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Old 05-30-2007, 07:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Right. I just found a spare 250GB IDE Drive lying around. So I popped it in, booted up, Vista recognised the drive and displayed the product number etc and found drivers for it. I always get errors trying to format the disk. I've tried Windows Disk Management, Partition Magic, GParted and DOS. None of which can format the drive, it keeps giving me errors. Is there anything tlse that I could try to sort out this problem? It actually annoying me so **** much that I can't format a hard drive

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try to recover any bad sectors using software. run a diagnostic with the manufacturer's tools.
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Old 05-30-2007, 01:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Just tried that with no good results. Diagnostics couldn't even detect the drive, and chkdsk said that it had unrecoverable errors
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I would have to say that the drive is bad...how old is the drive you might be able to RMA...
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I bought it from eBay a few months ago. I'm thinking the drive is bad too :-\
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Darik's Boot and Nuke (Hard Drive Disk Wipe) try that.... best formatter i know
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Thanks Vernong - I'll give this a try
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