Celt wrote:You still got a floppy on your system? Boot into DOS and use fdisk to nuke the partition table! It'll make a small FAT partition but clearing the table will stop Windoze from being so stupid.
i do have a floppy port on my mobo but havent had a drive or disks in ages, if all else fails ill look in to it, would i beable to get away with booting to a floppy from an external usb floppy drive or just using a usb drive or cd for the sape purpose?
Sauron_Daz wrote:Can't nuke the partition inside Windows?
Fuzz wrote:Can you go to Windows Disk Management, then delete the volumes, create a new partition and format?
ive tried. dosnt work. the "quick" formats just say failed and the "non quick" formats take 2+ days and still fail.
Hammer_Time wrote:Windows will not let you format the Primary Active Partition that the current operating system is installed on...you have to boot off a Windows disc, or into a Windows PXE ( Pre Execution Environment ), or boot using different OS like Linux or DOS etc in order to format that Windows partition...
Proof, if you have Windows installed on Drive C: on your computer for instance, go to My Computer, Right-Click on the C: drive icon, and select "Format"... Windows will not do it and tell you "You Cannot Format this Volume - it contains a version of Windows that you are currently running"...
You could use a tool like Partition Magic to nuke/format that partition from within Windows, but Windows itself will not allow you to do it using the Format command...
trying to format external drives, not internal drive / C drive
as always thank you all for the help, ill boot up in to a non windows environment and try again.