Unable to format D drive which has Windows XP

Original title: format drive


I INSTALLED win7 in c drive and win xp in D drive. i used it for 6 months then it got full of virus  both os  are not working , i re instaled both os  in c and d drives now win xp is not working. i want to format it  ..how can i do that?  i tried delete and format option but it doesnot work..and it ask for " need administrative permision to delete..pls help i want to empty that drive and use like normal drive..   pls help me


Hi Ganeshsiva,


Thank you for posting your query in Microsoft Community. 


From your description, it seems that you want to know how to format D drive which has Windows XP operating system.


I will be glad to assist you. This issue could be caused because Windows XP operating system is already installed in the drive and cannot be formatted directly and should be logged in as an Administrator      .


Follow the steps provided below and update us on the status of the issue.


I would suggest you to back up all the date present in the D drive and try to format the drive.


Create and format a hard disk partition:


Note: Formatting a volume will destroy any data on the partition. Be sure to back up any data you want to save before you begin.


For any Windows related issues please feel free to contact us and we will be glad to help.


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Last updated February 27, 2020 Views 1,080 Applies to: