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Solved: Portable Hard Drive Won't Format

Question: Solved: Portable Hard Drive Won't Format

Hello again, I just bought a western digital my passport 250gb portable hard drive. It came as fat32 and I have been trying to format it to NTFS. When I click the format button it starts off fine and everything goes well until it get to about 3/4 of the way done, then the light on the hard drive stops blinking and it is silent and the progression stops. Any suggestions?

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Hi there,

My Sister owns a ASUS laptop running Windows Vista and has a portable hard drive (WD 250GB) which she uses to back up her files and to store her business files and personal files (music, photos, videos etc.) however, i plugged it into my MacBook to transfer files onto it. Now when i try to plug it back into her Asus, it doesn't recognise it and when "Computer" is opened the hard drive is displayed as "Local Disk (G". I am able to double click the text, but a window pops up saying "You need to format the disk in drive G: before you can use it." But i do not want to format the hard drive because the files on it aren't backed up. I've tried plugging it back into my MacBook, but that doesn't recognise it either.

Any help would be fantastic!


Answer:WD 250GB Portable Hard Drive requesting format

you may need to rename it as for example in her comp that may have been E drive and in mac F drive so drives have gotten mixed up
try vista disc management if you can see it there change drive letter, or try in safe mode, ie connect drive with comp off then re boot into safe mode

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I recently tried to format my portable hard drive. It went through the process of formatting, then told me "Windows was unable to complete the format." Now when I try to access the drive (which shows up in My Computer as "Local Disk"), it tells me I need to format it. Formatting leads to that same error message.

I'm formatting as NTFS. I tried changing the policies in Device Manager around, to no avail. Any ideas?

Answer:Maxtor 40GB portable hard drive won't format.

Pull it from the caddy and set it as a slave outside the caddy. I assume it is usb? Format it when it is an IDE slave and remove it and replace it in the external caddy and you should be good to go. why it won't format????? Microsoft!!

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium, Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 11
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 2036 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family, 320 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 466650 MB, Free - 352164 MB; D: Total - 10239 MB, Free - 3913 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0FM586
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I bought a Toshiba Canvio Connect 1.0 TB Portable External hard drive. When connected via the USB port there is movement inside the unit. Can this be left connected to my desktop PC or should I disconnect? I want to use this as my back up location as my D drive is not large enough. Thanks.

Answer:Solved: Portable Hard Drive

It'll work but never move it while connected.

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Hello all

I have a damaged portable hard drive, i bought it used and got many years out of it, the power light is not turning on but i can feel
their is power going to it, there are no markings on the outside and i don't want open it and do further damage, i just want to get my music off of it

Thank you


Answer:Solved: Un named portable hard drive

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A friend of mine gave me a portable hard drive to use to back up all my family photos I have on my hard drive. I plugged it in and it said it downloaded the required drivers but I can't see it when I go to my computer. When I check the device manager it says its there and working correctly but I can't see it anywhere on my computer to copy the files to.

Any suggestions?

Answer:Solved: Portable hard drive not working.

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I have a WD portable hard drive. some time ago i started getting a weird message whenever i tried to open the hard drive, something about windows not finding a file named copy.exe, and now when i try to open the hard drive it shows me an "open with" window like it's an unrecognized file. i think the drive is infected

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 05:48:10, on 16/07/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16674)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\mdm.exe
C:\Program Files\CyberLink\Shared Files\RichVideo.exe
C:\Program Files\TuneUp Utilities 2007\MemOptimizer.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
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I am running Windows XP Home on my computer and have attempted to install a MicroAdvantage QuickiDrive (128MB). It seems to be properly installed, with one major problem - after (safely) removing it, then putting it back in the USB port, my computer instantly reboots and issues an error report. I have 1.1 USB capability and this is a 2.0 which is compatible with 1.1. Anyone have any ideas what I need to do to use this flash drive?

Answer:Solved: Portable USB Flash Hard Drive Question

First , make sure you have upgraded to SP1 for XP, since it fixes a bunch of USB issues. Second, try this.

Unplug ALL USB devices.
Open Device Manager.
View, Show Hidden Devices.
Uninstall all devices under USB Controllers.
Uninstall all devices under Storage Volumes. Say no to any reboot prompts until you are finished. Also, if a Storage Volume doesn't uninstall, ignore it and move to the next one.

When this is done, reboot TWICE.

Reconnect the USB devices and see if they're recognized properly.

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While I was backing up Window's Vista the other night to my external hard drive, my flatmate disconnected the hard drive accidentally. Now I can't access the hard drive.

When I plug the hard drive into the USB port on any computer, I hear the USB device connected sound windows plays, the installing your hardware bubble pops up and then says the hard drive is installed properly but I can't see the hard drive under Windows Explorer. When connected the Hard drive makes an odd noise like it's trying to read the hard disk but it can't.

All my University work, songs, and personal work are on this hard drive and I have no way of accessing it.

Can anyone help me/walk me through how to recover all this information?

If you need anymore info, please ask and I'll get back to you ASAP.



Answer:Solved: Portable External Hard Drive Problem

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I'd like to apoligize about asking for help about illegal programs.. wont happen again, i didnt read the important message up the top..

with this problem i have a portable hard drive and it was working perfectly untill i got this virus.."new win32" i formated the computer and the portable hard drive (phd) was working fine again..but some things werent working, so i formated again, and now the phd isnt working..

it doesnt show in "my computer", ive tried on another computer and it still didnt show upp..

please help.. don't have one clue on whats happening..

Answer:Solved: Portable Hard Drive not showing.. helpp

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I know this question was asked over 3 years ago but there is always new items being made.

How reliable are external hard drives?
Is an external hard drive hard to install/setup?
Can a desktop type be used as a portable if needed?
Is the external hard drive something I turn on and off when its needed?
Which one would hold up to frequent power outages?

Answer:Solved: Need Advice : Portable vs Desktop External Hard drive?

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I have this oyen digital u32 shadow 500gb portable hard drive, and when I first got it, the wire connector was always loose when I plug it into the drive, meaning I'd have to the drive positioned in a way where it'll stay connected and if I move it even a little it would disconnect.
I've been using this drive for a while now, almost a year maybe;also every time I'd connect the drive to the pc, a window would pop asking if I want to scan the drive for bad sectors, whatever that means, I never did it, because it was always working fine.
But today the worst of everything just had to happen.
I restarted my pc and when the pc was booting up again, I unplugged the drive from the pc (because I can't have it plugged in during boot up or the pc will try to boot from the portable drive)
After doing that, and trying to plug the drive back in, that's when it doesn't turn on anymore. The blue light wouldn't come on anymore, nothing.
I'm already freaking out, and pissed, so I try to plug it into my xbox, to see if it'll turn on; it doesn't. Nothing.
Now, I guess I got a dead drive with all of my files on it, I mean I have everything on this drive, photos, videos, my current resumes and cover letters, , documents, music, everything .
Is there a way I can get my files back? Because if not, then I've really lost everything.

Answer:[SOLVED] Portable Hard Drive doesn't work anymore

Yeah, you can try taking the hard drive out of the external casing - the site says it's a "Toshiba 500GB MQ01ABF050" inside which will have a regular sata connector like all the other hard drives in your PC - you should be able to just plug that into a spare sata port on your motherboard (just copy how your other hard drive is plugged in)

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A few days ago I reinstalled a fresh copy of XP pro sp3. I didn't disconnect my portable hard drive before installing and now the drive isn't recognized.

