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Format external Hard Drive as a boot drive

Question: Format external Hard Drive as a boot drive

I wish to format an external Hard Drive for Windows 10 and then install the Drive into my Laptop and load Windows 10 from the DVD I created from the ISO file.
My reason for doing this is to get a completely clean install, as every other time I have tried I end up with a poorly function Windows 10 PC and some of the old information such as Wall Paper, Network setting, Home Group etcetera are still set up in the New "clean" installation which I believe are causing the very slow Boot up along with other problems. Each time in the past I have agreed to "keep nothing" but that does not seem to work!

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Preferred Solution: Format external Hard Drive as a boot drive

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Answer: Format external Hard Drive as a boot drive

plug into another PC using a usb caddy
the drive will appear in disk management either right click and select format (do not do a quick format) or you could use command prompt (admin) and run diskpart to remove all partitions and make just one partition on the drive before formatting.
refit in the laptop
ensure DVD is set as first boot device
insert DVD and and press any key to boot from he windows iso (DVD must be bootable made using windows media creation tool for w 10).
follow the prompts to install windows (you cannot install windows onto the drive while it is in the us caddy on the other PC).

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I have a very straightforward question: I am running WinXP Pro on my computer and I just got an external USB hard-drive to back up my data before I upgrade to VISTA.

My internal hard drive is NTFS file system, and the external drive is FAT32. My data backed-up perfectly.

However, I understand that VISTA is NTFS only (for the drive that it's installed on, which in my case will be the internal drive). I will be installing the VISTA OS on the internal drive, and using the external drive solely for backing up data.

I don't want to back up my data externally, upgrade my PC to VISTA, and then discover that I can't access the data on the external drive.

Here's my only question: will VISTA work with a FAT32 external drive, or do I have to convert that external drive to NTFS *before* I attempt to connect it to VISTA?

awaiting your replies - I'll appreciate all the help I can get!
 

Answer:will VISTA read a FAT32 external hard drive,or do I have to format the drive to NTFS?

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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 purchased an external Hard drive via USB2 for backup purposes - 160 Gbs. Using MSBackup and having selected the chosen files I am unable to copy more than 4 Gbs. ?What steps should I take please? Any help grtefully received. - Wol

Answer:External Hard Drive format?

Have you formated the drive in Fat32? 4G is is the file size limit for Fat32Use Admin tools- computer management - disk management to convert to NTFS. No fle size limit in NTFS.

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G'dayIs there an easy way to format a brand new external hard drive which is in a USB 2.0 enclosure? I only ask as I can't really be bothered opening the case and installing it that way if it isn't strictly necessary!CheersBA

Answer:Format external hard drive?

If your ext. HD is like mine,(a 40Gb Amacom) it worked straight from the box, no formatting just simply install the USB driver.It worked on the existing USB 1 port but obviously when I fitted a USB 2 card the file transfers speeded up to what they should be and it stopped behaving like a floppy!

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Hello guys, I was messing around with my external hard drive with Ubuntu and corrupted/screwed it up. So I got on disk management with this laptop that's running Windows 8.1 and currently trying to format the hard drive so it is useable again. Unfortunately I unchecked quick format and it has been running for about 30 minutes... It is only at 2%.

This is a 3.0 USB 3 TB hard drive. My laptop is USB 3.0 as well.

Any ideas on how long this is going to take? Or if there is a way to safely cancel the format without messing up the hard drive even more?

Answer:External Hard Drive Format Help

You can wait, use task manager to end task, shut down PC, unplug drive..

Then just Quick format - otherwise it will take a while

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I have an Iomega external HD, Model LDHD160 (160 GB) which was partitioned (by me) into 2 partitions with backup data in each partition. I have deleted each partition and the data therein. I now have the clean unpartitioned HD and need to format it in order to use it again for backup purposes. None of the directions I have found work as the "Format" option does not appear anywhere. Can someone tell me the proper way to format this ext. HD so I can start using it again?
 

Answer:How do I format an external hard drive?

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I've been using an external on my laptop for the last month. It has been working
good until now. Last night, I safely removed it and turned it off, then put the computer in standby. When I turned the computer on this morning and then the HD, double clicking on it said it needed to be formatted. Usually I don't do the safely remove part because it sometimes would say it couldn't stop the HD so I would just put the computer in standby, then turn the HD off.
Is there anything I can do to get a computer to read the files on the HD. I hooked the HD up to my desktop and the same thing happened.
Are there any programs I can buy to revive the files on it?
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
 

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Hi,
I recently bought a new computer running Vista with a Windows 7 upgrade.
I kept the old Hard drive from my XP machine with the intention of using it as an external hard drive. Before I go to windows 7 I want to back up all my info on the external HD so I will format it and then transfer data. Once I have done that and installed 7 and everything is working okay (hopefully) will I have to format the external Hard drive again to work with Windows 7? Logic tells me I should but I need direction.
Thanks
 

Answer:Format external Hard drive for Win 7

The short answer is NO

After formatting you can transfer all your data to the old drive but you need to understand that most if not all programs from XP will not work under Windows 7 although any files and documents will open just the same.
 

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Hi, I recently spilt a cup of tea over my laptop keyboard and voila, no more computer. The drive and its contents were okay though and I have since purchased a new laptop and I am using the drive from the old laptop as an external backup drive.

My problem is that on my old laptop I partitioned the drive into four - 20GB each. I would like my external drive to now be one big 80GB but I don't know how to format and repartition it.

Thanks.

Redback.
 

Answer:How do you format an external hard drive?

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I just purchased a 500GB Verbatim Acclaim external hard drive I noticed that it came with some software on it, dcreasing its size down to 465GB, I would like to format the drive to have 500GB of space, would this be safe?

Answer:External hard drive format

You're not actually going to get the whole 500GB - this is because the hard drives companies use decimal bytes for simplicity's sake (it's simpler to write 500GB than 470.3GB (or whatever)); the actual usable amount of space is probably about 470GB at best.

The reply in this thread explains it more thoroughly.
http://www.overclockers.com/forums/s...d.php?t=241395

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Hi all.

I have had no problem with my external hard drive, but recently its not beeing recognized and needs formating :

When i right click on it, a window opens and says it should be formatted. but i have data on it and can t. when i cancel the window, this messeage come :

it is not also recognized in kaspersky or tune up, so that i could scan it for viruses or perform a check disc with them.

It is not recognized also in my computer with the name that i had given to it and just as a local disc appeares.

I have tried on two systems with both 7 and xp os , but still no go.

Thanks for the Help.

Answer:External hard drive needs format

Problem solved by performing a check disc, using the program ease us partition master

Thanks !

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I have an ext hd that I used with Dish Network that I want to format and use with Windows. Dish uses Linux and I don't have Dish anymore. What do I do to format and remove the linux from this drive?

Answer:how doo i format my external hard drive that

kk goto my computerright click the external hdclick formatdoneor you could make a batch file to leave all old stuff on there and just delete the linix install

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My computer is an Acer 3600GT, running XP Home. The original HDD was an 80GB Western Digital - WDC WD80-0JB000JJCO - I replaced it with a 320BG disk a while back.
Over the weekend I bought an external enclosure for the 80GB disk. At first it worked without any problems; I was able to access its data, and copy what I wanted to keep over to the primary disk. My next plan was to wipe the disk entirely and reformat it to NTFS, but that hasn't worked out.
I first tried to erase with Paragon Disk Wiper overnight, but this morning that had an error message saying that the wipe had failed. I then went to Disk Management and tried to reformat directly - that too has given up, saying it was unable to complete the task.
The disk now doesn't show up when I open the My Computer page, although it is visible when I open Safely Remove Hardware. I tried to locate a new driver through Windows in that panel, but it says it can't find anything other the drivers already installed.


