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Hi, How to format external hard disk whose file system shows as RAW. Under my computer the drive is shown as Drive F but any attempt to open the drive gives an error to format the disk. While attempting to format, the windows xp gives an error that "The disk in drive F: cannot be formatted".

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  • Shashi Bhushan Shukla Aug 22, 2010

    I think somehow, my problem of External Hard Disk have been misunderstood as XBOX problem !! Sorry.

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OK try this

USING DMZ When you enter into your router config window, you need to find the Tab DMZ, it should be under applications and gaming if you are using Linksys. Once you find the DMZ tab, click enable and type in the last digits of your XBOX into the box below. Yes when you do this you are opening all the ports on your Xbox, which is insecure, but show me someone that has hacked into an xbox 360?
<MAKE SURE YOU SAVE SETTINGS>

Using Port Fowarding After you have enabled DMZ, find the Port Fowarding tab, should be under advanced routing. For the name type in XBL or whatever you want, and for port range put 87 to 89, choose UDP, then your XBOX last digits, and enable. Then do 3073 to 3075 choose TCP, then your XBOX last digits, and enable. Then again do 3073 to 3075 choose UDP, then your XBOX last digits, and enable.

after done - then cold reboot both Router and Xbox


XBOX go to the system blade, choose network settings, then test connection. This may take a bit, but when it gets down to NAT type it should say OPEN.

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