basroil wrote in post #8743147
And make sure iTunes is not on.... damn thing likes to access drives it shouldn't be looking at..
Can you provide some information on this phenomenon?
When an NTFS partition is being formatted it cannot be accessed by another process. Moreover, if the drive was not formatted it would not be accessible by iTune (does not have the ability to access unformatted or unknown) drive partitions. In addition, iTunes (on a PC) does not access area's not assigned to the media folder location - though services iTune's uses do, but not for cataloging. They are meant for detection and location of drives, namely iPod's, shared resources (libraries and folders) and the security service for shared resources.
Windows Media Player however is a different creature all together. It can, and does, index via Vista's own services (search). Akin to iTune's on OS X where iTunes uses the OS own features to index and search all drives. However, again, the OS would not allow this indexing to occur on a drive that has not been formatted.
What is FAR more likely is one of these issues:
1) Power fluctuation caused a CRC error in formatting. Re-boot, Re-partitioning and re-formatting usually solves this issue.
2) Bad drive or controller. Buy another hard drive.
3) Service crashed in MMC (namely virtual disk service). See #1 for solution. This has other implications like bad CRC on drive.
4) Loose cable. Check them!
5) Bent or broken SATA connection.
6) Bad power [SUPply].
7) Virus or other malware interrupting the process or trying to manipulate something in memory (causing crash or freeze of services).
8) Anti-Virus software set at very high security level will disallow certain high level functions - this is doubtful since it already began formatting, but this may still occur.
9) Bad vista driver (ATA/ATAPI) or bad controller.
10) Poorly grounded house/computer. I've seen some REALLY strange things happen when a house is improperly grounded. Like magically moving folders (jump from one folder to another) or devices that turn off and on at will.
I really don't understand why you always must blame Apple. It's kinda bizarre really - did Steve Jobs run over your puppy or something?