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Windows 7: Cant Format E Drive Old copy of windows seems stuck on it

21 Apr 2015   #41
Pitbull69

Windows 7
 
 

Looks like I have no system restore at all,

Tried to do what you mentioned and got an error, Cant Format E Drive Old copy of windows seems stuck on it-system-restore.jpg




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21 Apr 2015   #42
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Not sure where you`re at with this, but all other hard drives should be disconnected, then C should be marked active and the system files should be written to it.

ONCE THAT IS DONE, and windows boots on it`s own, THEN you can mark the other drive/partition inactive and format it.

As long as a drive or partition is marked active, you can`t format it with windows.

Do you own a windows 7 install DVD ?

Partition - Mark as Active

Running startup does not always succeed in writing the system files to the windows partion, if this doesn`t work and all other options fail, your last resort is to reinstall windows with ALL OTHER hard drives disconnected.

Startup Repair


But, in your case if all you want to do is format Disk 1, then.......

Disconnect Disk 1, does windows boot ?

If so just reconnect it, then install and use Partition Wizard to format Disk 1 completely to unallocated space, then create a new partition or 2 out of it

Best Professional Partition Manager | MiniTool Partition Wizard Pro
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21 Apr 2015   #43
Pitbull69

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Not sure where you`re at with this, but all other hard drives should be disconnected, then C should be marked active and the system files should be written to it.

ONCE THAT IS DONE, and windows boots on it`s own, THEN you can mark the other drive/partition inactive and format it.

As long as a drive or partition is marked active, you can`t format it with windows.

Do you own a windows 7 install DVD ?

Partition - Mark as Active

Running startup does not always succeed in writing the system files to the windows partion, if this doesn`t work and all other options fail, your last resort is to reinstall windows with ALL OTHER hard drives disconnected.

Startup Repair


But, in your case if all you want to do is format Disk 1, then.......

Disconnect Disk 1, does windows boot ?

If so just reconnect it, then install and use Partition Wizard to format Disk 1 completely to unallocated space, then create a new partition or 2 out of it

Best Professional Partition Manager | MiniTool Partition Wizard Pro
Thanks very much for your help, but this was covered last night and now PC boots on its own and drive formatted as it should be, also learnt about saving C Drive space, etc, but my only problem I have now is System restore has an error,

I have followed various guides to try and get it back but same error just comes back

I have enabled the services for system restore, still same error, I have then run sfc /scannow and it says I have no issues, so really not sure what to try now,
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21 Apr 2015   #44
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Could you post the latest shot of disk management

System Restore may not work because you have the page file on another drive.

Put the page file back on C and try get system restore to function again.
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21 Apr 2015   #45
Pitbull69

Windows 7
 
 

looks like page file is on the C Drive,

Cant Format E Drive Old copy of windows seems stuck on it-disk-managment.jpg


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21 Apr 2015   #46
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pitbull69 View Post
Looks like I have no system restore at all,

Tried to do what you mentioned and got an error,
That is strange. I haven't seen that before.

What happens is you disconnect all other drives except Disk 3?
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22 Apr 2015   #47
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Do you use Tune Up utilities or any programs such as this ?
A search for 0x81000203 system restore found this lengthy MS thread (and more).
System Restore Error Code: 0x81000203 - Microsoft Community
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22 Apr 2015   #48
Pitbull69

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pitbull69 View Post
Looks like I have no system restore at all,

Tried to do what you mentioned and got an error,
That is strange. I haven't seen that before.

What happens is you disconnect all other drives except Disk 3?

Same thing even with no other drives plugged in,


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
Do you use Tune Up utilities or any programs such as this ?
A search for 0x81000203 system restore found this lengthy MS thread (and more).
System Restore Error Code: 0x81000203 - Microsoft Community

I did use tuneup utilities about a month ago, but got sick of it blocking programs I was using so I removed it, I had also found that same thing regarding Tuneup but I thought because I had uninstalled it, it shouldnt be causing an issue, unless its left the issue behind,
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22 Apr 2015   #49
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Those kind of programs can make system changes that can never be "undone" without doing a restore or reinstall.
There is no way of knowing everything they changed as far as i know.
Do you have a system backup image, or restore point from before using tuneup utilities ?
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22 Apr 2015   #50
Pitbull69

Windows 7
 
 

unfortunalty I dont, it was something I kept meaning to do, but never got round to doing,

would reinstalling the program allow me to turn off whatever it has done, or would I just be making matters worse ?
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