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Please help with 500GB Seagate External drive ! :(

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by *SubZero*, Mar 22, 2012.

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  1. *SubZero*

    *SubZero* Thread Starter

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    Okay, hey guy, here is my problem.

    I've had this drive for a little while now, worked flawlessly for ages. I put movies and stuff on it and then watch it on my Xbox, I had about 30GB worth of data on it.

    Now, what I want to do is: Format/reset the drive BACK to FAT32, it is currently in the "RAW" state. I have NO idea how this happened, I havent dropped it or anything it literally happened overnight. Have tried formatting at least 6 times, it always says "Format could not complete".

    When I try to open it in my computer it just says "H: is not accesible, the parameter is incorrect". Have tried deleting the voume in disk management, that doesn't work either. Tried formatting through CMD, doesnt work.

    I'm lost for ideas. Is my drive just screwed? I'm not bothered about getting the data back, I just want it to work again so I can get it back to FAT32 format.

    Many thanks.
     
  2. fairnooks

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    Since Windows seems to be blocked (or the drive is FUBAR), I would try GParted utility from a Parted Magic boot disc.
    If that can't remove the volume and write a new MBR and format it then there probably is something seriously wrong with the drive, and the only further step would be to remove it from the external exclosure and hook it up directly to see if the USB bridge was malfunctioning. Also try a different USB cable first.
     
  3. *SubZero*

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    Okay, with the whole Gparted thing, could you explain more about that? Like what do I need to do?
     
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    Are you familiar with burning an ISO to a CD? http://partedmagic.com/doku.php?id=downloads for the ISO, burn the image, boot, use GParted utility to perform the same tasks you were attempting in Disk Management.
    Just be really sure you have the correct disk selected because GParted can manipulate just about any disk or partition since it operates outside of the Windows environment--normal self-protecting restrictions don't apply.
     
  5. *SubZero*

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    Yeah, Booted Gparted, doesn't work either, I have a warning sign next to my hard drive, i tried everything on Gparted but nothing worked! :( It still says RAW in the disk management.
     
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    But it recognizes the drive correctly size wise and without delay?
    If its shows as RAW in DM, what does it show as in GParted? Was there a partition(s) and could you delete it. Also in the menu there is a command to write the partition table; if its unallocated space can you write a new DOS partition table to the drive?

    If not and direct SATA connection yields equally sour results, the problem would seem deeper than resetting disk type and partitioning.
     
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