Can't initialize ext hd

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 drifter1d -
Hello,
I replaced my HD in my Dell Inspiron using Vista, I now wish to reformat old HD to use as external USB device. In 'Disk Mngt.' the drive is listed as drive #1 and unallocated. I've have tried to initialize, but I receive and CRC error. Note HD still has everything from original install. I tried to wipe clean with DBAN (while int laptop), but could not achieve that. Is there a way to clear data to start new? I can not seem to find any solution.

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You can try Killdisk.

http://www.killdisk.com/killdisk-home.htm

Good Luck
Thanks--I tried Killdisk, after 10 days of re-writing-the disk at the finish it still had a CRC problem. Status is the same when I tried to hook-up to a PC w/XP.