Please can you help, my laptop does not show

November 26, 2011 at 16:46:08
Specs: Windows Vista

Please can you help me as my laptop does not recognise my external hard drive when it is plugged in to my usb, i have tried each one and it doesn't show up from any. I had a mad day one day when i tried out Ubuntu and i formatted this disc using this system, since then Windows will not recognise it, is there any way i can format it back to Windows, using Windows Vista? Your help is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

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November 26, 2011 at 17:38:03
If it shows up in Disk Manager then you can format it from there, but you will have to delete the 'other' or 'unrecognized' partition and then create a new partition and format that.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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November 26, 2011 at 19:40:32
Hi Fingers,

Thank you for your assistance, i have done as you suggested and after reformatting the the partition (which did not take long) I am now formatting my 500 gb external hard drive and it appears to be taking forever, it does say that it is formatting, but so far it has taken one and a half hours, is this normal or is there something wrong? Should i leave it or start again? Many thanks again.

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