How to format old boot drive in XP when it is no longer the boot drive?
September 7, 2009 4:06 PM Subscribe
How do I format a non-boot hard drive without taking it out?
posted by teg4rvn to computers & internet (8 answers total)
Have been constantly upgrading my PC over time. First hard drive was a 160 GB IDE drive with WinXP. When I needed more space I bought a 640 GB SATA drive and installed WinXP, made it the boot drive, and kept the 160 GB in the system. I then bought a third drive (640 GB SATA) and connected it. I'd now like to wipe the 160 GB drive clean, but when I try to format it, I get an error stating I cannot format it and am asked to quit any disk utilities that are using the drive or to close any windows that are displaying any of the drive's contents. Is there a way I could do this?