Originally Posted by rip
Just a thought, but can the HD be removed from the Passport and then plugged into the mobo like a regular internal HD ? That would get the USB connection out of the way and maybe make it easier to reformat.
Very true, but when you go put it back into the enclosure, the USB bridging stuff may expect to see (for example) two NTFS partitions, but only sees one...it may go into a fault-state, and not work at all. The brains in the enclosure may not be too robust.