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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-11-2007, 09:34 AM Thread Starter
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Reformatting a HD

Well some of you might have read about the bug that was on my parents computer... I can't get it off and i'm done trying.

It's time to reformat! Well anyhow... I tried formatting the drive in msdos and it says the drive is in use. It gives me an option to override it, but it fails.

I try to right click on the harddrive in my comp and format it from there and it says the drive is in use There are no applications running and I tried to kill all processes.

Any idea how to get this done?
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You doing this while running Windows or in MS-DOS?

edit - Nevermind

Have you thought about one of those format floppy disk that you boot up with and it formats your HD that way?




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You doing this while running Windows or in MS-DOS?

edit - Nevermind

Have you thought about one of those format floppy disk that you boot up with and it formats your HD that way?
I'm doing it while in safemode. I cannot get into anything else. Is there a way to boot straight into MSDOS rather windows? If so i will try it.
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I'm doing it while in safemode. I cannot get into anything else. Is there a way to boot straight into MSDOS rather windows? If so i will try it.
If you have an XP install disk all you have to do is boot from the XP disk and tell it to install new then delete the partition that XP is currently on, create a new partition, and then when you continue the install it will format the drive for you.

Or slap a floppy right click, format, check the make bootable. Boot from floppy.
C:\format c: /s /u

It is just better to use the XP disk because you are going to have to go through that anyways.
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If you have an XP install disk all you have to do is boot from the XP disk and tell it to install new then delete the partition that XP is currently on, create a new partition, and then when you continue the install it will format the drive for you.

Or slap a floppy right click, format, check the make bootable. Boot from floppy.
C:\format c: /s /u

It is just better to use the XP disk because you are going to have to go through that anyways.
That's what I was thinking! Doing to many things here at work at one time while posting and I couldn't think of exactly what I was trying to describe. Plus it's been so long since I did a format and reinstall



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