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Master Geek

#296314 7-Jun-2022 17:57
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Hello - here is my problem. I bought a 16tb USB hard drive with the intention of creating several partitions for cloning of other drives in my computer. Basically as a storage/backup device. It started out great but when it came time to split up the drive the problems began. I have spent hours trolling websites trying to sort it out but everything I have tried has failed. I have used several partition programs as well as Windows 10 built in disk management and command line functions like diskpart. 




Essentially I just cannot get the partitions formatted. I can get the partitions created in the various software and it even comes back as "successful" when the formatting is finished but when I go to use the partitions they are unformatted. I can get the initial partition to format no problem but after that it won't work. I have tried NTFS and exFAT, both return the same problem. Nothing in Windows will work, whether it's file explorer, disk management or diskpart. They all either come back with "Windows cannot format the drive" or display a successful format but then revert to unformatted or unallocated.




I have tried every trick and tip and tutorial I can find and followed all the advice to the letter but the same problem remains.


Any ideas or places I can check out to try something else? Thanks

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Master Geek

#2924151 9-Jun-2022 08:06
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Mystery solved!!! Inspired by your posts I did some checking and decided to try and open the damn thing. With a big of elbow crease and persistence I got it open and have enclosed pictures of the result. I have opened a dispute and sent them these photos as proof. Thanks guy for your help and I really appreciate all your replies. Embarrassing for me of course - I thought I knew stuff!! LOL it's scary how easily they can fool an entire operating system and every major partition software application that I tried. Cheers everyone 👍 The silver piece is just a lump of metal glued in there to give it weight!!! The b@st@rds thought of everything 🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬

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