Solved Unable to format new hard drive for compaq 2135us

August 18, 2012 at 18:48:21
Specs: XP Home, Pro, Win7, Intel Celeron 1.8GHz, 1 GB of shared RAM
* Just replace original ATA Toshiba hard drive, mk3021gas with a new one, Toshiba mk6025gas

* Unable to install Windows XP Home from original Compaq Recovery CD.

* Only recognizes 7923 MB, unable to format in all types, NTFS, FAT32, quick or otherwise. Error message indicating that the disk may be damaged.

* Recovery Console from the Compaq CD and used format fs=ntfs which took but upon reboot the file system was unknown

* Attempted a Win7 install on 55GB but was not able to format. Error:

Window cannot be installed on this disk. The computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu.

*No setting for disk controllers in BIOS.

*Updates for BIOS from HP are for DOS and Windows. DOS version specifically designed for a diskette to be used by a laptop without a floppy drive

> diskpart
> list disk
> select disk 0
> clean
> create partition primary
> active
> format fs=ntfs quick

0% completed

Diskpart encountered an error: The parameter is incorrect

> format recommended override
%100 complete

Diskpart encountered an error: The parameter is incorrect

* LBA supported by BIOS but original install CD only recognizes 7923MB

* All SeaTool's hard drive tests pass

* Restricted partition to 32GB using Seagate Tool with no difference from Compaq Recovery CD.

>diskpart
>select disk 0
>clean all

Diskpart has encountered an error: The specified network resource or device is no longer available.

Have I missed anything here?


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September 2, 2012 at 15:53:19
Problem resolved as it turned out to need a Bios update from my KE.M1.69 to KE.M1.72. Unfortunately this was no easy task since I did not have a running OS nor a floppy drive. But as it were my old hard drive still worked although the existing OS would not boot so I did a format and reinstall of WinXP Home. From that point I was able to update the Bios and format the new mk6025gas. Of course there were other issues like to damaged pins of the PCMCIA carriage. I was able to find a replacement which led to another problem with the slot on the main board which was quite sloppy due to wear and tear. However this was fixable with a little bit of persuasion in the right direction by my Leatherman pliers.

Now that everything thing is up and running with a maximum allowed 1GB of RAM, updates and SP3 I am finding that the Mobile Celeron 1.8Ghz processor is not up to the task. I just started looking for upgrades since it may or not be practical although I heard that a Pentium 4 or AMD may be pretty cheap. I would even settle for a P3 since this Celeron really cooks and is one of the lower grade processors. I do not see any option for processor upgrade form the HP site. I will continue to explore this but it may need a new motherboard from a different model.



#1
August 19, 2012 at 05:03:18
* In follow up I was able to get cleaning by zeros:

Diskpart
> select disk 0
> clean all
Diskpart succeeded in cleaning the disk
> create partition primary
> active
> format recommended override
100% completed
Diskpart has encountered an error. The parameter is incorrect.



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August 19, 2012 at 05:21:32
When I Googled that drive (Toshiba mk6025gas) I come up with a 60GB thin laptop drive. This could not be new so that is a possible area to explore. It MIGHT not be good.
First test your memory with Memtest86 via a bootable CD. Replace memory if needed.
If it tests OK then test the hard drive with the hard drive manufactures utility or Seatools from Seagate also via a bootable CD. Perform the Longer test to test the drives integrity. If it is bad, return it since you have your answer (but recheck all of your connections to be sure). If it tests good, use the utility to partition and format the hard drive and try your installation again.
If it fails again, either the recovery media is bad, or you have other hardware problems.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#3
August 19, 2012 at 07:00:33
Toshiba mk6025gas >> http://storage.toshiba.eu/export/si...

Why are you using Seatools on a Toshiba HDD?

http://storage.toshiba.com/storage-...


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September 2, 2012 at 15:53:19
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Problem resolved as it turned out to need a Bios update from my KE.M1.69 to KE.M1.72. Unfortunately this was no easy task since I did not have a running OS nor a floppy drive. But as it were my old hard drive still worked although the existing OS would not boot so I did a format and reinstall of WinXP Home. From that point I was able to update the Bios and format the new mk6025gas. Of course there were other issues like to damaged pins of the PCMCIA carriage. I was able to find a replacement which led to another problem with the slot on the main board which was quite sloppy due to wear and tear. However this was fixable with a little bit of persuasion in the right direction by my Leatherman pliers.

Now that everything thing is up and running with a maximum allowed 1GB of RAM, updates and SP3 I am finding that the Mobile Celeron 1.8Ghz processor is not up to the task. I just started looking for upgrades since it may or not be practical although I heard that a Pentium 4 or AMD may be pretty cheap. I would even settle for a P3 since this Celeron really cooks and is one of the lower grade processors. I do not see any option for processor upgrade form the HP site. I will continue to explore this but it may need a new motherboard from a different model.


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#5
September 3, 2012 at 07:52:46
After some further research I decided that a processor upgrade this machine was just not doable. After I disabled the MMX SSE test in the Intel IPDT utility completed with either a pass or unsupported. I thought that a Celeron 2.4Ghz P4 processor #319462-001 was a possibility as this is a improvement to my current Celeron1.8Ghz P4, #319465-001. But it does not appear to be compatible to my current motherboard and replacing it is not an option. However I did see this processor as being compatible with the 2135ap
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#6
September 3, 2012 at 08:13:11
"Mobile Celeron 1.8Ghz processor is not up to the task"
what task is it not up to? office stuff? , internet browsing? it should be ok.

larry


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