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USB Hard Disk RAW Format?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Sabreur, Feb 14, 2013.

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  1. Sabreur

    Sabreur Thread Starter

    Aug 16, 2004
    I have fitted a new disk in my Dell Latitude e6430. I wanted to copy some data from the old disk to the new so I connected it via a USB adaptor but Windows reports the drive as RAW format.

    Both drives have similar partitioning: a Dell Utiltiy partition, a hidden Dell recovery partition; ntsf C: partition WIN7-64sp1; ntfs D: partition; ntfs F: WIN XP-32 Sp3 partition.

    Both drives work normally when inserted in the laptop (SATA)

    Both drives get reported as RAW if connected via the USB adaptor.

    The results are the same under 7 or XP.

    Using Linux Parted Magic the drives again show up normally when connected by SATA but show up as a single unformatted partition under USB.

    Both drives started out as Dell formatted drives and were partitioned using Parted Magic. They are different manufacturer but both e512 types. Parted Magic is latest version and apparently 4k aware.

    I tried the drives in another external USB box with the same results.

    Anybody had a similar experience or shed any light on what is going on?
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