Hitachi has its own utilities for carrying out diagnostics and low level formatting of its hard disks.
You can download a CD image ISO from their website here. Once you burn it to CD, disconnect all hard disks but the Hitachi hard disk and then boot your PC from this CD. Once you reach the utility’s main screen, go into the Utilities menu and select “Erase Disk”. Once you confirm, it will carry out a low level format of the hard disk.
On the other hand, if you’re looking to partition and format the disk in Windows to put data on it, carry out the following:
[li]Go into the Start menu, right-click on “My Computer” and click “Manage”[/li][li]Go into “Disk Management” on the left. If a wizard comes up asking to initialise a disk, just click next and then ‘Finish’, leaving the default options ticked.[/li][li]On the disk listing, right-click on the empty space and select “Create partition”. Follow the steps to how you want to set it up, e.g. NTFS or FAT32, etc. [/li][li]On one step, it will ask whether you want to perform a quick or full format. A quick format takes just a few seconds, which is generally fine if you’re sure your hard disk is in good condition. A full format will scan the entire space on the hard disk to verify there are no bad sectors present, but this can take an hour or two.[/li][/ol]