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need help please

by tiger62 / October 8, 2009 8:52 AM PDT

hi, i have a Dell latitude c640 laptop, running xp pro. my prob is that i went to command promt to format it,when i asked it to format it,it tells me my data will be lost proceed with format y/n
i type in y
then it say's , cannot run because the volume is used by another process would i like to force a dismount y/n
i type in y
then is say's i cant because it cannot lock the drive the volume is still in use
how do i format the laptop? can someone please help me PLEASE

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Windows won't purposely destroy itself....usually.
by Steven Haninger / October 8, 2009 10:05 AM PDT
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What you're experiencing is normal. You can only format the hard drive by booting from another device such as a CD ROM or floppy disk. Maybe if you explain what you want the end result to be, you can get a better answer.

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need help
by tiger62 / October 8, 2009 10:11 AM PDT

what im trying to do is to totally wipe the hard drive to many virus's , way to many for me to get them all (this is my sons laptop)

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What do you plan to do . . .
by Coryphaeus / October 8, 2009 1:47 PM PDT
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after you format the drive? Do you have the restoral CD? Or a copy of the operating system and all the device drivers? If not you're going to end up with a useless laptop. You can't just format the drive and not reinstall the OS and drivers.

Tell us more.

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need help
by tiger62 / October 8, 2009 2:15 PM PDT

yes i have the disc to setup the operating system

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Re: formatting
by Kees Bakker / October 8, 2009 5:52 PM PDT
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The XP setup will let you format the drive during the install. No need to do it before. Just boot from your CD and start installing.


Kees

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need help
by tiger62 / October 8, 2009 5:59 PM PDT
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thank you all very much for your help.

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