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Help, cant format past 11%

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  1. AdrianB

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    Hi all,

    As I the title says I cant format my hard drive past 11%?

    The drive is making a slightly strange spinning noise but just hangs at 11%, does any one have any idea of why this should happen or is the hard drive broken?

    Thanks in advance :confused:
     
  2. mobo

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    Can you try fisking the drive first to blow away partitions and if that doesn't work then try the Powermax utility and be sure to read the how to first.
     
  3. mobo

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    Also this product will do an excellent job of wiping your drive as well..
     
  4. AdrianB

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    Thanks for the help so far. The Powermax program has found an error with the 'Run SMART self test' error code S57 but I don't really know what this means?

    After this I used the Maxtor program to erase the data. I then went back to the Windows 2000 installation format but this time it stopped at 27%

    Any more ideas
     
  5. mobo

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    You diagnosed an error the erased the data and during the ntfs format it stalls.

    Try the diagnostic again..
     
  6. AdrianB

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    Thanks for the help. I think I'm getting a bit confused though. I select advanced test (Full scan test) from the menu in the maxtor program. Everything passes except the Run SMART self test which gives the error code S57 and says to report the error to Maxtor via the internet.

    When I come out of this scan and go back to windows install/format NTFS it stalls at 27% and makes that scratching sound again it used to make at 11%

    Any more suggestions on where to go from here?
     
  7. mobo

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    According to this from Maxtor. your drive may be on its last legs my friend.
     
  8. AdrianB

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    Oh dear looks like I need a new hard drive! Thanks for your help motherboard much appreciated.
     
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