XP Unable to Complete Formatting of External HDD

By pryan49
Jan 13, 2005
  1. Have a new 250 GB external Hitachi Drive connected by firewire to Dell Inspiron running XP home. Used Disk Management to partition and format new drive as storage. After a long formatting process XP gets to 100% and then reports thay it is unable to complete formatting. Driving me crazy. Any help would be appreciated. :grinthumb
  2. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,263   +453

    Have you tried partitioning it into two equal pieces to see if those partitions would format? I would personally give that a try - and a Quick NTFS format shouldn't be taking a long time.
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