When I go to the 'computer management' window, 'storage devices' and 'disk management' I see "Disk 1, 465.76 GB 'unallocated'".

Is there anyway to reallocate it?

Thanks, Chris

Answer:[SOLVED] new xp install rendered portable hard drive impotent

and Welcome to the forums!

Did you have any data that you want saved on this disk?

If you do not have data that needs to be recovered,

Press Start/Run Enter the command below and press ok.


At Disk Management , locate your external drive and create a new partition.

Format with NTFS.

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I have just purchased a Packard Bell 'imedia S2885 computer and wish to download my saved documents from remote hard drive 'core' but it does not seem to allow me to do that.

Question is why and is there any way around this problem as I have some very important documents saved.


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I have a customer's Satellite L305D S5895 laptop. This was shipped to me by the customer who tried to install Windows XP Pro, Vista and none would install. He said he tried all installation CDs he had and finally gave up on it and shipped it to me.

When I got it the partition were deleted so I tried to install Win 7 and when I do doing a custom install I get an error saying the hard drive can't be formatted on disk 0 or it will give an error that no hard drives were found.

I reset the bios to default and no matter what I do it won't format or find the harddrive. I was going to upgrade the bios but the only way I found to upgrade the bios is after windows is installed. There is no way to make changes to the bios for settings that would have to do with the hard drive. This has a Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive.

When installing Win 7 I get the normal windows, "windows is starting", "Select Language", "Select System", "Type of install", "Custom Install", "Delete partitions", "New Partitions", "Format", then the error message "Windows cannot format a partition on disk 0. Error: 0x80070057"

This happens regardless what system I try to install. I've tried two different versions of XP, one of Vista and 3 Win 7 and each time a different install CD.

System Specs
AMD Turion (TM) 64 x 2 Mobile CPU
CPU Speed 2.00 GHz
Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive
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I recently purchased an Acomdata executive 320gb portable hard drive and was working fine when i first got it. Now, a week later i am unable to access the hard drive on multiple computers. It is detected as being plugged in and windows goes through the found new hardware when its plugged in but i cannot access it. Could someone possibly help me with this?

Answer:Solved: Help with Acomdata executive 320gb portable hard drive (unable to access)

See if it is visible in Disk Management and what it says about it.

How did you partition the drive? If you didn't, it should be done by you and not rely on the bad job done by manufacturers.

Right-click Computer > Manage > Disk Management.

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I have just bought a 40gb laptop hd which i have put into a usb case. I use it mainly to take word documents back and fore to my pace of work. Now when used at home ican edit these documents (i use xp home) at home but at work these documents are cread only for some unknown reason the drive is formatted as ntfs. The computers at work are all on a network. So any ideas?


It should not matter. Right click the file in Windows Explorer, Properties, untick Read Only.

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Hey guys does any one know any good software to format portable hard disk rather than windows default.
The thing is There has been bad sector in my hard disk .Its copying and pasting speed get reduces and many of file in my hard-disk are so bad that i am unable to copy it.
Even the movies store in harddisk hangs after some time.
So I am formating my harddisk ...
Please any suggestion to my problem .....
Telll me any good software ... which will increase copying and pasting speed, recover bad sector and etc .....

Answer:Any good software to format portable Hard disk

Try this first.

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Hey Guys,

I have a netbook which I want to recycle however it has been used for business purposes and I want to properly format the drive. The issue I have is that it does not have a CD drive nor does it have a working screen. I have connected the hard drive to external display and manually deleted all files from the computer but I know this is not really 'deleting' anything.

How can I format the drive from within Windows? Unfortunately I cannot get bios to display on the external display so I can not do anything from DOS or Bios simply because I can't see anything!

My latest attempt has been to use Active KillDisk to create a bootable USB however this is when I ran into the issue of the Bios and DOS not displaying, it will only display once windows has been loaded.

Any ideas?

Answer:Solved: Help needed to securely format hard drive - no screen or CD drive

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Hi. My external hard-drive stopped working yesterday. This is what's happening:

I plug it in as usual, then it says "You need to format the disk in drive F: before you can use it. Do you want to format it?".
I'm thinking it's more than likely an issue of having pulled out the usb cable without clicking 'safely remove'.

Yesterday I actually got it working again briefly by typing "chkdsk F: /R" into command prompt. Now when I do that it doesn't work, it says "The type of the file system is NTFS. Unable to determine volume version and state. CHKDSK aborted." And when I double click on F: drive in my computer it says "F:\ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted or unreadable".

Are there any other options besides using some sort of data recovery tool (I'd rather not do this just because it takes a long time)?

Answer:Solved: External hard-drive:...format the disk in drive F: before you can use it.

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I have a sea gate 300 gig hard drive and I cannot get the space/size on it to change. I've re booted, taken it in and out and tried different computers but they all think that there is 138 gigs free of the 300. I have a folder of stuff that has said "24.3 gigs" via properties for about a week now though I can open and close the files, play videos in it, and have added about 15 gigs of stuff to the folder. About 3 months ago I created a partition and made most of the 300 gigs FAT32 so I can play it on my ps3. I've had no issues until now. Also, I have the exact same hard drive also in FAT32 and it suddenly will not show up and it appears to be doing the same thing. When I delete files from the folder, the image still shows as it being filled with that file (on my computer). Though moved files etc still work with no issues on my computer.

I have vista, if that makes a difference.

Answer:Hard drive space on portable hard drive won't change even when I add and remove gigs

Re: Hard drive space on portable hard drive won't change even when I add and remove g

Also, it won't show up on my usb dvd player as of last week. Though as I said, both come up fine on my computer.

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I am trying to format my hard drive using the Windows XP CD. (I have Windows XP Pro installed on my computer).

The computer boots from the CD OK.
Then loads Files.
Then "setup is starting Windows".
"Welcome to Setup".
"To set up Windows XP now Press Enter".
Then I get the following message.
"Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer. Make sure that any disk related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufactures supplied diagnostic or setup program.
Setup cannot continue. The quit setup Press F3."

I have ran check disk twice with no results. I have downloaded a program called kill disc to a floppy but am reluctant to use it if I have underlying problems. The hard drive appears to work fine as do all the programs. The computer has been checked for viruses and spywear etc. and is clean.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.


Answer:Solved: Why can't i format my hard drive?

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Hi guys.
I have a second hard drive that's lost all of its content so I thought I'de format it before reloading my data.
I'm tried to format my drive without success.
I've tried through both Windows explorer and disk management.
It shows that it's formatting but sits at 1% for ever.
Any ideas guys?

Answer:Solved: Can't format a hard drive

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Hi, I want to format my hard drive ( been two years ) ! It is now running XP Pro, which I do not have the discs, and I want to switch back to XP Home, which I have one disc that came with the computer !
I've tried booting up with the disk, so that I can format my hard drive, but nothing happens!
Can anyone help me to get rid of the Pro and switch back to Home ! The last time the computer guy put in Pro for me , but now I can't upgrade, because I don't have the disk !!
I want to try and save money by doing it myself, I guess that's the reason he put in Pro - so that I would have to call him !!
Please help, I know it must be easy, I just need to be shown the way !!

Answer:Solved: Format hard drive xp pro

Is your Bios set to boot from the cdrom first?
Where did you get this XP Home disk from? Is it a restoration disk or an actual install disk?

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I have a windows 95 operating system computer. I need to load windows 98 to it.I was told that the Windows 98 Full O.E.M. version cannot be used I have to buy the windows 98 upgrade. The problem is I already purchased the Full version over e-bay is it true that even if I format the hard drive the O.E.M. still cannot be used?

