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how can i format my external HD drive into FAT32 format

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


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?

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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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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 guys,,

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


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

Sorry, I am a bit late.

This program should sort you out: Ridgecrop Consultants Ltd

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


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

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

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

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

Any ideas?


A:How to format large external Hard Drive to FAT32

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

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

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

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

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

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I 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 500gb external hard drive. All the space on it is unpartitioned space. When I try to format it to FAT32, the only option I see is NTFS.

I went to Computer Management > Disk Management > right-click on the unpartitioned space > Format.

In the format window, I only see NTFS in the dropdown list, no FAT32.

What's the problem? How can I format it to FAT32?

A:Can't format external HDD to FAT32.

You will have to use a 3rd party software, like Partition Magic, Acronis, or Gparted then you can choose to format FAT32 or NTFS.

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Hello Trusty Seven Forum!

It seems whenever I have a computer issue I come here and the great members always help me. Well, here I am again..

I just bought a 3TB external HDD to store all my music and movies so I can view and use them on my PS3. Long story short I have been searching for a good deal on a HDD forever and I finally found one. In that time (~6 months) I did as much research as I could and felt comfortable that I'd have no problem formatting it to FAT32 so my PS3 could recognize it.

It seemed the most popular and easiest way was to use Swiss Knife. So, I downloaded SK...and it wouldn't work (isn't compatible w/ W7 apparently) and then every other program I've tried hasn't worked either.

I'm not very computer literate, though, I'm not a complete noob either (at least I don't think I am ) Can someone please help me or point me in the right direction to get this thing formatted correctly??

Thank you in advance!!

A:[HELP!] Format a 3TB External HDD to FAT32

Hi Mike,

Using Windows 7, the maximum size FAT32 partition you could format to is 32GB. And if my memory serves me correctly, there is a maximum file size of 4GB.

Convert a hard disk or partition to FAT32 format

I'm not entirely sure how you might go about this, but perhaps our more experienced users can comment about creating several partitions of 32GB in size.....but the maximum file size limit will till remain.


Mike : I stumbled across this possibly solution using Ubuntu, but I've never used it.


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Title says it all really - I want to use the drive with an Xbox360 so need it as FAT32 but Vista won't let me

Anyone done this succesfully?

A:Format External HDD as FAT32 in vista

Fat32 not a option in disk management? Havent dealt with that in
vista. Suprising its not a option.,,,Maybe someone else will have
a workaround...

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I bought a new Lacie 500GB external hard drive. I need to format it to FAT32 for my PS3. I tried running cmd, then typing in format /FS: FAT32 (drive: ) but it says, Access denied, you do not have sufficient privileges. You have to invoke this utility running in elevated mode. What does that mean? Also when I go to Start/computer/ right click on the Lacie drive/click on format, it only gives me two choices to select from NTSF and exFAT which I heard that the PS3 doesn't read exFAT. I'm running on Windows Vista home premium 64bit.

A:Solved: How do I format External HD to NTSF to FAT32?

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i want to format it with fat32 because i just got a macbook and i heard i can use fat to transfer files but it wont let me when i try to format it it only has the option of ntfs. i checked my internal hd and it has the fat32 option so i dont know whats wrong with the external one. help me please.


A:Solved: external hd wont let me format it with fat32

Depends on the size. XP won't allow drives over 32 GB to be FAT32 because it is significantly slower at that size. You will need another partitioning/formatting program or make smaller partitions to transfer things.

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Hey guys,

I have this external hard disk of 500Gb of Verbatim. Previously it was of NTFS format. Then I had converted it into Fat32 because I wanted to write stuff on it from MAC. I transferred movies, pictures, videos, songs, etc in it.

Now, I use Windows 8.1. I connect this hard disk. I hear the sound of it getting connected. But then I can't access the hard disk. As in my laptop doesn't read the hard disk.
I read a few posts regarding converting a hard disk from FAT32 to NTFS wiithout losing the files. But I was not sure whether I have the same problem.

I want to transfer all the files in my hard disk to my laptop.

Can anybody please guide me? (I'm a complete layman. Avoid jargons please :P)

Thank You,

A:Can't read External HDD of FAT32 format in my Windows 8.1

I went to the disk management and I can see this.

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Just like the title says. I tried to make it so my girlfriends 250gb iomega external hardrive would work on both a mac and pc, and I read a guide saying to use Swissknife to format it to FAT32. I tried using SwissKnife it on my vista operating system and (big suprise) it didn't like it. When I plug in it in, it won't recognize the hard drive, and the computer sort of freezes. Then, when I unplug it, it will have a message pop up that says the drive needs to be formatted, but now it is unplugged, so it can't format it. ARG!!! So, now I have a bricked hard drive and a pissed off girlfriend, any ideas how I can alleviate both problems in one fell swoop?

A:External Hardrive won't work after trying to format to FAT32 using SwissKnife

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ive converted my WD HD 1tb from fat32 to ntfs, but after it cant be read by my DVD player (LG dvd player with usb slot). when it was in fat32, everything was fine.

Please help me format my 1tb Western Digital HD to fat32 which was the original format when i bought it.

A:How to format 1TB drive to FAT32

Windows XP can not format fat32 beyond 32 gb -- you need another system to do that.

