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Windows 7: Windows gives the error that it was unable to complete the format.

04 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Basic(32-bit), Windows 7 Ultimate (32-bit)
 
 
Windows gives the error that it was unable to complete the format.

Hi! I want to format my external HDD in NTFS format but I'm not able to do it. It is getting formatted in fatEX but it is so slow while storing the data on it.

I'm using Windows 7 Home Basic SP1(32-bit), the external drive is of Samsung(iomega)

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04 Apr 2012   #2

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64 Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Tri-Boot
 
 

Hi,

Do you see the NTFS drop-down list as shown below?

Regards,
Golden


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04 Apr 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Basic(32-bit), Windows 7 Ultimate (32-bit)
 
 

Ya! But in the middle it stops and reports that Windows was unable format the drive
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04 Apr 2012   #4

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64 Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Tri-Boot
 
 

Hi,

How old is this drive?

Run chkdsk /R for this drive from an elevated command prompt, and then post back the results here.

Regards,
Golden
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04 Apr 2012   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Try this (from an Elevated Command Prompt):

diskpart
list disk
select disk n (where n is the number assigned to your external drive)
clean all (will take some time, be patient and wait for it to complete)
format fs=ntfs (again, will take a while to complete, so be patient)
exit

Finally, close the command prompt.
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07 Apr 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Basic(32-bit), Windows 7 Ultimate (32-bit)
 
 

The drive is just 1-2 years old.
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07 Apr 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Basic(32-bit), Windows 7 Ultimate (32-bit)
 
 

I waited for 2-3 hours after using clean all command but nothing happened.
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07 Apr 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Basic(32-bit), Windows 7 Ultimate (32-bit)
 
 

I get the result that is in the attachment.


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07 Apr 2012   #9

Windows 7 Home Basic(32-bit), Windows 7 Ultimate (32-bit)
 
 

Now the volume is not shown in My Computer after performing clean all.
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07 Apr 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ganesha27 View Post
Now the volume is not shown in My Computer after performing clean all.
Because it is the file-format is RAW. You need to create a partition and format it to a fileformat like NTFS.

Go to start, right click on "Computer" and choose "Manage". Choose "Disk Management". If Windows recognizes the drive, a window should popup and will propose to format the drive. If it does, select all the default options and click go.

Otherwise, locate your drive in Disk Management. Right click, then choose Format. Select the default options and hit go.

If everything fails, it means that the drive must be failing... (bad sectors)

(Note : I might not be following this thread in the future)
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