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Windows 7: Hard Drive Won't Format after Improper Shutdown.

22 Dec 2012   #1
MitchSC

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 
Hard Drive Won't Format after Improper Shutdown.

It's not what you think based on the title.

(Running Windows 7 Home Premium)

I was in the middle of doing a full format of a new 1TB HDD using a SATA to USB adapter, when I stupidly hit he sleep button half way through.

I have tried everything to get the HDD to format since then and I just get errors.
I tried Wiping the drive with Active Kill Disk, but it just hangs up in the middle.
I re-initialized the drive. No change.
Used disk manager, didn't work.
I haven't been able to find a solution thru Google.

I don't know if this is meaningful info, but out of desperation, I tried cloning the drive which usually overwrites anything. The cloning software told me it could not start the clone since the "block sizes are different". The source HDD is 953,870MB and the messed up destination HDD is 953,877MB (7MB more). I checked every 1TB HDD I have, and they are all 953,870MB.

So that's the background. I have 2 questions:

1) Did I damage the HDD?

2) If not, is there something I haven't tried to get it operating properly?

Thanks very much. (sorry for the long post)


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22 Dec 2012   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi Mitch,

Lets try wiping using the CLEAN command. See below:

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

Regards,
Golden
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22 Dec 2012   #3
luckyrick

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Try changing the format, maybe from NTFS to exFAT, before initiating the formatting.
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22 Dec 2012   #4
MitchSC

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

Thank you both. I'll try these.

I wasn't aware of the Clean All command in Windows 7. Good to know.
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22 Dec 2012   #5
MitchSC

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

Golden. After running Diskpart for about an hour, I got the following error message:

"Diskpart has encountered an error: The semaphore timeout period has expired."

I have no idea what this means. Your thoughts please?


LuckyRick: exFAT didn't work either.


Is my HDD shot?


PS: Just ran a Disk Check. No problems found. Now I'm really confused.
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22 Dec 2012   #6
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

What make of HDD is this?
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23 Dec 2012   #7
MitchSC

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

Hitachi
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23 Dec 2012   #8
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Grab the HDD diagnostic tool here (the CD version), and test the HDD:
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
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23 Dec 2012   #9
MitchSC

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

Thank you! Can I diagnose a HDD connected thru a USB port?
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28 Dec 2012   #10
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Sorry for the late reply - I'm unsure about connection via USB. Give it a try.
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