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Q: accidental external drive format

hello back again this tine I accidentally formated my external drive and I want to know if ther is a recover program that will recover my drive back to same way it was before formatt thr ones i tried did not do that files are scattered and raw so is there one that will recover back to how it was before format thank you for answer

Preferred Solution: accidental external drive format

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A: accidental external drive format

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So I accidentely fast formated a drive in my disk managment (I actually formated the wrong one)

But when it formated it had checked that it makes a backup in case of recovery of data... but I have no idea where the backup is and how to restore it?

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Long story short, I was going to format my usb but I must have accidentally clicked on my C drive instead. Anyways, during the format of my only drive, a Samsung SSD, my computer crashed and I restarted it. I want originally worried because I thought I was formatting a 2gb usb flash drive. Afterward, my computer no longer detects my SSD in my bios. It's my SSD fried, or can I still save it?

A:accidental format of C drive

Hello and welcome iced dragoon I doubt if the drive is fried mate probably a bit confused I should say and I do hope you have data backed up.

So can you slip it into another machine and see if it is "seen" there?? If so then you can reformat and align it before doing a reinstall.
with this http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/113967-ssd-alignment.html

Once you have done that and the drive is ready then you can use this if you have no media
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

one advantage of this is you lose all the bloatware

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Other than TestDisk, what are some other free software downloads that
a person might try to recover data from a formatted drive? The drive was
formatted by accident.

This addresses an issue form one of my previous post but I have not
had any luck with TestDisk.

Thank you,

A:Free Drive Recovery programs for accidental drive format.

Please don't post duplicate threads. If your thread is in an inappropriate forum, please report it and a moderator will move it.

Continue the problem resolution here: http://forums.techguy.org/business-applications/871411-possable-recover-formatted-drive.html

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My 6 year old laptop running Windows 7 is out of warranty, so here i am seeking help as i am not very computer literate. All i need to know is how many partitioned drives came with my HP laptop. My niece was playing on my laptop without my knowledge and had accidentally formatted Drive-G... i know this much, that Drive-C is my main drive, and Drive-D is the recovery drive to restore my laptop... But what is Drive-G which is only about 101 MB in size? ... does it contain any crucial operating files or data that i need to restore back on to the G-drive, or can i ignore the lost data on Drive-G? I have never added any partitions to my laptop as that is beyond my ability. I tried using a free Data Recover software, and it identified about a couple of hundred files with 6 different types of file extension such as: f0020856.regf0021056_bootvhd.dkkf0021248_mediag.exe.muif0081920_bootresf0051186.dbff0081546.ttf Is this a virtual drive, a casche drive, or....? Can i ignore what was lost, or do i need to be concerned to pay for the Data Recovery software to restore those lost files? Thank you guys in advance for your help. 

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i've purchased a seagate 1TB external hard drive and need to format it in FAT32 format.

how can i go about doing this using windows 7?

A:how can i format my external HD drive into FAT32 format

Quote: Originally Posted by Waqas83


i've purchased a seagate 1TB external hard drive and need to format it in FAT32 format.

how can i go about doing this using windows 7?

Hi and welcome

um, why do you need to? there are several 3rd party apps that can but since win 7 knows NTFS, it will not format fat32. Just checked to be sure.

KEn J+

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Hi all,
My sister had a virus on her computer and asked me to help, i wanted to boot the pc in safemode to get rid of the virus when i noticed "HP system recovery", I thought this was the option in windows to fully recover your pc to a backup made earlier in time, but apparently this option formats the hd and reinstalls windows :/
Is there an easy way i can recover the pc entirely?
The computer is a HP pavilion computer with windows xp

A:Accidental format, help !

If you used the destructive recovery option then I do not think you will have any luck recovering any files, give it a go if you wish

The HP Recovery procedure gives you two options
A Destructive and Non-Destructive recovery.
The Non-destructive option will leave your personal documents intact

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Hello All,

I'm new to this forum seeking help for the issue below. I've searched for similar threads but all are either very old or not specific to my problem . . .

I/O Magic External USB Hard Drive (2007)
Seagate 250mb IDE
Initial problems appeared as the unit began to operate slowly, taking a long time to boot up and for folder to appear in Windows Explorer. Eventually the unit stopped working completely and would freeze up the host computer. Once the external was powered down the host computer would “unfreeze” and resume normal operation.
I attempted to determine if the external chassis might be the problem and removed the HD, mounting it as a slave in an older Dell running Windows XP (this unit had the correct IDE cabling). After correcting a “Don’t Have Permission to View Folder” error, I was able to see the drive. However, when attempting to open the drive in Windows Explorer, the drive at did not seem to respond at first. Eventually I got a pop up that said the “Drive is not formatted, do you want to Format Now?” I didn’t want to do this, so I ran Diagnostic Tools to try to Fix Disc Errors, and got the final message that the disc is in “Raw Format”, and that’s where I stopped.
This drive was a backup to the primary HD in my HP, whose motherboard died just prior to the problems detailed above. It contains ordinary personal data, but also my entire digital collection of music which I’d like to recover. I would rate my level of tech expertise abo... Read more

A:Do You Want to Format / Raw Format on External Drive

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I have a windows XP pro machine on which I accidentally did a "quick format" on the D drive instead of the A drive (I know' I know, go straight to bottom of class) The drive is just a second partition with data on it, thankfully nothing critical, but I'd like to get it back anyway, there doesn't appear to be an unformat command in XP which is extremely annoying as I _know_ all my data is still on the drive, does anyone know a way to do this ? It's not worth spending money on but would save a lot of downloading and hunting about on CDs.

Many Thanks,


A:School boy Error - Accidental Format


http://www.binarybiz.com/vlab/ms2-windows.php?KBID=1002&kw=undelete winxp


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hello everyone, I accidentally formatted my HP omen for recycling instead of a normal format. The computer gives the option to press ESC and bring up the start up menus with system recovery but when I press f11 for the recovery it doesn't do anything. It just recycles between the escape key option and the hp logo. Should I purchase a new Windows 10, put iton a usb and boot my HP from that in order to make it work again?

A:Accidental recycle format HP Omen

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So, big screw up. Couple weeks ago, I try rebooting my computer, and when it boots, it gives me an error message that one of the boot files is screwed up. And in the process of trying to fix things, I use a tool that doesn't, in fact, recover the drive to a previous state, but formats and reimages the hard drive (it's an HP laptop, so it had a separate partition to allow you to reinstall windows without benefit of an actual Windows CD)

So, mea culpa, I didn't understand what the utility was going to do. The laptop, of course, is working fine again, except that I wiped out all my files. Obviously, there's no way I'm going to be able to recover things like programs and stuff, but I did want to recover at least things like certain text files and images. I downloaded a program called EASEUS Data Recovery, which said it could restore files after format...and after running it, it did, in fact, find files that had file names that I recognized.

However, when trying to recover these files, what I find instead is that most of the file names were in there more than once...and I realized that what it was actually finding was not whole files, but file fragments (which would obviously not open by themselves). I looked on the program website, but it didn't seem to acknowledge this as being a potential issue, or how to remerge the fragments into a working file.

Does anyone have any reccomendations re programs and/or techniques for recovering these old files? Thanks in advance.

A:Recovering files after accidental format.

Sounds as though you have tried to recover the files & only got fragments of them?

Do all the parts add up to the full file or not? If not, I would suggest you are "Stuffed". Sorry

Do you have a copy on a memory stick, back up CD or HDD etc?

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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!

A: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)?

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

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I have a HP Pavillion laptop computer. I needed to replace my hard drive, the salesman at the store said I could buy an external hard drive and remove it from the case and use it as an internal. I did that. Now I get NTLDR is missing. I ordered recovery discs from HP but nothing happens when I try to use them. HP said I need to format the new hard drive but I don't know how. Can someone help a beginner?

