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Formatting RAW file system


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#1 Caspersim

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Posted 02 May 2010 - 12:19 PM

Got a laptop, Windows XP, that had liquid spilled over it and no longer turns on....I removed the HDD and put it in my HP hard drive enclosure.... the drive turns on and Windows 7 installs driver but it does not show up under 'my computer'....when I load 'computer management' it attempts to 'initialize disk' but the error "the media is write protected' comes up...I have searched for answers to this, attempting reg modification and command line formatting, but neither worked. The file system is RAW and 'computer management' shows the drive as a cd-rom icon... I do not care about the contents of the drive, formatting it is what I would like to accomplish.


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Posted 02 May 2010 - 12:48 PM

The appropriate hard drive manufacturer's diagnostic will format it, in addition to checking functionality.

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Posted 02 May 2010 - 07:00 PM

Check the documentation of your external enclosure and look for any locking/security mechanisms. There maybe a toggle switch on the side or inside of the external enclosure that is enabling write protection.

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Posted 02 May 2010 - 10:03 PM

Thanks guys.

There is no toggle switch for write protection...the documentation is pretty much a quick install guide in 19 languages....I downloaded a Fujitsu Diagnostics tool and it was unable to find the HDD in question. Maybe the HDD itself is bunk...
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