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**RAW External Hard Drive Fix??**

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October 7, 2012 6:37:58 PM

Hey guys. I've been reading this forum for a while, and I need some help from you guys.

Recently, I did a hardware upgrade (new motherboard, RAM, and CPU), and I needed to reformat my 500GB USB external hard drive (I looked inside the case, and it was a Western Digital) so I could use it to back up my HDD, and do a clean installation of Windows 7 to fit with my new hardware.
I tried formatting the External Drive with Command Prompt. I cleaned the old partitions... and well, it wasn't able to create any new partitions.

It ended up becoming a RAW hard drive. :( 

I think it was because it was previously formatted as "WBFS" file system (its a format for reading Wii games so you can play them from a USB drive... Windows can't read it though). Or maybe its just because I used Command Prompt and I wasn't patient enough to wait for the easy "right-click on drive, press format, and start" method. I don't really know...

I've tried formatting it in Disk Management, but it reads that the "format did not complete successfully". I tried assigning it new drive letters, but that makes no difference. It reads as a "Healthy Primary Partition", with nothing unallocated, and 100% free.

I tried using RecoverMyFiles, which can detect my RAW drive is there, but it can't reformat it.

I tried EaseUs, but it can't detect my RAW drive.

I've even tried using Command Prompt again, but its inaccessible and can't format.

I'm almost sure its not a connectivity problem, since Windows can detect the drive going into the USB port, and it shows up under "Hard Disk Drives" and in "Disk Management". But, when right clicking and trying to format the drive, it says "Windows was unable to complete the format". ALTHOUGH, the "Activity" light on the case of the drive isn't lighting up...

I honestly don't care if I lose all my data on it, I just want it to be a usable NTFS drive again.

Please answer ASAP... my build is waiting downstairs to be completed :( 

THANKYOU IN ADVANCE! :D 

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October 7, 2012 7:12:05 PM

did u try hiren boot cd
did u try formatting hdd from installation of win 7 or xp
when u reach the partition in installation format the hdd from there
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October 7, 2012 7:17:35 PM

profkefah said:
did u try hiren boot cd
did u try formatting hdd from installation of win 7 or xp
when u reach the partition in installation format the hdd from there


Woops, forgot to mention that I tried that. I select the drive in the Windows 7 installation, but the format option is grayed out. :??: 
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October 7, 2012 10:16:00 PM

Hi Bobby,

Use the command prompt utility called DiskPart. It's techy and using a CLI you have to double check each step to make sure you are choosing the correct drive. I am assumming there is nothing important on the drive since you tried to Format it. When done, there will be Nothing on the drive. With this drive attached also,

Right click on Cmd, to RunAs Administrator

Then type DiskPart
Then type List Disk - will get a table of disks each with a Disk #.
Then choose Select Disk n (whatever the disk # is) This disk now has the focus
Then type Clean All.

That will remove all partitons, formatting, data, and write zeros to all sectors.

That should give you a "new" drive that will have to be Initialized, Partitioned, & Formatted.

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November 14, 2012 10:39:57 PM

1957806,4,558025 said:
Hi Bobby,

Use the command prompt utility called DiskPart. It's techy and using a CLI you have to double check each step to make sure you are choosing the correct drive. I am assumming there is nothing important on the drive since you tried to Format it. When done, there will be Nothing on the drive. With this drive attached also,

Right click on Cmd, to RunAs Administrator

Then type DiskPart
Then type List Disk - will get a table of disks each with a Disk #.
Then choose Select Disk n (whatever the disk # is) This disk now has the focus
Then type Clean All.

That will remove all partitons, formatting, data, and write zeros to all sectors.

That should give you a "new" drive that will have to be Initialized, Partitioned, & Formatted.[/quotemsg



i have a same problem as bobby... i did those diskpart but heres what it says


[ DiskPart has encountered an error: Access is denied.
See the System Event Log fo more information. ] :cry: 
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November 15, 2012 3:39:01 AM

Nice answer
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May 11, 2013 9:03:37 AM

John_VanKirk said:
Hi Bobby,

Use the command prompt utility called DiskPart. It's techy and using a CLI you have to double check each step to make sure you are choosing the correct drive. I am assumming there is nothing important on the drive since you tried to Format it. When done, there will be Nothing on the drive. With this drive attached also,

Right click on Cmd, to RunAs Administrator

Then type DiskPart
Then type List Disk - will get a table of disks each with a Disk #.
Then choose Select Disk n (whatever the disk # is) This disk now has the focus
Then type Clean All.

That will remove all partitons, formatting, data, and write zeros to all sectors.

That should give you a "new" drive that will have to be Initialized, Partitioned, & Formatted.



I done this. The harddisk is good as new. But when i reboot my pc, it turned out i have to reformat again. How to solve this?
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a c 106 G Storage
May 11, 2013 10:55:35 AM

Hello,
Depends if you are using this "new" HDD as a primary drive to install Win, or as a secondary data drive.

If to install a clean version of Win-7 or Win-8 on, it shouldn't be initialized or formatted. Insert your installation DVD, and boot to the DVD. It will find the drive, follow the directions.

If for use as a secondary data drive on a working system, right click on My Computer, Manage, Computer Management, and Disk Management. The Drive should be listed, but will need to be Initialized, then Partitioned as needed, and NTFS formatted.
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