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Windows 7: unable to format local disk C

05 Nov 2012   #1

genuine Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 
unable to format local disk C

when i used to format my PC's local disk C then it always shows the message that windows is unable to complete the format .......
i have nothing installed or saved any thing in this drive not even a 1kb file ....
but it always shows 2.2 GB used space .
please tell what to do ...



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05 Nov 2012   #2

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64 Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Tri-Boot
 
 

Hi,

Are you trying to format it from within Windows??? You can't do that - you need to do that when performing a clean installation or using 3rd party partioning tools, pre-Windows boot. That drive seems to have part of your Windows installation on it.

Partition the Hard Drive in a Windows 7 Install
Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

Regards,
Golden
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05 Nov 2012   #3

genuine Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 

why i can't format it within windows ?
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05 Nov 2012   #4

genuine Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 

I have tried many other tools but nothing happens the problem continued
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05 Nov 2012   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

You cannot format the partition which is currently running Windows 7. How would it run to do this?

Are you planning to reinstall the OS? If so boot the Windows 7 installer, choose Custom Install, then use the Drive Options to format C before choosing it to reinstall. You can also delete any other partitions you don't want, even C, to repartition as desired.

If you'd post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Mgmt drive map and listings, using the Snipping Tool in Start Menu, we can advise you how to do most anything you want to do with your partitions.
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06 Nov 2012   #6

genuine Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You cannot format the partition which is currently running Windows 7. How would it run to do this?

Are you planning to reinstall the OS? If so boot the Windows 7 installer, choose Custom Install, then use the Drive Options to format C before choosing it to reinstall. You can also delete any other partitions you don't want, even C, to repartition as desired.

If you'd post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Mgmt drive map and listings, using the Snipping Tool in Start Menu, we can advise you how to do most anything you want to do with your partitions.
My windows 7 is installed in local disk D not in C ...


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06 Nov 2012   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MRINAL KANT View Post
I have tried many other tools but nothing happens the problem continued
Have you tried Partition Wizard as suggested by Golden in post #2 in this thread?

HTH
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06 Nov 2012   #8

genuine Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sir George View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MRINAL KANT View Post
I have tried many other tools but nothing happens the problem continued
Have you tried Partition Wizard as suggested by Golden in post #2 in this thread?

HTH
YES , i have tried but nothing happens it remains same ...
the problem continued.....
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06 Nov 2012   #9
whs

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Can you post a picture of your Disk Management? Maybe we can see what's odd with the C partition.
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06 Nov 2012   #10

genuine Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Can you post a picture of your Disk Management? Maybe we can see what's odd with the C partition.
yes why not ... but please wait
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