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Can't format or create partition......

I have a Maxtor 250gb, model number 7Y250P0. I can not create or format the Maxtor drive. When I start the computer with this drive as master, and put in my XP cd for installation, the usual blue screen shows up. Prior to installing, one is expected to choose a partition to install the OS on. Well, that list of partitions is all empty and I can't create a new partition either, I receive an error message instead. I tried with starting with the disk as slave as well. It takes about five minutes for the computer to start with this drive in. When looking through My Computer, the Maxtor drive is not there. Not in computer management either. Wath I think is that there is something wrong with the sectors, but I haven't found a decent sector repairer which works. Does anyone have any tips on good software or another reason for the problem? It's a shame to let a 250gb drive be wasted like this.

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  • Anonymous Feb 27, 2007

    I have tried this drive on another computer as well, I had the same problems there.

    With CS, do you mean that I should put the jumper in CS, because I have already tried that, it did not work.

    I have tried Maxtors diagnostic software, it did not work. I received an error message there as well. I tried with formatting it via the maxtor software, did not work. I also tried with Writing zeroes, it got stuck on 0% and didn't continue.

    So you could say I have already tried those methods. Any other tips? Could it be the Sectors?

  • Anonymous Feb 28, 2007

    No, it does response. The Harddrive does turn on, and some diagnostic software do find the drive. But it just can't be formatted and made in to a drive. I have tried with only one software to repair the sectors, it was very, very slow. Do you have any other tips for software I can use?

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Seagate and Maxtor have merged.

Download DiscWizardSetup, from Seagate this will allow you to setup the drive for windows. I just purchased 3 drives and could not get them to work until using this program.
For more information go to link below.

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It maybe that your motherboard bios cannot support 250GB and needs an update, but caution applies here. The other problem maybe that you need to use the hardrive on the 'CS' (Cable select setting). Lastly if you already have a pc running, use this drive as the slave the go to the Maxtor website to make use of the diagnostic/formatting and partition tools.

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  • Anonymous Feb 27, 2007

    If it were bad sectors, then they would easily be written over or repaired, but as there is no response in any way ten i would think the hardrive platletes are damaged or the power side is faulty.



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you can try an FDISK form a windows boot disk, but you may need to read up a little on how to use it. or maxtor has a program available on their web sit called powermax that can try to find & repair possible problems. powermax may be the best & easiest way to go. good luck.

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