new HDD format & partitioning

  Pamy 16:04 26 Oct 2006

Hello everyone,

Is it possible to format and partition a new HDD via a USB connection or will I have to plug it into the IDE as a slave?

I have bought a new HDD to use as an external USB device but when plugged in it is recognised in "Device Manager" & as working correctly. It is not however, showing in "My Computer" and therefore I cannot set it up for use. Did not want to remove existing slave drive if I could help it.

  Hertz Van Rentyl 16:06 26 Oct 2006

Can you do it in Computer management/disk management.

  Pamy 16:15 26 Oct 2006

Hi, can you remind me how to get there<

  Hertz Van Rentyl 16:22 26 Oct 2006

Start/progs/admin. tools/comp management/disk management.

  Pamy 16:36 26 Oct 2006

Thanks, will have a look

  Pamy 16:45 26 Oct 2006

No good cannot find disk management, using XP

  ed-0 16:50 26 Oct 2006


right click my computer > manage > disk management.

  Technotiger 16:50 26 Oct 2006

Hi, have you tried it in a different usb slot?
sometimes does the trick - it should show up in My Computer as "External Harddrive" with a drive letter.

  Technotiger 16:51 26 Oct 2006

ps - and yes you should be able to do it on the usb connection.

  bjh 16:51 26 Oct 2006

Right click on My Computer on Desktop....

Choose manage....

Right click on the disk (CHECH ITS THE RIGHT ONE) check again... format away!!

  Pamy 17:06 26 Oct 2006

OK, thanks guys, disk now comes up in "My Computer" but, when I click on it a message comes up as follows.... G:\ is not accessable. The parameter is incorrect.

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