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Format 320 GB HDD problem

I have an Asus P4PE-L motherboard and I'm trying to format a 320 GB PATA HDD. I have upgrade XP to SP2 and ran SeaTools to confirm the drive is ok. It will format on another system but all I can get is a 150 GB partition. The IDE connectors are 40 pin.

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  • Dave Chrapco May 02, 2007

    I have an Asus P4PE-L motherboard and I'm trying to format a 320 GB PATA HDD. I have upgraded XP to SP2 and ran SeaTools to confirm the drive is ok. It will format on another system but all I can get is a 100 GB partition. The IDE connectors are 80 pin. What pins on the HDD limit size?

  • Dave Chrapco May 02, 2007

    I' have also tried to format 3 - 100 GB partitions. The first works fine but for the second and third I get "format failed" error.

  • Dave Chrapco Jul 16, 2007

    Reflashed the bios from ver 1.02 to ver 1.07. Still couldn't format 320 GB drive. Then loaded a new XP on new drive as test and BINGO I could see all 320GB of new drive. Then formated c: drive and reloaded XP and now able to format all 320 GB of new drive. So simple, yet so hard



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You can also chechk pins on your hdd,the partion plug could be on limited size.Meaning you can only access a limited part of the hdd.

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Have tou tried the mangement in windows, My computer> right click>manage, then disk management and then right click on your hard drive and then one of the options is to format. Although only 127gb will show and the rest should show as a seperate partition, do the same with this to implement it. If no other partition shows you may have to upgrade your motherboard bios to suport large capacity disks.

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Or the other option is format the partition of the HDD where windows xp is installed.
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