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Solved: Can't Format External HD

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by GoJoAGoGo, Jun 23, 2006.

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  1. GoJoAGoGo

    GoJoAGoGo Thread Starter

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    Hi:

    I use Windows XP Home. I just purchased an 80 GB Fandom Drives external hard drive and have connected it directly to the USB port on my PC. I have tried to format from the factory format of FAT 32 file system to NTFS. The format progression bar reaches 100% after about 28 mins, then an error window appears saying: "Windows was unable to complete the format" and my drive remains with the FAT 32 file system. I have tried to format twice and both times have failed.

    What do I need to do to complete the format?

    Thanks
     
  2. Triple6

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    Have you tried deleting the partiton and creating a new one? You can do that through Disk Management.
     
  3. bearone2

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    unless you're putting an os on it, there's no need to partition/format.

    what are you using to format ntfs?

    is the external hardrive seen in my computer?
     
  4. GoJoAGoGo

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    How can I access Disk Managment?
     
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    Right-click "My Computer" and select "Manage." You'll see Disk Management on the left side.
     
  6. GoJoAGoGo

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    Thanks ...
     
  7. GoJoAGoGo

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    Thanks, I deleted the partition, created a new one and was able to complete the format. (y)
     
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    I marked the thread as "Solved" ...
     
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