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I had this drive as an external HDD for ages, then recently put it into a laptop to test the laptop. I installed Windows7 on it and used it in there for a while.

My question is do I need to format it any special way now that it's back in its enclosure so that it will work as an external HDD again? I'm worried to plug it in in case something explodes tongue.gif


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lol, it wont blow up but use something like killdisk to get rid of windows and partitions smile.gif
http://www.killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm
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lol, it wont blow up but use something like killdisk to get rid of windows and partitions smile.gif
http://www.killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm

Or...just do this in Windows:
  1. Open the Start Menu, type diskpart, press Enter
  2. Type list disk, press Enter
  3. Type select disk X (where X is the number your drive shows up as), press Enter
  4. Type clean, press Enter
  5. Type create partition primary, press Enter
  6. Type active, press Enter
  7. Type format quick fs=ntfs, press Enter
  8. Type assign, press Enter
  9. Type exit, press Enter

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Or...just do this in Windows:
  1. Open the Start Menu, type diskpart, press Enter
  2. Type list disk, press Enter
  3. Type select disk X (where X is the number your drive shows up as), press Enter
  4. Type clean, press Enter
  5. Type create partition primary, press Enter
  6. Type active, press Enter
  7. Type format quick fs=ntfs, press Enter
  8. Type assign, press Enter
  9. Type exit, press Enter
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ahh, thats it, will keep that list on record thumb.gif
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lol, it wont blow up but use something like killdisk to get rid of windows and partitions smile.gif
http://www.killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm

Thanks very much mate, running it now.

Much appreciated. I have very little idea when it comes to HDD stuff tongue.gif couldn't even get my two to work AHCI in my last system format. Drove me insane and I finally gave up and went back to IDE tongue.gif



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lol that other way actually seems a lot easier tongue.gif should have waited!! I'll try to remember that's in this thread for future reference tongue.gif
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Thanks very much mate, running it now.
Much appreciated. I have very little idea when it comes to HDD stuff tongue.gif couldn't even get my two to work AHCI in my last system format. Drove me insane and I finally gave up and went back to IDE tongue.gif
edit:
lol that other way actually seems a lot easier tongue.gif should have waited!! I'll try to remember that's in this thread for future reference tongue.gif

well it will work, i wasnt until now 100% sure on how to clean a disk with windows.. thanks Sean add the cmds to my portfolio LOL biggrin.gif
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Awesome..... thanks to an issue I've been having, the process got violently aborted part way through. Any risk of damage? I wouldn't imagine so, just wipe it again right?
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Awesome..... thanks to an issue I've been having, the process got violently aborted part way through. Any risk of damage? I wouldn't imagine so, just wipe it again right?

clean the drive this time just use the cmds Sean listed.. i doubt you have damaged the drive.. to damage it you probably would have to throw it against the wall lol
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I tried that but it didn't pick it up so I went back to KillDisk
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Awesome..... thanks to an issue I've been having, the process got violently aborted part way through. Any risk of damage? I wouldn't imagine so, just wipe it again right?

Disable hardware acceleration in the browser options...posted in your other thread to do that too XD
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clean the drive this time just use the cmds Sean listed.. i doubt you have damaged the drive.. to damage it you probably would have to throw it against the wall lol

It will not hurt it.

it just erases all the partitions on the drive when running the clean command.
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I tried that but it didn't pick it up so I went back to KillDisk
hmmm, maybe killdisk wiped and corrupted the MBR and it needs to write one before diskpart can read the disk?
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