hi .. nt sure whether your talking about an external hard disk or somethingelse..
But here goes
- If the hard drive is not setup correctly in the BIOS or is not jumpered correctly, this may cause the BIOS and Windows to detect the drive incorrectly.
- Viruses or spyware program are capable of conflicting with Windows programs such as the format utility built into Windows.
- If the partition on the hard drive is corrupt or damaged, this would cause Windows to stop the format process or show an error message.
- If the computer system does not have the latest BIOS and hardware drivers, and the operating system does not have the latest Service Packs installed, Windows may not address or recognize the drive parameters correctly.
- You are attempting to format a partition larger than 32GB as FAT32 in Windows 2000, XP, or 2003., win7
- If the hard drive or data cable is physically damaged or defective.
- There may be a conflict between the hard drive and another device (on the same IDE cable).
Solution please try
It is recommended to low-level format the hard drive to resolve any partition corruption issues that may be present. For directions on how to low-level format a hard drive
If it's an internal hard drive, please ensure that the latest BIOS is installed for the computer, motherboard, or PCI controller card. BIOS updates can be obtained from the computer, motherboard, or controller card manufacturer. The BIOS should be setup to Auto-Detect
the hard drive. If there is a Mode
option, this should be setup as LBA
, or Auto
- Ensure that the latest drivers are installed for the hardware in the computer. Drivers for the hardware should be available from the respective hardware manufacturers.
If this occurs on an external hard drive, connect the drive to another USB of FireWire port on the computer. You can also connect the hard drive to another computer system to perform the format. This issue may be caused by attempting to reformat a FAT32 partition as NTFS without deleting the partition first. You will need to repartition and reformat the hard drive
hope this helps you out