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Old 08-21-2004, 05:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been trying to reformat lately, but it seems I am not able to. I have tried to go into the Command Prompt, and type 'format c:' however it says it is in use. I also tried right clicking my hard drive, and going to format, said the same thing. How do I get to the command prompt before Windows boots so I can type in the command to delete all my files on the partition?

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Old 08-21-2004, 05:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What operating system do you have?
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Windows XP, however when I boot via the CD, it loads up, I go on, to the agreemant, but when I get there, there isn't an option to delete current files on the drive, or am I missing something?
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probably you are trying to format the partition/drive where windows is installed?

you cannot let windows format itself..you have to get out of windows using a dos or windows98/95 bootfloppy and then type format c:

you can download partition magic and create the partition magic bootdisks...it's the best formatting/partitioning program i've seen
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Windows XP, however when I boot via the CD, it loads up, I go on, to the agreemant, but when I get there, there isn't an option to delete current files on the drive, or am I missing something?
Just use xp repair when you boot from cd
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Old 08-21-2004, 06:31 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have tried to go into the Command Prompt, and type 'format c:' however it says it is in use. I also tried right clicking my hard drive, and going to format, said the same thing.
you can't format a drive that is in use. like he said either format using the winXP CD or goto computerhope.com and read up on formatting and FDISK.
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