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Prompted to Format External Hard Drive

I just formatted my PC (Dell 2400) hard drive, and I have downloaded all drivers. When I try to open my Buffalo HD-HC500U2 external HD, I am prompted to format this. It is also registering as a Samsung HD501LJ. I do not want to loose everything on this drive and I am afraid I will if I format. Ant recommendations for work arounds would be greatly appreciated.

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Do not Format external drive. You will lose everything on it. If you are using XP go to My Computer then right click on the external drive and click Explore. If the operating system can read the external hard drive you will see the files that you have stored on that hard drive. If those are the files that you put on the external then you know it's the correct hard drive. Once you know it's the Buffalo then make sure that your Dell has the ability to see external drives. Try restarting your Dell with the Buffalo connected.

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Same thing happened with my Hitachi HDD. It was caused by Virus! Do you have Antivirus or Do you update the antivirus data base? I used Kaspersky Internet Security. You should remove the virus first from your System then you can connect your External Hdd again!

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Hi

you will most likely have to format the drive to use it again, but you can recover everything that is on the drive with this program - File Scavenger

http://www.quetek.com/prod02.htm


try the demo and do a long search for * in the drive, you should find all your files, you can restore them into your computers main drive and ones you have recovered all the important files.


go aheadn and format the usb drive and copy the recovered files back into the usb drive, note that if a file is overwirtten the contents may be incorrect so check the contents of the files after recovery.

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Need to format my portable HD (Buffalo 3.5 500GB Mini-station) before using as External HDD for my TV (LG 42LA6200)?


BUFFALO TOOLS Buffalo Tools is a feature-rich suite of optional software included on many Buffalo Drive-Station and Mini Station storage products. Any or all of the following components of Buffalo Tools may be installed on Windows PCs.
Buffalo's Backup Utility is an easy-to-use and fully featured backup software for Windows PCs and can be used to back up one or multiple computers with a single Buffalo external hard drive.ECO Manager is an energy efficiency tool used to conserve energy and reduce battery consumption by regulating the power usage of the hard drive, cutting power to the drive during extended periods of inactivity.RAMDISK is a simple utility that allows you to create a RAM disk on your Windows PC which creates a small, but extremely fast environment to work on files in.SecureLock software for Windows provides complete control of the data encryption on your Buffalo external hard drive, providing password protection and software data encryption.

Only basic external hard drive functionality is supported with this operating system; some included utilities may not work. The HDD default format is NTFS; to work with Mac, reformat the HDD using Mac Disk Utility.

I would plug it into a windows 7 or Vista and the computer's USB. The computer should recognize it. Click start then computer and find the icon for your drive and right click your Icon. In the drop-down window look for 'format' and that should help you format your drive. is a feature-rich suite of optional software included on many Buffalo Drive-Station and Mini Station storage products. Any or all of the following components of Buffalo Tools may be installed on Windows PCs.Buffalo's Backup Utility is an easy-to-use and fully featured backup software for Windows PCs and can be used to back up one or multiple computers with a single Buffalo external hard drive.ECO Manager is an energy efficiency tool used to conserve energy and reduce battery consumption by regulating the power usage of the hard drive, cutting power to the drive during extended periods of inactivity.RAMDISK is a simple utility that allows you to create a RAM disk on your Windows PC which creates a small, but extremely fast environment to work on files in.SecureLock software for Windows provides complete control of the data encryption on your Buffalo external hard drive, providing password protection and software data encryption.

Only basic external hard drive functionality is supported with this operating system; some included utilities may not work. The HDD default format is NTFS; to work with Mac, reformat the HDD using Mac Disk Utility.

I would plug it into a windows 7 or Vista and the computer's USB. The computer should recognize it. Click start then computer and find the icon for your drive and right click your Icon. In the drop-down window look for 'format' and that should help you format your drive.

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Can i transfer information to a mac


If the external hard drive has been formatted on a PC in NTFS file format then the MAC cannot read data off this hard drive.
The FIX..
Connect the USB external hard drive to a Windows computer and copy your data off this hard drive to the computer.
Then format the external hard drive in FAT32 file format. (the MAC can read and write to data to and from a Windows PC)
Now copy the your data from the computer back onto the external hard drive.
Now you can connect the external hard drive to the MAC and download your data to the MAC.

