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Old 09-05-2008, 01:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello , I have recently zero'd out to HDD's and so now of course windows cannot see them when i have them connected. Does anyone have any suggestions on what i should use/do to format them or make them viewable by windows. Thanks

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Have to format the drive to NTFS. Windows wont recognize a drive with Zero's which is known as RAW format.

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Old 09-05-2008, 01:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the reply. Yes i know windows won't recognise it because it is raw format. How would i go about formatting the HDD to NTFS?

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if you have the windows installation CD's there will be an option to format the RAW HDD into NTFS or even FAT32 though NTFS is the most used option.
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Ah thank you.
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A vital question...have you even created a partition on the hard drive yet? Partitioning the disk comes first, then formatting the partitions comes next.

All you should need to do is create a new partition on the hard drive using the Disk Management tool located at Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management tool, then format the partition.

The following article has step by step instructions: How to partition and format a hard disk in Windows

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I had this issue yesterday. A quick format (wipe) with powermax 4 made the drive recognizable again

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