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Please Help Me Fix My 120 Gig External HDD Problem

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#1 ctc_amor


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Posted 29 January 2009 - 06:16 PM

I have a 120 Gig external hard drive.
It is not partitioned.

My computer is running on Win XP.
My computer detects my 120 Gig external hard drive.
I opened Windows Explorer.
I clicked on H: --> That's my 120 Gig external hard drive.
And it tells me "This drive is not formatted. Format it now?"
So I say "Okay."
It tries to format it but after a couple of minutes formatting it, it tells me "Unable to format drive."

So, I went to the command prompt.
I typed "format H:"
And then it tells me "The type of file system is raw Please use the /FS switch to specify the file system you wish to use on this volume."

From there, I don't know what to do anymore. I don't know what an /FS switch is.

Please give me a step-by-step process on what I should do to fix this problem.
Can this be remedied?
Or am I just going to throw away my 120 Gig External HDD?

Your answers will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 29 January 2009 - 07:12 PM

Well...if it's not partitioned, then XP would not be able to see it in My Computer.

It would show up in Disk Management...but not in My Computer/Explorer. XP only sees partitions/drives which are formatted in recognizeable formats (FAT or NTFS).

Sooo...you may want to check a few other things out.

The fact that you received a message indicating that a file system is detected...lends credence to my speculation that it is indeed formatted.

I'd take a look in Disk Management for details...Start/Run...type diskmgmt.msc and hit Enter. Details should be revealed in lower portion of screen.

If you so desire, you can also format from Disk Management.

AFAIK, most (if not all) external drives come already formatted...so that owners can use them instanteously. From what I see, a damaged hard drive may display as a RAW file system in XP. It probably would not hurt to run a hard drive manufacturer's diagnostic on that drive.

Hard Drive Installation and Diagnostic Tools - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/28744/hard-drive-installation-and-diagnostic-tools/


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