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Boot hang after formatting of hard drive

I bought a Maxtor PATA 160GB hard drive for my ASUS P5GD1-fms system. Installed WindowsME. ME does not support HD over 137 GB but I limped along with only 20 some GB recognized. All worked fine. Thought I'd reformat the drive into a couple of partitions thinking that it would work OK with 2 80GB partitions. Now when I attempt to boot, the system hangs. With a Windows 98 startup disk, the floppy is accessed for awhile then stops. With the Maxtor Bootable CD, the drive is accessed for awhile and then stops. No prompt or warning messages.
I reset the bios to factory defaults - no improvement.
cleared RTC RAM - no improvement.
The boots do not hang if I have disconnected the HD.
I think I goofed something up on the format that causes the BIOS problems. I'd try formatting again but I can't get anything booted to perform the format if the drive itself is connected. There must be a BIOS setting that would allow me to get booted enough to reformat the drive?

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  • VinBop1 Jan 04, 2008

    Thanks for the response! Formatted the HD on one of my other computers and problem solved.



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No there isnt, you need to take it and put it in another computer as a slave drive. But you might have damaged your hard drive, you can try Hiren's boot cd from here but personally i think you might have messd up the drive.

to install as a slave
1.) find a working computer
2.) put hd in as slave (do not remove old hd)
3.) boot
4.) it will show up in my computer
5.) format and unmount drive

it the computer fails to boot ensure you got the drive connected propperly and jumpers are correct

it thats all good then your drive is damaged

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