Solved Advanced format hard drive

September 24, 2017 at 20:50:59
Specs: Windows 7
I removed a HDD from a obsolete digital recorder, the hard drive is an advanced format hard drive. My windows 7 computer cannot access it but the computer says the drive is working fine and has the most current driver. Is there an emulator to allow me to use the 4k sector drive...from my understanding the 4k sector is the same as 8 sectors in our normal drives. any help is appreciated.

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#1
September 24, 2017 at 21:39:20
If it is to be used for your computer you will need to reformat it. Open Disk Manager, if it appears there and it shows any partitions, right click on them and delete them. After that or if it shows Raw then you are going to create a single partition to cover the entire drive, right click on the section showing the drive in particular and select Partition. When that is complete you are then going to Format the partition, right click on the drive in the windows and select Format. For Windows only use (Windows XP and more recent or Linux format it to NTFS, especially if you plan on using Windows Back Up on it. For Windows and Mac (Windows home versions before XP) and other general use, format it to FAT32.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#2
September 24, 2017 at 22:57:38
Note that the above means that anything recorded on the drive will be lost. Also consider that the risks used in media recorders are specifically designed for that use and will not be a good performer in a PC.

With the low cost of hard drives I would just buy a new, more efficient drive.


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#3
September 25, 2017 at 01:25:40
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I think... happens now and then... that the disk will be in a Linux format. Presuming so there are add-in utilities which allow you to access it. Paragon may have one whch allows access to Mac and Linux partitions from Windows, and Linux and Windows ntfs from Mac OSX.

This is a link from within a 2014 post at Tom's Hardware...

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answe...

which discussed such a situation involving a Tivo box... and its hard drive; and "Sir Crow" provided it.

https://www.paragon-software.com/ho...

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#4
September 25, 2017 at 13:55:19
As an update, I would also strongly recommend replacing the drive with one made for computers as the first choice and formatting it as a second choice. I personally would not bother forcing Windows to use a different format since the conversion each time you access the drive would probably slow it down and introduce possible errors. (my opinion anyway)

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