My Maxtor's hard drive is 160 GP and sometimes I can't make format or partions and if I can it appears only 130 GP and when I installed windows my pc appears no partion. And there is quick flash of a blue screen and the machine reboots again. I was given the usual boot options and tried to boot-up in Safe mode but the same thing happened. No matter which mode I try, it just reboots over and over again. I would appreciate your advice with this problem.
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Re: I can't make format, partions or install windows.
If you're trying to format this drive, and you have nothing on it you want, then I would suggest that you use a windows 98 boot disk HERE. And first thing you need to do is load dos by putting the floppy disk in your drive A: after you create it from that site of course. Then allow dos to boot up. I'd opt for the allow cd rom option when it asks. After you get a dos prompt A: type in fdisk. Go to the display partions section and see what your drive is partioned as? Once you find that out, I'd delete the partion from the main menu choice delete partion. After that create a new partion from the main menu. Creating a new Dos partion will allow you to choose the size of the partion you want, then after that it will create your new Dos partion. When that's done, exit fdisk, and go to the A: prompt and type in format c: This will format the drive all over again, and give you a clean fresh starting point in which you install your OS.
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After installing the hard drive in the computer then boot up with the Windows 2000 installation CD. Proceed with installing Windows. delete the existing partition , create a new partition, then format the hard disk in NTFS file format, follow the instruction to complete the installation. You will also need the product installation code to complete the installation and you will need to activate the Windows license by the Internet or by phone. You will also need to install the motherboard device drivers.
What Motherboard are you using and what BIOS - I suppose it is an IDE drive (40Gb) On the older HDD you should check your jumper settings to identify the drive as a Primary or Secondary drive.Make sure the IDE cable is properly connected. This can be tricky sometimes as one of the pins could have bent. Make sure the drive actually spins when you power the computer on. Hold you hand lightly on the drive, and you should feel a slight vibration. If all of this is ok then -
when you boot up, go into the BIOS and see if the BIOS picks up the drive. If this is all ok, then your HDD maybe formatted with an incompatible file system and you would need to run a FIXDISK. Or the HDD is just shot. Try with another drive to verify.
You have to "FDisk" or "Partition" the Drive before Windows will see it.
XP - Goto: Control Panel | Administrative Tools | Computer Management | Disk Management
Vista/Win7 - Goto: Control Panel | System and Security | Administrative Tools | Computer Management | Disk Management
You will see hopefully both Drives... Highlight the New One... Create a New Partion by Right Clicking or use the Pull Downs. It will ask size etc... use the defaults.
Next Format the Drive - Select the Drive again...Right Click Format using Quick Format to save time and you should be set.
OK ya got a problem... here is what to do... boot up on the DVD then get to the part where ya choosing ya Drive Etc, and FORMAT the entire drive/partition ... you will loose any/all data at this stage... after ya format ya drive... NTFS.. Then install vista...
If that will not work get a formatting program from the Drives manufacturer, or Partition Magic, or the like, and boot up on it CD/DVD, Floppy, whatever and then Format the Drive... NTFS Then install Vista...
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The PowerMax utility is designed to perform diagnostic read/write verifications on Maxtor and Quantum hard drives. These tests will determine hard drive integrity. The PowerMax utility is effective on all ATA (IDE) hard drives with a capacity greater than or equal to 500 MB. Maxtor recommends the use of this utility for troubleshooting potential hard drive problems. These problems include, but are not limited to the following:
* Potential hard drive surface problems (e.g., bad clusters, bad sectors, partitioning/formatting problems, etc.).
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