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Trouble Formatting External Hard-drive


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#1 jay521

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 08:15 PM

Trouble Formatting External Hard-drive


I Own a Buffalo Drivestation HD-CE1.0TU2.
The drive formatted itself to RAW format, and now what I am trying to do is format it to NTFS
The Problem is, the hard drive isnt showing up as a drive letter.
So I went into computer management, found the drive, tried to create a new simple volume so i can format the drive, but it gives me the error
"The operation cannot be completed because the disk is not initialised."
Same thing when i try to quick format.

Also the drive is showing up as Unallocated in disk management.
In disk management I right clicked on the drive itself (not the unallocated space) and chose the option to initialize, then it gives me the a data error
it says data error (cyclic redundancy check)
OS: Windows Vista

Thanks for any help or comment :thumbsup:

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 08:56 PM

<<The drive formatted itself to RAW format...>>

When that happens to a drive which has been used, it's usually an indication of a hard drive or file system problem...either may be damaged.

I suggest running a hard drive diagnostic on the drive in question (long, not short, test).

If the drive has never been used and was not formatted...it must be initialized before Windows can use it.

http://www.techimo.com/forum/storage-relat...-drive-how.html

Cyclic redundancy errors...generally indicate a read problem with a drive or media.

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 01:55 AM

Had a similar situation, yesterday.
Boss bought a 1TB WD drive and an external enclosure.
It connects via eSATA, or USB.
His computer runs Vista.
Put it together for him, hooked it up using eSATA connection, and Vista wouldn't recognize it.
Tried the USB connection, and it was recognized.
Initialized the drive, and set it to do a full format, using NTFS file system.
After 45 minutes, he came and told me it was through.
That didn't sound right.
45 minutes, for a 1TB drive?
Went and checked it, and saw it was formatted to RAW.
Tried to re-format, and it hung up.
Canceled out.

Since I'm not too familiar with Vista, I thought I might be doing something wrong.
Took the drive home, to hook it up to my XP box.
Connected using eSATA, initialized, and started formatting.
3 hrs. and 15 mins. later (that's more like it :thumbsup:), I had a fully functional, NTFS formatted drive.

Brought it back this morning, hooked it up, it was recognized, and is working perfectly.
I wonder if it's Vista, that has the problem.
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Posted 18 March 2010 - 08:54 PM

hmmmm i hooked it up to my sisters computer (windows xp) and im attempting to format it.

does that little green bar indicate that its formating? my status bar shows nothing... :thumbsup:


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Posted 18 March 2010 - 09:46 PM

Not sure what you mean by, "little green bar".
In Disk Management, mine shows progress using percentages; 1%, 2%, 3%, etc.
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Posted 19 March 2010 - 01:12 PM

mine doesnt show a a percantage, its more like a loading box.
i let it format over night and i dont see any progress... any suggestions?

Edited by jay521, 19 March 2010 - 01:12 PM.


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Posted 19 March 2010 - 10:51 PM

Did you initialize the drive, before formatting?
How exactly (step-by-step), are you trying to format the drive?
How is the drive connected (USB, eSata, ....)?
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Posted 22 March 2010 - 12:43 AM

i just right clicked the harddrive and chose the option "format"

i just got a message saying that the harddrive cannot be formated...
im going to try one more time and initialize the drive first then format. :thumbsup:




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