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Can't format HDD

I've recently bought a new 500GB HDD, built it in my PC, turned it on and tried to format it to NTFS with the windows utility. To no avail...
When it reaches 100% I get a very self-explanatory error: "Format not completed." is all it says.

I then tried PartitionMagic 8.0, tried formatting the whole disk NTFS, also tried formatting only part of it, I got an error 514 or 517, and all that said was: "unknown error".

I then tried formatting FAT32, and got an error 11117. I have no clue to what this one means.

Anyway, I'm stuck here with a 500GB HDD I can't format, 've already been back to the store bought it, switched it, so it can't be the hardware...I've also been looking at other forums, there are people with the same problem, but no-one there posted a solution.

Thanks for the help already,

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  • Yannick Verhoog Feb 18, 2009

    I'm not sure what you mean there, SanthU.

    I'm trying to format a harddisk, not install a cd/dvd drive.

    And what files are skipped during installation?

  • Yannick Verhoog Feb 20, 2009

    Well I've read some more forums, and I've found out there's a lot of people with Windows XP that can't format their second harddisks.

    I guess I'll just have to get Vista now, since the tip SanthU gave me didn't work.

    Thanks for all the help,


  • Yannick Verhoog Feb 26, 2009

    Well I've figured it out myself now...

    It appears that xp tried to address MB's on the drive that weren't there, ie trying to format 500.000 MB on a 485.000 MB disk....

    After manually adjusting that I could format.

    Thanks for all the help,


  • Yannick Verhoog Mar 12, 2009

    So here's what you do:

    1: You build in the extra harddisk.

    2: You click start, rightclick My Computer, ten select manage;

    3: In the window that opens, you select the "disk management" option. you can see your 1st harddisk(disk 0) and your second

    (disk 1) there:

    4: There you can right-click the disk and select "create partition".

    Just follow the instructions on screen, create a primary or extended partition, until you reach something like this:

    5: Here is where the tricky part starts;

    You here have to insert the number of MB's yor partition should have. Now, for some reasons, on my pc, windows automatically inserts a number of MB's, more than are available on the disk.

    You should calculate the number of MB's your disk should have like this.

    ou take the number of bytes your harddisk has, for a 500GB that is 500 billion bytes, for a 300GB 300 billion, etcetera...

    This u divide by 1024, and again by 1024, and that number, rounded down, is the number of MB's your partition should be.

    For example; A 500.000.000.000 bytes harddisk(500GB)/1024/1024=476.837MB.

    I hope this helps. If it does not, I know no other solution then to try to format on a Vista pc, and then insert the HDD in your XP pc.


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Hey, please try to diconnect and reconnect the CD/DVD drive and check if this works.. Some times installation is incomplete if the file skip during installation.....

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  • SanthU Gampa Feb 24, 2009

    well! in this case, I would suggest to contact the manufacturer of the Hard drive. This would be the best option to contact manufacturer website. Because these complicated issues can be resolved by them. Also.. I doubt tat whether the xp os supports 500gb hard drive.. If it is yes then the best option would be to contact the manufacturer

  • SanthU Gampa Feb 24, 2009

    the best option would be to contact the manufacturer.. I doubt that whether xp os supports 500gb hard drive if yes then I suggest to contact manufacturer.

  • SanthU Gampa Feb 28, 2009

    May I know what did you do manually to fix the problem?????

  • SanthU Gampa Feb 28, 2009

    May I know what is the actual issue and resolution?????



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The best partitioning is from windows xp setup disk , and also the best format .
Why get to format and loose all your files when you can backup your as many times as you can and keep them safe ?
I am using and i formatted my computer like 2 times in 1 year and it didn't taked more than 20 minutes to reinstal it and restore the backup

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