windows can not complete the format?

January 27, 2012 at 02:59:26
Specs: Windows 7
Please help me. When i plugged in my 80 GB enclosure, it says 'need to reformat' but when i click the tab 'Start''after a few seconds it says can not complete the format. I am using windows XP. I need badly my storage right now for my field work.

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January 27, 2012 at 05:19:41
By "80 GB enclosure" I assume you are taking about an external hard drive. Try Seatools from Seagate to scan the drive and see if there is a serious problem with the drive.
If the problem with the drive is shown to be serious or you do not have the time to continue continue investigating, replace the drive and deal with it when you have the time.

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

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January 27, 2012 at 07:57:55
Are you trying to format the external drive using FAT32? If so, follow the advice above.

You don't care about any data currently on that drive then?

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January 27, 2012 at 08:27:01
SeaTools detects MOST but not all hard drive brands.
Only the Windows version of SeaTools can detect a hard drive when it's in an external enclosure.
Do the long test.

It is very COMMON for you to get a message that (the hard drive inside) an external hard drive that was working fine previously needs to be formatted if you have DAMAGED data on it due to you NOT clicking on the Safely Remove Hardware icon in your taskbar and choosing to STOP accessing the drive BEFORE unplugging it's USB connection while Windows is running.

If data on (the hard drive inside) the external drive was being detected fine previously, you need to use one of certain programs to repair the data damage.
Usually the problem is the partition table data has been damaged and because of that Windows "thinks" it has not been formatted - when you repair that usually you can then access all or most of the data on the drive again.
If partition table data has been damaged, then Windows can't successfully just format the drive.

In addition, an external hard drive may not be detected properly depending on which USB port you have it plugged into.

Troubleshooting USB device problems including for flash drives, external drives, memory cards.
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