formatting hardrives

  daz2 13:33 15 Jan 2005

i have just installed a second hardrive which is second hand that i got from my dad it has windows on it and i would like to format it but every time i try it tells me it is in use and cannot continue it is installed as a slave and i am running windows xp any suggestions would be helpful

  Diodorus Siculus 13:36 15 Jan 2005

shut down the pc

disconnect to master drive

boot with windows cd / floppy

format drive


reconnect master drive

  Ironman556 13:38 15 Jan 2005

There may be system files on it that XP has taken a liking to. You could try click here, download a bootdisk and format from there. If it's in FAT32 all you'll need is the Win 98 boot disk.

Alternatively is you have a look at the drive it will tell you the manufacturer, they may has some toold to format the drive that you can download.

  Graham ® 13:38 15 Jan 2005

Is the master set as Cable Select, I wonder? If that aspect is OK, maybe it's a drive letter conflict. Check the drives in Device Manager.

  bremner 13:40 15 Jan 2005


Using Disk Management - Right Click My Computer > Manage > Disk management.

On the relevant drive right click on the right hand side of the entry and choose to delete the partion.

When this is done right click again and choose to make partition, follow through the prompts choosing which format you want NTFS or FAT32

  daz2 14:23 15 Jan 2005

bremmer i tried your solution and it worked thanks for the responces everyone

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