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How to reset an external hard drive or remove a drive clone?

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  1. qwertyqwerty

    qwertyqwerty Thread Starter

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    well i just got a brand new WD Elements basic storage 1tb external hard drive. my plan was to create a back up image of my laptops hard drive and instead created a clone. my computer no longer recognizes the drive as an external hd but as replicated computer and recovery drives. i just want to wipe the drive but i cant locate it. i did find it on disk management but i cant delete all the parts and it would not let me format it. i can format the cloned drives just not the the external drive as a whole. some help would be amazing ;)
     
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    the clone of the internal disk to the external hdd may have confused the system.
    for my own external drive i have used minitool partition wizard, free which worked ok.

    take note to identify the correct HDD before formatting begins.

    if the program will not format the partitions but identifies the external HDD and its partitions, unallocate them first and then run format.
    http://download.cnet.com/MiniTool-P...4_4-10962200.html?part=dl-&subj=dl&tag=button

    also, creating an image file of the partitions is better way imo for a backup of the system.
     
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    qwertyqwerty Thread Starter

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    thanks. will give it a go. thanks :)
     
  4. crjdriver

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    You can boot the system with a linux live dvd/usb and do whatever you want to the drive in question ie format, partition, etc. Another option is to run the WD diagnostic [data lifeguard] you will be able to zero fill the drive which will destroy ALL data on the drive.
     
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