I cannot format a NEW hard drive so I can use it. Tags: Hard Drives Format Storage Product Last response: June 21, 2010 11:09 AM in Storage Share aznbigk June 20, 2010 2:45:51 AM I bought a new Seagate Barracuda 500 GB from Newegg. I activated it in Computer Management, which it did promptly. However, I needed to format the hard drive before I can use it. For some reason, I cannot format it. I have tried quick format, normal formating. It just tells me: Windows was unable to complete the format. I have checked my connections. I have 2 other hard drives. A WD 1TB, and a Samsung 1TB. They both work fine. I am running Windows 7 64-bit Thanks alot. -Kevin AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz VisionTek 900244 Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard Antec Nine Hundred + 650W Power Supply More about : format hard drive MRFS a b G Storage June 20, 2010 3:58:02 AM I see 4 x blue SATA connectors and 3 x black SATA connectors. Did you plug the Seagate into a SATA connector that needs a device driver installed first? I'm not an AMD user, but ASUS usually color-codes the main SATA ports to separate them into native Southbridge and additional controller(s) installed at the factory. My guess is that you plugged your new Seagate into one of the latter, but you forgot to install the device drive for that additional controller. That device driver should be on the ASUS Support CD. MRFS m 0 l aznbigk June 20, 2010 4:58:25 PM Thanks for the reply. yea, there are 3 black connectors, and 4 blue connectors. Currently, I am using the blue ones. I had no idea what the difference was between the black and blue connectors. I tried plugging the new hard drive into the black connector. However, it seems that the computer tries to boot from the black one. Should I disconnect my main hard drive, and plug it into a black one instead? m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer aznbigk June 21, 2010 11:09:07 AM I installed some software off of the CD that came with the motherboard. To have no affect at all. I think I might just RMA or return this HD. m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources SolvedHelp! New Hard Drive initialized but cannot be formatted! Forum SolvedFormat Failed - Cannot Access Hard Drive Now - HELP! Forum Solvedwindows 7 cannot format hard drive during install Forum Cannot Use New External Hard Drive Forum How to format a new toshiba hard drive? Im using a sata/ide usb to my laptop. The hdd shows up in the device manager, but n Forum SolvedCannot format hard drive Forum Cannot format my hard drive in vista with my DVD in hand and neither from disc managment help Forum SolvedCannot format hard drive help? Forum SolvedHard drive asking for format before use Forum SolvedFormat and Use Hard Drive After RAID Forum Hard Drive cannot be read (Windows asking to format it) Forum Cannot Format Hard Drive Window 7 Forum Solvedshould I format an old hard drive when i add it to new computer Forum Solvednew hard drive failing to format Forum SolvedWindows 7 Installation Disk won't use/format hard drive Forum SolvedUsing used, formatted hard drive as main hd in new pc Forum Cannot find or format my external hard drive Forum Cannot format hard drive Forum SolvedCannot recover data from formated WD Pasport external hard drive Forum windows 7, connected old XP hard drive disk, and get 'you must format disk before you can use it.' Forum More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !