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Unable to Format new HDD after cancelling Format

I had a 1TB Samsung HD103SJ HDD that I hadn't ever used and just recently got the means to hook it up to my computer. I went through Disk Management and was running a NTFS full format (I did not opt ...
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30 views

Completely format and remove a hardrive

As seen in image disk1 is paritioned in 3 parts (C,E&F) I have nothing to do with it. All I need to do is format and remove all partitions from disk2 that is partitioned as D and other two ...
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11 views

Bitlocker Formatting Cancel

I have 500 GB HDD separated into 100 GB partitions and i have a partition in which each and every file is important so i have secured it with bit-locker........one day i wasn't at home and my small ...
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0answers
75 views

WD My Passport External HD stuck at Formatting

My WD My Passport 1TB stopped working all of a sudden. I just got it 3 months ago. The computer recognizes the hard drive and when I went to Disk Management the file system says RAW. The light just ...
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0answers
25 views

Hard drive boots, but asks to be formatted when attached to another computer

I am trying to cleanup a hard drive that has been infected. I've done this hundreds of times for people, but am having an issue with this one. The infected system is a Windows 7 install (Home ...
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1answer
11 views

debug commands for formating drive

I want to delete all the data on my hard drive, including partitions. What commands should I put in the command prompt for debugging the hard drive? I do not have any OS on my laptop. how to do it? ...
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1answer
33 views

Hard disk format count

Is there any way to find whether you have formatted your internal hard disk. Does any OEM apply such capability in the BIOS? I have an HP ProBook, does it have the capability?
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1answer
51 views

Format all Hard Drives within Domain

I am currently running a domain with Windows Server 2012 R2 as the DC. Is there a way I can format every single hard drive within the domain then fill all the drives with useless data so the original ...
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0answers
25 views

How to convert MBR disk to GPT disk on Windows XP? [duplicate]

My new harddrive is larger than 2TB, and for some reasons I have to convert it to GPT disk so I can use all the space. How can I convert my WD Red 3TB into GPT disk so I can use all its capacity? I ...
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3answers
219 views

Really damaged HDD, is there a faster way to identify and mark bad blocks?

I have this 120GB HDD with ~2-3GB of contiguous bad sectors on it, no way to regenerate them, but other than that, still usable. I don't have splinters running inside, so it seem safe for now (or for ...
0
votes
1answer
134 views

Quick format vs format when filling hard drive

I have a hard drive with stuff on it. I have now deleted it and want to format the drive. I want to make sure that it is wiped clean (at bit level) so I would format it using windows 7 formatter which ...
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2answers
165 views

Interrupt formatting

Recently I bought a new HDD and it was formatted as FAT32. I wanted to use NTFS so I started to format it again. On Windows, there is a checkbox labeled "Quick format" (or something like that), which ...
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2answers
76 views

Format encrypted/corrupted HDD

I got a hard drive which I think is either encrypted or corrupted. When I tried to connect it to my other desktop, my desktop was unable to identify it. Is there any powerful way to detect and format ...
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1answer
839 views

Format /dev/sda as unallocated

I want to format my hard disk (/dev/sda) to be unallocated (free space). The reason I want this is because I'm installing cPanel CentOS disk and it shows me that there's not free space on my system. ...
0
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2answers
34 views

Will the files of other drives be deleted when formatting a dual-boot machine

I use both Windows and Linux on my computer by dual-booting. I also have 3 drives. On one I have Windows, on the other there is Linux and on the third one are my files (documents, pictures etc.). Now, ...
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votes
3answers
414 views

How to quickly format a HDD with bad sectors (in linux)?

