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Windows 7: windows can't format external hard drive

11 Feb 2016   #11
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64
 
 

If their is nothing on G or F you want to save just delete what ever partitions the system will allow and reformat the what ever is left.


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11 Feb 2016   #12
lebdorz

7 ultimate x86
 
 

Hi Layback, I deleted the 2 partitions G: is not accessible at all it is RAW and F: is fine

I deleted them but what then???? I also tried deleting the G: and Expanding F: but windows gave me an error msg that is not possible because it is RAW

one more thing: I plugged the hdd back to main desktop computer and the bios reads it well but it didnt boot at all giving error like boot failure press any key
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12 Feb 2016   #13
plodr

Home Premium and Pro 32 bit and 64 bit (4 computers)
 
 

So you still have a raw G partition and an F partition?
When you right click G, what choices do you have?
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12 Feb 2016   #14
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

If it`s marked Active Disk management will not let you format it.

Use Partition Wizard. The best Partitioning tool in the known galaxy.

Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free
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13 Feb 2016   #15
lebdorz

7 ultimate x86
 
 

hello again

thanks AddRam I will see about that later

SOLVED in few words I got a new Toshiba 1TB and its working smoothly and noiseless with 1 yr warranty for 50$ lol

to whom it may concern, About my faulty hdd I was told that it will not work.. although, yesterday I did delete the C:/ partition and then unallocate about 100gb of it and then I was able to format it and installed win7 normally, but after few hours It went back to same error and now its showing the C and D as RAW so I just went and got a new hdd
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13 Feb 2016   #16
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64
 
 

Thanks for letting us know how you solved your problem.
Happy computing.
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