A:Solved: how to format an external drive to be an internal drive

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I'm running Windows 7 (64-bit) with UEFI Bios and I just bought a Seagate 3TB Backup Plus External drive that I plan to use for data only (specifically to backup System Images using Macrium Pro). I don't care about the Dashboard software that comes with it so thought I should probably format the drive as GPT.

I haven't had a lot of experience formatting a drive and never to GPT do I just follow this tutorial?
Convert MBR Disk to GPT Disk

A:Format 3TB External Drive

In disk management, just right click on the drive and choose format.

start/ right click computer/ click manage/ click device manager on the left hand side window

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I was trying to install an external drive to my router D-Link DIR 655 and gave up on that.after connecting my Ex-hard drive to my laptop with Win7 64 I could not get it to format after some time I moved the exDrive to my wife's laptop and was able to do the format but when I went back to the Win7 laptop I could not format the exDrive again. I checked the Disk Manager and Drivers E: and F: was there but I still could not Format these two Drives. Comparing the new ExDrives E: & F: with my C: drive I noticed the word RAW behind the E: & F: drives is this correct and if not how do I correct my problem to use my exHard drive.[ATTACH][/ATTACH]

A:Can't Format my External Drive.

RAW is incorrect FYI. i take it u cant right click and delete partition (both) start again an reformat? in disk management

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I have an external drive connect by usb to a Linksys router. I can see the drive in file explorer but not disk management. I'm trying to reformat is but can't find anywhere that I can do it. Any help is welcomed.

A:trying to format external drive

Has a drive letter been assigned to it?

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My new WD250 won't format in its new Speeze external case. The drive is recognized. Format appears to begin but after 30 seconds the drive dissappears from the disk menu. Message, a couple of minutes later, says that format is unsuccessful.

The case is connected with USB 1.1.

My internal drives are WD250 and WD80, both NTFS. Any suggestions are appreciated. I'm running windows xp /sp2.

A:External drive format

The obvious thing to try is connect it to another system and see if you can format it there. This will narrow it down to a drive or system issue.

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Hi, not sure if this is in the right place.
I have a new PC with Windows 8.
I had an old PC with XP.
I took the HD (Hitachi Deskstar Aug 2007 3.5 inch) out of the old machine to use as an external drive with my new machine.
The old HD is partitioned into two drives.
I put the old HD in a caddy (Dynamode USB-HD3.5SI-BN), jumpers set to Master.
I thought I might be able to format it from W8.
But when I connect it via USB all I get is repeated connected and disconnected sounds.
No drive letter displayed, just sounds.
Is there any way I can format this drive from within W8?
If not, do I just take it to an engineer and ask him/her to sort it?
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8.1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4430 CPU @ 3.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 60 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8079 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 4600, -1984 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 476438 MB, Free - 324553 MB;
Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd., H81M-S2PV
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

A:Format XP external drive in W8

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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?

A:Format external hard drive

The help you need can be found here:


More background information on using FDISK:


Good luck; let us know how this turns out.

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This seems to be a complex issue. I have a 3 TB external drive which I use backing up my files. I now want to use it for storing a clone of my hard drive and I was told to convert the drive from active to basic which I did. I now have two sections on the drive ,2048 gb unlocated and 746.52 unlocated which has files in it. Under computer the drive only shows 792 GB with 655 GB free.I trie to format this drive but it says it is write protected. The computer management shows a 3 TB drive.

A:Can"t Format External Drive

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I HAVE a new Maxtor external drive USB2.

I want to format it NTFS. What do I do? It is connected to my Dell Laptop which has WinXPpro on it.

A:How Do I Do An Ntfs Format On An External Drive

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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.

A: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 a WD Passport Essential 320gb external hard drive that I want to use to back-up my dual boot system (W7 and XP). Unfortunately, the software included won't install to W7 and I am too lazy to switch over atm. I've decided to use W7's built-in back-up application to create a system image, but first I have to format the external drive. How can I do that?

