Format Hard Drive

Format Hard Drive

Post by Kyle Berkope » Wed, 03 Apr 2002 07:44:15



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?
 
 
 

Format Hard Drive

Post by Kak » Wed, 03 Apr 2002 18:31:38


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.

Kak

 
 
 

Format Hard Drive

Post by R. C. Whit » Thu, 04 Apr 2002 00:25:05


Hi, Kyle.

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.

RC
--
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?

 
 
 

Format Hard Drive

Post by Eric Gisi » Thu, 04 Apr 2002 12:31:54


This is absolutely unnecessary. Simply boot the Win2K CD and create the
partition from setup.


| 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.
|

 
 
 

Format Hard Drive

Post by Dengita » Fri, 05 Apr 2002 00:29:09


I created a boot diskette from Win98 in DOS mode with fdisk and format.  I then
booted off of it in WIN2K server and was able to delete the primary NTFS
partition.  

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 ?

 
 
 

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