How come I keep getting an error saying a volume is running when I try to format my hard drive?

by on October 8, 2010

Q: I am trying to format my hard drive but my computer keeps telling me something about a volume is running. How do I fix this?


One Response to “How come I keep getting an error saying a volume is running when I try to format my hard drive?”
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    What OS are you running? What drive letter partition is it that your trying to format? Is the volume that your trying to format your primary partition? What is the purpose of formatting your drive?

    This is usually common when the partition that your trying to format is what the actual operating system is on. If you want to format a drive you will usually need to do this with 3rd party tools that are bootable from a CD or Floppy Disc. If your trying to re-install your OS you will get a prompt during install asking if you want to format your drive.