OK, I've gone through Disk Management. My drive is listed, is shown as BASIC... it's a 250 Gb Maxtor hard drive, but Disk Management lists it as 2.0 Terabytes. It goes through the whole formatting process (without the disk's write light blinking even once), says it's formatting, and then the format reports as failed.
More abouthard drive format
Delete the partition table, re-create it, then format.
The partition table has been deleted, does not exist. There is no need to partition a 250 Gb drive, except that the computer sees it as a 2.0 Tb drive, which it is not.