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Windows 7: Formatting partition with win xp

13 Aug 2009   #1
Mathiu

Windows 7
 
 
Formatting partition with win xp

Greetings,
I'm using Win 7 as my primary system for some time and it turns out, that I don't need xp anymore. However when I try to format partition on which XP is installed I got "windows was unable to complete the format" message. Any hints how to do this would be appreciated.


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13 Aug 2009   #2
JackStoreySH

Win7
 
 

this happens to me too, what u do is u use the windows 7 installation and format it in the installation and when it has formatted press cancel or the red x and then press ure on/off button to turn ure comp off then turn it back on, SHEBANG!!! URE DONE


did it with vista yesterday
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13 Aug 2009   #3
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

Since you apparently have both XP and 7 on the same machine, before you reformat the XP partition, you might want to check to see if the Window 7 boot loader files are installed there.

This is generally what happens when you install Seven after you already have another Windows OS installed on the same machine.

If you reformat the XP partition and the Seven boot loader files are there, you will not be able to boot into Seven after that. Suggest you use the option in Seven to Create A System Repair Disk before you reformat the XP partition. That will allow you to boot from that disk and run Startup Repair to reinstall your boot loader files.
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13 Aug 2009   #4
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mathiu View Post
Greetings,
I'm using Win 7 as my primary system for some time and it turns out, that I don't need xp anymore. However when I try to format partition on which XP is installed I got "windows was unable to complete the format" message. Any hints how to do this would be appreciated.
cuold you post a screenshot of th error that you get when you format the xp partition? you can also use Disk Management - Delete and Extend - Vista Forums
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14 Aug 2009   #5
Mathiu

Windows 7
 
 

I'm not sure about boot files for Seven being on drive E. I've installed Seven by booting system from it, should it have any references on old C (current E) disk then?

It doesn't even start formatting. Picture of an error goes here: http://eggdra.one.pl/mathiu/Untitled-2.jpg

Thanks for all your help.
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14 Aug 2009   #6
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mathiu View Post
I'm not sure about boot files for Seven being on drive E. I've installed Seven by booting system from it, should it have any references on old C (current E) disk then?

It doesn't even start formatting. Picture of an error goes here: http://eggdra.one.pl/mathiu/Untitled-2.jpg

Thanks for all your help.
use computer management in control panel to format the partition. You may need to repair your win7 install afterwards
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