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Do You Want to Format / Raw Format on External Drive

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

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 about 5 out of 10!! Any suggestions? Is do-it-yourself repair software a good idea, or am I looking at $$$ for a professional service . . . thanks!

Preferred Solution: Do You Want to Format / Raw Format on External Drive

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

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

how can i go about doing this using windows 7?

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

Quote: Originally Posted by Waqas83


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

how can i go about doing this using windows 7?

Hi and welcome

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

KEn J+

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Hi 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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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Hello ? Techspot.

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

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


A:How do I format External Hard Drive ?

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

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

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

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

Thanks for your help.


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

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

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


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

A:Format an External Hard Drive via USB

Welcome to Techspot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Also, further reading that might be helpful.
Disk Check

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I have a WD external 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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Today I upgraded my 64 bit Vista Ultimate to 32 bit Seven Ultimate (retail). I did it by using the DVD to boot up and do a custom install as it wouldn't do a standard upgrade cos of the 32 bit/64 bit clash.

Anyway, it worked smoothly up until I go to my external hard drive to look at some old photos. I plug it in and it gets recognised, but then I get told that it needs formatting before it can be used. No way am I doing that!

I check the hard drive on another machine running XP and the drive is fine.

Any idea what's going on?

Perhaps I should just format the C drive and do a completely clean re-install of Seven?



A:Working external drive - Windows 7 wants to format it!!

I'm no expert, but maybe you could just backup all your photos and stuff onto another computer and then let windows 7 "format" it, while you keep all of your data on your XP machine. I'm pretty sure somebody can come up with a better idea than that though.

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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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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.


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)


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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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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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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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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?


A:Solved: Format an external hard drive

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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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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?


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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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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