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Reformatting old hard drive to use as slave on xp pc

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May 11, 2012 10:14:39 AM

Hello, I have a Sata hard drive that has Ubuntu Linux installed, I wish to wipe it clean and use as a slave drive in my XP Pro 32bit PC, if there is anyone who can tell me how to do it I will be very chuffed.

Little Willie

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a c 265 G Storage
May 11, 2012 11:18:26 AM

Install it, right click it in My computer and select format. If it does not appear in my computer go to control panel/administrative tools/computer management/storage/disk management and you can do it there! Here is a guide http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/265764-14-guide-ins...
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May 11, 2012 1:51:58 PM

rolli59 said:
Install it, right click it in My computer and select format. If it does not appear in my computer go to control panel/administrative tools/computer management/storage/disk management and you can do it there! Here is a guide http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/265764-14-guide-ins...


Thanks rolli59, I have followed your guide and guide at "http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/foru [...] isk-system" as well, but unfortunately the "Format Button" is greyed out and I have to wonder if that has anything to do with the Ubuntu Linux, has it something installed to stop it being uninstalled, I have easily reformatted other hard drives but not this one, if I don't solve it soon I shall just take a big hammer to it to destroy it and the files on it.

Cheers mate
Little Willie
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a c 265 G Storage
May 12, 2012 9:23:18 AM

So you are saying it is recognized but refuses to format? Like it is write protected!
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May 12, 2012 10:06:57 AM

You've hit it right on the nail my friend, it also refuses to show up in "My Computer" and will not let you change that, everything is greyed out except "Delete Partition" and while I know what a partition is I have not a clue what effect deleting that would have on the hard drive.

Cheers mate.
Little Willie.
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a c 265 G Storage
May 12, 2012 10:12:08 AM

A HDD can be one or more partitions, if more than 1 it will show up under my computer as individual drives as many as the partitions. Delete the partition and you should be able to format!
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May 12, 2012 10:21:42 AM

Thanks mate, I will do that as soon as I've watched the F1 qualifying and I will let you know the results.

Little Willie
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May 12, 2012 11:09:29 AM

rolli59 said:
A HDD can be one or more partitions, if more than 1 it will show up under my computer as individual drives as many as the partitions. Delete the partition and you should be able to format!


Thanks Mate, it is done thanks to your knowledge, just goes to show that there is always a way and a good hard drive has been recycled thanks to you, your tops.

Little Willie.
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May 12, 2012 11:15:58 AM

Best answer selected by Little Willie.
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