Anomalies with SATA HDD not formatting.

  Catastrophe 14:16 08 Mar 09

I recently bought a new 0.466TB SATA HDD which initially seemed OK but it is now showing anomalous properties.

In XP Professional it appears as Healthy 465.77 GB. If I try to format (CP>Admin tools>Comp management>(F)Rclick>Format all proceeds to about 98-99% when the format fails. “Windows was unable to complete the format.” Properties shows 0, 0 File system RAW. “The disk in drive F cannot be formatted.

In Part Magic 8 it is shown as Bad (or Raw) and an attempted format fails very quickly (“Error 4 while executing batch. Error 4 Bad argument/parameter.”).

I have also tried (F) Rightclick>Properties>Tools>Check for errors but this fails also as the file system is RAW.

Any suggestions gratefully received.


  mgmcc 14:22 08 Mar 09

In Disk Management, or Partition Magic, can you remove the existing partition(s) then repartition the drive and format the new partition(s)?

  bremner 14:23 08 Mar 09

In Disk management in the entry for the disk does it show the disk to be "Basic" or "Dynamic" in the left hand box?

  Catastrophe 17:37 08 Mar 09

Sorry - been off line because of thunderstorm. Will look into and reply soon.


  Catastrophe 17:48 08 Mar 09


Have deleted in DM and am trying new format.

  Catastrophe 17:50 08 Mar 09


Thanks for the response. Will have to await format to check that.


  Catastrophe 19:55 08 Mar 09

Many thanks. That has fixed it.


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