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Maxtor Hard Drive Problem

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Joe689, Nov 11, 2004.

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  1. Joe689

    Joe689 Thread Starter

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    I beleive I may have a bad hard drive but thought I would try everything before coming to that conclusion. It is a 45gig hard drive. It started when I was unable to delete files, I would delete them and then after restarting the drive, they would show up again. I tried to reformat under two operating systems. I need FAT32 so on the XP OS I used CompuApps Swissknife to attempt to format. It showed that the format was successful after completion however none of the files were gone. Next, I took it into a Windows 98 and tried FDisk. Fdisk couldn't get past "checking drive's integrity" It would stay at 0% forever. I wasn't even able to get a letter assignment for the drive on 98. Trying Swissknife on 98, accomplished the same thing on XP. Said it was completed but never got assigned letter and when drive was restarted the volume it said it had created was gone. I can only imagine the drive is done for. Any Ideas?

    All bios's on both OS recognized the drive properly.

    Thanks
    JOe
     
  2. WCSHGS

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    Your problem may be as follows;

    FAT32 will support up to 32 gig. any size larger then 32 gig may cause issues.

    Did you use the software that came with the drive??????


    Run FDISK set the 1st partition to 20 gig, then set the 2nd partition to 25 this should work for your needs.......
     
  3. Triple6

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    You can indeed format drives larger then 32GB with FAT32, its just that XP doesn't like too.

    Never used Swissknife. If you are using FDISK, make sure you delete all partitions. Option 4 or 5 displays the partitions on the drive. It best to boot off a boot disk and use FDISK, that way Windows can't interfer.

    You can also use Maxtor's PowerMax diagnostics to test and do a low-level format of the drive. That should wipe the drive completely.

    http://www.maxtor.com/portal/site/M...tware Downloads/ATA Hard Drives&downloadID=22
     
  4. Joe689

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    Maxtor's software worked nice however both format options failed. The pass test also failed. I tried making two partitions with swissknife and the partition that it said was succesful in creating, was gone. How can i use fdisk to make 2 partitions? I am leaning toward a broken drive but that for your help.

    THanks
    Joe
     
  5. JohnWill

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    This is totally incorrect. The only issue is that Windows 2000 or XP won't format a FAT32 volume larger than 32gigs, but they'll access a FAT32 volume of any size. There is no compatibility issue using large FAT32 volumes, I've done it for years.
     
  6. ~Candy~

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    If pass test failed cash it in. You are wasting your time. Even if you manage to rescue it for a bit, the drive is destined to fail.
     
  7. ~Candy~

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    :eek: I have a 160 and a 120 gig drive both FAT 32..........what should I do???? :D :D

    See johnwill's reply above ;)
     
  8. Joe689

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    Sell one to me. lol

    -Joe
     
  9. ~Candy~

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    You can probably buy either now for less than I paid ;)

    I think I saw a 160 Maxtor somewhere for $59.99 after rebate.
     
  10. Raven Writer

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    My ten year old Maxtor died about six months ago. It made me quite sad because I liked that drive, it was really good to me ...despite it's incredibly small size of 2GB. My main hard drive is still kicking, though and it is also a fantastic 2GB in size. It is incredibly huge, I swear and it totally creams all of you and your 120GB drives. Don't get me started on my 8GB second drive. It is soooo huge.

    *hates on her drives for being small*
     
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