(Solved) - Cannot format drive C(22 posts)
How exactly are you trying to format the C drive?
If the OS is installed in the C drive and you are trying to format it after booting to the user account then it will not format. You need to use a boot disc or an OS disc.
What is your Operating System? If you are using Windows, in which drive your Windows is installed? If it is installed in the "C" drive, you can't format the "C" drive while your Windows is running. Boot it from the Windows setup CD to format "C" drive.
Just out of interest, why do feel the need to format the drive, have you or are you experiencing problems?
Formatting will wipe the OS completely.
Are trying to reinstall XP?
Thank you all!
My OS is windows xp SP2.
First, I insert a bootable OS disc and restart laptop, then delete partitions and create new partitions. After that I try to format drive C but I fail formatting. The laptop said my C may be damaged or cannot be formatted. Then I successfully format drive E and install windows in drive E.
What happens to my drive C and my hard disc?
My laptop is ASUS A6F series (age: around 4 years and 6 months)
CPU Duo T2050 1.5 GHz
Hard disc drive 60GB
If you had reinstalled the OS in the E drive, you should be able to boot and view the C drive in Disk Management. In Disk Management right click on the C drive and try to format it and post back with the exact error message that you get.
I format drive C by right click drive C and click format. Then it shows a message "windows was unable to complete the format".
As I try to format C by Disk Management, I right click on drive C, I discover that :
1. I cannot perform the step formatting.
2. I also cannot mark partition as active, and
3. I cannot delete partition.
My drive C, F and G are primary partitions;
while my drive D and E are extended partitions.
When I right click D, it has "delete logical drive" function;
But when come to E drive, I also
1. cannot delete logical drive and
2. cannot perform the formatting at drive E.
These are what I see from Disk Management:
C drive in my computer is
4.88 GB NTFS
while E drive:
21.70 GB NTFS
(My windows xp is installed at drive E.)
It looks like your system is spread over both C: and E:. In which case the format would not work.
I should start from scratch, and install XP to C: (that's where it should be).
Ideally repartition the whole drive first. It looks a mess.
Now my OS is window xp pro. I install it since last sunday.
On the first few days my laptop can run smoothly. But after that, my laptop shows blue screen"A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your pc". so I install debugging tools for windows together with microsoft.NET framework 2.0. I think those may help although till now I still not using them.
Now my laptop always lag. CPU usage is 30-50%, total processes are 35, PF usage is 200-300MB. My ram is 512MB. I have installed ikill, ESET, adobe flash player, 7 zip, mozilla, ccleaner. My ESET is always up to date. I had performed a full scanning and had once defragmented my drive by windows defragmenter.
Get the ultimate boot cd. Its got loads of useful tools and parted magic, a live linux distro that helps whenyou need to do things to hardrives (partitioning,formating). Its also got utilities to check that your hardwares working for example memory tests etc. Just boot from the cd and have a look at the tools on there
I don't know what other issues you may be having but you mention mozilla. Windows XP even with service pack 3 should be ok with 512MB RAM;
it's modern internet browsers that will slow your machine down. I can easily run Windows XP on this older 800 MHZ machine with 512MB RAM. I can
also run Fedora 14 on the same machine and it runs fine. What does not run fine is the internet browser. Firefox eats up the memory.
Chances are aside from any hardware issues you might having; windows sounds like it was running fine according to you, then after a few days and
few installs it now runs slow. It's strange because Firefox system requirements are pretty much the same as Windows XP requirements.
System requirements for Windows XP operating systems. (n.d.). Microsoft Support. Retrieved January 25, 2011, from http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314865
Mozilla Firefox 3.6 System Requirements. (n.d.). Mozilla | Firefox web browser & Thunderbird email client. Retrieved January 25, 2011, from http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/f.....ments.html
Download the free iso
Burn it to a CD with,
Boot from the CD
Partition and format your drive
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