Solved 500 GB Western Digital drive gives CRC error, uninitialized

November 22, 2014 at 22:37:31
Specs: Windows 7
To keep it short and simple, my 500 GB Western Digital drive gives me a CRC (Cyclic redundancy check) error whenever I try to initialize it in order to create a new partition in the disk manager.

Since I am unable to initialize it, it's not partitionned and therefore does not have a letter assigned to it (chkdsk is useless, then).

However, I have scanned it with Hard Disk Sentinel, and it said that the hard drive's health was 100% and that no errors were to be found.

I do not care at all about the data that may be present on the disk (I got it from a friend in that state) so recovering or smashing the disk is irrelevant.

I just want to be able to use it to store unimportant data that's piling up on my computer but that I do not wish to delete.

Thanks in advance!

Edit : If any pictures are needed, I can take screenshots. Additionally, the "Initialize Disk" button is now greyed out.

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November 24, 2014 at 19:30:07
I've pulled drives out of old Tivo's and used them in computers but they do need to be reparitioned. Disk management should be able to do that if the drive is OK. And you've wiped it with the HDDguru LLF so you'd have to go through disk management to set it up anyway. If that's still not working then it must be some problem with the drive.


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November 22, 2014 at 23:31:23
Are you sure Hard Disk Sentinel was testing that drive and not your windows drive or another added drive? It doesn't seem like it would have reported no errors on the drive you're having problems with.

Obviously it's not a good idea to use the drive but some have reported success with the HDDguru utilities:

http://hddguru.com/

Looks like that page shows all version of their various utilities. You'd probably need to try one of the low level format versions.

If that doesn't fix it, well, you're no worse off.


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#2
November 22, 2014 at 23:37:11
About it not reporting errors, those are precisely my thoughts, it really confuses me. But I indeed am 100% sure it's the faulty drive that Hard Disk Sentinel scanned and confirmed as healthy. Here's a screenshot, if that's any useful : http://i.imgur.com/qjUh3zs.jpg

I'll try out the HDDguru utilities. Thanks a lot for the reply!


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#3
November 23, 2014 at 00:19:06
The utilities didn't do anything on the disk... Oh well, too bad. Guess I'll just put it off to the side along my other broken hard drives.

However, if anyone has any more suggestions, I'm still listening.


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#4
November 23, 2014 at 11:14:13
CRC errors are not necessarily the result of a bad hard drive. The files are corrupted.

What is the history of the hard drive? What was the format type?


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#5
November 24, 2014 at 08:20:00
As far as I'm aware, the disk has been used in a television decoder that could record the video it decoded. However, the drive is made for use on a computer, as it's mentioned on it.

I believe it was formatted using the NTFS format since then, and I wasn't told whether it worked after that or not. I'm guessing that it did though, since the previous owner had kept it for some time.


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November 24, 2014 at 19:30:07
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I've pulled drives out of old Tivo's and used them in computers but they do need to be reparitioned. Disk management should be able to do that if the drive is OK. And you've wiped it with the HDDguru LLF so you'd have to go through disk management to set it up anyway. If that's still not working then it must be some problem with the drive.

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