Hello. I have a 5-years old computer, with motherboard Intel Billings D845BG.
To my knowledge, I have the most updated bios - with a support for 48lba operations;
Recently, I have bought an "upgrade" to my computer : 250 GB PATA Hard Drive (Hitachi Deskstar 7K250)
With happiness I went to plug it on and to my suprise it didn't work : the format couldn't complete!
It took a while to convince the manufacturer to replace the drive. because of reception problems. and etc..
but after one month of convincing they agreed to replace the drive.
But the new drive as well, seems to have the exact same error.
and that error is : "Windows is unable to complete the format ... make sure the drive is properly connected...blah blah blah"
For those who are gonna blame windows for this : Linux & all its formatting programs doesn't work either - I have tried.
I am sure the problem is in my computer. because I have even seen the store technician doing a format infront of my own eyes.
How can I fix the problem? If I can at all? Please come up with a solution. Please!
Sorry to ask a stupid question but have you downloaded the intel aplication accelarator and installed it? The 845 chipset wont handle anything larger than 137 GB without it.
Erm..I installed it in the previous windows installations - not in the current one. However the format I am attempting to do is within the windows setup from a windows CD (after boot). Are you telling me that if I will install the Intel Application Accelerator will I be able to format the 250GB drive, as a secondary drive on windows?
(secondary = I have an older, 60GB HD which I am running my system on right now.)
OMG! I installed the Intel Application Accelerator and now the formatting works within Windows!!!!!1111
But I can only use the drive as a secondary now
How can I workaround this so I'll have a primary 250GB partition with windows installed on it? Windows setup doesn't recognize the partition I've made with windows
Using Ghost or Acronis, you can simply transfer the current working windows installation to the larger drive...they will even resize the partitions to use the full drive. Once that image is done, remove the smaller drive, connect the larger as the boot drive and boot up. (Be sure to disconnect the smaller drive...it might mess up windows, if you don't.) When you are sure it worked, then you connect the smaller drive on the secondary channel and format it from within windows. Voila! You are done...and still have hair on your head.