format hard drive

  tearingmyhairout 09:46 10 Dec 2004


I want to completely wipe my hard drive and start again, (I don't even want to backup any files because there is nothing of any importance) It has Millenium on it, unfortunately this is the only OS I have to re-use!(I have XP on my two laptops, but that won't help me!) when I go to 'my computer' and right click the C drive and click on 'format' a window comes up saying 'windows cannot format this drive because it cotains files in use by windows' I'm not sure what this means or what to do?


  SurfMonkey _#:@}™ 09:58 10 Dec 2004

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  [email protected] 10:02 10 Dec 2004

Before you do anything make sure you have all the updates for millenium on a CD It could well be that microsoft may have stopped any updates on their site so you would have to search in the catalogue for the update downloads you need for millenium As long as you have the original windows millenium you can format the Hdd. simply put your CD into your cdrom or cdrw start or restart your pc Windows should then go into install mode where you are immediately asked which Hdd you want to install your OS It should then ask you you if you wish to format the Hdd Just follow the instructions Then install your updates Then activate your OS reinstall all your mobo drivers etc and your firewall & antivirus programs

  alan227 10:57 10 Dec 2004

Make sure you have the CD set to boot as first device, this can be done in the BIOS.

  Strawballs 00:48 11 Dec 2004

or you can make a boot floppy from add remove programs in control panel then boot up with that in

  User-312386 02:06 11 Dec 2004

you have to re-format from a comamnd prompt outside windows with a boot disc

  tearingmyhairout 16:48 11 Dec 2004

Thanks to everyone

With a combination of everyone's help I have resolved the problem. I created a new boot floppy, typed in Format C:\s at the promt and managed to wipe the drive with no problem and reinstalled my OS.


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