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If this is an error message you are getting ?
Click start control panel administrative tools computer management then select event viewer this may vary depending on what operating system you have

extend the events there you will see errors in red you will no what exactly what the error was and at what time it occured

or click start type in event viewer press ENTER

you might be able work your way through the problem
if you need more help with this post a reply with the error message details

Hope it helps.

Posted on Dec 04, 2012

  • ricardo omandam Dec 05, 2012

    thanks sir for the suggestion i see the error "the device \Device\Harddisk1\DR3, has a bad block." and also "The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk1\DR2." I'm using windows 7 ultimate, I also tried the diskmanagement method and the command prompt method for formatting but it doesn't continue the process. Hope you can help me again sir.

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    Brian Sullivan Dec 05, 2012

    If this is your primary hard drive with an operating system you will have to format it using a third party disk and change the boot order to boot from the cd/dvd drive. If its not getting recognised you wont be able to format. To try to fix the driver issuehttp://download.cnet.com/slimdrivers-fre... This will automatically search for and find the correct driveryou will have to update every driver individually once you update you might be asked whether you want to restart or make a system restore point. Click no to both of these then continue updating each driver free then restart once all of the drivers have been updated.

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In Windows, go to the disk management utility and see if the disk is listed. (In Win 7, this is Start > Control Panel > System and Security > Administrative Tools > Create and format hard disk partitions.) For XP and Vista, the directions are similar but do differ a bit. Look at the bottom of the window, to see the list of disks. (Disk 0 is your main hard disk; do not reformat this by accident.)

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