Question about Western Digital WD WD1600AAJB 20PK CAVIAR SE 160GB PATA HD 7200RPM 8MB 3.5LP Parallel ATA Hard Drive

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I want to replace an old HDD (Quantum 52 Mb) from an old computer which is still useful for somethings. I bought an WD1600aajb. I declared into the CMOS setup like an HDD of 504 M (1024 cil, 16 heads, 63 sectors). I boot from the disk A in DOS 6.20, I run fdisk, I make the partitions and restart in order to format the partitions. But surprize, the partitions are not maden, I have the message Invalid drive specification. I tryed many times, no positive result. Without a bootdisk in drive A the message is DRIVE NOT READY. Any Ideea? Thanks, Regards, Marius

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SOURCE: Trying to format a 500GB HDD at full capacity

sounds like the SATA - PATA converter doesn't accomodate for a 48 bit LBA (to handle disks of more than 137 GB)


you need to get the correct converter, as this one is not compatible, you should be able to return the converter as not fit for purpose (needs LBA 48bit).



Posted on Oct 11, 2007

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SOURCE: WD My Book 320GD external HDD - recognized by computer, but cannot read, says it has to be reformatted


Sorry to say not that many of the Free ones are either A) Actually free(most just show you the files then request money. or B) Al that good. GetMyDataBack seem reasonably good but any attempts you make to recover or fix the drive run the risk of further damaging files.

Both of your stated problems sound like file structure problems although the later problem sounds like the issue may have been the result of impending hardware failure.

First, IF you cannot afford to loose your data, DO NOT try the following suggestions and send the drive immediately to a data recovery specialist(I recommend Armor-IT in North America, if you're elsewhere give me Region and City and I'll point you to an appropriate location).

Now, IF you can live without you files in the event this causes new damage and are simply looking for a cheap/free shot at salvaging the data, open your start menu and click RUN(XP)/SEARCHBAR(Vista). Type CHKDSK X: /F and hit enter(change X to the current drive letter of the external drive).

Then reboot your computer, a screen will come up about disk checking or consistency check, allow it to run it's course.

If this fails, try GetMyDataBack, it's free and can resolve some minor issues. If these suggestions do not work you will likely need the help of a pro. Respond with your Region and City and I will point you to an appropriate Pro.


Posted on May 29, 2009

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The bIOS should automatically pick up the HDD, Formatting is done via your OS, Configuring only applies to PATA drives nnot SATA ones and partitiong is done with a third party sofware such as partition magic.

Jumper settings for PATA drives are printed on the HDD label.

Posted on Mar 22, 2010

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SOURCE: WD My Book-Delayed Write Failed-Can't access-Files deleting!

Hi when you buy a hard disk you do not get instructions on how to change from FATS to NTFS. Your hard drive is set to FATS by default,which limits you tranferring files up to 4GB.If you changing to NTFS does 2 things. can transfer bigger files.
2. You will lose all data on the drive so you have to save any files to another drive ect
To change to NTFS, go to Start then Right-click on My Computer and select Manage. Under Storage click on Disk Management. Now find your hard drive in the list and Right-click on it and select Format. Under File System change the Answer to NTFS and leave the Allocation Unit to default.Click on Perform Quick Format if you want. click OK and confirm your OK with losing all data on the drive,and your done.
Regards Bill

Posted on Apr 18, 2010

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SOURCE: dear sir I have WDC

you could run the check disk utility
click start run type cmd then type chkdsk/r/f which will scan for and attempt to repair any bad sectors and automatically fix any corrupt files on your hard drive then defragment your hard drive or
go to control panel administrive tools computer management you can right click on the drive select properties tools check now?tick in both boxes to scan for and attempt to repair/recover any bad sectors and automaticall fix any corrupt files
in xp
hope this helps

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