Answer:[SOLVED] format hard drive

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replaced hard drivewhat format should I use on hard drive to load windows xp (fat) or (ntfs)

Answer:Solved: hard drive format


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I am having to format a hard drive and have never done one before. I am looking for some help and advice. If anyone wants to give me a hand I am all ears and willing to learn.

Answer:[SOLVED] format hard drive

Bryan posted this awhile ago, but it's a good read on how to format and reinstall win98

First what type of Microsoft CD do you have? I'll assume it's W98. If it's not, don't use these
instructions til you let us know what version you'll be installing. Anyway, if it’s an upgrade CD then
you’ll need to be sure you have your old W95 CD or 3.1 diskettes available. During the install you
will be required to prove you have a qualifying product for the upgrade. If you have a Full Copy of
W98 on CD, then that's all you'll need.

You'll also need a W98 bootdisk. If you don’t have one then you can make one
from here. Or if you still have access to your W98 PC or any other W98 PC you can make one from


Be sure to have your Windows "Product Key" available. You’ll need it during the install. It should be
on the sleeve that holds your W98 CD or on the Windows booklet. If you have neither but have
access to your W98 PC, then you can get it from the Windows registry. Start>Run, key in regedit
and press enter. Navigate to here by single left clicking on each one of these in the left pane,

The ProductKey is listed in the right pane.

Once you have all of that, insert the bootdisk and power on the machine. It should boot up to a boot
menu. If not, you’ll need ... Read more

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I installed a new hard drive and have some errors when booting up. I just want to format the drive and start over but it wont let me format saying cant use with this version of dos........please help!

Answer:[SOLVED] format hard drive

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I bought a used 80GB hard drive and installed it in my computer as a second hard drive (F. When I started the computer it showed up and was accessable, showing all the files of it's previous owner and everything was fine.

I thought rather than digging through it and manually deleting redundant files I could simply re-format it by right clicking Local Disk (F and selecting properties/format. I chose the "Enable Compression" option and clicked "start". It went through the process and when it finished I got an error message saying "Windows could not complete the format".

My (C drive is jumpered to master and (F is jumpered to slave and it was working fine untill I attempted to reformat. Now all I get when I try to double-click on it is an error message: "(F is not accessable. The parameter is incorrect." If I double-click Local Disk (F, and select properties, it shows " Used space: 0 bytes. Free space: 0 bytes."

I'm not sure if it is even relevant, but is it possible that if it had a different version of XP than the original one on my (C drive (XP Home/SP2) that this could be a possible connection? I have never formatted a hard drive before other than a clean install of Windows on (C and I really have no idea what I did wrong or how to even go about formatting just the (F drive with a clean install of Windows.

Any help would be appreciated, thanks.

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive Format... Help

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I have a new harddrive I have run seatools on it to clear everything having done this I tried to format the harddrive but everytime I try this it says format did not complete, if I plug the harddrive into an icybox and try to format it on another pc then put it back in mine it works apart from i can't run chkdsk or disk defrag can anybody tell me why it won't work on mine as if it is faulty i can get my money back.

Answer:Solved: can't format hard drive

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is it possible to format a hard drive using my desk top and install the hard drive in my laptop and expect it to work?

Answer:Solved: Format hard drive?

The hard drive needs to be formatted and Windows installed in it in the computer that it's going to be used in.


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i installed linux then decided i wanted windows back so i tried to format the hard drive it wouldnt format, i looked at the file system and it says raw, what do i do???!!! i need that hard drive!!!

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I'm putting an extra hard drive in my friends system and I can't find the proper procedure in my school book. This is my 3rd format but this time I'm leaving the origonal in place as master. I'm not going to do anything to that one. The system has XP Home and I will use ntfs. The new 160 gb hd did not come w/any inst. cd. It is man. by Seagate. I'm not real experienced so please give explicit inst. Thank You

Answer:[Solved] How to format new hard drive?

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Have a 160 g seagate sata hard drive that has a bad install of xp on it and am trying to format it to get rid of the bad install so I can install windows 7. Have it attached to another machine and tried to format but it still has the bad install of xp there. cant get rid of it. am I doing something wrong? Obviously, huh. write protected possibly...I dont know. Thanks.

Answer:Solved: Cannot format hard drive

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I decided to scratch the hd and redo everything after I just got a virus - even after the virus was gone everything was affected.

I create a C, D, and E partition. The C partition is for 98, the D for XP and the E for data. I formatted D: and installed xp - no problem there. then I went to C: and tried to format went through the usual gyrations and thermometer countdown but at the end it said "Windows was unable to complete the format". Am I doing something wrong? I tried FAT, FAT32 and NTFS.

I can think of two options - 1. there is something wrong with the hard drive 2. I should have worked with C: first (installed 98) and then proceeded to install XP

Help anyone!!!!

Answer:[SOLVED] Can't format a hard drive partition


You have to install Windows 98 first.
Boot the computer with a Parted Magic CD.
Delete the partitions - then create a FAT32 partition for Windows 98 - leave the rest of the HDD unformatted.

Install Windows 98.
When running Win 98 >> insert the XP disc.
XP installation will start >> choose New install (not upgrade).
After a little while the computer will restart and boot from the XP disc.
Create an NTFS partition where you install XP.
A dual boot will be created automatically.

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I have made a boot diskette , added smartdrv , but won't accept the smartdrv command, I'm slowly going crazy !! How do I get to BIOS, and how do I configure to startup from cd drive ?? Please help !! Have wasted hours on this thing !!

Answer:Solved: Unable to format hard drive !!!!

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Ok so one of my friends bought one of does cheap encloser here at a pc show so i put in an old HDD that i had w/ some stuff to test it out...and none of the 4 pc's at home will reconize it at all ??? i ready that crap manuel it has 1page lol so do i need to format the hdd cuz im gettin pissed off like allways when something dont go right

And one more and i have a MxtorII 300gigs and when i want to move files over it says disk full and it has 280gigs free any suggestions on that ?

thanks for the advice

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive Encloser (format or not)

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Business, Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) Dual Core Processor 5000B, x64 Family 15 Model 107 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1790 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon 3100 Graphics, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 476937 MB, Free - 329080 MB;
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 3029h
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled

I am trying to wipe clean an 80GB hard drive that I have. I want to reformat it (unless there is a simplar way of wiping the hdd clean). I have the HDD connected to my computer using my USB to IDE cable adapter. Windows Explorer does not list the drive in the tree but disk management does recogniz the drive as drive 1. I was wondering why the drive isn't showing up in the windows tree and how to reformat or wipe the drive clean. I am new to using Diskpart and so I haven't been able to wipe or reformat the HDD.

Please help if you can. Thank you.

Answer:Solved: Format extrernal hard drive

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I'm trying to install and old hard drive that I had from an old pc into my new pc for some extra storage. The drive is show correctly when I boot up however, under computer management in windows vista, the drive is show as disk 0, unknown, and not initialized. when i right click the drive and attempt to initialize it i get the following error: "The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error."
I don't know what to do from here and would greatly apreciate any help. I don't know what info may be needed for you to help me out so if there is any please let me know and I will provide it. Thanks alot for any help, its appreciated greatly.

Answer:Solved: 2nd hard drive unable to format.

Sounds like the drive is dead. Can you hear ot spin? Is ut recognized as being the correct size? How long has it been stored and where?

