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Formatting an external HD in Windows... crashed. How to make my HD work again?
    #78990 - 07/11/08 04:38 AM (8 years, 4 months ago)

I don't need to get the files back (duh), but I need to get the disk working.

No partitions are detected, however I can detect the external HD as a device.

Any way to force format it? I've got Vista as well as Linux Ubuntu that I can use.


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Re: Formatting an external HD in Windows... crashed. How to make my HD work again? [Re: kidaihuan]
    #79038 - 07/11/08 10:10 AM (8 years, 4 months ago)

Go into Linux then do this command on that drive:

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/??? bs=512 count=100000

... where ??? is the device-code of your external drive.

Then you can go to cfdisk and create new partitions, or create them with Vista.
Your choice.

If you can't find your external drive-code, then you'll have to remove it from the external case,
then physically attach that drive as an internal drive (either parallel or serial ATA or SCSI).


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Re: Formatting an external HD in Windows... crashed. How to make my HD work again? [Re: andyistic]
    #79054 - 07/11/08 10:43 AM (8 years, 4 months ago)

so i'm assuming you can't find the drive in a DOS box?  Because if you can, all you need to do is type format [drive letter] /q for a quick format.


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Re: Formatting an external HD in Windows... crashed. How to make my HD work again? [Re: coda]
    #81728 - 07/13/08 06:16 AM (8 years, 4 months ago)

fixed it

ran a pirated version of spinrite on it and it fixed some bad sectors.


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