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"Western Digital WD20EARS 2TB Hard Drive SATAII 64MB Cache - OEM Caviar Green", I'm trying to format this in Windows XP SP3, I tried twice in computer management, once it gave an error message when it failed, the second time it just stopped and didn't tell me.

I'm trying to format it by simply right-click and format now, but I'm asking for help in case that fails too.

This is so odd, I have the exact same model, but in 1TB in my computer as well, and it formatted with no problems.
post #2 of 9
It may be damaged/have bad sectors. Download and run Western Digital's diagnostic program (choose the "Extended Test" after installing) to see if it has any problems.

http://support.wdc.com/product/downl...id=608&lang=en
 
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I dont think XP can support more than 1tb?
Windows 7 can support more than 1tb though.
    
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Check s.m.a.r.t attributes with hdtune, if its ok, then try to partition / format with partedmagic.
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XP can support 2tb, it's the limit.

Right, it failed to format from My Computer and right clicking, It's been in the diagnostic tool for 16 hours now and it only about 75% done, ugh.

Looks like I might have to get my RMA on this one.
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XP can support 2tb, it's the limit.

Right, it failed to format from My Computer and right clicking, It's been in the diagnostic tool for 16 hours now and it only about 75% done, ugh.

Looks like I might have to get my RMA on this one.
Yeah, the diagnostic tool shouldn't take more than 4 hours.

Is it stuck on a certain sector or is it just going really slow?
 
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post #7 of 9
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Just really slow, the estimated time is slowly rising too. It started fast with an estimate of about 4 hours, left it on overnight and bam, this. It's still going... should I just cancel and get a replacement?
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Can't hurt to let it run out and if it fails to formatt then rma that sucker.
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Just really slow, the estimated time is slowly rising too. It started fast with an estimate of about 4 hours, left it on overnight and bam, this. It's still going... should I just cancel and get a replacement?
If it's not stuck on any sectors, then I'd let it finish. If there are no errors (and the S.M.A.R.T. data is fine) once it has finished, it may be an issue with Windows or your pc. Is it set to sata in the bios? Is it operating in the highest-supported UDMA Mode? Do you have the latest chipset drivers for your motherboard? Is Write Caching enabled for that drive?
 
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