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Windows 7: Working external drive - Windows 7 wants to format it!!

29 Oct 2009   #1
userdeath

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail
 
 
Working external drive - Windows 7 wants to format it!!

Today I upgraded my 64 bit Vista Ultimate to 32 bit Seven Ultimate (retail). I did it by using the DVD to boot up and do a custom install as it wouldn't do a standard upgrade cos of the 32 bit/64 bit clash.

Anyway, it worked smoothly up until I go to my external hard drive to look at some old photos. I plug it in and it gets recognised, but then I get told that it needs formatting before it can be used. No way am I doing that!

I check the hard drive on another machine running XP and the drive is fine.

Any idea what's going on?

Perhaps I should just format the C drive and do a completely clean re-install of Seven?

Thanks,

Henry


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29 Oct 2009   #2
Wii Master 64

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I'm no expert, but maybe you could just backup all your photos and stuff onto another computer and then let windows 7 "format" it, while you keep all of your data on your XP machine. I'm pretty sure somebody can come up with a better idea than that though.
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29 Oct 2009   #3
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

If it's the case of formating the drive or re-stinstalling the OS, i would choose the former. Cos you don't know if re-installing the OS would get rid of the issue.
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29 Oct 2009   #4
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wii Master 64 View Post
I'm no expert, but maybe you could just backup all your photos and stuff onto another computer and then let windows 7 "format" it, while you keep all of your data on your XP machine. I'm pretty sure somebody can come up with a better idea than that though.
I agree. Just move your files onto another drive using your XP machine and format the drive as Win7 requests. The move your files back.

THe successful install of WIn7 doesn't have anything to do with the state of your external now, so no need to reinstall 7.

You checked your files all out when you plugged that external into XP, right? Because I would otherwise wonder if it somehow got deleted when you were formatting drive(s) for Win7. Usually it prompts for formatting when it has been deleted but not yet formatted.
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