Question about Toshiba 160GB USB 2.0 Portable External 160 GB Hard Drive

1 Answer

EXTERNAL TOSHIBA HARD DRIVE WILL NOT FORMAT? WHAT DO i DO?

Posted by on

1 Answer

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

    Corporal:

    An expert that hasĀ over 10 points.

    Mayor:

    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 2 times.

    Problem Solver:

    An expert who has answered 5 questions.

  • Contributor
  • 9 Answers

If your hard drive is recognized by your computer try opening control panel,to administrative tools,to Computer management,to storage, to disk management,by right clicking on drive you can format that drive or delete it.

Posted on Sep 19, 2009

6 Suggested Answers

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi,
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
goodluck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

JulesPCaut
  • 702 Answers

SOURCE: Format external hard drive to NFTS

Assuming you are running Windows XP or Vista, the easiest is through the Disk Manager.
Open the administrative tools from the Start menu and select Computer Management. Then select Disk Management in the console.
Now you can right-click the disk and select Format. Chose NTFS and wait for it to finish (which will take some time!).

Do realize that this will erase your data on the disk. If you do not want that, you need to use the CONVERT command from the command prompt. type CONVERT /? to find out about its usage.

Jules

Posted on Apr 04, 2009

  • 923 Answers

SOURCE: external hard drive not detected

Check your jumpers on the hard drive. DON'T leave it connected very long if the jumpers are not set for master / slave (furthest away/ closest to the IDE port on the computer or it can mess up the circuit boards on one or both drives! If you are using only one hard drive, set the jumper(s) for "cable select" (often abbreviated CS). If it still doesn't detect the drive, the drive may not have an "active" partition on it. You can solve that by booting to your OS installation CD -- assuming you have one!

Posted on Feb 02, 2010

  • 69 Answers

SOURCE: Toshiba 500 GB External Hard drive cant be detected by windows xp

yes you could simply format the harddrive in Fat32 using your macos that would be the best solution but don`t forget to backup your data by copy pasting the files on your mac or something else and after that to move them on the external hdd again to be available on the windows machine

Posted on Mar 11, 2010

Testimonial: "It worked... I never thought it could be that easy... Thanks a lot!!!"

lock123
  • 6831 Answers

SOURCE: Toshiba 320gb external drive is not detected by any laptop...

Hello

Okay , so there are some steps to figure out what is wrong with your external.

Firstly , if your computer makes a sound when you plug in your external , go to Start-Control Panel-Administrative Tools-Computer Management-Disk Management , and see if your external drive is listed here with your local drives. If it is listed , right click on the drive and change the drive letter to make it appear in "my computer".

If your drive does not make a connection sound when connecting to your computer and also does not show up , please follow the next step.

Remove the hard drive from the casing if possible and install it in your computer case or another external case.If the drive works , the problem is with the casing and you can ignore the drive.

Now , if the problem is with the casing , there are still 3 possibilities.

  1. The USB cable between the drive and the computer may be damaged.
  2. The circuit board which connects your drive to the interface of the external may be blown.
  3. The power supply (if applicable) may have a blown transformer.
The latter is the easiest to diagnose , does your external light up at all when you plug in the power? If not , then this is probably your problem. On the bottom of the adapter is a label which you will be able to use to have a new adapter made at your local electronics shop and this will cost about $30 max. They will also be able to test the adapter with a clamp meter to see if this is really the problem and this should be free.

The second component you want to test is the USB cable. If you have a printer , swop out the cables and see if your printer functions normally. Most externals use the same connector so you should be able to test it in this manner. If the cable works go on to the last step. If the cable is defective , replace it with a new one which you can find for about $10 at most electronics and chain stores.

The last component to test is the circuit board. This is a bit of a grey zone as you probably won't be able to spot the blown component unless it failed really badly. With the casing already opened , locate the external's circuit board and check to see if you have any blackened components or fluids leaking from some components. If all the other components of the external worked perfectly , then this is the faulty part. It is not really economical to replace the circuit as most of the time it is out of production by the time you need to replace it and it still costs a lot even if it is available so if your drive is working perfectly when connected via sata or IDE on your computer , the best is to buy a new casing and place your old drive in the new casing.

A casing costs about $50 and you could get it at most tech shops and big chain stores like Best Buy.

I hope this solves your problem and please reply if you need more help.

Kind Regards
Andrea

Posted on Sep 29, 2010

  • 7 Answers

SOURCE: How to format a Toshiba



Just make sure you have any and all data that you want saved moved elsewhere before proceeding.

