Reformat!

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by G-Lizard86, Jul 26, 2002.

  1. G-Lizard86

    G-Lizard86 Guest

    Hey guys, i have like 2 HDD, one Fujitsu (6gig) and a WD 40 gig, on the first one i had windows installed, but i wanted to put windows on my WD disk, that disk has 3 partitions, well i installed xp on one of em and it's working just fine, but how do i reformat my old C:\ drive? i can't do it in windows cause then it says after it's finished that it can't format the drive and everything is still in it's place...so how can i reformat that drive...???? please help!:D
     
  2. stuy_b

    stuy_b Guest

    1stly.. goto Administrative Tools and disk management.

    You should be able to format from that.

    or

    2ndly...Reboot and hit F8 key during bootup, this will give you the option to boot various ways. Select command interface (could be called simillar--sorry not at XP machine at the moment)

    When you get to the command prompt type
    format (driveletter): /q /fs:ntfs

    dont forget your old C drive wont be C anymore (as your using your other new drive.
     
  3. 2z

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    safe mode
    command promt
    format c
     
  4. G-Lizard86

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    Tnx..how do i start in safemode?
    Could be a little bit more specific?
     
  5. 2z

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    reboot & b4 windows starts hit
    F8
     
  6. G-Lizard86

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    when youve done that you should get an error
    go into safe mode
    run
    MSCONFIG - hit the boot ini tab - then hit the
    check all boot paths button
    ;)
     
  8. G-Lizard86

    G-Lizard86 Guest

    Yup after reboot i hit F8, i went into save mode with command prompt, i told it to format c, but got an error, disk had to be disconnected or something, so i said yes, it formatted c but when it finished it said that it couldn't format the drive, same message as earlier, everything was still there....:S
     
  9. rek

    rek Guest

    make sure you a r not in the drive ur trying to format
    eg.
    if ur formatting c then go into d drive and type format c:
     
  10. G-Lizard86

    G-Lizard86 Guest

    Yeah i tried that..but got same error...:(
     
  11. 2z

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    command prompt only !!!!!!!!!!
     
  12. G-Lizard86

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    what u mean?..i don't get it really...tried absolutly everything...
     
  13. chastity

    chastity Moderator Political User

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    Ok. Did u make the new installion of Windows active or in other words is it bootable? If its not that could be the reason for the error. If its not go to Administrative Tools and disk management and select the drive u want to make active. Then u might have to reboot to get on to it once u get to the new installion of Windows you should be able to format the old drive from Administrative Tools and disk management. Also what type of file system did u use FAT32 or NTFS as the makes differenice if this doesn't work cause the other way is a lot more involved.
     
  14. G-Lizard86

    G-Lizard86 Guest

    Where can i find those tools? I have a dutch version...so...and i use a NFTS system...i'm in the new installation now...
     
  15. G-Lizard86

    G-Lizard86 Guest

    Found the tools...after the new drive it says Start Up (bad translation) and after the old one (C: ) it says System
     
  16. G-Lizard86

    G-Lizard86 Guest

    Can't format C:, its grey, can't click it...what now?
     
  17. G-Lizard86

    G-Lizard86 Guest

    Can't do it this way...what more is involved?