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Cancelled external HDD hard disk formatting, now no drive letter

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Anydenney, Oct 9, 2009.

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  1. Anydenney

    Anydenney Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    My laptop is a Dell Latitude D830 running Windows Vista.

    I've bought a Freecom USB 2.0 Hard Drive XS 1TB (Model Code SSYBBA) which came FAT32 preformatted. I wanted to reformat to use NTFS so I plugged it in to my USB port. Opening Windows Explorer, the drive was picked up as G:\ and I could view files on there and copy and remove files so I knew the disk was working OK.

    I started reformatting by right-clicking on the drive letter and selecting "Format" from the menu and select NTFS and kept the default settings. After an hour I cancelled the formatting (clicked Cancel) and a message popped up asking me to confirm, so I did.

    Since doing this, the drive is now no longer recognised and doesn't get a drive letter assigned. I've tried rebooting, reconnecting and checking in Disk Management and it just doesn't appear (although is powering up when the laptop starts). Also, Device Manager doesn't show it. Screen shot of Disk Management attached.

    Can you tell me, how do I get the drive letter back to restart reformatting?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    Alex.
     

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    What options do you have when you right click on the drive?
     
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