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Windows 7: External HD wants to format

10 Mar 2015   #21
Matosk

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

I was able to copy the data to another hdd but when I'm trying to format my drive it doesn't let me. I looked at other topics in this forum but have not find a solution yet.
It shows me this when I try to format...
External HD wants to format-win-cant-format.jpg




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10 Mar 2015   #22
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Check whether you can delete and then format the volume with MiniTool Partition Wizard.

If running on Windows it does not do it, then download the bootable CD version, burn it to CD ( or create a bootable pen drive) boot from it and try to do it. (The bootable CD version runs on Linux)

You can also try formatting it with HP USB Disk Storage Format tool v 2.2.3 HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool Download - Softpedia
(Right Click on HPUSBDisk.exe and run as administrator)
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10 Mar 2015   #23
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TechSeven View Post
What is the difference between paragon rescue and the other recovery softwares like easeus.. etc?
Paragon rescue free creates a bootable cd or usb flash drive, so Windows isn't running.
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10 Mar 2015   #24
TechSeven

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

ok ty davide
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10 Mar 2015   #25
Matosk

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
Check whether you can delete and then format the volume with MiniTool Partition Wizard.

If running on Windows it does not do it, then download the bootable CD version, burn it to CD ( or create a bootable pen drive) boot from it and try to do it. (The bootable CD version runs on Linux)

You can also try formatting it with HP USB Disk Storage Format tool v 2.2.3 HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool Download - Softpedia
(Right Click on HPUSBDisk.exe and run as administrator)
Jumanji: I was able to delete and format the drive through the bootable CD version but I'm not able to read the disk in Windows now. I tried to plug to TV and nothing is ongoing, the drive is running though.
I tried to go to Ubuntu linux and wonder... I can read the drive and also I could copy some files on the drive, so this means it's ok but why I cannot open it in Windows? It's formatted as NTFS....
Many thanks for support
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10 Mar 2015   #26
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Where can't you read the disk, Windows (file) Explorer, Disk Management, or both ?
Can you post a new screenshot of Windows Disk Management ?
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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10 Mar 2015   #27
Matosk

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

In both the system is not showing them: screenshot belowExternal HD wants to format-disk-v2.jpg


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10 Mar 2015   #28
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
You might use Linux to see what's on the drive :/
Emergency Kit - save your files from a dead OS
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10 Mar 2015   #29
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Matosk View Post
Jumanji: I was able to delete and format the drive through the bootable CD version but I'm not able to read the disk in Windows now. I tried to plug to TV and nothing is ongoing, the drive is running though.
I tried to go to Ubuntu linux and wonder... I can read the drive and also I could copy some files on the drive, so this means it's ok but why I cannot open it in Windows? It's formatted as NTFS....
Many thanks for support
That is strange.

Please run Partition Wizard from the bootable CD or pen drive again, and post a screenshot with that external drive connected. (OK, you have to post a camera shot)
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12 Mar 2015   #30
Matosk

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Jumanji: Finally I was able to correct the disk and now it's working!

Let me explain how I did it: With the Boot CD of Partition Wizard I had to use the method of safe boot or compatible boot but not normal boot. With normal boot the tool couldn't even read and show the drive.

1. I used safe boot and then I wiped out all partitions with 0's. This could on the 500GB disk approx. 5 hours. 2. Then I formatted the disk with NTFS and default format.
3. I reloaded the MBR on the disk.

That's it, when I booted normal Win7, no more error messages and the drive showed in the menu.

Many thanks for your support in this tricky case.
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