I have a little 40GB portable HD (2.5" laptop one) that's been with me for about 3 years. It's gone through a bit of wear and tear since I use it to share (totally legal) files with my friends. Basically my throw around drive. It's been through about 2 months of inactivity and I used it yesterday to transfer some photos. It finished copying fine but failed to safely remove. This has happened previously. I normally shut down the computer and then take out the drive. It didn't work this time. The computer (Vista) stayed on the "shutting down" screen while my hard drive suddenly began read/write operations again (judging by the little light on it). I didn't want to just yank it out so I left it there over night. In the morning it still wouldn't shut down so I eventually just yanked it out. As I suspected it would, the drive borked. It appears on my computer as Local Drive (G with a size of 0kb. Whenever it's plugged in it starts to do read/write operations again but safely removes as normal (but keeps doing read/write operations). I cannot format using Windows. Can anyone suggest a fix? I don't need the data, just the drive to be functional again.