Trying to format D drive



T. Waters
07-10-2005, 12:43 AM
I wish to set up a dual boot system on my computer, currently partitioned C
and D, both NTFS. I tried to format my D: drive to FAT32. D: only has four
folders on it, yet I received a warning about a file being in use, and
aborted the format. The files were put on D by Windows, I think, as I never
use D. They are:
3620b711a40e64c3559f0 (contains folder called Update, and files:
$shtdwn$.req, cryptsvc.dll, spmsg.dll, spuninst.exe.)
RECYCLER (hidden file)
System Volume Information (hidden file)
WU Temp (empty)
May I assume that these files on D can be safely overwritten?

Rock
07-10-2005, 12:43 AM
T. Waters wrote:

> I wish to set up a dual boot system on my computer, currently partitioned C
> and D, both NTFS. I tried to format my D: drive to FAT32. D: only has four
> folders on it, yet I received a warning about a file being in use, and
> aborted the format. The files were put on D by Windows, I think, as I never
> use D. They are:
> 3620b711a40e64c3559f0 (contains folder called Update, and files:
> $shtdwn$.req, cryptsvc.dll, spmsg.dll, spuninst.exe.)
> RECYCLER (hidden file)
> System Volume Information (hidden file)
> WU Temp (empty)
> May I assume that these files on D can be safely overwritten?
>
>

Yes. The first one is from an installation of an update from WU. For
some reason it was not deleted at that time. The others are normal
folders created by windows. The drive can be formatted without harm to
the system.

--
Rock
MS MVP Windows - Shell/User

T. Waters
07-10-2005, 12:43 AM
Rock wrote:
> T. Waters wrote:
>
>> I wish to set up a dual boot system on my computer, currently
>> partitioned C and D, both NTFS. I tried to format my D: drive to
>> FAT32. D: only has four folders on it, yet I received a warning
>> about a file being in use, and aborted the format. The files were
>> put on D by Windows, I think, as I never use D. They are:
>> 3620b711a40e64c3559f0 (contains folder called Update, and files:
>> $shtdwn$.req, cryptsvc.dll, spmsg.dll, spuninst.exe.)
>> RECYCLER (hidden file)
>> System Volume Information (hidden file)
>> WU Temp (empty)
>> May I assume that these files on D can be safely overwritten?
>>
>>
>
> Yes. The first one is from an installation of an update from WU. For
> some reason it was not deleted at that time. The others are normal
> folders created by windows. The drive can be formatted without harm
> to the system.

Thank you very much, Rock. I shall proceed with confidence.


Trying to format D drive