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2.5'' WD HDD good health, but unable to format. Thought?

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August 6, 2011 11:16:41 PM

Drive model number: WD1200BEVE (2.5'' 120GB, pulled from a laptop)

This is a drive that was tested with many different programs such as HD Tune, ADRC, HDD Regenerator, GParted, WD tools, and others; all those diagnostic programs show no problem at all with the drive. The drive is recognized by the laptop, and when attached externally to a desktop PC. It is possible to create and delete partitions.

The issue is that I cannot format the drive. When the formatting starts, it formats till the end, then it says that the drive could not be formatted. I tried to create 3 different partitions and format each partition. Same issue with all the 3 partitions.

What I don't understand is that the drive doesn't show bad sectors, diagnostic programs says it is in good health, but I am unable to format it.


Does anyone know what kind of problem could this be?

August 6, 2011 11:57:19 PM

An interesting problem. What software are you using to format the drive?
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August 7, 2011 12:46:54 AM

I tried to format with Windows 7 and GParted.

Windows just says that is unable to format the drive.

Gparted says that I need to run "chkdsk /f" before formatting the drive. The problem is that I cannot run chkdsk unless I format the drive first.
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