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Hard Drive Issues. Files hidden and Formatting not working.

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.
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  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. Do you have anti-virus running - try disabling that....
  7. 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?
  8. Best answer
    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.
  9. 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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