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how to format windows xp partition from windows vista

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Hi, I am trying to format the partion which is having windows xp from windos vista but i am getting error of "Windows Can Not Format This Disk" , i have tried the normal method by right clicking on the drive and format, and also by the manage option, but from both i am getting the same error.

Please Help Me..................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :)
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Hello smit.sanu

Welcome to G2G! My name is Oreo Collas and I'll be helping today. Please be sure that you print or copy all of the instructions to a document on your desktop as many of the directions may require you to log into Safe Mode or unhook your internet connection.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please make sure to read through all the directions and make sure that you understand them completly before doing any thing. If there is something that you do not unsderstand then let me know and I will elaborate. Skipping steps, working out of order, or working ahead of the directions may cause undesireable results.

We will need some more information
If this is a name brand system:
Operating System
Age of the computer
Memory Total
Hard Drive Size, How much free space

If this is custom then We will need the following:
The CPU brand and model
The Motherboard brand and model
Ram amount and speed
Cd\Dvd rom interface IDE/ SATA
Hard Drive size and free space
Any cards in PCI slots
Any software installed\updated and driver updates done just before problem started

All this will help in determining a course of action to best correct the problem you are experiencing.

From the sounds of it you have one hard drive split into two partitions with Windows XP on one and Vista on the other. Is that correct?
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sorry for replying so late, i was able to format the drive once i converted it to NTFS from Fat32............

The information you asked is this:

Brand Name : Dell
Make :Notebook
Model: Vostro 1400
Operating System: XP(Sp3) n Vista (Sp2)
Age of the computer:1.5 yrs
Memory Total:160 GB
Hard Drive Size, How much free space: I have made 4 partition details are:

C: Size 20 GB free 8 GB(Windows XP)
D: size 28 GB free 11 GB(Windows Vista)
E: Size 49 GB free 18 GB
F: Size 49 GB free 28 GB

Still Guide me in formating the HDD partition
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