We help IT Professionals succeed at work.

We've partnered with Certified Experts, Carl Webster and Richard Faulkner, to bring you two Citrix podcasts. Learn about 2020 trends and get answers to your biggest Citrix questions!Listen Now


VISTA : cannot format. this volume is write protected

gblict asked
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I'm installing a new machine with new HD.
I have begin to install Vista on it BUT .... sundenly a problem and since then I'm not able to install Vista again.
It seems that on the HD there is a "temp" disk which contains some of the vista install directory (program files / users / windows on a +/- 30 Mb partition.

This partition seems to be write protected, and therefore ....

I'm not able to delete this partition to get rid of the problem

What's the solution ????
Watch Question

Download Parted Magic:

Burn the .iso image to get a bootable CD, boot off it, select the "Partition Editor" icon on the desktop, delete all partitions you find on the HD, create a new Ntfs partition. Reboot and try installing again.

Not the solution you were looking for? Getting a personalized solution is easy.

Ask the Experts
Access more of Experts Exchange with a free account
Thanks for using Experts Exchange.

Create a free account to continue.

Limited access with a free account allows you to:

  • View three pieces of content (articles, solutions, posts, and videos)
  • Ask the experts questions (counted toward content limit)
  • Customize your dashboard and profile

*This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.


Please enter a first name

Please enter a last name

8+ characters (letters, numbers, and a symbol)

By clicking, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.