Windows 10: Need Hard Drive reformatting help

Discus and support Need Hard Drive reformatting help in Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware to solve the problem; Hello everyone, I have got a external hard drive that was used for extra storage with a Dish DVR. We now want to format it for use on windows now. I... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware' started by Afees98, Jul 23, 2016.

  1. Afees98 Win User

    Need Hard Drive reformatting help


    Hello everyone,

    I have got a external hard drive that was used for extra storage with a Dish DVR. We now want to format it for use on windows now. I been doing some research on it and everything so far I tried, didnt work.

    I have tried using Western Digitals Tool to do the "Write Zeros" and didnt work, I tried the SeaTools from Seagate, and that not even pick up the drive (Which is should because I know it will work on any hard drive.)

    Please let me know if you have any other things to try to get this hard drive working again.

    Thanks,


    :)
     
    Afees98, Jul 23, 2016
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  2. chriswir Win User

    Reformat hard drive

    About once every 18-24 months I erase my hard drive and do a clean install of all programs - including Windows.

    What would happen if I - who currently run Win7 - update to Win10 (online) and then do a erase/clean install in a few months?

    Will I still be able to use Win10 or will I have to "go back" to my current Win7?
     
    chriswir, Jul 23, 2016
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  3. Brian Cab Win User
    Factory reset fails at 30%

    Since it still fail, you need to reformat the drive. If you already have the installation disk (USB) already, you may use it to reformat the hard drive and re-install windows 10. In this process, you also need to re-install all the drivers manually because
    it will wipe out everything that's on the hard drive.

    Regards.
     
    Brian Cab, Jul 23, 2016
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  4. NavyLCDR New Member

    Need Hard Drive reformatting help

    NavyLCDR, Jul 24, 2016
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  5. Afees98 Win User
    Afees98, Jul 24, 2016
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  6. NavyLCDR New Member
    What type of connection is the external hard drive? USB? eSata? Don't forget with eSata your are going to have to have an external power supply. Also if it is a desktop size (3.5") hard drive you are going to have to have an external power supply as well.
     
    NavyLCDR, Jul 24, 2016
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  7. Afees98 Win User
    Yes its desktop hard drive that I put in a casing with a power supply.
     
    Afees98, Jul 24, 2016
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  8. NavyLCDR New Member

    Need Hard Drive reformatting help

    Do you happen to have the model number of the hard drive and make/model of the enclosure it is in?

    Without those specifics, I would recommend temporarily connecting the hard drive directly to a motherboard with a sata cable and plugging a power supply connector into it. See if the computer recognizes it as a hard drive with a regular connection.

    Also, was the hard drive in this same enclosure when it was connected to the Dish receiver?
     
    NavyLCDR, Jul 24, 2016
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  9. Afees98 Win User
    Yea it was in this enclosure while connected to the Dish DVR. Its a Western Digital Caviar SE. 120 GB.
     
    Afees98, Jul 24, 2016
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  10. NavyLCDR New Member
    K. My only suggestion then is the same, try connecting the hard drive to a motherboard directly with a sata cable and power supply power lead.... maybe someone else has more ideas. The problem is that the hard drive itself is not physically detected. It should be, regardless of how it is formatted (or not formatted.)
     
    NavyLCDR, Jul 24, 2016
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  11. Afees98 Win User
    Yea. I have a spare desktop i will be putting that into tomorrow. I already saw that suggestion. But what they said was start a install of windows and see if it will format that way. Which is what I will try tomorrow.
     
    Afees98, Apr 5, 2018
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