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I wanted to format my second hard drive. This is set to slave, and labelled as G. My other hard drive has partitions at 60GB and 20GB. I am running windows XP home.

I tried to format my G drive in windows and recieved an error that the drive is in use. So I opened command prompt and typed "Format G:"

I received the following message:

Format can not run because the volume is in use by another process. Fromat may run if volume is dismounted first. All open handles will then be invalid. Would you like to force a dismount on this volume? Y/N

I chose yes and the volume was formatted w/o any problems.

I am wondering if this was the correct method to use? Can I do the same with the second partition on the master drive? This needs to be done. Do i need to re-mount the handles?

Thanks!
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To format the drive, you can use the diskmanagement tool (diskmgmt.msc). For formatting the system partition, you can use the windows xp cd-rom
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The correct way would be to find out which process was using the disk, then terminate the process (if appropriate), unmount the disk and then format it.

To unmount a drive/volume (ie. the D: drive) from the commandline, use:
c:\ mountvol D: /d

To view the available volumes, use mountvol with no arguments.
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How can i find out which process is using the volume?
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