Can't format 3-TB internal / secondary hard drive

I've searched for help on this topic but it seems they're all trying to format a system drive. This is a new, unformatted secondary backup drive.

I purchased a Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST3000DM001 3TB drive for use as an internal backup drive and can't format it. I'm running Win 7 64 bit Ultimate. Disk Manager fails with error:
"The volume Simple Volume is currently in use. To force the format of this volume, click Yes."
If I choose "Yes", my machine crashes with BSOD.

I would very much appreciate any help getting this drive formatted.

I read that the AntiVirus software could be the cause of the error. These are the processes I suspect could be causing the problem:
- Microsoft ForeFront Client Security (primary AV)
- Malwarebytes Anti-MalWare (secondary AV)
- Acronis Home 2012

If I disable both ForeFront and Malwarebytes, the same thing occurs. I don't know how to disable Acronis.

System Info

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
Version: 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
Model: Vostro 460
System Type: x64-based PC
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40GHz, 3401 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date: Dell Inc. A04, 6/20/2011
SMBIOS Version: 2.6
Installed Physical Memory (RAM): 10.0 GB
Total Physical Memory: 9.98 GB
Available Physical Memory: 7.68 GB
Total Virtual Memory: 20.0 GB
Available Virtual Memory: 17.4 GB
Page File Space: 9.98 GB

Running Tasks, version
dwm.exe, 6.1.7600.16385
explorer.exe, 6.1.7601.17567
ielowutil.exe, 9.0.8112.16421
msascui.exe, 1.5.1993.0
msinfo32.exe, 6.1.7601.17514
msosync.exe, 14.0.6116.5000
onenotem.exe, 14.0.6015.1000
pdfcreate5hook.exe, 5.2.8613.100
pdvd9serv.exe, 9.0.3401.0
system idle process
taskhost.exe, 6.1.7601.17514


Acronis Nonstop Backup Service, afcdpsrv, Running, Auto
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Application Experience, AeLookupSvc, Running, Manual
Application Identity, AppIDSvc, Stopped, Manual
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Background Intelligent Transfer Service, BITS, Running, Auto
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Health Key and Certificate Management, hkmsvc, Stopped, Manual
HomeGroup Provider, HomeGroupProvider, Running, Manual
Human Interface Device Access, hidserv, Running, Manual
IKE and AuthIP IPsec Keying Modules, IKEEXT, Stopped, Manual
Interactive Services Detection, UI0Detect, Stopped, Manual
Internet Connection Sharing (ICS), SharedAccess, Stopped, Disabled
Internet Pass-Through Service, PassThru Service, Running, Auto
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Link-Layer Topology Discovery Mapper, lltdsvc, Stopped, Manual
MBAMScheduler, MBAMScheduler, Running, Auto
MBAMService, MBAMService, Running, Auto
Media Center Extender Service, Mcx2Svc, Stopped, Disabled
Microsoft .NET Framework NGEN v2.0.50727_X64, clr_optimization_v2.0.50727_64, Stopped, Disabled
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Microsoft .NET Framework NGEN v4.0.30319_X64, clr_optimization_v4.0.30319_64, Stopped, Auto
Microsoft .NET Framework NGEN v4.0.30319_X86, clr_optimization_v4.0.30319_32, Stopped, Auto
Microsoft Forefront Client Security Antimalware Service, FCSAM, Running, Auto
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Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service, MSiSCSI, Stopped, Manual
Microsoft SharePoint Workspace Audit Service, Microsoft SharePoint Workspace Audit Service, Stopped, Manual
Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider, swprv, Stopped, Manual
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Multimedia Class Scheduler, MMCSS, Running, Auto
mysql, mysql, Running, Auto
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Network Connections, Netman, Running, Manual
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Offline Files, CscService, Running, Auto
Parental Controls, WPCSvc, Stopped, Manual
PDAgent, PDAgent, Running, Auto
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22 answers Last reply Best Answer
More about format internal secondary hard drive
  1. Did you try to format the drive using the GPT partitioning scheme. This is better for drives larger than 2GB.
  2. Yes, that's how I set it up, but it won't let me format it. It says:
    2794.39 GB RAW
    Healthy (Primary Partition)
  3. Ok. What's happening is that the partition is in RAW format not NTFS. Have you initialized the disk. Right-click -> Initialize.
  4. If you right click in "Disk Management" plugin, the options are:
    - Open
    - Explore
    - Change drive letter and paths
    - Format
    - Shrink volume
    - Delete volume
    - Properties
    - Help

    I guess you mean format when you write initialize and yes, I selected NTFS (the only option available), "Default" for Allocation unit size and I left "Perform a quick format" checked.
  5. Right click on the drive, in Device Manager, then Volume -> Populate. Does it have it listed as GPT?
  6. Yes. For my own information, it reads:
    Disk 1
    Type: Basic
    Status: Online
    Partition Style: GUID Partition Table (GPT)
    Capacity: 2861588 MB
    Unallocated space: 1 MB
    Reserved space: 128 MB
    Volume: (F:)
  7. Just delete the partitions again and make a new Simple Volume. I don't understand what could be happening. Once you have created the partition again, see if it shows up in Computer as a drive and copy a file to it to see what happens.
  8. I already tried that -- doing it again:

    Disk Management:
    - delete volume
    ...shows 2794.39 GB Unallocated
    - select "new Simple Volume Wizard"
    ... leave set for max size: 2861459 MB
    ... assign drive letter F
    - use default "Format this volume"
    ... NTFS
    ... Default Allocation unit size
    ... Perform a quick format

    * get error "The volume Simple Volume is currently in use ..."

