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Old 06-11-07, 02:52 PM
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format help

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i am reinstalling the operating system on my laptop due to some problems ive been having. i formated one of the partitions no problem but when i went to format the main drive i kept getting an error message saying "cant format the drive, please close all running programs and try again" I did this, even started it up in safe mode and i still keep getting this message. Anybody got any suggestions?????? toshiba notebook,, xp operating system....


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Old 06-11-07, 03:12 PM
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That's because you are using that partition and the OS doesn't want to destroy itself..
 
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You said u deleted one of the partions. If thats the one you were having problems with why would you want to delete the "main" partition. As far as I know you cant format the same partition that is active. Theres many o ways to do it but why not repair it?
 
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You cannot format the main partition unless you boot from the CD (or some other source).
 
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thanks racraft

booted from cd as u said.......problem solved

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Old 06-12-07, 11:46 AM
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Is this windows XP?., if so you must restart the laptop with the windows XP disc in the drive, and when it detects the Disc, you must hit a key for it to bootup into a blue type of Dos rather the old black screen in Dos.

Then follow the prompts to format Drive C.
 

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