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Old 10-18-2004, 04:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just got a used computer when i try to format the Hd through Windows it tells me that another volume is in use would I like to force a dismount of that volume. when i answer yes it says the volume cannot be closed and format aborts. When i try to do a low level format through dos with a low level format utility that gives me the message that the hard drive is locked. How can i format this HD.
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create boot disk /w format.com on it. boot from disk and run format.com
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go to http://www.bootdisk.com and download the 98SE boot disk. Boot off it and run like mentioned above format
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Probably norton protection bin is monitoring that drive. Boot into windows safe mode and you can delete or format that drive
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I just got a used computer when i try to format the Hd through Windows it tells me that another volume is in use would I like to force a dismount of that volume. when i answer yes it says the volume cannot be closed and format aborts. When i try to do a low level format through dos with a low level format utility that gives me the message that the hard drive is locked. How can i format this HD.
since i don't know what windows you are talking about. it's kind of hard to come up with an answer.
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