Cannot re-format usb hard disk

  as400man 17:23 18 Dec 2004

I want to re-format my usb external hard drive.
This is currently in 2 partitions. Taking the 'FORMAT' option on either partition does nothing, no dialogue box, nothing happens. Ideally I would like to remove both partitions and re-format the whole disk. How can I re-format and can I start from scratch with this disk with no partitions?

Your help is always appreciated. Thanks.

  alan227 18:02 18 Dec 2004

What operating system ( xp, me or 98se ).

  as400man 18:04 18 Dec 2004

XP Pro.

  alan227 18:08 18 Dec 2004

If it is XP.
click start / right click My Computer / left click Manage / left click Disk Management / right click your USB drive from the list and you will be able to format or delete partitions from the drop down box.

  as400man 18:17 18 Dec 2004

My usb drive does not appear, just my C: drive.
However the usb drive does show when I look using Device Manager.

  alan227 18:27 18 Dec 2004

If you have device manager open have you checked the usb controllers for any faults?.

  as400man 18:40 18 Dec 2004

I re-booted a couple of times and saw the drive suddenly appear under Disk Management and followed your instructions. I now have one drive partition the full size of the disk coming up as healthy. Have a good week-end and thanks again.

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