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Solved: Format an external hard drive

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by forgerocket, Aug 22, 2009.

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  1. forgerocket

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    I have a Western Digital External hard drive and had problems with some corrupted files. As a result I decided to use the WD dianostics software to fix the problem but it didn't solve the problem. The WD software gave me the option of wiping the hard drive and I did that in the hope that I could start affresh and then copy my back up files to it again. The problem is that my computer now does not recognize the hard drive at all so it looks like I am going to have to reformat it to NTFS format. How do I get my computer first to recognize it and then how do I reformat it to NTFS format?

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  3. forgerocket

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    It is a SATA type
     
  4. forgerocket

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    I am not sure if this will solve my problem. The computer will not recognize the external HD because I have foolishly erased it. I need to somehow get the computer to see it in order to format it to NTFS. Because it has no format the computer doesn't even know that it is there. Can you help me further?

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  5. stantley

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    Go Start > Run and type in diskmgmt.msc

    Where it says Disk 2 (or higher) for the external drive, right-click and select Initialize.

    Then on the graph part where the drive letter is, right-click and select Format.
     
  6. forgerocket

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    Thank you so much because your advice solved my problem. I feel so blessed to have stumbled upon this site as it ha proven to be most helpful.

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