November 26th, 2001, 09:18 PM
Bad Old Maxtor!!! Help!!!
Hi! I own a MAXTOR 2.5 GB HD. Sadly, right now, bad sectors make my system hang/freeze. I have re-FDISKed it, and re-FORMATED it. And I have used Scandisk (DOS) to make all the bad or unreliable sector. Then, I tried re-installing WINDOWS 95 OSR2, during the installation somewhere, it freezed again, so I re-formatted my HD and attempt to install win 95 again, same thing happened.
I also, tried re-formating and re-FDISK the drive, same thing still happened, tried running scandisk again and again, maked all the bad sector..... still, same thing happened.
Now, two questions:
1) how the feak in the world can I make my system to stop trying to recover the bad sectors during the formatting process.
2) What should I do to get my system up and running again.
November 26th, 2001, 09:25 PM
Try buying a new harddrive you tard!
You\'re either a 0 or a 1, alive or dead
November 26th, 2001, 09:27 PM
Personally, i think you should pay a visit to http://www.dabs.com and treat yourself to a new hard drive, going by previous experiences - messing about with a hard disk in its death throes is an exercise in futility.
If thats completely out of the question, have a look at this - http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/case8.html
November 26th, 2001, 09:27 PM
In my opinion, it's not worth fighting (assuming it's even fixable). Just go out and get a new hard drive. They're pretty cheap right now anyway. All hard drives are destined to fail some day. If yours is only a 2.5 gig, I would assume it's old and very used. It could last another 5 years, but it could also last another 5 minutes (assuming it's fixable right now) You would want to replace it before it dies.
November 26th, 2001, 09:29 PM
Lawrence, it sounds like you need to do a low-level format. I'm not 100% sure about it, but I know this fixed bad sectors on older drives.
Your drive manufacturer should have a low level format utility for download from their site. Just make sure you get the correct one, otherwise you could irrevocably damage the drive.
Louie does have a good point though, drive space is so inexpensive now that for $100 you can get a good quality 20GB+ drive, which will give you a lot more space than what you have now.
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Is your whole family retarded, or did they just catch it from you?
November 26th, 2001, 09:30 PM
Start up with a boot disk then format through the set up of windows. I also have a Maxtor HD and had to format it through this method. so hope that helped a bit
November 26th, 2001, 09:42 PM
Your shining light into a black whole. Kick the hard drive out the window and piss on it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Then buy a new one.
November 26th, 2001, 10:01 PM
In case you haven't noticed, this older computers can't use today's HDs. The BIOS and the mainboard doesn't support huge HDs like 30 GB. I can't find a 13 GB anymore. MaxBlast and stuff like that don't work on my system! IF my systme were to support larger HD, I would thorugh it out of the window.
Um..... I also tried using the WIN setup to format the HD, but didn't work.
Thanks for the link.... I'm looking for my stupid drive's model..... (dame HD!!!!)
November 26th, 2001, 10:30 PM
It may be the Windows CD is bad. Test your harddrive with a different OS. Try installing Linux on it and see if it gives you any problems, (or windows from a different CD). I had a friend that had a similar problem and it turned out to be the CD, not the HD. Hope this helps. Good luck.
Warfare is the Way of deception.
-Sun Tzu \"The Art of War\"
November 26th, 2001, 10:45 PM
Lawrence: Are you sure? Maybe you just formatted with the FAT16 file system and assumed it couldn't support a large drive? I have never heard of an old computer not supporting a newer drive.