    If I select "Yes" to continue Format, the system crashes with BSOD.

    The drive now shows in Disk Management as 2794.39 GB RAW; Healthy (Primary Partition)

    Now, go to:
    Device Manager > Properties > Volumes > Populate:
    Disk 1
    Type: Basic
    Status: Online
    Partition Style: GUID Partition Table (GPT)
    Capacity: 2861588 MB
    Unallocated space: 1 MB
    Reserved space: 128 MB
    Volume: (F:)

    How do I determine what process is using the drive?
  9. Just found a post in another forum that might be the answer. Check to see if the drive is using a Page File. Start -> right-click Computer -> Properties -> (left pane) Advanced System settings -> In Performance go to Settings -> Advanced Tab -> Change... (in Virtual Memory) -> then click on drive F: and see
  10. I tried that -- but, as you might expect, drive F does not show as it has not been formatted. The Page file is on my primary system drive.

    I really appreciate your help and persistence ... it's driving me nuts.

    I keep coming back to the message that says the volume is in use ... and I can't find anything that tells me how to tell what is using it.

    I've even looked for format utilities that I can run from a boot CD, but I haven't seen anything I'd be comfortable using.
  11. Do you know what BSOD error code you are getting? I will continue to research. Do you have a Windows Repair Disk (or OEM disc) that you can boot to?
  12. I'll have to dig for a boot disk. It will be tomorrow before I can do anymore on this.
  13. look up Partition Master:
    See if you can use that to do the partitioning rather than Windows.

    If that does not work then I would start learning how to use DiskPart
    Using diskpart you can clean the disc, set up your partitions again, and then assign a drive letter. Then within windows explorer you ought to be able to right click and format the drive.
  14. Yep. That is what I was going to suggest after booting from the boot disk. Diskpart would probably solve it.
  15. cball1311 said:
    Do you know what BSOD error code you are getting? I will continue to research. Do you have a Windows Repair Disk (or OEM disc) that you can boot to?

    Here is BSOD info -- the file referenced is vsflt67.sys, an Acronis True Image Home file. Looks like Acronis may be the culprit?

    I don't know what any of this means, but here are errors from event log:

    The system has rebooted without cleanly shutting down first. This error could be caused if the system stopped responding, crashed, or lost power unexpectedly.

    The computer has rebooted from a bugcheck. The bugcheck was: 0x0000007e (0xffffffffc0000005, 0xfffff88000e176f0, 0xfffff8800b646188, 0xfffff8800b6459e0). A dump was saved in: C:\Windows\MEMORY.DMP. Report Id: 122912-40591-01.

    The MEMORY.DMP is 611 MB in size.
  16. Ok. Go to Start -> in search bar type services.msc -> select services at the top. When it opens, scroll through all of the services on the right hand side and disable all of the Acronis services. Right-click on the services, click properties, click stop, and click where it says startup type and change to disable. Then restart the PC and try to format the drive and see what you get. If it works, you might have to uninstall what Acronis software you are using and reinstall once the drive is working.
  17. Hey, Tcloud:

    Are you sure your hardware is able to support a 3TB HDD? You should look into this before you proceed. What mobo/controller are you using?

  18. cball1311 said:
    Ok. Go to Start -> in search bar type services.msc -> select services at the top. When it opens, scroll through all of the services on the right hand side and disable all of the Acronis services. Right-click on the services, click properties, click stop, and click where it says startup type and change to disable. Then restart the PC and try to format the drive and see what you get. If it works, you might have to uninstall what Acronis software you are using and reinstall once the drive is working.

    I already did that -- even went into Process Explorer looking for any Acronis stuff and turning it off.

    Here's update -- someone suggested formatting with Acronis. I didn't know I could do that.

    1 - I initialized (partitioned) and formatted with Acronis True Image Home 2012 Update 2.
    2 - the drive now appears in "Computer"
    3 - When I try to open the drive, a 20-minute delay ensues and then an error:
    "Location is not available"
    "F:\ is not accessible"
    "The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error."

    4 - go back into Acronis > Tools > Disk Management > View current state of your disks and it shows the drive as okay: 2.729 TB (Basic GPT) formatted NTFS.

    I don't relish the thought of uninstalling the Acronis software. From what I read, it's a PITA.
  19. Try assigning the drive to another letter higher in the alphabet. The only other thing that I can think of is running CHKDSK, HDTune or Seagate Disk Checker.
  20. A guy in Acronis forum wrote that ATI 2012 didn't support GPT (strange, since it gave the option and recognized the disk and the space allocated to it) -- but I purchased upgrade to Acronis True Image Home Edition 2013 and the Plus Pack and went through all the previous machinations -- still NO JOY !

    Unistalled Acronis True Image Home Edition 2013 and Plus Pack -- and IT WORKS NOW ... in the process of copying files to the drive.

    I didn't have to do anything further -- the drive was immediately recognized as NTFS, so it appears (to me) the problem the whole time was Acronis!
  21. Best answer
    Yep. That's what I thought. I know it's hard to get rid of something but sometimes that makes for the best :D . Glad you got it working.
  22. Best answer selected by tcloud.
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