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Q: format external harddisk

I just bought an notebook harddisk of 30GB and an external USB2.0 harddissk case. I am using winxp pro. When i connected my external harddisk to my PC, i can see that the external HD is recognise thw external HD from Device Manager. But it canot be seem from from windows explorer. I think the problem is that the harddisk have not been formatted. So, i do i go about formatted my external USB connected 30GB harddisk?

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A: format external harddisk

Right click My Computer, select Manage, and when Computer Management opens, select Disk Manager. You can right click on the graphic for the unformatted drive and select format.

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I was using Xp and I installed ubuntu by making partion in my hard disk and suddenly last week one virus (Userinit.exe) hit my XP and Now I can't Login In Xp So I want to Format my Hard Disk (C drive or even Full Hardisk).
I Tried Booting From Xp bootable cd but can't able to boot,so that to check it i inserted Ubuntu Cd i was Booting But Xp cd can't.Currently i am using Ubuntu On same system.
So,help me for booting, Formating My Hard Disk.


Thank You!!!

A:Format HardDisk

with your bootable xp disk when you booted the pc ,,did it ask you to hit any key to boot from CD?

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How to Format harddisk by win xp c.d and for windows related problems(including servers), once visit the following site

http://technodata.blogspot.com
 

A:Format harddisk by win xp c.d

Welcome to TSG....

Good site I really like it and I will pass it around as needed.

Thank you and hope you stay here at TSG....
 

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Is there a way to format new harddisk in xp pro. I already have n operating HD with xp pro installed. When i put in an unformatted harddisk, it does not detect my harddisk. The jumpers are correct. I have to disconnect my original HD and format the new harddisk using my dos bootup disk. Is there a better and easiler way to add on new hardisk without having to do all those onnecting and disconnecting?
 

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My OS has really gotten buggy. Not only did I try to install a variety of 98 programs that left a bunch of noncompatible drivers floting around my system (causing a sorts of warnings and notices), Outlook XP has gone straight to the gutter due to missing .dll files and other goodies.

Great.

I'm to the point where I want to format my drive (non partitioned) and reinstall XP (I actually like it - just going to avoid the mistakes I made last time). I've got the upgrade and have my old Windows ME CD (I know I need this).

Basically I want a Dos prompt and access to the format utility. I've gotten as far as a warning that I would "unmount" (?) my drive, but this sounded pretty bad so I wanted to check that out first.

Anything will work though. I just want a clean slate.

Thanks,
mp

PS - Is NFTS or FAT32 better for ~10gig disk with majority being digital media (photos/music) ? From reading around in this formum, it seems I should just stick with FAT32.
 

A:how do I format the harddisk of an XP machine?

Welcome to the forum.

Set your bios to boot from cdrom.
Have the xp cd in the drive and boot the puter. You will have the option to format the drive and install XP.
It will ask for proof of a previous Windows Qualifying product - But as you say, you have your ME disk.

NTFS is supposed to be more stable but some say it's just a little bit slower. I have tried both but did not notice any performance difference. If you have a system with Win98 and Xp it's nice to have them both as Fat32 to share files.
 

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i m running a winxp pro machine. I just installed a new unformatted harddisk on the secondary. My PC can see the harddisk. But it will not appear in windows explorer. how do i format athe new harddisk in xp pro?
 

A:format new harddisk in winxp pro

i think partion magic will do this but i use winows xp pro's cd. just restart with the pc from cd and and format the drive from there.
 

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Does anyone here know how to partition and format a slave harddisk on windows 98se? (i'm sure someone does) Thanks.
 

A:How do i partition and format a slave harddisk?

Try stepping through a previous posting. It should answer your question.
http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic18895.html
 

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I couldn't format the free space available in my hardisk . Pls help me regarding this issue. thanks

A:i couldn't format available free space in my harddisk

Hi krishmaximus,

What did you use to format your hard drive? Try using a Quick Format and see if it works.
Format a HDD or USB

And are you trying to format free space? I'm not sure that you can...

