Receiving error System partition is not allowed to be formatted when trying to format C drive in Vista Home
Posted on 2008-10-19
Hello everyone. I have sepnt my weekend like thousands (maybe hundreds of thousands?) of other hapless victims/suckers, trying to downgrade a laptop from Vista Home Premium to XP Pro. I'm well aware of all the problems with upgrading and downgrading Vista, but I am at my wit's end. I am trying to talk my boss into returning this laptop (an Acer) for a Dell running Vista Business or at least the profrssional XP downgrade.
At this point, all I want to do is fornat the C: drive in order to attempt the XP install again, but keep getting an error "System partition is not allowed to be formatted". I don't want to install it on the D: drive (which is 80GB, same as the C: drive), because I think a dual boot system is unlikely (if not impossible) to work w/Vista. I already backed up the factory image of the laptop to DVD, and exported all the drivers in case the XP install works and accepts the factory drivers. Any instructions or advise would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!