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#1 doveriene22

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 08:32 PM

i have a problem on reformatting my pc..i have two OS installed, windows xp, but the other one was crashed and cant delete it. every time i try to reformat drive c it always says unable to reformat drive c.how can i fix this one?



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Posted 14 October 2013 - 08:43 PM

1. Parted Magic erase all offending partitions and reformat/recreate them

2. Put in your OS installer disk and choose the right partition you want to install to.



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Posted 14 October 2013 - 09:35 PM

It occurs to me that...if your boot files are on a given partition in a dual-boot...that Windows may not allow you to delete it.  The only instance I know where I cannot delete a partition is if I am in Windows and the version of Windows that I am in...is the partition I am trying to delete.

 

The Windows install routine...IME...can delete just about any partitions that may be on a hard drive...prior to doing an install of Windows.

 

When you are in Windows on a dual-boot...the C: partition is whichever one you happen to be in at the moment.

 

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 09:58 PM

During the Windows Setup Process you will be presented with the following screen:

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You will want to delete all partitions and reinstall your operating system if that is what you want to do.

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 10:03 PM

Dual OS machine, MBR may have difficulty defining this which may be the issue, which may be the reason for this thread. or not...



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 08:59 PM

I spoke to dovirene and she wants to reformat entire drive C: , . . not just a partiton

 

I hope that you have a suggestion because I don't know about this.

 

she gets the message can not reformat drive C:


Edited by Jove, 23 October 2013 - 08:59 PM.

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 09:02 PM

I spoke to dovirene and she wants to reformat entire drive C: , . . not just a partiton

 

I hope that you have a suggestion because I don't know about this.

 

she gets the message can not reformat drive C:

My first suggestion (the first post after OP) does this...

 

edit: Parted Magic is a Linux based tool, you can do what ever you want...


Edited by TsVk!, 23 October 2013 - 09:04 PM.


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Posted 23 October 2013 - 09:16 PM

Ok thank you


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