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External Hard Drive Will Not Format?


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#1 Johnz414

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 10:53 PM

Hi,

I have a 500 GB Hitachi external hard drive that has been giving me problems accessing files on one of the 5 partitions.

I tried reformatting the partition giving me the trouble but it wouldn't take. After numerous attempts and even letting the reformatting open for up to 30 or so minutes nothing would happen.

So, I've tried reformatting the entire disk after backing up important files.

Again, it would just sit there not doing anything - nothing on the indicator.

Now I can't get the PC to even recognize the hard drive.

Anyone know what to do here?

I'd really like to get this hard drive back on line.

Thanks,

John
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Posted 19 September 2008 - 08:57 AM

What types of partitions are these?

What tool are you using in your format attempts?

Have you tried removing the drive from the enclosure...and temporarily attaching it directly to an IDE connector on your system?

What error messages?

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 05:53 AM

Hi,

The external is an IDE but the PC only excepts SATA.

I've tried both Microsoft and Acronis to format it.

I have formatted the external before and it went smoothly, normal amount of time.

I am currently trying to format both a primary and an extended partition on it using my XP OS and it's into the 6th hour and 23% on the 75 gig and 11% on the 150 gig partitions are done.

I've also put it into my old IDE PC with the same result.

There are no error messages.

I think that covers everything.

I hope that helps and I'd really like to get this thing working.

Thanks,

John

Edited by Johnz414, 20 September 2008 - 05:55 AM.

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 08:57 AM

<<I am currently trying to format both a primary and an extended partition on it using my XP OS and it's into the 6th hour and 23% on the 75 gig and 11% on the 150 gig partitions are done.>>

Hmmm...do you mean that you are trying to create two partitions at once?

If so, I would not recommend that.

I also would not recommend creating an extended partition unnecessarily. Once you create an extended partition, it becomes more difficult to modify the primary without modifying all others created which are tied to it. I suggest just creating 2 primary partitions, create one...then create the other on the hard disk.

If I fail to understand...chalk it up to my Oldtimer's :thumbsup:.

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