I have a SATA HDD, which has bad sectors. I do not need the data, and need to format the HDD to create a fresh device. I tried to repair the HDD problem with commands like fsck.ext4 -p /dev/sda1 ...
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3answers
243 views

How does hard drive formatting work? [duplicate]

What exactly happens when you format/wipe a hard drive ? Is it overwritten with random data or something else ? Is the format process the same for all types of hard drives and for all brands ? Also, ...
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votes
1answer
226 views

Pro & cons of different format/file system solutions for Hard Disk [closed]

I'm recently migrated to Mac and my HD is NTFS so I can't use it. I would like to know what are the pro and cons of different formats for Hard Drive and generally for mass storage device. I work with ...
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1answer
321 views

Cannot select an allocation unit size less than 4096 bytes for 1 TB mechanical hard drive

I am trying to format a brand new 1TB Western Digital blue mechanical hard drive using Windows 7 Disk Management. It is not giving me the option to select an allocation unit size less than 4096 bytes, ...
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2answers
1k views

Solid State Drive suddenly stopped working

I had SSD in my desktop and I had Windows 7 installed in it. Week age computer asked to restart to install the updates and I did. After that computer didn't boot. Finally I found that my SSD is not ...
0
votes
3answers
253 views

Using ext4 hard drive on Windows XP Pro machine?

Have an old laptop with Windows XP Pro and a new one with Linux Mint 13 LTS. I want to transfer my personal files from the old machine to the new one. Firstly I thought using crossover cable but I ...
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votes
2answers
150 views

Unused Disk after new Windows 7 Install

I have a really big problem.I currently had 2 hard drives, disk0 and disk1. I bought a Western Digital 1TB hard-disk a while ago and installed it on Windows 8 and it was placed as my disk 2. I put ...
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votes
2answers
154 views

Formatting C: (windows 7) on an already partitioned hard drive

I'm thinking about formatting my hard drive which is running windows 7. I partitioned it a while ago so I could dual boot with windows 8, so basically right now my drive is separated for use with both ...
0
votes
1answer
288 views

Format a protected disk

I have an external HD that I want to format. The disk doesn't appear in the device list, neither in xp, nor in Windows7. Here's what I did so far: Ubuntu: Ubuntu sees it but I can't mount it, nor ...
0
votes
1answer
85 views

hard disk not recognized

I have red-hat enterprise 6.2 and I have just bought a new hard disk for 1.7 TB. My OS doesn't seem to see that disk. I was expecting to see /dev/sdb or some new entry returned by lsblck but nothing ...
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votes
1answer
79 views

Will installing windows format the disk?

I have a problem with my hard disk so I removed it, stripped off an external hard disk and inserted it into my laptop. Now i want to install windows 7 on this disk but the installation is not showing ...
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0answers
55 views

Fujitsu Hard Drive asking to be formated

I have a Fujutsi hard drive that's requesting to be formatted, but if i cancel the format window it gives me this error "Data error (cyclic redundancy check)". The thing is that I don't want to format ...
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votes
3answers
5k views

USB - Harddrive - How to use a USB Flash drive as a HDD harddrive?

As you see in the picture below, Windows knows which devices are USB's and which devices are hard drives. How can I make this USB into a hard drive? Can I format it or something? I need to do this ...
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votes
1answer
284 views

gparted doesn't work with an external hard drive with sector size of 4096

When I open gparted, I got below: sudo gparted ====================== libparted : 2.2 ====================== Device /dev/sdc has a logical sector size of 4096. Not all parts of GNU Parted support ...
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votes
1answer
435 views

Windows 8 HDD unable to boot, later unable to read from Windows7 machine as well

On a Samsung Windows 8 machine after some time I was not able to boot. Checking the BIOS shows that HDD is frozen. Them machine takes lots of time to boot. Saying this I would like some suggestions ...
1
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2answers
126 views

Understanding SMART results

After experiencing slow copying from an 2.5" USB hard drive, I copied off all data, except for a few files which were unreadable, and then deleted and recreate the partition, and quick formatted the ...
0
votes
1answer
30 views

Formatting a hard drive

I have an internal hard drive that I have ubuntu installed on. I also have an internal SSD card that I have windows installed on. I would like to put a NTFS partition on the hard drive with ubuntu on ...
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2answers
103 views

OS agnostic (external) hard disk drive preparation

I am a trans-OS user (coming out, I love linux and windows, one with the heart and both with the mind ;)) Somewhere in the back of my head I remember, formatting an external usb drive with windows or ...
1
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1answer
311 views

HDD is preventing ubuntu from installing

I have recently attempted to install ubuntu on my laptop, replacing windows 7. The HDD was working fine with windows 7. On my first attempt to install ubuntu it kept giving me an error that was ...
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2answers
557 views

Which file system is the fastest? [closed]

I'm looking to format my hard drive. I've heard about a file system called "ext3", it's supposedly a linux partition and I think is a lot faster than NTFS. But my question, is, is there anything ...
0
votes
1answer
527 views

What happened to my recovery partition after upgrading to Windows 8?

