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dbmachine
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Registered: ‎09-26-2010
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formatting wd external hard drive

i need to format my hdd (WDBAAU0015HBK-01) for it to work with my WD tv live but i tried download the Formatting Utility

http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=304&sid=34&lang=en

but it does not support windows 7..... any help would be great, thanks

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mkelley
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Re: formatting wd external hard drive

You shouldn't neet a formatting utility -- just use the regular Win 7 process:

 

http://www.mahalo.com/how-to-format-a-hard-drive

Mike "ex-genius" Kelley
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dbmachine
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Registered: ‎09-26-2010
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Re: formatting wd external hard drive


mkelley wrote:

You shouldn't neet a formatting utility -- just use the regular Win 7 process:

 

http://www.mahalo.com/how-to-format-a-hard-drive


ok cool, i thought that was the way to go but was told to download that tool, anyway thanks its working but is super slow.

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RoofingGuy
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Registered: ‎08-30-2010
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Re: formatting wd external hard drive

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A full format, as opposed to a "quick format", can take over 8 hours for large drives.

 

 

It's a bit late now, since you've started the full format, but you could have deleted the partition, created a new partition in the empty space, and then given the new partition a "quick format".

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