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Old 09-05-2003, 09:29 PM   #1
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system freezes when formatting external hdd


two days ago i partitioned my external hard drive, and i've been having troubles ever since (i've already started two other threads about it). anyway, i've had no troubles formatting the second partition. but the first partition has given me nothing but crap. i've tried reformatting it a ton of times, and only once did it do it successfully. every other time it caused my entire system to freeze up. this has happened in both diskdrake and also using mke2fs in a shell. the only time it did it successfully was when i formatted it as reiser fs. however, when i tried to copy files onto it, it caused my whole system to freeze.

is this because i have a bad sector on the drive? how can i fix this problem? it's really really aggravating. my system has frozen more in the past two days than in the past two months. really frustrating.

thanks for any help.

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Old 09-06-2003, 03:43 AM   #2
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....sounds like it.

How I hate to say this but, given that you have a dual boot ExPee machine, can't you use Windoze scandisk it to identify any bad sectors?

(Sorry if you have already done this....)
 
Old 09-09-2003, 11:35 AM   #3
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thanks, unknown_user. yeah, i did do that in xp, but it couldn't fix it. luckily, i had purchased coverage on the drive when i bought it (my policy for big purchases like that), so i just took it back and exchanged it for a new one. partitioned and reformatted it straight out of the box, and everything's good to go now.
 
Old 09-09-2003, 12:39 PM   #4
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have you tried fsck?
 
Old 09-09-2003, 04:06 PM   #5
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well, for one, i got a new drive (see above post), so i don't need to do that now. secondly, fsck couldn't really do a whole lot for a vfat drive--but yes, i did try.
 
Old 09-10-2003, 08:24 AM   #6
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i dunno bout that.. there is a particular fsck.vfat binary that is called my fsck... and I have seen it fix errors with drives.
 
Old 09-10-2003, 10:23 AM   #7
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oh, really? ok, i'll check that out for next time.

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