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Windows 7: Unable to format a system drive?

06 Aug 2011   #11

windows ultimate x64
Page filing

enable to view hidden files and you'll probably see you have a page filing folder on your drive. if so get to my computer properties. advanced system settings>advanced tab>performance settings>advanced tab (again)>select virtual memory "change">select drive to be formatted and highlight "NO Paging File" and "SET", hit okay>hit apply> hit okay, (closing performance options> hit apply and okay closing system properties. restart pc and try to format now.

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17 Jan 2012   #12


Okay I liked April's post, and kinda stopped there until the disclaimer came up at the end saying "don't delete files"... So, I turned the computer off unplugged the drive and booted. plugged the drive back in after getting into windows. System Flag gone was able to format, even though i was just trying to encrypt (you can't do one if you can't do the other).

Thank you guys for chit chatting.
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23 Jan 2013   #13

---windows 7 ultimate 32bit
Unable to format system drive

I have a HCL dual core based pc. I have 5 partitions of my hard drive. On c drive i have windows 7 and on d i have vista. I wanna format that vista drive d without making any changes to windows 7. I dun have cd drive to go through setup and format it so i need to format from windows 7 nly. So plZ tel me soln.....
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24 Jan 2013   #14
Microsoft MVP


Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map and listings:

1. Type Disk Management in Start Search box.
2. Open Disk Mgmt. window and maximize it.
3. Type Snipping Tool in Start Search box.
4. Open Snipping Tool, choose Rectangular Snip, click New, draw a box around full drive map and all listings.
5, Save Snip, attach using paper clip in Reply Box.

Tell us what is on each partition and what you'd like to see done with each.
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12 May 2013   #15

Windows 7 Professional x64

If I take out the one system drive I want to format and put it in another computer can I format it there?
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12 May 2013   #16

Windows 10 Pro x64

Welcome to Seven Forums:)

You should have started your own thread.

You should be able to, once again windows will see system files on it and may not let you. Download and install Partition Wizard to format it.

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