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    Resolved [RESOLVED] Trying to Format a Hard Drive

    Windows 11 Pro
    RAM 16GB
    i7 CPU 2.67 GH

    I have a 1 TB Seagate SATA hard drive That I am trying to format. It is connected as the second hard drive on the computer. When I try to format it I was told to deselect quick format. After an hour or two I get the message "Windows was unable to complete the format". If I click on "cancel" I get this message, "The volume does not contain a recognized file system. Please make sure that all required filesystem drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupt". I am then lost. I also noticed that after I plugged in the hard drive and went into the BIOS I had Master and slave reading "0". I don't know if that means anything. Any help would be appreciated.

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    Are you sure the drive is good? If not, I'd run a hard drive test in Seatools first.
    https://www.seagate.com/support/downloads/seatools/
    https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorial...s-how-use.html

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    Thanks for the link!
    It passed the first part. Do I need to run the second one?

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    You should run the Long test, not just the Short test.

    Run the short/quick test first.
    If the short/quick test fails, replace the hard drive.
    If the short/quick test passes, run the long/extended test.
    If the long/extended test fails, replace the hard drive.

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    If the long test is successful, use Disk Management to reformat the drive. You could also delete the existing partitions on the drive and create a new one.

    https://www.digitalcitizen.life/how-...ement-utility/

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    If I try to format the drive unselecting the fast format I get this message when the format procedure is done. "G:\ is not accessible. The volume does not contain a recognized file system. Please make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded and the volume is not corrupted." I am trying to send a screen shot but am not sure how to do it. I click on the icon "insert image" and select the screenshot file I want to send. It says I have exceeded the capacity by 209 kb and so it won't include the file in the post.
    The Disk Management has
    C:-simple-basic-NTFS-Healthy (S...
    G:-simple-basic-RAW-Healthy (A...
    New Volume (E-simple-Basic-Healthy (P...
    System Reserved (...-simple-basic-NTFS-Healthy P(...
    Disk 1-Basic 031.51 GB Online
    System Reserved (F 100MBNTFS Healthy (Primary Partition)
    (G 931.41 GB RAW Healthy (Active, Primary Partition)

    I don't know if any of that helps.

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    Click on Go Advanced and then Manage Attachments and you should be able to remove some old attachments that you no longer need from older posts to free up some space for new attachments.

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    What did you previously have on the Seagate drive?

    If anything, you could delete the G: partition, and then create a new NTFS one.

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    To remove attachments I "Go Advanced" then "Manage Attachments". And then I don't know how to delete the existing snapshots.
    "Once you have formatted the drive..." It will not allow me to format the drive. If I try to format it it goes through the formatting procedure and says " "G:\ is not accessible. The volume does not contain a recognized file system. Please make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded and the volume is not corrupted." I don't know how to delete the "G" partition if there is one. I don't remember what was on the drive.
    Last edited by Deansum; November 15th, 2022 at 05:09 PM. Reason: Needed to add

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    In section 5 from the link I posted, it says how to delete partitions.
    https://www.digitalcitizen.life/how-...ftoc-heading-5

    Then go to section 2/3 to create and format a new partition:
    https://www.digitalcitizen.life/how-...ftoc-heading-2

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    I don't know what I was doing wrong. I did do step 5 and after trying to format which took over an hour I got the message and it was not formatted. I did this about three times. I tried it again this evening and it is now formatted!!! I'm sure it was me doing something wrong. So thank you very much!

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