I recently bought a new 0.466TB SATA HDD which initially seemed OK but it is now showing anomalous properties.
In XP Professional it appears as Healthy 465.77 GB. If I try to format (CP>Admin tools>Comp management>(F)Rclick>Format all proceeds to about 98-99% when the format fails. “Windows was unable to complete the format.” Properties shows 0, 0 File system RAW. “The disk in drive F cannot be formatted.
In Part Magic 8 it is shown as Bad (or Raw) and an attempted format fails very quickly (“Error 4 while executing batch. Error 4 Bad argument/parameter.”).
I have also tried (F) Rightclick>Properties>Tools>Check for errors but this fails also as the file system is RAW.