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Windows 7: HELP-Cannot Format Drive D


12 Apr 2013   #1

Win 7 64 Pro
 
 
HELP-Cannot Format Drive D

My D Drive apparently has a System partition. I cannot format the drive. There are three folders on drive backups, Wiindows, Program Files. These files are leftovers from a former PC. I have logged into D as an Administrator. When I try to format, I get message that System Partition cannot be formatted and the process stops.

Can someone tell me how to format this drive. Thanks.


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12 Apr 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Hi denneny

Can you upload an image of the disk management

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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13 Apr 2013   #3

Win 7 64 Pro
 
 

I have attached Computer Management screenshot. It is a 473.1 KB file. I hope you can find it.


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13 Apr 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

The D\ needs to be marked inactive first. Be positive you select the proper disk in diskpart.
Partition - Mark as Inactive
Afterwards use the Disk Management to delete the volume and try formatting then.
Partition or Volume - Delete
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13 Apr 2013   #5

Win 7 64 Pro
 
 

OK. I inactivated D drive. Next, I attempted to delete the volume in Disk Management. I was told drive is in use. I overrode that and said continue with delete.

It started but returned error message:

"Delete is not allowed on current boot, system, pagefile, crashdump or hibernation volume"

What is wrong? Do I need to reboot or change some setting first?

Jim Denneny
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13 Apr 2013   #6
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Yeah, try a reboot, or better power off and back on. Are your sure your deactivated the D\?
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13 Apr 2013   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Have you tried using Diskpart to format the drive?

Click on type CMD inside Search programs and files box . Right click on CMD underneath Program(1) choose Run as administrator. Command Prompt will open up to this path C:\Windows\System32>_ . Type in the commands below press <ENTER> after each line


DISKPART
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK 0
CLEAN
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
SELECT PARTITION 1
FORMAT FS=NTFS QUICK
EXIT
EXIT


Note   Note
Disk 0 is where your D drive is which is your first hard drive
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13 Apr 2013   #8

Win 7 64 Pro
 
 
D Drive Format

Finally, got D Drive formatted. That was not smart on my part. When I built PC, I had tech move data & program files to D: so as not to have to reinstall Win 7 from scratch. I moved Programs back over to C: and reinstalled them to get registry right. I moved data (docs, pictures, Data etc) back over to C:. He also moved system partition to D: for some unknown reason.

The computer would not reboot as Sys files had been removed from D: by format process. Thank God for Acronis Recovery disk with bootable media. I have done a recovery which should put D drive back into active status.

I won't try this again and if I ever install an OS upgrade again, it will be a total, fresh, clean install.

Thanks for the attempted help.

Jim Denneny
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13 Apr 2013   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

...and this beautiful tutorial might help you a bit (though I think you don't need it): Clean Install Windows 7
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13 Apr 2013   #10

Win 7 64 Pro
 
 
Clean Install

You are probably correct - clean re-install Win 7. I have a very smart friend taking a crack at it before that step is taken. D Drive had not been re-formatted as I thought. I recovered C Drive and its MBR using Acronis Recovery. Really weird BIOS sees both drives under hard drive but under boot priority it only sees the D Drive and CD/DVD. It will not boot period.
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