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Old 06-20-2005, 09:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Maxtor 40GB portable hard drive won't format.

I recently tried to format my portable hard drive. It went through the process of formatting, then told me "Windows was unable to complete the format." Now when I try to access the drive (which shows up in My Computer as "Local Disk"), it tells me I need to format it. Formatting leads to that same error message.

I'm formatting as NTFS. I tried changing the policies in Device Manager around, to no avail. Any ideas?

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Old 06-20-2005, 09:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Pull it from the caddy and set it as a slave outside the caddy. I assume it is usb? Format it when it is an IDE slave and remove it and replace it in the external caddy and you should be good to go. why it won't format????? Microsoft!!
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