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Can't Format Hard Drive


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#1 Dave Jr

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Posted 19 February 2006 - 11:28 AM

When I last updated my computer, I took the hard drive from the old machine and put it in the new one, just to have for extra storage, not as a boot disk. Anyway, I wanted to format the drive but I can't, I assume because the page file is still there. I have deleted all of the windows files and folders that lived there before. The drive is clean except for the Recyler folder, the System Volume Information folder and the pagefile.sys, which I cannot delete.

The drive is currently the F: drive and is a Western Digital 160GB drive. It shows used space of 6.02GB, free space of 143GB, capacity of 149GB. The size of pagefile.sys is 2,359,296KB.

Again, I will only be using this drive for data storage, so maybe it is unnecessary to format, if so, please let me know. I assume I would need to delete the pagefile in order to reformat but numerous searches have resulted in no answers on how to do this. Please help if possible.

Thank you,

Dave

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#2 Dave Jr

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Posted 19 February 2006 - 12:52 PM

I figured it out. I did not realize that page file and virtual memory were the same thing. I turned off the page file for the f drive and was able to format just fine.

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Posted 20 February 2006 - 12:54 AM

Thank you for replying back with solution. Someone else may benefit from your post.
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Posted 20 February 2006 - 08:27 AM

No problem.




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