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Windows 7: Help! Can't format a RAW HDD

28 Aug 2009   #1

Windows 7 x64
 
 
Help! Can't format a RAW HDD

Hey guys, my hitachi 500gb hard drive has for some reason become RAW and I can't format it under windows. It is only a couple of months old. chkdsk won't work as the disk management section in windows 7 freezes when this drive is plugged in. I don't need to recover anything on it, I just want to format it!

Any help would be much appreciated

p.s i can't afford to pay for any software so freeware only please! :-)

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28 Aug 2009   #2

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Download a live cd of Linux Ubuntu and use gparted ( included ) to format your drive...
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28 Aug 2009   #3

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Perfect! Thanks Tews, forgot I had an ubuntu disk! Reps for you!
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28 Aug 2009   #4

 

Rep stew.
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28 Aug 2009   #5

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Antman View Post
Rep stew.
Mmm Mmm Good!!
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28 Aug 2009   #6
Lee

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11
 
 

. . .or if he has a XP install disk, this works 90% time for me, but also there is the ever present ubuntu. . .
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29 Aug 2009   #7

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quick question... do I mark this thread as solved or does an admin do that?
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