Hope this helps,
Jaidyn

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Assume I have a rather new external (Toshiba) 3TB USB harddisk.

During the last days I experienced a data loss because one of the data blocks on the hard disk seems to get damaged.

I run a surface test with one of these hardidsk management tools like Minitool Partition Wizard.

It shows exactly ONE bad block on the hard disk (see attached snapshot).

So if I backup the current stuff to another hard disk, then re-format the hard disk and finally re-transfer the data files on the hard disk in focus: Can I continue to use this hard disk without problems?

I have heard that new hard disks are smart enough to exclude such error blocks from their internal table of free available blocks.
So if I later copy some files onto it then the files will NEVER be copied to the bad block.
It will be completely invisible in the future.

Is this correct?

Thank you
Peter

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i have hitachi 80 gb external usb harddisk. It has two partition yesterday night i am working on it but suddenly i am not able to access my hard disk so i unplugged harddisk.

now when i click on this drive it gave me error "file and directory is corrupted or unreadable" so i format my drive after almost completion it gives error "windows is not able to format this drive".

when i restart my computer and i click on this drive it gives message "this disk drive is not formated do you want to format it now?" it has two partition so when i click on other partition it works ok but this partition has some problem

when i click on this drive it shows me 0 bytes in used space and 0 bytes in free space. Now what to do i also check this drive with check now but no window is open and check now is not started what to do?

my data in this drive is not important can any software help me for this problem
 

A:external usb harddisk

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Hi.
I have an external harddisk of 1TB recently it became RAW type and i have lot of data in it so I tried TESTDISK but everything goes fine but in the end it happens nothing, it again shows in RAW format and windows ask me to format the disk to use it.

Somebody help me.Thanks in advance
 

A:External HardDisk became RAW

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Hi,
I have this external USB hard disk which I am using for over 2 years now. It was working fine and kept properly. Now when I plug-in the hard disk (thrg USB cable) the green light on hard disk appears but my laptop is not recognizing the disk at all. I tried all standard ways and also went thrgs some other posts but nothing helps. Also, I dont see any entry in removable storage under computer management and neither I see any entry in safe removal option for USB.

How do I get my drive back? I am using win xp home and professional (on two different laptops)
 

A:External USB Harddisk

They don't last as long as internal drives... It may just be bad. Have you tried formatting it?
 

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i bought an external hard disk its western digital 320gb, i observed data transfer rate of that disk is 30-40mbps only but ability of usb2.0 is 480mbps, how come very less data transfer, is there any way to increase it or any other application to increase it.

help me in resolving
thanking you
sandy
 

A:external harddisk

Transfer rates externally (i.e. USB or Firewire) are recorded in mega bits per second, however ATA and IDE protocols are measured in mega bytes per second. This means 480bp/s translates to 60MB/s (taking into consideration 1 byte = 8 bits). It seems the speeds on external USB drives are bottlenecked at around 40MB/s anyway - so if you're missing out, it won't be by too much.

Speeds also depend on how your external drive (well, inside the enclosure) works and reads the information off the disk. For example, reading from the outer edges of the disk will result in faster transfer rates than if it was reading from the inner part of the disk.
 

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Dear Specialists,
Could you please instruct me how to transfer my desktop icons with all their datas to the external hard disk.
I have new emachine working with windows vista. Thank very much.
With kind regards,
Beni Even

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Hi everyone,

i have been using my 2.5 inch external samsung harddisk for past 3 months and suddenly im not able to detect my harddisk in 'My Computer'

I have tried some basic troubleshooting using my basic knowledge:
https://i.gyazo.com/127268260051a8fa...cdd107a7cf.gif
I am getting an error when i tried to initialize disk. I have also tried both another option GPT and getting the same error.

