formatting maxtor 60

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ajnorem

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when i got the hard drive i formatted it with my winmeand it only formatted the first 32 gigs. but i want to format it to the full 60gigs or as much as i am allowed. what soft ware or dos tricks must i use to do it??? :confused:
 
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Hi ajnorem, Welcome to TSG !!
Make sure you formatted the drive by inserting a boot disk for ME :
http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm
Set BIOS to boot from the floppy
Type in FDISK at the prompt. Delete all the partitions and check the size
Format the drive

If it will not see the entire drive, Find out what motherboard you have and do a BIOS upgrade if it is an older one.

 

JohnWill

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I suspect you may need a BIOS upgrade to recognize the full size of the disk. Of course, the make/model of the machine, as well as the BIOS date would be a big help to help you determin if that's the cause...
 

crjdriver

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Some of those older Maxtors had a jumper setting to limit the size of the drive. If it was formatted with the jumper in place, you will only "See" 32 gig even if you remove the jumper. If your bios supports drives >32 gig [and you still only see 32] you may need to zero fill the drive.
 
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Hi,

I don't disagree with what others said. However, if this was my drive, I would go to the website of the manufacturer (unless you have the disk that came with your drive) and download the Maxblast3 utility (free download) and use either that or the original CD that came with your drive to prepare this disk. The Maxtor utility does a wonderful job in this area. This is a personal opinion.
 
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