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#1 dug11415

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Posted 11 September 2009 - 11:08 AM

Hi everyone. I hope you can help me. I have an external hard drive (old computer hard drive in a purchased enclosure) attached to my Vista computer via USB. When I first hooked it up, and gave it 2 drive letters (partition), it seemed to work. There was a minor problem, sometimes the drive would seem to lock-up my computer, then I would have to wait for it. But I was able to use it as a backup drive. Now, suddenly, it doesn't work. I still see the drive letters in My Computer and in disk management. But when I try to do something, it says I can't access it because it is a RAW drive. I've tried to reformat it, and nothing. I've tried to convert it to NTFS, and nothing. I've even tried to convert through a command line, and I can't.

Is there anything I can do? I don't care about losing the data on the drive, I just want to use the drive, or know that I have to dump it.

Thanks.

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Posted 11 September 2009 - 12:20 PM

If it's RAW and you don't care about the contents...I would simply delete all structures on it and then format it.

Both Disk Management and the XP CD routinely can access a RAW drive, IME.

But...the appearance of a RAW file system...is an indication that the hard drive has problems. I wouldn't bother formatting it before I ran the long/extended manufacturer's disk diagnostic on it.

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Posted 11 September 2009 - 01:56 PM

If it's RAW and you don't care about the contents...I would simply delete all structures on it and then format it.

Both Disk Management and the XP CD routinely can access a RAW drive, IME.

But...the appearance of a RAW file system...is an indication that the hard drive has problems. I wouldn't bother formatting it before I ran the long/extended manufacturer's disk diagnostic on it.

Louis


I will give that a shot. Thank you.

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 12:17 AM

Try accessing from Diskmgmt.msc (from the start menu type diskmgmt.msc in the run box). See if you can get the drive to re-initialize or try and reformat it.
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