The disk in drive d cannot be formatted

recently i installed windows xp....i hav 4 drives..C,D,E,F.I installed the XP in the C drive.I had some files in the D drive and i moved them to F. After moving when i tried to open my D drive....it says that

"the disk in drive d is not formatted.
Do you want to format it now?"
an when i click "yes" option...it says
"the disk in drive D cannot be formatted"

the properties of D drive are as follows
Type: Local disk
File system: RAW
Used space: 0 bytes
Free space: 0 bytes
Capacity: 0 bytes

my harddisk---Seagate model ST3250310AS of size 250 GB


what could be the reason for this..??? Plz any 1 help...
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  1. Down-load and run Seatools from Seagate's web site.
  2. i did as u said but the following error came....


    Object reference not set to an instance of an object.System.String GetBootDrivePhysicalName()
  3. Do you have 1 physical 250GB drive divided into 4 partitions (C,D,E,F)? If yes, how were the partitions created?

    Or do you have 4 physical 250GB drives, each with 1 partition (C,D,E,F)?

    Edit: Do the following:
    1. Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> System Information
    In the left pane, click on:
    2. System Summary
    - Cut and paste the information from the right pane and post it here.
    3. Components -> Storage -> Drives
    - Cut and paste the information from the right pane and post it here.
    4. Components -> Storage -> Disks
    - Cut and paste the information from the right pane and post it here.

    NOTE: you might want to remove personal identifying or pontentially sensitive information from the above before posting here (e.g., username, locale, time-zone, etc. from (2)).
  4. OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
    OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
    System Name
    System Manufacturer Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
    System Model 945GCM-S2L
    System Type X86-based PC
    Processor x86 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 13 GenuineIntel ~2000 Mhz
    Processor x86 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 13 GenuineIntel ~2000 Mhz
    BIOS Version/Date Award Software International, Inc. F5, 12/27/2007
    SMBIOS Version 2.4
    Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
    System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
    Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
    Locale United States
    Hardware Abstraction Layer----Version = "5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)"
    User Name
    Time Zone India Standard Time
    Total Physical Memory 2,048.00 MB
    Available Physical Memory 1.21 GB
    Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
    Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
    Page File Space 3.84 GB
    Page File C:\pagefile.sys


    Drive A:
    Description Removable Disk

    Drive C:
    Description Local Fixed Disk
    Compressed No
    File System NTFS
    Size 38.08 GB (40,887,832,576 bytes)
    Free Space 13.52 GB (14,517,907,456 bytes)
    Volume Name
    Volume Serial Number 0CFDBE22

    Drive D:
    Description Local Fixed Disk
    Compressed Not Available
    File System Not Available
    Size Not Available
    Free Space Not Available
    Volume Name Not Available
    Volume Serial Number Not Available

    Drive E:
    Description Local Fixed Disk
    Compressed No
    File System NTFS
    Size 64.93 GB (69,717,438,464 bytes)
    Free Space 14.88 GB (15,976,751,104 bytes)
    Volume Name
    Volume Serial Number B07F9908

    Drive F:
    Description Local Fixed Disk
    Compressed No
    File System NTFS
    Size 64.94 GB (69,725,663,232 bytes)
    Free Space 19.93 GB (21,402,042,368 bytes)
    Volume Name
    Volume Serial Number C8B4D5E6

    Drive G:
    Description CD-ROM Disc

    Drive K:
    Description CD-ROM Disc

    HERE I HAVE PROBLEM WITH "D" DRIVE


    Description Disk drive
    Manufacturer (Standard disk drives)
    Model ST3250310AS
    Bytes/Sector 512
    Media Loaded Yes
    Media Type Fixed hard disk media
    Partitions 4
    SCSI Bus 0
    SCSI Logical Unit 0
    SCSI Port 1
    SCSI Target ID---0
    Sectors/Track 63
    Size 232.88 GB (250,056,737,280 bytes)
    Total Cylinders 30,401
    Total Sectors 488,392,065
    Total Tracks 7,752,255
    Tracks/Cylinder 255
  5. 1. First I'd suggest updating to SP3. Also, before trying the following, ensure you have a backup of your data.

    2. Try deleting the partition and recreating it...
    a) Start the computer management console:
    Start -> Programs -> Administrative tools -> Computer Management
    b) In the left pane:
    Storage -> Disk Management
    c) In the right pane:
    Right click on "D" (either in the upper or lower pane) -> Delete Partition
    d) In the bottom pane as the space formerly used by D should then show as "unallocated".
    Right click on the unallocated space -> Create Partition

    If that doesn't work (e.g., disk manager refuses to touch the partition)...

    3. Use the recovery console and try "fixmbr", restart, then try formatting it
    See: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058
  6. i CANNOT see any information about harddisk drives...in disk management...instead i could see only info about my removable disks(CD-ROM)...
  7. I'm very surprised the partitions don't show in disk manager. In any case, it looks like a partition table / MBR a problem (at least the partition table entry for the second partition "D").

    I suggest trying testdisk (http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk) to "recover" the D partition (repair its entry in the partition table). After that you should be able to use normal management tools to format it (or whatever).
  8. It is the exact sam eproblem I have, please help me.
    I have tried all test disk , recovery tools, seatools, etc.
  9. i want install windows xp Recently but d: is not open the error message is : do you want to format it. & there is unknown partition. recently error is comming regular . how to solved this problem any data damage.
  10. Use ERD commander or any boot CD to back all the documents first before formatting.
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