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Windows 7: Problems re-formatting SATA Drive

27 Sep 2014   #1
petermacgregor3

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Problems re-formatting SATA Drive

I had a PC with a 1TB Samsung Serial ATA HDD. The mother board packed up so I bought a new machine. I took the HD out of the old one and mounted it in an external drive housing. Over a number of weeks I managed to recover around 80% of the data from the old disk. I then decided to use that old disk as an external backup/archive drive. I thought the first thing to do would be to format it to clean it of any rubbish and start with a blank drive. However, although I have made several attempts I have failed! I keep getting a window that says I need to format it but when I click Format it says it can't format the drive!
There were no jumpers fitted to it when I removed it from the old machine and I can't see anything else that might need "adjusting" to enable me to format it.
As I said the drive is a Samsung Serial ATA around 2 years old.


It isn't recognised at all - I'd even use it without reformatting if that's my only option as at least it was mine from new!!


Both the original machine and my new one were/are working under Windows 7 - 64bit.

Has anyone got the magic spell to help me out of this fix please?
Thanks
Peter


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27 Sep 2014   #2
theog

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27 Sep 2014   #3
petermacgregor3

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Here's a screen shot (in a Word document) of what I get. Hope it helps. At the moment I have no other auxiliary HDs attached - only the SATA I want to format and of course the fixed DVD drive. I normally have a Seagate Free Agent drive (500 Gb) attached, but have taken that out while I try and sort this problem.
Thanks for your interest and help.
Peter


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27 Sep 2014   #4
theog

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I click Format it says it can't format the drive!
There were no jumpers fitted to it when I removed it from the old machine and I can't see anything else that might need "adjusting" to enable me to format it.
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27 Sep 2014   #5
petermacgregor3

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

The Power is on - the Pilot Light on the housing is glowing red and when I first switch on it comes on and I can hear the disk spinning up to speed. I have actually got two housings and same results with both of them. Also, before you ask (LOL) yes, there's a USB connection to the PC in place - and I've changed the cable on that just in case!! Also tried different USB sockets on the PC - both of which work perfectly for anything else I stick in them.
It's time for me to leave this for tonight - I've had a long day! Back tomorrow guys. Thanks for your suggestions so far.
Peter

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28 Sep 2014   #6
TVeblen

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It would be good to know why it took 2 weeks to recover the data off the drive, and why you only recovered 80% - choice or failure?
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28 Sep 2014   #7
petermacgregor3

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Good Question! It was a case of available time - had to do it in dribs and drabs - and the fact that I wanted to "sort" the data as I recovered it - so I suppose, Choice. But some Failure too as I didn't manage to get everything back -though in fairness what I didn't get was mostly disposable anyway! For some reason some Folders were unreadable!
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28 Sep 2014   #8
TVeblen

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And that suggests a pending hard drive failure.
Have you run the manufacturer's diagnostic on the drive yet?

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29 Sep 2014   #9
petermacgregor3

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

The machine had two identical drives in - I'm having the same problem with both. Very unlikely to get two go together I think - especially as they were only about 12 months old!
Peter
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29 Sep 2014   #10
petermacgregor3

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Oh - and No. Haven't run the Diagnostics. I will try that.
Thanks
Peter
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