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cannot format external hdd


bumpkin
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Hello,

I have a 1Tb Hitachi external drive for backing up.A few days ago I used format to wipe all data so I could start afresh. The drive shows up OK but says it is not formatted. several attempts to format but message (windows is unable to format this drive) Can anyone help please.

Ray

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rdave13

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Try a third party partition manager, something like this.

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bumpkin

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Thanks rdave, I have downloaded and tried it but it says. "Basic MBR Hard Disk 4 {Hitachi USB device) Volumes on this disk cannot be formatted" Any other suggestions anyone or shall I just bin it.

Ray

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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try changing to dynamic and see if it will format then

To change a basic disk into a dynamic disk using the Windows interface

In Disk Management, right-click the basic disk you want to convert.

Click Convert to Dynamic Disk….

Follow the instructions on your screen.
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bumpkin

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Thanks to all for your suggestions. Fruitbat, I could not make it a dynamic drive as that option was greyed out. You did however steer me in the right direction as there was an option to "delete the existing partition" which I did not know was there in the first place as it did not show anywhere. Thought I may as well run it as all else had failed, it deleted the invisible partition and I was then able to format the thing at last. Why does everything have to be so difficult or am I just thick :-)

Ray

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Nontek

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That's good, thanks for your feedback.

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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Glad you haven't had to scrap a good drive that sort of thing really annoys me.

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