Any ideas?
 

Answer:Can't format external hard drive.

I'm not sure about external hard drives, but I'm guessing it shouldn't be much different. Try using DBAN (Daricks Boot and Nuke), that's what I always use and I've never gotten an error. There should be some tutorials on the website, just search DBAN on google, it should be the first one. If you have any problems I'm sure I can help.
 

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I have a Maxtor "One Touch" external hard drive on my PC running Windows XP Professional. When I invoke the right click dropdown for this drive on My Computer and ask for a quick format this message eventually appears:
Windows cannot format this drive. Quit any disk utilities or other programs that are using this drive Make sure that no window is displaying the contents of the drive then try formating again.
I appreciate the implications of formating a drive I use this drive for keeping my data files automatically incrementally backed up and for a ghosting of my total complete C drive, but there are errors on it and I wish to start again with a clean external Maxtor.
How do I reformat this external drive, please?
John

Answer:Re-format an external hard drive.

Sounds like your backup software is using the drive.Stop the back up software via control alt delete then task manager look for it in the list of either applications or processes and stop it.Then try again

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I am trying to format an external hard drive, but it is not showing up in disk management. I can see it in device manager as "disk drive" and under USB as a mass storage device. I am using Windows XP SP 2 with most recent updates.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

Answer:Trying to format external hard drive

What brand is the Hard-Drive and what is the Model #?

Also what is the brand of the enclosure and that is its Model #?

If you can get me this info I can help.
 

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I just can't figure out a way to format a hard drive in my PC. it shows in disk management as UNALLOCATED and NOT INITIALIZED.
I tried doing the stuff I've read in various websites and blogs but still I CAN'T do it. I'm no computer whiz, but I'm quite sure i can understand simple computer instructions. I tried doing the right click thing to select the options, but most of it WERE GREYED OUT!!! so KUDOS to me for trying.
I even resorted in downloading third party applications to easily help me FORMAT the said drive, but lady luck just wont smile on me. It shows me the error CYCLIC REDUNCDANCY CHECK! after i try to format it with fat32formatter.

Any help will be much appreciated guys. I just don't know what to do

Answer:can't FORMAT an external Hard Drive in my PC

Take a look at this friendly tutorial courtesy of Brink.
Partition or Volume - Create New

Also, further reading that might be helpful.
Disk Check

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I am trying to format an external hard drive. I get an error message that it cannot be formatted because it is in use. quit any disk or utilities that are using this drive or anything displaying the contents. I'm not using or displaying. I highlighted the drive and clicked on format.
 

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Is there a way I can back up my files from my 2tb WD My Passport External Hard Drive? I have a lot of files on there which I want to back up and convert to NTFS

Answer:External Hard Drive in RAW Format

You will need to format that RAW drive if you know theres nothing on it.

How big is that drive?

Do you want to chop it up for other things as well?

I use PERSONAL BACKUP 5, its free and can schedule backups automatically.,.

It has a wizard and advanced interface depending on your needs..

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I have a Western Digital external 80 GIG hard drive. I recently was executing two simultaneous activities with the drive. I think I was trying to read one folder while writing another folder.

In any event, the drive stopped functioning and when I tried to open it with Explorer, it said that it was not formatted properly. I tried to format it with the XP formatting tool (Right click, format). It ran for some time and stopped saying that it could not complete the activity. I then tried to format it with NTSF and got the same response.

How can I recover the use of the drive?
 

Answer:Format external hard drive

The help you need can be found here:

http://www.onecomputerguy.com/install/fdisk.htm

More background information on using FDISK:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q255867/

Good luck; let us know how this turns out.
 

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Can anyone help please. I have recently replaced the hard drive in my mp3 player which I connect to my PC by USB link. The problemn is that the new hard drive needs to be formatted/partitioned and because it isn't formatted it no longer appears in "My Computer" as an external drive, so I don't have access to it to format. Can anyone tell me how I can format the new hard drive via the USB link. Many thanks.
 

Answer:Format an External Hard Drive via USB

Welcome to Techspot

You can attach the HDD to a free IDE connector annd power it up right from inside the case of your computer .You don't have to bolt it in place, just make sure it is sitting on some anti static membrane/bag etc, and don't bounce it around. Windows should see it and format it from My Computer.
Remeber drive letter switching using this procedure.
Or for $25 bucks grab a USB enclosure and throw it in there, plug in to the computer and Format (Best way in my opinion, I keep a spare enclosure around for times like this)
 

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Hi

I have a 250GB External Hard Drive that is currently formatted NTFS, and I need to format it FAT_32. I have copied all the data from the external drive to my PC so I have a copy, but when I go to format the external drive it only gives me the NTFS option!??

Any advice welcome - have searched the previous threads and most refer to formatting from FAT_32 to NTFS, and can't find one that talks about the problem I am having, but I may have missed it and it may be something really simple
 

Answer:How Format External Hard Drive

How are you going about formatting it?
 

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When I plug my external into my pc it tells me it's unable to use and to format the drive. So I try to do so, and Windows tells me that there's a program using the external drive.

I attempt to format anyway since I know there's no programs using the drive, and after a minute the formatting comes to a stop and I get a message saying it's unable to format.

I've tried formatting it via 'This PC' and DIsk Management in Windows 10. Tried Quick Format as well and nothing is progressing.

Help is much appreciated.

Answer:Cannot Format my External Hard drive

Try rebooting and immediately after it get's to your desktop, format it.

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Hello ? Techspot.

I have a simple question.
Yesterday, I bought "Western Digital 320GB My Book Essential Edition 2.0 External Hard Drive"

The problem is, it was format in Fat. I want to format it as NTSF.
But Inside hard drive, there are software that came with.
If I am going to format hard drive into NTSF, what will happened my 1 year warrenty ? Is that OK ? And Can I get All the software in Western Digital Web site ?


From
neowing.
 

Answer:How do I format External Hard Drive ?

It will be ok for you to copy the files onto your internal hard drive and copy them back after. If you go into My Computer (or Computer in Vista) then right click on the drive, click Copy, and click Paste in your desktop.

Then go back to My Computer and format the drive to NTFS, then open up the folder with the same name as the drive on your desktop, and copy all the files back Then you can delete the folder from your desktop.

I don't think that it will affect your warranty but you should check the WD site for that.
 

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Hey guys,
So I have a samsung 1.5TB External Hard Drive that all of a sudden tells me it needs to be formatted. All I did prior to this happening was restart my PC, the same way I do every day.

I have 1TB of files, pictures, videos and more on that drive with no backups of it anywhere and I really need everything back.

I have read many threads similar to this one but others don't seem to have exactly the same problem that I do, in that when connected, my EHD constantly appears and then disappears in My Computer with a pop-up message.

This means that no matter which data/partition/HD recovery software I use, it doesn't allow me to select the EHD as it keeps disappearing from the list.

So basically, when it is plugged in, every 10 seconds or so it disappears and then reappears with this pop-up message:

"You need to format the disk in drive G: before you can use it.
Do you want to format it?"

Obviously I don't want to format it as that means I lose all my data.

Also, it uses USB 3.0 and is connected with a USB 3.0 cable into a USB 3.0 port.

I have tried:
- Changing the letter of the drive

In terms of recovery software, I have tried a few and another thing that makes it difficult for me to use (besides my EHD disappearing all the tim) is that I don't really know which options to choose.

For example, iCare Data Recovery has 4 sub-menus:
1. Lost Partition Recovery
2. Advanced file recovery
3. Deep Scan Recovery
4. Format Recovery

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i just want help on how to properly format an external iomega hard drive 30GB and change the file system from NTFS to fat32? what should i do and what do i use? thanks in advance.
 

Answer:format external iomega hard drive

You will have to delete and recreate the partition to go from NTFS to FAT32.
 

