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Unable to format a RAW external drive

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  • So I have a 1TB external drive connected to my computer via eSATA and recently it got changed to a RAW file system some how. I'm not very concerned about recovering the data on the drive as it was mostly replaceable media and such but for some reason I am completely unable to reformat the drive. I'm running windows 7 64-bit.

    I tried using using disk management with no luck, it just told me that it could not format the drive (I tried both a quick format and a regular one).

    I then tried formatting it by booting with the windows 7 disc and trying that utility and it told me "Failed to format the selected partition. [error 0x80070057]."

    I've tried acronis disk director but it always gets stuck when it is analyzing the partition. I also tried making a boot disk with that program and got the same problem.

    I also tried just using the normal usb cable and plugging it in via that, I tried this with the steps listed above with the same results.

    I can't seem to format this drive, does anyone know why?
    sábado, 02 de enero de 2010 4:06

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  • Did this 1tb external come enclosed in its own box or did you use a hard drive docking station purchased separately? It could be that the dock has errored out and that's why you're not able to format it or see it in disk manager or acronis to format it. Another guy had solved his problem by replacing the eSata cable and using another eSata port. Also try this utility and see what it can do for you - TestDisk its free and its based on Linux.
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    sábado, 02 de enero de 2010 16:26
  • Windows cannot use a RAW disk, It must be partitioned and formatted before it can recognize it. Typically servers with a database like RAW disks as they can dodge the overhead of an OS.

    You may need to make the disk the boot disk, boot from Windows XP where you can zap partitions, make them etc. Then put the disk back on the external connector and put your disk back as C: and then Windows should be able to see the disk and format it and make ut useable.


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    sábado, 02 de enero de 2010 17:10
  • I tried booting from the windows 7 disc and deleting the partition from there too though.... wouldn't that be the same as booting from the xp disc?

    Also, it came in its own box.  And I tried the usb cable as well as the eSATA with the same results.
    sábado, 02 de enero de 2010 21:09
  • Try the XP disk if you have one available. At least the XP one you can see if there is any partition info, Win 7 is not as helpful.

    Vote if answered or helpful, I am running for Office (joke)! IT/Developer, Windows/Linux/Mainframe

    Server: ASRock P4-2GHz, 1.5 GB RAM, Linux Server, need IDE/SATA disks for my chess site

    Workstation: Asus M2NBP-VM CSM, Athlon64 X2 4200+ 65W CPU, 2GB RAM, NVIDIA 8600GT, 320GB + 160G backup, Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
    sábado, 02 de enero de 2010 22:12