A. There are a number of possible problems. Firstly if using Service Pack 2 ensure you have the kernel fix applied. Also some virus killers (such as Dr Solomons) lock up drives making a format impossible as NT thinks the drive is locked (this is why you can't create an Emergency Repair disk). Stop the virus process using control panel - services and click on the Virus Killer process and press stop. Once the disk is formatted or the Emergency Repair disk go back to control panel and start the virus killer process again.