Windows wont format

right ok so on from this it seems my wd3200budt HD is fine. I received the usb enclosure case this morning,altho it wont wotk on my vista sp2 laptop,it will connect on a windows 7 laptop.

Problem i have now is, Windows cant format it? it (drive E) shows up in My Computer,when right clicked it says 0 bites used and 0 bites free? but the blue 3d circle is full. Upon entering device manager,1 partition oe is 40gb (something like that) and the other remaining space is 290gb? i cant format it there either. Altho it shows as Healthy (active),it wont format.


i have tried that Recuva program but when i select drive E it says its not connected?
When i use iCare,it picks up the drive on partiton only (not on deep scan) but shows nothing in it but a folder saying RAW ad 0kb's selected.


what do i do?


Help apreciated

Thanks
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  1. Download data lifeguard for windows and run it.

    http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=613&sid=3&lang=en

    Let us know what it says.....
  2. tried that wont do anythin. Itll show up on the bottom column with drive c: but i cant click aything to test it.

    i cant format it,i says unable to start,i cant delete the volume,i cant do anythin with it and its frustrating me now
  3. also i downloaded i Care and when it scanned for a partition it found my external drive E so then i clicked it and it showd up as RAW folder and there was nothin in it. 0 bites selected,so i couldnt do anythin with it.
    I tried deep scan,wouldnt show up in that.

    Is my harddrive actually ok,is it actually empty as it shows when right clicked?
    if that is the case then it seems i have lost all my files as i have tried 2 different recover programs and drive E is unselectable as its not found

    any other help apreciated.
  4. also i downloaded i Care and when it scanned for a partition it found my external drive E so then i clicked it and it showd up as RAW folder and there was nothin in it. 0 bites selected,so i couldnt do anythin with it.
    I tried deep scan,wouldnt show up in that.

    Is my harddrive actually ok,is it actually empty as it shows when right clicked?
    if that is the case then it seems i have lost all my files as i have tried 2 different recover programs and drive E is unselectable as its not found

    any other help apreciated.
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