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#1 blueade7

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 08:16 PM

Hi,

I am trying to format a hard drive on a machine with XP. It is the only disk so it IS the one which XP is running on. I get the following error:
"Windows cannot format this drive. Quit any disk utilities or other programs that are using ths drive, and make sure that no window is displaying the contents of the drive. Then try formatting again."

How can I do this? Through DOS? In which case, how do I get to DOS before windows opens, and what exactly do I need to do once in DOS?

Thanks very much for any help

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#2 cryptodan

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 08:18 PM

What kind of Drive is it?

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 08:28 PM

Hi,

Im not sure exactly what you are asking for, but I can tell you that it is a Maxtor 6Y080L0 Hard Disk (file system: NTFS).

Thanks, Andy

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 08:35 PM

Have you tried downloading and using the Maxtor Tools: Max Blast 5?

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 09:14 PM

Hi,

I should have perhaps been more descriptive. My hard disk is an old one with data on it. I would like to format it and wipe all data from it. Max Blast gives the following options: Image backup and image restore, create bootable media, cloning a disc, adding a new disc, manage image backups; but seemingly no wipe or format options.

What would you suggest?

Thanks for your help!

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 09:18 PM

adding a new disk should give you format options.

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 09:26 PM

Hi,

Unfortunately when I click on "add new disk" it gives me an error saying that the option is designed to work with 2 disks (presumably my main disk, and the one it thinks I want to add). My main disk is the only hard disk on the PC. I cannot see any option on MaxBlast to simply reformat a disk.

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 09:30 PM

Did you download the bootable CD Image?

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 02:11 AM

Are you trying to format the actual disk your currently using? It sounds like it from your first post above. If you are, then you won't be able to do this from within windows. What are your plans for the disks once it's formatted? There are several ways to get it formatted, just trying to give you the easier option if you plan on reinstalling windows etc.

Edited by dirtdog900, 14 July 2011 - 02:31 AM.


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Posted 14 July 2011 - 05:38 AM

After reformatting the disk I will be selling or giving my computer away to someone else, hence why I want it completely clean.

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 05:39 AM

...and yes, you are right, I am attempting to format the disk I am currently using.

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 06:05 AM

Did you download the bootable CD Image aka ISO or are you trying to do it from within Windows?

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 06:20 AM

Hi,

I was doing it within windows, but I dont need to do it within windows... how should I do it? I havent downloaded the 'bootable CD Image aka ISO' as far as I'm aware (I don't know what this is to be honest).

Cheers, Andy

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 06:20 AM

Why don't you just go into safe mode at boot (F8) key, select DOS prompt, then type format c: ---- or aam I missing something here ?

Edited by USN Vet, 14 July 2011 - 06:21 AM.

Feel free to ignore my comment, just another user !

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 06:26 AM

Nope you're not missing anything. I am just clueless when it comes to computers (hence my request for help!)... I shall try what you suggest.

Cheers, Andy




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