.
I have set 4 partitions on it, namely: C, D, E and F.

I had to handover this laptop to my cousin, but had some of my personal data which I wanted to keep in the system but not accessible by any one, so I transferred all of my data to D Drive and using gpmc.msc, I setup a policy to hide drive d and to restrict drive d and ran gpupdate and restarted the computer.

Upon restarting I checked that D was no longer in windows explorer nor it could be accessible using run command line.

Today, he came to my house and I saw that D drive was showing in My Computer, i tried to access it, I was able to access it.

At first I thought he may have set both the policies to Not Configured, but to my surprise both were set as enabled yet I could access the drive, despite the policy to restrict it.

So I thought of formatting the drive.

I again ran GPMC.msc and set both the policies as "Not Configured" and ran gpupdate and restarted computer.

I then tried to format it it said "Windows cannot format this drive, quit any disk utilities or other programs using this drive and then try formating again"

I tried the same using disk management utility, but surprisingly Format and delete partitions were greyed out.

I Googled about this problem and it suggested it may be because pagefile is set to be stored on the drive, but i checked that page file is set on C and F drives but not D.

I then restarted in safe mode and tried formatting the drive, but still couldn't.

Please help resolving this strange problem

Naman Jandial


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July 22, 2015 at 04:02:58
Sorry for the late reply.

@Johnw, I checked the D drive and in folder options I set it to "Show Hidden files and folders" and also unticked "Hide Protected Operating System Files" but there was no windows folder there in the D drive.

@Beachybht I checked again there are only 2 users on the system:
One is the default Administrator and the other is Admin, that I created but there is no page file on D drive its on F drive though.

My brother came over again and was asking the laptop, so as a workaround I created a new User account (Limited) and from Administrator Acc under the security Tab I have set Users to Deny access to D drive.

Thanks for the tries and all your help.
Naman

Naman Jandial



#1
July 15, 2015 at 05:27:16
What is showing in Disk Management? Healthy (Primary Partition?) Something else? If you can do a screen print and upload it somewhere, we may be able to help.

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#2
July 16, 2015 at 02:40:19
Hi,
Thanks for the reply.

I did noticed that in computer management its showing as
Drive C: (Healthy - Boot - NTFS)
Drive D: (Healthy - System - NTFS)
I don't know why, its recognizing D drive as a system disk.

I am sorry but I couldn't find any option to attach a screenshot here.

Thanks, Naman

Naman Jandial


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#3
July 16, 2015 at 02:52:29
"I am sorry but I couldn't find any option to attach a screenshot here"
Upload it to a site of your choice.

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#4
July 16, 2015 at 06:10:15
Is it possible there was a pagefile on that D drive at some point? In Explorer show all files and see if there is a pagefile.sys (or any other system files) on D. If there is no pagefile configured for that drive, you can delete the file.


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July 16, 2015 at 10:46:59

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#6
July 17, 2015 at 11:20:19
Hi, I have managed to upload the screenshot on the web URL:
http://pasteboard.co/2204DGLh.png

@Beachyhbt - I Checked the Dr Drive again and set to display hidden and the system files from Folder Options but Pagefile.sys wasn't there, but still not able to format it. :(

Thanks

Naman Jandial


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#7
July 17, 2015 at 14:39:08
"I don't know why, its recognizing D drive as a system disk"
That to me, means Windows is on that drive.
Check Explorer to see if Windows is on C drive.

I use this to look deeper into partitions.

AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition
http://www.freewarefiles.com/Partit...
http://www.freewarefiles.com/screen...
Aomei Partition Assistant Home Edition
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...
http://www.extend-partition.com/fre...


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#8
July 21, 2015 at 12:09:24
C is the boot drive, so the OS is probably on there. Perhaps the user profile or pagefile are on the D drive. What do you see when you open D in My Computer? You might have to change the folder view to show all files, including hidden and system files.

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July 22, 2015 at 04:02:58
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Sorry for the late reply.

@Johnw, I checked the D drive and in folder options I set it to "Show Hidden files and folders" and also unticked "Hide Protected Operating System Files" but there was no windows folder there in the D drive.

@Beachybht I checked again there are only 2 users on the system:
One is the default Administrator and the other is Admin, that I created but there is no page file on D drive its on F drive though.

My brother came over again and was asking the laptop, so as a workaround I created a new User account (Limited) and from Administrator Acc under the security Tab I have set Users to Deny access to D drive.

Thanks for the tries and all your help.
Naman

Naman Jandial


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#10
July 22, 2015 at 04:17:05
Thanks for the update Naman.

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#11
July 22, 2015 at 10:39:13
You are welcome and thank you all for all the help.

Naman Jandial


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