Unreadable Hard Drive

July 21, 2009 at 01:05:34
Specs: Windows XP, Intel Celeron 1.86Ghz / 1.49Gb Ram
I was formatting this IDE hard drive that was on a USB adaptor with Disk Management last night and it took its time, then when it completed the format, it returned with an error stating that the format had failed, I then tried to reformat, Disk Management then says the drive is unreadable, I have tried to access this drive with multiple OS's (eg. Mac, System Repair CD (Linux)) all of these failed, the USB adaptor is working fine as I am constantly swapping hard drives.

Please help!!
Much appreciated, JAMorrison


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#1
July 21, 2009 at 04:44:35
I'd still suspect the USB adapter, especially if you are 'constantly swapping harddrives'.

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#2
July 21, 2009 at 06:18:09
No, I have already used the USB adapter on five different hard drives tonight, transferred masses of data, so i wouldn't suspect the adapter!

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#3
July 21, 2009 at 07:09:57
If the drive is recognised by the system then the next step is to download & run the drive diagnostic utility from the drive manufacturer.

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#4
July 21, 2009 at 08:43:19
Just boot from an OS CD (Windows XP would be perfect).
It should see the Hard drive at setup (blue screen).
Delete the partition from there, and feel free to format it in Disk management back in the windows environment.

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