XP Setup unable to format partition on new HD

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
May 25, 2010 at 15:16:59
Specs: Windows XP
Just replaced a hdd that was giving errors with a new 250G IDE disk. When I try to install XP from CD, after 45 minutes I get "Setup was unable to format the partition. The disk may be damaged. etc" I tried formatted the new hdd in another PC with XP already installed and it formatted OK so I don't think there's a problem with the hdd. Grateful for any ideas!

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#1
May 25, 2010 at 18:36:28
Have you used the same IDE cable to format the drive on another PC?

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#2
May 25, 2010 at 21:29:18
Use the hard drive manufacturer's utilities to allocate the partition(s) and format, then go back to your install.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.
If all else fails, read instructions.


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#3
May 26, 2010 at 09:05:30
@ PaulSep - completed format + XP install with same IDE cable on another PC, so media, hdd & IDE cable are OK.

@ Fingers - didn't try manufacturer's utilities as hdd formats OK in another PC so I don't think it will help. Am I wrong?

Thanks both for your suggestions - any other thoughts?

Steve


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#4
May 26, 2010 at 09:35:28
I guess, you also tried to use another power cable for the hdd. Some of these damn cables a crimped badly, so that sometimes it loses the 5V or 12V power.

Is that hdd the only drive on that cable and have you checked the jumper settings for master/slave a.s.o.

Is the hdd connected to an onboard IDE controller?
If so, is this an old motherboard, that may have problems with hard drives of high capacity?
Or is there a BIOS update available for that mainboard, that may fix this problem?

That's all, what comes to my mind at the moment.

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#5
June 25, 2010 at 09:32:54
Finally tracked down a bios upgrade from http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareDownloadIndex?softwareitem=35911&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&os=228&product=94368&sw_lang=
but the PC won't install it from the floppy.
The led on the floppy lights up and I hear it spin up but the screen remains blank. Don't know what to do next.

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#6
June 25, 2010 at 09:50:37
Did you jumper the drive to be either a master [other device on cable would be slave] or slave to another device on the same cable or as a standalone drive?

Is the drive detected in the bios and shows on the bootup summary screen?


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#7
June 26, 2010 at 05:46:51
Hi Wanderer
It's the only drive on the cable and I get the same problem whether it's jumpered Master or CSEL. The drive is detected by the bios. I don't see a bootup summary screen.
Steve

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#8
July 29, 2010 at 09:33:56
Finally took the PC to a tech who diagnosed a faulty pata controller. Is there any way to fix/workaround this without replacing the mobo?

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#9
July 29, 2010 at 14:17:01
Yep, you can buy a IDE-Card and put it into you computer. Then you have to disable the onboad controller.
Best is to ask the tech on this.

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#10
July 31, 2010 at 12:29:46
Windows XP Diskpart could do it, what I wonder is ... you say the HDD format in another PC, if it's already formatted, so why re-format it?
If it's already formatted, try to use CHKDSK for errors.

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#11
July 31, 2010 at 12:59:24
I don't recall having to disable the on-board HDD controller when installing a plug-in card that will take over its functions...?

I seem to recall just installing new/replacemnt card - conencting drive(s) etc. to it and it all worked just fine?

Just ensure you get the card appropriate for your HD - and of course will fit into a slot on teh motherboard.

HDD controller cards (plug-in) aren't very much £££/$$...


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#12
August 13, 2010 at 12:16:28
I eventually realised that as the CD ROM was working that channel of the HDD controller must be OK. So I swapped the IDE cables over and the old "faulty" HDD worked perfectly. I then plugged the CD ROM/DVD cable into the faulty IDE channel. The CD ROM didn't work but the DVD did and as this reads CD's I've basically got everything I need. I even got a refund on the new HDD. Of course the hardware fault on the onboard controller could get worse, but if it does I can just get an IDE card. Thanks for all the advice - I learned a lot during this process and I hope the result will be helpful to others.

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