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Hi Guys
Just to let you all know I have installed countless number of hard drives but never come up against this problem before.
I have just installed a Seagate barracuda 250g pata drive in my sons pc.
Checked in bios and is recognized correctly as slave.
Booted to windows, went to diskmanagment and is correctly seen as unallocated.
Now this is where I have the problem,
I right click the drive and all I get is format (Greyed out) and properties.
I am running a lowlevel format on the drive at the moment to see if that helps.
Anyone got any ideas why this is.
Windows XP sp2

Answer:Solved: Can't Initalize/ format hard drive

You can't format unallocated space -- you have to create a partition first.

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I have an 80Gig Maxtor HD I want to use with a new usb external enclosure. The drive is recognized when installed as an additional drive in my computer. Can I use the device manager to format it so it will be recognized when connected as an external drive? Or is there another process that is needed for formatting.

Thanks, Al

Answer:Solved: Format Hard Drive for External use

Right-click Computer, Manage, Disk Management. Right-clcik the drive and remove all partitions so all the space is unallocated. Create partitions the sizes you want and format. Change drive letters, if you want.

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A big hello to the tech support forum, this is my first post!

I have recently installed a clean version of XP pro on a new hard drive and in an attemt to reformat my old hard drive I made the old drive dynamic. However, now when I try to format the drive using the new XP it fails. I fear it is becasue I have an operating system installed on the old disk and windows doesn't want to delete it.

Any help on how to reformat this disk would be much appreciated.

Many thanks


Answer:[SOLVED] Format dynamic hard drive

G'Day Hoopers, and Welcome to TSF!

My suggestion would be to set the 'old' drive up as a 'Slave' to your 'new' one first.

Once you have done this, boot up the computer and retrieve all your data; then; Go here, and look for a program called "Boot N' Nuke", which will completely wipe that drive clean....but read the article tips first!

'Boot N' Nuke' will be a slowish process, as it will 'zero' the drive.

Try this and report back with any queries/concerns.

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Compaq 5834
Windows 2000 Pro
Version 5.0
Servic Pack 4
192 RAM
c:\ Primary hard drive = 13GB
d:\system_save drive = 3GB
g:\Add on hard drive as slave = 40GB

Purchased a 'acomdata' 120GB usb2.0 hard drive.Followed installation instructions, but it will not format the drive. When the formatting screen appears, the only choice I have is FAT, NTSF, or FAT32 and start. I've tried all three, and I've tried formatting the drive on a Dell laptop with Windows XP with same result. After about 40 minutes, the process appears to complete by the progress bar and a message appears which says formatting cannot be completed.
H:\ shows on menu in MyComputer but clicking on properties show the drive has no free space even though there is 0 bytes of data in folders and files.
The Acomdata tech support desk has not responded. Any help out there?

Answer:[SOLVED] usb2.0 hard drive won't format

More that likely the drive is defective, take back to supplier and have them test and supply new one.

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I need your expertise for this one. I have an Samsung 60GB hard drive that I have been using for backup. The drive is in an external case connected thru a usb port & I have been using it for some time without problems. Since it was previously formated as FAT32, I decided to clean it up & reformat as NTFS.

After cleaning I ran Partition Magic 8, to set up 2 partitions & received an "error 27, Cannot lock drive".

Tried to reformat with Windows. After the format appeared to be finishing I received "Windows unable to complete format" .

The drive displays in MY Computer but shows no Total space or free space. If I click properties: it shows 0 used space 0 free space. Also none of the Tools in the run on it.

Running Win XP Home
What can I do to fix it????

Answer:Solved: Can Not Format External Hard drive

You may have to remove the drive from the external case and connect it temporarily on your secondary IDE channel. If you can't format it there, try the disk manufacturer's diagnostics and see if the drive has died for some reason. You might also try DBAN to totally clear the entire drive and see if that allows you to complete the partitioning and formatting.

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I have a Western Digital External hard drive and had problems with some corrupted files. As a result I decided to use the WD dianostics software to fix the problem but it didn't solve the problem. The WD software gave me the option of wiping the hard drive and I did that in the hope that I could start affresh and then copy my back up files to it again. The problem is that my computer now does not recognize the hard drive at all so it looks like I am going to have to reformat it to NTFS format. How do I get my computer first to recognize it and then how do I reformat it to NTFS format?


Answer:Solved: Format an external hard drive

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Holy *&^%, I am officially past aggravated. I needed to reformat an internal hard drive on a Gateway Laptop 7322GZ, 60GB drive. I am using a Windows XP Pro Upgrade CD (along with a full version of Windows 98SE for verification) and I deleted all partitions and set it to format the entire disk. Did not select quick format NTFS, just regular Format NTFS.

The drive used to have Windows XP Home on it. The boot.ini and many other operating system files were badly damaged or corrupt, so I had no choice other than to set it up as a slave drive and retrieve all of the data, then go for a full format and reinstall of OS. Now I am stuck here at my 2nd attempt at reformatting this drive and it will not format past 73%!!

I Googled and read about this happening (yes, at exactly 73%), but only on 160GB hard drive by Seagate and the solution was based solely on Vista 4 users. Yes, I searched and searched, but only found that exact entry/problem. (or maybe it was 260GB - I dunno).

So, what's going on and what is the easiest way to fix - or is the drive bad, or???

This is ridiculous .. really ..

Please, if anyone can assist soon I would really, really be grateful.

Answer:Solved: Can't format Hard Drive - stops at 73%. What the?!!?

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I am not sure where to post this.

I bought a new computer. It had an intermittent problem with the video card. The manufacturer agreed to replace it. I had loaded programs on the first computer and used it while awaiting the replacement unit. Now I need to return the bad computer, but I want to be sure that all my Information and personal data is gone. Can anyone tell me the best way to do it? The drive is a 1 TB with no partitions. I have tried using a program (Eraser) to securely delete my data , but that looks like it will take forever. I also tried Darik's Boot and Nuke. That would be the best solution but I could not get it to work. I think there was a problem with unrecognized USB ports. I know that a format does not guarantee my data cannot be recovered but I think that will be good enough. But how do I format the drive. I don't have a system disk, plus I don't want to reinstall the operating system in any case. I just want my stuff off the drive.

I will certainly appreciate any help. Thanks very much.


Answer:Solved: Want To Format Hard Drive To Return to MFG

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Bit of a long tail but it may help any that try to help.

I had problems with the second SATA HDD (a Maxtor 6Y250M0) which I use for storage/backups; it was divided into two partions. I checked with CHKDSK found it dirty and went for the recovery option; this failed with an i/o warning. Went for the option to reformat which appeared fine but when I tried to `Delete Partition` it refused.

I loaded the SeaTools floppy and used the Z (erase track 0) option. Whilst I was at it I did a check of the drive and it came back as `good`.
I then went to the format option, which loaded the Wizard, and set the drive up as a single primary basic NTFS partition. This can be written to and read from.

I now have the need to divide the drive back into two partitions but both the `Delete Partition` and `Format` options are greyed out. This applies to both drives.

Can anyone please help me regain the facility and tell me where I went wrong?

Many thanks in anticipation.

Answer:[SOLVED] Hard Drive Format Greyed Out

Had a similar problem read this thread.

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I need an external hard drive for taking regular backups of all of my data.
When i searched the internet I got two options:
1. Porable HDD [high cost, slower speed but don't need external power]
2. Desktop HDD [low cost, higher speed but need external power]

I want to know that...
1. Which hard disk's live longer? Porable or Desktop.
2. I heared that pulling off USB cable of Portable HDD may cause data lose because it also supplies power to hdd.
What will happpen if Power goes off from Desktop HDD? Will my data/Hard disk remain protected?
3. Level of safety of data on moving or shaking on both Desktop and Portable HDD.
4. Can we install os and boot from portable and desktop external hdd?

