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RAW HDD partition unformattable, no need to recover data just format.

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October 16, 2013 8:16:28 AM

Hello, i have been checking this forum for years but i never went in a problem so big that i needed to sign up and and ask this, this is kind of a long story so i'll try to be clear.

So i have this Samsung HD161HJ ATA Device with 140 gb (it was 160 but a part of that HD went corrupt years ago and it was fixed, it never showed again any sign of that behavior again) i had Ubuntu Ocelot and Windows 7 on the partitons C:/ and D: /, i decided to delete ubuntu and install Windows on the C:/, leaving me with a windows boot option on the startup, i managed to uncheck the boot.ini and then try to erase the files from D:/ , however some files on that partition just can't be deleted no matter i tried running as admin and deleting or unlocking the files through third party programs but nothing worked, i tried asking and trying several options but also nothing worked so i left that partition untouched (i can install stuff there but i can't delete it afterwards, oh, and this was around a couple of months ago).

So, a couple of weeks ago i replaced my motherboard, ram and processor to a new and better one and i realized i'm lacking space, so just today i installed some program called "Active@ Kill Disk", and tried erasing the whole data but it actually the partition just went RAW for this, i tried:
1) Formatting from the explorer but it says it can't be done.
2) Running chkdsk but it's says can't use this on RAW HD
I hope this doesn't mean is damaged because i can't afford another HD right now.
So, what do you guys think i should do?

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October 16, 2013 8:31:15 AM

Never had this kind of issues but try this :

Go into windows disk management, delete the raw partition, the disk should be completely empty and show up as Unallocated

Create a new primary NTFS partition

Format it

You should be good to go.

Obviously this means any data that was on the disk will be lost (it probably already is)

Edit: this will only work if you can plug the disk in a computer that still has windows installed, otherwise I think the windows setup should allow you to delete the partition and create a new one
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October 16, 2013 8:39:25 AM

dalaran said:
Never had this kind of issues but try this :

Go into windows disk management, delete the raw partition, the disk should be completely empty and show up as Unallocated

Create a new primary NTFS partition

Format it

You should be good to go.

Obviously this means any data that was on the disk will be lost (it probably already is)

Edit: this will only work if you can plug the disk in a computer that still has windows installed, otherwise I think the windows setup should allow you to delete the partition and create a new one


It actually worked!, now i have a new partition, however the old one exists, i believe this doesn't affect me anyway, now i need to delete this ghost partition.
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