External Hard Drive with no File system [Solved/Closed]

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- - Latest reply:  john - Jan 24, 2014 at 08:28 PM
Hello,
Hi, I have a Maxtor OneTouch 500GB external hard drive that unfortunately has no File system. The drive registers under Device Manager, but not My Computer or Disk Management, and therefore has to letter assignment.

Does anyone know how to load FAT32 onto this disk? If not, any file system will do.

Thanks so much in advance,
Jake
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Download this free program and it will format a 1 TB drive to FAT32.


https://www.mediafire.com/file/9jdtn9zbpmlaaxm/Tokiwa%20FAT32%20Formatter%20software.rar

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Billo, thanks that helped me out of a hole!
WOW, nice job Billo the tokiwa fat 32 formater program worked, I was afraid I would have to crack open the tower and connect as a slave but the formater seems to be working fine and the surpising thing for me was my usb drive did not show up in my comp. but the formatter has a drop down and you sure do want to choose the correct drive as it was defaulted to my "C" drive, this is great no cracking open the case and hooking up as slave just to format a drive, so freakin windows will see it as a drive via USB.


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nice job Billo, the tokiwa fat 32 formatter program worked, I was afraid I would have to crack open the tower and connect as a slave but the formater seems to be working fine and the surpising thing for me was my usb drive did not show up in my comp. but the formatter has a drop down and you sure do want to choose the correct drive as it was defaulted to my "C" drive, this is great no cracking open the case and hooking up as slave just to format a drive, so freakin windows will see it as a drive via USB.
Thanks Billo!!!!!!!! You saved me money! My external HD was bricked and this saved it!
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If your hard drive was working before and all of a sudden it stopped being detected... you need data recovery service like the one listed below...

If this is a new hard drive and you're trying to format it for use,,,
then try this:
  • 1. right click on "my computer", and click on "manage"
  • 2. when "computer management" pops up, click on --> "disk management" on the left pane. --->> do not do the wizard cuz that might default to NTFS ....!!!
  • 3. right click on the disk that's your external drive (that you want to partition and format to FAT32) -->carefull you dont choose the wrong one cuz that will destroy the contents and you'll have a bigger head ache on your hands.
  • 4. mark partition as active
  • 5. format to FATt32 (btw, dont make it a dynamic drive, thats for raid use)


good luck
Hello NickNYC,
Hope you don't mind me asking you this question. I have the same issue as well - it is a new hard drive & I need to format it before use. The trouble is, it has to be FAT 32 because I'll be using it with my windows PC as well as my apple Mac. Unfortunately, the only formatting option I get after following your steps is NTFS, but Mac doesn't support NTFS.

Is there any other way? By the way, its a LaCie Rugged hard drive, 250GB with USB & firewire interface.
Sorry about the trouble,
John
Download this free program and it will format a 1 TB drive to fat 32.
Same problem. New hard drive in usb enclosure does not show up in My Computer. Followed Nick's procedure and fixed the problem. Thanks Nick
Dear sir, thanks so very much for your wise suggestion.I have successfully followed your steps and I would like to say from the bottom of my heart.......you are a saviour......your Indian friend.
THANK YOU!!! My Snuggy (my external drive's nickname) is now working properly.

Cheers!
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Plug it into your computer, then go to my computer. under devices with removable storage. right click on your external hard drive and go to format then under file system scroll down to fat32 and put it the name of your hard drive and hit start. good luck!
> LordMorpheus -
hello there. I would like to restore the items in my harddisk. im using MAXTOR 500GB.
Desperately need the many data stored. Please help me out.
Everytime I plug in my hard disk, the computer doesnt seem to detect it.

thankyou!!! :)
> LordMorpheus -
Hellp I had external hard drive that just went out on me I orderd a device that lets you hook it up to the computer but the computer still does not read it its asking me to format I dont want to lose the data thats on my drive do you know a way that I can retrieve my things?
> LordMorpheus -
Hello.

I saw your post and I thought I would start with what you know.

I have a drive that was given to me for data recovery and it shows up under disk management as 73GB with NTFS file system and as healthy, but it does not give any drive letters assigned or allow me to access it through usb connection. I need to pull off a bunch of photos and then it can be tossed, but do you know of any disk program that might allow me to access it? I have just started looking for answers. THanks if you can answer this.
FAT32 has an upper limit of 32,767 GB. Cannot have a larger drive. If you need larger, you must go to NTFS or else instal Linux.
how would you know if its done?
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I hope this helps you out I have just done my hard drive and this will work?

To create a new FAT32 partition or logical drive in Windows XP, follow these steps:
1. Log on as Administrator or as a member of the Administrators group.
2. Click Start, then right-click My Computer, and then click Manage.
3. In the console tree, click Disk Management.
4. In the Disk Management window, do one of the following:
o To create a new partition, right-click unallocated space on the basic disk where you want to create the partition, and then click New Partition.

-or-
o To create a new logical drive in an extended partition, right-click free space on an extended partition where you want to create the logical drive, and then click New Logical Drive.
5. In the New Partition Wizard, click Next.
6. Click the type of partition that you want to create (Primary partition, Extended partition, or Logical drive), and then click Next.
7. Specify the size of the partition in the Partition size in MB box, and then click Next.
8. Assign a drive letter or drive path to your new partition or logical drive, and then click Next.
9. Click Format this partition with the following settings, and then do the following:
o Click FAT32 in the File system box.
o Type a name for the volume in the Volume label box.

If you want, you can also change the disk allocation unit size, or specify whether you want to perform a quick format.
10. Click Next.
11. Confirm that the options that you selected are correct, and then click Finish.
The new partition or logical drive is created and appears in the appropriate basic disk in the Disk Management window.
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hey there,

just try to get a software called stellar phoenix fat32 ntfs creator and just run the software on your pc and after that your hard drive should be working fine.

but all depends on the degree on how much the hard drive file sytem has been damaged and sometimes you dont have any choice except than to reformat the drive.
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I was able to reformat an HITACHI 500 gig external drive from my Bell 9242 PVR using disk manager by first deleting the existing partition and creating a new NTFS partition. It would seem I could have used Fat32formatter in the first place. It's formatting now. Thank You