Re-formatting second drive with old Win2000 OS

  tallboy 22:35 07 May 2009

Some time ago I replaced my Windows 2000 OS with Windows XP. At the same time I added a new drive (for the XP OS) and left in place the old drive with Win 2000 on it, as a second drive. (It has other partitions on it)

I would now like to re-format the drive with Win 2000 on it (drive D:) so that I can use the space but I am getting an access denied message.

What do I need to do to gain access to do the reformat? - especially as the Windows XP registry has picked up that there are Windows system files on the old drive. (i.e. It will need dismounting as well)

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:38 07 May 2009

Access Files
If you get Access Denied in WinXP Pro. Try “taking ownership” of the file/folder before it can be accessed. First of all go to Folder Options, View Tab and in the Advanced Settings at the end, untick “Use simple file sharing”, which will allow the Security Tab to be shown in the file’s properties. Also, in Folder options, make sure hidden and system files can be viewed.
To take ownership of the file (it’s best done at the folder level), right-click it, Properties, Security Tab, add your user name, fill in all the permissions and Apply. You can now access it.
click here

Access Files XP Home
Simple file sharing is enabled by default in XP Home
Note You must be logged on to the computer with an account that has administrative credentials. If you are running Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, you must start the computer in safe mode, and then log on with an account that has Administrative rights to have access to the Security tab.
click here
click here and click on the link at part one and download the required program.
Follow the instructions and the security tab will be enabled. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY OR YOU COULD DENY ACCESS TO ALL YOUR FILES.

  tallboy 11:11 08 May 2009

Many thanks for the prompt response Fruit Bat. I opted for your first suggestion and accessed the D: drive / files using Safe Mode. I was able to re-format the drive without any problem so I now have some extra capacity for my data files.

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