Won't format new SATA HArd Drive

Dell / Inspiron 531
May 3, 2009 at 18:56:19
Specs: Windows Vista
I have installed a new secondary Seagate HD windows sees it, I can can intialize it in Disk Managment, but when I go to format it the process stops and I get "The Format did not complete successfully." THis is the third hard drive I have tried Second brand. I spoke to the Westrn Digital people and they had me run diagnostics that stated it had bed sectors. Nope, THe second hard drive did the same thing. SO I though tmaybe a different brand, might be better. Nope. Same thing. I use the seagtae software and it can't do it either. ANy help at all is better than throwing my computer in the street. Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit.

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#1
May 3, 2009 at 19:40:46
Reset the BIOS to defaults.

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#2
May 3, 2009 at 20:10:15
Are you sure your computer is able to use hard drives of the capacity you are installing?

Watch the POST screens at start up to verify the drives are identified by model and FULL capacity. If that checks out then
download and run memtest86.

I think having three bad drives is kind of remote. There may be another cause. Bad RAM could possibly be at the root of your problems.


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#3
May 3, 2009 at 22:14:13
Have you tried to consult the Store that you have bought it from? You must try to consult them about the problem. To cover at least your warranty.

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#4
May 4, 2009 at 05:55:41
lycan20

Your response makes no sense.


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#5
May 4, 2009 at 06:28:26
I would try to format it from a bootable cd.

Try Gparted, its a free bootable partition disk.

Before posting try google. Backup. Use anti virus software.


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#6
May 5, 2009 at 16:57:36
The ram is good to go....my brother has suggested downloading a Linux thingy and useing that to format the drive then installing it again. Or something. I relaly appriciate the help here. I get about 30-45 mintues to sit down and work on this a night, so by the time I get anywhere I have to quit.
Gparted, Lycan 20, I have taken each of the prvious two drives back...they know full well. Not sure how or why to reset the Bios.

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#7
May 5, 2009 at 19:14:40
The ram is good to go....my brother has suggested downloading a Linux thingy and useing that to format the drive then installing it again. Or something. I relaly appriciate the help here. I get about 30-45 mintues to sit down and work on this a night, so by the time I get anywhere I have to quit.
Gparted, Lycan 20, I have taken each of the prvious two drives back...they know full well. Not sure how or why to reset the Bios.

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#8
May 6, 2009 at 04:49:55
You didn't answer if the drive is showing properly in the POST screens.

The BEST utility to use to prep the drive is the utility designed by the drive manufacturer for that purpose. However, if the drive is NOT identified properly in the POST screens then you need to correct that issue before moving on.


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#9
May 17, 2009 at 14:20:56
After all of the hoopla in regards top this drive. Nothing worked Tried Linux bootable disc etc. Nothing could make Windows Vista format the hard drive,....so, I hooked up an old XP computer and in like fuive minutes, it was formatted. I hooked it back up to my Vista machine and now I am good to go. SO, foranyone experiencing the same issues, perhaps find someone who has a good XP with SATA plugs and hook er up and roll like that. THree weeks of headaches gone. VISTA sucks......Thank you everyone for your responses etc.

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#10
June 8, 2009 at 11:01:15
I had this same problem with a Seagate 1.5 TB hdd. Vista would not format a 500 GB partition. Ran fdisk off 98se and tried fresh re-install of Vista. Would not install because it could not prepare the drive. Strangely I loaded Windows 7 on the same drive and no problem - installed perfectly. Long story short I partitioned and formatted the 1.5 TB using win 7 and plugged it back in to the system running Vista x64 Ultimate and it works just fine. Got past the problem - but no idea what happened.

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