reformatting partition

  kimjhon 21:18 14 Jan 2008

I have a partitioned H/D.
The partition (D), which does not contain the O/S, needs re-formatting -
Because at boot up a message says there are errors on the D drive and Scandisc tries to run.
Scandisc cant run because 'the disc is locked'.
(This apparently happened because I canceled out of a full Scandisc).

Firstly, is there some way of unlocking the disc?
If not are there any dangers I should look out for
and which of these options should I take when reformatting?

Quick or full
Copy system files or not.
And do I need a label?


  cream. 21:36 14 Jan 2008

A full format will scan the disk for errors.

No need to copy system files

No need for a label.

  kimjhon 21:52 14 Jan 2008

Thank you Percy Vere.
Full it is. Expect it will take all night.
Any dangers to look out for?

  cream. 21:55 14 Jan 2008

Are you formating the drive through my computer?

Does it have a tick box to fix any errors found?

  kimjhon 22:11 14 Jan 2008

Yes. Via My computer. Explorer freezes.
There is no box re fixing errors.
But Windows has suggested I reformat so that it can then perform a scandisk.

  cream. 22:16 14 Jan 2008

Try a quick format first. If sucessfull, try a full one.

A quick format should take a few seconds, depending on the size of the disk.

  kimjhon 22:26 14 Jan 2008

Thanks Percy Vere
Will go for it now,
I'll leave thread unticked so I can report result.

  cream. 22:30 14 Jan 2008

Good luck. Hope it runs well.:)

  kimjhon 22:57 14 Jan 2008

Back again.

I cant do a Quick of a Full. Getting an error message:
'Windows could not format this drive because an error occurred while trying to format the file allocation table area.
This drive is damaged and may need to be replaced.'

How can the drive be damaged if full Scandisc performed on the C partition with no errors found?

The drive is readable. Seems like it cant scandisc uless formatted and it cant format unless Scandisced.

  katkins 04:58 15 Jan 2008


I have a partitioned Hard drive C and D on Win XP.

I don't know if either of the following 2 approaches will prove of any use in solving your prob, but I'll fill you in with what my manual says in case it does.

You'll, no doubt, be familiar with a lot of this information already, but I'll type it from my comprehensive Windows Advisor PC maintenance and troubleshooting manual, anyway which covers 98, ME, XP and Vista.

Troubleshooting a boot sector problem.

For Me/98 only. (I expect 98SE isn't much different.)

1. Boot your PC from your startup disk.
2. Once the PC is displaying the A:\> prompt type SYS C: and press Enter.
3. This will repair the boot sector of your hard drive. Once it is complete, remove the floppy and re-boot your PC.


Fixing a corrupt hard drive that's preventing Windows starting. Windows Me/98 only. (It may possibly suit 98SE also)

Use your startup disk to start your system and check your hard drive. (Article P2 - PC Emergency Toolkit for Error Correction contains details of how to create a startup disk. In order to use it to scan your hard drive, follow the steps below:

1. Insert the floppy into your PC and switch it on. Note: You may have to set the floppy drive to be the first boot device if it's not already. Check with your motherboard's manual for details of how to do this.
2. The computer will start to boot from the floppy disk. Windows 98 users will see the Windows 98 Startup Menu and should choose option 1.
3. Wait for the disk to load then at the A:\> prompt type SCANDISK/ALL and press Enter.
4. Follow the prompts to allow scandisk to check and repair your drives.

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