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Can't format Drive d:


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#1 10 Beers

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Posted 13 December 2011 - 02:04 PM

I salvaged a SATA drive from a computer who's MoBo went to MoBo heaven.
It has Win XP Pro on it and I want to format it and use it for a second drive, D:, on a computer that has Win XP Pro on C:.
Problem being it won't let me format it.

I got to Command Prompt> Format D:.
WARNING, ALL DATA ON NON-REMOVABLE DISK D: WILL BE LOST! (That's the idea)
Proceed with format (Y?N?) "Y"
Format cannot run because this volume is in use by another process.
Format may run if this volume is dismounted first.
All opened handles to this volume would then be invalid.
Would you like to force a dismount on this volume (Y/N?) "Y"
Cannot lock the drive, The voluime is still in use.

After going throught this a couple of times I tried it in Safe Mode. Same deal.
Then I used File Shredder to get rid of everthing possible.
What's left is three directories who's names are a string of hexdecimal chars and Documents and Settings - All Users
Which refuse to be removed.
I don't know what the 3 hexidecimal directories are for - two have folders 'amd64' and 'i386' and one has a folder 'wcu'.
I could probably live with this but I wonder why I can't format this drive.
Any help?

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Posted 13 December 2011 - 11:10 PM

how are you trying to format it? are you booting off it? if your booting off it, its not going to let you format it. Try slaving it into another system as a secondary drive, and letting windows reformat it (with windows 7 and vista just go to my computer, find the drive, right click, and format or you can use disc management)

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 11:54 PM

Sorry I took so long getting back.

My boot drive is c:.
I salvaged my d: AND e: drives from dead computers.
I had absotively no problem formatting e: but d: won't let me format it.
I've tried formatting it in Safe Mode; no dice.
I'm running XP Pro.

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 10:46 AM

Are you familiar with using linux live cd?

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