Also tried with diskpart:
https://i.gyazo.com/ba0d6d7444943682...5d5787c7f9.gif

and i can also select, and clean:
https://i.gyazo.com/447e2e50e5b38904...1f3895f27a.gif

but not able to create a partition
https://i.imgur.com/M6EuJsB.png

Kindly please help. if u need my system log, please let me know how can i do that

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Hi

Control Panel > Backup > then I chose a folder in C: to back it up to an external hard disk. Now I want to change to schedule from every Sunday to everyday, can I do that? How?

My second question every time the backup happens does it replace the old file for the back up in my external hard disk? because I did many backups and it seems that there is only one file in my hard disk!

Cheers

A:Backup to an external harddisk

Refer to this:
Backup User and System Files

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Help, my pc doesn't detect my external harddisk. It was working fine all the time until I tried to plugin and open the files, My PC didn't detect it. Its not working on my laptop too. It doesn't appear in Disk management too. My harddisk led light are showing up and I can still hear the sound come out of my speaker everytime i plugin. Please help as all my important stuffs are inside.

A:External HardDisk help needed

Just to try something else, you might use Partition Wizard standalone bootable CD. Just curious as to whether or not the drive is visible outside of Win7 itself.

To be honest, I actually don't know if it will be usable on the external USB drive (assuming it could be seen), or whether you must use the Win7 version while under Win7 in order to see USB-connected drives. I can't find specifics on what PW standalone can see. And of course, if Win7 doesn't see the drive I doubt that PW running under Win7 would show it. That's why I'm curious about the PW standalone, if it really does support external USB-connected drives.

But, worth a try. If the drive IS visible to PW standalone, you can use it's "explore partition" operation to at least confirm that all of your data is still there, at least that the folder/file structure is unharmed.

I see you said that it's not visible any longer to both your desktop and your laptop, so that's certainly an ominous sign. But if the "new hardware detected" sound is coming from both machines, that's perhaps an encouraging sign.

Have you called the drive's manufacturer fro possible support from them?

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Hi.

I have just bought a new USB Harddisk case and plug it in onto my laptop, at first, it works fine. But in the past few days, Window XP cannot recognise the HD as "USB Mass Storage Device" as it used to be.

Now whenever I plug my USB cable in the port, it only shows "Unknown Device" under the Universal Serial Bus Controllers

What has gone wrong?

Thanks, guys !!!! This has been bothering me for a while..

--
Ed
 

A:USB External Harddisk problem

This little raindance will usually fix this issue.

Create a file with NOTEPAD containing the following lines and save it as FIX.REG
-------------------------- cut here --------------------------------
REGEDIT4

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Environment]

"DEVMGR_SHOW_NONPRESENT_DEVICES"="1"
-------------------------- cut here --------------------------------

Double click on FIX.REG and say yes to the Merge Into Registry question.

Unplug ALL USB devices.
Open Device Manager.
View, Show Hidden Devices.
Uninstall all devices under USB Controllers.
Uninstall all devices under Disk Drives that you know are not present.
Uninstall all devices under Storage Volumes. Say no to any reboot prompts until you are finished. Also, if a Storage Volume doesn't uninstall, ignore it and move to the next one.
If you have a yellow ? with unknown devices, uninstall all of the entries there as well.

When this is done, reboot TWICE.

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

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my WD harddisk became inaccessible after I got a game copied into it

when I connected it to my laptop, there's no autoplay and when I tried to open it via my computer, it says;
G:\ is not accessible

error performing inpage operation
I can't open it, and I can't scan it also
it is new so I don't think it's because of the age
using XP here
I have no idea what's going on
anyone?
 

A:external harddisk not accessible

External drives are generally less reliable than internal ones. This is because of the connection interface inside the enclosure, rarely is it actually the drive itself. That's why the problem plagues external drives (all makes, not just WD) as compared to internal ones. Some say it's because the small enclosure (compared to a PC) restricts heat dissipation, especially in external drives without a cooling fan (and most don't have one).

