Why can't I repartition/format a hard drive having booted from it?

By rodion15
Apr 26, 2016
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  1. If the OS is loaded into RAM during boot, why can't the system disk be repartitioned or formatted?
  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,741   +3,708

    Because it is programmed to protect itself from accidental harm.
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,177   +990

    That's a fallacious assumption. Almost every OS has a 'resident' portion, but lots of dynamic stuff that is loaded as-needed.
    In windows, not just DLLs but also kernel stuff. In Mac, it's similar but a DLL is known as an *.SO (shared object)
  4. rodion15

    rodion15 TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 147

    Okay, thanks for your answer :)

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