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How do you reformat an external hard drive?

by raajan / February 24, 2006 3:28 PM PST

I currently have a Maxtor 80 gig external HD... running on Windows XP... I received "I/O device error"... ChkDsk doesn't work... so now I just want to reformat the HD... doesnt matter if I lose my data... any suggestions?

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(NT) (NT) Try Maxtor's supplied CD. No CD? ...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 24, 2006 3:31 PM PST
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Didn't come with CD...
by raajan / February 24, 2006 4:33 PM PST

My Maxtor HD was one that you just plug and use... I looked on only gives reformatting instructions for Windows 98... but I use Windows XP...

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Try right clicking My Computer
by retired / February 24, 2006 10:59 PM PST
In reply to: Didn't come with CD...

Left click Manage, double click Disk Management and if it is listed you can format the drive.

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Why right click format won't work.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 25, 2006 12:10 AM PST

In this case it's a NTFS partition. To change this you need to remove the partition and create a FAT32 partition. It's possible that FDISK in a DOS WINDOW (Windows is still running) can do this, but many didn't learn these skills.

This is why I suggest the supplied CD or if they lost that,

What I'm seeing is less computer owners and more users. Unless the process was mousified, many will not dive in.


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was already in FAT32 partition....
by raajan / February 25, 2006 9:08 AM PST

I was able to format to NTFS using Disk Management utility in Windows XP but however the result was that the formatting wasn't done completely. So, now I lost all the data and Windows won't even recognize it at all. Shows up on My Computer and Disk Management but says the drive doesn't exist when I try to use it. I was hoping that I didn't have to buy a new HD but guess I now have to.

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That would be proper until you partition and format.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 25, 2006 9:13 AM PST

If you toss it out, just give it to some technician so it's recycled and put to good use.


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