Windows 10: I Can't Format My HDD

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  1.    25 Sep 2016 #1

    I Can't Format My HDD


    Hiya guys, I have 2 HDD's in my PC, one is a Windows 10 HDD and the other is just there for media files. I wanted to format my media drive, but it wont let me. It turns out when I installed Windows 10, it added the boot folders to the media HDD. No idea why.

    I guess I need to somehow move these files to the Windows 10 HDD, so then it might let me format it? But I have no idea how to do this, and everything I have Google'd looks really hard, what's the easiest way to fix this? I just want my Windows HDD only, and format the other.
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  2.    25 Sep 2016 #2

    Welcome to the forum can you post a screenshot of your drives from disk manager so we can see what's going on. If you pull the power on the drive will Windows then not boot?
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  3.    25 Sep 2016 #3

    Sure thing, here you go,

    Imgur: Disk Map

    I just disconnected the Seagate drive (one I want to format) and it refused to boot the PC.
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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       25 Sep 2016 #4

    Download a free version of: EasyBCD - NeoSmart Technologies
    Install then run. Follow the steps in the screen shot to move the BCD (Boot Configuration Data) file to C then you should be able to format D: Drive.
    Click image for larger version. 

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  5.    25 Sep 2016 #5

    Ok I ran that program and it does indeed make the boot files on C:/ problem is they are still present on my Seagate, and I still can't format, it says cannot format as drive in use by system.
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  6.    25 Sep 2016 #6

    You might have to try formatting the media HD from within Safe Mode without Networking.
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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       25 Sep 2016 #7

    Open Admin Comand and type:
    diskpart
    select disk 1
    clean
    exit

    Open Disk management then initialize, Create Simple partition, format.
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  8.    26 Sep 2016 #8

    topgundcp said: View Post
    Open Admin Comand and type:
    diskpart
    select disk 1
    clean
    exit

    Open Disk management then initialize, Create Simple partition, format.

    This worked! Now doing a Format, thanks everyone in this thread your help has been superb!
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  9.    3 Days Ago #9

    Samuria said: View Post
    Welcome to the forum can you post a screenshot of your drives from disk manager so we can see what's going on. If you pull the power on the drive will Windows then not boot?
    So i dont understand much of computers recently my hdd broke i bought a 2 tb new one and replaced it but when i did that i couldnt format my hdd and i wouldnt allow me to download anything on it i tried multiple things and now i cant even enter it i cant format it i cant do anything ill be glad if someone help me out https://gyazo.com/36b48fca8054b4ba736fd8e71d1e94b1 https://gyazo.com/8588461107871c7f7700975d7c3caac9
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  10.    3 Days Ago #10

    You have to create a volume before you can format it.
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