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Reformat of external hard drive

Power failure has cused my 400g external USB Drive to lose partiton information as well as the MBR and MFT. I have software to recover my files from it, but would like to reformat the drive once recovered, I cannot find it in disk management but do find it in my computer but won't let me access it without the recover software. All I want is to reformat the drive and get it to work again, weithout spending $200 to have it recovered.

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  • Michael Golding Aug 02, 2007

    Partition Magic removed thepartiti on problem ( or so it said) Now nothing reads and it will not even read now. Cannot even getnk ill disk to wipe it for me so I can start over withg the drive.
    Will try the hp solution next, but I am fearful about the flash aspect. The last time i flasheda Bios i had to replace the mother board. Hope I can be careful enough not to screw up the master drive and all it holds.

    DR. MIKE



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Hi, You may want to try: 1. HP Utility Software (actually intended for flashdrives but I have tried it and it worked with my external USB drive) 2. Partition Magic (have used this likewise with no problems just don't forget to set in preferences your main drive as read only) Hope this be of some help and give you ideas. Pls post again how things turn. Good luck and kind regards.

Posted on Aug 01, 2007

  • Anonymous Aug 02, 2007

    Hi again,
    If partition magic was able to delete the partition,it will have first to re-create a partition before it can format the hard drive. Pls have you tried that function? Kill disk will not function on it now because it does not have a valid partition yet.
    Or you may want to try it using the Windows method that you earlier mentioned Start, Settings, Control Panel, Double-click on Administrative Tools, (Storage) double-click Computer Management, create partition, format to either NTFS or FAT 32.
    You seem to know what needs to be done, good luck again and I know you will be careful.



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