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If all fails you can always use DBAN Worked great on my old HDDs
What is that? Would it actually work, as the things I've tried haven't? Thanks for the heads up though!

I'm just on 19% with this at the moment...
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Its just a fancy name for low level formatting.

But i'll bet a simple repartition should fix your problem.
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What is that? Would it actually work, as the things I've tried haven't? Thanks for the heads up though!

I'm just on 19% with this at the moment...
http://dban.sourceforge.net/
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post #14 of 35
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Its just a fancy name for low level formatting.

But i'll bet a simple repartition should fix your problem.
Ah, Ok...

The 8MB Partition isn't on the drive I'm trying to format, it's on my other HDD.

I'm 26% through this format, I'll post back with the results.
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post #15 of 35
no no no, has nothing to do with the 8mb unused space.

My theory is:

Your partition table should say (using hypothetical numbers) that your partition starts at sector 64 and ends at sector 1000, which is the (hypothetical) end of the drive. My guess is that somehow your table got corrupted, and now says the partition ends at sector 1050. But your hard disk doesnt GET to sector 1050, and therefore once it tries going past 1000 it gives you an error.

A screwed up partition table is also the main reason why these tools like dban work to fix problems like this. Most often, a simple repartition works perfectly. When it doesn't, you only need to completely erase the first 63 sectors of your drive - this starts you from scratch.
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no no no, has nothing to do with the 8mb unused space.

My theory is:

Your partition table should say (using hypothetical numbers) that your partition starts at sector 64 and ends at sector 1000, which is the (hypothetical) end of the drive. My guess is that somehow your table got corrupted, and now says the partition ends at sector 1050. But your hard disk doesnt GET to sector 1050, and therefore once it tries going past 1000 it gives you an error.

A screwed up partition table is also the main reason why these tools like dban work to fix problems like this. Most often, a simple repartition works perfectly. When it doesn't, you only need to completely erase the first 63 sectors of your drive - this starts you from scratch.
Oh, Ok. My bad!

I don't really get you though, is there any way I can check this? Or should I just use DBAN if this format doesn't work?

Thanks man!
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post #17 of 35
Its all good. Theres no fast way to check it, and to teach you how would take even longer.

So If the format doesn't work just use dban, and you can stop it after only 1 or 2 percent is finished. You only need to erase the first few kilobyes of data, so no need to wait for the entire drive. After that just create a new partition and you should be good to go.
Edited by Manyak - 5/15/08 at 6:46am
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Its all good. If the format doesn't work just use dban, and you can stop it after only 1 or 2 percent is finished. You only need to erase the first few kilobyes of data, so no need to wait for the entire drive.
According to 'Computer Manager' my Seagate Drive was 100% Free. But I still needed to format it. So, when using DBAN, stop it at like 3%, and that'll be fine to put Windows on, right?
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According to 'Computer Manager' my Seagate Drive was 100% Free. But I still needed to format it. So, when using DBAN, stop it at like 3%, and that'll be fine to put Windows on, right?
Almost. After running DBAN your drive will read out as completely blank and partition free, so you will need to create a partition and run a quick format on that partition.
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Almost. After running DBAN your drive will read out as completely blank and partition free, so you will need to create a partition and run a quick format on that partition.
Can you explain how I'd do that please? I'm on 75% now with this Format. If this works, I can put Windows on it, Right?
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