Since it's new I would return it, either to the shop or to WD (you'll need to contact WD and ask for authorisation (an RMA) before returning it for replacement.
 

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external harddisk is no getting open

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My External Hard disk is not working all of a sudden and it is not shown in disk management too.
 

A:External Harddisk not working

It might be trying to use the same letter as 1 that is already thereif u know what I mean if u open up my computer u have like c: D: E: F: ETC
 

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I have WD Passport 320GB. I am using different desktop PC and laptops. All the window operating systems are XP. The problem is that pc or Laptop not always can recognise this USB HD.
Any suggestions to solve this problem
Thank you.
Moh
 

A:USB External Harddisk Problem

And what would the problem be?
 

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Do you have to format external harddisks (for instance LaCie USB 160 GB)? And if yes, which is preferable, NFTS or FAT32?

thanks
 

A:Formatting external harddisk

ummm yes normally they do. format them to NTFS if u are using xp and with only be using the hdd as somewhere to store files.
 

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i have a 320 gig smart tech external harddisk. when i tried to open it today from my computer, windows vista displayed a message that says it need to be formatted, do u want to format it ?
i have a lot of data on it (nearly 120 gig).
i run it from another machine that uses XP, and when i open it, it opens but with no single file. however im sure tht there are 120 gig of data.

it was running great yesterday,
how i can fix it without losing my data.
please help.
thanks.
 

A:my external harddisk doesn't run !!!

Have you tried running a chkdisk on it?
 

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I forgot my seagate external harddisk password.

I tried to reformat the HD

I went to: computer management->storage -> disk management->and right click hardisk drive but the Format option was disabled.

can anyone help me to solve the problem?

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Hi, could you please help me?




1) local disk (G) is loading too slow





2) (not responding at all) once I click it




3) so, I decided to eject the disk but it couldn't safely remove. I pulled usb,then this box come out.

I've tried many time. What should I do? How to do data recovery.? I've lotsa picturesss in my hard disk!
 

A:External harddisk; not recognized completely

Have you tried accessing this drive on another computer?
 

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Hello I Am Service Engineer

I Need A Help

Right Now I Am Having External Usb Hard Disk 160 Gb

I Need To Install Vista Os In That External Hard Disk?

How Can I Install It Help Me

I Have Boot From External Hard Disk With Vista Os?

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Hi

i am trying to boot windows server installed in external harddisk from my windows 7 pc but when iam trying to do so it my pc is flashing blue screen and my pc reboots with win 7 i wanted to know how to solve this problem

thanks

A:dual booting using external harddisk

Hello,
Have you had any error messages ? I ask because Win server setup does not support configuration of USB or firewire ports, so the installation theoretically should fail during 'select partition' to install to.
What else can you tell us ?

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I guess my external harddisk is dying out. Tried to open but can't. Prompt me to format. Any way to retrieve back data?

Can any experts out there help me out? Many thanks in advance…
 

A:Need Help From Expert!! External Harddisk Not Opening Up

If the data on the drive is corrupted and you cannot access it through Windows, you can try using a Linux distribution, but if it is all corrupted you will not be able to retrieve the data.

That is of course, not including the option of professional data recovery companies.
 

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I have purchased a hard disk case ("gate" GXM-25SU Case-kit), have inserted my old hard-disk to it, and connected it to my USB port. The device has been detected, the disk is turning, and it appears in the device manager.

The enclosed drivers are for Win 98 only, I am running XP - however is the driver installed as it appears in the device manager?

But the drive doesn't show up in the explorer / my computer / file manager. How can I solve this issue ?
 

A:External Harddisk detected, but does not appear in explorer

Has the HD been FDisked/partitioned and formatted?
 

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Hi Guys,

have anyone of you encounter a senario whereby when you plug in your external harddisk to your lappy and your lappy is able to detect it
but during transferring of files into the external harddisk, it always failed halfway during the transferring process.
The error states that the lappy is unable to find the external harddisk source and then later on it will auto play my external harddisk again. This process keeps continuing whenever I want to save a file into my external harddisk.

