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I have Iomega 1tb External Desktop Drive 2.0 USB, and suddenly it stopped letting me open it. When I tried to open it, I would get a message saying that I need to format the drive. Yet when i try to format it I get a message saying "Windows cant format drive. Check to see that the disk and drive are connected properly, make sure that the disk is not read-only, and then try again. For More information search help for read-only files and how to change them.." and once I close this message I get another message saying " Data error (cyclic redundancy check)" I tried using a different formatting software then the one i have on my computer, and once again I couldn't format it. Only this time I got a different message stating that my drive was write protected. I don't know what to do to fix my external drive.

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  • sk8terbugz20 Oct 02, 2010

    I followed your instructions but instead of formating the drive, the command prompt said "Invalid drive specification." What else can I do to fix it?

  • sk8terbugz20 Oct 03, 2010

    I disconnected the external drive from my computer and hooked it up to my dad's computer. I looked it up to make sure I had the correct drive name, and it is F. I pulled up the command propmt and entered "format F' and yet it still said "Invalid Drive Specification".

  • sk8terbugz20 Oct 03, 2010

    I have Iomega 1tb External Desktop Drive 2.0 USB, and suddenly it stopped letting me open it. When I tried to open it, I would get a message saying that I need to format the drive. Yet when i try to format it I get a message saying "Windows cant format drive. Check to see that the disk and drive are connected properly, make sure that the disk is not read-only, and then try again. For More information search help for read-only files and how to change them.." and once I close this message I get another message saying " Data error (cyclic redundancy check)" I tried using a different formatting software then the one i have on my computer, and once again I couldn't format it. Only this time I got a different message stating that my drive was write protected. I don't know what to do to fix my external drive.

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This indicates the drive has failed, which is common for any drive, but for some reason Iomega's drives are notorious for this. Sadly the drive is "bad" so to speak. If you happened to buy it with a credit card you may be in some luck as far as you can get a refund at least on the drive. There is a good chance it may still be under the free extended warranty most credit cards place on electronics. Please contact your credit card company to inquire if they do this, and they will be able to file the claim and get you a refund for the TV.

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    Tim Grayson Oct 03, 2010

    Oops, I accidentally typed TV at the end there, lol I meant drive. I am been working with a lot of TV's today, still have them on the brain. What I said though definitely applies to your drive, and is applicable, sorry about that.
    Tim

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Please connect it on another computer and format it from the command prompt. Once it's connected, note the Drive letter, i.e. E: or F: or which one. Now open the command prompt by clicking "Start", then "Run" (windows xp) or "Start Search" box (win vista and win 7) and type in "cmd" (without quotes), press enter. The commands are as follows, I'll assume it's drive letter is F:, in the command prompt window, type in "F:", press enter, then "format F:", again "yes" or "Y", you will need to confirm another warning, simply press enter and proceed, may take some time. After it's completed, you'll see another message, asking you to assign the volume name, give any name you like and press enter. That's all, if this doesn't fix, let me know.

The problem with this issue might be virus or drive partition corrupted or some technical/mechanical issues with the Hard drive. If it's infected by virus, then you should understand that the virus might still infect your system and so it is not possible to format it from your computer. On the other hand, you should check the usb cable and the adapter, and make sure they are properly connected and cleaned.

Let me know when you are done.

Good luck.

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    Lebanon Raingam Oct 02, 2010

    What was the drive letter you saw on the My Computer folder? I only assumed it as F for you to understand, you have to use the exact drive letter, suppose if you see the hard drive's letter as F then do so or if it's E or G or H etc.... you have to select the correct drive letter in the command prompt. What you've just posted "Invalid Drive Specification" simply means, the drive letter you've selected is incorrect.


    There are still few more options, well, have you tried it on another computer? The best option is to format it from another computer, not from yours where it's not working.



    First connect the drive, open My Computer and note the drive letter, and then follow the commands on the command prompt.


    Let me know when you are done with more details.


    Good luck.

  • Lebanon Raingam
    Lebanon Raingam Oct 03, 2010

    It seems you've missed something "in the command prompt window, type in "F:", press enter, then "format F:", again "yes" or "Y".



    That should work, if it doesn't, then I'll give you a tool/app to format it manually. Once again, Good luck.

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