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Old 10-01-2010, 11:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So I got my WD Black 1TB hard drive today in the post, so I can finally back up my computer, and for some reason it keeps saying I need to format it. So I format it and Windows says "Windows was unable to complete the format." I've no idea what's happening, but it's starting to irritate me that I've waited a week to format, and then it's not worked. I'm using Windows 7 64-Bit if that makes any difference. Any help appreciated.
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Did you do this through Computer Management?

Try using GParted. Adhere to my quote below.
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Old 10-01-2010, 11:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I did it through the computer mangement yes. What does GParted do? The site that came up via google is about partitions. How is that what I want to do when I need to format the HD?
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GParted is a Linux-orientated partitioner. It is more thorough and safer than window's version of partitioning.
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I've genuinely got no idea what to do with GParted. I shouldn't have to write a CD for it since I'm not using it on THIS hard drive right? It keeps loading up with NTI Media Maker 8...
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Forget that. Did you do a quick format, or a full format? With new drives, you want to do a full format.
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I did a full format through Windows, and I get the error that I said earlier: "Windows was unable to complete the format."
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Try downloading a Ubuntu Boot CD (Download | Ubuntu)

Boot from it, and when a promp comes up, say you want to run a Demo. Select "Places" on the top bar, "Computer". See if it detects it. If so, try to format it by right clicking it.
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Default Re: External Hard Drive Trouble.

Stick with the GParted option...we have a guide on how to use in located in the Windows area:

http://www.techist.com/forums/f127/g...torial-224994/
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Great tutorial, but how do I do it without having to burn it onto a CD? Since I'm not using it on the actual hard drive in this laptop, do I still have to burn a CD and do it via the way the guide says?
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