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XP won't format external HD


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#1 clain

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Posted 12 January 2010 - 02:05 PM

pulled old hard drive from a dell and put it in an external enclosure. it was corrupted and XP couldn't read it, but i managed to get files off it that i wanted.

i ran a chkdsk /f on it which fixed it enough so XP can access it now, i can browse the folders and copy data from it.

i want to erase all the data on it and use it as a back up hard drive. when i right click on it in explorer and go to properties then click format, it goes through the process then stalls out at the end and just sits there. i have to click cancel, the drive is the same as it was, everything is still there. how can i get rid of the data that's on it so it's clean? do i need to format it to do this or manually go through and delete everything?

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Posted 12 January 2010 - 03:51 PM

Formatting a hard drive...should be done in Disk Management, not Explorer.

I would delete the existing partition...then create a brand new primary partition.

Choose the long/regular format and NTFS for best results.

Disk Management - http://www.theeldergeek.com/disk_management.htm

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 03:04 PM

Thanks for your reply.

I tried to do it that way and it erased all the data but wasn't able to complete the formatting. i think the hard drive is just bad, it had corrupted sectors on it which is why i pulled it to begin with.

ty for directing me to the proper way of formatting.

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 04:10 PM

You could always try a diagnostic from the manufacturer of the hard drive...to accomplish what is inaccurately termed a "low-level format" to see if the can improve the drive's useability.

Hard Drive Installation and Diagnostic Tools - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/28744/hard-drive-installation-and-diagnostic-tools/

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