Solved Laptop 160GB Seagate SATA HDD won't format

April 3, 2014 at 15:23:37
Specs: Windows 7, 2gb
I initialised this Seagate 160 gb sata laptop hdd using 'computer management'. It is now recognised in 'computer' as drive g and described as a'Healthy. However, I have tried to 'quick format' it and am getting am error message. I have tried the slow format which isnt showing signs of working either. Am I doing something wrong? Is there anyhing I can do to format this disk as I think it is basically healthy.

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April 6, 2014 at 12:04:53
See post #1, test the hard drive with seatools. Do the short generic test and if it passes then do the long generic.

To err is human but to really screw things up, you need a computer!

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#1
April 3, 2014 at 17:24:19
Have you run a hard drive diagnostic to test the hard drive? What error message are you getting.

To err is human but to really screw things up, you need a computer!

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#2
April 3, 2014 at 18:19:24
Delete all current partitions, create one or more new partitions, then format.

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#3
April 3, 2014 at 21:25:49
#2 above, for clarity, use Disk Manager within Windows to do this.

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


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#4
April 4, 2014 at 03:47:46
Thanks for suggestions. I tried shrinking the volume in disc management from 160 gb to 120. I created 3 drives by shrinking the volume twice. I now have an 8gb partition, a 120 gb partition and a 32gb partition. The 120 gb successfully formatted using ntfs. The other 2 partitions failed to format successfully.

In answer to the question, I do have seagate Seatools on my Acer netbook but have not tested this hard drive with it.
However, I now have the bulk of this hard drive as fully useable by shrinking the volume. I have tested it by copying some mp3 music onto the 120 gb partition and it works flawlessly.
I was getting some error messages about not having sufficient rights to format the other 2 partitions

Thanks enormously for responses..
I also suspect that the drive was not originally initialised until I did it.


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#5
April 4, 2014 at 16:07:38
"I tried shrinking the volume in disc management"

See response # 2.


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#6
April 6, 2014 at 09:44:15
Ok ,
However on plugging the drive into the usb port on my laptop, all the partitions that I created seem to have dissappeared and now it is coming up as 149gb healthy (gpt protective partition) in disc management . The drive is no longer recognised in 'computer'.
Very puzzliing. This hard drive has a mind of its own.

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#7
April 6, 2014 at 10:16:38
Would it be better to create the new partitions using a windows installation where you are given paertition options early on in the installation process.

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#8
April 6, 2014 at 10:40:30
I have solved the gpt protective partition issue using the command prompt and diskpart. I have initialised the disk successfully but unfortunately, it is back to square one. The drive won't format.

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#9
April 6, 2014 at 12:04:53
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See post #1, test the hard drive with seatools. Do the short generic test and if it passes then do the long generic.

To err is human but to really screw things up, you need a computer!

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#10
April 8, 2014 at 15:18:29
Have done the Seatools short generic test. It passed.
I have shrunk the volume again and now have a useable and formatted 110 gb partition. The other partitions won't format.

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#11
April 8, 2014 at 16:53:47
See #2 again, delete ALL partitions and create new partition(s) as you need. This will erase what is blocking you from formatting.

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


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