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Unable to partition drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Cassis, Oct 8, 2003.

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  1. Cassis

    Cassis Thread Starter

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    I recently bought a Seagate Barracuda 80gb. My computer is a Compaq Presario 5640 with Windows 98.
    I want to partition the drive into two equal parts but it seems impossible. I've used Partition Magic, Disc Wizard and Partition Expert. Every time with the same result: The second partition disappears. Directly after I partitioned the drive it seemed to work and I started saving data to partition 1. However, when I opened partition 2, some folders with really strange names (like "s_i´´98%&/") had been created all by itself. When I
    restarted the computer partition 2 was gone and there was no sign of it. There was only a partition 1 ( 38 gb).
    I wrote to Seagate Support and they told me to:
    - Use their program Seatools to check the condition of the drive.
    - Low Level Format/Zero fill the drive and only use Disc Wizard.
    - Use DiscWizard to setup the drive and choose to create two partitions.
    - Make sure that my file systems are the same, Fat32 .

    I did exactly as they said and it seemed to work for about one day, but then the same thing happened again. I started saving data to the first partition and then the second partition
    "disappeared" and couldn't be reached. (It seems to happen when the drive reaches about 20 gb of saved data.)
    I run Windows 98 on another drive and I wonder if there could be some problem with Windows? Or could it be my motherboard or something?

    Seagate Support now suggests that I should replace the drive because it may be broken. But I don't want to do that in case the same problem occurs with a new drive.
     
  2. Squashman

    Squashman Trusted Advisor

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    Did you use the SeaTools to check the condition of the drive. If there is a hardware problem with the drive, it should show up with that.
     
  3. Cassis

    Cassis Thread Starter

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    Yes, I used Seatools as Seagate Support told me to. No hardware problems showed up, but Seagate Support thought that there might be a hardware problem in spite of the test.
    I don't believe them though.
     
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