can't format drive insufficient privileges

February 18, 2011 at 11:53:34
Specs: Windows 7
Under Win 7 64-bit I can't format an external USB drive : "you have insufficient privileges" How do I get the privileges? George W NJ USA

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February 18, 2011 at 13:06:59
Log in as an administrator or a user with administrator privileges.

Why do you wish to format it, If I may ask?

Is the drive brand new?

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February 22, 2011 at 14:12:00
Thanks, OT!

1. I >am< the administrator on my system (I'm pretty sure; is that the problem)?
2. I was trying to wipe the data off a defective USB hard drive prior to shipping it back to mfr for warranty replacement. Then I found out formatting isn't enough, so I bought Wipe Drive, wrestled it in to user-unfriendly submission, and did a DOD-grade wipe. Formatting is now moot of course; but I'm often frustrated by Win 7 blocking my path as in my original question. Any thoughts on my number 1 above --I suspect the problem lies there?
George W.

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February 22, 2011 at 14:18:29
Well, you can look at the users by going to Control Panel> User Accounts.

Too bad you didn't ask here about programs to wipe a drive. Killdisk does the same thing for free.

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February 22, 2011 at 14:44:33
Thanks again, OT!

1. Do you mean Control Panel/User Acounts/ It says big and clear that I am "Administrator". Am I always logged in as administrator or is that something I need to do proactively?

2. Killdisk looks terrific. Wish I had known.

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February 22, 2011 at 15:55:10
You really should be using a second account. If you want to give yourself full privileges that is fine. The reason is that the default administrator account is your insurance policy. You know, your fall back.

You may need to take ownership of the files/folders. Google for how to take ownership of files in Windows 7.

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