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Offline krypton

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windows 7 drive formatting help
« on: November 09, 2013, 12:27:07 PM »
hi avast

i seen many times that when i try to format my whole hard disk during windows set, then i am not able to format it. bcoz when i click more options button in c drive it also let me click on format button. but when  i click on  d , e, and f drive. i can see more options button but i cant click on format button bcoz i cant see cursor finger on it. why i face this problem?
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Re: windows 7 drive formatting help
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2013, 01:04:41 PM »
Without knowing more I can only say this at the moment:

- You can't format a drive that is in use.
- Before you can format a partition/drive, you need to partition it.

ps:
I see you have 512Mb ram in the desktop. I suggest you put in 2Gb total (which is likely the maximum that is supported by the motherboard)

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Re: windows 7 drive formatting help
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2013, 05:26:22 AM »
Without knowing more I can only say this at the moment:

- You can't format a drive that is in use.
- Before you can format a partition/drive, you need to partition it.

ps:
I see you have 512Mb ram in the desktop. I suggest you put in 2Gb total (which is likely the maximum that is supported by the motherboard)
as u said i need to make partition, but also i cant click on delete button in order to make partition. i m using 2gb ram. and 500gb hd
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Re: windows 7 drive formatting help
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2013, 02:32:48 PM »
Try this:
Put in the windows cd and boot from it.
See if you can delete/create/format through the setup.
Do not ofcourse delete C (unless you want to do a fresh installation of XP)

If you want to do a fresh installation:
- Partition/format as you wish
- Install XP
- Install system drivers (check device manager and make sure there are no more exclamation marks or red crosses)
- Install the drivers for your devices (printer, monitor, keyboard, scanner etc)
- Install avast
Do all the above before(!) going online.

- Install the applications you are normally using. (text editor, music application or whatever it is you want to use)
- Configure everything to your needs/wishes
- Create a drive image (very handy if you need to reinstall again and much faster then a fresh installation)

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Re: windows 7 drive formatting help
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2013, 10:42:07 PM »
Hi, were the partitions d,e,& f made by you or are they factory partitions ? Just thinking they might be recovery and/or system utilities partitions the reason you can't format them.

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Re: windows 7 drive formatting help
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2013, 07:53:25 AM »
Hi, were the partitions d,e,& f made by you or are they factory partitions ? Just thinking they might be recovery and/or system utilities partitions the reason you can't format them.
no they not factory partitions. they are made by me before.i put xp cd instead of windows 7. bcoz i cant format or delete partitions. when i tried to delete partiotions with windows xp. it worked and i maked new partitions. why this happens that i cant delete or format with windows 7 sometimes?
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Re: windows 7 drive formatting help
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2013, 04:00:10 PM »
Windows 7 works entirely different then XP.
My guess is it has to do with permissions for the account that you are using.

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Re: windows 7 drive formatting help
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2013, 11:34:03 PM »
A bootable partitioning tool such as gparted or similar would be your best solution. hope that helps.