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Can\'t format 500gb samsung hard drive in caddy ntfs

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May 28, 2012 5:52:22 AM

I have put a Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB drive into a Dynamode 3.5" SATA enclosure. The drive is recognised but always fails to format. Seatools also fails, as does EaseUS Partition Manager. Any suggestions?
a b Ô Samsung
a c 318 G Storage
May 29, 2012 3:45:15 PM

I assume that it will not allow you to create a partition on the drive in disk management to allow a format. If so, the quickest solution would be to just remove the drive from the enclosure, attach it to an empty SATA port, initialize and format it, then reinstall into the enclosure.
a b G Storage
May 29, 2012 4:20:01 PM

+1 Realbeast

if still fails, it means a bad drive.

In that case if you want to try and repair the drive, do a low level format. With a little bit of luck I saved a few drive in doing so.
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May 29, 2012 5:37:16 PM

Unfortunately my desktop is a bit older and does not have Sata ports to my knowledge, other than that I just have a laptop. The disk is brand new so I am guessing I would have to be pretty unlucky for it to be knackered. I also tried using Ubuntu to format it but it also failed. I am a bit hesitant to ask my mother if I may dismantle her PC! :-D
a b Ô Samsung
a c 318 G Storage
May 29, 2012 5:59:00 PM

Even some very old desktops have SATA ports, what brand and model is it?

And which Dynamode enclosure model?
May 29, 2012 6:32:34 PM

The enclosure is usb-hd3.5si-b

The box was a barebone system built by a local shop. I will need to have a hunt for paperwork.
a b Ô Samsung
a c 318 G Storage
May 29, 2012 6:59:22 PM

russellc_2012 said:
The enclosure is usb-hd3.5si-b

The box was a barebone system built by a local shop. I will need to have a hunt for paperwork.
I really just need the model of the motherboard -- taking the case cover off might be easier than finding old papers. :) 
May 29, 2012 7:05:41 PM

The m/board is a mk8v and does have 2 sata ports. I take it you can run a sata next to an ide and not have to use one standard or the other?
a b Ô Samsung
a c 318 G Storage
May 29, 2012 7:22:03 PM

Yes, you can run a SATA and IDE, just leave your bios boot order on the IDE drive. I would connect it to a SATA port and SATA power connector (unfortunately you may need an adapter molex to sata power) and then go into disk management and initialize (create a partition) and then format. Should work fine in your external case then.
May 29, 2012 7:29:52 PM

Thanks, I'll have a bash at that over the weekend when I don't need the PC and desk in one piece!

I was a little surprised Linux didn't bully its to doing something windows wouldn't!

Will post how I get on.

!