I left it for a couple of hours last night, but it wasn't really moving and I thought it might have frozen, since like I said, my laptop is pretty slow. I canceled the format, pulled out the drive and reconnected it, and tried again, leaving it overnight this time. I kept an eye on the bar for a bit before bed, and it moved up to maybe around 5% (no actual percentage shown) in the first hour or two, so I left it on and went to sleep. When I checked it this afternoon (12+ hours later), it had barely gone up overnight, if at all. So I cancelled, disconnected, and retried.
That was about 5 hours ago. Once again, it moved up to around 5% in the first couple of hours, but as far as I can tell, it hasn't moved at all since then. Am I being impatient? Did I screw things up by stopping the format before? Should I just break down and buy a new external, or is there any way I can salvage this one?
Any help or advice would be appreciated!
Edit for specs: Laptop is Sony Vaio, model # PCG7L1L. Can't find an exact model number on the drive, but it's an older model WD Passport, 500gb, USB 2.
Edited by Aletheia, 14 October 2012 - 10:12 PM.