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November 8, 2010 2:11:22 AM

Hello,

I installed a 2TB Samsung spinpoint F4EG sata as second drive in my Vista OS computer and it just won't go beyond 54% when trying to format. There's no error message or pop-ups. Any idea what might be wrong?

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a c 371 G Storage
November 8, 2010 10:56:31 AM

Have you tried Samsungs diagnostic utilities, SHDIAG and/or HUTIL.
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a b G Storage
November 8, 2010 3:07:59 PM

Does your mobo fully support 2TB drives?
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a c 127 G Storage
November 8, 2010 4:06:23 PM

Do a zero-write instead. Vista does not zero-write when formatting i believe.

Your HDD likely has Current Pending Sector in SMART output; you can check that with HDTune (Health tab) or CrystalDiskInfo.

After you zero-write, this damage will be fixed. The old DOS utilities do the same; i would try this first.
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November 9, 2010 2:34:43 AM

Hawkeye22 said:
Have you tried Samsungs diagnostic utilities, SHDIAG and/or HUTIL.



Haven't tried those yet, I'll give them a try.
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November 9, 2010 2:36:35 AM

Plumble said:
Does your mobo fully support 2TB drives?



I have Asus P5N-d mobo but not sure about handling 2TB drive.
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November 9, 2010 2:42:24 AM

sub mesa said:
Do a zero-write instead. Vista does not zero-write when formatting i believe.

Your HDD likely has Current Pending Sector in SMART output; you can check that with HDTune (Health tab) or CrystalDiskInfo.

After you zero-write, this damage will be fixed. The old DOS utilities do the same; i would try this first.


I am novice when it comes to tech stuff, can you explain what to try first? in detail. Much appreciated.
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a b G Storage
November 9, 2010 8:47:16 AM

You may have the issue with the Nvidia chipset.
Seagate wrote an article on it.
Large SATA drives (above 1.1 TB) will not completely format.

http://seagate.custkb.com/seagate/crm/selfservice/searc...

Updating drivers might be the ticket.

Alternative Solution (work around)
http://seagate.custkb.com/seagate/crm/selfservice/searc...
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November 9, 2010 3:21:33 PM

Thanks! I'll give it a try.
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November 9, 2010 3:34:00 PM

Plumble said:
You may have the issue with the Nvidia chipset.
Seagate wrote an article on it.
Large SATA drives (above 1.1 TB) will not completely format.

http://seagate.custkb.com/seagate/crm/selfservice/searc...

Updating drivers might be the ticket.

Alternative Solution (work around)
http://seagate.custkb.com/seagate/crm/selfservice/searc...


Hi, after reading the article it seems like the right situation I'm experiencing. I'll update the Nvidia 750i SLI chipset driver and keep my finger crossed.

Thanks!
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a b G Storage
November 9, 2010 3:49:26 PM

Good luck, don't forget to tell us if it works (or doesn't).
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a c 127 G Storage
November 9, 2010 4:27:48 PM

Interesting link Plumble! Didn't know about that. Must be a driver issue though, since i'm using nVidia 750a SLI with 2.0TB drives as well, but not under Windows. Note that you may not need to install the nVidia IDE/AHCI driver, and may just use the Microsoft driver instead. Should you ever get an SSD this also enables TRIM support, where the nVidia driver does not support this.
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November 9, 2010 5:16:44 PM

Plumble said:
Good luck, don't forget to tell us if it works (or doesn't).



Thanks again, and I'll keep you updated after driver update.
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November 9, 2010 5:17:37 PM

sub mesa said:
Interesting link Plumble! Didn't know about that. Must be a driver issue though, since i'm using nVidia 750a SLI with 2.0TB drives as well, but not under Windows. Note that you may not need to install the nVidia IDE/AHCI driver, and may just use the Microsoft driver instead. Should you ever get an SSD this also enables TRIM support, where the nVidia driver does not support this.



Didn't think of that, appreciate the input.
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November 10, 2010 6:19:35 AM

Plumble said:
Good luck, don't forget to tell us if it works (or doesn't).


Updated the chipset driver and got it formatted 100%, thank you again :) 
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a b G Storage
November 10, 2010 10:14:39 AM

Cool. Don't forget to close the thread.
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November 10, 2010 3:15:21 PM

Best answer selected by novice101.
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November 10, 2010 3:16:40 PM

hmm.. how do I close the thread?
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a b G Storage
November 10, 2010 8:40:21 PM

novice101 said:
hmm.. how do I close the thread?


Once you select best answer(thanks by the way), one of the moderators will do it for you normally. I'm glad it work out.
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November 18, 2010 9:39:17 PM

I had a quick question.

I downloaded the Nvidia Drivers for the P5N motherboard to allow it show my 2TB drive and it worked fine. :) 

But I use a 8800GT GFX card and windows is now asking me to update the drivers for that GFX card. Also when I play some games it says my GFX drivers are old and may not allow the game to work correctly.

So my question is if after downloading and installing the Nvidia drivers for my 750SLI motherboard, if I update the GFX 8800GT drivers will it then no longer allow my 2Tb drive to show up and work on Vista?
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a b G Storage
November 18, 2010 9:48:16 PM

Start a new thread, you'll get better responses.
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July 30, 2011 7:37:21 AM

novice101 said:
Updated the chipset driver and got it formatted 100%, thank you again :) 



I got the exact same problem but I already got the latest driver according to Nvidia. I have a nForce 620i / Geforce 7050 chipset and driver version 16.12. HD is a Seagate Barracuda Green ST2000DL00 2TB.

What else can I do?
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October 23, 2011 2:01:58 PM

Redone01 said:
I got the exact same problem but I already got the latest driver according to Nvidia. I have a nForce 620i / Geforce 7050 chipset and driver version 16.12. HD is a Seagate Barracuda Green ST2000DL00 2TB.

What else can I do?



I am experiencing the same problem with the same chipset (nForce 620i / Geforce 7050) and updated driver version (16.12). HDD is Seagate 2TB. Nvidia site does not offer more updated drivers for my chipset.

What can I do?
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October 23, 2011 4:11:03 PM

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