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  northy 11:50 14 Apr 2003
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i am trying to format a drive with 2 operating
systems on ,and cannot do it ,can anyone please help.
i get the message :-format cannot run because the volume is in use by another process, format may run if the other process is dismounted
first,all opened handles to this volumewould then be invalid,would you lie to force a dismountof this volume {y -n}, i answer y and get this reply:-cannot lock the drivethe volume is still in use.
iam using win xp professional .
thanks

  spikeychris 12:00 14 Apr 2003

You can not format a drive whilst its in use, its basically suicide.

Do you have an XP installation disk?

Chris

  Megatyte 12:01 14 Apr 2003

Are you trying to format fram a Windows DOS prompt or from a clean boot?

AH

  Megatyte 12:03 14 Apr 2003

Snap!!

  Hamish-261069 12:08 14 Apr 2003

What about booting using Partition Magic and formatting it from there? That's what I always do - I don't use fdisk or whatever.

  northy 16:55 14 Apr 2003

to spickychris ,answer yes i have x p disc

to megatyte yes dos prompt

northy

  spikeychris 17:11 14 Apr 2003

These two operating systems, are they both XP? did you accidentally install two versions?

Chris

  northy 17:26 14 Apr 2003

spikeychris,i have win nt and xp
northy

  spikeychris 17:40 14 Apr 2003

Boot to the BIOS and set CDROM as first boot device.
Insert Windows XP CD and reboot.

At "Press any key to boot to CDROM" quickly press a key and follow the
prompts for a Clean Installation:

You can then partition and format the disk.

Chris

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