Long Story (background): I was having trouble(s) with my OS after auto-installing MS Updates (those which it could successfully complete) and after over 10 hours of phone dialog with Microsoft "support" - they suggested reformatting as the last (and only) resort. Since I wanted a 2nd hard drive anyway ... I got a 150 GB Raptor to put my OS and programs on. The Good News is: there were no problems at all loading the OS (VISTA Home Premium 64 bit) to the new HD. I then re-connected my previous 500gb Seagate. They both showed up when clicking on "Computer". The Seagate correctly showed about 350Gb free space, and when clicked on, I could see the folders/files from my previous setup. I then entered into Disk Management (where the drive showed as "Healthy", NTFS filing system, 1 partition etc...), right clicked and chose "Format..." for this drive - as I wanted all the OS (and other) data erased. That is where the "good news" ends. The format failed.
Short Story: I now have a 2nd hard drive designated as "RAW" which will not "format". I don't want to recover anything from it ... I just want to have a working drive for storage of movies, home videos, music, documents, backups, etc.. The last attempt to "Format" took about 8 hours! and left me with this:
A "Quick Format" only takes about 5 or 6 seconds and results in no change.
I'm left considering two distinct possibilities: The drive is dead, or ... I'm stupid. Though I suppose they may not be mutually exclusive possibilities - they each seem equally probable.
If anyone can help ... I would be forever grateful!
A quick format assumes that you have a healthy drive, and all it does is reset a few pointers. A full format will analyze each sector, and assign an alternate if it can't be read and written to properly. That obviously takes longer. Since the full format is manufacturer and drive specific, you need to go to the seagate web site and download their utility. http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/downloads/seat...
IDE or SATA ? You have master / slave things properly done ? Some manufacturer's (i.e WD IIRC) have some special stuff ya gotta do. Hard for me to remember as I have had to deal with very few IDE drives (mostly SCSI and SATA).
Suggest downloading HJD manual and software from HD vendor's site, checking manual and then using manufacturer's software to format drive.