Formatting?!?!

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by Socrates, Dec 30, 2004.

  1. Socrates

    Socrates Guest

    Ok, i've done this a hundred times, but its giving me trouble now. I want to reformat, so I open up DOS and type in "Format C:" --- then I get this message.
    "Format cannot run because the volume is in use by
    process. Format may run if this volume is dismoun
    ALL OPENED HANDLES TO THIS VOLUME WOULD THEN BE IN
    Would you like to force a dismount on this volume?" --- Then after I hit yes, it says "Cannot lock the drive. The volume is still in use."

    How do I format?!?!
     
  2. cmsurfer

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    Are you running Windows?

    You have to boot off of a boot disc or a Windows install CD to format. You cannot go to a DOS promt from Windows and format.
     
  3. Socrates

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    I don't have a Floppy Drive but I am using my Windows XP installation disk. If I could restart and just start in DOS, rather than start windows, I could do it. When I load up the windows XP setup and I try to deleted the partioned drive, it says that drive contains necessary temporary internet files needed for installation!
     
  4. Mi[G]hTy

    Mi[G]hTy New Member

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    Put in the windows Xp install disk, boot with cd-rom support. From there you can wipe clean/delete/create new partitions, and have a clean install..
     

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