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Unable To Format A Disk Drive....plz Help


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#1 harere

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 11:46 PM

I have two OS installed on my laptop:

1. C:/--Windows XP SP2: the previous one which got deeply infected with virus: virut 32. It boots normally but as soon I login it logsout immediately. But in hope to recover data, I didnt formatted this drive and installed another OS in D: drive.

2. D:/-- Windows XP SP2: the newer and current one. But while working in this system it shows the folders in C:/ to be empty.

Now, since the previous OS(C:/) has got harshly infected, I gave up and thought to format the C:/, but I'm unable to do it. It prompts that Windows is unable to format this drive. The previous OS has password protected account.

Please tell me how to format C:/ now.

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 11:57 PM

when you reinstalled xp all it did was alter the original boot files which are still on C drive

what does my computer show for the properties of the C drive? used space etc

if you right click on my computer and manage and go to diak management what does it show for C and D?

Edited by DaChew, 06 March 2008 - 11:58 PM.

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 01:01 AM

Hello Dachew. The properties for C: show that it is all occupied( free space: 733 MB out of 16.5 GB). Even when I search for any document, the results

show that they are all there in C:\My Documents etc. but those folders are found empty. In the Disk Management option it shows that C: as

Healthy(System) and D: as Healthy(Boot). and fault tolerance=no and overhead=0% for both. The C: is shown as the primary partition and D: and E: are

the extended partitions.

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 02:54 AM

your old my docs is protected/private
have you tried a scan on C from the D installation?

May be try a repair disk from booting to the xp cd and see if you can get them that way
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Posted 07 March 2008 - 04:22 PM

Hi harere first of all take original Xp-sp2 cd and repair your C: Then try to format your C: logging from D: This may solve your prolem.

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 11:10 PM

ya I've scanned C:\ and got umpteen viruses-the system volume info. got infected and around 1800 infected files found.
That OS was password protected but the My Docs was not as such not made private. I will try repairing it by Windows cd.




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