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need help. can't format my hard drive

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by jackoman, Aug 19, 2004.

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  1. jackoman

    jackoman Thread Starter

    Aug 19, 2004
    I just upgraded my win98 to win2k and am now trying to format my hard disk but keep getting 'volume in use by another proccess'. Can't get around this no matter what I try.
    This is exactly what I get when I'm using the command prompt.
    Format :c
    Type of fyle system is NTFS
    Enter current volume label for drive c: xxxxxxxxxx
    Format cannot run because the volume is in use by another proccess
    Format may run if this volume is dismounted first
    All open handles to this volume would then be invalid
    would you like to force a dismount on this volume? Yes
    Cannot lock the drive the volume is still in use

    Any help would be highly appreciated
  2. qwerty155


    Jun 23, 2004
    Sounds to me like you are trying to format the partition that you have actually booted into!
    Are you sure about which partition you need to format? Sounds like you may end up loosing everything if you get it wrong....
    Once you've sure about the above, you'll need to boot of a dos bootdisk and run from the command prompt.
  3. KHolloman


    Jul 22, 2004
    That's exactly what your doing. When you boot into command prompt..you have actually booted.

    You need to boot with a startup disk and from that command prompt do format c:
  4. robapacl


    Aug 19, 2004
    I always have a spare Maxtor around, already formatted, ready to install XP. If I want to keep any of the old data, I just disconnect it and use it as a slave for the new one, after the install. As a slave, I haven't had any problems formatting. Maxblast will also do it as a boot floppy but I'm never competely sure which drive is getting formatted unless there's only one there.
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