hdd format with xp

  donatello 10:20 12 Nov 2005
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on typing in format c: i get the message the volume is in use force dismount ,and then just keep getting the same message volume is locked can not force dismount,any ideas.

  De Marcus™ 10:29 12 Nov 2005

Are you trying to format from within windows?

  donatello 10:33 12 Nov 2005

yes from the command prompt .

  De Marcus™ 10:36 12 Nov 2005

You'll need to reboot and use a boot disk to format and re-install windows, it won't allow you to format from within windows.

I'm sure another member can point you in the right direction with a link to instructions.

  VoG II 10:39 12 Nov 2005

If you are planning to reinstall Windows XP then follow click here to partition and format during the reinstallation.

  De Marcus™ 10:42 12 Nov 2005

Make sure before you reformat and reinstall, that all your data, documents, pictures and vids (what have you) is backed up. Also make sure you have all your driver cd's and licenses to hand.

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