Need help on format hd

By ilovefishsticks
Jan 11, 2005
  1. I've been trying to format the hard drive on my laptop 4 a wile and now i'm sick of it. I do format c: and it says it will delete everything y or n i do y. then it says volume in use by other file and it must be dismounted first and would you like to force a dismount y or n. I do y then it says cant lock drive volume still in use. Ive done this in safe mode command prompt and my os is windows xp. Can someone tell me how to fix this?

    Thnx for reading
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    You need to boot from your Windows disc in order to format your HD.

    Please see my reply to the following post Here

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
  3. ilovefishsticks

    ilovefishsticks TS Rookie Topic Starter


    I know i need to boot from the windows disks and it dosnt work, nothing comes up when i start up the computer. Also the reason I am formating is because i need to put windows 98 back on my computer and get rid of xp. That's why i'm having such a hard time with this, It won't let you go from a new version of windows back to the old one. srry I didn't mention that b4.

    thnx 4 tryin to help and mabe you can think of another way to fix this. thnx agen 4 reading.
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    In that case you need to fdisk your HDD using a 98 boot floppy.

    If you don`t have a 98 boot disk you can get on from

    Regards Howard :grinthumb
  5. ilovefishsticks

    ilovefishsticks TS Rookie Topic Starter


    I would try that too but I dont have a floppy drive for my laptop. Have any other ideas? thnx anyways.
  6. lordx

    lordx TS Rookie Posts: 33

    If u still have a os in your comp and a cdwriter(if not ask a friend or something) burn a bootable disk ,doesn't matter what u put on the disk just make it bootable(u can use nero burning rom to do this),and boot your comp into dos with this disk.
    After that:
    fdisk /mbr
    format c:
    choose yes
    I hope this will help u
    Keep in touch
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