I cannot format a NEW hard drive so I can use it. Tags: Hard Drives Format Storage 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 | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Register or log in to remove MRFS 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 | Report abuse 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? | Report abuse 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. | Report abuse Register or log in to remove Ask the community Publish Tom's Hardware>Forum>Storage>I cannot format a NEW hard drive so I can use it.> Related ressources: ForumCannot find or format my external hard drive ForumCannot access or format External Hard Drive (WD My Book Essential) ForumCannot Use New External Hard Drive ForumCannot format hard drive help? ForumCannot format hard drive ForumCannot format hard drive or type ForumHard Drive ( cannot format ) ForumBrand new external hard drive isn't recognized and unable to format ForumWin 7 installation won't let me format new hard drive ForumCannot format new 200gb Hard disk ForumCannot format new 200gb Hard disk ForumCannot format new 200gb Hard disk ForumComputer can't find 3tb hard-drive , so can't format drive ForumInstalled new hard drive and cannot install windows ForumHow do i get my HDD to format when i cannot assign it a drive letter ForumCant format hard drive on windows xp Forum1 HDD vs. 2 HDD RAID-0 ForumI want to connect 20 Hard drive in one system ForumCannot copy file cannot read from the source file or disk trying to copy a folde ForumComputer hangs on startup after adding 1 TB Hard drive More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !