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How do I re-format my External Hard Drive


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#1 Curious Mew

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 02:41 AM

I have a 2TB Western Digital Elements external hard drive, currently formatted to the Dish Network DVR VIP722k.

For the longest time I have been using this hard drive as extra space for my DVR recordings, but I have since found better uses for it, and I want to re-format the drive to use on my computer.

The problem is that I can't find it in 'My Computer', it just won't show up. I have read about going into the Disk Management, but I don't really know what to do here.. I'm slightly scared to touch anything that shouldn't be touched. I can't exactly identify the 2TB drive either, it seems to be split into 3 or 4 different drives?

Which drive I should be looking at, and what I should format it to? I have never formatted anything but flash drives, but this is a much larger drive. I emptied it of recordings before ejecting from the DVR, so I should have nearly 2TB worth of unused space (assuming the DVR had left some vitals on it).

I have attached a photo of my Disk Management window, can someone tell me what I should do here? Device manager says the name of the drive is 'WD Ext HDD 1021 USB Device'.

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 07:48 AM

Hi Curios Mew
The hard drive you have got to format is Disk 2,At the moment it has got 4 partitions on it .
In disk manager delete the partitions then create 1 Primary partition.Then format it in NFTS.
Thatís it
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Posted 31 August 2012 - 03:16 PM

Hi Curios Mew
The hard drive you have got to format is Disk 2,At the moment it has got 4 partitions on it .
In disk manager delete the partitions then create 1 Primary partition.Then format it in NFTS.
That’s it
Catblack77

Could anyone help me do this step-by-step? I'm new to partitions, and while attempting to delete the first 1.00GB partition, Windows gave me a message:

"The partition data Simple Volume is currently in use. To force the deletion of this partition, click Yes.
WARNING: Forcing a deletion might cause unexpected errors in the application that is using this partition. Do you want to continue?"

I clicked no, only because I didn't know what I was doing.

Am I supposed to delete all 4 partitions (1.00GB/500.00GB/500.00GB/862.01GB)? And if so, how do I go about recreating the drive once it is no more? Please help.

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 03:41 PM

Okay well I managed to delete the 4 partitions legitimately (thanks catblack77), and have properly setup my new drive for formatting using this page: http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windows7/ht/format-hard-drive-windows-7.htm

Only problem is that I'm not seeing any completion percentage, underneath the drive space it only says "Formatting". In the setup wizard I unchecked the Perform a Quick Format option, so I really have no idea how long this could take.. or if it's doing anything at all?

EDIT: oh wow, I just barely saw the percentage move up to 1%.. I have a feeling this is gonna take awhile. I will update if the count gets stuck.

Edited by Curious Mew, 31 August 2012 - 03:46 PM.


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Posted 31 August 2012 - 05:40 PM

The problem is that this a big hard drive it will take a load of time to format

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 05:42 PM

The problem is that this a big hard drive it will take a load of time to format

Haha yes, very big. Thanks again catblack77

Well the format just barely finished, took 23.5 hours! I won't be doing that again anytime soon :hysterical:




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