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Formatting a second hand hard disk ?

By aweston2 ·
Having placed a second hand (3GB) hard disk drive into my PC (which was working fine in an old PC) booted from a W98 floppy drive (drive picked up in BIOS) ran fdisk to create a primary DOS partition and then ran format c: The disk proceeded to format up to around 75% then returned with "trying to recover allocation unit 539,359" and the numer began slowy counting...and counting with no end in site. Is it doing something useful or is the disk no use ?

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by teki In reply to Formatting a second hand ...

You might have a non-dos partition on the disk, did you delete the existing partition first? Run F-disk, use fdisk /mbr to format the master boot record, create a new partition and format it... make sure it's formatting the right size for the HD.
Did it have errors on it before? What is your machine? Please provide more detail.

teki

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to Formatting a second hand ...

Thanks for the ideas.

I ran the BIOS auto detect IDE function which picked up the new drive 2621M. It had been set to 3228M (the old drive). So the format command was trying to format a larger disk and having gone passed 2621M was trying to recover the non existant missing cylinders. Having set the right options in the BIOS then ran fdisk as normal the format command completed OK and I am now loading Windows.

Many thanks.

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