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    new EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE

    Folks i got a virus on an external hard drive ...and when i try to reformat it ...the bloody thing wont allow me ...

    ive tried on both laptops and my PC to format it and not one of these can perform the action....whats wrong??

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    Don't know if this will help ....but I had a external hard drive that I could not reformat on my laptop or pc ...as i could not see the hard drive at all on these.

    So I thought I would try plugging it into my vu duo plus and see what would happen....... which it did find and formatted it for me, I could see it and use it once more on my pc and laptop Hidden Content ....hope this helps...... that's if you have a satellite Receiver to try it with.

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    you could also try deleting the partition using the disk manager in windows.

    control panel> system and security>admin tools>create and format partitions


    this then takes you into disk manager
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    You can also take hard drive out of caddy and purchase one of these from ebay for about ?14,2.5" and 3.5" SATA USB 3.0 Docking Station.
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    Plug into pc/laptop and place your hard drive in it.You can then check drive for virus's,format etc,can be a great investment.

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    Hidden Content Originally Posted by billy149uk Hidden Content
    You can also take hard drive out of caddy and purchase one of these from ebay for about ?14,2.5" and 3.5" SATA USB 3.0 Docking Station.
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    Plug into pc/laptop and place your hard drive in it.You can then check drive for virus's,format etc,can be a great investment.
    I tried that and it did not work for me .....got mine from maplins .......that's why I ended up trying my vu duo plus which worked for me.
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    Hidden Content Originally Posted by Gazer Hidden Content
    I tried that and it did not work for me .....got mine from maplins .......that's why I ended up trying my vu duo plus which worked for me.
    I got a virus in my pc which wouldn't let me use pc.I took out hard drive and placed it in dock then connected dock and used laptop to scan it with avast and it deleted virus.Connected it back up to pc and it worked a treat.

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    why reformat it?
    its prob in the MBR anyway which is why you cant do it.

    simply run kapaskey removal tool

    dx
    its nice here....

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    Hidden Content Originally Posted by dx100-uk Hidden Content
    why reformat it?
    its prob in the MBR anyway which is why you cant do it.

    simply run kapaskey removal tool

    dx
    does the diskpart utility in windows not clear the mbr when you use the clean command?
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    in over 30yrs of virus removal I never trust formats, re partitioning, partition removal etc etc

    I work with a diff 'view' or required outcome, recovering the data that the user wants back

    I always use various tools to find and remove the virus or check there is not one there.

    even down to taking individual platters out and placing them in other drives.

    gotta say quite a few times esp on raid drives, the virus you think is gone by simply a reformat or a wipe/re partition, the virus still resides on the disc and returns to bite you...
    many months later.

    its an interesting game
    its nice here....

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    Hidden Content Originally Posted by dx100-uk Hidden Content

    even down to taking individual platters out and placing them in other drives.
    thats impressive! does that not require dust proof/ air tight enviroment?
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    ideally yes
    but in most cases not needed for the short time it takes to image the drive
    its nice here....

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    You could try using Easus Partition Master.. it's free!

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    You could also try Minitool Partition Wizard, this also has a free version.

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    goin out on a limb here n understand hard drive issues but viruses mentioned .... check into eset online scanner free, maybe helps takes a few hrs but digs deep ..good luck

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