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I installed a Fantom external hard drive-this is a usb connection. I formated ntfs (I am on XP) then used the drive. Now today I don't see the drive. In disk management it is there, but no naming option on right-click, only 'help'. Any ideas?

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  • greenurchin Apr 15, 2008

    the hardware icon is not showing up in the system tray either...

  • gtholcomb Jun 24, 2008

    When I updated my XP software it crashed. I had nothing showing in the MY COMPUTER FILE. I then tried to use recover to go back to my original setting but it wouldn't let me without shutting down my external drive. It now will not recognize the drive and when I turn it on all it does is turn on and off . What can I do??

  • Anonymous Aug 16, 2008

    same problem

  • Anonymous Jan 14, 2009

    I had a Fantom Titanium II 1TB that just failed after 6 months.

    Junk.


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You formatted, but did you create a Partition? Go back to Disk Management and create a Partition on the drive. You should be able to now see it in "My Computer."

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External hard drive cant format into ntfs but only exfat


The propriety NTFS file format is used by the Windows operating system to format internal as well as external hard drives. You can format an external hard drive with the NTFS format using the built-in program included with the Windows operating system. The procedure is straightforward and does not require any additional software. An NTFS-formatted external hard drive can then be used with any PC running a version of Windows that is later than Windows 3.

Plug the cable attached to the external hard drive into a USB port on the PC. Right-click on the "My Computer" icon on the desktop. Select "Manage" from the drop-down menu. Click on "Device Manager" in the left column of the window that appears. Click on the "+" icon next to "Disk drives" that is in the column to the right of "Device Manager." Right-click on the icon of the external hard drive. Select "Properties" from the pop-up window. Click the "Polices" tab at the top of the window that has replaced the pop-up window. Click the "Optimize for performance" button below "Policies." Click "OK" to close the window. Right-click on the icon of the external hard drive in the center column of the window that is still open. Select "Format" from the pop-up menu. Select "NTFS from the "File system" drop-down menu in the new window that appears. Click the "Start" button at the bottom of the window. Wait as a progress bar appears at the bottom of the window and fills in from left to right. Click the red "X" at the right corner of the window once the progress bar has completely filled in. format usb memory stick to ntfs http://www.online-tech-tips.com/computer-tips/format-usb-ntfs/

Overview and history of ntfs format http://www.pcguide.com/ref/hdd/file/ntfs/over-c.html

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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."

This is a much less common format.


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.


hope this helps

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I brought a 250gb hdd for the xbox 360. The xbox 360 says that it is a unformatted storage device, the only thing i can do is formatted the hdd. but nothing happend I have formatted the thing 5 times....


Trying to format a large external USB or Firewire hard drive to the FAT32 file system? Can't do it? Only see an option for formatting the drive using the NTFS file format? Well if you answered yes any of those questions, then you're at the right place.
I was recently trying to format my 1 TB MyBook external hard drive in Windows XP to FAT32 instead of the overly forced-upon NTFS format. Why? Well because I needed to connect it to a NAS device and the NTFS permissions were causing the NAS not to be able to access the drive. Simple solution is to use FAT32, no security, no problems. Though it's sometimes useful to format a USB drive in NTFS format.
Also, formatting a drive in FAT or FAT32 will allow it to be read by other operating systems, such as Mac, Linux, and older versions of Windows such as Windows 98.
Unfortunately, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 will only format a removable drive in FAT32 if it's less than 32GB! Hmmm...that pretty much cuts out ALL modern external hard drives!
However, Windows can format a drive that is larger than 32GB in FAT32, but you have to use the DOS command prompt. However, if you have a drive that is 1TB or larger, you may still get an error saying "The volume is too big for FAT32".
In that case, you can use a free program called SwissKnife that will allow you to format an external hard drive that is up to 2TB in size. Let's go through both methods. In case you are having problems getting your external hard drive to show up in Windows, read my article on how to change the drive letter for an external drive in Windows.
Format external drive in FAT32 using DOSOpen a command window by going to Start, then Run and typing in CMD.

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Now type in the following command at the prompt:

format /FS:FAT32 X:
Replace the letter X with the letter of your external hard drive in Windows. Windows will go ahead and begin formatting the drive in FAT32!

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Format external hard drive in FAT32 using SwissKnifeSwissKnife is a nifty little program that is completely free and that you can use to format many types of external drives such as USB, Firewire, PCMIA, SATA and SCSI. You can also use it to create partitions on an external hard drive and it formats faster than Windows.

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So next time you want to format a hard drive in FAT32 and Windows only gives you an option for NTFS, make sure to follow one of the two method mentioned above. Enjoy!

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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
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Log on to your computer as an administrator.
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Click on the Vista Orb right-click Computer, and then click Manage.
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Under Storage, click Disk Management.
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If the Initialize and Convert Disk Wizard appears, click Next. If the wizard does not appear, skip to step 8.

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On the Select Disks to Initialize page, click Next.
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On the Select Disks to Convert page, click Next.

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On the Completing the Initialize and Convert Disk Wizard page, click Finish.

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

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Click OK again.

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