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Windows 7: Windows will not allow me to re-format a drive E:

08 Mar 2013   #1
Walter

Windows 7 Pro
 
 
Windows will not allow me to re-format a drive E:

Windows 7 Pro

I have 3 physical drives in my pc
C: Has Windows applications on.
D: Has all my data on.
E: Has assorted files on.

I want to re-format E: but when I select Computer Management and the select Disk Management and right click E: Format option is greyed out.
Any idea how I can format e:



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08 Mar 2013   #2
Bongo

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

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08 Mar 2013   #3
pscowboy

W7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

You could also try diskpart.

Type the following in an elevated command prompt (run as admin):

diskpart
list disk (note your E drive #, and use it in next entry. Go by size to get it right)
select disk #
clean

When it completes, type exit and see if you can now initialize and format in disk mgr.
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08 Mar 2013   #4
Walter

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bongo View Post
Thanks for the suggestion but it did not allow me to format drive E:

I removed the drive E: from my Windows 7 pc and put it in my new pc which is running Windows 8 and I was allowed to format my drive
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08 Mar 2013   #5
Walter

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bongo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pscowboy View Post
You could also try diskpart.

Type the following in an elevated command prompt (run as admin):

diskpart
list disk (note your E drive #, and use it in next entry. Go by size to get it right)
select disk #
clean

When it completes, type exit and see if you can now initialize and format in disk mgr.
Thanks for the suggestion but it did not allow me to format drive E: but
I removed the drive E: from my Windows 7 pc and put it in my new pc which is running Windows 8 and I was allowed to format my drive
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08 Mar 2013   #6
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

If you would have posted a shot of disk management we could have told you why you couldn`t format it, but glad you got it sorted.
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08 Mar 2013   #7
gregrocker

 

Since it apparently isn't clear to you, we must see the labels on each partition to be able to tell you why Disk Mgmt won't allow formatting. It is most often because it holds the System Boot files, for which the fix is to move them to the correct partition. We handle these here every day, thousands of times since Win7 was released.
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09 Mar 2013   #8
Walter

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Since it apparently isn't clear to you, we must see the labels on each partition to be able to tell you why Disk Mgmt won't allow formatting. It is most often because it holds the System Boot files, for which the fix is to move them to the correct partition. We handle these here every day, thousands of times since Win7 was released.
The drive that I wanted re-format was drive E: which just holds data files (Word doc and Excel xls) not Windows so there were no Windows system files at all.

Any way as I said I put the drive into my new Windows 8 pc and I was able to re-format it inDisk Mgmt.
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