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Need help formatting hard drive please!

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June 3, 2012 10:25:43 AM

I have a Seagate 1.5 TB portable hard drive and have recently tried to format it. Now I'm not really good with all this tech stuff and I am having problems. The formatting process seems to be stuck in the middle. This is what it looks like on the formatting progress window:

Capacity: 875 GB (Why does it say 875?)

File System: NTFS

Allocation Unit Size: 4096 bytes

Restore Device Defaults

Volume Label: (Left it blank)

Format Options: Quick format and MS-DOS start up disk (Left both unchecked)

Then the progress bar which is seemingly stuck somewhere close to the middle. It hasn't moved for hours now and I'm getting worried. I tried to do a quick format but it says it couldn't be formatted. I need some help

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a c 162 G Storage
June 3, 2012 4:45:38 PM

have you tried using the Seagate tools?
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a b G Storage
June 4, 2012 2:16:19 AM

Are you doing anything else while it's formatting? You should leave it turn off any unnecessary programs such anti-virus and other programs. With a 1.5TB drive it takes quite a while to format.
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June 4, 2012 2:25:29 AM

I do have some other programs running yes. I will try again with nothing running but I've already left it alone for 24 hours and it still hasn't made any progress. Is this normal?
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a b G Storage
June 4, 2012 2:27:10 AM

It normally shouldn't take that long. But you can do a quick format first. And then try a full format. Don't worry about formatting too many times. It will not degrade and not decrease the life of your hard disk drive.
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June 4, 2012 2:32:10 AM

I've tried to do a quick format but a window pops up saying that it could not complete the format. What should I do?
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a b G Storage
June 4, 2012 2:35:05 AM

Okay try this. I suggest deleting the volume on the drive and format it to NTFS again. Go to Start->create and format disk partitions. And right click the drive and you should see the options.
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June 4, 2012 2:42:55 AM

Ok I deleted the volume but now it isn't showing up
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a b G Storage
June 4, 2012 2:44:50 AM

Now make a partition or create a simple volume.
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June 4, 2012 2:47:02 AM

Alright. I'm at a new simple volume wizard. should I choose the quick format option?
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June 4, 2012 2:52:45 AM

Alright I chose the quick format option. It worked. I can now access the drive but now it has less memory than it should have. It only has a capacity of 867 GB now. Why is that?
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a b G Storage
June 4, 2012 3:46:25 AM

Sorry was watching the NBA playoffs. Now when you go to the create and disk and partition windows. Is there separate partitions? Or is it just one big volume?
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a b G Storage
June 4, 2012 3:49:29 AM

I am wondering if there is a hidden partition.
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June 4, 2012 4:53:41 AM

It looks like there are separate ones. Oh who's playing/winning?
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a b G Storage
June 4, 2012 5:19:48 AM

it was heat vs celtics, super close game, the series tied at 2-2
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a b G Storage
June 4, 2012 5:21:14 AM

Does it have a name? Unallocated space? You can extend the volume to reclaim the space.
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June 4, 2012 5:37:09 AM

Wish I could've seen it.

Yeah there are...2 unallocated spaces. How do I reclaim them?
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a b G Storage
June 4, 2012 5:42:36 AM

Extend the volume or stretch it out to reclaim the space. Go back to Create and disk and partition windows, right click on the drive and extend the volume.
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June 4, 2012 5:48:08 AM

The option to extend the volume isn't accessible to me. It's faded. I can make new simple volumes out of those unallocated spaces though. Will that do anything?
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a b G Storage
June 4, 2012 5:55:37 AM

okay tell me what information it says on the Disk. On the left it should say: Disk #, Basic, #GB, Online, On the right the is a dark blue bar, tell me whats under it, such as Drive name:, #GB, NTFS, if it says Healthy (Primary Partition)
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June 4, 2012 5:57:06 AM

Ok nevermind. I tried to do it but it says the operation isn't supported by the disk
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June 4, 2012 5:59:55 AM

Disk# 1, Basic, 1609.41 GB, Online, Tempest (G:) , 867.16 GB NTFS, healthy (logical drive)
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a b G Storage
June 4, 2012 6:01:11 AM

Okay, you need a partition editor. Windows 7 can't do it.

Download this program, it's a free partition editor by EaseUS

http://www.partition-tool.com/easeus-partition-manager/...

Get the Home Edition. Install it and let me know when you run it.

Also, I noticed it's a Logical drive. It needs to be Primary Partition. Anyways just let me know when you are running easeus
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June 4, 2012 6:11:04 AM

Ok I'm at the screen where it gives me two places to go. A user guide and the main screen
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a b G Storage
June 4, 2012 6:12:23 AM

Go to main screen.
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June 4, 2012 6:16:21 AM

Ok. I'm there. It shows me my system drive and the one we're working with as well as a whole bunch of other things
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a b G Storage
June 4, 2012 6:20:53 AM

Okay, now right click on your 1.5TB HDD. And choose Convert to Primary. Once you did that, right click again and Resize/Move Partition. Then you are able to (hopefully) extend/expand the drive with your mouse if there is space left and right. Click OK and Apply. Then tell me the results.
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June 4, 2012 6:26:30 AM

Ok. I can't seem to expand the drive. There isn't space. I should say that along with my drive there are 5 other partitions (?) I don't know if this affects anything or not but I just thought you should know.

It shows up as my drive, Other, Other, Unallocated space, Other, Unallocated space
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June 4, 2012 6:31:18 AM

Should I merge these other things with my drive? They all appear on disk 2 together
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a b G Storage
June 4, 2012 6:33:05 AM

wow you got a lot of partitions on there lol. Just delete all the "Other." And it should be unallocated after that. Then you will be able to expand it.
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June 4, 2012 6:36:24 AM

Ahhhhhh yes!!! Thank you so much friend!!! It worked! You cannot believe how happy I am right now. Thank you again
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June 4, 2012 6:37:28 AM

Best answer selected by TheBeliskner.
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a b G Storage
June 4, 2012 6:39:49 AM

No problem, Glad that it worked out for you :) 
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