WD 320GB "My Book" prompts for format Dell XPS M1330 XP Pro

Posted on 2009-02-12
Last Modified: 2013-11-17
I just loaded MS XP pro on My Dell XPS M1330 and I have a few issues. I have a WD 320GB My Book usb external hard drive that keeps prompting:"The disk in _ drive is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?" I go in and uninstall the drive, clear out the cache, reboot and about half of the time it comes back up trying to install all of the WD junk and the other half it recognizes the drive but gives the same "format" prompt. Is there a way for it to just recognize the drive, not give the "format" prompt and not try to install the WD software? PS after you install the WD software, it will give you the "format" prompt as well after a re-boot.
Question by:jhevesy
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    If you don't want to install all the junk, let it boot up (when it does so), and copy all the junk to a folder on your hard drive. Then, using the disk management utilities in XP, format the drive to NTFS.

    The autorun file on the drive is what is causing ti to always prompt you to install. If you just want ti as a good external drive, then kill all the crap on it, and format it (full, not quick), as NTFS.

    Author Comment

    That's what I want to do after I get it up. Easy way to do that?....
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    Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Manage

    Right-click your external drive (which will probably be drive E or drive F), and then click Format.

    In the Format dialog box, type a name for your external hard drive, such as Backup Drive. Select format type as NTFS. Then, click OK
    (I would NOT select Quick Format. A regular format will do a more thorough job)

    Click OK again

    allow to format.... done.
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    almost forgot.. once in Computer Management, click on "Disk Management", in the left pane....

    Author Closing Comment

    Thanks boss!

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