More trouble formatting a laptop hard drive.

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I've got problems with a laptop hard drive.

Connected via a USB case... it gets stuck at 36% when I format.

The manufacture (Fujitsu) has some tools to analyse and format the hard
These tools only work in DOS.

The ONLY option I have is to: quick format the hard drive in Fat 32
format in Windows XP via the USB case.
Then copy a WinME boot disc files to the root.
And then copy the manufacturer tools.

I've done this.
I've then booted up expecting to go to DOS.
It doesn't read the hard drive.

What am I doing wrong?

(As I said above... this is my ONLY option available!  There are
several reasons for this: like not being able to find the external
floppy to go with the laptop!  Amongst other reasons.)

Any feedback would be appreciated.



Re: More trouble formatting a laptop hard drive.

Firstly, Boot your laptop into Win XP get it up and running. Make sure
you are logged in as an Administrator or you have Administrator

Then plug the USB hard disk in and power it up.

Go to: Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management >
Storage > Disk Management

You should be able to see all your hard disks.

The USB disk should be/might be marked as Disk1.

Right Click on this and you should see an option initialise or
initialise disk, choose this option.

Then try formatting the disk.

I had similar problems, but after doing this it worked.

Good luck

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