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Unable to format external 2TB HD


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#1 kip123

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Posted 11 October 2015 - 02:26 PM

Hello,

I purchased a WD 2TB internal HD (using it in enclosure) - was able to partition (single simple).  Drive shows in system with drive letter, but blank.  However, when formatting I get error message "Windows unable to complete format".  I am not using Quickformat.  It appears to start to format - progress bar showed appox. 75% complete after about 8 hrs -  but then receive error message.

 

OS is Win 7 64 bit.

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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 11 October 2015 - 02:46 PM

If the drive shows with a letter is should already be partitioned and formatted. It should not take 8 hours to format a hard drive.

 

What does Disk Management show when the drive is attached?  Right click Computer > Manage > Disk Management



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Posted 11 October 2015 - 05:36 PM

see attached

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Edited by kip123, 11 October 2015 - 05:37 PM.


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Posted 11 October 2015 - 05:58 PM

see attached

The External 2TB doesnt show a file system ?

 

I would reformat it again as NTFS / QUICK FORMAT.

Shouldnt take more than 5-10 min to do.

 

I use Partition Magic Free , but Windows should work just the same.



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Posted 11 October 2015 - 06:05 PM

I second Havachat's suggestion.

 

http://www.partitionwizard.com/

 

Edit: Partition Wizards steps are all virtual. Nothing happens until you click apply. If you have trouble doing the format then using Partition Wizard delete the partition and create a new NTFS partition.


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Posted 11 October 2015 - 07:39 PM

I second the motion about deleting the partition [volume], reCreating volume and formatting NTFS.  Make sure new volume is Logical [meaning nonPrimary and certainly nonActive].


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Posted 12 October 2015 - 09:38 AM

John, actually I think it's normal for it to take 8 hours to format when you have it on a slow usb external.



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Posted 12 October 2015 - 10:54 AM

Good Morning, Everyone.  Thank you for your replies. 

I purchased the 2 TB to upgrade my internal HD for more space.  After my iniital postings, yesterday, I did some reading in the WD Acronis Cloning Software manual, where it stated that to clone the existing HD, the new HD should not be formatted.  In short, I started the cloning process and as of this morning, it seemed to have been successful.  See attached Disk Management print screen (I still have the original drive in place (C;/D).  I'd appreciate your feedback.  Thank you.

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Posted 13 October 2015 - 03:29 AM

Others may have a different Opinion but in mine.

 

1/ If you cloned to the external drive it should also show the 14.16 GB Unallocated Space.

 

    Im not sure if this maybe a Recovery Partition as part of your System ?

    JohnC_21  May be able to clarify further on that.

 

2/ To prove the Clone worked remove the old and Install the other and see if you can boot from it.

    * Are you going to remove it from the Enclosure ?

 

3/  Also noticed x 2  DATA {I:}  ....Not Sure On That One ?

 

4/ I think when you Cloned to the 2TB { within the settings } it has used all the space and split the total drive space to suit , and 

    resulted in the Win7 currently being 372Gig  to the 2TB being 756Gig

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     I would of left it the same size and then use the remainder as Data Space..IMO.

 

Personally i keep all my C:\ Drives as small as possible -  Operating System only { 60 - 80G }

And all My Content / Data / Files on the D:\ Partition { Rest of Drive Space }

Each to their own setups i suppose - personal choices.

 

Keep us Updated anyway.



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Posted 13 October 2015 - 04:16 AM

  Havachat, you and I think alike in so many ways.  I also have OS & programs on C, data/downloads/created stuff on D.

  That 15GB unallocated space seems too large to be System Reserved [which mostly is 100MB], probably like you said -- the factory's recovery partition.  I've never used HD enclosures, what are potential [or possible] pitfalls to be aware of?


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Posted 13 October 2015 - 04:18 AM

John, actually I think it's normal for it to take 8 hours to format when you have it on a slow usb external.

On full format, rather than quick format, absolutely!  Mine took most of a 12-hour period.


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Posted 13 October 2015 - 05:20 AM

  Havachat, you and I think alike in so many ways.  I also have OS & programs on C, data/downloads/created stuff on D.

  That 15GB unallocated space seems too large to be System Reserved [which mostly is 100MB], probably like you said -- the factory's recovery partition.  I've never used HD enclosures, what are potential [or possible] pitfalls to be aware of?

Dont think there is any pitful on enclosures , apart from the fact if the power connection fails , unit gets dropped , or slower transfer rates.

As per OP original Post and then to say im going to fit the external drive in PC , i assumed he was going to strip it out of casing.

I would of just bought the Hard Drive as bare and install { Possibly Cheaper }.

Oh well thats why we all think different ,,,each to there own.

 

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Posted 13 October 2015 - 01:19 PM

The 14GB may have been a recovery partition at one time but now it's just 14GB of unallocated space with no file system. If this was a one for one clone then the clone would also have 14GB of unallocated space. Some software will allow you to adjust the partition sizes on the fly when cloning to another disk. The OP may have done this.  Below is an image from Aoemi Clone software showing you the option to resize the partitions.

 

 

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Posted 13 October 2015 - 04:27 PM

Thank you very much for all the input.

 

Yes....I will take it out of the enclosure and install and give it a test run....stay posted .........

When cloning, it did not give me the option to adjust the size of the partitions based upon the size of the new drive. This option is given in the instructions ("proportional"), however the option never showed.  I was only able to clone "as is".....which is why I ended up with extra partitions, I guess.  :unsure:

This is my first try at this....so bear with me.  



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Posted 14 October 2015 - 01:21 AM

No probs , keep us posted as to the results , and if any further help may be required from BC Members.






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