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Unable to Format WesternDigital USB Hard Disk

I have created Partition but Unable to Format WesternDigital USB 160 GB Hard Disk.

after 100% formating it dispay Error Unable to complete formatting.
after that i have try it with XP cd. again partition is created but cant format.......................

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Are you formatting a new disk or an existing one? Keep in mind that the rest of us do not know all the details that you know unless you tell us & thus it will take much longer to resolve your issue.
You said "after you tried it with XP CD". Dont know what you mean. What program did you use the first time & what steps did you do?

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