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Problems with external hard drive (HP SimpleSave 320GB)

GBAstar 5,137 1,916 July 9, 2011 at 09:53 PM
Hi,

I own an HP Simple Save 320GB external (portable) hard drive. I had used it before to back up my PS3. I wanted to add a partition (in FAT32) to use it as storage for my Xbox.

Before I got that far I think I formatted the drive incorrectly. Now when I plug it into my computer instead of being recognized as a portable hard drive as it was before it is currently showing up as:

CD Drive G: HP Launcher

(0 bytes free of 884kb)


Does anyone know what my options are? And if this is fixable how can I proceed? Ultimately I wanted a small partition 16GB or so in FAT32 for my Xbox and I was hoping to keep the rest NFTS for standard storage.. is that even possible?

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Looks like you deleted the partition and all that's left is the factory boot utility partition.

You need to create the 2 partitions. Goto Disk Management (Windows) or use a Live CD, Ubuntu or any utility to create a 16GB partition and then the rest as NTFS. Format them FAT32 and NTFS.
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Looks like you deleted the partition and all that's left is the factory boot utility partition.

You need to create the 2 partitions. Goto Disk Management (Windows) or use a Live CD, Ubuntu or any utility to create a 16GB partition and then the rest as NTFS. Format them FAT32 and NTFS.

Hi,

thanks so much for the response. When I open "disk manager" and plug in the drive it is being read as:

HP Launcher (GSmilie

Layout: Simple
Type: Basic
File System: CDFS
Status: Healthy (Primariy Partition)
Capacity: 1MB
Free Space: 0MB
%Free: 0
Fault Tolerance: No
Overhead: 0%


It isn't allowing me to create a partition and I'm not sure where to go from here.....


thanks again for the response!
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I could be wrong but I think the major issue is the hard drive is showing up as a CD Drive?
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I could be wrong but I think the major issue is the hard drive is showing up as a CD Drive?
It's the junky software that runs when you connect the drive to your system. You can "disable" it from appearing in Windows or you can try and delete that 1MB partition and get rid of it for good. It's only 1MB, just ignore it for now.

You need to make some new partitions and format them.

Here is a step-by-step:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/309000
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