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Formatting volume name (disk)

Windows was unable to complete the format.

 
  Description  
     
 

When attempting to format the drive or partition, an error occurred that prevented completion of the format. This can be caused be a number of items:

  • The drive stopped functioning during the format.

  • Critical sectors, usually at the start of the partition, are defective.

  • If using removable media, the media is defective.

 
 
   
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  Formatting volume name (disk

 
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  Windows was unable to complete the format. 

 
Typical location
  C:\WINDOWS\

 
Issued By
  explorer.exe

 
OS
  Windows XP

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  Microsoft Corporation    
 
   
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Replace Drive/media
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Install a new drive and/or media to replace the defective drive/media.
 
   
 
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  FaultWire Staff
Posted: 11-Sep-2009
 
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Data and/or file structures on the drive may be corrupt. Run the check disk program or other disk validation and repair utility on the drive. To do this:

  1. Open Explorer or My Computer (Press Windows+E).
  2. In the right pane, right-click on the drive you want to validate and select Properties.
  3. Select the Tools tab.
  4. Under Error-checking, click on "Check Now".


  5. In the next dialog, make sure the option "Automatically fix file system errors" is checked. If you want a more complete validation and repair check the option "Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors" (although this takes considerably longer to complete).


  6. Click on Start.

Several software products that offer an extensive range of disk diagnostics includes Fix-It Utilities Professional and SystemSuite Professional. Other diagnostic products include Eurosoft's PC Check and Iolo's System Mechanic.

 
   
 
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