[RESOLVED] cannot lock the drive. the volume is still in use
I'm trying to reformat my hard drive, and I get the a message that says that the volume is in use by another process. It gives me the option to force a dismount, and after I say yes to that, it says that it cannot lock the drive and the volume is still in use.
I've seen that other people have had similar problem, but solutions that would work for them don't seem to work for me.
I don't have an a: drive which limits what I can do.
If you're trying to format it while you're still in Windows you won't be able to. It needs to be done before Windows loads. You could use your Windows XP install CD to format it or you could create a bootable CD and use one of a number of formatting/disk tools like the one here...
Anothetr way to format the Windows parttition is to boot up with the XP CD in the drive, then at the command prompt, type "format c: /fs:ntfs" or "format c: /fs:fat32" without the quotes, depending on which filesystem you want (NTFS is best). It isn't necessary to format first though, Setup will take care of that.
You need to do two things once you've set the CD drive to be the first in line in the boot sequence within setup/BIOS... exit and save the settings (usually F10) but follow the instructions you're given and select yes/y when prompted (that means type "yes" or "y" and hit enter to make the boot sequence changes stick)... and have the boot CD in the CD drive when you reboot.
Which boot CD are you using? Some display a couple of options when you boot and have a timer, usually a few seconds, to make a choice of whether to boot from the CD or continue booting into Windows... if you're monitor screen doesn't warm up in time and actually show the choices then maybe you're just missing the opportunity to select the boot CD. If you think this might be the problem then try tapping the "down" arrow key on the keyboard while it's booting... that will freeze the choices until you can see the screen and hit "enter" on the one you've selected.