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Can't Format Removable Drive


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#1 rw_stebbins

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Posted 14 July 2007 - 07:17 AM

I feel lke a novice, and maybe I am. I have an external hard drive box and a new unformatted hard drive. I can't get it formatted. It doesn't show up on the drive listing in Windows Explorer because it's not formatted. So the Admin Tools | Computer Management hard drive listing doesn't show it, and that's where XP says to format it from. Maybe there's a "diskpart" command that's supposed to work. Thanks in advance for your help. Removed EMAIL



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Posted 14 July 2007 - 07:25 AM

Did you partition the drive prior to formatting?
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Posted 14 July 2007 - 07:35 AM

External HD has been neither formatted nor partitioned. How do I partition this? Thanks.

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Posted 14 July 2007 - 07:41 AM

If it is visiable to windows you can use the Disk Management to create a partition. The Disk Management is located under Computer Management in the Administrative Tools in the Control Panel.
Make sure and create a NTFS partition, although XP will see and use FAT32.
Then you format the partition.
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Posted 14 July 2007 - 07:58 AM

It's not visible in the Disk Managament HD listing so I can't select it for any format or partition oprtation. What about an XP OS CD and installing this HD (temporarily) inside the computer? Will the OEM CD format this drive? Thanks...

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Posted 14 July 2007 - 01:26 PM

Temporarily putting the drive inside the computer is very good since it eliminates any problems you may have concerning the external case. The external case may be dead for all you can tell. If it is an IDE hard drive (wide data cable) and you want to share the data cable with another existing drive be sure to set the jumper on the back of the new drive to the Slave position. I find it easier to simply temporarily pull the power and data cables off the optical drive(s) and not mess with the tiny hard-to-handle jumper. Either way, check the label on the top of the hard drive to verify the jumper is in the proper position, either Master or Slave.

The OS should now see the drive and Disk Management, too. If not then you have a bad drive. If so, then partition and format the drive using Disk Management. There is no need to mess around with the XP OEM install disc to partition and format your drive, though this is entirely possible and necessary building a brand new system.

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Posted 14 July 2007 - 06:40 PM

If you cannot see the drive from the Disk Manager then removing it and temporarily installing it in your computer is indeed a good option. I would have though that the drive would have appear as unassigned disk space. It would neither show a partition or a format, but like I said it should show undefined space.
Is it USB, Firewire, SCSI, Parallel,..?

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