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Windows 7: Why can't I format this partition???

25 Oct 2010   #1
t4akawolf

Windows 7 Ultimate x32 (UPDATE: Now x64!)
 
 
Why can't I format this partition???

OK, I recently emptied my D:Drive but noticed that there is still used space of 4GB on that drive. So I tried to format it but got an error saying 'This drive is in use. Another program or process is using this drive. Do you want to format it anyway?'

I clicked Yes and then I got error saying 'Windows cannot format this drive. Quit any disk utilities or other programs that are using this drive, and make sure that no window is displaying the contents of the drive. Then try formatting again.'

I clicked OK, followed the instructions, tried formatting again and got the same error again. I've tried restarting my PC and also disconnecting/reconnecting my HDD. I also don't have a boot disc (or anything similar) so I can't format from BIOS (or whatever)

Btw, I have Win7x64 installed on C:Drive and have 4 partitions left (D:, E:, F:, G:).

So my questions are:-

1. What exactly is using up 4GB of my hard disk space?

2. Is the missing 4GB the reason I can't format that partition?

3. Why is my pinky finger longer than my thumb?


P.S.: I've attached a Snip of my Disk Manager.




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25 Oct 2010   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by t4akawolf View Post
OK, I recently emptied my Drive but noticed that there is still used space of 4GB on that drive. So I tried to format it but got an error saying 'This drive is in use. Another program or process is using this drive. Do you want to format it anyway?'

I clicked Yes and then I got error saying 'Windows cannot format this drive. Quit any disk utilities or other programs that are using this drive, and make sure that no window is displaying the contents of the drive. Then try formatting again.'

I clicked OK, followed the instructions, tried formatting again and got the same error again. I've tried restarting my PC and also disconnecting/reconnecting my HDD. I also don't have a boot disc (or anything similar) so I can't format from BIOS (or whatever)

Btw, I have Win7x64 installed on Crive and have 4 partitions left (D:, E:, F:, G.

So my questions are:-

1. What exactly is using up 4GB of my hard disk space?

2. Is the missing 4GB the reason I can't format that partition?

3. Why is my pinky finger longer than my thumb?


P.S.: I've attached a Snip of my Disk Manager.

One your page file is there and in use.

two if you safe boot (F8) you will be able to
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25 Oct 2010   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you really succeed to format it in safe mode, make sure you create a new page file - or move your page file to C before you start.
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25 Oct 2010   #4
t4akawolf

Windows 7 Ultimate x32 (UPDATE: Now x64!)
 
 

1. Hmm, why can't I see this 'Page File'? What's it for?
2. How do I move it if I can't see it (tried the 'Show Hidden Files' thing) ?
3. How do I create one?
4. Why is my pinky finger longer than my thumb??????
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25 Oct 2010   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Go to Start > Help and Support and paste this into the search field:

Change the size of virtual memory

That will explain all your questions.
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25 Oct 2010   #6
t4akawolf

Windows 7 Ultimate x32 (UPDATE: Now x64!)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Go to Start > Help and Support and paste this into the search field:

Change the size of virtual memory

That will explain all your questions.
Thanks a lot!!! That DID explain everything!!!

It says 4092 MB is allotted for Virtual Memory on that drive but it also says 6138 is recommended...should I allot that much space for VM?

And how do I ... nvm, figured it out.

Anyhow, I'm gonna set another drive as the host for virtual memory and then format this one.

Thanks a lot for your help! I wish I could rep you twice lol
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25 Oct 2010   #7
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Did you suck you thumb as a child? If you did it probably stunted its growth. You now have ALL the answers.

Jim
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25 Oct 2010   #8
t4akawolf

Windows 7 Ultimate x32 (UPDATE: Now x64!)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
Did you suck you thumb as a child? If you did it probably stunted its growth. You now have ALL the answers.

Jim
Haha, that's most probably true XD. Thanks for answering...
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26 Oct 2010   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by t4akawolf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Go to Start > Help and Support and paste this into the search field:

Change the size of virtual memory

That will explain all your questions.
Thanks a lot!!! That DID explain everything!!!

It says 4092 MB is allotted for Virtual Memory on that drive but it also says 6138 is recommended...should I allot that much space for VM?

And how do I ... nvm, figured it out.

Anyhow, I'm gonna set another drive as the host for virtual memory and then format this one.

Thanks a lot for your help! I wish I could rep you twice lol
There is really no need to increase the virtual storage, 4GBs is enough.
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26 Oct 2010   #10
t4akawolf

Windows 7 Ultimate x32 (UPDATE: Now x64!)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
There is really no need to increase the virtual storage, 4GBs is enough.
OK.
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