09-21-2009 09:50 PM
hello. First I'd just like to say that I've done this procedure many times over the years. It is my standard practice to annually format my harddrive after backing up files I don't want to lose and then re-installing my OS as a form of maintenance. I've done this for the last 12 years. This particular HDD, I've had it for nearly 4 years and had no problems - even up until last week when I formatted the drive. It was fine until that moment. I'd also like to add that I searched the forums and while I found similiar issues with other HDDs, I didn't find any solutions that helped me any.
I formatted the drive with the XP install disk, and when it rebooted to load off the drive to continue the install, I got disk read errors. I finally installed the OS on a really old 12 GB HDD just to get the computer to run so I could try to figure out what the heck was wrong with things. I've never had any troubles doing this procedure in the past. I downloaded Seatools, and I've run all the basic tests. They all came up with a green "pass". I've formatted the drive several times now. First, the quick format on the initial OS install attempt, then a full format. Then I tried to use Partition Magic, but it failed to format the drive and gave no clue as to why.
After installing XP on the old drive, I updated it to SP2 and tried to format the drive again, and it showed the proper capacity and drive letter and volume name- it even let me copy files onto it and everything! Yet after rebooting, it reverted back to saying it was not formatted, and wouldn't show me the capacity anymore (0). My BIOS clearly shows the drive and proper capacity though. I have an ASUS a8n-vm csm MOBO, so I went to their site to look for drivers. I updated those they had, but they didn't have any new drivers for my SATA controller (not that I've ever had any issues with this procedure before).
I'm quite frustrated and am at a loss at what else could be the problem. Any thoughts or suggestions?
09-22-2009 04:14 PM
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09-24-2009 05:55 PM
You do delete the old partition and set a new one before loading the new O/S don't you?
Regarding needing a sata driver I think the best option is going to be a USB floppy drive, or borrow one from another machine and temp hook it up, you can make an XP disc that gets round the A\: drive only issue, but it's quite in depth and not guaranteed to work either, your MB will have an ide cable slot for a floppy, I always pinch the one out of my kids PC when I need one.