1.    04 Dec 2015 #1
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    Sydney, Australia
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    Save RAW drive - Don't want data


    One of my WD Green 2tb drives has become raw and can't be used.
    Windows will not complete a format of it.
    Shows up in my computer.
    Is there any way of saving this drive?
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  2.    04 Dec 2015 #2
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    San Jose, California
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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64

    Open Admin command prompt, then type:
    1. diskpart
    2. list disk ======> Take note of disk # of the RAW drive
    3. select disk # ======> is the number in step 2
    4. clean
    5. exit

    Open Disk Management and initialize it, Create Simple, format.
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  3.    04 Dec 2015 #3
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    Thanks for your reply, it worked up until it tried to Quick format after creating a simple drive.
    got an error message that it could not complete the format.
    I am trying a FULL format at the moment and am waiting for to either finish or report an error.
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  4.    04 Dec 2015 #4
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    Solved.

    It would not format as NTFS so I deleted the Volume and it showed up as "unallocated".
    I then Quick formatted as exFAT which worked.
    I then Quick formatted as NTFS and it worked.
    I now have a healthy Drive.
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  5.    04 Dec 2015 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kodi View Post
    Solved.

    It would not format as NTFS so I deleted the Volume and it showed up as "unallocated".
    I then Quick formatted as exFAT which worked.
    I then Quick formatted as NTFS and it worked.
    I now have a healthy Drive.
    I am glad it worked out. However, it's strange that you have to format with ExFAT then re-format with NTFS, May be you want to download: CrystalDiskInfo6_3_2.zip and check if there's any bad sector.
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  6.    05 Dec 2015 #6
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    Ran Crystaldiskinfo and all good.
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  7.    05 Dec 2015 #7
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    Great. Maybe just a glitch on the first format.
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