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Trying to format a hard drive format is not an option

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  • Windows 7
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December 26, 2011 10:38:06 PM

Hello,

I want to format my hard drive in Windows 7, I went through the control panel to disc storage, picked out C is disabled doesn't seem to be an option

Thoughts!

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December 26, 2011 11:05:08 PM

Did you boot off the C drive ? Are you running Win7 with paging on the drive you want to format?

If you really want to format the drive and lost the data
(1) boot off a USB drive or a DVD like the windows install dvd
(2) run the format from that copy of windows http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Create...

"Warning

"Formatting a volume will destroy any data on the partition. Be sure to make backups of any data you want to save before you begin.

"You cannot format a disk or partition that is currently in use, including the partition that contains Windows.

Note: If this is a prebuilt system like a Dell or Gateway or Lenovo it probably has a hidden partition that it uses for recovery boots. You can also boot up off that partition.

Note2: Make recovery media if this is a prebuilt system so that you can recover at least to the initial purchase system configuration if the disk gets wiped.
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December 26, 2011 11:10:53 PM

In windows you can never format your C drive, its your active partition that you booted off of(if you have multiple windows OS's installed each one relabels the partitions so they all booted off of C) You can never format the partition you are booted off of, you need to be running off of a bootable CD or another partition if you want to format your main partition.


Also, what particular reason do you have for wanting to format your main OS partition? If you do it, make sure you have all of the installation material handy, you will need it all again.
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December 27, 2011 2:56:48 AM

hunter is half right / half wrong. OK, mostly right :) 

You can't format the drive you have booted from, but the drive you booted from might not be C:.

Simplest way to format your normal boot drive is to boot from CD or USB.

However, as hunter said, you have to be certain that you do mean to format that drive, because it will mean losing all the data on that drive. Given that a normal layout will put your Documents folder on that drive, as well as Program Files, you really want to be certain.
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