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Hi, I am running Windows Vista, I have a 1.5 Terabite WD Elements External Hard Drive. It has all my files on it. I was browsing through it when it suddenly froze and said that I needed to format the disk before I could use it. I haven't been able to get it to work since. I found some people with similar problems but I didn't want to try any of the solutions particular to them incase it caused another problem (as one of the reccomendations - run chkdsk on it - said that it could cause data loss).

What should I do?

Thanks.
 

Answer:External Hard Drive Error - Need to Format

Is this some kind of recognition problem of the hard drive or do I need to run some kind of data recovery software? Thanks
 

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i have a 4 tb external hard drive when i plug it in it has no power i tried to connect it strait to the pc but then it wants to format i dont want to lose any data plz help
 

Answer:external hard drive dont want to format it

How was the HDD originally connected? What was it used for?

To access the HDD as a stand alone device.....I suggest you buy a docking station. Your PC will need to be in AHCI mode to allow the docking station the ability of hot swapping.
 

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I recently bought an SSD for my netbook, and took out the HDD and put it in an enclosure. When I connect it to either of my computers, it does not show up in my computer. I can see it in disk management and device manager, but I am not given the option to format or even partition it. I can change the driver letter, which I have, but nothing has changed.

The light on the external drive is on, so I don't think it's a hardware problem. Anyone have any suggestions?


Thanks!

Answer:Cannot access/format external hard drive, please help

Did you assign it a drive letter?

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Well I have an external hard drive that was formatted in NTFS on an XP machine not too long ago. It is a 160 GB Western Digital. It has been working great on windows 7 for a couple of weeks. Just today it won't let me access the drive and it is telling me that I will need to format the drive before I can use it. I have so much important data on here . I am really worried about losing it all. Why is this happening?

Answer:External Hard drive format problems.

Could be a number of reasons - have you installed any new software recently? Reinstalled Windows recently? Changed your permissions on the drive recently?

if not, then try powering down everything (including the drive) then booting up in Windows with drive off, and finally powering on the drive and attaching it to the system.

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right guys and girls here it goes! a little while ago i chucked my old laptop out and brought a new one, i kept my hard drive from the laptop because i have now turned it into a external one.
its been running perfict but i decided to format it because i just wanted to wipe everything, i done this through using vista.
when i have gone to use this external hard drive again its now showing the icon on my computer but when i click on it to open its coming up as i need to format it... i click ok this opens up another little window but this other little window is to tell me windows cant format it..... ive checked the properties and its saying that i have 0 bites in my hard drive, ya know the little pie sorta diagram down the bottom.... i have a program to try and format it but the program can not find the hard drive it only detects the one ive got in my laptop.
please pleas HELP! i have not got a clue what to do.
 

Answer:vista format external hard drive

It may be that the HD is faulty....to test try it on another PC and see if it sees it and you can format it
 

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Hi,Ihave just received a freecom usb 500gb external hard drive,as my pc uses win xp along with file system ntfs,the new drive however is formatted with fat32, how to I convert to ntfs form easily and will not loose any required information to make drivework okthanks bods

Answer:EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE WRONG FORMAT

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Hey guys,
So I have a samsung 1.5TB External Hard Drive that all of a sudden tells me it needs to be formatted. All I did prior to this happening was restart my PC, the same way I do every day.

I have 1TB of files, pictures, videos and more on that drive with no backups of it anywhere and I really need everything back.

I have read many threads similar to this one but others don't seem to have exactly the same problem that I do, in that when connected, my EHD constantly appears and then disappears in My Computer with a pop-up message.

This means that no matter which data/partition/HD recovery software I use, it doesn't allow me to select the EHD as it keeps disappearing from the list.

So basically, when it is plugged in, every 10 seconds or so it disappears and then reappears with this pop-up message:

"You need to format the disk in drive G: before you can use it.
Do you want to format it?"

Obviously I don't want to format it as that means I lose all my data.

Also, it uses USB 3.0 and is connected with a USB 3.0 cable into a USB 3.0 port.

I have tried:
- Changing the letter of the drive

In terms of recovery software, I have tried a few and another thing that makes it difficult for me to use (besides my EHD disappearing all the tim) is that I don't really know which options to choose.

For example, iCare Data Recovery has 4 sub-menus:
1. Lost Partition Recovery
2. Advanced file recovery
3. Deep Scan Recovery
4. Format Recovery

T... Read more

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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?

Regards
forgerocket
 

Answer:Solved: Format an external hard drive

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I have an Iomega 1tb Select Desktop Hard Drive which has worked fine since I've had it. About a month ago when I connected it to my laptop, which has Vista Home Premium, it has come up with a message saying I need to format it before I can use it. By unplugging it and plugging it back in again the message has disappeared and I was able to use my hard drive. About 2 weeks ago I connected my hard drive to my sister's laptop to back-up her documents and when I plugged it back into my laptop it kept asking for a format. I also connected it to my dad's PC, which has Windows 7, and the same thing happened. Now my laptop will recognise the device is plugged in but it does not appear in My Computer.

Any help is much appreciated as I do not want to lose what I have on my hard drive and I will be needing it in 2 months time. Thanks in advance.
 

Answer:External Hard Drive Asks For Format

Take a look in Disk Management and see if it shows up in there

Click Start>>right click My Computer>>Manage and then on the left-hand side click on Disk management.

How old is the Hard drive?
 

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After trawling through what feels like millions of threads I don't think any address my problem specifically so hopefully someone can help.

Basically my laptop has gone in for repairs so I backed up all my work onto my seagate external hardrive. Its a pretty old one but has never had any problems before. It is hooked up to my desktop but now instead of being called 'seafront external hardrive H:/' its labelled as 'Local Disk H:/'.

It says that it needs to be formatted and no matter what I do to try and recover the data I can't seem to.

As my laptop is in the shop I tried it on my sisters Mac ( which it has always been fine on) and it also can't read it.

It is being acknowledged on both the Mac and my Dell desktop and is whirring away etc.

The only things that may have had an effect is that my desktop froze last night with the drive attached and had to be restarted (but I did use the drive after this and it was fine the first few times)

I also have a 1gb pen drive and that was hooked up to my desktop when it crashed. That can't be read by the dell desktop now but is fine on the mac.

Is there anything I can do? Is there anyway I can get the data back? It is in need of an upgrade but I just want the 150gb on it back.

I have a feeling I have done something stupid to cause this. But hope someone can help

Thank you in advance
 

Answer:External Hard Drive is being forced to format?

Open a command prompt window (Run and type CMD) if you are on Vista you need an elevated command prompt - see http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/181765-elevated-command-prompt.html

When in the command shell type chkdsk h: /f /v assuming h: is still the drive letter - reboot if prompted
 

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My computer is saying that my external drive needs formatted and formatting it will erase all the data. I have much data on it that I was saving on an external drive because I want it. Is there a way to retrieve the data before reformatting the external drive? I have a toshiba pentuim pentium (r) dual core T4200 with a windows vista home premium operating system and a accudata hard drive model number PDHD1000USB72.

I can be contacted at [email protected]
 

Answer:External hard drive format problem

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I have this simpledrive 250 GB harddrive which when i connect to my PC, it shows up under "my computer" , but after i click and open no file is seen in the drive. now if i try to right click on the icon and click format, nothing happens, i dont see formating started.
when i go to disk management i dont see the drive listed.
when i click disk manager>disk drives i can see WDC WD25.... usb device listed.

please help how to make this thing formatted.
(i get same problem with my laptop also)
 

Answer:cannt format my external hard drive

You might try using the command line version of format. You can get to it by running cmd.exe from within windows or, if that doesn't work, use f8 when booting to get to dos when windows starts. I run XP, so you must translate this for win9X or Vista.