Answer:Need Advice : External Desktop Hard drive vs Portable Hard drive?

Unless you really need to go portable with a Laptop .. I'd not use a USB powered External.
You cannot boot from a USB External .. But there's another option if you're capable of physically changing HDDs ..

Get a good external Enclosure (with a fan for cooling) .. Install a good HDD ... with a 5 year warranty
and make the HDD in the enclosure a bootable backup .. where you could swap HDDs if/when needed ..

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Okay so here's the story. I have just recently decided to try and use my old PC for some very basic Windows gaming. The problem is, it has Linux Ubuntu 10.0.4 on it at the moment and the hard drive is formatted in to something like an ext4 format. When I put in my Windows 7 install disc and boot from CD it all goes fine up until choosing where to install the OS. It won't let me format the hard drive inside of the setup process, yet to install Windows I believe it needs to be in FAT32 or NTFS format.
Also it won't let me format the hard drive inside Ubuntu itself because it comes up with the error that it is already in use.
So basically what I need is some advice on how to format it using either what I have already got or a little bit of freeware that I can burn to a disc and then power up the machine in to it to format the hard drive. Thanks in advance
Oh and here are the specs as they stand at the moment if you want them:

Old Packard Bell IMedia PC: (originally had Win XP 2005 Media Edition on but I have since installed Win7 RC then linux on it)
OS:Linux Ubuntu 10.04 Desktop
RAM: 512MB
HARD DRIVE: 80GB Hard Drive
PROCESSOR:Intel Pentium 4 (Don't know what speed it is running at)
GRAPHICS CARD:ATi Radeon Xpress 200

Answer:Solved: How do I format my Linux Hard Drive in to NTFS?

I have run into this with linux drives before. It is pretty easy to fix; simply wipe the drive with the drive maker's diagnostic app, DBAN, or any other wipe app. This removes everything from the drive ie it is how it came out of the box. If there is anything you need on the drive, make sure you have a backup before doing this task.

You download the diagnostic app from whomever made the drive ie WD, Seagate, etc. You will need the dos or boot version. One of the options is to zero fill the drive [sometimes called a LLF]

DBAN is available for download from many sites. Here is one

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Hi all,

I recently bought an Inspiron 1405 which has Vista installed on it. I would like to uninstall vista and install xp. So I inserted the XP CD into the drive and changed the bios so that computer boots up from CD.

It boots up from XP CD and goes to the blue screen and starts
loading the necessary files to start the installation.

Then after done with loading, it shows that famous blue screen: "Windows has encountered an error message and has to shut down otherwise it will harm your computer. If this is your first time, restart your pc and if it's not your first time them you have some devices which are not compatible, disable things blah blah".... So I never get to that point where it asks me to format or repair windows...

And when I restart the computer, ir either boots up from the CD again and comes to the same screen or it shows that Windows Repair wizard.

Please let me know how I should fix this problem so I can install XP...

Thanks in advance

Answer:Solved: How to format a hard drive with Vista and install XP?

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I would like to know in very,very,simple plain english step by step instructions on "How to transfer code (for a signature I created on "" ),save it to HTML format,make a file on hard drive,import the file that can be sent along in all my emails"just so you
know how hard this may be to you that do not want to put up with me
here are some statistics(sp) I am a great-gran-ma computer illiterate
newbie,78years,but very eager and determined to learn.
So thanks to any of you brave souls willing to tackle this !!!!

Answer:Solved: Hard drive file,HTML format?

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I recently replaced my slave hard drive which I use to hold a drive image of by Windows XP OS on my "C" drive.
When I tried to partition the new drive (80 gig) using "Partitiion Magic", it failed, with an error message saying that there was a file error on the disc. Don't ask me to tell you what the exact error was because it has now vanished along with the contents of my hard drive. After the error message, I tried to format the hard drive and it refused to do so. I then downloaded a tool known as "Hard Disk Low Level Format Tool" and used it apparently sucessfully to format the hard drive.
I then tried to partition it again with "Partion Magic" and it replied with a message which I dont remember the details but it basically said that the hard drive was corrupt and therefore unfixable. Can anyone help me to "clean" the hard drive or should I just cut my losses and buy another. I was thinking of something like "nuke & boot" or is it "boot & nuke".
Thanks in advance.

Answer:[SOLVED] Problem trying to format my hard drive (slave)

use killdisk and partition and format from disk management

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See attached jpg for question and screen snap shots. System Info below

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium, Service Pack 2, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q9550 @ 2.83GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8188 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT, 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 608359 MB, Free - 437860 MB; D: Total - 2047 MB, Free - 1016 MB; F: Total - 72316 MB, Free - 62651 MB; H: Total - 1430796 MB, Free - 1421870 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc, 0PP150
Antivirus: Lavasoft Ad-Watch Live! Anti-Virus, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Disabled

Answer:Solved: In Safe Mode - Still Cannot Format Hard Drive

Boot with the 75GB drive disconnected from the motherboard. My guess is you'll get some kind of error which should indicate how the drive is being used.

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Hi All

I’m having a problem rebuilding a friend’s computer which was suffering from the BSOD! I could not find a way of resolving this, but I did manage to get all the data by plugging the hdd into another sata cabled machine in the house.
I then formatted the disc, put it back in the original Dell Case and tried to load XP, this is where my current problems start. It loads the XP files and gives me the option to install, repair etc, whatever I choose I get the message “Windows cannot see a configured hard disk, make sure cables are connected etc”.
When I look in the bios I can see the disk is recognised ok!!
Could it be that I have removed something during the format that are vital to the running of the disk? If so does anyone have any instructions how to reinstall?
The problem machine is a Dell Dimension 8400 with a barracuda 7200.7 Sata hard disk.

Any Help would be greatly appreciated

Answer:Solved: Windows cannot see Hard Disk Drive after format - Help please

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hello u guys and i have finished up with the dban thing,after wiping my hard disk.

i just made a partition and i m unable to format it(Using Windows Format)
i have 500 gb hard disk.
4 Partitons

1- 100 gb(primary)(c:disk)
3-200 gb(logical)
4-100(which i m unable to format)(Logical)

all are ntfs partition

before making and formatting 3,4 partion a freind came to me he asked me to fill songs in usb drive.

i m using kis 2010 so i thought i need not worry bcz if any viruses or trojans are found they all will be deleted or disinfected by kaspersky internet security.

i found 8 viruses and 3 trojans out of which kaspersky deleted 5trojans and and two viruses and quarantied 1 virus.

i just scanned usb drive again and i found no viruses and trojan so i opened it and copied all data on 3 partion which is working correctly.

then i made and format 4th partion after restarting my pc.
i wasnt able to format this partion no matters how many times i format it.

i think the virus which was quarantined may have cause the problem.
i m confused bcz i scanned before opening the usb drive.when i found all viruses and trojans and whena ll viruses or trojans were deleted or quarantined the n i again scanned and i found nothing on usb drtive.

so i copied all the data to 3rd partion.after checking for viruses.

it hink the virus which kaspersky internet security quarantined is causing the problem.

the virus which kaspersky quarantined is moja.exe.

i dont know i opened to us... Read more

Answer:Solved: unable to format hard drive partition

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I'm trying to debug my new language that I'm in the process of creating. It's written in C++. I'm currently stuck on why it's code would produce a loop that would print my error message over and over, infinitely.



