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(Solved) - External hard drive won't format HELP

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  • Started 2 years ago by feinui
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feinui
Posts: 99

I have an LG external hard drive which I unplugged one day without doing the safe eject. Now it won't work. The computer recognize its existence on the F drive and disk management says the status is healthy (primary partition) But it will not format. Under File system, the drive is described as RAW. I do not need to recover the data but I got it only six months ago and hate to have to throw it away and buy a new one. Any help would be much appreciated.

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vistamike
vistamike
Posts: 10945

Try this, with the drive attached;

From command prompt type: Convert f: /FS:NTFS

Mike

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feinui
Posts: 99

Thanks Mike but the formatting was unsuccessful because it is a RAW volume. I tried doing the formatting from Disk Management but that did not work either. Any thoughts on what else can be done? The status is still marked as healthy

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whs
whs
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Go to Disk Management and delete partition and volume until you have unallocated space.. Then start anew by defining a new simple partition..

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202d
Posts: 127

take the drive out of the enclosure. get a new enclosure or a USB 'bridge' that reads sATA and try above stuff again. and get a fresh USB cord

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feinui
Posts: 99

Thanks WHS. I did that and now, six hours later it says 8% is formatted. Does this sound right to you?

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feinui
Posts: 99

Hi 202D - thanks for the suggestion but I am a bit of a novice. What is an enclosure and how do I take the drive out? Is there a link you know that explains these things?

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germ-x
germ-x
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Did you make the new partition NTFS.

@202d, Why would you suggest the Op get a new enclosure? The drive was working. All new USB drives are SATA drives. The original older ones that you purchased just an enclosure you could put an IDE drive in it.

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whs
whs
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8% in 6 hours does not sound right. Do the following>

Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt. Right click on Command Prompt and "Run as Administrator". Into the black window type:

chkdsk /f

Then press Enter. That will run for a while and fix any bad sectors. When that is done, run these commands in the same window - each followed by Enter

Diskpart
List disk
Select disk n (where n is the number that was given in List Disk for your disk in question)
Format /fs:NTFS Quick

When that is done, continue in the same window

Select disk n (same as above)
Create partition primary

And still in the same window

List volume
Select volume n (n is probably 0)
Assign letter=M (or any other higher letter )
Exit

Now you should have a volume with one partition M that should show in Computer.

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feinui
Posts: 99

Hi WHS. I got as far as
DISKPART> SELECT DISK 1
DISK 1 IS NOW THE SELECTED DISK.

I pressed RETURN.
DISKPART> (THEN I TYPED) /fs:NTFS Quick

I pressed return and I got this message:
The arguments specified for this command are not valid. For more information on the command tupe: HELP FORMAT

I typed HELP and was told (among a lot of other technical terms) that a volume must be selected for this operation to succeed.

So what should I do now?

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germ-x
germ-x
Posts: 5310

When you typed
diskpart
list disk
There should have been a volume assigned to the disk you want to format.
re read the last paragraph that whs posted above.

EDIT: you may need to type
detail volume
to get the volume information

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whs
whs
Posts: 17584

Try a LIST VOLUME followed by a SELECT VOLUME (the right one from the list). Then do the FORMAT.

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feinui
Posts: 99

@WHS @Germ-X. Thanks people but no luck. The list volume worked.

The info is:
Volume 5, (LTR) F, no info under Label, (Fs) RAW, (Type) Partition, (Size) 298GB, (Status) Healthy.

Then DISKPART came up and I did the following:

DISKPART> Select Volume 5

Volume 5 is the slected volume

DISKPART> Format /fs:NTFS Quick

The arguments specified for this command for not valid.
for more info type HELP FORMAT

DISKPART> HELP FORMAT
blah blah...A volume must be selected for this operation to succeed
Examples:
FORMAT FS=NTFS LABEL="NEW vOLUME" QUICK COMPRESS
FORMAT RECOMMENDED OVERRIDE

This is where I am up to so far and I did do the chkdsk so I presume the hardware on the external hard drive is OK. Help is much appreciated.

Posted 2 years ago
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raphoenix
raphoenix
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DiskPart <ENTER>

list disk <ENTER>

select disk X <ENTER> X=Disk Number

clean all <ENTER> Will take time

list disk <ENTER>

select disk X <ENTER> X=Disk Number

create partition primary <ENTER>

format fs=ntfs quick <ENTER> NO slash

active <ENTER>

exit <ENTER>

exit <ENTER>

Reboot and check Letter assigned in Windows Disk Management

Posted 2 years ago
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jayabaluan
Posts: 9

whc brand s good n better to buy???????????

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Xhi
Xhi
Posts: 6298

@jayabaluan, please make a new topic. Thanks.

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feinui
Posts: 99

@Raphoenix. Thanks I will give it a try tonight when I go home and let you all know how it goes. I am sure there are many people who have unplugged their USB by mistake.

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feinui
Posts: 99

Hi. The latest in the saga:

Diskpart> Select disk 1

Disk 1 is now the selected disk.

Diskpart> Clean all

DiskPart has encountered an error. The remote procedure call failed.
See the System Event Log for more information.

I WENT TO THE SYSTEM EVENT LOG AND IT HAS THESE ENTRIES:

ERROR: The Virtual Disk service terminated unexpectedly. It has done this 1 time(s). The following corrective action will be taken in 60000 milliseconds: Restart the service. <SERVICE CONTROL MANAGER>

INFORMATION: The WinHTTP Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Service service entered the running state. <SERVICE CONTROL MANAGER>

INFORMATION: SerVIce started.<VIRTUAL DISK SERVICE>

INFORMATION: The Virtual Disk service entered the running state. <SERVICE CONTROL MANAGER>

INFORMATION: The Multimedia Class Scheduler service entered the stopped state. <SERVICE CONTROL MANAGER>

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germ-x
germ-x
Posts: 5310

If you are willing download this free partition utility > burn to Cd > change your boot order > then boot your system and look at your drive.
You will be able to see if it is partitioned correctly then make any corrections as needed. You can also format from PW
http://www.partitionwizard.com/download.html
Scroll down about mid page and download the free bootable version

Posted 2 years ago
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rdunseith
rdunseith
Posts: 305

Just a thought. Have you tried to "Initialize" the drive in disc management. I remember having to do something of the sort on my external.
Raph and WHS can probably tell you a little more then I can.

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