The external harddisk works well with my main lappy which is using a vista home premium but not my 2nd lappy which is using a vista home basic.

Hope you guys can help...

Thanks alot!

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hi,

My HD crash, so i put it as external usb to open, everything open fine, but when i need to go to my folder it keep telling me it cant open due permission, I assume that when i used it in the comp, I password protected it when open windows normally.

Now my question is, i know my password, is a way that i can enter that use-sing that external way, so every folder can open normally?

A:How to remove password of external harddisk

i search my self and this was helpfull http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421

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Hello forum members. I need ur help. My company is in problem. A month ago one of our cust gave a external HDD for analysis its condition. So we took it and we told it would take some time as we were busy with our work. We could not complete the operation within the time so we returned the HD without any changes. After few days back the cust calls us back claiming that we have stolen his data from the Ext HD. As we didn't see any data present in that, he expects us to make the recovery . He has also given a Police complaint now, which our manager has to face the summons now. The cust is asking for the recovery and he even not negotiating for money. Our manager is speaking serious honestly with this matter. So if I/We can recover data from it, what are the steps to be taken? A company named Stellar Is charging 80,000 INR for the recovery. Please Help.
 

A:Need Help To Recover Dead External HardDisk

Hi! @purshupro I don't know what you have tried. My suggestion would be to get help from a professional. IMHO that would GRC.
https://www.grc.com/intro.htm

https://www.grc.com/video/wid.mp4
 

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I just don't remember the password and cant find the recovery key. So I just try lot of passwords and now its just ask the recovery key only. I think its because of the too many attempts that I tried to find correct passwords. I have the laptop that I
use to encrypt that harddisk but I don't have any other information. Is there anyway to remove the bitlocker without damaging the files that inside ?

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Hi Guys ,

I am having 5 Internal HardDisk of Different space Sizes ( 80gb, 120gb, 160gb, 250gb, 500gb )
I want to combine all these hdd to create one single External Hard Disk Storage Device ( 1110gb )..
please help me out how can i create it . what all things i should require . how can i do it ..
Thanks in advance

Regards,

Rocky
 

A:External HardDisk Storage Device

You need an external enclosure with 5 drive bays and that supports RAID JBOD.

But there is no benefit aside from only having a single "drive" and drive letter.
 

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I use windows 7 ultimate edition - 32 bit
I have a Toshiba Harddisk of storage capacity 1 TB. When I first bought it, I renamed it to "TOSHIBA".
At first, the computers to which I connected my external harddisk showed the correct names but over time, the computers started showing the name as Local Disk.
 The disk management menu has the correct name (TOSHIBA).
When I use the safe mode, the name is correctly displayed.
 
Some where in the net I saw about using autorun.inf files to change the volume label.
But when I rename notepad file in the harddisk to autorun.inf it doesnot get renamed. And change back to previous name itself. Not even in the Safe mode. ( I am the admisitrator) 
 
 How can I make windows to display the correct volume label?
 
 
 
P.S:  I have tried plugging in it various computers with windows 7.
         All computers show the harddisk name as Local Disk in normal mode and TOSHIBA in safe mode.
 
I plugged it in a computer with Windows XP.  It showed correct name in normal mode.

A:External Harddisk Volume name not being displayed correctly

Hello, and Welcome
 
In an admin account open Computer. Right click on the External drive, select Rename and type TOSHIBA. Does the name stick at when you safely remove and then attach the drive again?

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BitLocker locked my external harddrive by itself
my external Seagate harddisk is locked by bitlocker itself

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Hello,
 
I am trying to copy data from my previous laptop (windows does not work on that one) to a new computer.
I have removed the 2.5" harddisk, put it into an external sata enclosure, and connect it to my new laptop.
First it says  i need to format it to read it!
Then I see two drives, E: and G:, with G being as "system reserved" (71MB free of 99MB), and E is just 0 bytes.
My harrdisk is 500GB.
How can I read my files on it?
Can you please help me?
 
