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Can't format hard disk

Hi. My problem began when the speed of my computer suddenly slowed down a lot. So I tried a couple of simple things like a virus scan and stuff like that but it didn't work so i decided to format my pc after getting my backup. But now when I try it, windows displays a message that says that it can't format the disk and that I should close any programs or applications, but there aren't any open. What can I do to make it work? Can you help me in some way, maybe I can do it from DOS or something? Or do you know another solution that doesn't involve formatting? I would deeply appreciate your help.

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Ok, you CANNOT format a hard disk while it's running Windows. You need to stick your Windows CD in and boot from that. That will install Windows cleanly. You will lose EVERYTHING on that drive. Also, if it's your main drive, you're going to need to do some research and get the required drivers. (Audio, Video, LAN, ETC) I can help you there if you want. Only format if you are comfortable with losing everything, all your settings, programs, favorites.....

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