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External hard drive needs formatting - but wont complete the process. computer is locating the drive but no files on the drive.

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Attach the drive with other computer and complete the process there.

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How do you set up an external hard drive?


Turn your computer on and plug the external hard drive into the computer.


Open "Computer Management" by clicking "Start," "Control Panel," "System and Security," "Administrative Tools" and "Computer Management."

Click "Disk Management" in the left pane under "Storage."


Locate your external drive from the list of hard drives connected or installed on your computer.

Right-click the drive and select "Format."


Select a file format from the drop-down menu. Choose "NTFS" if you will be using the external hard drive with a computer that uses Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP.


If you will be using the hard drive with an older version of Windows, select "FAT32."

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Click "OK" twice and your external drive is formatted. Once the drive is formatted, it is properly set up to be used with your computer.


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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.

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Before formatting the drive, be sure to back up any data from the external hard drive that you want to keep. If you want to make your external hard drive bootable, make sure the "File System" option on the "Format" screen matches your operating system. For Windows XP, the file system should be NTFS, while for Windows 98, it would be Fat 32.
Step1 Attach the external hard drive to your computer with the supplied cables. Most modern external hard drives are attached via one of the USB ports on your computer. Older drives may be attached via either the serial port or the parallel (or printer) port.
Step2Click on "My Computer" to see if your computer recognizes that the drive has been installed. If the drive is not showing, reboot your computer and check again. Step3Right-click on the letter that corresponds to your external hard drivemag-glass_10x10.gif. This will most likely be the letter "E" or higher, as your primary drive will be "C" and your CD or DVD drive will be "D." Step4Click on "Format" from the option screen that is displayed. Step5Choose the options you want from the "Format" screen. In most cases, the first three options should be left as is. You can give the drive a volume name in the text box that is provided, if you desire. Step6Click on the "Start" button to begin the process. When the formatting is complete, the external hard drive will be ready for use.

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External drive with files can't open


Maybe partition on a drive has failed. You should not partition your drive, as you will lose all your data this way. There are lot of programs that might help you restore data from the disk. I recommend that you download TuneUp Utilities here and install it on your computer. After the installation process completes, run the program.

When the program launches, click Solve problems, and then TuneUp Undelete. Follow the instructions to restore your files.

You will need enough storage on other hard disks on your computer to support the data from external disk.

After you salvage all the files to your local disk, you can safely format external drive, and then put these files back on it.

If you need any further assistance, please ask.

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First, u have to format your external harddrive, then just Copy and Past your desired forder from your computer to external hard drive.

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