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Windows 7: Win 7 Cannot Format Ext HD

09 Sep 2012   #11
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The only attribute that appears to me that may be an issue is the spin retry count. Seems rather close to the threshold value.

Would've been interesting to see what the numbers were before the diagnostics were run. We should've seen some numbers change due to the bad sectors that it found. Did the test run to completion, or did it abort on its own?


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09 Sep 2012   #12
hcour

Windows 7
 
 

Aborted on its own.
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09 Sep 2012   #13
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Try the WD test again to see if it gets any farther and to see if we can see the SMART attributes related to sector health change accordingly.

Then read through that tutorial on using Diskpart. See if you can do the clean command on that drive (not 'clean all'). Ask if you've got questions before using it.
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10 Sep 2012   #14
hcour

Windows 7
 
 

Ok. I'll have to do that tomorrow. I'll post the results then. Thanks for all your help!

Well, I went ahead and tried Diskpart. It cleaned the disk but I still can't format it after creating a partition. I tried NTFS and exFAT.
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10 Sep 2012   #15
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quite welcome of course!

Sounds like there's likely no controller/electronics problem with the disk (if the Diskpart commands completed successfully). The clean command clears out the first MB of the disk, so you can feel comfortable that that area is good. After creating the partition and then formatting it most of the writing will be done farther into the disk.

I would go ahead and do the WD test tomorrow then grab and post screenshots. If the WD test has failed again, and no one responds to your post, then try using Diskpart to see if it'll do a "clean all" command without error.

Do you get any messages after the following:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hcour View Post
I tried NTFS and exFAT.
Post them if you can.
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10 Sep 2012   #16
hcour

Windows 7
 
 

Ok, it just seems to be something glitchy between this particular hd and the ext case (which works fine with other hd's). I disconnected one of my internal hd's, connected the Maxtor, and Windows formatted and read it fine. When I connected it back to the ext case, the tests won't run, a msg popped up saying I needed to format the drive, but it's still formatted and I can still read and write files on it.

So I'm going to connect it back as an internal drive and then run the tests to make sure it's ok before I use it for a backup. Which test should I run, the quick or extended?
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11 Sep 2012   #17
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'd run the extended, if you really want to know how reliable it can be. Keep note of those SMART numbers.

Another good piece of software to use to monitor drive health over time (SMART doesn't do it on its own); it can keep track of those SMART numbers for you:

CrystalDiskInfo - Software - Crystal Dew World

Download the portable version to avoid add on advertising software.
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11 Sep 2012   #18
hcour

Windows 7
 
 

Will do. Thanks again.
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11 Sep 2012   #19
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You're welcome. Let us know how it goes.
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