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I'm using 2 Samsung 750GB F1's and was able to format 50GB's of one for my OS fine, and the second 750 for storage. But now when I format the rest of the 750 for additional storage and reboot, it reverts back to a "Local Disk" in My Computer and shows up as Healthy in Disk Management but when I click on it it says its not formatted and that I need to format it. Is there something I need to change in my BIOS or change in the SATA ports on the mobo? I've plugged my 2 internal HD's into SATAII0 and SATAII1, my eSATA bracket into SATAII2 and SATAII3, and my DVD drive into SATAII4.
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Are you sure you formatted and not partitioned? Also, did you format in NTFS file format?
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I created a Primary Partition (should I have done extended since its on the same HDD as my OS?) and formatted using NTFS and 4K cluster size.
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I'm using 2 Samsung 750GB F1's and was able to format 50GB's of one for my OS fine, and the second 750 for storage. But now when I format the rest of the 750 for additional storage and reboot, it reverts back to a "Local Disk" in My Computer and shows up as Healthy in Disk Management but when I click on it it says its not formatted and that I need to format it. Is there something I need to change in my BIOS or change in the SATA ports on the mobo? I've plugged my 2 internal HD's into SATAII0 and SATAII1, my eSATA bracket into SATAII2 and SATAII3, and my DVD drive into SATAII4.
Ok.. I have a question.

You have 2 hard drives... you created 2 partitions on one and kept the other whole. Yes/No?

If this is the case, when you installed your operating system on your 50GB partition, you had to format it first before Windows would load... this in itself will not format the other 700 GB partition that was left over on the disk, although in Windows it will show up as a healthy disk that is not formatted.

The second hard dive... well did you format it? If you did, then it would have its own drive letter and be useable for storage.

It just sounds to me like you missed formatting the 700GB partition. You set it aside, but it never got formatted. The install of Windows will not automatically do this... unless you click on it in Windows Explorer then it will ask you "Do you want to format this drive now?"

I don't think you have anything wrong in your BIOS or motherboard port settings.
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I know I had to format the rest of the HD after I installed Windows, which is what I did. Labelled it as E:700GB (the rest, C is the other 50), the full one F:750GB. I've formatted that drive twice, each time taking about 3 hours and after I rebooted it would give that error. The 750 full drive I formatted worked fine after the first format.
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Can you post an image of your Computer Management screen from your Administrative Tools?
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The 700GB is the full one for storage, and the 650GB is the one I'm having problems with, when I format it I change the name to 650GB as well but it reverts back after bootup. Disregard the Fantom and Maxtor's, they're my externals.
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Well I did it a third time, this time leaving it alone overnight and it seemed to do it. Stays good after a reboot. Weird, but thanks for the help.
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Spelled Phantom wrong, unless it's actually made by Fantom, then I look dumb.

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