#include "../pnf.hpp"
int main(int argc, char ** argv)
if (argc < 2)
error(ERROR, "Wrong Arguments.");
return -1;

if (argc >= 2)
PNF program(argc, argv);

int ret = program.execute();
return ret;
error(ERROR, "Program Not Found.");


#include <deslib/deslib.hpp>
#include <cstdlib>
#include <cmath>
#include <stack>
#include <cctype>

IVERSION - Switches versions. It's not possible to switch versions yet, because it's the first version.

IVOID - Does nothing.

ICRASH - Intentional crash of program.

IQUIT - Quits the program. Returns return value.
QUIT TVOID [return value]

IHALT - Halts the system by entering a forever loop.

IPRINT - Prints the specified value or the contents of the accumulator.
PRINT TSTRING [... Read more

Answer:Solved: Debugging Portable Numbers Format Interpreter

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Hi everyone,

I recently accidentally formatted a hard drive. So, I quickly install a file recovery software (EaseUS Data Recovery). Then the result shows that most of SWF files are big in size. I think that lots of my files have been converted or combine with other files. So, how do I recover my files?

Answer:File format changed into other format after format a hard drive

This may not be the best answer, but I would recover the files first. That is you biggest concern right now. Then try to see what you need to do to fix them.

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I'm new to Vista. I bought a 320gig hard drive and a external case and formated it with EXFAT. Ran into some problems and now Vista won't read the drive. I've tried 9 different recovery programs but none works with EXFAT. Is there anything out there that will? (yes, I didn't know what I was doing when I formated it. I thought FAT was FAT!) Any help will be greatly appreciated -Dot

Answer:Solved: recover files off hard drive with exfat format

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Hi everyone,

Was just trying to format my drive to FAT32 using cmd, it got to 2% and then failed for whatever reason.

Now when I plug the drive in nothing happens, not sure how to get it formatted again so it is recognised? I refuse to believe the hard drive is fried!

Your help is greatly appreciated.


Answer:Solved: Hard Drive format fail - now won't recognise device

No matter - Fixed it!

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If I remove the primary hard drive and replace it with a new one, install the old one in an enclosure to make it portable, can I then transfer files from the portable to the new hard drive installed in the computer?

Answer:Removing primary hard drive and using it as a portable hard drive.

If its an IDE drive you can, thought I would then set the jumper to cable select.

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Whenever I connect a hard drive to my computer via USB port, Windows tells me, "You need to format the disk in drive G: before you can use it. Do you want to format it?"

The first sentence is a false statement. (The proprietary security software I use mounts and interacts with the physical hard drive just fine.) And okay, I get that Windows looks, sees neither FAT nor NTFS, sees no MBR, and wants to alert me to that.

It's the second sentence that terrifies me -- I'm worried one of these days I'll accidentally press Enter at the wrong time, or click 'Format disk' instead of Cancel, and Windows will proceed to wreckingball my drive.

How can I stop Windows 7 from issuing this alert that asks me to format the drive, when it sees an "unformatted" drive connected?

All solutions welcome. I am completely OK with reducing my machine's functionality, e.g. making Windows on this machine lose the ability to format any hard drives whatsoever. And I'm probably amenable to drastic haxxory if that's what it takes (I'm not nearly sysadmin-fluent but I can usually RTFM my way through complicated instructions, and I know the basics - how to write batch files, enable/disable Services, etc). I was disappointed to discover it's not as simple as editing AutoPlay settings.

Your help is greatly appreciated. I just can't afford to risk losing data that's probably worth a hundred times my annual salary to an ill-timed key press or an ill-aimed button click. (Granted, ... Read more

Answer:[SOLVED] Help? Can Win7's attempt to format a USB-connected hard drive be stopped?

Found this one which may do it Windows 7 ? disabling "you need to format the disk?" pop-up window ? PZolee's blog

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i have a iomega select portable hard drive usb 2.0 with what should be 500 state 66.3 gb available !somethings gone amiss,any advice as to what ? thanks

Answer:portable hard drive

What machine are you trying to read it on?
Is it USB Powered or does it need an External Power Source?

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I have just bought a Philips 160g hard drive, my cumputer can "see" the drive and I can send files to it. When I try to use the software that came with it, I get the error message "paremeters are incorrect" any solutions?Also when I boot up I get the message "SQL DUMPER LIBRARY is corrupted, reinstall to correct. How do I do this? I am using Windows XP

Answer:Portable hard drive

I use old hdds as back ups,(better than dvds)in an external usb caddy,no software came with it,XP and vista recongnises it as another hard drive.Never had any probs reading or writing to it.Try just using windows own "disk management"in the control panel under "admin tools" then "computer management"you can fornat it ,partion it and assign drive letters.

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which hard drive you you all think is the best:


or this LACIE:
LaCie - Rugged USB 3.0

I don't know which one to choose since my seagate agent go is broken...

Answer:Portable Hard Drive

Sorry I can't help as I haven't used either, my external drive is a Seagate Expansion so not what you would call a portable one as it's used on a desktop computer, don't have a laptop.

I suppose it comes down to what you can afford and which one would give you all the features you need, have you read any reviews about them and if so which comes out the better buy ?

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Hi all hope someone can help me with this. I have a Lenovo G710 laptop, new. I have a Seagate 500gb hd in a portable caddy. When I turn it on it makes all the sounds then shows up in my computer. When I try to open it it it starts to open then hangs, then screen flash it disappears the laptop makes a noise & a message appears that a usb device has not been recognised. I have gone into disk manager run a check on the drive it says it all ok I have all my files & photos on here so hope I can get some help Thanks in advance Reg

Answer:portable hard drive

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So I am looking at getting a small portable hard drive that can easily be transferred to friends and not be bulky. I do not need a lot since all I will be backing up is music and other misc files.

I was looking at the Western Digital Pasport for 90 dollars for 160GB

I know western digital and Seagate are reliable brands but I have not heard of any of the other brands new egg offers. If you have any suggestions or if you think its a good deal lemme know!

TRying to keep under 100 dollars with shipping and trying to be 160GB or more

Answer:Portable HArd drive - Western Digital My Book Essential WDG1U3200WN 320GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache USB 2.0 External Hard Drive - Retail

Western Digital - 89$ 320GB

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I have a portable Hard Drive, and i have a problem
I partitioned my hard drive a while ago, into different sections, for example, Music, TV Eppisodes and a Hard drive named 'Portable HDD'
I am able to acess TV Eppisodes and Portable HDD but not Music

When i try to access it i get this error

I then opened ESAEUS partition manager to have a look what the problem is and this is all i see

Ive noticed that all my other hard dives are Primary and this is logical.
What do i do to get this working please? I've tried to scan disk for errors and get this message

Thanks for reading this.

Answer:Portable Hard Drive

You might try partition recovery. But it looks like the partition is gone. It may be easier just to create a new partition and restore your backups.


Testdisk Documentation
Testdisk Download
Diskinternals Partition Recovery
Testdisk Boot Disk
Partition Find & Mount
Free DTIData NTFS Partition Repair Tool


Diskinternals Partition Recovery (Demo)
[email protected] Partition Recovery
Bootmaster Partition Recovery
ZAR Partition Recovery
DIY DataRecovery DiskPatch
Partition Table Doctor

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I have a Segate 40 GB Momentus ATA hard drive. The drive is connected to the USB port, but the computer does not recognise the drive. Please send your suggestions if anyone experienced the same problem.

