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Solved: Format extrernal hard drive

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  1. earguy

    earguy Thread Starter

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    Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
    OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Business, Service Pack 2, 32 bit
    Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) Dual Core Processor 5000B, x64 Family 15 Model 107 Stepping 2
    Processor Count: 2
    RAM: 1790 Mb
    Graphics Card: ATI Radeon 3100 Graphics, 256 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 476937 MB, Free - 329080 MB;
    Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 3029h
    Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled

    I am trying to wipe clean an 80GB hard drive that I have. I want to reformat it (unless there is a simplar way of wiping the hdd clean). I have the HDD connected to my computer using my USB to IDE cable adapter. Windows Explorer does not list the drive in the tree but disk management does recogniz the drive as drive 1. I was wondering why the drive isn't showing up in the windows tree and how to reformat or wipe the drive clean. I am new to using Diskpart and so I haven't been able to wipe or reformat the HDD.

    Please help if you can. Thank you.
     
  2. etaf

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    in Disk Management do you see a drive letter assigned and what does it say about the harddrive
     
  3. earguy

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    Drive E and it is disk 1 Basic 74.50 GB onlinw. Healthy (Primary Partition)

    Sorry for the long delay to reply. I had to leave.

    Thanks.
     
  4. managed

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    Right-click the E drive in Disk Management and you should get a format option.
     
  5. earguy

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    so simple. thank you very much.
     
  6. managed

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    You're welcome and I'll share your thanks with etaf. :)
     
  7. earguy

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    Thanks etaf. Sorry I missed that bit of courtesy. Again, thanks.
     
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