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Every time I try to format one of my HDD's I get:

"Windows was unable to complete the format"

I'm quite sure this HDD had a virus (dw, I'm not using it for anything other than media storage) and I've heard that viruses can stop you formatting drives.

Is there some other way I can format this drive?
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post #2 of 14
A hammer?
Is this through Windows installation or just Windows?
    
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Just windows.
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post #4 of 14
have you tried formatting in dos?
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post #5 of 14
Boot off a windows disc and format it or use a linux live cd, i haven't heard of a virus being able to stop either of those.
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post #6 of 14
Happens to me occasionally.

Try:

1. Formatting the drive to some other file system first like FAT and then format it as NTFS.

2. As in my case, formatting the drive a second time didn’t result in any conflict, so you can format the drive one more time to see what happens.

3. You may format the drive from the “Disk Management” tool. Run diskmgmt.msc in the run box and format the drive from there.

Hope one of those does the trick...
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post #7 of 14
You can format it using paragon partition manager boot disk that what i use
 
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post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by Stealth Pyros View Post
Happens to me occasionally.

Try:

1. Formatting the drive to some other file system first like FAT and then format it as NTFS.

2. As in my case, formatting the drive a second time didn’t result in any conflict, so you can format the drive one more time to see what happens.

3. You may format the drive from the “Disk Management†tool. Run diskmgmt.msc in the run box and format the drive from there.

Hope one of those does the trick...
FAT didn't let me and neither did diskmgmt. I've encountered some kind of SUPERdrive...
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post #9 of 14
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I think I've found the problem. I can't delete these strange files.

They (there's 3) come up just as I open the drive, in the same place as program files etc.

They're called:

2ed09e8a11aa08b2f244ea77a32e7d

164e409f4196936eb36ec5323eb38d

e9ff69446d46e4e3dccd

Whenever I try to delete them I'm told I'm not authorized. How annoying.
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post #10 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dousand Thollars View Post
I think I've found the problem. I can't delete these strange files.

They (there's 3) come up just as I open the drive, in the same place as program files etc.

They're called:

2ed09e8a11aa08b2f244ea77a32e7d

164e409f4196936eb36ec5323eb38d

e9ff69446d46e4e3dccd

Whenever I try to delete them I'm told I'm not authorized. How annoying.
That's normal. I have a few of those even on my PC at work, they have a bunch of random Windows files and crap in them, I don't understand why they would let such a stupid folder be placed in the root C:\\ directory.
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