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I really hope it ain't that, here's a link.

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It seems that there is a serious compatibility issue between some of the Maxtor DiamondMax 9/10 SATA series with an early firmware revision and some nForce4 based motherboards. Some of the effected motherboards are the ASUS A8N series, the DFI LAN Party NF4, and some MSI nForce4 based boards. The problem lies between onboard SATA controller and the hard drive. The workaround is a firmware upgrade for the hard drive. However, we tried to grab the update and for some reason Maxtor gave us a hard time when trying to locate it. For unknown reasons, they are not offering the update on their website. This is a pretty nasty move. The compatibility issue can cause data corruption, random lock ups, disappearance of the Hard disk, and read/write issues which may lead to a serious data lose. If you are experience it, try to look for a certain BIOS update, if you can’t find it, you will have to replace the hard disk or use a 3rd party SATA Controller. Maxtor, you have a website with download section. Use it, instead of giving your customers a hard time.
That's pretty much what I was talking about, HOHOHOHO sow funny.
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post #22 of 25
Do you have an IDE HDD that has windows on it? A lot of times, if you have the sata drive connected, boot to windows from an IDE HDD then install/format the drive from windows and then re-boot and install windows to the sata drive. That is the easiest way I know of, espeically since most people upgrade from IDE to sata.
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post #23 of 25
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I got a new DVD drive from the garantee. I used ericeod's NF3 CD drivers with the installation and mrbears advice to boot windows with another disk and format the one I want to install to. I had already impatiently installed XP on a 40Gb ide drive, so I booted windows and plugged in the sata drive. There is something that I didn't say, the sata drive came out of my sig rig as I have just replaced the HD's and still had 3 partitions on it. Maybe that did something but I was able to delete them.
I started up the xp installation on the sata drive and loaded the NF3 Sata controller drivers with it that ericod kindly provided, the disc was recognised and I got the choose the partition screen up.
Now the problem is that I try to make a partition (Using the whole disk or just 30Gigs for example) and it says "examining drive0..." and then goes back the partitioning screen with the message "Setup could not read from the disc".
So I'm wondering, would this drive be compatible with it ( http://www.materiel.net/ctl/Disques_..._Go_16_Mo.html )
or should I just play safe with this ( http://www.ldlc.com/fiche/PB00022784.html ) as they're the two cheapest SATA I drives you can get. I would like to have the raptor but I want to know if it will go with the NF3 chipset.
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post #24 of 25
Thats a good Idea Mr bear there has.

Seeing that the problems seems to be with FORMATTINg.

See if you can find the means to format the drive (as your wish with regards to partitions) and then install it from the boot CD.

It would really be unlikely though, that the chipset/HDD controller would funtion fine enough for (OTHER) files to be written to it - yet be unable to be formatted... :\\
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post #25 of 25
DO not know if you have figured this out yet or not, but thought I would mention something. If you can see the drive in windows, you should be able to use fdisk or if you have it, partitionmagic or another similar program to format, so when you install windows on it the drive is already formatted and all you have to do is install.
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