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My seagate 500gb sata drive will only format to 128gb on my intel d915pgn motherboard. I installed the drive to an external usb 2.0 enclosure and it formatted fine. Removed the formatted drive and installed it to the motherboard sata port and windows 2000 says the drive is not formatted.

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Was the usb enclosure usb to ide or sata? maybe the diffrence bewteen the 2 and how they track the data on the drive.

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The disk-drive inside the enclosure is "dying".
If the warranty still is valid, exercise the warranty to get it replaced, at minimal cost to you.
If the warranty has expired, open the enclosure, remove the disk-drive, and take the disk-drive to a computer-store. Buy a new, compatible, drive, and then "transplant" it into the enclosure, to "revive" your external file-storage appliance.

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An external storage-device has four major components:

* the USB cable

* the power-adapter

* the disk-drive inside the enclosure

* the USB-to-disk-drive adapter inside the enclosure.

One of these components has failed.

Try a different USB cable.

Try connecting to a different USB port on your computer.

Try connecting to a USB port on a different computer.

Take a "multi-meter" and measure both the voltage and amperage output from the AC adapter, and compare with the specifications on the label on the adapter.

Open the enclosure, and remove the disk-drive, and then connect it as a "slave" disk-drive in a desktop computer, to see if it works at all.

Purchase a new, compatible, disk-drive, and install it in the enclosure, to "revive" your external storage device.

Get the part-number and serial-number from the label on your disk-drive, and access the manufacturer's web-site, and use "check warranty status", to see if they will replace the device, at minimal cost to you.

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Check drive for partitions. Also, you can use a program such as Seagate DiskWizard to format and setup for loading. That program is available from Seagate's web site.

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Disconnect the unit from the mains (duh!) and carefully disassemble the unit until you can get at the drive itself. Disconnect the drive, and see if it is an EIDE or SATA drive. Again, the drive itself is going to look a lot like one your've seen inside your computer because in 99% of cases it is the same thing.

Purchase another external enclosure for the proper type of interface (SATA or EIDE), or , if there is room in the PC itself, actually install the drive in your PC as an auxiliary drive.

Data retrieved.

Voila!

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Are you using eSATA for the External or USB. If it is eSATA you may need to get the respective drivers for your motherboard for it.

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An external USB drive consists of tow parts:

a hard drive (usually a standard IDE or SATA drive), and

an enclosure

The enclosure is the box containing the drive. It also includes an interface to convert the data from the IDE or SATA interface on the drive to a USB (2) signal. Some enclosures include and internal power supply. The Freeagent has the power supply externally.

Hope that's what you mean.

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