Pete

P.S. I just noticed you are a senior member, so maybe this is too basic an answer. If so, pardon the error.
Pete
 

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First off, I have very basic knowledge of anything to do with computers, so please be gentle.

Okay, so just a few months ago, I purchased a 1TB WD external hard drive. It's been working wonderfully since I purchased it up until this week. I'm getting the infamous format error message, saying my drive needs to be formatted. I know this means that I'll lose all my data if hitting 'yes', so I've avoided that thus far.

All of my music is saved to this drive, with this drive being my default location for music in iTunes. I mention this because all of my songs still work; usually when I unplug my drive, it can't locate my music and won't play it. However, my music still plays with the exception of two songs added this week. When I try and play those, it gives me the format error message. When I go into My Computer to access the folders in the drive, it also tells me to format.

I've tried restarting, unplugging, turning off, etc. After leaving both my laptop and drive off over night, the two songs that didn't work were actually working, but quickly went back to not being able to be located again.

Because the other songs still work, I have a glimmer of hope that it's fixable. Can anyone offer any suggestions? Thanks!
 

Answer:External Hard Drive Format Message

I would back the important files up to be safe as one time you may not be-able to access the drive.

After you have backed up the files then you can try a defrag and a check disc.

To defrag with the drive hooked up go Start>>Computer and right click on the drive choose properties and choose Tools.

Click on Defrag now.....do it when you are not using the PC as it will take a long time.

After it has defragged do the same again but this time choose Check Disk now and new window will open and check both boxes and click Start.
 

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Hi folks,have just installed a new external hard drive windows says installed ok and ready to use but i need to format it as it's a brand new hard drive i installed in an enclosure.The problem is i can't find it on my computer or with windows explorer to format it,it's showing up as mass storage device under hardware and troubleshooting it reveals working ok,so how do i format it if i can't see it hope someone can help many thanks in advance.

Answer:CANT FIND NEW EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE TO FORMAT IT!!

Forgot to say i'm running windows xp.

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Hi All,

I have a Seagate external hard drive of 500 GB and I am trying to format it.

I am using a win 7 laptop ... I am able to do a Quick format but normal format was going infinite and is showing no progress.

Can you help with any tool or procedure to format my external drive.

Thanks,
Ramesh

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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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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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The other day i turned it on and connected it to my computer(running win 7), Unfortunately a message came up that windows needed to format the hard drive(200 GB) before it could use it, In my computer it is named as local disk(drive name) which use to have the externals name.

I have too much needed files to lose or to be formated, I checked disk management and the drive was healthy but the file system was RAW,I checked it with the chdsk(spelling) but all checked files were unreadable.

Is there any way that i can use my external again? I appreciate any help at all.
 

Answer:Windows wants to format my external USB hard drive!

Your file system on the external drive has become corrupt. You could try to run chkdsk /r on it which may fix the problem but, and this is a big but, it might damage some of your files.

The safer bet is to use an Ubuntu Live CD, follow this guide.

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/DataRecovery

After you have rescued your files you should then run the hard drive diagnostics for windows which you can download from the drive's manufacturer's site. If all is well you can then reformat to the NTFS file system and it should be usable again.

I just found this which you may find easier and it says it can be used on a drive that has changed to a RAW file system. (It appears to be free but no guarantee)

http://www.fileguru.com/Disk-Data-Recovery-Software/download
 

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hi i dont understand why my external wont open on vista?

Answer:how to format the external hard drive to work

i have a lifetec SATA&IDE TOUSB 500gig external hard drive and i am unable to operate it on any windows well it wont show up anywhere is it not formatted ? and how do i format it to work?

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Dear Forum,

I have a Generic Flash External Disk Drive that I am having trouble formatting.

It has data that used to be on it before I changed the Storage Policies on the Control Set in the Registry Editor after reading on how to do it on the Microsoft Knowledge Base Formatting disks and drives: frequently asked questions

I have copied and pasted the data that was originally on the disk - I just want to know if there is a way of making the Generic External Disk Drive usable again.

I am unsure of the different names to change it to and just wish to utilise it again.

I tried to change the Format via this link How to Format FAT32: 7 Steps (with Pictures) - wikiHow - It came up that I had bad sectors.

Can someone please assist?

Answer:My External Hard Drive is now classified as RAW - can you format it

This is what I did in Registry Editor - I had to create the the StorageDevicePolicies folder.

Open Registry Editor.
In Registry Editor, navigate to the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies
Note: This key might not exist. In that case simply create it as a new key under the parent key.
Create the following value (DWORD):
WriteProtect
and give it a value of 1.
Note: As always, before making changes to your registry you should always make sure you have a valid backup. In cases where you're supposed to delete or modify keys or values from the registry it is possible to first export that key or value(s) to a .REG file before performing the changes.
Close Registry Editor.
Done!
Try to write something to any USB Disk and you'll get the following error:

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Hi,

I hope someone can help me with this question.

I am acquiring a 1.5TB external drive. I will be basically have a single 1.5TB file on this drive. It will be a Truecrypt encrypted archive.

Given that the entire hard disk will be occuppied with one huge file, what is the best way to format it? Is NTFS still the way to go? Does it make sense to increase the cluster size above the 4KB default?

I am concerned about both performance and not wasting space, but the performance is the lesser concern.

Many thanks.

Answer:Best way to format external hard drive used for backup

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Cluent


Hi,

I hope someone can help me with this question.

I am acquiring a 1.5TB external drive. I will be basically have a single 1.5TB file on this drive. It will be a Truecrypt encrypted archive.

Given that the entire hard disk will be occuppied with one huge file, what is the best way to format it? Is NTFS still the way to go? Does it make sense to increase the cluster size above the 4KB default?

I am concerned about both performance and not wasting space, but the performance is the lesser concern.

Many thanks.


Despite being advertised as a 1.5 TB hd, you don't actually have 100% disk space. If you have one 1.5 TB archive, then you will actually need a 2GB TB hd to store it.

I believe NTFS is the way to go. And once formatted, right click on the drive, properties, and look at the available space. Also, your performance on a drive decreases as its capacity is reached. You said performance wasn't your main issue, but there you go anyway.

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hello I have a problem with formatting my C drive on the external hard drive

well it is not external but it is the main hard drive of my pc and I had to put it on an enclosure and connect it to my laptop in order to backup and format the C on it which used to have a win7 ultimate 32bits

anyway the laptop disk management is reading the external D:/ normally but the external C:/ which is named G:/ on laptop is not readable

tried to format it from disk management many times using Nyfs or exFat and it took more than one hour to finish and tell me: windows couldnt complete format successfully

I read a lot of articles and tried deleting the Volume and making new one.... changing path and name of the volume

but all are giving same error cant format... also tried formatting in safe mode same issue pffft...

any help??? knowing that the other partition on the external hardrive is accessible

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Anyone any ideas on how to successfully format the RAW volume of an exgternal hard drive that was accidentally unplugged with proper eject?
 

Answer:How to format Raw volume in external hard drive

You can right click on the drive and choose Format or use Disk Management: http://www.theeldergeek.com/disk_management.htm
 

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I am needing help with formating an external HDD into 1 partition.

I just got an external case for my (spare and sitting around doing nothing) 2.5" HDD, so now I have access to a 60Gb external HDD via USB. The problem is that it is currently split into 2 partitions and I want to re-format it as 1 partition only (as fat32). Can anyone please show me how to do this?

Thanks!!
 

Answer:Format external HDD (hard drive) into 1 partition

I don't have a spare HDD to format so I can remember exactly how it is done, but I can give you a general idea on the process. Note that different operating systems call partitions different things (Vista will call them volumes).

