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Unable To Format External Hard Drive

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#1 Paul103


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Posted 16 February 2007 - 02:35 PM

I deleted everything on it but one folder is protected so i get the "Access is Denied" error. I tried using unlocker but it didn't work. When i right click the drive and try to format it i get this " Windows cannot format this drive, quit any disk utilities or programs that are using this drive and make sure that no window is displaying the content of this drive. Then try formatting again". Should i try in Safe Mode?
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Posted 16 February 2007 - 10:30 PM

I bet dban would do it. Just use the quick erase function (maybe called 0 clear or something).


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Posted 17 February 2007 - 01:19 AM

Try the manfacturers web site for the correct utility for format or erase of an external drive, knowing what company made the drive would be helpful. Knowing what OS that you are using would also be helpful.

remember, some external drives have files necessary to use them in older systems, to get around bios drive size limitations
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