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How do I format my C drive in Windows 2000 Pro?

Do I force a dismounting volume while trying to format my C drive in Windows 2000 Professional? If not, how do I format the C drive if it's not letting me because of mount volume issues?

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If Windows 2000 Professional is installed on drive C, you can't format it while the operating system is running. Instead, you must start the computer using MS-DOS or Windows PE, format the disk and then reinstall the operating system.

This was first published in October 2003

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