Keep in mind: This will delete all the information on your hard drive

Right click on "My computer" and click "manage". This should take you to the computer management screen. Look at the left, you should see an option that says "Disk Management"; Click on it. You should now see all of your HDD and partitions to the right. Find the Disk at the Middle-Bottom pane that represents the one you want to format. Right click on a partition and click "Delete Volume" (it may say delete partition, but the important thing is that you are deleting it). After deleting both partitions, the entire Disk should say Unallocated. At this point, you can right click in the unallocated part and select New Simple Volume or New partition or whatever it wants to call it. Follow the wizard, and you should end up with a new, empty, partition (don't forget to format)
 

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I am trying to completely clean out an external hard drive which was last used to make a clone of my computers drive. In trying to do this I seem to have run into two problems, one is that when I made the clone the drive was split into 3 separate partitions which now show up separately on my computer, I would like to turn the whole thing back into one drive. Second my computer seems to be treating the drive strangely, whenever I try to safely remove it I am told the generic volume can't be stopped even if every program has been closed, also when I first tried to wipe it using the "wipe data" tool in the free version of EaseUS Todo backup (which was the same program I used to make the clone) I was given an error message; I don't know if this is even possible, but the only thing I can think of is that because the drive contains an exact clone of a fully functional computer hard drive it is being treated differently by the operating system.

Any help would be great, thanks

Other info: lenovo sl400 laptop running windows vista and the drive in question is a Lacie rugged all terrain hard drive
 

Answer:Format a cloned external hard drive

Never use any "wipe" tools unless you plan to destroy the drive. Some have been unusable afterward. There is never a need to wipe a drive you plan to keep.

There is no reason to "safely remove" a drive whose contents you do not care about. Data loss is a non-issue. Just unplug it.

A cloned drive will not work properly unless connected to the machine identically to the way the original was. It has the same drive letter and is set up to replace the original. It sees a different hardware environment than the original.

If it is truly a clone, then it will have the same partitions and structure as the original. It will also be a system drive due to the presence of a page file. Use a bootable CD to remove the partitions and create new ones.
Parted Magic disk partitioning, PC repair, and file recovery tool (Bootable CD or USB image)
If you prefer a bootable USB key, download and run Linux Live USB Creator. Choose the Parted Magic distro, and it will download it and automatically create a bootable USB key.

This CD (or key) contains many useful tools. You can partition, recover files, recover lost partitions, make disk images (by several different methods), transfer files between media, scan for viruses (It can serve as an Alternative Trusted Platform for search and elimination of rootkits and bootkits), examine and benchmark hardware, access the internet, and much more.

 

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Hi, I had a .avi file on my external hard drive that I was trying to play on my LG TV. My Tv (LG) recognised my photos and music via the usb but not the short clip. I read online that I should maybe try formatting the external hard drive to Exfat rather than ntfs and this is where it all went wrong. I followed the instructions and managed to change the format correctly. After plugging it back into the TV it was no longer recognised at all..ie no photos anything. My laptop now doesnt even recognise the hard drive, no beep when I plug it in or anything! Have I completely broken it? As you can no doubt tell, I'm a total noob with this
 

Answer:External hard drive, format error

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I've had a WD 1TB My Book for a year, I formatted it to FAT32 when I got it and have successfully been using it since. Today I needed to access a very important folder on it, but when I try to open it Vista (and my other pc (XP)) says I need to format it. All the other folders on the drive work fine except this one, and this one worked fine last night and nothing's been done to it since. I really need to access its contents and can't risk reformatting the drive and losing a years worth of files. Any suggestions? Many thanks...
 

Answer:Windows says I have to format my external hard drive...

Since you have already tried the drive in another system, the next thing I would do would be to pull the drive out of the enclosure. Now connect the drive as an internal drive and see if you can access the data. If you can, then copy what you want. If not, then it is time to attempt a data recovery of the drive.

FWIW data you do not backup ie have a minimum of two copies on separate physical media, is data you do not care about. This is why we stress backups so much. With an image backup, it takes all of 10min to plug in a new drive and restore the image. Done.
 

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Hi,
I bought a new Dell M3800 laptop and it worked fine for three month.
One morning it refused booting. The Dell Windows Recovery CD will not load either Just goes to black screen.
I tried everything I could think of and everything I found on google with no luck.
Yesterday I removed the HD and connected it as an external drive changed the Boot options and it worked.
But it still will not boot when connected internally. The Dell diagnostic tool does not find any problems.

Dell M3800.
SSD 250GB drive.

Please help. What could be causing this?
Ben

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I have a 320GB external hard drive from WD which I was using to back up my personal laptop running XP Pro. My laptop has since crashed and I need to access the files on my external while the laptop is being repaired. I have a laptop from work running Vista and the external does not show up in My Computer when I plug it in. I suspect this is because the work laptop's cd drive and my external both have the E drive letter.

My question is this: is there a way to access my files on the work computer without formatting the external and losing all my backed up documents? I am under the impression that giving my hard drive a new letter will require it to be partitioned/formatted?
 

Answer:Vista WD External hard drive not showing up, don't want to format

The hd letter shouldn't have anything to do with it normally. But your work computer may be locked down in such a way that it is. But no, you do not have to reformat to get a new drive letter. See if you can get into disk management from the administrative tools control panel, in there you can change drive letters (ie - make the cd drive drive X or something temporarly).
 

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Hello,
I currently have a computer that will not properly boot, so I was wondering if there was a way to move all the files from my current hard drive to an external hard drive, then format the hard drive on the computer and reload the files I know are "clean" or would my only option be to buy a new hard drive, install windows xp on it, and then move the files from the old hard drive to the new one?

Thanks.

-Jason

PS I have a 160gb maxtor external hard drive and a 160gb hard drive in my Dell Dimension 8400. I can also boot to the recovery console, but safe mode is quite difficult to access and I'm not 100% if I can even access it anymore. If you have any other questions just ask.
 

Answer:Move Files to external Hard drive to format

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Hi!

Simply as the title says, I was connecting my 1tb drive to my laptop when strangely it asks me to format my drive. I had assumed it had been disconnected improperly and decided to accept the loss and reformat.

However, once commanding the drive to format Windows soon brings up an error message.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Answer:Windows Unable to Format External Hard Drive

What error message did you get when you ok'd the FORMAT?

Also, can you post a screenshot from DISKMGMT showing that external drive? Full-screen please, with columns spread to show the contents of the columns.

Has this drive been used successfully before, and all of a sudden it asked to be formatted?

And yes, removable drives should be "safely removed" before disconnecting to ensure flushing out all data in buffers.

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Hi guys,,

Anyone have a quick tutorial of how to format an external harddrive which is 1TB to FAT32 format on windows Vista-
Tried the command one
format f: /fs:fat32
but no luck.. swissknife- I dont have the license version so won't work.. Actually the external harddrive is not with me so if I get a good advise here Iwill forward that to the user and get him to do it himself.
help please

cheers
Ash

Answer:Format a 1 T-BYTES External hard drive to FAT32

Sorry, I am a bit late.

This program should sort you out: Ridgecrop Consultants Ltd

However, can I warn you that FAT32 is not supposed to be pushed to drives this big. Although you can look up theoretical maximums, there are too many features to change to just choose one. It will also not be very backwards compatible, and so it still may not work for what you want it for, and I would recommend formatting back to NTFS when done.

Richard

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Hi,I have a Western Digital Passport Essential 500gb hard drive that i have formatted to FAT32 (from NTFS) and partitioned.I now want to format one of the partitions to EXT3.I'm running Vista.How do i go about doing this? I know that EXT3 is a Linux format and that i'm likely to need some programme or other. What's the most straight forward way of formatting?Cheers

Answer:How to format external hard drive to EXT3 in Vista

I'm not that familiar with running Linux but |I would imagine that if you ran a live disk version you would have the oportunity to format from thaere.

