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Problems formatting my WD 200GB

By Dutt
Apr 21, 2004
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  1. So I go me a 200 GB WD... Nice, I partitoned it to the full size and it worked, then I wanted to format it. That didn't work so well...

    It's been going for like three hours now and have reaced 1%

    I do have an old KR7A-RAID as mobo, however I got the "larger than 137GB support" for both the mobo and my WinXP

    I have no clue what so ever what to do. I don't really feel like waiting for some 300 hours.

    Plz help :)
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 8,165

    Welcome to TechSpot

    What OS do you use, with what utility are you trying to format and in which format (FAT32 or NTFS)?.
    Fat32 is limited to 32GB using Windows Format.
    A utility like Partition Magic would take about 5-10 minutes max. to format a disk like yours.

    Unless it is an OEM disk, these HDs quite often have their own format-tools on a floppy or CD. Look also in the "Stickies" at the top op this forum.
  3. Dutt

    Dutt TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have WinXP Pro, and I'm trying to format with the Computer Management tool.

    I guess I'll have to check out Partition Magic and the stickies. Thanks
  4. PanicX

    PanicX TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 829

    If your formatting through windows, check the quick format box, there's really no need to write to the entire disk during a format.
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