Solution for formatting a sassy SATA HD in W7

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October 7, 2010 at 17:09:13
Specs: Windows 7
I thought I'd post the solution that worked for me. Last week I bought a beefy 2tb drive for my HP PC with Windows 7. I wanted to use it simply as a secondary drive. I found I could assign a letter to the drive in disk management, but I couldn't for the life of me format the drive from RAW to NTSF. I would have messages stating Windows could not complete format, or unable to format drive. Both quick formats and full formats would not work. I tried Boot disks from the HD manufacturer. Boot Disks that ran Linux, and boot disks the guaranteed the disk would easily would format. They all didn't work. I tried Easeus and various other recovery programs that forum threads recommended they all got stuck at between 50% and 56%.

Today I gave it once last go before I returned the drive and lost the fight. This is what worked for me:

1. Go into Disk Management (click the windows on the bottom left, and search for "disk management" and then click create and format HD partitions) and locate the new drive. Mine was my second drive so it was Drive 1. It should be found toward the bottom of the screen with a black diagonal striped pattern across the listing. Mine said 1863 GB RAW. Right click the area and choose to assign a letter and create a partition. I chose drive Z: because it's easy to find amongst various jump drives and external drives.

2.UPDATE BIOS: Now restart your computer and press F10 and see what version BIOS your running. Write it down. Now restart again and go to your computers manufactures driver and download page and see if theres a BIOS update. If there's nothing listed, move on. If there is and it's a newer verison than the current version you have installed, download the BIOS update and install (there may be multiple motherboard choices that will require you to research to see what kind of MB you have)

3.Download a program called "Driver MAX" I got the free version and it finds any driver updates for your computer and installs 2 a day (your choice). I did this because I found that going through my device manager did not show any updates for my Motherboard in fact, nothing had an update available.. Driver Max found an update for my Motherboard's Serial ATA driver. I downloaded that and installed.

4. I then simply went back into disk management and right clicked on the new drive now labeled Z: 1863 RAW and chose format. It formatted it in about 5 seconds and labeled it NTSF.

I wish someone had offered this as a solution 6 days ago! Best of luck!

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October 7, 2010 at 18:19:37
Use Windows with NTFS and GUID Partition Tables (GPT) partitions.

1. Go to Computer Management
2. Select Disc Managment
3. Pick your abnormally large drive
4. Delete any and all existing volumes on it by right clicking and selecting, "Delete Volume."
It should now be entirely unallocated space
5. Right click not on the long bar, but on the portion that says "Disk #"
6. Convert to GPT (from MBR).

Use Linux with CONFIG_LBD enabled

Use Standard Partitions and Create Multiple Volume Sets within a RAID array

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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