Warning when trying to reformat external drive

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  1. Acadia

    Acadia Registered Member

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    Trying to reformat my external hard drive from FAT32 to NTFS using WinXP Home on my pc. I keep getting a message that says "Primary parition is currently in use. To force the format of this volume click Yes. WARNING: To force a format might cause unexpected errors in the application that is using this volume. Do you want to continue?"

    I have nothing on this external drive. What application could be using that drive? Should I force the format anyway? Thank you.

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  2. dangitall

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    Was there any installation/setup software included with the drive? If so, there might be a formatting tool there that would give you the ability to format in NTFS. (Just a thought.)
     
  3. Acadia

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    Thanks, Dangitall. I finally ignored the warning, held my breath, and forced the formatting. It appears to have worked and everything seems to be just fine ... who knows o_O

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  4. dangitall

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    Glad it worked. It was probably just another bit of freakishness from Microsoft, anyway!
     
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