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Hi, I carry out a regular defrag of my C drive and external hard drive regularly about once a month. The C drive is only ever around 5% fragmented but the EHD is around 30% each time.
Would I be better to delete the back-ups I have, re-format the EHD and then start with new back-ups again ?

Presumably transferring the data across to my C drive before re-formatting the EHD may help to ensure no data loss but would defeat the object, leaving fragmented files to copy back again after re-formatting?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks

Andy

Answer:Defrag (heavy) external hard drive or re-format

In my experience any type of Backup, made with any Backup Program, tend to be fragmented. Not sure why. I don't ever Defrag the drive I use for my backup images. Even though I use that external for other file backups. Why bother. It's not like you are accessing that drive over and over like an Internal drive that you have files used everyday.

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I have a 500GB external Hard Drive that I need to use at home with my Windows 7 PC and at school where I use a Mac.

I know NTFS is for Windows only and I know FAT32 works on both Windows and Mac.

However I have been unable to format my external hard drvie to FAT32. Only to exFAT which doesnt work on Windows.

I have tried in CMD using the format fs=FAT32 quick but it told be my hard drive is too big.

Any ideas?

Thanks

Answer:How to format large external Hard Drive to FAT32

Nevermind lol I used a program called guiformat.exe - worked like a charm. I decided to leave this post up in case it helps someone else.

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I recently re-installed my windows operations system, stupidly i had left my external hard drive (WD my book) plugged in. I'm definite i selected to format my primary drive and install windows, however now i can't read off my hard drive in windows or linux. Am i in deep ****????
 

Answer:Didi Windows installation Format my external hard drive?

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i used WBFS manager 3.0 to put a super mario galaxy 2 iso as a backup on my seagate external hard drive. (my original is scratched up enough as it is and has lots lag) it worked perfectly on my wii but then i decided to backup all my wii games, just in case. but first i had to get them off of one computer to another because i would not have access to the other for a long time. so i formatted the external hard drive using wbfs manager, not my computer and then my computer stopped showing that it is plugged in. when i plug it in the computer makes the usb noise and the light on the hard drive shows up, but i cant access it. i tried going into cmd and doing dskchk but it didn't work it said unable to directly access it then i tried going into disk management but it said i got an I/O error. then i clicked on the seagate drive (it said drive 1) but the weird thing is that it said it had 2TB or memory when its only a 300GB drive. i couldn't have mistaken it for my computer's hard drive because its only 1TB. i have tried using all the usb ports, front and back, used different cables, tried it on 3 different computers, but same problem. i tried uninstalling and re installing the driver but to no avail. it could not have been damaged because i was using it right before i formatted it. and only after that did it stop working. its not a registry error because i did regcure but it didn't fix it. all i want is to use my drive again. i would greatly appreciate it if anyone can help. thanks... Read more

Answer:format external hard drive that wont show up in my computer

Check to see whether this helps. How to convert from WBFS to FAT32 or NTFS - GBAtemp.net

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I am quickly discovering all I don’t know about formatting and organizing hard drives. I have an old 2.5 inch, 160GB Segate laptop hard drive, which I have connected using a USB enclosure. At one time, it had a copy of Windows XP, but after I upgraded to a larger hard drive, I used this one for backups and misc file storage.

Recently, I decided to see if I could Restore a recently built Windows 7 image (on another PC) onto this HD. In preparation, I decided to “clean up” the drive so I did a series of activities to try and remove old files and make the HD as clean as possible for the new image. These activities included removing partitions and other disc cleaning procedures. All this has left me with a single RAW partition and all sorts of errors when I attempt to format the drive. I am unable to format the drive. Here is what it looks like in Disk Management.

I have no interest in recovering any data from the HD. I merely want it formatted and ready to accept the image file when I attempt the Recovery process. Right now, I can see the HD in Disk Management, but if I click on the drive in Windows Explorer it says it needs to be formatted. If I attempt to format the drive it fails.

I’ve read so many posts that I’m now just running in circles because I’m not sure how much I’m reading is applicable to my situation and what is not.

Any suggestions will be much appreciated.

Answer:Unable to format external hard drive (single RAW partition)

You might try a Bootable version of Partition Wizard to clean and format this HD.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

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I did a fresh install but I forgot about the password because was in keychain, I trying to recover keychain files, there a lot of them but with out the name just de extension ""keychain", please help, my entire life is in that disk...

Answer:How access data, forgot my external hard drive (Mac format)

Clarify your situation...You have a Mac system and an external Mac formatted hard drive too?You re-installed the OS on the Mac itself; and can't remember the password you used either for the previous Mac installation and/or the the external hard drive?You may be able to regain access to, and thus recover data off, the external drive using a root level login...Have a browse here and see if anything helps in that vein...https://www.google.co.uk/#q=mac+os+...Using the root level is to be done carefully; and ideally one creates a separate Admin level account - with that root option enabled for that account only. Do NOT have it enabled on other accounts... And keep a safe note/record of that account's login/password...message edited by trvlr

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Hi there,

I need some good advice here, I hope someone can help me.

I just bought a usb3.0 320gb external hard drive the brand and model are: "Imation Apollo M100"

I plugged it into a usb 3 port and it worked but I wanted to format it before i used it, so i right clicked on it in my computer, and clicked format from the drop down box.

I selected quick format and then started it. It ran for a while, then a box popped up saying: unable to complete format" or something to that effect. after that it was inaccessible. the drive showed in my computer as "local disk H:" or something like that. there was no gauge below it indicating the amount of data remaining on the disc, like all the others (ie: "30gb of 465gb left" which is displayed below my internal hard drives)

from the control panel i went to system & security -> create and format hard disk partitions. in disk management it was there with a 1mb partition and the balance of the space as RAW. so i deleted it and tried to format it again with the same result (minus the 1mb partition) i unplugged it and tried the process again, this time i unchecked "quick format", and still no dice.

now it wont pick up at all... i hear the ding dong when i plug it in, but it doesn't show up anywhere, in my computer or in disk manager.

Has anyone got any idea whats going on or what i have done wrong? im normally able to figure this stuff out but im completely stuck... ... Read more

Answer:external hard drive problem, unable to detect or format

Hi,

1. Try to connect the USB 3 drive to a USB 2 port, just to discard any problems with USB 3.0 port?

2. Goto Start>Control Panel>select "Icon View">Device Manager
Click the "View" tab and select "Show Hidden Devices"
In the Device Manager window, find the item/items labeled "Universal Serial Bus controllers." And expand.
Now plug the device in. Do you see a USB mass storage driver appear under USB?
Try all USB ports.

3. Also do you see any devices in Device Manager listed as Other or Unknown, or having a yellow symbol?
If so right-click and Update.

4. Update the driver for your USB 3.0.

cheers

Dave

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I have been using this WD hard drive (1 TB) for several months now without problems. My main computer crashed with a little help from my fists, now I am trying to rebuild an older computer, it was partitioned (i guess) with both Linxus and DOS, and the program files and all my original computer back up folders, videos and pics are stored on my external harddrive. When I plugged it into the DOS computer, it does have windows XP, but an error messgae popped up stating the e/drive needed to be formatted. I had never seen this error messgae and did not format the drive, but it wouoldn't allow me to access the drive. I tried again after re booting the computer, and I wasn't sure what the formatting involved so I hit YES, a WARNING message popped up telling me all my files would be erased if I formatted, and I immediately hit NO and unpllugged my drive. Now I can't see any files on the drive, although it recognizes it on other computers, it will not show the space capicity or free space, and it says it in NTFS format. Did me plugging this drive into a DOS computer change the settings somehow from FAT32 to NTFS? and if so How do I save my files? I did not format it, so I don't believe the files have been erased or it should show the free space as 1TB, right? PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, I will die if I lost all thiese files
 

Answer:Western Digital External Hard Drive Format error, please help

Hive info on the HDD is protected. Missing drive info? That's why your getting that error message to format it but you don't. What OS did you have prior?

