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I just popped a new 500GB WD into my computer, opened up comp management, and created a new volume.

It, however, remains stuck at the "formatting" phase. I am doing quick format, ntfs, default allocation. It's stuck in RAW as well.

If I reboot, I can see the drive under my computer but need to format it to use it. The format then either fails or hangs. Returning to comp management yields the same results as before.

Suggestions?

EDIT: No optical drive or flash drives, so I can't do any boot-off-of-this sort of stuff.
Edited by hglazm - 5/14/11 at 11:28am
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Download the linux live disc called GPARTED from here:
http://gparted.sourceforge.net/download.php

This is a the best partition/formatting tool. Give that a try, and if it doesn't work let me know I'll keep thinking
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Originally Posted by hokeyplyr48;13502683 
Download the linux live disc called GPARTED from here:
http://gparted.sourceforge.net/download.php

This is a the best partition/formatting tool. Give that a try, and if it doesn't work let me know I'll keep thinking

Forgot to mention: I have no optical drive or flash drives. So I can't boot into linux or anything.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by hglazm;13502718 
Forgot to mention: I have no optical drive or flash drives. So I can't boot into linux or anything.

Off to Worst Buy with you, then. biggrin.gif
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lol uhhhhh well that doesn't help.

how did you install the OS in the first place? Try doing it in safe mode?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by hokeyplyr48;13502800 
lol uhhhhh well that doesn't help.

how did you install the OS in the first place? Try doing it in safe mode?
Used to have an external cd drive, but that got sold off with a mini-itx build I did.


Anyways: Doing a long format seemed to fix it. So secondary question: Whats a good hdd cloning tool?
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clonezilla is the best that i've found. It's a linux tool that you can put on a cd or flashdrive.
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