Can an external hard disk be repaired?

My external hard disk drive gave a message that it wants to be formatted before i use it, but when i format it it reefuses and says it cannot complete formatting and i cannot get access to the drive. what can i do to format it?
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  1. Try formatting it from the command line in DOS.
  2. Do you have a Nvidia chipset?
    Upgrade the chipset drivers to the latest version.
  3. If you can disassemble the drive, do so. Then plug the bare drive into your computer and format it there.

    If it still will not format, the drive is dead. You may as well buy a complete new external drive, because a new external drive does not cost much more than the same size bare drive.
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