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Old 05-26-03, 08:23 PM
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Formatting HD questions?

I'm running Win XP and am trying to add a 2nd HD (recycled from a previous computer). The 2nd HD was originally formatted under FAT32 and I am trying to format it new with NTFS.

When I go to My Computers and click on format, it first asks "Are you sure you want to fomat this drive?" I click on "yes", and then it says "Windows cannot format this drive. Quit any disc utilities or programs that are using this drive."

I have Norton Systemworks running in the background, so I exit the program and try again, but without any success.

Any suggestions on how to successfully format this drive?
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try and boot in Safe Mode.
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In XP:

Left Click "My Computer".. go to >Manage>Disc Management> from here you can repartition and format the drive. Left Click the drive in question and it will give you the option's. Make sure to pick the right drive
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Anothing thing you might want to try is to format the drive under DOS (using a Win98 startup disk or from another computer), then reinstall the hard drive and reformat on XP. That might work ...
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Thanks for your tips and suggestions.

I was able to format the HD using the >Manage>Disc Management. I tried this method because it was easier than booting up in safe mode or DOS.
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Hihi. Had this problem myself, and I strongly suspect you are doing exactly the same thing. When you go through explorer, you have to avoid selecting the drive that you want to format. The error message you get is basically Explorer complaining about itself.

The workaround is easy: select another drive than the one you want to format, then right-click on the drive you want to format, and you can continue without problems. All other suggestions from previous posters work fine as well.


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