Re: FAT Initialization problem on a 40GB IBM

Re: FAT Initialization problem on a 40GB IBM

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Posted by Michel on February 25, 2002 at 05:15:57:

In Reply to: Re: FAT Initialization problem on a 40GB IBM posted by Henry on February 24, 2002 at 23:47:41:

Thanks Henry. I'm checking all this...
For anyone interrested, the IBM "Drive Fitness Test" utility can be found at


: : Hello folks,

: : I've tried to install a 40GB IBM disk on a friend's computer (1Ghz Athlon, MSI M/B win98SE). I fdisk it with 1 40GB partition (39 in fact), I format it. Formatting goes without error, but the FAT initialization crashes at beginning, with a useless message, as usual.

: : I've tried two partitions, first with 20GB, and the second with the rest. Now the first partition crashes the same, but the second goes ok !!!

: : I've run Norton disk doctor on both. The first is reported as full (of... nothing), and the second is ok.

: : I use the "auto" feature of the (Award) Bios, witch seems to get the disk patameters right.

: : Do you think I just need to update the Bios ?

: : Any other tip ?

: : Thanks in advance!

: : Michel.
: BIOS update would be needed ONLY if BIOS/CMOS Setup does not recognize the full capacity of your friend's HDD. Sounds like you probably have a problem with one of the first few sectors on the drive - they are used to store Master Boot Record, FAT, backup FAT and ... - if one of those sectors is bad you are stuck unless IBM's diagnostic can replace it with a good sector.

: Suggest that you download and run IBM's HDD Diagnostic Utility, "Drive Fitness Test" - run the regular diagnostics and also perform a DESTRUCTIVE Write/Read Surface Scan or the nearest equivalent - you need to get a bad sector identified and "spared". If sector zero is bad you may need to get a warranty replacement.

: Good Luck,
: Henry

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