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Formatting a hard drive

How do i format a harddrive for a nas unit? our computer is sata and dont really know how to adapt

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The NAS device should have a utility to prepare the drive for use.

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Use an original OS disc to format your computer though computer manufacturer no longer provide such disc because they usually provide a recovery disc that has all of the factory installed software on it. If formating your harddrive didn't work this indicate that the problem is with your harddrive and you need to replace it. Please specify the brand of your computer, are you using windows XP, Vista or windows 7 and is this a laptop or a desktop computer?
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Welcome to Fixya. if your External drive is not detected by your Ps3 console you need to format it and select Fat32 File system. Ps3 will not recognize external harddrive using NTFS Format make sure you format the drive using Windows XP or Windows 7. Windows Vista dont have Fat32 but Exfat File format. After you format the drive to Fat32 make sure you create a folder like Music, Photo, Video and other forlders so that it will be detected by your console.

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It is able the read the external harddrive but im unable to acceses it when i try it ask's to reformat it which i really don't know what to do


If this is a new drive with nothing on it then just format it. Windows(R) will tell you what to do.

However, a 1TB drive will take ages to format if you haven't sub-divided it by partitioning* (It will take ages anyway but at least you can have a break after each partition).

If the drive already has data on it then it is likely that it is damaged. It is sometimes possible to plug it in to a different IDE or SATA connector which will allow it to be read. Sometimes a different computer can read the data.

Generally speaking, if the operating system says it's not formatted then the only thing to do is to format it.

* I find the best way to set up a drive is with a program called 'Gparted'. It is a Linux based application that runs from it's own bootable CD and partitions drives and formats them at the same time. It is much quicker than Windows(R).

GParted comes as a free, downloadable CD ISO. Google for it and instructions on it's use.

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My SmartDisk 80 gb FireLite hard drive says it is full but it is empty. What could be the reason for this and how would I format it? I use a Macbook pro. I dont want to have to buy a new external...


You will receive an error message when copying a file larger than 4GB to the hard drive if the drive is formatted FAT32. The FAT32 file system has a file size limitation of 4GB. You may also receive an error when backing up to the hard drive using backup software. To correct this problem you will need to format the drive to NTFS. If you are using Windows ME or 98SE, you will not be able to use NTFS.
There are some products that do not support the NTFS files system or changing their file system. If you own a FlashTrax/FlashTrax XT/FotoChute/PhotoBank/USB FireLite XPress, you cannot change the format of the drive to NTFS. It must be kept as FAT32 in order to operate properly. If you are using SOHO NAS via ethernet, do not format it to NTFS. If you have any questions, please contact technical support before you format the drive.


Warning: Formatting a hard drive erases all data from the drive. Please backup any data prior to formatting the hard drive.
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1.Right-click on the Verbatim hard drive, left-click on Format.
2.Select NTFS as the File System.
3.Place a check in Quick Format.
4.Click Start.
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At startup of new windows installation, chose new installation and then chose the option Format hard drive.

Note: the windows install disk must be bootable, Upgrade install disk (non bootable) does not have the format option.

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