format hard drive

Dennis Miller
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I started the format of the D: drive after right clicking and selecting format. I got an error that says some other program or process is using the drive and how do you find out what process or program it is as no program shows up in the event viewer? This D drive is the slave.
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Do you have Windows Explorer open and showing files from D:?
Have you tried selecting the C: drive in Explorer and then right clicking D: to format?

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Or you could try to use Disk Manager for formatting.
Thomas GrassiSystems Administrator

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Have you tried using Disk Management?

What OS you have?
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Windows 7 and yes I started in the disk manager then went right to the D: drive and right clicked and selected format.  I did this in explorer. It just says another process is using this drive and cannot run the format.
Thomas GrassiSystems Administrator
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How about trying in Safe Mode.

Or run msconfig

Go to the startup tab   disable all

Go to the services tab   hide all Microsoft services   then disable all others.

restart your computer

What anti virus program you having running disable that
Or download ProcessExplorer from sysinternals and check which process is accessing the D: drive

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/sysinternals/bb896653.aspx

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I will give this a try.
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Maybe just a small note but if your machine is telling you that some process is active on your D drive I wouldn't go about and simply format if forcefully. I'd say try to find the process.

Do you happen to have a page file on the D drive? I'd suggest trying to show hidden files and folders and check if there are specific system files on the drive.
Make sure you add the columns "Process Image/Image Path" and "Process Image/Command Line"

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Thanks all for the help. All suggestions made sense and I would suggest looking at all suggestions. Thanks again. It worked. The sysinternals are great.

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