A:How can I format my external drive to NTFS?

Hmm nevermind. I seem to have found out how to do this immediately after posting. GO WINDOWS 7 SEARCH!!

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So I am trying to get my external laptop drive to show that is 250 g but every time i format it only 31g show up....
I havn't set anything that i know of ....
So some help would be great

A:Trying to format 250 g external drive (laptop hd) but only getting 31g

Not to ask the obvious, but you are formatting the drive as ntfs?
also,what does your disk management screen show about the drive.


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I have a new Seagate FreeAgent external hard drive and wanted to know how can I format it to FAT32?

I want to hook it up to a computer whose hard drive crashed and I want to boot to Knoppix so I can attempt to retrieve any information possible to the external drive.

Thanks for looking.

A:How to format an external drive to FAT32

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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.



A:How do you format an external hard drive?

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I have a WD external hard drive that has been used to store all needed films, images and documents. It is always convenient to transfer data between the hone laptop and office desktop. However, this time, something seems to go wrongly.
When reading it on my desktop, this drive is asking me to format. But, the computer says the formatting also will wipe everything stored on this drive. But, I need these contents there. What should I do to fix this? What should I do next to rescue these contents?
Please, help me out!

A:WD external hard drive is asking to format?

This may be caused by Windows cannot determine the file system of external drive, 
there are many factors can lead to this result.
Besides the suggestions above:
You can try if this drive can work on other computers.
Try to replace another USB cable for a test.Alex Zhao
TechNet Community Support

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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?

A:How do I format an external hard drive?

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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 ?


A: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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Hi guys, I have a Buffalo HD-LB3 3TB external harddrive. My main goal is to get it to work with my xbox 360. I was able to get it to work on my blueray player but it is not found by my Xbox. I have formatted it to Fat32 and I have partitioned it into two pieces, 1.8 TB and 1.1 TB. Still nothing is working. Please help me, thank you for your time!

A:External drive not working after format

Did you check it for bad sectors/ use a full format?

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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.

A:format external hard drive

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Totally screwed up and selected the wrong external usb hard drive a 4 terabyte!! I started to format with Disk management and then pulled the usb cable 2 seconds into the format! need extra help..

don't want to double post so putting link here:

accidently started to format..

Could anyone please chime in and recommendations? I am trying the first option right now.. but ofcourse open to any others..

can't believe i just did this! ha

A:Need to REcover Format external 4TB DRive!

That 2 seconds was probably long enough to erase the partition table, so as far as Windows is concerned, the drive is now blank.

But, that's really not the case as the files and folders are most likely all still there.

If you want to recovery the partition, try using the Minitool Partition Wizard and see if it can Recover the partitions.

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I purchased a Seagate 1Tb external drive that came with "Seagate Dashboard" software to manage back-ups. What I would like to do is create 2 500Gb partitions and use my Acronis software to make mirror images of both my desktop and laptop. Is this do-able? Would it be advisable to delete the "Seagate Dashboard"?

Thanks for any advice.

A:Format Seagate external drive

Simply just plug it in and do a format. It took you longer to ask how to do this, than it would to have just plugged the drive in and right click on it after it loads in Windows Explorer, and choose "Format".

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Hi guys
Just wondering if it possible to format an external drive with an OS installed on it via usb? Normally I would hook it up to a pc and use a startup disc to clean it ready to use in an external inclosure
Thanks for any help

A:Solved: format an external drive

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I purchased a Silverstone MS01 external USB hard drive case and fitted a Hitachi HDS725050KLAT80 (500 GB IDE-ATA) hard drive in the case. After installing the software and drivers provided by Silverstone, I connected the case to my IBM 8183-GNU Thinkcentre running XP Pro. The computer "saw" the drive OK and it showed up as Disk 1 in disk management. I commenced a normal format on it and it apparently started formatting OK. Not knowing how long such a large HD would take on USB, I let it run...4 hours turned into 10 hours and I finally stopped it at about the 20 hour point. At one time during a look on it about the 17 hour point the "Formatting..." status had become "Formatting (2%)" I didn't think this was normal so I stopped it at the 20 hour point as mentioned above.

