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Re-formatting hard drive problems

By sripeter
Sep 9, 2008
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  1. I have Vista on my C: drive and XP on my D: drive and am wanting to loose Vista and re-format my C: drive. So far, I've amended the XP boot file using the 'boot\bootsect.exe/nt52 All' command so that only XP opens up on re-boot, and have then tried (via the 'run/cmd' option) using the 'format c: /q' command to re-format this drive but I get the error message 'System partition is not allowed to be formatted'. Can someone help please.
  2. rf6647

    rf6647 TS Maniac Posts: 931

    Here is a bump.

    Microsoft must have a KB article on this. Presently you have dual boot capability. C: cannot be formatted since it contains the boot manager (vista). I would guess that the XP installation CD is the key to making changes. It could be as simple as installing XP on C: to replace Vista.
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