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Windows 7: I cannot format my new internal hdd.

11 Jun 2010   #1
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I cannot format my new internal hdd.

I just bought a new 640 GB WD caviar black drive and installed in in my computer. I was previously using a 1TB caviar black and had windows 7 installed on that. I want to now use the 1TB for backup and install on the new drive. now to the problem. When I try to install windows 7 it says that it cannot be formated. The details said "windows could not determine if this disk and its parent devices have necessary driver support." This confuses me because the 1TB drive worked right out of the box. I also tried to use gparted to partition and format the drive but it also could not format the drive. The bios does recognize the drive.What can I do to fix this?


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11 Jun 2010   #2
theog

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11 Jun 2010   #3
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I could not get the western digital diagnostic tools to work so i am using seatools. With the long test in Seatools it failed. Is it time to rma this drive?
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11 Jun 2010   #4
theog

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pdfwin7 View Post
I could not get the western digital diagnostic tools to work so i am using seatools. With the long test in Seatools it failed. Is it time to rma this drive?
I would say,YES.
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11 Jun 2010   #5
karlsnooks

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pdfwin7,

Before you rma that drive:

1. Disconnect the working drive,
2. Connect the new drive to exactly the same cable, etc that was used by the working drive.
3. Boot up from you Win7 DVD.
4. Odds are that you will have success.

If before you do that you would like to try another disk utility, then I recommend:

Hitachi Drive Fitness Testhttp://www.hitachigst.com/hdd/suppor...2_v416_b00.iso
tests SCSI, IDE and SATA drives without overwriting data


Simply dbl-click on the .iso file you download and the WinDVD burner will prompt you to insert a dvd/cd.


Boot from the cd/dvd you just burned.
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