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Can't format hard disk with Windows or Ubuntu or...nothing !

by Alexandre2222 / December 24, 2010 3:32 AM PST

Hello,

The hard disk want format.A friend crashed my MFT, I recover part of my file on Ubuntu 10.10 after playing with it on Testdisk. I am happy with what I recover, I don't care about the rest.

Now, I would like to format it, clean, new, but .. I can't.
Aeusus, Ubuntu, XP ... Nothing work.

Symptoms:
- The disk apparently doesn't have a signature (no "disk 0 on SCSI 1" etc ... when installing Windows - before the F8, licence agreement).
- Ubuntu also fail to create partition or erase it.
- Aeusus see it as unloccated space, but doesn't even start when I ask him to reate a partition on it.

The problem is definitely at the beginning of the process (MFT ? , MBR ?)

Any advices ?
Any software out there to SIMPLY "rebuild" the structure of an hardisk and just ... fix it ????

Thansk a lot for help

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 24, 2010 3:36 AM PST

Or you ZERO the drive with tools like DBAN.

Then all those OSes will see a blank as can be drive to start fresh.
Bob

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Dban
by Alexandre2222 / December 24, 2010 2:50 PM PST
In reply to: Or

Ok, I am on it with Dban.
My disk is an USB external Harddrive - 500 (465)GB.

It is saying 34 hours to wipe it....

So I guess see you in 34 hours. Wink

Thanks for the hint. Hope it will works.

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stuck/slow.
by Alexandre2222 / December 26, 2010 5:19 AM PST
In reply to: Or

Hello,

DBAN start to be really slow after 79%. It is now at 27000 B/s, when it was at a good cruising speed of 27000 KB/s before...
It is saying 4956 hour to finish the job ... And I am not of course going to wait that long.

i guess the hardi disk is damaged as when I was playing with it on Ubuntu, the only partition that the system couldn't access was the last one, roughly 25% of the disk capacity...
Don't know if it really make sense being related but ... Going to check with the WD mfg (...) tool and see what happened.

I guess the next step will be to use to hammer nails in walls.... Wink

Thanks for helping again.

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(NT) Might be able to ZERO out the drive with the MFGs DIAG too.
by VAPCMD / December 24, 2010 6:48 AM PST
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??
by Alexandre2222 / December 24, 2010 2:52 PM PST

Checked on Google, not sur I know what you mean ....

Dban just start to work now, 34 hours to go. Let's see if they deserve a 10/20$ for christmas ;)))

Thnaks for answer.

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Re can't format hard disk...
by VAPCMD / December 24, 2010 11:16 PM PST
In reply to: ??

Most hard disk manufacturers (mfg) make available SW for installing, cloning or testing their hard drives. Often included in that software is a utility to ZERO OUT/WIPE the drive.

You didn't indicate the mfg of your drive so here's an example of the drive software offered by Western Digital.

http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=613&lang=en

Let us know how it works out.

VAPCMD

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ok !
by Alexandre2222 / December 26, 2010 5:15 AM PST

Ahah, got it now. Just didn't know the abreviation for manufacturer being "Mfg".

Thanks, I might check that as DBAN start to be areally slow after 79%. It is now at 27000 B/s, when it was at a good cruising speed of 27000 KB/s before... It is saying 4956 hour to finish the job ... And I ma not of course going to wait that long.

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(NT) Ok, let us know how it turns out.
by VAPCMD / December 26, 2010 5:22 AM PST
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