I just bought a brand new Seagate Barracuda 160GB SATAII Hard drive. My motherboard is an Abit Av8. My main system HD is an IDE. I have the Via SATA driver installed and all that. The problem is, in disk management through Windows XP, I am having problems when I try to format the drive to NTFS format, etc. It won't go through a full format, system seems to freeze up near the end, or it will come up with an error. I stuck this hard-drive into another system that has the same model motherboard, an Abit AV8. It is currently running an SATA drive for Windows, etc. I put this new hard drive in also, so both SATA's were running. Through the Windows on that computer, I was able to format the new HD to NTFS, no problems or errors at all. The Hard drive seems to be working fine. Obviously, it seems to be a problem with this motherboard. I have changed SATA cables, SATA slot positions, etc, still no improvement. What could it be? Is the motherboard damaged? Any thoughts??
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7/21/07 at 11:44am