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#1 2ofdvagn

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 03:15 PM

So my hard drive all of a sudden keeps giving me an error that it must be formatted when I plug it in.  I was able to recover the contents of the drive so I finally said okay to formatting.  It won't format!  What am I doing wrong?  I've tried on n2 separate computers with the same issue on both (one Windows 7 and another Vista).  It just gets stuck or tells me it can't be formatted.  Any suggestions?


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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 03:59 PM

Try doing it offline with a boot disk using either Gparted Live CD or Minitools Partition Wizard boot CD which are free. Partition Wizard is a little easier to work with. Delete any partitions that show up. Create a new partition and format NTFS.

Just be careful that you are not deleting the partition off your internal drives. The naming convention is a little different in Gparted because you are working with linux. Make sure the device in the upper right corner of Gparted is your external drive.

http://www.partitionwizard.com/partition-wizard-bootable-cd.html

http://gparted.org/livecd.php

http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/gparted.html

#3 2ofdvagn

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 04:30 PM

Gonna give the Partition Wizard a try... wish me luck! And THANK YOU!!



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Posted 17 December 2013 - 11:53 PM

You might want to try running in Windows:

chkdsk C:  /r       

Replace with whatever letter the drive is. This will check the drive for any failures and repair if necessary.


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