I have a WD 200GB internal hard drive that I put in an external case. Recently, it lost its partition information. I used TestDisk to recover my files but when I used the tool to check the MBR and Boot Sectors, I found that the Boot Sector was fine, but the Backup Boot Sector was bad. I wiped the drive by writing 0s to it using the WD Diagnostic Tool. Now I’m trying to get it reformatted. I was thinking that it would find a different sector to make the boot sector. (I’m competent with computers, but I’m not an expert at this.)
I use Vista and am in the Computer Management Console. I have initialized the drive, but am unable to get it formatted. I’m trying to create a simple volume. The Format Wizard goes all the way through the process which takes a couple of hours. After getting through 99%, it says Format Failed. I tried a format from the DOS Command Prompt and that failed too.
I then used TestDisk to see if there was any kind of partition, but there wasn’t one. Is the drive toast at this point? What should I do, I’ve spent way too much time on this and it’s time I ask for help, so here I am. :manfrustrated:
This is not my boot drive. It is a drive I had from a former computer that I put in an external case just for the added storage space.