cant format Maxtor 500GB HDD formerly used as DVR HDD

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August 19, 2015 at 16:41:03
Specs: windows 8.1, i3 / 4 GB
unusable hard disc
l used a Maxtor 500gb hard drive (was a external HD) for use with my PVR Recoder, it was not that old, l expanded it to a new external 1 tb hard drive and was planning to use the 500gb hard drive for my Win 8.1 Laptop. When l connected to my Laptop, l couldnt make use of it............it worked, as in it come on etc. l tried to format, but just said UNSUPPORTED DISK, l used my copy of EaseUS Partition Master Pro, also l tried using windows Admin tools/disc Management/storage, but just said not initialized, so l tried to initialize the drive, it said
"Data Error (cyclic redundancy check). Ive no idea what to do to get this drive formatted right for the computer. l hope some body can help, waste of a drive otherwise.

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#1
August 19, 2015 at 16:47:53
Delete all partitions, create one or more new ones, then format.

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#2
August 19, 2015 at 16:48:19
Have you tried chkdsk?:
http://www.tekrevue.com/tip/how-to-...

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#3
August 19, 2015 at 17:36:25
l cant as there is no drive letter to see drive in my computer, you only can see in Admin tools/disc Management/storage = Disk 3, unknown, not initialized

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#4
August 19, 2015 at 20:28:02
The sequence of events isn't clear. First it was an external drive then you used it in a PVR but now you're having a problem using again it in a laptop, either internally or externally?

Have you tried it with another computer? The CRC error may indicate a hardware problem.

I've pulled drives out of DVR's and used them in computers. Windows wouldn't recognize the partitioning and I'd have to use disk management to repartition but it sounds like you've done all that.


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#5
August 20, 2015 at 08:31:36
DVR hard drives are usually encrypted and may even use a special file system that Windows can't read.

You need to do what riider suggested. Go into disk management, delete the partitions, create a new one and format it.


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#6
August 20, 2015 at 12:49:10
"The sequence of events isn't clear. First it was an external drive then you used it in a PVR but now you're having a problem using again it in a laptop, either internally or externally?"

yes, when l move the external HD to the computer, the first thing l did was to try to reformat to NTFS for my win 8 laptop, but it is can not see in my computer, and in computer management it says disk 3, which gives not format option

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#7
August 20, 2015 at 13:18:42
In disk management, does it give an option to partition? Does it show an existing partition?

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#8
August 20, 2015 at 13:29:12
Don't do it from Windows. Use a boot disc such as UBCD, select one of the partitioning tools, delete the current partition(s), create a new one, then format.

http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/


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#9
August 20, 2015 at 19:41:14
Good call ^

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