However, Fat32 over a 1 TB filesystem will have HUGE cluster sizes and waste most of the space. NTFS is a much better choice.

What's the issue with accessing the device in NTFS?

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can anyone help me im a complete newb (see my intro post) and have just bought a seagate 1tb ext usb hdd to back up my ps3s download content games movies photos etc (i have quite alot) and im a little concerned as to how to go about the whole process as ive read that you arent able to format the whole drive in 1 go, how do partitions work and what is their purpose, i know it needs to be formatted to fat32 and im not sure if this topic has already been touched on but all advice can only improve my understanding thanks all

A:Format a 1TB drive with FAT32?

not sure that FAT32 'is required' - - please verify that

Fat32 on a 1TB drive is a disaster as far as space utilization; massive wasted space will result.

Secondly, Windows will not format fat32 >32gb even though it is valid - - you need some other OS to do the work for you.

The 1TB drive should have come preformated; can you attach it directly to your system and verify the setup with the Disk Manager?

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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 was wanting to format my hard drive(internal, main OS) to a FAT32 so that I can use it with other OS's, but I can't remember how. Their used to be an external program that could do it, I think it was called XLive. I burnt it to a dvd(didn't have any cd's) and it didn't boot. So now I'm at a loss as to what to do. Any help would be appreciated.

A:Format my hard drive to FAT32?

Any Windows CD or Linux CD can do that for you as part of the installation. No need for a third party program. Unless you are looking for a utility to resize the existing partition and add more partitions while keeping all your data intact.

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I've just bought a Hitachi TOURO 1TB USB3 portable drive as additional storage for my HUMAX FOXSAT HDR.
The FOXSAT wants the drive to be FAT32 or EXT3, so I tried to format it FAT32 on my Win7 PC.

When I right clicked the drive, and tried to format, I was offered only NTFS or exFAT. So I resorted to the FORMAT command.

When the drive was plugged into my spare USB3 port, the format failed almost immediately, saying that the drive had become unavailable or invalid.

So I tried it in a USB2 port (the FOXSAT has only USB2 ports). I tried a FORMAT /Q and was told that the drive was too large for FAT32...

So, now I'm running a full format with FORMAT K: /FS:FAT32 and it has done about 5% in nearly half an hour.

What are my chances that this format will work? And what's that "too large" all about?

A:Bizarre errors trying to format 1Tb drive FAT32

Windows will only format fat32 partitions up to 32 GB. So it will fail every time. You need 3rd party help.

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Hi everyone,

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

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

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

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It is a 64 GB Toshiba USB drive (TNU). Problem is that every time I try to format to NTFS the normal way with Windows 7 or Windows 8 I get the message: Windows was unable to complete the format.

I tried to format it using the specific software from the drive manufacturer, TNA.

A friend managed to format it to FAT32, but the next time I tried to access the drive Windows showed a message saying that I needed to format the drive to use it. Then there appeared only the exFAT option.

I also tried some partition software, like AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition, and it could format to both FAT32 and NTFS, but when I removed and put the USB drive back Windows again warned me about the need to format and again I had only the exFAT option left.

Please, help me with that, it's driving me crazy!


A:I need to to format exFAT USB flash drive to NTFS/FAT32

It's possible that the thumb drive itself is defective.

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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...


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.


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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I'm backing up everything from my C: drive to drive F: using ntbackup, but first, I'm formatting the F: drive. For the formatting part, I want my script (simple batch file) to make it just happen--I don't want to respond to two prompts before formatting each time I run it. Any ideas?When I do this:format f: /fs:ntfs /v:"Backup_160"It prompts me to enter the volume label for this drive. Then it asks if I really want to erase the thing. I am thinking a "/Y" tacked onto the end will suppress the prompting about whether I want to erase it. What about the volume label prompt? I thought the "/v:"Backup_160"" was supposed to answer this question, but it doesn't seem to. Whether I remove the "/v:" parameter or leave it there, it always prompts. (Note that in this case, "Backup_160" was both the old and new name of volume F:; that's what I want it to always be called when I backup.)Also, what's the best way for me to overwrite the old backup file (Backup.bkf) each time with the new one, via batch file? Is this what the /T and /G switches are for--to overwrite an old backup file?Here's what I used last night:format f: /fs:ntfs /v:"Backup_160"ntbackup backup c:\ /n "Backup.bkf created 10/16/2006 at 1:08 AM" /v:yes /r:no /rs:no /hc:off /SNAP:on /m normal /j "Weekly System Backup" /l:s /f "F:\Backup.bkf"Thanks,Hotshot309

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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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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 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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Harddrive Lacie 250GB connected trough firewire 800:

XP says it's a RAW partition (used to be NTFS)

I have restored all the files from this drive (to another), and now I would like to reformat the drive to NTFS.

When XP tries to format it, it says ehh, " Error ..can't complete the format".

Anyone have any ida how to get past this problem:
I have Easy Reovery 6.03, Fix it utilities and more.

Any suggestions would be most welcome

System XP sp2 with all updates installed

A:PROBLEM: Xp reports RAW format, but I can't format the drive to NTFS,,,

I have run into the same problem except it is formatting 4.7 gig discs. If I find something that will help you, I will let you know. Let me know if you get a solution. It may assist me with my problem..........


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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

A:accidental external drive 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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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