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trying to format external drive

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    trying to format external drive


    I have an external drive connect by usb to a Linksys router. I can see the drive in file explorer but not disk management. I'm trying to reformat is but can't find anywhere that I can do it. Any help is welcomed.

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    Canada
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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Has a drive letter been assigned to it?
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    Windows 8.1


    I have mapped it and a letter has been applied.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffgull View Post
    I have mapped it and a letter has been applied.
    After you done this and rebooted does it appear?
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    I just rebooted and nothing changed. I can see in file manager but the option to format is greyed out. I just tried something under properties and it said access denied. The drive was in another computer that had a bad motherboard. Could it be the permission problem.
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    Central IL
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    What model of router is it that you have? What is the mfg & model of the external USB drive you are using? It is a router setting issue. Not a permission on the computer issue.
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    router = Linksys n900
    hard rive = Maxtor diamond max 10 model 6v200ed 200 gb sata 3.0gb hdd
    using a black x cradle
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    Windows 8.1 x64


    When you have USB storage connected to the Router, doesn't it control the device. Since you need to go through the Router to set up access, it may not be able to format a drive.

    I suppose you could plug the drive into a computer to format it, then plug it back into the Router to see if it works. I have a user manual for a Linksys E3000 router but it makes no mention of formatting a connected drive.
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    Windows 8.1


    Thanks for your time and help, I will keep trying things. Thanks again
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