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

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

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)?

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

I recommend downloading and running DRP. It's a recovery tool that has been proven to recover files that most other programs have no luck with. I've even recovered files from freshly formatted or partitioned drives.

You can download it direct from this link http://goo.gl/v51TwD. (This link will automatically start a download of DRP that you can save to your computer.)

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

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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????
 

A:Solved: Can Not Format External Hard drive

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

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

Regards
forgerocket
 

A:Solved: Format an external hard drive

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

Any Help would be greatly appreciated
Thanks
Andy
 

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

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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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I have a Samsung s2 1tb external hard drive.

Today when I hooked it up to my laptop it would not load. It will shows local F drive when it usually will say samsung Drive.

A pop up box will then appear stating "you need to format drive"

I know if I reformat it I will lose all my data which I will not do.

When I look in device manager it states that the external hard drive is installed.

I attempted to go through start menu and type cmd then F: and it states "The volume does not recognize this system file. Please make sure all required system drivers are loaded and the volume is not corrupted."

PLEASE HELP I DONT WANT TO LOSE ALL MY FILES

A:Samsung s2 external hard drive not loading showing local disk F drive

With the external drive connected, Go to Disk Management (Start > type: "computer" > click on Computer Management > click on Disk Management)

Determine which disk is the external drive.
If the external drive shows here as a healthy volume, Right click on the large box to the right of the "Disk 1" / "Disk 2" lable and choose: Change Drive Letter and Path.

If there is nothing but a grey box or "Unallocated Space" next to the disk number then Right click on the disk number (the box) and choose: Change Drive Letter and Path.

Change the drive letter to anything else > OK.

If you can't do any of the above post back. If you can post a screen shot of the Disk Management window that can help.
Do not initialize the disk or format it or you will lose your data.

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I have had the same Toshiba external hard drive for years and have never had any problems plugging and using from any machine, mac or pc. I recently had to reformat my hard drives and re-install windows 7, and ever since I have been unable to access my external from this machine. It still works fine on my laptop, and when I plug it in to my tower, it still recognizes that "External USB 3.0" has been plugged in and downloads the drivers. However, the drive appears neither under my computer nor disk management, nor diskpart -> list volume. It does show up in my device manager as USB mass storage but uninstalling the drivers and plugging it back in does nothing. Is there anything I can try before moving all my files off and formatting the drive, and will that even help? Thanks for reading.
 

A:Solved: External hard drive detected but not under my computer or disk management

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

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

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

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

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

System Specs
AMD Turion (TM) 64 x 2 Mobile CPU
CPU Speed 2.00 GHz
Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive
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A:Solved: win 7 can't find hard drive or can't format hard drive on clean install

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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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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

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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
 

A:How Format External Hard Drive

How are you going about formatting it?
 

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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.
 

A:How do you 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 ?


From
neowing.
 

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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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?

Hi,
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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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 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 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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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 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 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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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:

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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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.

A: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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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
 

A: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 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
 

A: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
 

A:External hard drive, format error

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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 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!

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

Did you assign it a drive letter?

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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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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
 

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

A: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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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.
 

A: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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So with a new Western Digital 1 TB hard drive put into a external enclosure connected by eSATA which is to be better format type, MBR or the GPT? The reason I ask this is that I have 2 computers set up, one is a 2012 Dell with Windows 7 and has a MBR drive, and my other store built last year Windows 10 system which has 2 drives both with the GPT since that newer computer uses the UEFI as well. So if I want to share it between these 2 PCs will it work out okay formatted the newer GPT, or are the 2 types not at all compatible? I plan to just use that drive for storage as ntfs, and for backups. Okay thanks.
 

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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.
 

A: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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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.
 

A:format external iomega hard drive

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

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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.
 

A: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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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.
 

A: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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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!
 

A: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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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]
 

A:External hard drive format problem

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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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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?

A: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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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?

A: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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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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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...
 

A: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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Hey Guys,

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

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

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

Any ideas?
 

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

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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.
 

A:Move Files to external Hard drive to format

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