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Hard Drive Issues. Files hidden and Formatting not working.

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May 24, 2013 8:09:35 AM

Note: I am 15 years old and don't have an extremely vast knowledge on computers. I also apologise before hand if the formatting is difficult to understand.

Recently I noticed there's a load of things I could potentially delete -

I then clicked on it and this is all I could see -

As you can see at the top of the Explorer window there's nothing about showing compatibility files or showing hidden files.

So when I noticed this I took all my files I COULD see of there and tried to format with the settings that popped up by default as I didn't want to mess anything up -

Then I clicked start, this popped up -
I then clicked 'Yes' and an error popped up -

Does anybody know what's wrong?

Thanks, Chris.
a b G Storage
May 24, 2013 8:23:45 AM

I am assuming this is a hard drive. Is the drive and/or folders shared with another computer? Could you have another window open that is viewing the drive?
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May 24, 2013 9:16:21 AM

ronintexas said:
I am assuming this is a hard drive. Is the drive and/or folders shared with another computer? Could you have another window open that is viewing the drive?


Yes it is a hard drive (not an SSD), sorry I should've stated that originally. The computer is only connected to my router through a cable so no I don't believe it's connected to any other computer unless of course it's finding a way through my router. I'm also pretty sure the router has media servers enabled though I'm not sure if this would effect it though? -
I also checked to see if there were any settings I could change on my computer's page on my router but there wasn't anything.

I was sure to close all of my explorer windows. I even ended a lot of my processes, like an idiot, the other night but that shut my computer down.
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a b G Storage
May 24, 2013 1:27:44 PM

Do your library settings (photos/videos/music/documents) point to that drive? If so, you might have to remove that reference temporarily to format it.
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a b G Storage
May 24, 2013 1:28:12 PM

Do your library settings (photos/videos/music/documents) point to that drive? If so, you might have to remove that reference temporarily to format it.
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May 24, 2013 1:35:27 PM

ronintexas said:
Do your library settings (photos/videos/music/documents) point to that drive? If so, you might have to remove that reference temporarily to format it.


No they aren't - http://i.imgur.com/awoIAg5.png
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a b G Storage
May 24, 2013 5:51:43 PM

Do you have anti-virus running - try disabling that....
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May 25, 2013 2:59:44 AM

ronintexas said:
Do you have anti-virus running - try disabling that....


Nope, no luck - I got the same set of errors. I use AVG Antivirus Free by the way.

Is there any information I could give you to help?
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a b G Storage
May 25, 2013 6:38:26 AM

There has to be some background process that is causing this. Try rebooting the computer with the hard drive disconnected. Wait until fully booted (all drivers/processes loaded), then plug the drive in and try. From what I have read, anti-virus programs, indexing, libraries, and a few other processes can cause this issue.
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May 25, 2013 1:25:17 PM

ronintexas said:
There has to be some background process that is causing this. Try rebooting the computer with the hard drive disconnected. Wait until fully booted (all drivers/processes loaded), then plug the drive in and try. From what I have read, anti-virus programs, indexing, libraries, and a few other processes can cause this issue.


I unplugged the HDD I thought was the second one and I got it correct, then I booted my PC, waiting for about 5 minutes after logging in then plugged it back in and it came up as this -
http://i.imgur.com/52BOuku.png
'Local Disk (Q:) '



Don't...

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http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/283384-33-read-first
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