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Windows 7: Can't format hard drive. Tried diskpart/disk management.

15 Apr 2013   #1
xChase

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7600 Multiprocessor Free
 
 
Can't format hard drive. Tried diskpart/disk management.

Hi guys, I recently bought an SSD and decided to install it on my machine, I've set it as the #1 boot option, and then I tried to format my previous hard drive so I can use it for data. Whenever I right click and do it in explorer, it says "Windows was unable to complete the format". If I do it via command prompt it makes the drive disappear from explorer til I restart again.
Not sure what to do at this point.


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15 Apr 2013   #2
VistaKing

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

xChase

When your saying command prompt are you using Diskpart ?

Can you upload the disk management image please

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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15 Apr 2013   #3
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Try Disk Management, right click the disk in the lower part and Delete Partition.
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15 Apr 2013   #4
xChase

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7600 Multiprocessor Free
 
 




And these are my only options when I right click:
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15 Apr 2013   #5
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Partition - Mark as Inactive
You may need to mark it as inactive first
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15 Apr 2013   #6
VistaKing

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

That is why you can't delete it .

It has the mark of Active . What is inside the D partition ?

:Added:

When you installed Windows to the SSD did you have the other drive installed ( plugged in ) ?

:ADDED:

Change the boot propriety inside the bios to Disk 1 ( SSD ) and do a startup repair

Startup Repair

Might want to run it 3-times

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
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15 Apr 2013   #7
xChase

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7600 Multiprocessor Free
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by VistaKing View Post
That is why you can't delete it .

It has the mark of Active . What is inside the D partition ?

:Added:

When you installed Windows to the SSD did you have the other drive installed ( plugged in ) ?

:ADDED:

Change the boot propriety inside the bios to Disk 1 ( SSD ) and do a startup repair

Startup Repair

Might want to run it 3-times

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
The D partition was my old HDD that I used to run windows on.
Yes I had the HDD installed when I installed the SSD.
I've changed the priority.
And I'll do those steps now.
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15 Apr 2013   #8
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Just be sure to disconnect the old hard drive before running Startup Repair.
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15 Apr 2013   #9
patio

Vista Ultimate X64/ Windows 7 Dual-boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
Just be sure to disconnect the old hard drive before running Startup Repair.
Nice catch ! !
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17 Apr 2013   #10
xChase

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7600 Multiprocessor Free
 
 

That fixed it, thanks. I also had to mark my SSD as active for some reason (after I had installed and ran windows on it with the other HDD in)
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