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To format, but not to format.

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I have a Disk space issue where my 80GB hdd is Full. The only way i cud solve this was to put my stuff on another harddrive becuase i needed most of my stuff.

Usually when you format a disk you lose all of your stuff and you can change the file system on the disk.

Usually.

Well i have a EXT3 160GB Harddrive and it was half full and i couldnt read or write to it from windows. So i decided to format it. So i formatted it and it failed right at the end.

Hmm i thought, so i went to browse it. and i found all of my stuff. on the harddrive, untouched. but i could read it from windows?! So apparently, the format utility in windows doubles up as a Filing system converter :/.

Now the only problem i actually have now is that. I cant write to it!

So now i have half a disk of unwanted cr*p and i cant put my existing stuff on it!

God sometimes i hate PC's

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Post by Koptor »

Have you tried a low level formatting tool? This might help
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Such as?
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kichimi wrote:Such as?
AFAIK it depends on the manufacturer of the drive. And because I'm bored at work, and because its you, I googled, and came up with this.

http://www.ariolic.com/activesmart/low- ... ormat.html

Now GTFO
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Thanks

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Post by empireum »

You might as well try to zero out the disk completely, getting rid of everything that is on it. Put it into a *nix box, and do:

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# dd if=/dev/zero of=<disk>

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Thanks, i will do that if the format fails.

PS. iPod Linux ftw
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Post by empireum »

Actually, you should try to zero-out before doing the low-level format as this is to be seen as a truly last resort.

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Eek. Well I started it before your post was made. I'll have to bear that in mind in future.
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Space problem = Solved, Thanks for the help guys ^_^
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