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Recently something went wrong with my external WD passport. It is not accesible anymore in Win 7 and the type is now currently RAW. I recovered all the data so formatting it is no issue.

I tried formatting it with windows but it seems to be unable to do so. Does anyone have any suggestions how I am able to get this RAW drive back to NTFS or FAT or whatever.. as long as it works.

Thank you in advance

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Sounds like the usb chip in the enclosure is having problems, the drive may be good but the enclosure is dying. –  Moab Jul 1 '11 at 23:21
    
Well all the issues started after I wanted to format 1/2 partitions on the drive. It formatted both of them and well has stopped the disk being accessible through windows. I got my files back with TestDisk but got stuck from there. –  Niels W Jul 1 '11 at 23:24
    
One way to tell if the enclosure is wonky, is to remove the drive from the enclosure and connect it directly to a motherboard or use another usb to hard drive adapter. –  Moab Jul 2 '11 at 15:48

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Delete the partition in Disk Administrator (diskmgmt.msc), re-create it, then format it.

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And of which manufacturer is this Partition Manager? I've found two different ones on google. Thank you for the reply. –  Niels W Jul 1 '11 at 23:23
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Just plug it into Windows, and use its partition manager.Control Panel>System and Security>Administrative Tools>Computer Management. Then in that, Storage>Disk Management. Right click the partition and delete it. –  KCotreau Jul 1 '11 at 23:34
    
As Moab said, if this does not work, then the enclosure may be dying. –  KCotreau Jul 1 '11 at 23:37

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