See this link from MS for the fix using chkdsk /p
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/156640
 

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I need your advice!

I'm currently looking for a new external 3.5" hard drive to pair with external eSATA+USB enclosure, to use across Win 7, XP and Ubuntu. I borrowed from a friend and tested a new WD 1TB EARS green drive as single partition storage drive connected internally at Win 7 and XP, it is fast, cool and quite compare with my other 4 internal drives, performance seems on par with my 1 year old WD Black. However, I also saw bad comments about this new technology of advanced format 4k hard drive for XP and Ubuntu.

Now, I'm searching for a good external 3.5" eSATA+USB enclosure and very soon going to buy the WD EARS hard drive because I'm out of hard disk space for my data storage. I need at least another 1TB, but I'm afraid that I may have degraded performance for using across Win XP, Win 7 & Ubuntu.

All my current hard drives are WD, so far so good. WD is my choice for good warranty service.

Shall I get this EARS drive as external cross platform single partition storage? If I buy it, which partition tool to use to ensure that it will get optimum performance across all abovementioned platforms?

Answer:External Advanced Format 4k sectors Hard Drive for Win 7, XP, Ubuntu

Why not get the 1TB EADS without the advanced formatting and save yourself some headaches?

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I'm running Windows 7 Pro and the only option I see when I right click on the drives are NTFS or exFAT.

Hopefully it will be something easy because I'm not at all handy with the command prompt, unless someone walks me thru it.
 

Answer:Need to format a 160gb & 250gb external USB hard drive to FAT32?

have a read ta this,maybe helpful... http://uk.wrs.yahoo.com/_ylt=A03uv8...54/**http://www.neurostechnology.com/node/407
 

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I recently purchased a Samsung 2.5" 500GB USB external hard disk on eBay, and received it just this morning. After a bit of testing I decided I wanted to separate it into two partitions (one for data and one for my Wii games). When I tried to do that using Windows XP's disk manager, it went formatted 99% then returned a plain "Format did not complete successfully", with no additional info. Then the hard drive just disappeared. Windows explorer will not detect it (it will make the "USB device connected/disconnected" noises upon plugging it in or unplugging it from the computer however), and neither will the disk manager, which means I can't simply delete the partition and format again. The blue LED indicating connection between the drive and the computer does blink when I plug the drive in, and then it remains static until I unplug it.

Any help is really really appreciated. I'll gladly provide additional information to the best of my knowledge.
 

Answer:External hard drive (Samsung 500GB) format failed; not recognised

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On this system, I have a dual boot setup with two hard drives, both with Vista installed.

The other night, I put the system to sleep. When I woke it up, everything was fine but, after about a minute, the whole system locked up.

I tried a reboot but, right after the initial loading of Windows, it just stopped responding. I tried to reboot and go to Safe Mode but the Windows files would load and then nothing would happen.

I tried another reboot and just let the system run. After about an hour (without ever booting into Windows), it said the K: drive need to be checked for consistancy. It then repaired the Master File Table with the MFT mirror. Then Checkdisk started and after about an hour I interrupted it.

I tried booting with the slave drive disconnected and that works just fine. I tried booting without the master drive connected and about half way through the POST, it says there's a read error and asks me to restart, which, of course, just puts one into a loop.

I then rebooted with both drives connected and let it run with the same results except that after a couple of hours, Checkdisk finished and Windows booted normally. I then got a message that the K: drive needed to be formatted. I clicked on Format but before it would run, I got a message that I needed to back up my files. However, when I try to do that, Windows looks for a backup device and can never find one, even when I insert a DVD- see attached. I don't know if it's because it can't find a target or it can't... Read more

Answer:How do I format a hard drive which won't boot

Use bootable media... livecd, vista disk, or what not and run the format.

I suggest Ubuntu, or a ultimateboot disk.
Ultimate Boot CD - Overview

And try n fix it first.

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I have a windows 8 computer that I plan to give away and I don't want my
data to be recoverable so I have considered DBAN, and decided to go
another direction, I have just been wondering if I format the hard drive
through another computer via a hard drive reader, will I be able to reinstall
windows through a disk because I promised that to my buyer?

Answer:Can I format my hard drive and boot from a disk after?

Yes

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I have two ide hard drives. Both 40 gigs and one for XP and the other for Vista.
I have forgotten how to do both a hard drive reformat -- blank totally, and then remove from the dual boot sequence. Want to ditch Vista and only have the system go straight to xp.
 

Answer:format a hard drive + remove from boot seq?

The simplest way to format the unwanted drive is to go into XP> open My Computer> right click on the drive you want to empty and choose "Format".

Make sure you get the correct drive .
 

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I needed to format my hard drive and write '0' on it but I don't have it anymore. The last time I formatted my HD was years ago and have lost track of my boot disks. Basically I need a CD or a single floppy disk that I can boot from and simply format the hard drive. Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Boot disk to format hard drive

www.bootdisk.com

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Im running windows 7 beta. im having spyware/malware problems, and want to reformat (because i dont know how to fix or what to do) the entire hard drive. i cant open to the Microsoft management console: it says i need to be running IE 5.5. so ie must be corrupt. i cant install ie, because you cannot download it for win 7...just vista. i dont know how to format from the windows 7 or vista disc. everything is so screwed up, and i need to start from scratch. so i need to know how to format from where ever, before windows even starts. then start fresh with a new....everything.

Answer:format the hard drive before windows 7 boot

also i tried to do a custom installation right from the windows 7 disc. but windows cant even find a drive or partition to install windows.

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hi,
any suggestions on how i can format hard drive through vista boot cd command promt?
 

Answer:Hard drive format using Vista boot CD

Just boot using your Vista Install DVD. Select the repair option
 

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Hi,

First off, I don't know if this is the proper place to post, so please tell me where to re-post if necessary.

I recently bought a new hard drive to replace a broken one in my Compaq Presario 2170US. The problem is that I can't boot from my Windows XP Pro cd, and the laptop does not have a floppy drive. What can I do to boot under these circumstances? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
 

Answer:Can't figure out how to boot to format a new hard drive

Change the boot order in bios (by pressing F10) and make sure the cd/cdrw/dvd/dvdrw is the first device to boot from

good luck

oldmx
 

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Well....I guess we will see if anybody in the Forums has a solution. This is a complicated lengthy explanation so bare with me.

1) My wonderful son borrowed my wife's brand new Windows 7 laptop as his was on the blink. After discovering that her laptop was not very fast he chose to remove the hard drive and install it in his laptop. (KEY NOTE: yes, the nice fella neglected to make a Recovery Disk prior to doing this.) He then reformatted the drive and installed his version of Windows 7.

2) Then he purchased himself a new i7 laptop at Christmas. At that point he decided to give mom's laptop back to her. He took the hard drive back out of his old machine and installed it back into mom's laptop. At that point he did nothing with respect to starting it to ensure that it worked.

3) Now I am stuck with a laptop that won't boot up as the computer obviously doesn't recognize the hard drive due to the Windows 7 install from the son's computer.

I've tried repairs, recovery, safe mode boots....and anything else that comes to mind but to no avail. I would like to get to a command prompt so that I can format (fdisk) the hard drive and try and start from scratch. I have found no help to date that allows me to do that either.

Your assistance would be much appreciated.

Answer:No recovery disk.....How to boot to dos to format hard drive

Do you have a Win 7 install disk? If you use an install disk to boot from, you will be able to partition and format the disk as part of the install process.

