When I go to Reformat my hard drive I get this error, it says Format cannot run because the volume is in use by another process.

Question

Hello when i go to Reformat my hard drive I get this error, it says Format cannot run becuase the volume is in use by another process. FOrmat may run if this volume is dismounted first. All opened handles to this volume would be invalid. would you like to for a dismount on this volume i hit yes and it says Connot lock the drive. The volume is still in use.

then it takes me back to were I started.

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This question was answered on December 3, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Try partitioning your drive first.

To partition the drive, you use a program called Fdisk that's on the Startup Disk.

Note: Always follow the Fdisk on-screen prompts carefully. The program tells you how to maneuver through the menus, when to press the ESC key to go back, when you need to restart your computer, and so on.

To partition the hard disk:

1. At the A command prompt, type fdisk, and then press [Enter]. If the hard disk is larger than 512MB, Fdisk asks whether to enable Large Disk Support:

o If you want to install other operating systems on this computer, you need to know whether they can read FAT32. If they cannot, choose No. Operating systems such as Windows NT(R) 4.0 or the original Windows 95, for example, cannot read FAT32, but Windows 98 and 2000 can.

o If you don't plan to install operating systems other than Windows Me or Windows 2000, you will probably want to use Large Disk Support. It allows you to create partitions larger than 2GB (which is the limit for FAT16) and provides greater file storage efficiency.

2. When you are prompted about enabling Large Disk Support, type Y or N, and then press [Enter]. The Fdisk main menu appears.

3. At the command prompt, type 3 to delete the existing partitions and follow the on screen instructions. If what you want is to just set a primary partition do the following. At the command prompt, type 1 to create a Primary partition. You are then asked whether you want to use the maximum space (the entire drive):

o If you choose Yes, this uses up to 2GB for a FAT16 partition or the entire drive for a FAT32 partition.

o If you choose No, you can specify how large you want the partition to be.

If you want to use only part of the drive as the Primary partition, you can return to this menu later to choose Option 2 to create the Extended partition. When you choose Option 2, you are prompted whether to use the remainder of the drive; then follow the prompts through the process of creating logical drives in that partition. Continue with this process until all the space is used up on the hard disk.

4. Optionally, to make the Primary partition "Active", select Option 2 from the Fdisk main menu. Follow the instructions.

The Active partition is the partition that the computer boots from. You need to set the Active partition if you created both Primary and Extended partitions. If you created only a Primary partition, it will automatically be set to Active.

5. When all this is finished, press the [ESC] key to exit Fdisk. When you are prompted to start your computer, leave the bootdisk disk in the A drive and restart your computer by using the power switch or by pressing [Ctrl] + [Alt] + [Del]

Format

After partitioning the hard drive (if necessary) we want to format the hard drive:

To format drive C, at the A prompt type the following:

Format c:

and then press [Enter]. You will be warned that all data will be lost. Select Yes to continue with the format.

For each logical drive you created (such as D and E), at the A prompt type the following:

Format drive: (where drive is the appropriate drive letter)

Make sure you are formatting only the new drives you created, not other drives on other hard disks in your computer.

Once formatting is complete, you can begin setup. To do so, switch the command prompt to the CD-ROM drive (typically E:, since the Windows boot floppy creates a RAM drive as D:), type setup (and press [Enter]). If you have specific installation requirements, you may want to run setup with one or more command line switches.

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Question # 29 10/15/04

My hard drive will not allow any other ISP dial up, only AOL.I can load other ISP's however when I get to the dial-up step the drive fails to recognize the modem. Is there any way other than e-machine tech support??

Ok You have to change the setting on AOL so it won’t be your default ISP. And change the settings on the ISP you do want so that it is your default. If changing the setting on AOL doesn’t work then you must uninstall it. But make sure you have the other program installed.

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Posted by Jerry of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on December 3, 2004