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    New Lounger
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    Hi Loungers!

    I've got a 2.5" Seagate SATA drive that I just put into an enclosure.

    Problem is I cannot format it. The drive previously had Linux on it.

    When I try to Delete the partition in the Windows 7 Disk Manager I'm told that there's a Data Error (CRC)

    I've tried some disk utilities and they tell me I can't write to some sectors.

    I've loaded up an Ubuntu VM and tried it's disk management util and was told something about Magic DOS.

    Any ideas?


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    Run chkdsk on the drive from within the W7 Disk Manager prior to attempting a format.
    Take the drive out of the enclosure and place it on one of your Mainboard's SATA port...
    Then boot back to your os and run a chkdsk on it, preferably on it's native Linux os prior to formatting.
    Use Linux native chkdsk and format functions from a boot environment.
    Boot to a recovery disk and get yourself to a command promt; use the "chkdsk /r" command.
    If errors found and corrected use Format.
    Invest a little time and energy in a well thought out BACKUP regimen and you will have minimal down time, and headache.

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