Re: hard drive problem

Re: hard drive problem

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Posted by Henry on January 05, 2002 at 16:26:01:

In Reply to: hard drive problem posted by MDL on January 03, 2002 at 22:40:43:

: I have this problem I try to format my hard drive and it always stops at 4% The operation system is Windows ME the hard drive makes a click sound then it says format aborted the hard drive is only a 2Gb and its a Quantium Help please anyone

I think your drive has failed and if still under warranty you should run the maker's diagnostic and RMA it if it is bad. Otherwise, the maker's diagnostic may allocate good sectors for the bad ones and you could run awhile longer. If maker's diagnostic doesn't "fix" your HDD there is a small chnce that you can get some use out of the drive anyway, for uses such as storing temporary files, running games and storing program files that you have on non-volatile media (CD-R).

It will be somethng of an experimental procedure to make this drive work - but if it is not totally wasted you can do it. The trick is to create the smallest partition that you can that includes ALL of the bad sectors - and don't even consider formatting that little partition - you couldn't anyway. The remainder of the drive (if OK) can be partitioned and formatted and you can use that, but you can't boot the drive because sector 1 (holds the master boot record) will be in the unformatted, usused "mini" partition.

ANY TIME you have a HDD with bad sectors you should monitor it frequently to assess whether or not it is failing and if it is, how rapidly. Replace the drive if the number of bad sectors is increasing very much from week to week (day to day for the first week or so). A HDD is considered BAD if it has more than 0.5 percent to 1 percent of total capacity in bad sectors; replace it ASAP after it passes 1% bad capacity.

Good luck,

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