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[SOLVED] usb2.0 hard drive won't format

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ed_hunt, Feb 28, 2004.

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  1. ed_hunt

    ed_hunt Thread Starter

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    Compaq 5834
    Windows 2000 Pro
    Version 5.0
    Servic Pack 4
    192 RAM
    c:\ Primary hard drive = 13GB
    d:\system_save drive = 3GB
    e:\16xDVD
    f:\48x12x
    g:\Add on hard drive as slave = 40GB

    Purchased a 'acomdata' 120GB usb2.0 hard drive.Followed installation instructions, but it will not format the drive. When the formatting screen appears, the only choice I have is FAT, NTSF, or FAT32 and start. I've tried all three, and I've tried formatting the drive on a Dell laptop with Windows XP with same result. After about 40 minutes, the process appears to complete by the progress bar and a message appears which says formatting cannot be completed.
    H:\ shows on menu in MyComputer but clicking on properties show the drive has no free space even though there is 0 bytes of data in folders and files.
    The Acomdata tech support desk has not responded. Any help out there?
     
  2. bowmar

    bowmar

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    More that likely the drive is defective, take back to supplier and have them test and supply new one.
     
  3. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    You could also try it on another machine, just to make sure it's really the drive. I agree, it's probably defective, I've had no trouble with a variety of USB 2.0 drives, I have 7-8 of them here, various brands and sizes.
     
  4. ed_hunt

    ed_hunt Thread Starter

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    Power adapter was bad, used an old adapter and drive formatted in NTSF. I'm running.
    Thanks for the replies.
    :D
     
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