A drive that wont format...?

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cstv
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I recently installed xp on a machine that had a few partitions on with video work. I've been gradually shifting files from partition to partition re-formating each as NTFS as i go (i know this can be done without formatting but i don't want to take the risk, even with partition magic...)

It was all going fine until i reached one particular partition that started formating, almost finished formating and then i got a error message saying the drive cannot be formated! So, i tried it again... no luck! I tried repairing the drive - needs formating first though!

It's only 1.5 GB, i'm not even sure why it's there, but it's anoying me so any ideas would be appreciated.
thanks,

mark.

harlequin
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try formatting as fat32 and see if that works
then try as ntfs after that

i had a partition on a drive do this a while ago , it was a warning that the drive geometry had gone for a burton.
i had to remove each partition from the drive one by one and then re-fdisk from scratch .......

if you are using partition magic , or can get a hold of it , get it to check the drive out.

Gary MacKenzie

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cstv
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Ok, turns out it's 9.5 GB which makes it slightly more useful to me...

I can format it as FAT32, but partition magic says something along these lines:

"Error 113
The end of the indicated partition overlaps a logical partition.
This can be fixed by extending the extended partition."

Should i "extend the extended partition" or could doing this risk losing data on the whole disk (including OS, programs, etc) I don't mind losing this data, but it's a lot of hassle and the machine is being used almost non-stop until xmas...

any thoughts?

harlequin
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i think i was close with ' drive geometry gone for a burton'.

this is definately a case of a drive that has lost/alterred incorrectly it's partition start stop sector info.

use it till you can clean it completely , or backup the data you need to another disk , remove all partitions from the disk , re-fdisk/partition , copy data back on.

the problem with end of partition being wrong is you could end up losing data on both partitions that think they own the overlap sectors.

Gary MacKenzie

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cstv
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ok Gary, thanks for the advice. I'll wait until the xmas hols.