hard disk partitioning ok, format not possible

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  1. praondevou

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    I have 40Gb IDE 2.5" HDD from a Dell 610 laptop. The laptop is ok.

    The harddrive can be partitioned from the windows XP CD console but when trying to format it it stays stuck at 0% for hours.

    The BIOS sees it ok.

    Question: If it can be partitioned doesn't that mean that it should be ok? Anybody knows what's happening?

    It's a Fujitsu MHV2040AH.
     
  2. R!f@@

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    Partitioning does not state the nature of the HDD.
    If you cannot normal format than it is kaput.

    Try a low level format.
     
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  3. praondevou

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    So the partitioning information is not stored on the HDD itself but on some chip on the PCB, is that what you are saying?
     
  4. R!f@@

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    I believe HDD no is from the PCB + the size.
    But if the platter has a physical damage u cannot format it

    I am not an expert on HDD but I believe if u cannot format it then it is not good.
     
  5. shteii01

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    Some of the disk information is stored on the disk. For example disk partition table is stored on the disk. Look up MBR (master boot record). It is a section of the disk where some information is stored.

    As far as your specific case.
    1) Try and see if manufacturer has a diagnostic tool. This tool usually has a boot option so you use it as a boot disk. Boot from it, run diagnostic of the disk.
    2) If 1 does not get you anywhere and fdisk did not give me options that I wanted, I used gparted Linux tool to setup my partitions. Here is live cd of gparted: http://gparted.org/livecd.php
    Live CD is a cd that act as a boot disk, like your Windows dvd that you were able to boot from.
     
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