Think about it. Format.exe cannot commit suicide by formatting the drive
from which it booted or from which it is running.
That's why we usually use a DOS/Win9x boot disk when we want to run FDISK or
to format Drive C:.
Win2K's Disk Management can delete or format any volume (primary partition
or logical drive in an extended partition) EXCEPT the System Volume (almost
always C:) and its own Boot Volume - and the volume that currently holds the
page file. If we install a second copy of Win2K and boot to that, then we
can format the boot volume for the OTHER copy of Win2K.
Win2K's Setup process can reformat Drive C:, so long as we have not just
booted from Drive C: to run Setup.
The best way to install Win2K onto a freshly-formatted drive is to boot from
the Win2K CD-ROM (thereby bypassing Drive C:) and letting Setup partition
and format the hard drive before installing Win2K on it. If we want
multiple partitions, we can let Setup create and format just the ones
necessary for installation, and then boot to Win2K when installation is
complete and use Disk Management to create and format other volumes.
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
Quote:> I am trying to refomat my hard drive under Win2000. I may
> have gotten a virus because I was unable to open any
> folder on my computer. I did a clean install of Windows
> 2000, but this did not erase the old files, it just put
> them in what looks like a separate account that Windows
> created. This is making my computer work very slow. I
> want to basically start from scratch. I tried to use the
> format drive command from My Computer from windows, but I
> get an error stating that "Windows cannot format this
> drive, quit any disk utilities or other programs that are
> using this drive, and make sure the no window is
> displaying the contents of this drive." I shut down every
> program I could think of. Task manager says that no
> programs are running. Does anybody know why this error is
> occuring, or another way of reformatting my hard drive?
| Get a boot disk, doesnt really matter what version of
| Windows its for, pop it in and boot up till you are at the
| dos prompt. Make sure your boot disk has 'fdisk.exe'
| and 'format.exe' First run fdisk on the hard drive and
| delete the primary partition, then recreate it. Then after
| this format the drive. Then you should be all set to
| install Win2k.
I then reformatted Drive C down to 8 gig, but should I have reformatted it a
system disk >
Format c: \s
I just did Format C: and it came back as type unknown.
I then tried to reboot off of my four Win2k boot diskettes but the first came
back as a n NTDETECT error status=0004.
What did I do wrong ?
Hello, I'm currently on Windows XP Professional and I want to reformat my
hard drive and new install Windows 2000 Advanced Server, Is there any boot
disks or anything I need to reformat and install Windows 2000 Advanced
Server?, I have already backed up my server files (MySQL Server etc...)
Cheer's, Liam Drake