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Hard Drive formatting operation got stuck - Guess I have bad sectors - What should I do?

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I am trying to format my 250GB external USB hard drive (Western Digital portable)

I tried formatting it using Windows 7 disk management utility but it gets stuck at  6%!

So, I am guessing I have bad sectors on my drive. What can I do to fix this? And is my guess about bad sectors correct?

Any free tools to identify and fix this problem?
How long does it take to format a 250GB drive using Win 7 and intel centrino machine typically?
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by:hunart
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Have you tried the chkdsk /f command?
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by:Paul MacDonald
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Not necessarily bad sectors, but that's a possibility.  Did you do a quick format?  If so, the sector issue is less likely (but not impossible).

If it's a new drive, you can send it back for replacement.  If not, do a quick format, then a chkdsk /f /b and carry on, knowing the drive could corrupt data at some point.
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by:joshbula
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It's not free, but SpinRite might work.  It's saved a few hard drives for me:  www.grc.com
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by:torimar
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For disk partitioning, use one of the following free third-party partition managers:
Paragon: http://www.paragon-software.com/home/pm-express/
Easeus: http://www.partition-tool.com/

Formatting a 250 GB HDD should take only minutes, if not less.
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If you wish to run a diagnostic test on this hard drive, I recommend the free HDDScan: http://hddscan.com/
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i would suggest to connect the drive to a sata or ide port directly - then run the WD diag to know it's status
then i run hdd regenerator on it :  http://www.dposoft.net/

btw - is smart turned on for that drive?
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