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  1. Rafterman414

    Rafterman414 Thread Starter

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    I am currently having an issue formatting a partition on my hard drive. I have a 250 GB Windows partition that is working just fine. Now I have about 4 TBs of unpartitioned space available that I am trying to partition however the option to partition the drive using the disk management snap in in the management console is grayed out. The system is using a 3ware raid controller with 4 2TB drives setup in a Raid 5 configuration. The Norton Ghost image of the software build that I am using was supposed to format the remaining space as the D: drive but that failed. I have tried using a gparted live CD to no avail as well. The system information is as follows:

    Dual Xeon Quad Core Processors
    12 GB DDR3 RAM
    4 2TB SATA Hard Drives @ 7200 RPM Raid 5 Configuration
    Operating System: Windows XP Professional 64 Bit

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. cybersloth

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    wow, nasty isue

    try creating a partitian, in windows setup, you should be able to do this if you created the original partition, just press F3 after partioning is finished, boot your first install and format in windows (might be a long shot but probably worth a try)

    If posible try win7, even if you use the RC just to see if it will work, i have not heard much good about XP 64bit, from what i understand it was a steping stone for MS but not a thurroebread 64bit system, I have used 7 64bit and it seems good, fewer compatability isues than one would expect.

    you may also have a hardware fault as the gparted live CD wouldent work either.

    any how this is a trick one, be patent and someone in the know should respond.

    sorry i couldent be of more help, and rember to post if you figure it out..

    cybersloth
     
  3. Rafterman414

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    Still no luck on this one. I tried to reinstall the Norton Ghost image with the same results. I'm going to try Win 7 as you suggest and see if that works... hopefully it will at least let me format the remaining 4 TBs into something I can use, however I won't be able to keep Win 7 on there since this system is property of my company and I have to use that Norton Ghost basline software build that they have provided with XP Pro 64 on it or else they will have a fit. One of my buddies here at work had the samething happen to his system a few months ago before I started work here and of course he cannot remember how he solved the problem either. One final thought I am not sure what Service Pack it is up to on that build... does anyone know if if SP3 provided any additional support for formatting larger partitions?
     
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    Well thank you very much, that did the trick. I appreciate the help.
     
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