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I accidently formatted my external hard drive..

By starvista9
Aug 3, 2006
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  1. I accidently formatted my external hard drive. Now whan my PC brings me to the destop the external hard drive is not aviliable.

    How do I fix it.
  2. imhiya2

    imhiya2 TS Rookie

    try formatting the hardrive again, by anychance were u formatting it then stopped cos you relised?
  3. starvista9

    starvista9 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 43

    Um. I dont know how to format the drive. You see I had my external hard drive plugged into another my , while I was installing win XP , the set up wizard asked me if I would like my FAT32 partition to be NTSC, and I clicked okay.

    How do I make my external hard drive work again. How do I make my PC realize that it is a hard drive? Right know my PC knows it is a Maxtor USB external storage device, but it is not working the same. The auto play feature does not pop up when I plug it in, and it does not have a drive letter it has nothing.

    Please help me.
  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    go into disk manager under control panel and format the drive from there.
    ensure you select the correct drive!
  5. lukeyu

    lukeyu TS Rookie Posts: 70

    please enter disk management to format the hard drive and assign a drive letter.
  6. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,582

    you may not have to format try giving it a drive letter first
    you can change file systems once should be ok
    if dos programs on it they may not work now
    go to my computer right click then manage ,then disk management
    assign drive letter here if you can
    if you have 3rd party disc utility on machine that may see your device
    the max drive may have come with a disc to help retrieve
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