Windows 10: Format Question, Please (W10, WD External HD)

Discus and support Format Question, Please (W10, WD External HD) in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Hi, Thanks for all the previous help. Super Forum and folks. Found an "old" WD 1 TPB external HD. Bought it about a yr ago. Know nothing about... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by Robert11, Dec 11, 2019.

  1. Robert11 Win User

    Format Question, Please (W10, WD External HD)


    Hi,


    Thanks for all the previous help. Super Forum and folks.





    Found an "old" WD 1 TPB external HD. Bought it about a yr ago.
    Know nothing about its history, but would like to erase everything on it, and use in my Mac or W10 pc.



    Mac wont recognize it in the normal way.
    W10 won't either.



    Would like to format it anew as ExFat using my W10 pc.
    It does show up in Disk Management on the W10 pc. See image which I hope is Attached ?



    Called, I think, "Disk 1"



    But, cannot see how, from here, I do a new ExFat formatting.

    Might someone please explain the steps to go thru ?


    Right clicking, etc, does nothing in the way of bringing up a Format menu.


    Thanks,
    Bob

    :)
     
    Robert11, Dec 11, 2019
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  2. topgundcp Win User

    Cannot Format HD


    Need to initialize it as GPT disk type with HD > 2TB:
    From Admin command prompt:
    1. diskpart
    2. list disk =====> Take a note of disk # for the 4TB HD
    3. select disk # ====> From step 2
    4. clean
    5. exit
    Open Disk Management and initialize the disk as GPT, create simple then format.
     
    topgundcp, Dec 11, 2019
    #2
  3. After W10 Anniversaryupdate, external HD not recognized

    I have three WD external harddisks on my system, two are recognized after W10 anniversary update but the third (biggest and most recent, USB3, used for backup) is gone. Windows on this pc does not see anything. If I plug something else in same port, it gets
    recognized and installed. Dirve - nothing. Drive light does come on, then nothing.

    Rolled back update - still no HD. Changed USB ports - all working, printer, smaller external HD's working also on different ports. Re-started several times, no change.

    BUT: WD system works fine when plugged in on Lenovo laptop with W10 anniversary editions. Dat accessible, normal NTFS.

    No error messages on USB port drivers in system management panels.

    Any ideas? Other drives too small to serve as backup....

    TIA

    Frans
     
    Frans_C_Cornelis, Dec 11, 2019
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  4. Format Question, Please (W10, WD External HD)

    Roharashraj™, Dec 11, 2019
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