Hi there. I have an external harddrive that I tried to format to NTFS. The format failed and now the drive is left in RAW format and appears unusable in its current state. Each time I plug the usb in Windows 7 prompts me to format the drive and I have tried but both quick formats and full formats end prematurely with a message saying the format was unable to complete. I opened Disk Management and the drive is shown as drive M Healthy (Primary Partition) in the RAW format.
Does anyone have any ideas how I can get it back to NTFS so I can use it
In Disk Management, delete all existing partitions - then create a new NTFS partition and it will ask you to format it. Don't check the Quick Format box - let it do a full format - it may take a long time.
If it still won't work, try a complete drive erasure back to "factory" settings. Seagate have their own you can download, called Seatools (other manufacturers look for the equivalent, or let us know the make of the drive)- or try Killdisk, a free download.
Then repeat Disk Management.
I that all fails, the drive may have itself failed.