Hi all, I just took reciept of a Toshiba external hard drive I ordered and I'm kinda concerned I might have screwed it up.
I got it this morning and plugged it in. When I double clicked on it I expected to be able to immdediately start transferring my *** to it. But clicking on it opened this application menu where I was given options if I wanted to install some crappy bloatware like Kapersky Internet Security or whatever. I was irritated at this attempt to peddle useless crap to me and so I went to Disk Management, right clicked on the external hard drive and clicked Format. I thought that was how you're supposed to do it? No progress bar or anything came up and it seemed to be over in a flash.
So when I tried to double click on the HDD it now said the "application could not be found" and wouldn't open the contents. I was concerned at this point so I unplugged the HDD and put it back in. After this I was given a prompt to format the disk and that's what it has been doing for like the past hour or so. The problem is that the progress bar has only moved a tiny bit! I forecast that this will take hours and hours to complete. Is that a result of my actions? It's a 640GB drive, do drives of this size usually take a long time to format?
PS: After viewing the HDD in properties it says it has 0 bytes free and 0 bytes taken up.
It won't let me delete the thread but I solved the problem. I closed down the formatting and did Quick Format instead which took like less than a minute to complete and the drive is working fine. It was my first time with an external hard drive (lol) so I was unaware.