Error Formatting

Jun 25, 2010 at 9:31 PM

Everytime i have try to format one of hd drive "Scorpio Blue 320gb" i continuously have this error message.

 

"an error occurred while attempting to format the drive."

brand new hard drive. i delete the volume and reformat the hd to NTFS mutliply times.

can anyone explain and help me format this drive to WBFS. Thank you

Jun 30, 2010 at 9:25 PM
OK, here's how to get Windows 7 to prepare a drive for WBFS Manager to format it. 1. Make sure the drive is connected. 2. Start-->Type: "Disk Management" and hit Enter. 3. Find the drive in the list. (Look in the bottom section, not the top.) If necessary, disconnect and reconnect it to make sure you are targeting the right one. 4. If it is formatted already, right click and "Delete Volume". Click yes to confirm. It should now say "Unallocated". 5. Right-click on the drive and click on "New Simple Volume". Click next twice. Allow it to set a drive letter, click next again. Select "Do not format this volume" (to make it a Raw volume). Finish. 6. Windows will pop up a message asking you to format the disk. Click cancel. 7. Close Disk Management and go to WBFS Manager. 8. Refresh the drive list if necessary, select the drive you were just working on in Disk Management, and click "Format". Click yes if you are sure it is the right drive. 9. You should see the success msgbox pop up telling you that it worked. 10. Click "Load" to load the drive. (I'm not sure this is necessary, but I did it anyway since I'm just a dumb user in this case. I program other things.) At this point you can browse to the .iso files and "Add to Drive". Good luck! If you found this helpful, pass the favor along by helping someone else with something that you are good at. :)
Jun 30, 2010 at 9:28 PM
Oh, now that's horrible. The forum code is stripping the formatting from my post, making the instructions a wall of text. Sorry if that makes anyone's eyes bleed and they die of an aneurysm trying to read it. It was originally a nice, neat list. Oh well.
Jul 2, 2010 at 4:06 PM
Edited Jul 2, 2010 at 4:08 PM

did not work

Jul 3, 2010 at 1:08 PM

did work -- see, I can be just as vague.

Jul 8, 2010 at 12:20 PM

I'm having the exact same problem, I followed the steps to the letter, when it comes round to the format process a box pops up saying "An error occurred while attempting to format the drive" 

 

I'm using windows 7 if this makes any difference, previously using Vista I had no problems.

 

Any other suggestions great appreciated. Cheers!

Jul 18, 2010 at 6:18 AM

Hello coder1,

 

BIG thank you for your detailed instructions. I laso had the problem with WBFS 3.0  telling me that the drive can not be formatted. I printed your instructions, followed them exactly and now the drive is formatted.

I am using Win 7 Home Premium x64 and it worked.

 

Thanks again for your clear and easy to follow instructions

 

lupo247

Aug 13, 2013 at 3:53 PM
coder1 wrote:
OK, here's how to get Windows 7 to prepare a drive for WBFS Manager to format it. 1. Make sure the drive is connected. 2. Start-->Type: "Disk Management" and hit Enter. 3. Find the drive in the list. (Look in the bottom section, not the top.) If necessary, disconnect and reconnect it to make sure you are targeting the right one. 4. If it is formatted already, right click and "Delete Volume". Click yes to confirm. It should now say "Unallocated". 5. Right-click on the drive and click on "New Simple Volume". Click next twice. Allow it to set a drive letter, click next again. Select "Do not format this volume" (to make it a Raw volume). Finish. 6. Windows will pop up a message asking you to format the disk. Click cancel. 7. Close Disk Management and go to WBFS Manager. 8. Refresh the drive list if necessary, select the drive you were just working on in Disk Management, and click "Format". Click yes if you are sure it is the right drive. 9. You should see the success msgbox pop up telling you that it worked. 10. Click "Load" to load the drive. (I'm not sure this is necessary, but I did it anyway since I'm just a dumb user in this case. I program other things.) At this point you can browse to the .iso files and "Add to Drive". Good luck! If you found this helpful, pass the favor along by helping someone else with something that you are good at. :)
Coder1, you are a genius. It worked perfectly for me. Took me a little to figure out what I was doing when following your advice, but I did it!
The point was to assign the drive a letter but NOT to let Windows Format it. I let WBFS do that instead, and it worked flawlessly.

Thank you so much buddy! I created an account just to thank you.