I took the drive case and plugged it to my "test stand" computer running Win 2000 Pro on FAT32 filesystems and started a normal format there. Again it looked like nothing was really happening so I cancelled and tried Quick Format. That took about 30 seconds and then the drive was there in Explorer with a letter and chkdsk revealed all to be OK. I thereupon copied about 30 GB worth of files to it which went OK.

I moved the drive back to my IBM, plugged it, XP saw it and then copied about 190 GB of files there to it-all seemed OK and chkdsk on that machine also revealed all OK.

What the heck happened? Why did normal format take so long and never even... Read more

A:USB External Drive took too long to format in XP

toocan said:

I commenced a normal format on it and it apparently started formatting OK. ...4 hours turned into 10 hours and I finally stopped it at about the 20 hour point. ...I stopped it at the 20 hour point as mentioned above.Click to expand...

normally this would cause a disaster.

...plugged it to my "test stand" ..and started a normal format there. ... nothing was really happening so I cancelled and tried Quick Format. That took about 30 seconds... I thereupon copied about 30 GB worth of files to it which went OK.Click to expand...

QUICK format only rewrites the FAT table (placing everything on the free list)
and leaves the blocks alone. You got away with this because the drive was preformated when you received it.

under normal circumstances, the sequence of events would be

partition the hd (if necessary or desired)
full format each partition
A QUICK format can be used IF a full formate was done at least once, and
you wish to trust the Bad Block List {none on flash drive :) } and free all the space

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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?

A: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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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.

A: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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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

A: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 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

A: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 have a WD external drive that I cannot format. I can see the properties and it shows the 2.5 TB as totally filled!
It was NOT filled, only about 30% was used when problems began.
I don't know what occurred, but no backups were able to be run.
I tried using Western Digitals Format which appeared to be running but at the end it said that
the format failed. I can view the WD files that came with it, but can't see any of the backups that are on the drive.
ALSO, very odd...it shows the drive as e: but says its a DVD device?
I had problems with another WD 1.5 TB drive and had to replace it with a new 3 TB Seagate. That was a week ago, now
this drive (on my wife's laptop) has gone too.
I afraid I'll have to purchase another $160 drive. This is getting expensive.
I tried d/l SWISS KNIFE but couldn't get it to run.
My wife's Toshiba laptop is running Win/7 and I'm still on XP/Pro. on my Toshiba Laptop.
Is there a way to force a FAT32 format on that external drive?

A:Solved: Can't Format 2.5 TB WD external drive

Firstly, FAT32 can only be used on drives which are 2TB and under. If you somehow got a program to 'successfully' format either of those drives at FAT32 you are being given incorrect information. The FAT32 file system just can't handle that large of a drive.

Have you tried formatting it with the WD tool from another computer?

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I have a WD Essentials external drive with two ntfs partitions, one of the partitions have files but the other one is empty. I'd like to change the format of the empty partition to exfat, then transfer all the files on my exfat partition and do the same thing with the new empty partition then merge both in one. Is it possible and I want to be sure that none of my data will be deleted

Thanks for your help.


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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

A:How Format External Hard Drive

How are you going about formatting it?

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I have a 1 tera bite USB storage unit ,,, it was pluged into ps3 to run a movie, PS3 insaled a 68mb partition ,,,
My computer can only see 68mb ,,, but can not read any thing in the partition !!!
Is it posible to remove the patition with out damage the the information on the rest of the 1 tera B storage ???
Thank you Al Hunt

A:Accidental partition on external storage

Please do not post your e-mail address in a public forum. I've edited it out so it doesn't get harvested by spammers and also because all assistance is to be done on the boards. Thanks for understanding.

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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

A: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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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.


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