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Formatting an external hard drive


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Frankie4

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HI Geeks to go; I just purchased an external hard drive HP, I put commercial backup clone of the hard drive; now I'm tring to erase the entire hard drive by formatting;(I'v tried at the command prompt fat32, then Ntfs and something is preventing me from doing this; I always thought that the format option overides all files on the hard drive; and would allow me to wipe out hard drive at my discretion. thankyou Frank :D
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The Skeptic

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Go to My Computer, right-click the external drive and click Format. Click Start without changing anything.This should format your disk to NTFS.
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thankyou for the reply skeptic; at first with the ; Go to My Computer, right-click the external drive and click Format. Click Start without changing anything.This should format your disk to NTFS. I still had files on the drive after the format; then I tried to delete the files and was getting; A Red X and the message read cannot delete identity H:So then I uninstalled the commercial clone software on my harddrive; did a quick format and all the files were deleted; So I'm good now; thanks Again, Frank
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