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Wont open asks to be formatted


Some drives may initially need to be formatted to become usable. So, you have to format it to open the hard-drive.

Regards, Mrityunjay.

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500gb buffalo external hard drive not working in my win 7 computer. not able to format as well..as there any way to format it.


click start control panel administrive tools ,computer management ,device manager look through all of your devices if you see a yellow question mark?or exclamation mark ! or red x
right click to reinstall drivers or
if you can see your usb but its not working
ports(com&lpt)right click update driver
just replace the cable of the hard disk, when you plugged the external disk drive you got that windows could recognize the USB device change the cable everything should work fine again, sometimes the wires inside the cable will be damaged due to bending or stretching or placing heavy equipment upon the cable,
check the USB leads that attach to the motherboard usually red-white-green-black make sure they are securely seated and have no dust build up on them dust will cause static and a lot of unforeseen problems

click start click on my computer you should see your drive
right click then select format
another way is to control panel administrive tools computer management disk management right click on your drive select format
hope this helps

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How to reinstall my computer from the start


Insert your system disk, (Windows disk) and boot from it then requesting new system when prompted. That will format your hard drive and install a new system. Don't forget to download all of your drivers.

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Have you "Formatted" it before you used it, If NOT, Right Click on drive and select "Format" format NTFS. After this you should be able to use the drive as normal. Also Right Click, MY Computer, choose "Manage" when it comes up select Disk Management, and you can initialise it and format there.

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I just received the system and recovery dics from Acer. When I insert the system disc, it loads and then times out with "please wait a moment..:


Then you may have a faulty hard drive, you didn't say why you had to get them, what happened? If your drive is OK? Then perhaps you need to format it first, with say UBCD, here download and burn to CD, and it has tools that will allow you to format and partition. www.ultimatebootcd.com/
Official instructions below.

Turn on you computer, if not already done. Place the Recovery Disk into your CD Drive. Restart the computer with the disk in the drive.
While the computer loads, you will be prompted to "Press any key to boot from disk." Press a key quickly as you are only given a few seconds to do so.
Follow the instructions on the screens to format your hard drive. When prompted to format the partition on your drive or to alter the partitions, select "Format" with the arrow and enter keys. Selecting "Alter" will not recover your computer.
Once the format is complete, you will be prompted to restart your computer. Accept, and while it boots again you will be prompted to "Boot from Disk," as in Step 2. Do not press any buttons this time as you have completed the formatting process already.
Windows will be reinstalled once formatting is complete. Remove the Recovery CD from the disk drive. Replace with the Driver Installation CD. Reinstall all your computers drivers with this CD.
  • If you accidentally select the "Alter" option in Step 3, restart your computer using the button beneath the Power button on your computer and follow Step 2 again. Store any files you want to keep on an external media, such as a CD or external hard drive.
  • You will lose all saved information on your hard drive, since using the Recovery CD will set your computer back to the factory default. Do not unplug or turn your computer off while the formatting or installation is in progress. Doing so may corrupt your hard drive and might render it unusable.

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External Buffalo Hard Disk 500 Gb model no HD-PF500U2/BK-AP not detecting when connnected to a laptop or a desktop PC


Check the usb port function in the computer bios settings and be sure that it is set to yes. Connect properly your external drive. If it has two wire usb connections, use both to obtain the maximum power that will be need by your drive.

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Hello! i got a problem with my external hard drive. My 4G flash is recognized but my 320G hard drive is not recognized in my desktop. I tried to plug the 320G hard drive in my laptop and it was recognized....


The external drive needs to be initialized from your PC. To do this, right click your My Computer and choose Manage. At the left panel click on the Disk Management. The list of available drives will show on the right.

Right click on the drive and select create partition (primary partition). After you've selected your partition , now you need to format the hard drive. Choose quick format. Right click again on the partition you've just created, now select "Format" and select NTFS. Click ok and it will guide you until it is finished.

If you need further assistance, just let me know.

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