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"Data error (cyclic redundancy check"

I have a 1tb WD Elements 10A8 USB Device that I cannot use. It´s unallocated, and I know how to allocate it, but here comes the problem; Whenever i try to initialize using Disk Management, I get the following error: "Data error (cyclic redundancy check". I cannot choose "New simple volume" as it is grey. I have never used this drive on a computer and I checked using a software of how much space I had in it, and it showed that it is completely unused. Any solutions? Thank you in advance.
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    Hi there Loci__,

    Unfortunately, CRC error could indicate that the drive has failed.

    As you've never used it, I assume that you have no crucial data stored over there.

    Here are a couple of things you can try:
    - Attach the drive with different cables to another computer.
    - See if you will manage to test the drive with WD's DLG tool: http://products.wdc.com/support/kb.ashx?id=7bL3cq

    Is the drive under warranty?

    Cheers,
    D_Know_WD :)
  2. Hi. Thank you for your reply. It surely seems that the drive has failed and has bad sectors. Although I will try to make my computer ignore the bad sectors.
  3. Hi there Loci__,

    Well, that is unpleasant.
    The thing is that, bad sectors would eventually continue to appear, until the drive completely fails.
    If you manage to access the drive and use it, just don't save important data over there.

    Cheers,
    D_Know_WD :)
  4. D_Know_WD said:
    Hi there Loci__,

    Well, that is unpleasant.
    The thing is that, bad sectors would eventually continue to appear, until the drive completely fails.
    If you manage to access the drive and use it, just don't save important data over there.

    Cheers,
    D_Know_WD :)


    I now understand, it surely is unpleasant. i appreciate you helping me, had it not been for you, I would have wasted time in trying to repair the drive. Thank you.
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