February 26th, 2003, 10:55 PM #1
trying to recover allocation unit?
consider me a noob
I have this drive a 6gig drive, i fdisk and re-created its primary dos partition, when formatting it after a restart, its goes into a "trying to recover allocation unit xxx,xxx" What happened and how do i go about tackleing this drive?
(ive never stumbled into this prob b4, FYI)
SamI'd rather be driving a titelist
February 26th, 2003, 11:29 PM #2
sounds like you have some bad sectors on the drive.
couple of options:
d/l and run a diagnostic and low-level formatter from the drive manufacturer's website.
put the problem drive into another computer and run scandisk or some other approprate utlity (depends on what OS youre running)
February 26th, 2003, 11:29 PM #3
That's very odd...try deleting the partition again, recreating the primary, restart, then format it. The drive was fine before, right?20" iMac 2.16GHz / 1GB RAM / 250GB HDD / 8x DVDRW / OS 10.5
February 26th, 2003, 11:32 PM #4
it read as a 2gig but its a 6gig, got it with a bunch of other hardware, so i know no history of the drive....it wont format after the deletion/creation of the primary dos partition...
Can i run scandisk on a drive with no file system?I'd rather be driving a titelist
February 26th, 2003, 11:34 PM #5
Needs to be partitioned first.20" iMac 2.16GHz / 1GB RAM / 250GB HDD / 8x DVDRW / OS 10.5
February 26th, 2003, 11:39 PM #6
I got it to format, and am running scandisk, thourough.
However, now it reads 15gigs...wonder whats up with this drive
Last edited by stant093; February 26th, 2003 at 11:49 PM.I'd rather be driving a titelist
October 15th, 2004, 02:11 AM #7
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Same here. I have repartitioned and reformated about a million drives at this point, and this is only the second one I have ever seen go into this "trying to recover allocation" routine. My first guess is that I have a bad drive on my hands.
October 15th, 2004, 09:12 PM #8
Originally Posted by philadelphiakid
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When formatting or running scandisk, those utilities will write to the drive anything it finds wrong. A drive with a few bad clusters will continue to work, but it will permanently block any clusters that have been found and marked bad from being used.
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