cannot format new hard drive **fixed I think** :)

evilmantis

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After going around and around trying to figure out an issue, it was suggested by several people (on and off the boards) that I probably have a bad HD on my laptop. Just replaced it. The BIOS recognizes it -- but the setup disks can't format it! It just says "windows cannot format this drive."

Any ideas??

Thanks
Goldie
 

birdpup

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Did you ensure the jumper (or lack thereof) was in the proper position? My laptop hard drive did not require a jumper because it is the only drive available to the system. Yours may be the same way.

What are you using to format, a Windows XP install CD or a manufacturer provided recovery CD? Have you tried other methods of partitioning the drive, such as fdisk, cfdisk, or a linux install CD?

Have you tested the drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic utility? The diagnostic utilities often provide a tool for preparing the drive for use.
 

evilmantis

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I am using the maufacturer supplied XP disk. My next step is fdisk. I realized that the drive came with a partition already on it. It did not come with any manufacturer disks or anything. There are also no jumpers. Right now the computer is hanging at 20% formatted with the quick format (that's where it gave up before. Now it's just stuck, so I don't know whether that is progress or not...)

 

evilmantis

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Well, it looks as though all I had to do was delete that original partition. It's now installing the setup files. Good start!!

Thanks for your help though :)