Answer:portable hard drive

you mean you dont see it in explorer window?
have you tried computer management
right click my computer manage go to disk management see if it is there unformatted
have you loaded the usb drivers
check your device under hadrware see if you have yellow ?

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I can't get my pc (os:xp2003) to read my portable hard drive (Moving Star). my usb ports onmy laptop work and function properly with all my other compatible software, and my external hard drive specifications state that it should be fully compatible with my software but when i plug it in, and follow the instructions for installation and come to an abrupt stand still because my pc doesn't even acknowledge anything being there. Also, the driver cd-rom only read as a windows music cd on my pc. Can you help me?

Answer:portable hard drive

not sounding funny, but have you plugged it into the mains if its a big portable drive?

if your laptop USB 2.0..?

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Just got myself a new portable hard drive made by Zynet.
Every time I try to Initialize it, a box pops up saying The device is not ready?
I have tried changing the USb sockets it is plugged into, to no avail?
The HD is on, the pc recognises it, as it is showing up in the disk management screen.

But the strange thing is my laptop also running Windows 7 recognised straight away?

Answer:New Portable Hard Drive

Quote: Originally Posted by FatTrace

Just got myself a new portable hard drive made by Zynet.
Every time I try to Initialize it, a box pops up saying The device is not ready?
I have tried changing the USb sockets it is plugged into, to no avail?
The HD is on, the pc recognises it, as it is showing up in the disk management screen.

But the strange thing is my laptop also running Windows 7 recognised straight away?

Does DM assign it a drive letter?

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Hi guys, a freind from work runs his own mobile disco in his spare time. He runs the whole show from one laptop computer. He has a program on the laptop which stores all his songs in MP3 form and if anybody has a request, he just types in the artist name or song title and it gives him a list of tunes to pick.The problem is, he is growing this list of tunes evey week and is running out of room on the hard drive. The answer, he has been offered a portable hard drive of 140GB for £160.00. He has been informed by another person you can just buy a hard drive cheaper and get a kit to make it portable at a cheaper option. He has seen a Samsung unit of 160GB for £85.00, so the benefits are obvious.Any advice greatly recieved...Fred.

Answer:diy portable hard drive

A USB2 external case for hard drivesclick here he can the plug in a new HDD probaly cheaper elsewhere if you search the net

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I need a external hard drive to take with me from office to office to home. My needs are around 30-40 gig to carry the programs I need and to back up my personal documents. What would some of you recomend, I am assuming it would be USB, I saw some cases that you put a hard drive in but wondered if thats the way to go. Any advice would be appreciated.


Answer:Need portable hard drive

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Hi I have A portable hard drive in the past I have downloaded movies I have paid for from the internet onto the hd and plugged it into my dvd palyer and watched them on my tv, but yesterday I brought some more movies and whilst my hd is plugged into my computor the movies play and the file shows but when I plug into my dvd it doesnt show any of the new movie file I ve tried pc fixex but not sure what else could have gone wrong???

Answer:portable hard drive

Hi Bessy1, and welcome to TSG.

There is no guarantee that I will have a solution for you, but it might help someone else here to help you if you let us know the following:

1) Brand and model number of the DVD player

2) URL of the web site where you are purchasing the downloads. Have you been using the same site for the movies that do play and the new ones that do not play?

3) The file format (file name extension) of the old files that do play and new files that will not play

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I have a portable hard drive (I/O Magic)
80 gigs

I love it, it's small.
And I can take it around with me.
I use it very often.

However, I was using it on my laptop today and I accidentally let it drop onto the carpet. The fall was only about 1 1/2 feet tops but it obviously did something negative. So, my problem is that it doesn't load up anymore when I hook the USB into my laptop or desktop. I think a wire got loose inside and that's why the drive isn't spinning. i don't know, I need help! The light still works on the portable harddrive but that's about it. I have a lot of data on this drive that I can't afford to lose!

Any suggestions on how to fix this problem?

Answer:NEED HELP! My portable hard drive

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I have a Sunplan USB2 Sata portable hard drive. When I plug it in to the USB port it comes up in WindowsXP as 'Installed' and lights up blue. When I click on removeable drive it tells me to put a CD in the drive. I have had it a while and have lost the disc and the power supply that came with it but I thought it would work off USB without the power supply. I have looked on the internet for a driver disc but I have had no luck in finding one. In the drive properties it comes up with 'Nil space' and I have tried plugging it into the back USB and still no luck. The name of the drive is Sumvision USB 2.0 e. Is there anyone out there that can help me please? Tony

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You need to get a Power Supply for it - USB alone is probably giving it insufficient power to operate.

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My portable Hard Drive stopped working. It's a WD Elements 2TB do not you know how this is possible but when I plug it into my computer my computer recognize it. But all my pictures videos in other things I have on it are gone. Does anyone know a program that you can buy online or free ? That I can recover them back ? Thank you for any help on this
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Is this machine using a newer Windows version than was being when this drive worked?

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Hi, Just a quickie to settle my mind.  We put all our videos and pictures off our kaptop onto a portable hard drive, MAXTOR 750GB.  But im worried if we get a virus on the PHD, and we'll lose it all .... again.  Is it possible for the PHD to become infected, and how do we protect it / scan for problems ?

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Hey, I have a PhD too! Everyone can own a PhD this way! Your virus scanner should be configured (Usually by default) to scan any station on your computer.If not, you can scan it manually with most virus scanners. What virus scanner are you using?

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i have a protable hard drive on my server and the files are shared and randomly i try to access a folder and it says its corrupted plz run checkdisk i have done that and it fixes it then a few hours later it does it somewhere else, any idea how it is causing all this?

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I would like to install XP onto a portable hard drive

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There's a tutorial here: How Install Windows on an External Hard Drive |

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I have just bought a new portable hard drive made by Zynet, but it a Fujitsu hard drive, anyway, I came to install it, windows said it has installed the driver, but it is not showing up on my pc's, checking the disk management page I find the new hard drive is not initialized, so I click on initialize now, and get a box popping up say 'The device is not ready'?
I have updated the usb drivers to no effect, tried uninstalling, restarting, reinstalling all to no avail!
This getting REALLY annoying as I want to back 100's of GB of music on to it?

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Have you tried plugging it into different USB ports on the computer?
Have you tried doing a Windows Update to see if you can obtain the latest drivers?

Can you also post additional info on the model of the HD?

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I want to go an external hard drive to back up my desktop and store photos - I want to get a Seagate FreeAgent GO hard drive - but should I buy a desktop hard drive or a portable hard drive? What is the difference (in layman's terms!). Thanks.

Answer:External hard drive or portable hard drive

Desktop units will have a separate power brick to provide the power required. Portable units use power from the USB cable connection.If you intend carrying it around a lot with a laptop then portable is the one to go for. If you intend using it with a desktop as you suggest then you won't mind having a permanent power supply block (?)Hope that helps.

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I am looking to buy a new hard drive to store data (mostly games and pictures). But I'm not sure which type of hard drive to buy. Could you please help I want to be able to transfer the data to my laptop also.

