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Need to chkdsk a drive that doesn't have a letter?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by nappymonster, Apr 18, 2008.

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  1. nappymonster

    nappymonster Thread Starter

    Nov 11, 2007
    Hi all,
    i'm running ubuntu (well, dual booting with vista) and I want to format a hard drive. When i double click it to mount it, it gives me an error (see screenie). Today is the first time i have used it, and it has only been with ubuntu so i don't know what it's like in windows - I haven't tried it.
    The details tab tells me to chkdsk /f it in windows, but my guess is that if it can't mount i won't be able to give it a letter to then be able to chkdsk it?

    So how am i going to run the chkdsk?


  2. Arcadion


    Sep 1, 2004
    Chkdsk fixes errors in an existing filesystem on a drive, it isn't much use if you want to wipe the drive. Is it a new, blank hard disk? You can't mount a drive until you've created a filesystem on it, the traditional way to do that in Linux is with fdisk, but if you want to make it FAT32 or NTFS you might as well use Disk Management in Windows.
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