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New Hard Drive Format

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by ABRanger, Jan 15, 2004.

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  1. ABRanger

    ABRanger Thread Starter

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    Hello Techies!!!
    Building a new system with a 80 Gig HD. While doing FDISK I am only getting it to partition and FORMAT 12953 MB of space. When I use the XP CD at boot to partition and format, it shows the 78000 plus MB of space but only partitions a small amount and sometimes just hangs on the format screen at 0%. Maybe someone can guide me in the right direction here. I'm missing something here. It is asking about partitioning with the NTFS but kinda confused why it is not partitioning and formatting correctly.
    Thanks for your time!!
     
  2. ~Candy~

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    Does the bios setup see the drive as the correct size?
     
  3. ABRanger

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    ummmm....have to look again. I thought I looked in there and it was correct. Where in the BIOS doers it show size or do I adjust it?
     
  4. ~Candy~

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    It should show it under the hard drive info. If your bios doesn't recognize the whole size, you'll need to set it up with the software (floppy) that should have come with it.

    If it didn't come with it, you can download it from the hard drive manufacturer's website. I would recommend downloading the Maxtor software, regardless what hard drive you have. It's more user friendly, and will alert you if your bios doesn't support the drive.
     
  5. ABRanger

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    Excellent! I will try that as soon as I get home. Can you think of anything else I should check? Why does it recognize the full size when I boot with the XP CD but go to partition and format and only get a small amount of space? I will get back to you when I know more of what the heck I'm doing!!!! Think I was tooooo tired last night! Thanks for the insight!
     
  6. ~Candy~

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    Not sure why it's not formating. You will need to choose FAT 32 or NTFS in any event. I always use FAT 32, but I have Windows 98 drives formatted under FAT 32, so I need to have access to those.
     
  7. ABRanger

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    I will let you know what happens. Thanks again.
     
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    Hello:

    You said you have a 80 GB HDD and you used FDISK? Apparently the standard FDISK, a la the W98se boot floppy, is effective on HDD's only up to 64 GB. (This is a theory I cannot test, as my HDD's are only 40 and 20 GB) There is an upgrade FDISK available but with XP can't you just boot with the CD and let it format?
     
  9. ABRanger

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    I have booted and attempted setup from XP Cd but it is only letting a partial amount partition and format, not even close to the entire 80 Gigs. Something must neot be set right. (like my brain maybe!). Gotta go look again at the BIOS setup and go from there!!
     
  10. ABRanger

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    Ok, It shows that it recognizes the HDD. I boot with the XP cd and it shows partition1 (unknown) 78000mb free space. Below that it shows 8mb partitioned. Now I highlight Partition 1 and it goes through the whole Format with the yellow bar/meter and when it reaches 100% it switches to another screen stating it was unable to format that partition. Disk may be damaged, some other things like that.
     
  11. ~Candy~

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    Download the software disk from the hard drive manufacturer. It can also run a diagnostics on the drive to see if it's bad.
     
  12. SSG RONFIN

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    Can you use a program like Partition Magic? It'll give many options for you, and tell you what's going on. You'll be able to merge empty space, etc...
    Also, when you format, and you're using WinXP, make sure you go with NTSF over FAT32. Much MUCH better for WinXP.
     
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