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Write error occured at offset ...

September 23rd, 2008, 22:40

When one get the message "Write error occured at offset ..." the program doesn't stop, it keeps going. my drive is 500GB, the program has been running for almost three (3) weeks now on my laptop and I just hope it'll finish despite the error messages. I'm almost at 50% now, I do hope the low-level format is being successful.

I was looking for progress logs other than the progress-bar-window. The scroll back is not responding.

Anything else I can do while this process is going?

Thanks

Re: Write error occured at offset ...

September 24th, 2008, 7:51

You're LLFormating and getting errors ! and so far it has taken three weeks !!

Something is wrong

Is the drive in a usb hard drive enclosure ?

Or maybe a bad ide or sata cable.

Re: Write error occured at offset ...

September 29th, 2008, 12:09

@bnice, Thanks for the reply!

Yes, it is a hard drive enclosure, it's a Western Digital MyBook.

I'm about to go into the 300GB and since I've left it running for so long will keep on until done. I just hope that the log or something is kept. I cannot scroll backwards on the window to see previous addresses/dates.
I'm considering this a field test that may contribute to new program requirements.

Cheers!

Re: Write error occured at offset ...

September 29th, 2008, 16:43

What's the name of the program, your are using for the llf.


Credit goes to a contributor, who went far beyond.
For shortening the life expectancy of their hdd, while field testing this program. :mrgreen:

Re: Write error occured at offset ...

October 2nd, 2008, 0:15

HDDGURU Low Level Format Tool ver.2.36 build 1181

Re: Write error occured at offset ...

October 2nd, 2008, 13:49

I've the tool a few times, would use again as needed. There are many low level format tools to choose from.

I don't know if there is a bug with this hddguru LLF Tool that you have found. Or it's only a bad pc connection or cable.

Hdd data cable is still my first choice of cause.

Re: Write error occured at offset ...

October 18th, 2008, 17:27

@bnice, tx for the comments.

It became an experiment, test of my laptop and whether hddguru would break before completing, it didn't. However, there may still be a bug (after all it is not reasonable at all to have taken all this time) in LLFTOOL.EXE and hopefully this was useful.
9/3/2008 8:33:22 PM * * * * * WARNING!!! * * * * *
9/3/2008 8:33:22 PM DURING THE LOW LEVEL FORMAT PROCESS
9/3/2008 8:33:22 PM ALL DATA WILL BE FULLY and IRREVERSIBLY ERASED!
9/3/2008 8:33:42 PM
9/3/2008 8:33:42 PM =================================================
9/3/2008 8:33:42 PM Hard Disk Low Level Format Tool 2.36 build 1181; http://hddguru.com
9/3/2008 8:33:42 PM Low level format: WD 5000KS External 101a [500.1 Gbytes]
9/3/2008 8:33:42 PM Device size: 976,773,168 sectors
9/3/2008 8:33:47 PM Format Error occured at offset 17,825,792
9/3/2008 8:33:51 PM Format Error occured at offset 18,350,080
9/3/2008 8:33:55 PM Format Error occured at offset 18,874,368
...
...
umpteen thousand lines deleted
...
...
10/18/2008 8:17:51 AM Format Error occured at offset 500,106,788,864
10/18/2008 8:17:55 AM Format Error occured at offset 500,107,313,152
10/18/2008 8:17:59 AM Format Error occured at offset 500,107,837,440
10/18/2008 8:17:59 AM Low-level format is done. You will have to create partitions and format this drive.


Maybe we'll get a new build? -- somebody else will have to test it though <LOL>

Cheers!

Re: Write error occured at offset ...

October 18th, 2008, 23:53

Does MHDD see the drive with the correct capacity, or see it as less than 500gb.

Re: Write error occured at offset ...

October 25th, 2008, 19:28

bnice wrote:Does MHDD see the drive with the correct capacity, or see it as less than 500gb.

Doesn't see it.

I re-checked cable -- it's good.

Ran the LLF again and it started giving me the same problems (Write error occurred at offset...)

Lessons learned:

1) My laptop is sturdy ;-)
2) I don't really need a laptop :D
3) HDDGURU's LLF could use some adjustments.
4) Time to throw away the HD and buy a new one.

Thanks for all the help.

Cheers!

Re: Write error occured at offset ...

October 26th, 2008, 12:29

Take the drive out of the enclosure.

Connect the drive drectly to a desktop pc motherboard, as a master device, run MHDD again.

Re: Write error occured at offset ...

October 28th, 2008, 0:18

If this wasn't so funny I would cry <heh>

I had a great time (learning and being careful not to break anything) opening my enclosure.
I followed the instructions in "Reboot Daily: How to open the Western Digital My Book 500GB"
http://rebootdaily.blogspot.com/2007/03 ... -book.html

...then I noticed that the spare desktop I have doesn't support SATA :lol: , I'm not giving up!, just need to make some space in my other machine, I think I still have another cable but no place to put the drive. So it'll be another couple of days before I post an update.

bnice, I do want you to know I really appreciate your help.

Cheers!

Re: Write error occured at offset ...

December 18th, 2015, 1:49

I also had the similar error coming , when i installed the version 4.25, it worked fine, this version could be downloaded from the following link

http://hddguru.com/software/HDD-LLF-Low ... rmat-Tool/

this works brilliantly :o

Re: Write error occured at offset ...

December 23rd, 2015, 8:28

Some related topics :

Testing hard disks with some confidence :

Executing a "Cosmetic Fix" on drives with Bad Sectors :

Assigning slow sectors to the P-List :

Regards.

Re: Write error occured at offset ...

April 27th, 2018, 20:13

A SATA cable change corrected the "Format error occured at offset ..." errors.

Re: Write error occured at offset ...

April 28th, 2018, 7:49

cimmay wrote:A SATA cable change corrected the "Format error occured at offset ..." errors.


If so your SATA cable was bad. Maybe you should still check the totality of the LBA space of your drive with MHDD/Victoria and check S.M.A.R.T. as well.
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