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External Hard Drive Format Help

  1. #1


    Georgia
    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1

    External Hard Drive Format Help


    Hello guys, I was messing around with my external hard drive with Ubuntu and corrupted/screwed it up. So I got on disk management with this laptop that's running Windows 8.1 and currently trying to format the hard drive so it is useable again. Unfortunately I unchecked quick format and it has been running for about 30 minutes... It is only at 2%.

    This is a 3.0 USB 3 TB hard drive. My laptop is USB 3.0 as well.

    Any ideas on how long this is going to take? Or if there is a way to safely cancel the format without messing up the hard drive even more?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    You can wait, use task manager to end task, shut down PC, unplug drive..

    Then just Quick format - otherwise it will take a while
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  3. #3


    Forever West
    Posts : 591
    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    It will take a long time, 2% is 1/50 so 50 times the 30 minutes so I'd guess about 15 hours for a full format. If you were to stop it now it'd be best to boot to a GPARTED partitioning disc and delete the partition then create a new one followed by formatting. But you could create and quick format in Windows' Disk Management. Only thing that may be different is the full formatting would have to be done on a clean drive, the quick format may not be available.
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  4. #4


    Georgia
    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    Thank you for the answers guys
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