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I have a Samsung HD501LJ .. it had been working fine but i was having problems installing Windows 7 in a dual-boot format with XP.. the 7 installation kept hanging.. and it would sometimes run Chkdsk on the installed XP system as it was installing. SO I did a low-level format with the Samsung utility on the Ultimate Boot CD.

This worked fine and reported success with no errors.

BUT the disk is no longer recognised by Windows or Acronis Disk Director.. i can't format the bloody thing...Partition Magic had a look and fell over.

I tried another Samsung Utility and it reports error reading Partition table sector 0 .. which is hardly surprising after a low-level format..the utility I used to do the format says it's a healthy bunny.

how can I get it working again please?
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Have you tried GParted?
It is the free Linux counter-part to Partition Magic and much, much better.
You will find it on the Parted Magic Live CD: www.partedmagic.com
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yes, but it goes into endless messages of I/O errors.. I can't find a Samsung utility to initialise it.
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Did you try Samsung's Disk Manager 10?
http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/support/utilities/Support_DiskManager.html

You will also find it on the new UBCD 5 beta under HDD > Installation:
http://linuxfreedom.com/ubcd/ubcd50b12.iso
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it falls over ;-( there is a problem with sector 0, but hutil v2.03 happily does a low-level format.

I don't understand.
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I see only two things you could do here:

1. Run another low-level format and hope for it to turn out better;

2. Since Linux/GParted at least recognizes the disk, run TestDisk on it (http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk).
You will find two versions of it on said UBCD 5 beta CD: a DOS version and the Linux version, if you run Parted Magic from the UBCD 5 boot menu.

Here's a step-by-step guide:
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Step_By_Step

If all this does not work, I'd consider contacting the Samsung customer's support. They need to know best what may happen when using their tools.

Good luck.
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Thanks for all your help - it didn't work unfortunately but Samsung will replace under guarantee.. que sera ;-)
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