Unable to format because drive is in use

ofirkarin
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Hello,
I have 2 hard drives on my pc, and i would like to format the one that windows isnt on. for some reason which i cant recall, it is formatted now with a fat32 file system and i need it to be ntfs. anyway, i removed everything from the hard drive and yet it still says that there are 8.47 gb that are taken on the drive even though i cannot find anything on it. when i try to format it, it says that something is using the drive and it cannot proceed... i tried to do it from the cmd.exe and after it said it cannot format due to use fo the drive, it suggested if i wanted to dismount the drive forceably, which i agreed but after it was dismounted it still could not be formatted from the same reason...

any ideas ?

thank you.
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration Specialist

Commented:
What is your OS?

If you are using W2k or WinXP, then you have to partition the drive, THEN format.

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Commented:
im using win xp, well thank you, and may i ask how do i do that ? :)
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Commented:
CONTROL PANEL- ADMINSTRATIVE TOOLS, COMPUTER MANAGEMENT.. then select DISK MANAGEMENT..

make sure you select the correct drive... this is a MUST...  right click on DISK 0-9, then choose create new partion...then choose to format.

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i did google it and i wonder why i couldnt find such a simple solution.... anyway, thank you very much.
Irwin SantosComputer Integration Specialist

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cool. thank you!

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