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Formating a drive in XP

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Arroryn, Jan 13, 2006.

  1. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    I've come across this a couple of times - once on my own PC (XP Home w/SP2) and a friend's PC I'm trying to format at the moment (XP Pro)

    Both PCs have one hard drive, one partition. I try to format, and I get the message

    "Format cannot run because the 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?"

    (select Y)

    "Cannot lock the drive. The volume is still in use."

    And I can't format. Now, I'm off to Google this. But if anyone has any quicker answers, I'm obviously very willing to hear them!
     
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  2. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    You can't format the volume you are using! It is like trying to change the foundations of a house while the people are living there!

    And if you could then Windows would vanish at some point - as you overwrote the essential bits! :biggrin

    If you want to do a wipe on a windows system, boot the system from the XP disk and use the fdisk-like system at the start of the install proceedure. You don't have to do the rest of the install after you have done this.

    Harry.
     
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  3. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    :oops:

    I knew that.

    *scrubs A+ off 'WIP'*
     
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  4. eyeball

    eyeball Nibble Poster

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    Exactly. How is the "format" program going to know how to run itself if you delete it?
     
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  5. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    I get it! Blonde moments allowed. Geez.
     
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  6. eyeball

    eyeball Nibble Poster

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    Fake or natural blond?
     
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  7. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    We all have those - although in my case they are 'senior moments'.

    Harry.
     
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  8. Jakamoko
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    Jakamoko On the move again ...

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    OK, I think the point has been made here, and Arroryn has already conceded to having learned from her oversight. No need to labour the point, Guys. It ain't the CF way :)
     
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  9. noelg24

    noelg24 Terabyte Poster

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    Bless ya Arroryn...guys like Jak says, she realised her mistake...we'll leave it there...glad you got it sorted darling...:biggrin...
     
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  10. eyeball

    eyeball Nibble Poster

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    My post was not having a go, look at the posting times, they were nearly the same, I am just slower at typing that I concurr with hbroomhall. If I can write something in its simplist terms then I will, I find that is the best way to learn (and use it when I teach).

    And the natural or fake was something I ask everyone who says blond moment.
     
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  11. john666

    john666 New Member

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    does anyone no how to change a computer from windows 2000 to xp
     
  12. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Please don't spray posts around the board. Start a new thread for a new subject.

    Harry.
     
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