Reformatting laptop hard drive as external HDD

  Dirty Dick 15:26 07 Sep 2008

My friend has removed his laptop hard drive after a major problem, that did not make a repair financially viable.

When the drive is put into a case and connected to a pc, it shows having three drives, (Local (F), Musik (G), nad New Volume (H)). I'm not sure whether there were three partions on the original drive.

How can I get the drive so there is only one drive, and not three? If I reformat the drive , will this put all the drives/partions into one, and if there is data on all three drives will the info stay on to one drive?

  ambra4 15:33 07 Sep 2008

“If I reformat the drive, will this put all the drives/portions into one”


“And if there is data on all three drives will the info stay on to one drive?”


Once you format the drive you will lose all data on the drive

  woodchip 15:36 07 Sep 2008

You cannot, not if its three Partitions. Not without deleting them all. You can do this in XP by right click My Computer\Manage\Disc Manager just click the appropriate Partition and delete it, after you have removed the partitions Create one Partition with Free Space, After that in Windows Explorer right click the partition then choose Format

  woodchip 15:36 07 Sep 2008

Format will not Remove Partitions, it only clears whats on them

  Dirty Dick 16:24 07 Sep 2008

I have gone into XP, My Computer, Manage, Disc Manager. then I deleted all the partions, BUT it does not show up in My Computer. Windows makes the " ding-dong" when I connect the USB cable, but it does not appear,so i can't get to format the single partion.

Any ideas, please ?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:04 07 Sep 2008

You need to look at it under disk management,

right click My computer - manage - storage -disk managemant.

if you see the drive there then right click and format it.

Deleting partitions will have lost all the data anyway.

  Dirty Dick 17:23 07 Sep 2008

I've done what you suggested and its now being recognised.

Thanx to everyone for all their help


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