Drive recognized as RAW format, crashes explorer upon contact, etc.

  1. Posts : 9
    Win10, Win7, Ubuntu, PIXEL

    Drive recognized as RAW format, crashes explorer upon contact, etc.

    I have this (fairly) old hard drive that was previously in my laptop, and that appeared to be unsalvageable. I recently bought a drive bay for my laptop, and plugged in the old drive and tried to get it to work again. Upon installation and trying to open the drive, Windows Explorer, along with my background and start menu, crashed. With further investigation, I found that almost any contact with the drive withing GUI crashes something/everything.
    After quite some fiddling around, I got diskmgmt to open, along with diskpart. Attached are the screenshots of both setups, and here are the following errors provided with the various actions done to produce them:
    DELETE PARTITION IN DISKMGMT: I/O Error (something along those lines)
    CLEAN DISK IN DISKPART: DiskPart has encountered an error: The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error. See the System Event Log for more information.
    Attached is also my System Event Log from the past, idk, week or two, all of this mumbo-jumbo happened 1/8/2018.
    Any help is greatly appreciated!
    Drive recognized as RAW format, crashes explorer upon contact, etc.-diskpart.pngDrive recognized as RAW format, crashes explorer upon contact, etc.-diskmgmt.png
    System Event Log:
    Broken Disk Events.evtx - Google Drive
      My Computer

  2. Posts : 2,302
    Win10 202H

    It sounds like the DISK is indeed damaged and the Firmware on the DRIVE is having trouble communicating with Windows (ie IO Errors) but it is possible it is one of the other Issues that Cause disks to show as RAW

    DO NOT BE TEMPTED TO FORMAT IT as you will lose everything...... do some googling and you will find numerous posts on this issue and even many here as Win10 was causing it at one point too. eg:

    Windows 10 Forums - Search Results

    UPDATED How To Fix: External Disk Drive Suddenly Became RAW Unknown Kadath
      My Computers


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