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so, ive been trying for daaaays to be able to boot an iso o/s. i dont want any specific o/s i just want to be able to do this so that i can have o/s on my internal hard drive and on my portable hard drive so then at the start i can choose what o/s (or harddrive) to use then just boot the iso striaght from it without any problems.ive tried the steps on unetbooting, and added some win98 systems docs.... e.g. autoexec, ms-dos batch file. SYS using the hp disk storage format tool. did tht and rebooted my laptop, the windows 98 start up screen popped up for a second and then went onto c:/< prompt screen, and wasnt sure what to do not bothered about starting all over agen and trying different o/s. just anything that will able me to boot straight off my portable hard drive. my dream if its possible is to hav mac os x on my hard drive and be able to boot it on my pc.sorry if i sound confusing, just been working hard on laptop is novatech, so just makes it more confusing aswell beacause its not a well known brand.i am a bit new with this kinda stuff.

Answer:how do i boot an iso on a portable hard drive

.ISO "images", by themselves are not bootable. They are "images" which are designed to be used to create bootable media/software.It's a good day when you learn something

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I am using OS Windows XP on IBM Laptop T42. Until recently had no issues recognition by my system of the external hard drive or accessing the information stored on my hard drive.  At this point the system recognizes the hard drive however freezes at that point the stem freezes and I am not able to access the hard drive. I have done the following:Using different laptop same results.Start and run, to ope the hard drive same results.My computer, double clicking on the hard drive.Thank you in advance for advice,Laura

Answer:Portable 40GB USB 2.0 Hard Drive

Sorry to say, but the external seems to be dead. The laptop is trying to acces the failed drive and locking up.Does the external drive still spin and or make any noises?

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I need a portable hard drive because i don't not have enough space on my computer. i was wondering if its possible to put games on it and if i can load like WoW onto it and play right off of it or if that would be to slow? if it wouldn't then i need help finding a not to expensive but very good one.

Answer:Help with buying a portable hard drive

if you connect to your PC using fire wire connection instead of USB it probably wouldnt be too bad for playing games off, but i dont really know. butt youd be better transfering music, photos, etc onto removeable and using main HD for games. what size is your current HD and what you looking to buy?

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Hello, I have a CIRAGO USB 2.0 High Speed 320GB Portable hard drive. It has been really unstable, slow, and erroneous lately. At first I thought it was my PC itself, so I went inside and cleaned out all the dust and made sure everything was in the right spot and functioning. Then I turned the PC back on, and plugged my Portable HD in, but it recognizes as Local Disk(G: ) -as opposed to what it always recognized it as, which was CIRAGO(G: ). And If i select it it tells me

The Disk in Drive G is not formatted. Would you like to format now?

And when i press yes, it says

The disk in drive G cannot be formatted.

So I have no clue whats going on at this point, so I try Chkdsk /f, it's worked in the past for hard drive acting up. When I run Chkdsk /f G:, I get this error

Cannot open volume for direct assess.

So now im completely confused. It went from working fine to being slow and erroneous, now it just doesnt work at all.


Additional Info-Running XP SP3, PHD is USB and I've tried it on the other USB ports, same thing. Also, I have data on this hard drive, and since these weird things have been happening to it, I haven't added or deleted anything off it

I hope you guys know whats going on because I sure don't.

Answer:Portable Hard Drive problems

I hope you guys know whats going on because I sure don't.Click to expand...

Apparently the external drive died, after giving some warning signals: "It went from working fine to being slow and erroneous, now it just doesnt work at all."

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This is a little embarassing but I recently learned that computers have an average life-span of about 5 years. I'm not sure how to check the age of my computer but according to a diagnostic program I have, the System BIOS Date is 02/09/2002 and the OS Installation Date is 12/01/2005 (I'm not sure which represents the age itself).

Over the years my family and I have accumulated about 7.13GB of documents, pictures, and music, which we would like to save to a back-up in case we ever need to replace the computer. Currently what I have are a few old floppy disks from almost ten years ago; these disks will obviously not be able to hold so much information, and there is a chance that most of these disks no longer work anyway.

I've been looking for information about ways to back-up our documents and from most reviews I've read, portable flash-sticks aren't always reliable as they can become corrupted unpredictably, or their moveable parts can break. The best option I am aware of is to purchase a portable external hard drive, but I don't have a clue which one is best to purchase and will have the longest life-span.

Assuming I'm correct about external hard drives operating something like floppy disks, we would probably plug it in once in awhile just to back-up files (maybe once a month) and occasionally use it to view older documents. When not in use the external hard drive would be turned off and unplugged from the computer and stored in a safe pl... Read more

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I have an Astone portable *SPAM* hard drive that I have been using to back up cheap *SPAM* files for about a year. I have been accessing files over the last few days, but yesterday after plugging the portable hard drive buy *SPAM* into the USB port I got a message to say that the hard drive was not formatted, and asked whether I wanted to format the world of warcraft gold disk now. I didn't re-format the portable hard drive for fear of losing any data that may still be there.Is there a way of recovering wow any data that may be there, or has it gone world of warcraft already (if I check the Properties of the hard drive it shows Used Space: 0 bytes and Free Space: 0 bytes)?Thanks

Answer:Formatting Portable Hard Drive

Welcome to the CH forums.Do you have the drive manufacturer's diagnostics program to test the drive?Like any other electro/mechanical device, drives are likely to suffer catastrophic failure at any time, I hope you have other backup available.Good luck

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I have a friend's portable drive seem to have been given a malware virus that has the following:

* Folders on the drive appear hidden, not solid and completely visible, on XP and Win Vista. On Win 7 they appear solid for some reason.
* Attached to Win 7 I can see folders. Attached to Win Vista I see only a couple of files, no folders.
* I can't delete several of the folders, which contain wing-ding type objects, which may basically the former readable contents of the folder
* Until I deleted them, the drive had an "exe" file corresponding to each of the main folders in the drive: "videos.exe", "music.exe", etc.
* I have scanned with Malware Bytes and Avira Premium and found nothing.

Any suggestions?

Answer:Malware on Portable Hard Drive?

Have you tried to format it?

For the external Hard Drive and a USB stick.

Insert your flash drive before you begin. Hold down the Shift key when inserting the flash drive until Windows detects it to bypass the autorun feature. This will keep the autorun.inf from executing automatically.

Please have all your removable storage devices ready for disinfection.

Download Flash Disinfector by sUBs and save it to your desktop.

* Double-click Flash_Disinfector.exe to run it.
* Your desktop and icons may disappear. This is normal.
* It will do a cleanup of removable storage devices, and write a protected Autorun.inf file to help prevent re-infection.
* Follow any prompts that may appear.
* The utility may ask you to insert your flash drive and/or other removable drives including your mobile phone. Please do so and allow the utility to clean up those drives as well.
* Wait until it has finished scanning and then exit the program.
* There will be no GUI interface or log file produced.
* Reboot your computer when done.

Note: Flash_Disinfector will create a hidden folder named autorun.inf in each partition and every USB drive plugged in when you ran it. Don't delete this folder. It will help protect your drives from future infection.

You can also try doing this:


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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel Pentium III Xeon processor, x86 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3547 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) Q45/Q43 Express Chipset, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 465 GB (444 GB Free);
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0C27VV
Antivirus: Avast Antivirus, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

Problem: Computer recognizes WD drive but it does not show up in My Computer

Left click on My Computer - Only internal hard drive and DVD drive are listed
Right click on My Computer - Same
Double click on Manage
Double click on Disk Management - 3 drives appear
Disk 0 Internal Hard Drive
Disk 1 WD Elements Portable Hard Drive
WD Elements drive also shows up in Device Manager
WD Elements drive DOES NOT show up in Windows Explorer My Computer or when clicking on My Computer icon
First time I used this WD drive I used it in a Windows 7 computer. No problems at all. I want to be able to use it on both the Windows 7 and Windows XP machines.

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