can't format to NTFS from FAT32 & exFAT

April 7, 2011 at 07:17:01
Specs: Windows 7
hi.

used various programs to try format external WD drive. no problem with Fat. Can't figure it out.


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#1
April 7, 2011 at 08:30:18
After getting a new internal WD drive which I fitted to an external enclosure, I had a problem, where it was seen in disk manager but I could format or anything.

I used a Gparted Live cd

http://gparted.sourceforge.net/live...

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#2
April 7, 2011 at 14:04:09
Windows 7 has a different tool to do that on portable drives I think. Use diskpart format fs=ntfs

Better be sure you are on the right disk.

Any live linux cd can format it.

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#3
April 7, 2011 at 14:05:33
From some other site.http://www.brighthub.com/computing/hardware/articles/43395.aspx?p=2

To format the drive in Windows Vista and Windows 7, click Start>Control Panel>System and Maintenance>Administrative Tools>Computer Management. In the navigation pan, click on Storage and the Disk Management. Here the Disk Management area looks very similar to Windows XP and the directions above for Windows XP can be followed to format the drive with the NTFS file system.

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#4
April 8, 2011 at 02:15:09
Thanks for the speedy reply's. Going to try them now. Let you know ;-)

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#5
April 8, 2011 at 09:33:02
yea no go. tried live cd. it says it formats then when it rescans it has error's and in the log it says to check it with chkdsk but sure i cant obviously. when i go into manage disk its now showing up as raw but its saying its healthy. so strange i can format to fat32 etc. frustrating ahhhhhhhhh ;-)

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#6
April 8, 2011 at 10:51:13
Sounds like a dodgy drive.

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#7
April 8, 2011 at 11:34:21
yea it failed and i restored all my info. took over a month being on 24/7. so the fact i could get my files back i didn't think i'd have this problem. i could leave it i suppose at fat32 but how safe would it be. when i run chkdsk etc when it's fat it doesn't find any errors. puzzled

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#8
April 8, 2011 at 13:55:37
Try something like killdisk

http://www.killdisk.com/

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