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Problem Formatting external HDD


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pozmans

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Hi guys,

I'm not exactly in the tech know how but can get around. I was trying to format my HDD because i can't access my files. The system reads and recognises the external drive when i plug it in however i can't access it. I went to "run-cmd-chkdsk e:" however it says "Cannot open volume for direct access" What does this mean and is there a possible solution? How else could i try fix my problem?

Thnx.

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If your running Windows XP, the checkdisk error was acknowledged by Microsoft and was fixed in Service Pack 2 (SP2). The fix isn't available on it's own as far as I know, you need to install the entire SP2.

Edited by phillipcorcoran, 23 June 2010 - 07:35 AM.

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Try using DBAN on the drive to completely wipe it out. DBAN writes 1's and 0's to the drive and removes the MBR.
The link is in my signature.

Be warned to make sure you get the correct drive when you do this.
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phillpower2

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Try repairing your HD using HDD Regenerator you may not need to format;
http://download.cnet...4-10330123.html
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Thnx alot for your advice guys. Unfortunately still not working, tried all 3 ways.
Think I'll just have to send it back to the manufacturer..
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phillpower2

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Some more recovery programmes for you to try before you return the HDD;
http://www.snapfiles...tarecovery.HTML
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