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External Hard disk showing as RAW in disk management

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jasim, Oct 29, 2011.

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  1. jasim

    jasim Thread Starter

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    I have an external hard disk which got corrupted. When i connect the disk through USB it shows as an unknown device in the disk management with no option to format.

    In My computer the device is showing as H: drive but unable to access it. It asks if i want to format or not but when i go for format it does not do it. I want to erase the disk completely as of now. What should i do??

    I tried to load it from linux but there it shows as Device Error. Disk Failure is Imminent.

    Can something be done or is it a hardware failure.
     
  2. Mark1956

    Mark1956 Malware Specialist

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    Sounds like the drive is failing or the circuitry in the enclosure is faulty.

    I would first remove the drive from the enclosure and hook it up as a slave to a desktop PC. See if you can then access it. If you can, then post back for further instructions with the version of your OS.
     
  3. jasim

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    i had windows 7 installed in that drive and connected to laptop hard drive...but it showed hard disk failure in the beginning...

    I really need to just erase the data if possible...
     
  4. Mark1956

    Mark1956 Malware Specialist

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    Ok, use the hard drive diagnostics from the manufacturer as detailed below, but this will not give a true diagnosis while the drive is in an enclosure as it may be the enclosure that is faulty.

    You need to take the drive out of the enclosure as I suggested so that you can eliminate the enclosure as the cause.

    I have no idea what you mean by this:
     
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