Another option would be to download one of the many Linux distros which would partition/format the disk as part of it's installation.

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Hi guys,
Is there a way I can remove all the partitions from my Hard drive and do a full format (not quick)? The windows 7 install disc does a quick format but I would like to clean it thoroughly. Is there a utility I can use at boot time to do this?

Thanks!

Answer:Full Format Hard Drive with Windows 7 Boot Disc

Why do you want to do a full format? What is wrong with quick? Anyways this question was answered before...

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Hey so I am planning on putting ubuntu on an external hard drive. If I install Ubuntu on it, can I boot to it? I don't want to change any settings in bios, I just want to boot to ubuntu occasionally.

Answer:Can I boot to an external Hard drive?

That would depend on the interface type of the external hard drive and the bios booting options on your motherboard. If your system is not compatable with that configuration, you could make a partion on your main drive and set up for dual boot.

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I have a Seagate 500GB external hard drive that was formatted on my Macbook at FAT32. I was using it without problem both on my Macbook and my brother's Windows 98 desktop. I tried to use in with my new laptop, running Windows 7. I found out I had to assign a volume letter to it in order to see its contents. I did so, only to get a message asking me to format the drive! Moreover, now I cannot use it neither on my Macbook nor at my brother's desktop... I tried removing the letter but nothing changed; it is still unrecognizable, telling me that no known operating system is installed in it (or something like that)... I guess it's a disk header thing (after assigning a volume letter). Maybe I could fix this with some kind of software?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Dionysis.

Answer:External Hard Drive can't boot!

Sounds like you're going to have to reformat the drive (on the Windows 7 pc). I had thought there were differences between the Apple and PC filing systems.

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Hello, I own an Acer Aspire 5100 laptop with windows 7 installed. I have a problem where the hdd plugs in at. The hdd plugs into a connecter witch is part of the mother bored. The only way I can get it to run is if i tilt the laptop backwards and put a wii remote under it. as long as it doesn't move, it will work. So knowing i need a new connecter, I find a situation. I go myself a cord that i can plug my hdd into and plug it into the laptop via usb. I set the bios to first run the usb hard drive and second the boot manager. It worked.
As the "Starting Windows" screen was done loading, the screen when blue for a fraction of a second, then reset to the Acer logo screen at start up. I got a message about it wanting to run a Boot up repair. I did this and when it was done, the same thing happened. I put the hdd back into the laptop with it tiilted and it worked just fine. I put another hdd into the laptop with Windows 7 with the old hdd in the usb chord. I got the same result.

How can i get passed the "Starting Windows" screen when booting from the external hdd?
 

Answer:how do i boot from my external hard drive?

You cannot boot windows from an external usb type device; not going to happen. You CAN boot linux from an external usb type device; just not windows. This is because of how windows deals with usb.
 

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How do I make Windows 8.1 boot from an external hard drive with linux on it? I already changed the boot menu priority in the BIOS (UEFI). But when I restart my laptop while my external HD is connected to the laptop, it doesnt boot from the external HD. Instead it boots directly to the Win 8.1 Desktop. Is there something additional I should do in the BIOS?

Answer:Why Cant I Boot from My External Hard Drive?

Is it a UEFI BIOS with Secure Boot? If yes you likely have to turn secure boot off.

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my fujitsu amilo pi1505 hard sata hard drive has failed,in the bios boot options is usb fdc can it boot & RUN a system on it?

Answer:boot from external usb hard drive

Should be able to as long as the 1st boot up is via USB?

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I have an old Tiny PC with 2 hard drives one of which is less than 12 months old.I have a laptop less than 12 months old.I'm getting squeezed from the other half to ditch the desktop to free up space but I still use it although not very often and I do like XP.Here's my question. If I take out the newer primary hard drive, put it in a HDD caddy and connect it to my laptop via a USB port, can I boot windows XP from the caddy to the laptop screen if I change the boot order of the laptop to boot from USB first?

Answer:Boot XP from external hard drive?

No that wont work.

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But not an excternal eSATA drive. I mean to say it is  an exrernal hard drive that has a USB interface. This drive I have used as an extrernal backup device.  I am sure it is in good condition. Now I what to see if I can make it bootable and use it as a normal thing any time I want to boot up some other operationg system.In this case I want to use a legal 32 bit Widnows 7 DVD to intstall Windows 7 onto my extrernal hard drive taht was untill now used onlyu as a backup device. It is a older IDE type with a USB interface.I read sosmewhere taht you can boot Windows 7 from a USWB flash drive. If so, then it ought to be more easy to do it froma standard hard drive using a USB intterface. Is that right?  I found this articl on wickihow. Nowbefore I try it,  I want  to see if you know more about this. Here is the link:https://www.wikihow.com/Boot-from-an-External-Hard-DriveI have an old Dell 755 desktop with a triple boot. I do not want to jepordise my triple bnoot setup, so I would like to the anexcternal drive. (No, I amd not lazy. Everytime I open up my Dell to do anything I cringe at the thught that I might bradk something. It is not a full size destop and I am getting to be very clumsy. It is likely I will break something. I have before.   )Any suggesntion? 

Answer:How can I boot from an external Hard Drive.?

This has been done to death years ago. Face it. This is not going to work. Windows is designed to run from an internal drive. Furthermore, the EULA specifically stipulates that you are licensed to install Windows on an internal drive. Maybe some brave/crazy souls have committed demented brain surgery on a Windows install to make it run from a USB drive, and coaxed it into limping into a crash-prone state, do you seriously think you will get anything like convincing performance with all the disk i/o crawling down a USB wire?

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My brother operates a heating and air-conditioning business close to my home and I usually help build and maintain his computers and office network. I have his office desk hard drives set up in RAID where there is always an exact duplicate of the boot drive should one drive fail. He called recently asking if I could set up an external hard drive that could be cloned after the end of each business day in case of failure of the only hard drive in his laptop computer. From what I can see on Google, it looks like most Bios's have the capability to boot from either flash or external HD's, but problems exist with both the external HD's ability to serve as boot disk (Western Digital specifically states their external drives will not boot), and with creating a bootable operating system. Anyone have any information on how I can help him out with this, if it is possible. Thanks in advance.

JIm
 

Answer:Boot from external hard drive?

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Good day all,

I have a littel issue that I'm hoping someone can resove 4 me.

I have a Dell Latitude D610 laptop with WinXP Pro installed with SP2, and it has USB2. I removed the harddrive and put in another one, formated and installed XP Pro in FAT32 on it with SP2, then installed all the drivers. Pull out the new harddrive and put it into a external USB2 harddrive enclosure. I put back my original harddrive into my laptop, set my BIOS sequence to boot from USB first and let it run.

My problem is, once the black XP screen with little blue progress bar starts, it will stay on the screen for about 10 seconds max and reboot itself, then give me the boot options, i.e. safe mode, normal, etc ... I select normal, and same thing over and over again. I also trien safe mode, and it does start to lead files, and stops half way throught, then reboots ...

Any ideas ?

Thank you very much in advance to all !

Answer:boot from external usb hard drive ?

You Intalled XP on FAT32 ? I don't think this is possible..

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i was trying to fix my friends computer and his master cable for the hard drive is ripped and so we wont be able to use it till he buys a new one which could be a while

he has a 200 gb external hard drive (with usb 2 and firewire) i was wondering if it is possible to use that as the hard drive, could i plug it into the computer using the usb2 and have windows boot from it he really needs to get back to using his comptuer for school and i am just wondering if it is possible to just forget putting the internal hard drive and just use an external as the master and i mean keeping it inside the external enclosure and everything ?

anyone do this ever ?

Answer:can you boot from external hard drive ?

His BIOS Needs to support booting from removable devices, so you might have to go exploring. But it can be done.
Skate

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