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Need some help with formating a old hdd

so the hdd i plugged into my pc is from my last computer and has windows 7 on it. i would like to format it so i can start over but when i do so i get a window pop up that says windows can not format this drive please stop using any programs that may be using the hdd and try to format it again. so i was wondering if anyone could help me thanks!
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  1. Are you going through device manager or file explorer?
  2. it does not allow me to pick format when I right click in device manager. so I have tried using device explorer and it will allow me to click format but gives me an error.
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    mr_mustache101 said:
    it does not allow me to pick format when I right click in device manager. so I have tried using device explorer and it will allow me to click format but gives me an error.


    What error does it give you?

    Also you meant file explorer right? Just wanna verify we're not talking about two different things here.
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