Solved

Unable to format because drive is in use

Posted on 2006-11-12
5
244 Views
Last Modified: 2010-04-26
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.
0
Comment
Question by:ofirkarin
  • 3
  • 2
5 Comments
 
LVL 30

Expert Comment

by:irwinpks
ID: 17924925
What is your OS?

If you are using W2k or WinXP, then you have to partition the drive, THEN format.
0
 

Author Comment

by:ofirkarin
ID: 17924929
im using win xp, well thank you, and may i ask how do i do that ? :)
0
 
LVL 30

Accepted Solution

by:
irwinpks earned 50 total points
ID: 17924942
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.
0
 

Author Comment

by:ofirkarin
ID: 17924959
i did google it and i wonder why i couldnt find such a simple solution.... anyway, thank you very much.
0
 
LVL 30

Expert Comment

by:irwinpks
ID: 17924964
cool. thank you!
0

Featured Post

Live: Real-Time Solutions, Start Here

Receive instant 1:1 support from technology experts, using our real-time conversation and whiteboard interface. Your first 5 minutes are always free.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

What do we know about Legacy Video Conferencing? - Full IT support needed! - Complicated systems at outrageous prices! - Intense training required! Highfive believes we need to embrace a new alternative.
A clone is a duplicate copy. Sheep have been cloned and maybe someday even people will be cloned, but disk cloning (performed by the hard drive cloning software) is a vital tool used to manage and protect data. Let’s look at what hard drive cloning …
This Micro Tutorial demonstrates using Microsoft Excel pivot tables, how to reverse engineer competitors' marketing strategies through backlinks.
A short tutorial showing how to set up an email signature in Outlook on the Web (previously known as OWA). For free email signatures designs, visit https://www.mail-signatures.com/articles/signature-templates/?sts=6651 If you want to manage em…

786 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question