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Cannot format my MY Passport HDD 250GB...Showing ERROR in Erase!

Dont know what happend...i never dropped my harddisk...i always make sure that i remove it through the Safely Remove Device Option n wait till the running of the harddisk stops before i unplug the usb.

Recently i tried formattin it by the Drive Erase option in the settings menu of the WD software of the harddisk..which then said there was an error in erasing...n then it just crashes..then im not able to enter the harddisk...until i unplug n reconnect again....there seems to be some system error with the harddisk...but cant figure out what it is

So pleasee guyss...i really need your help soon...i cant lose my hardisk...my girlfriend got it for me on my birthday, it will be really heartbreakin...its only been a lil more than a month since i got it...

U guys are my only hope!!

thnks a ton!!!!!!!!!!!

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You shall once more format the HDD but this time don't opt for quick format. This time select create a MS Dos bootable. Once you have formatted and if success it will work. You have 90% chances it will work. If it doesn't comment back will give you another option to make it work.

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