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Western Digital My Book External Drive Will Not Format

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#1 Blue Yoda

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Posted 16 October 2007 - 12:42 AM


I have a brand new western digital My Book external hard drive that will not format.

I think I made one save to it a few weeks ago and did one format so I could do different save.

The next time I went to use it, a few days ago, it would not format and was disappearing from the tree on explorer and reappearing a few seconds later.

After several attempts to format it disappeared from the tree all together but reappeared this A.M.

Now It says it is not allocated nor partitioned.

I have tried to partition it and it will not take.

It shows as a drive on windows explorer but its will not save.

It says it is not formated. When I try to format it I get a code that says the formating was not successful.

IT is driving me buggy. :thumbsup:

I have tried about 3 different programs to do the formating, all unsuccessfully.

I am stumped. Any ideas that will help is greatly appreciated.

I use XP.

Thanks a million


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Posted 16 October 2007 - 01:04 AM

Maybe it's a bad drive. You should try running a diagnostic on it. You can use Western Digital's Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows.
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Posted 16 October 2007 - 06:03 AM

Once the diagnostic is run, I'd suggest contacting Western Digital for a replacement. Their support (IMO) is great and they'll even send you a new drive before you send your old one in (requires a credit card) so that you can transfer data (if the old drive is working well enough to do this at that time).
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#4 Blue Yoda

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Posted 16 October 2007 - 09:14 AM

I ran the diagnostic test several times. It and everything else says the drive is healthy and active.

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Posted 16 October 2007 - 11:06 AM

Hello Blue Yoda,

Maybe this will work for you -- see the last post by "HadleyJa". In that case, it was a very simple thing -- don't apply electrical power to the external drive until the computer is fully booted, with all other wires connected:


Then there is this (destructive) solution:


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Posted 17 October 2007 - 07:26 PM

is the usb port functioning properly? have u used the same port successfully with other usb conected peripheral(s)?
take a look in your device manager to make sure that there is no conflicts with usb controllers.

i don't know if thats the issue at hand, but i hope i can be of asistance

Edited by mike b, 17 October 2007 - 07:27 PM.

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