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Windows 7: 2TB Hard Drive Format Time?

03 Feb 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
2TB Hard Drive Format Time?

I got a Western Digital 2TB Green Hard Drive and for some reason I can't seem to format it properly. I used Windows Disk Management and Partition Wizard and on one it takes a long time to format and on Partition Wizard, it stops at 90% complete and then just hangs there. Is this a bad drive or what should I do to format it?

This is on Windows 7 Professional x64.

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03 Feb 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

You have 2 format options -

1. Quick Format which is very short because it writes only the control records

2. Full format which is long (and for a 2TB disk VERY long) because it writes the blocks on the disk

What you encounter may indicate a hardware problem, e.g. a defective sector. I suggest you run chkdsk /r in elevated cmd.
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03 Feb 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64

Yeah I was thinking it might be a defective sector. Well, it seems to have finished formatting and it appears to be working properly, but I get a notification from Windows that there is a problem with the hardware.

I'm going to do the check right now to see if there is anything wrong with the disk.
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03 Feb 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64

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