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.
(Solved) - External hard drive won't format HELP(23 posts)
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
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.
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:
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
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
Select volume n (n is probably 0)
Assign letter=M (or any other higher letter )
Now you should have a volume with one partition M that should show in Computer.
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?
When you typed
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
to get the volume information
@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
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.
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
Reboot and check Letter assigned in Windows Disk Management
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>
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
Scroll down about mid page and download the free bootable version
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.
@rdunseith, If you have time take a look at PW you can do everything and more then disk management. I think you will like it.
I use Paragon which is about the same as PW.
The reason I suggest PW over diskpart is you can boot with it and has a graphical interface which makes it a little easier for the majority of computer users to use. You can see what you are doing and also it prompts you before actually making any changes.
I usually just use Windows repair disk that raph suggested in an earlier topic or g-parted bootable cd. I do like that PW has an option for bootable flash drive. Going to give it a go on my test system to see if I like it better.
Thank you everybody. IT WORKED ... but in a VERY STRANGE way. This is what happened.
1. I downloaded PW and clicked on create partition and then format partition (Other options were greyed out). I was told the operation was successful.
2. I went to computer management and looked at disk management. It still told me the volume was RAW. I repeated STEP 1 and rebooted but still the volume showed up as raw.
3. Then I clicked on create partition but this time I set the size at only 50GB (my drive is 300GB). Gave it a new drive letter (not F:). Formatted the partition. It worked.
4. So I got greedy and resized the partition to 298GB. PW says the operation was successful but disk management told me the volume was RAW.
5. So I repeated Step 3 with the 50GB size. It worked again.
6. Then I thought I would be smart. I created a new partititon with 225GB and gave it a new drive letter. The new partition worked but the old 50GB partition turned RAW again.
7. I started from scratch. Deleted the entire volume and began again with PW. I still put in two partitions but sized 50GB and 138GB. THAT WORKED.
I conclude there must be some bad sectors that chkdsk could not fix. That is why when I tried formatting the entire external hard drive it did not work.
1. On disk management, it shows I now have four partitions. The two that I had set up. And two more: One that says 78GB of free space and one that says 27GB unallocated.
2. On PW, it shows I have four partitions. Two with drive letters that I had set up. And THREEadditional partitions each labelled *: (asterisk-colon). File system is unallocated and type is logical.
I might not have all the 300GB back but I am very very happy to have more than half of it back. So thank you again everyone. I really appreciate you all taking the time to help.
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