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Re: Another naive computer question....
MarkSJohnson #329064 11/20/10 06:13 PM
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try putting it in a different sata port. That can make a difference. I don't think i've ever seen a drive format partially then stop repeatedly. Sadly, it IS possible to get 2 bad drives in a row. So don't necessarily rule that out. Shouldn't make a big difference what the pins are set to, if it was wrong it wouldn't detect it.


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jadon #329077 11/20/10 06:44 PM
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Forgot to ask does the bios see it as a 2 gig drive?


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jakewash #329081 11/20/10 06:59 PM
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And try a BIOS update.

When a drive is larger than some piece of hardware actually supports all sectors after the last addressable show up as bad.


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Re: Another naive computer question....
MarkSJohnson #329177 11/21/10 08:57 PM
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Originally Posted By: MarkSJohnson
I bought a WD Black Caviar 2TB SATA bare internal drive for my Photoshop computer (Dell, running Vista 32). The steps I took for installation were:


Is that WD an "Advanced Format" drive? I had lots of probelms with "Advanced Format" Drives on my WHS (Server 2003), moved them to a W7 based machine and all is well.

On the EARS green drives, you do need to set the jumper for older OSs.


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Re: Another naive computer question....
Glitchy #329179 11/21/10 09:23 PM
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If it's 2TB, I bet it is. However, I haven't had a problem with those drives under Vista or Win2k8.


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Ken.C #329181 11/21/10 09:42 PM
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I don't believe it is. This is the info on it: WD2001FASS

I've been able to try a couple of suggestions made here. I switched to a different SATA connection on the MB (no difference; same result of an incomplete Format) and I've checked for updated drivers for the NVIDEA nForce SATA controllers (2 showing under Device Mgr) and anything else by right clicking under the Device Manager.

I'm at a loss for what the problem is. I think I will try to format the drives on a different PC, though I have to say I'm going to have a hard time trusting them since I haven't figured out what this particular problem is....

Anyone want to hazard a guess as to the reliability of the drives if they only format successfully in a computer other than the one their destined to be installed in?


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MarkSJohnson #329182 11/21/10 09:46 PM
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Personally, I'd be glaring daggers at the nForce controllers, myself.

SATA cards are cheap, like <$25. Try one from Promise or SIIG.


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Ken.C #329183 11/21/10 09:48 PM
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Originally Posted By: kcarlile
If it's 2TB, I bet it is. However, I haven't had a problem with those drives under Vista or Win2k8.


For me, they "worked", but I was using them as video server drives, and had stuttering, bad file copies, just strange behavior. Sometimes they worked .... sometimes they didn't

Looked up his drive on newegg (well with the limited info, no model number) and lots of RMAs, lots of no worky

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Re: Another naive computer question....
MarkSJohnson #329187 11/21/10 09:57 PM
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Originally Posted By: MarkSJohnson
Anyone want to hazard a guess as to the reliability of the drives if they only format successfully in a computer other than the one their destined to be installed in?

If the format completes in another computer, I'd still do a full surface scan in the destined machine. I'll bet that it starts finding bad blocks at the 53% mark.


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Re: Another naive computer question....
ClubNeon #329189 11/21/10 10:01 PM
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Word, is it likely that two drives would both be bad in the same, identical way?


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