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I messed up, External HD Busted.

By delfofthebla
Mar 6, 2008
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  1. My external HD is busted, while transfering files my stupid computer froze up and when I restarted the computer, the HD was fried. I tried reformatting 3 times to no avail.
    I just get the error at 100% "Windows was unable to complete this format" I even tried deleting the partition and reformatting it that way, I get the same problem.

    I don't care about the data, how do I get my external HD to format correcty? I NEED this hard drive. (The HD is USB if that matters.)
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

  3. delfofthebla

    delfofthebla TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 40

    I'll try it, but this IS a USB Hard drive, and a 230gig one at that.
  4. delfofthebla

    delfofthebla TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 40

    No go =/, I get the message "There is no media in the specified device"
  5. delfofthebla

    delfofthebla TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 40

    Bump, anyone?? I really need this hard drive =/
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    You could remove the drive from the external casing
    And mount it inside your computer
    And then Partition and Format there, either from Windows or your Windows boot CD
  7. delfofthebla

    delfofthebla TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 40

    hmm, sounds like a good plan but is there like..something special I do to open it or do I actually have to crack it open?
    this is the HD I'm using Seagate External HD
  8. Imatyta

    Imatyta TS Rookie

  9. delfofthebla

    delfofthebla TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 40

    heh, only wish I found that before I cracked it open. Thanks though, I got it working.
  10. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    Have you read the FAQs?
  11. delfofthebla

    delfofthebla TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 40

    I want to say "Can't read what isn't there", but you saying that means they are hidden somewhere, I looked but could not find a thread or even a section that says "FAQS". Either way, my problem was solved, thanks.
     
  12. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Here's TechSpot's FAQ
    http://www.techspot.com/extras/forum_guidelines/faq.shtml

    But I'm not sure if Tedster was referring to that
    Or possibly The Hard Drive guide:
    http://www.techspot.com/article/49-the-hard-drive-factor/

    But I still don't think that one either
    Here's one on building external HardDrives
    http://www.techspot.com/vb/all/windows/t-53474-Tutorial-Building-an-external-hard-drive.html

    That may be the closest match!

    Unless his post was not meant for here.
    I'm not having a go at you Tedster, as most of the guides have been written by you anyway, and I certainly don't wish to cause any issue but which FAQ exactly?
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