Formatting Drive C unsucessful

  joseph.brady2 17:16 09 Mar 2003

I've had my PC for a few years,and have decided ,There's to much junk clogging it up! so ile reformat the drive or wipe it,after going into MS Promts comands,Whilst still in Windows as ME allows,I get the message "Drive C is curentley in use by another process,Aborting format"
Whatever that process is it's beyond me,how do I get around this?

  spikeychris 17:19 09 Mar 2003

Windows ME or any other flavour will not allow itself to commit suicide. You MUST boot from a start up disk and at the A:\ prompt format c


  spikeychris 17:21 09 Mar 2003
  pj123 17:36 09 Mar 2003

If you don't have a boot disk email me and I will send you one.

  Djohn 17:39 09 Mar 2003

pj123, You putting the boot in again? :o)

  Belatucadrus 17:49 09 Mar 2003

click here is a direct link to an Acrobat pdf download of an article on how to reformat, should explain things clearly.

  krall 18:03 09 Mar 2003

Restart PC in Dos mode and at the prompt type Format C: /S Before doing this make sure you have a bootable StartUp disk that allows you to access your CD drive.

  spikeychris 20:09 09 Mar 2003

Just format c

The startup disk, created or downloaded Will be sufficient for a format and re-install.


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