I have a compaq with a SATA HDD C: drive, a DVD rom also on SATA, and a 2nd HDD on PATA. I bought a 2TB WD SATA HDD to replace the HDD I had on PATA. I only have 2 SATA spots in my computer so I removed the DVD drive and connected the new SATA HDD I bought and removed the PATA HDD. My computer lists the new drive but I cannot format the new drive. On quick format, it says windows cannot format the drive, check the connections which I did. On normal format mode, the format takes about 3 hours and gets stuck just past 50% and stays like that forever. I don't want to reinstall windows because its a pain and I dont have the CD, my compaq came preloaded with windows XP and they did not provide OS CD. Can someone please help?
Does your Compaq motherboard and BIOS support drives that large? Since you are talking about IDE drives and Windows XP, it makes me wonder if the machine is capable of supporting the new drive you bought.