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Cannot dismount Drive to format.

I am trying to format the hard drive to restore laptop to original. I have a virus and hope that this will cure it, but when i boot in safe mode with command prompt I cannot dismount hd. Please help.

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  • Tim Smith Feb 11, 2009

    No. What is it? Where? How do I use it?

  • Jeremy Reddick
    Jeremy Reddick May 11, 2010

    Have you tried to run malwarebytes anti virus on your computer first instead of formatting your HD?

  • Jeremy Reddick
    Jeremy Reddick May 11, 2010

    Have you tried to run the program Malwarebytes Anti virus free to see if it will get rid of the download?

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Its better to go into DOS directly then trying things thru windows since its not working properly.

Try using a win98 boot and you'll go to a A:\

When you get there type in FDISK and what you want to do is to delete all your partitions. Then once you do that go ahead and create a primary partition and when thats all done, let the system reboot and let it get back to the A:\

Once there type in this command:

format c: /u/c

As long as your hard drive is still good this will do a unconditional format while checking the clusters of the hard drive as well to make sure they are good. If there is problems it will either stop at a certain percentage or it will tell you "trying to recover file allocation table".

This is a good way of making sure your hard drive is completely clean before reinstalling anything back onto the hard drive.

Once this goes thru then you can put in your Operating System CD and when it gets to the point where it asks you to format then chooose Quick at that point and follow the prompts.

Hope this helps you out.

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Thanks, Benwabnick! I have an old Dell Latitude that was running XP, but had no restore CD for it, and I want to sell the laptop on Ebay. So my only option was a complete format of the hard drive. I also ran into the dismount problem but followed your instructions and wiped it clean.

By the way, I used a win95 boot disc instead of a win98 disc. Hope that didn't make a difference.

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