Thanks
 

A:"system reserved" on external harddisk drive

With the drive attached to your computer, open Disk Management. How does it list the partition with zero bytes? Does it list the partition as RAW?

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Guys , i want ask a weird question, if i want to format 1 TB Harddisk External , just do "Quick Format" or just do a "Normal Format" without Quick Format ?

Thanks

A:HELP! which option should i choose for Harddisk External Formatting ?

When you choose to run a regular format on a volume, files are removed from the volume that you are formatting and the hard disk is scanned for bad sectors. The scan for bad sectors is responsible for the majority of the time that it takes to format a volume.

If you choose the Quick format option, format removes files from the partition, but does not scan the disk for bad sectors. Only use this option if your hard disk has been previously formatted and you are sure that your hard disk is not damaged.
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quick format takes a few seconds to complete
normal format can take hours to complete

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Hello,

Recently I have formatted my Usb External Harddisk with exFAT, as I heard of the benefits of it over FAT32.

Its an IMATION Drive with 320gb storage.
Device Properties: TOSHIBA MK3252GSX USB Device

The problem is that it takes forever to copy files from the drive as compared to when the format was FAT32.

Currently, Im trying to backup all my files on my PC and I've been trying to copy out 60gb of Data that I started 10+ hours ago.
The wierd thing is the progress bar moves a fraction and then stops for about 5mins before continuing the another fraction.
I have totally no idea how to speed this up!
Anyway, I am going to reformat it into another filesystem. Should I choose NTFS or FAT32?

A:Having Poor Performance on exFAT Formatted External USB HardDisk

I just found out that the slow copying/moving of Files is not due to formatting. It was due to my computer that switched to Native IDE from AHCI using registry editing and bios just a few days ago.

I'll switch back to AHCI and test tomorrow

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[not sure if this is teh right section of forum for this post, hope so]
hi, my friend with windows 8.1 64bit has done a system restore with 2 external usb2 harddisks attached. all programs have been deleted and one of the external hdd's has 'crashed' - the other is fine. the crashed one has its driveletter turned into a small partition names 'restore' and the most part of the hdd as a no-driveletter raw partition. the second ext hdd was okay and retained readable data and driveletter.

I have already tried restoring the crashed hdd with third party recovery software, but only a collection of flac audio's are readble after restoring tot the (spacey) internal c harddrive. the majority of mkv's avi's and dvd videos on the hdd are unreadble.

My question is, as the original driveletter of the crashed external usb hdd is now one named 'recovery' , can this hdd (where i manually assigned a new driveletter to the data part of this crashed hdd, which is not readble, save by recovery sw)
be more effectively restored somehow by windows recovery system itself?
If so, how do i go about that task?
(Windows 8.1 itself from inetrnal c drive runs okay, although i had to reinstall all the user installed software)
I am an advanced windows 7 user but have not had much expierience with win8(.1) recovery useage.

help would be nice.

regards, RR

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today i bought an external harddisk of model SimpleDRIVE 320GB.
the problem is that Windows vista doesn't recognize it and asks for a driver which the company doesn't provide. it works well with windows XP.

the manuel says that it doesn't need driver and it should work as you plug it in on both Vista and XP.

I appreciate any kind of help..
 

A:Windows Vista doesn't recognize my external harddisk ?

As far as the drivers go, a couple things you could try is updating the driver software through the device manager, and if that doesn't work, take the model number and try going to the company's website or google and see if you can find drivers. Does the company have a support number and have you tried to call it yet?
 

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Hi,

So, the title basically says it all.

