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Error Message with Alignment Software - Acronis - Advanced Format Alignment Tool

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Dear Experts,

I just bought two of those hard drives and  followed hte manufacturers instructions to align the hard drive (it is not pre-aligned as with Seagate hard disks).

http://www.ebuyer.com/237908-samsung-hd204ui-spinpoint-f4-2tb-hard-drive-sata-5400rpm-32mb-cache-hd204ui

I have not formatted the hard drive but assigned it a drive letter through Windows XP disk management.

I used Acronis Tool provided by samsung: http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/support/downloads/support_in_aft.html
Advanced Format Alignment Tool.
After 17 hours with 2 mins left
I got this error message:
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Failed to read sector '2' of hard disk '8'
Failed to read the snapshot manager volume. (0x1000D0)
The handle is invalid (0xFFF0)

Retry Ignore Ignore All Cancel

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Any advice is most welcome
I am worried as this is a brand new hard drive.

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Randy Downs earned 500 total points
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Formatting might be the best test. If it's as bad as it sounds it may refuse to format.

You probably want the latest drivers for your drive as did this guy

http://www.beezmo.com/geezblog/?e=18

My fix was to manually install the latest Intel driver: Intel® Rapid Storage Technology  That installs a lot more than necessary - AFAICS - but was an easy fix.
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by:akajohn
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Thanks Number-1.
I clicked ignore and Acronis crashed!
I then try to launch the tool again and it now said that it was a Sumsung Aligned partition and refused to do anything else.
Formatting failed as soon as it started. I now deleted the partition and may try a partition utility.
Let me Get back home try something This evening as suggested by this link. Apologies for delayed answers.
I will report my results.

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The answer  provided helps. I then used easeus partition manager to delete and recreate the partition.
I hope not to have any more problem with the second identical drive. I am however not using the Alignment tool again..

I would like assign a B grade and 500 points to the question.

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Thanks a lot.
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