Update: my question has shifted a bit but I think it is still valid. It's just not limited to my drive, but my PC as a whole.
It seems my drive get bad sectors as Yorik pointed out, when I run them through any formatting software, but CHKDSK won't fix them.
With a healthy drive you can choose to format it to whatever filesystem you want. Not in my case.
Preferably I'd like my partitions in NTFS file system, going with my Windows (I use Win10 Home x64 on a separate drive and volume with NTFS). FAT32 is not a valid option as it corrupts my data.
I've gone through hours of pain waiting doing low level formatting with GParted. I've gone through with MS DiskPart ( commandwindows.com/diskpart.htm ) only to realise the drive and Volume simply won't format to NTFS file system (usually previewed as RAW in Disk Manager). I've started doing UBCD as suggested, I can't give up more days to this now. I need my PC for other stuff too...
- I can blank my drives using any given method.
- Everything seems fine until I run any formatting method and corrupts the given drive.
- Simply formatting with MS DiskPart, Disk Manager or EaseUS from whatever format to NTFS result in partition going RAW.
- Formatting to FAT32 result in corrupting files placed on the drive.
I've tried to convert the Disk with "convert E: /fs:ntfs". As Keltari said.
It gives the following output. (Would use pastebin here, not enough rep D: )
C:\WINDOWS\system32>convert E: /fs:ntfs
The type of the file system is FAT32.
Enter current volume label for drive E: SAMSUNG HDD
Volume SAMSUNG HDD created 26/12/2016 23:56
Volume Serial Number is 1F13-3B1F
Windows is verifying files and folders...
File and folder verification is complete.
Windows found errors on the disk, but will not fix them
because disk checking was run without the /F (fix) parameter.
Lost chain cross-linked at cluster 178250. Orphan truncated. Lost chain
cross-linked at cluster 178762. Orphan truncated. Lost chain
* cut *
cross-linked at cluster 185930. Orphan truncated.
Convert lost chains to files (Y/N)? Y
1024 KB in 16 recoverable files.
Windows has checked the file system and found problems.
Run CHKDSK with the /F (fix) option to correct these.
244,168,704 KB total disk space. 320 KB in 5 hidden files. 64 KB in 1 folders. 22,464 KB in 351 files. 244,144,704 KB are available. 65,536 bytes in each allocation unit. 3,815,136 total allocation units on disk. 3,814,761 allocation units available on disk.
The volume may have inconsistencies. Run Chkdsk, the disk checking utility.
The conversion failed.
E: was not converted to NTFS The conversion failed.
I should also say that I've done this and CHKDSK :E /F (Sometimes with /F /V /R /X) on repeat.
And here is the latest CHKDSK log.
A few days later... (Happy New Year 2017) I've tried another typical HDD 1TB drive because I had no patience left. To my surprise the same thing happen to that drive!!
I'm naturally starting too look for other factors like my motherboard or possibly my SSHD (SSD and HDD in one) that I run my Windows off.
List of my specs without any broken drives and Optical drive only for UBCD:
Operating System Windows 10 Home 64-bit CPU Intel Core i5 2500K @ 3.30GHz 38 °C Sandy Bridge 32nm Technology RAM 8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 686MHz (8-8-8-22) Motherboard ASUSTeK Computer INC. P8H61-M EVO (LGA1155) 28 °C Graphics BenQ GL2450H (1920x1080@60Hz) 227ELH (1920x1080@60Hz) 4095MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 (Gigabyte) 29 °C Storage 223GB KINGSTON SV300S37A240G (SSD) 24 °C 931GB Seagate ST1000DX001-1NS162 (SATA) 34 °C Optical Drives Optiarc DVD RW AD-5280S Audio Realtek High Definition Audio