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Initializing Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Guamps, Apr 1, 2008.

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  1. Guamps

    Guamps Thread Starter

    Apr 1, 2008
    Lost power during partitioning / formatting of external IDE HD. Computer sees hard drive, tries to initialize, but reverts to "not initialized" state when trying to re partition or format. This is 40 GB IDE hard drive. Computer uses Windows XP Pro SP 2.

    Was using "Device Manager" - Disk Management to perform these functions.

    No previous problem with drive or reason to believe mechanical failure.

    Internal computer drives are SATA.

    Help and suggestions welcomed....pleeese!
  2. fairnooks

    fairnooks Banned

    Oct 1, 2007
    Power failure during partitioning/formatting is a very bad thing, you might actually have some hardware damage but assuming its not hardware it must be software if its rejected as not initialized by disk management.
    You might give Gparted a try http://gparted-livecd.tuxfamily.org/ and see what it can do with the drive. I always have very good luck with it, even reallocating partitions non-destructively so it is a very powerful tool for this kind of thing.
  3. techdawg667


    Mar 11, 2008
    It will most likeley NOT be hardware failure because the Read/Write haed goes to a safe area if it recognizes a power failure. It can survive about 500,000 of those.
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