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I am trying to format a HDD but I can not format the drive coz of volumes that are not dismounted and therefor the drive can not be locked and therefor the drive can not be formatted

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  • Jaime Arboleda
    Jaime Arboleda May 11, 2010

    Can you grab a MS WIN98 bootup disk and start with C:Fdisk? and then delete all of the partitions?

  • Shankar
    Shankar May 11, 2010

    Just need these details then i defnitely have a solution for you..

    Operating system ?

    Did you boot through the CD or Started OS installation after booting into the OS ?

    What computer Dell or HP or What ?

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Maybe your HDD is damaged. or one of the sector of your HDD has bad secttor

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