This is what happened:

My 1TB external hard drive worked just fine. I used to store there everything. It was using NTFS file system.
Last week I connected it to my laptop and it was really slow when I tried to move or delete files from my pc to the drive.
I disconnected and reconnected it to my laptop. Suddenly, it said that I had to format it! I couldn't even access it neither the files in it.
I managed to take some of the files to my laptop using recovery software and they are now safe.
I thought the trouble would be gone now. I thought now I would just format it and store my files again.
I was wrong. I can't even format it! I tried disk management, cmd, almos everything. I downloaded various programs to run tests and try to write everything zeros. Turned out quiting that cause it tells me it needs a lot of hours.

So: I tried a different approach that I was so stupid not to have tried yet. I tried formatting in other file system. I tried and it worked, well, almost... I can only successfully format it to exFat with the 'quick format' option enabled. If that option isn't enabled or I try to ormat it to NTFS, the formatting proccess takes forever or crashes. I would stay with my HDD formatted to exFat, but it is too slow...

HELP ME, TY!!!

A:Can't format external HDD, except to exFat and 'quick format' enabled

Hello mate.


Have a look through the information below, you may just need to let a full clean all run though it will take hours, it may be the best option if you need the HDD for storage and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

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Open an elevated command window from the Windows desktop and run the clean command as listed in Method One of this first tutorial linked below to over-write just the disk format information, if that doesn't work use the clean all instead to completely over-write the entire HDD with zeroes then use Windows disk management to create the desired NTFS partition(s) needed. Secure Erase / Wipe : Definition and Methods

Additional Secure Erase / Wipe Information

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hi,

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


hi,

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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-when i try to connect the external 1tb western digital harddisk it simply doesnot display any thing and when i go to disk managment it shows "not initilized" i tried to initilize it but i got this error''hard disk not initilizing i/o device error" it doesnot shows any property or size of hard disk.i also tryied to repair it with comand "chkdsk/r"but there it said""cannot open volume for direct access""and also my harddisk is encrypted and this error occured when i was downloading torrent directly into external hardisk.my pc also go frce shutdown due to absence of electriccity
..over all i cannot see hard disk on my computer and cannot open it..tried it on other computers also
THIS IS THE EVENT ERROR THAT ITS SHOWING"I TRIED EVERY THING even""CHANGED THE CABLE''"
<Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
- <System>
<Provider Name="Disk" />

<EventID Qualifiers="49156">11</EventID>

<Level>2</Level>

<Task>0</Task>

<Keywords>0x80000000000000</Keywords>

<TimeCreated SystemTime="2013-11-01T11:40:14.311802300Z" />

<EventRecordID>254194</EventRecordID>

<Channel>System</Channel>

<Computer>NAVEED-PC</Computer>

<Security />

</System>
- <EventData>
<Data>\Device\Harddisk1\DR1</Data&g... Read more

A:external encrepted harddisk hard disk not initilizing and showing i/o device error

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Hello all,

I need some advice.

I recently replaced my old harddisk to a new harddisk. The old harddisk has windows xp home and other programs installed.

I did not format the old harddisk, I only took out the old harddisk and replaced it with a new harddisk. I then installed windows xp home to the new harddisk.

While I am installing programs on the new harddisk, I discovered that one of the programs do not allow me to activate the program license because I have previously activated the program on my old windows. I need to do a proper uninstallation to release the license, then I can activate the license of the program in the new harddisk.

My question is, can I take out my current new harddisk, replace it with the old harddisk, boot up as normal into the old harddisk windows, uninstall the program inside the old harddisk, then replace the old hardisk with my new harddisk again.

Will I be able to access the old windows on the old harddisk?
Will it mess up my current windows/programs settings?
Will my current new harddisk windows be able to work as normal after accessing the old harddisk windows?
I thought of accessing the old harddisk as a slave, but I do not know if it is possible to access the old harddisk and do a proper uninstall of the program?
Is there any better way of uninstalling the program on my old harddisk?

Thanks in advance.

A:Accessing Win XP on old harddisk to uninstall programs after installing new harddisk

you have to swap out the drive completely. at no time should you have both hdd plugged in.

repeat, do not run them as master and slave. run each hdd individually at each time only.........

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