Hard Drive DISASTER

  Gaz W 19:29 22 Apr 04
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I bought a 250GB Western Digital Caviar JD Serial ATA UDMA 150 8MB Cache hard drive to replace my failed Maxtor drive last week.

I think that the new drive may also be faulty, but in a different way.

When I installed the hard drive on Sunday I ran Windows XP Setup. I configured the drive so that it had a primary partition of 50GB and the secondary one which was the rest of the space.

Formatting the primary partition didn't take very long and I was able to have Windows installed the same day. However, the problems began when I tried to format the secondary partition.

The first method I tried was to right-click drive E: in My Computer and select Format. It went very slowly and when it got to just before half way the progress bar didn't move, so I assumed it had frozen and managed to cancel it.

I started it again at around 9:00pm on Sunday night under the Command Prompt, so I could see the percentage going up. Again it was VERY slow, and it seemed to slow down even more around 42%.

To cut a long story short, it took it until 6:45 this morning to complete! However, I was able to write to the drive any everything so I thought no more of it.

The first thing I did was to put a ghost image of my newly installed Windows XP installation onto the secondary partition (drive E:). This worked successfully. I then installed my old hard drive and tried to make a ghost image from that. Unfortunately on every attempt it failed with a read sector error, so in the end I gave up. The problem is, at the last one I chose to restart/return to Windows and then I got a black screen and the monitor went off as if it had no signal. I had to hit Reset on the front of the case to get back into Windows. When I restarted, CHKDSK ran on drive E: and it was displaying loads of errors about orphan files, etc, and finishing at "An undefined error occurred" or something like that - although I can't check at the moment. In Windows it says 45GB of the partition is used, but there are no files shown on the drive!

Should I be looking to replace the drive or get back my lost space? If it's the latter, how?

  Smegs 20:34 22 Apr 04

I maybe wrong here, but, did you FDISK before you installed your software??

  Gaz W 20:42 22 Apr 04

No I didn't use FDISK because with XP you do it during the setup. Both partitions are formatted in NTFS and I can use them both, but the second one is showing 45GB used. Here's what CHKDSK says when I run it in Command Prompt (type FDISK E: /F)

CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 3)...
File verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 3)...
Index verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 3)...
Security descriptor verification completed.
CHKDSK discovered free space marked as allocated in the
master file table (MFT) bitmap.
CHKDSK discovered free space marked as allocated in the volume bitmap.
Windows has made corrections to the file system.

191759840 KB total disk space.
28 KB in 4 files.
12 KB in 12 indexes.
0 KB in bad sectors.
71852 KB in use by the system.
65536 KB occupied by the log file.
191687948 KB available on disk.

4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
47939960 total allocation units on disk.
47921987 allocation units available on disk.

  Gaz W 20:58 22 Apr 04

Just tried CHKDSK again and now get this - but there are still problems.

The type of the file system is NTFS.
Volume label is Storage.

CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 3)...
File verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 3)...
Index verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 3)...
Security descriptor verification completed.
Windows has checked the file system and found no problems.

191759840 KB total disk space.
32 KB in 7 files.
12 KB in 13 indexes.
0 KB in bad sectors.
71852 KB in use by the system.
65536 KB occupied by the log file.
191687944 KB available on disk.

4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
47939960 total allocation units on disk.
47921986 allocation units available on disk.

  Gaz W 20:58 22 Apr 04

The problems being that 45GB is still shown as being used when it's not.

  Gaz W 21:36 22 Apr 04

refresh

  Gaz W 00:38 23 Apr 04

OK I've even tried a Quick Format and it's STILL got 45GB used!

  User-312386 00:42 23 Apr 04

Not to sure about this but does the mobo support a 250gb HDD?

  Smegs 00:55 23 Apr 04

madboy33©®, I was thinking that. Gaz W, can you tell us what the mobo is. I sure someone will tell you if it can.

  Gaz W 01:04 23 Apr 04

That thought never actually crossed my mind - I assumed it would:

Abit AT7-Max2

Hope it's not the problem but if it is could I partition it further?

  Gaz W 01:12 23 Apr 04

Just had a look through the manual - it doesn't say anything about sizes supported. Here's what it says:

Serial ATA (Marvell 8030)

Onboard Marvell 88i8030 Controller x 2
Supports Serial ATA data transfer rates of 150MB/sec
Supports S-ATA power save mode

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