Posted on May 06, 2011

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

2 Answers

How can I find the files on my 1tb, seagate external drive?


You maybe removed the driver for the hard drive when you ran the anti virus. Those programs can do some strange things. If you click on the start, then computer. It will show all hard drives on your system. If you cannot find your files. I would think your computer does not see the external hard drive. To reinstall the driver, you would need to go to the driver's manufactures web site to down load or yours may have came with a disk. If so just run the disk. Could do a system restore , but that would be last option .

Aug 02, 2014 | Seagate FreeAgent Pro 1TB External USB...

6 Answers

My toshiba 1 tb hard drive all ofa suddn says that i need to format it and i have alot for stuff on it that i need how can i make it work again


Don't be panic. you can try some data recovery software. You can see
http://www.asoftech.com/adr/
It tells the steps how to perform data recovery.

If above does not work, you may have to format the hard drive (use quick format), and then use above mentioned software to scan again the hard drive and recover your files.

Aug 28, 2011 | Maxtor OneTouch 4 500GB External USB 2.0...

1 Answer

Toshiba external hard drive 640Gb appears on my laptop the USB connects perfectly ,it opens but doesn't take in any file .


hello, i would advice you to format your external hard drive by write clicking on it and click on format and click on start to begin, if this does not allow you to still put files on your external hard drive,then insert it on a friend laptop and see whether you can move files to it. I hope this helps. Regards

Feb 08, 2011 | Toshiba 640GB USB 20 Portable External...

1 Answer

Formatting an external hard drive


Open up Folder Options\View\Show Hidden Files and Folders. Return to your Toshiba HDD. Do you see an hidden files? If so, try to delete them. You may have to change the Properties of these Folders\Files in order to delete them. BE WARNED, removing or deleting any folders or files that Toshiba placed in there could have negative affects on the way your external HDD runs.

Mar 18, 2010 | Toshiba (1TBEXT-HDD) (1TBEXTHDD) 1000 GB...

1 Answer

Toshiba 500 GB External Hard drive cant be detected by windows xp


yes you could simply format the harddrive in Fat32 using your macos that would be the best solution but don`t forget to backup your data by copy pasting the files on your mac or something else and after that to move them on the external hdd again to be available on the windows machine

Mar 11, 2010 | Toshiba HDDR500E04XL 500 GB USB Hard Drive

1 Answer

Reformatting an external hard drive


Id you have a xp disk when it loads it will ask you how do you want to set up the drive even though you have and external drive on your computer in the my computer icon Right click and open manage open disk management and you should see your usb drive right click on the drive and you should see format it has a dropdown menu check quick format and click ok and it will start to format the drive make sure you chose ntfs in the drop down menu .good luck

Apr 08, 2009 | Toshiba 250GB TOSHIBA USB 2.0 PORTABLE...

4 Answers

When I try to back up my computer files for Windows Vista using a Toshiba 320GB capacity portable external hard drive I receive the message that I need a ntfs drive. Can my external drive be converted to...


Yes, it can:
Before you begin, connect your external hard drive.
To format the drive with NTFS
1.
Log on to your computer as an administrator.
2.
Click on the Vista Orb right-click Computer, and then click Manage.
b174b03.jpg
3.
Under Storage, click Disk Management.
950c04c.gif
4.
If the Initialize and Convert Disk Wizard appears, click Next. If the wizard does not appear, skip to step 8.

3e609ff.gif 5.
On the Select Disks to Initialize page, click Next.
84b8e54.gif 6.
On the Select Disks to Convert page, click Next.

330a86a.gif 7.
On the Completing the Initialize and Convert Disk Wizard page, click Finish.

a63fbd2.gif 8.
Right-click your external drive (which will probably be drive E or drive F), and then click Format.
f8f5f91.gif 9.
In the Format dialog box, type a name for your external hard drive, such as Backup Drive. Then, click OK.

7560a25.gif 10.
Click OK again.

0a517a9.gif Windows XP formats your external hard drive. Within a few minutes, your drive will be ready for you to use.

Jul 17, 2008 | Toshiba Computers & Internet

Not finding what you are looking for?
Toshiba 160GB USB 2.0 Portable External 160 GB Hard Drive Logo

Related Topics:

474 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Toshiba Computers & Internet Experts

Les Dickinson
Les Dickinson

Level 3 Expert

18392 Answers

Doctor PC
Doctor PC

Level 3 Expert

7733 Answers

k24674

Level 3 Expert

7993 Answers

Are you a Toshiba Computer and Internet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...