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Got a "Faulty Hard Drive" that won't format! SOLVED

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So a mate had "Hard drive problems", his PC wouldn't boot. I think the install may have just been corrupt, anyway they bought a new HDD.

I've tested the HDD with HD Tune 2.25 and Windows still refuses to format it, is there any other way to format it? I wouldn't mind formatting it as like 750GB even because that is 750GB of free space.



I've also tried a non "quick" format in the hope that it was just some form of formatting error and it got a fresh format but it flat out refuses to after a few hours of formatting.

It also doesn't click and we could get documents off it, which makes me think it's still fine.

EDIT: Turns out it was something to do with the windows 100mb partition that it makes, of course I didn't realize it was on there and after deleting that as a last hope and deleting both partitions allowed me to format it correctly! thumb.gif
Edited by Matt-Matt - 2/2/13 at 7:17pm
 
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HD Tune is good. You can run a scan on all the sectors of the hard drive to check for hours. A 1 TB Seagate Barracuda took me about 3 hours to scan.

Here's a link: http://www.hdtune.com/

To run the test go to the Health tab, and then continue from there.
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Originally Posted by cam51037 View Post

HD Tune is good. You can run a scan on all the sectors of the hard drive to check for hours. A 1 TB Seagate Barracuda took me about 3 hours to scan.

Here's a link: http://www.hdtune.com/

To run the test go to the Health tab, and then continue from there.

Cheers, +Rep

Hopefully it works so I can RAID biggrin.gif
 
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Trying a command prompt way to force all zeroes on it, it'll take hours/days but it may be worth it!
Edited by Matt-Matt - 2/1/13 at 4:41am
 
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