IOMagic Giga Bank Format Trouble

I got a Giga Bank 4GB portable HD from a friend, with a disc for installation help, only it isn't really applicable to XP.  Anyway, I opened the drive, tested throwing some files in it, then decided, I would start new, and format it.  Only when I did this, I got a message that it was unable to complete installation.  Since then I have been unable to get it to format, with any of the settings provided,  I would appreciate it if anyone can give me some input.  Thanks
ryanehrAsked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

nobusCommented:
Was there any 3rd party software on it, creating a hidden partition, like firstware? Look here for more info:

http://www.phoenix.com/en/Products/Trusted+Applications/Phoenix+FirstWare/default.htm

Did it format ok? when end what error did you get
0
kcarrimCommented:
Did the drive have any existing files on it? Are you able to delete files from this drive? Like Nobus asked, what errors were there when you tried to format. Disk is write protected?
0
ryanehrAuthor Commented:
This morning I was able to format it fine... which kind of scares me, but anyway, are there any ways to back it set up some kind of recovery for it if something happens to it?
0
Ultimate Tool Kit for Technology Solution Provider

Broken down into practical pointers and step-by-step instructions, the IT Service Excellence Tool Kit delivers expert advice for technology solution providers. Get your free copy now.

nobusCommented:
if you like doing the backup by hand (so you know everything you backup) i can give you a guide
Personally, for backups i like BackupExpress, because it gives the possibility to backup in ZIP format, which can be read on every computer. It's not free.

http://www.backupexpress.co.za/
0
kcarrimCommented:
Looks like a lot of people are leaving for the holidays!!
0
moduloCommented:
PAQed with no points refunded (of 500)

modulo
Community Support Moderator
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Storage

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.