Brand new lacie harddrive, shows up as hard disk drive as opposed to device with


I recently purchaced a 500 gb lacie usb2.0 external and I can not use it. It show up in the hard disk drive category in my computer as opposed to the devices with removable storage. When I click on it, the computer responds by saying it needs to be formated before use, then i click format. The next thing is an error saying that windows cant format E:\. any ideas would be great
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  1. Probably what is needed is BOTH Partitioning and THEN Formatting. These can be done using Windows' tool Disk Management, or by using a utility from the manufacturer, LaCie. Did your unit come with a CD of utilities? The tools for preparing it for use may be on there.
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