PROBLEM: Xp reports RAW format, but I can't format the drive to NTFS,,,

By roomx
Feb 18, 2005
  1. Harddrive Lacie 250GB connected trough firewire 800:

    XP says it's a RAW partition (used to be NTFS)

    I have restored all the files from this drive (to another), and now I would like to reformat the drive to NTFS.

    When XP tries to format it, it says ehh, " Error ..can't complete the format".

    Anyone have any ida how to get past this problem:
    I have Easy Reovery 6.03, Fix it utilities and more.

    Any suggestions would be most welcome

    System XP sp2 with all updates installed
  2. amcutler

    amcutler TS Rookie

    I have run into the same problem except it is formatting 4.7 gig discs. If I find something that will help you, I will let you know. Let me know if you get a solution. It may assist me with my problem..........

  3. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    get free utility that will boot from optical drive
    write 0's or low level format dirve
    this will clear the virus if thats what may have caused the issue
    must add usb or firewire drivers to see the drive
    and or remove drive from tray and connect to sata or ide cable
    note if bios see's drive
    force large drive in bios may be necessary

    Happy Holidays
  4. deena

    deena TS Rookie

    I installed a second drive and went to format it and decided to remove the partision. XP says that it cannot format and the drive is left RAW. How do I get it to farmat as NTFS.

    Thank You, Deena
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