I received the above hard drive today from play.com and immediately started formatting the drive but rather than doing a "quick format" i proceeded with the standard format but i started at 15.00 today and it was still formatting at 20.00 tonight, i also noticed a burning smell coming from the power cable or USB cable from the rear of the external drive.
I cancelled the formatting as it was taking too long and proceeded with a "quick format" due to the burning smell and the drive formatted straight away.
Is it normal for a ext hard drive to take so long to do a standard format?
Is the burning smell normal as it was running for several hrs?
Should i return the ext hard drive to play.com for a replacement? as the returns policy states that i need to pay for P&P and if they dont find any faults they will return item to me and i will be liable for the costs of P&P again.