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Failed servo an/or seek test element

I have a problem with My Book Essential 1 Tb, the system doesnt see the partitions i can see the hdd in the device menager but only there, after using the WD Data Life Diagnostic i got "Status code = 06 (Failed servo an/or seek test element), Failure Checkpoint = 97", i tooked out the hdd from the plastic casing and plugged it in to my desktop, now while the system is loading i can see that the hdd is normally on the list of devices, but the partitions aren't visible, if it would be an internal problem with the servo mechanism if it would be possible to repair it?

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You must format the drive as FAT32

Note that your drive is too big to be formatted as a single 2TB FAT32 partition, its basically too big for PS3 usage.

but I think we should be able to get it to work.

You need to create one big partition off the drive, you can do that by connecting the drive first to your computer and then, right click on my computer or computer and select manage. Then on the right side of the computer management window you need to click on Disk management.

On the right side you need to find your 2TB externall hard drive, delete all the partitions from it so that its entirely free space or unpartitioned space, then create a new volume, full size of the drive, do not format it, if it doesn't let you pass without formatting then make sure its on quick format and fat32.

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