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    Can't format drive- I'm stumped

    In a Gateway PC for a client- tried 3 drives- all the same result. Goes 100% through format, then says "Setup was unable to format the partition. Makes sure drive is switched on, blah blah blah." Also replaced IDE cable. Then, one time at boot w/CD for format, got BSOD, with KMODE exception error.

    Was using a Windows 2000 disk, but then tried it with XP Pro disk for kicks, got the same result.....

    Ideas??

    BTW, even GDISK'd them, with /mbr /wipe. Same results.
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    Recently had a situation where the computer was running pretty much OK, went to format 2000 to put on XP...had errors on formatting the partition, one time got past format but blew up copying over files. Removed the cover, heat sink fan was motionless, shot, so the CPU musta been getting hot and tossing errors out after a while.

    Possible IDE controller hosed?

    These 3x hard drives you tried larger than the one that was on there, possibly just over the edge of the BIOS max HD size limitation?

    Reset BIOS to defaults?

    I don't see flakey memory getting in the way until you're into Windows setup.

    What's the reason for format/install?
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    You could a zero fill goto your hd manufacture and download the utilies but i would say do what yeold said first then resort to that.
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    It's bizarre- as far as drive size... not a problem- 20GB was in it; tried another 20GB and then a 13G- both drives that I use all the time- nothing wrong with them. Swapped IDE channels- nothing. It's not an add controller card- just the generic interface on the mobo.

    I ran Maxtor's utilities on the original drive- no problems at all. Hooked it to one of my office PC's- formatted it NTFS- put it back into the Gateway- booted to the install CD and installed Windows onto it just fine. It's running right now.

    Strange to be sure- still no idea why, but as long as I can get it going for Monday, all is well

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    Here is the Solution,

    Try Changing the RAM, It worked for me and I am sure it will work for you too.

    Good Luck !!!!!!!!!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by amaxpc View Post
    Here is the Solution,

    Try Changing the RAM, It worked for me and I am sure it will work for you too.

    Good Luck !!!!!!!!!!!

    Its too late, the computer didnt make it.

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