can`t format a drive

  Ray5776 22:31 02 Aug 2007

I am trying to clear all data from my E drive so that I can use it as a back up using Acronis.
When I try to format it says "Windows cannot format this drive.


Ray, not shouting just getting exasperated.

  kane_2001 22:38 02 Aug 2007

had the same problem as you, someone else on here told me the following : try accessing in disk management.

My computer - right click select manage - storage - disk management.

right click the drive for options to initialise and format.

I tried that but then deleted the 2nd drive partition , after I did that the 2nd drive was ready to use.
Good luck

  Les 22:38 02 Aug 2007

Just curious. You say that you are clearing data from your 'E drive' - isn't already formatted?

  Ray5776 22:52 02 Aug 2007

Les, not sure what you mean here, of course it is formatted, I wish to format back to a blank drive.


  Ray5776 23:02 02 Aug 2007

Thanks kane, that sorted it.


  Les 04:06 03 Aug 2007

Apologies Ray, perhaps if I had read your post properly then I would have realised that you wished to clear all your data by reformatting the drive.I used to ( in the far and distant past ) use this method myself - from Dos.

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