After upgrading to Windows 8 Pro from Vista I noticed an unformatted Local Disk (M:). I think that this is my old Vista recovery partition (since I have nothing else connected) but I'm not sure. Is it ...
1
vote
1answer
485 views

Partition error being reported by only some programs

I am getting an error about the partitions on one of my drives. I checked my hard disk with Acronis Disk Director 11 Home, HDTunePro, MiniTool Partition Wizard, Hddscan, HDD Regenerator 2011, WD Data ...
2
votes
1answer
145 views

What exactly is my computer doing when I format a disk? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does Format Do? I've been formatting all matter of media for years, but I'm unclear on what exactly formatting even is. I know that it prepares the disk to be used ...
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votes
2answers
658 views

Cannot reformat flash drive

I have tried to reformat on Ubuntu using gparted, in Windows using their tool, and OSX using Disk Utility. I have also attempted by using the terminal but also failed there. When I verify disk using ...
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votes
1answer
225 views

Retrive Microsoft Outlook 2007 information after format [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Recover data from full format on NTFS partition I'm trying to retrieve back information (i.e; emails, contacts, ...etc) of Microsoft Outlook 2007 after the hard disk (C ...
1
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1answer
114 views

No drives to choose while formatting

I was trying to format my friend's computer and when we came to the point where we have to choose which drive to install windows on, there was no option to choose from, i.e there were no drives ...
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2answers
194 views

HP Notebook NC8000 multibay 40 GB SATA installed disk seen as 9 GB in MultiWord DMA2

I've installed 40 GB A-data S599 SATA SSD in Multibay but it's being shown as 9 GB and works only in MultiWord DMA 2 mode (about 30 MB/s). How to correct this ? I'm using Samsung HM160HC 160 GB PATA ...
2
votes
1answer
120 views

hard drive formatting error

I have a disk composed of a single partition. It is formatted in ntfs and has files in it. Linux reads them fine, and is able to write on it too. So the disk is fine, and it doesn't show any smart ...
0
votes
1answer
105 views

using the extra space on a gpt hard drive

Win7 64 bit. I have a computer with a 3TB drive. This is the first time I've ever used one that big and didn't know about the gpt format. The disk management app shows 100MB Sytem Reserve, 2047.9GB ...
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2answers
848 views

how to prepare a harddisk for another computer

My old laptop died lately and I want to have it fixed by a repair-shop. Now first I want to clean the hard disk (via an external 2,5 inch casing). I managed to connect the drive via USB in order to ...
0
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3answers
4k views

Formatting a laptop hard drive (PS3 drive) to FAT32

My PS3 broke down and i am trying to fix it, hopefully this can be done by formatting and reinstalling the OS on its HDD. The HDD is a standard laptop 2.5" drive. I have tried swapping it with my ...
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2answers
3k views

LBA and sector size

Does LBA always specify sectors as 512bytes even if the drive is formatted with 4k sectors? Because I read that you should format the partition boundaries so that the 4k clusters line up with 4k ...
0
votes
2answers
595 views

Would interrupting a partitioning process cause my Hard Drive to become bad? Can I fix it with a full format?

I was trying to partition my hard drive to install windows 7 without losing data, but I thought the process had locked up so I stopped it and restarted my computer. I tried again and it worked, but ...
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vote
1answer
347 views

Block size and llf

I read that low level formatting is done before you even receive the disk. This determines the block size. It also says that block sizes are fixed. Are really not allowed to change the blocks size ...
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0answers
222 views

Format main OS hard drive with non-standard allocation unit size before restoring Ghost image

I want to try formatting my main internal hard drive with NTFS using an allocation unit size of 64 KB instead of the default 4KB. Then I have a Windows 7 Ghost image that I will be restoring to the ...