Solved Reformat Seagate Replica External HDD to one clean drive

February 8, 2013 at 13:51:33
Specs: Windows Vista
I hooked up the Seagate Replica to my XPS Dell PC. When I bought it I did not realize that it would automatically back up my C drive, with no input from me. I wanted it to back up a different external drive that is loaded with pictures. NOW I need to take off everything that it downloaded from the C drive, take down the partition and reformat so that the entire drive can be dedicated to backing up my photos. Will simply reformatting take down the partitions? If not how do I get it to do that.

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February 8, 2013 at 14:00:05
No, formatting doesn't remove partitions, you have to merge the partitions first.

Open up control panel and search for partition. Click the first result and that should open Disk Management. Right click a partition on the external hard drive and click merge. That will merge them into 1 which you can then format. It might be wise to backup the files that came preloaded on the disk first.

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February 8, 2013 at 14:25:50
Thank you for the reply. I wrote here about 6 months ago and I never received an email telling me that someone had replied and I appologize.
I do want to do this correctly and I am not a computer person, I am a Grandmother. What do you mean by "the file that came preloaded on the disk first"? There appears to be 2 partitions. One that is for the backing up of my C drive. That partition is MY Replica and has no other files in it other than what it backed up from my C drive. The other partition has some files I put on there and have backed up someplace else. There is a file named Seagate. it's only subfolder is Registration. There is a file named USB 3.0PC Card Adapter which I can not figure out why it is there and it has no subfiles. Then there is Autorun.inf, Setup.exe and Start.Exe. What is nessesary to keep? I do not want Replica to start backing up again so I assume I need to find the softway and get it off. Right?

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February 8, 2013 at 15:34:08
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Go to Disk Manager. Right click on each partition and select Delete from the menu. When all partitions are gone, Right Click on the Raw (unallocated) space and create a new partition there. When complete, Right Click again and select Format and Select NTFS. Quick format should do fine.
The existing autorun is the automatic back up function you ran into.
If this is an external hard drive and you want to use it with Mac's or Windows systems older than XP, then format to Fat32 instead.

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

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February 9, 2013 at 04:51:17
Hi Grandma,

I suggest it might be better to have someone more computer literate look over your shoulder here.

Am concerned you advise it is automatically backing up a drive, and feel this needs looking at.

Good luck - Keep us posted.

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February 9, 2013 at 08:26:06
Is this a USB drive. In which case it appears to have a backup program on it.
In which case then I see no reason why you shouldn't reformat it then use is manually to back up your photo's if that's what you want.

See what others think - maybe I'm being too simplistic.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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February 15, 2013 at 14:38:12
computing .net keeps wanting me to pick a "best answer" . That's hard to do when I like a couple of them.

Fingers and Iforgot, I am going to combine your two answers and give it a try.

Derek, it is a USB drive, simplistic is what I want if I can find it.

Mike, no worries, I have no plan to auto back up right now.

Y'all will probably hear from me again soon.

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February 15, 2013 at 16:50:32
I'm sure none of us will sulk if we don't get chosen for Best Answer. It's done now so I'd just leave it - you shouldn't get any more reminders.

The web is littered with request to do just what you are asking but with no definite answers. If you are sure you don't need anything that is on that drive, and you don't mind taking a chance with it, then try this:

With the Seagate Replica drive plugged in, find it in "Computer" - making quite certain it is the right drive. Right click it and choose "Format". In the window that opens, choose the NTFS file system, then Quick format, then Start.

Unless it is partitioned some way it should work like any other drive afterwards. If it then start backing up the C drive again (or it won't let you format) then we seem to be stuck. Seagate insist their customers use it the way it was intended and give no guidance about using it as a normal HDD.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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