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Windows 7: Any good software to format portable Hard disk

25 Nov 2011   #1
skygaikwad

windows 7 32bit
 
 
Any good software to format portable Hard disk

Hey guys does any one know any good software to format portable hard disk rather than windows default.
The thing is There has been bad sector in my hard disk .Its copying and pasting speed get reduces and many of file in my hard-disk are so bad that i am unable to copy it.
Even the movies store in harddisk hangs after some time.
So I am formating my harddisk ...
Please any suggestion to my problem .....
Telll me any good software ... which will increase copying and pasting speed, recover bad sector and etc .....


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25 Nov 2011   #2
Roderunner

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

Try this first.

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25 Nov 2011   #3
AllOnTheBus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit OS
 
 

You may also like to try using the tools from Parted Magic.
You'll need to either burn an ISO to make a bootable disk
or you can also use the software by creating a bootable
flash drive.

FInd further info and dowload here: downloads
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25 Nov 2011   #4
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

If you're having that much trouble with your portable harddisk, you may want to think about replacing it altogether.
You can reformat it and mark bad sectors in the process (Windows itself does this just fine) but you'll invariably end up with more bad sectors and eventually total failure. And that means total loss of all data.
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26 Nov 2011   #5
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool. Download from here .

Does exactly what it is supposed to do - and more specifically, when and where others won't.
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26 Nov 2011   #6
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

Isn't the HP tool meant strictly for USB flash drives (and making them bootable)?
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26 Nov 2011   #7
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Not necessarily.

For a longtime I was also under that impression. That was until I came across this bit of interesting information.

Number of users have problems removing the irritant Smartware VCD on the Western Dgital USB external drives.

A simple solution suggested is to format it with the HP format tool.

And this woke me up to the fact that it can format external HDDs too.

And Softpedia review says that it is one tool that every Windows user should have on his PC.

EDIT: You may read this interesting article http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/passport-vcd.html
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26 Nov 2011   #8
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

I would expect Softpedia to say that about almost anything. Sounds like marketing-speak to me.

But then, wouldn't a simple clean in Diskpart followed by a fresh, new partition suffice if the goal is to wipe out that VCD image?
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26 Nov 2011   #9
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corazon View Post
...But then, wouldn't a simple clean in Diskpart followed by a fresh, new partition suffice if the goal is to wipe out that VCD image?
I really do not know. That hidden partition is in UDF Format. That is why most conventional tools cannot remove it, fdisk, Gparted included. - and HP Format tool can as confirmed by users..Will Diskpart remove an UDF partition? If that was so simple people wouldn't have been so desperate and it would have been mentioned. There are lots of posts and threads on it. ( It is not a Video CD image, it is Virtual CDROM drive.)

So my statement holds - Does exactly what it is supposed to do - and more specifically, when and where others won't.
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26 Nov 2011   #10
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

Fair enough - it's just that I know clean is designed to wipe out any partition information altogether and make the disk look like a brandnew, truly empty disk to Windows (which then needs reinitialized). It does so by indiscriminately erasing the first and last 2048 physical sectors of the disk and filling them with zeroes.

This method is practically foolproof, or should be - but just to be safe, I like to instruct Diskpart to rescan after a clean command as well, forcing the system to recheck all disks and their state and update its own disk information.
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