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Windows 7: Can't format non-system partition?

12 Jan 2012   #1
johntkucz

windows 7 pro
 
 
Can't format non-system partition?

hey mates,

I have a downloads partition D: drive. it's empty. there's no system stuff on it. I made that partition so could reformat it regularly (could hdd hygiene ).


Anyways, it's not letting me reformat it. Saying some other app is using it. i have closed all apps though.

I'd prefer to NOT have to boot up on system disks to resolve this because well that's a hassle and I made the paritition in the first place so could just regularly do a quick reformat easily.

thanks.


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12 Jan 2012   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johntkucz View Post
hey mates,

I have a downloads partition D: drive. it's empty. there's no system stuff on it. I made that partition so could reformat it regularly (could hdd hygiene ).


Anyways, it's not letting me reformat it. Saying some other app is using it. i have closed all apps though.

I'd prefer to NOT have to boot up on system disks to resolve this because well that's a hassle and I made the paritition in the first place so could just regularly do a quick reformat easily.

thanks.
You try reformatting in safe mode (F8)?

Might be open in explorer, or your malware might monitoring it etc.

If those fail any good 3rd party partitioning sware (trials are free) like Parigon disk suite will do it in a heart beat.
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12 Jan 2012   #3
JimLewandowski

 
 

You mean from a CMD prompt:

D: (to get into your D partition)

and then:

DIR /AH

shows NO hidden files/directories



and

DIR

shows absolutely nothing?


I wonder if System Volume Information is still on there.
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14 Jan 2012   #4
johntkucz

windows 7 pro
 
 
Wow I can think of few things this frustrating.

Was about to defenestrate the dell laptop.

I booted off Win 7 cd... The ability to format was GREYED out.

I booted off a version of GParted boot cd. The cd kept clicking and stalled.

frickin' hell!!

More info:
The 20gb drive shows 4gb are used but it's empty. Could that be hidden malware? Reveal hidden files solves nothing.

Either way I need to format it and only way seems some formatting app.
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14 Jan 2012   #5
johntkucz

windows 7 pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JimLewandowski View Post
You mean from a CMD prompt:

D: (to get into your D partition)

and then:

DIR /AH

shows NO hidden files/directories



and

DIR

shows absolutely nothing?


I wonder if System Volume Information is still on there.
one sec will respond and check that.
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14 Jan 2012   #6
johntkucz

windows 7 pro
 
 

That results in

DIR Recycle.bin
~4gb pagefile.sys
DIR System Volume Information

1 File
2 Dirs
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14 Jan 2012   #8
johntkucz

windows 7 pro
 
 

****ing Hell.

Using format D: with Admin privs on cmd requests to unmount. "y" and then it says
Cannot lock the drive. The volume is still in use.

Beginning to think this is a hidden trojan/virus/malware.

all the more reason to format D: asap bloody hell I am downloading a ubuntu live cd to boot off that and use gparted which often works.
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14 Jan 2012   #9
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?
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14 Jan 2012   #10
johntkucz

windows 7 pro
 
 

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1265478/prob...e_noformat.JPG

i am familiar with and use snippet a lot.
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