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i am trying to format my old spare (slave) drive, but i get a message telling me to shut down any programs using it or windows displaying its contents...HUH?
any ideas whats going on, is there something running in the backgroung somewhere?, how do i check?
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Do you have your swap file on the d drive. I suggest in a pinch creating a dos boot disk and f-disking that way. Oh ps. if its an older drive try formatting fat 32 so it will check and mark bad sectors (ntfs wont do this).
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Are you doing this within windows explorer? If so make sure you don't have the drive contents displayed in a window. Just click on your c: drive to get off your d: and then just right click on your d: drive and choose format. or tools then format.
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This generally is When you have you Pagefile on that drive or if you have running processes using an APP on your slave.
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Originally Posted by ENTERPRISE1701
This generally is When you have you Pagefile on that drive or if you have running processes using an APP on your slave.
pagefile... that solves my problem, LOL
What brand/model is your spare drive? If you don't know, check next time your computer boots during POST. Go to the manufacturors website and look for software that you can boot to. Or if you have the CD that came with the drive, maybe you can boot to it and format from there.
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