I recently installed the aforementioned 40GB Maxtor drive as the master drive in a new system that I built.
When I began to format the drive in DOS before installing the OS, before the format began, DOS insisted that there were some bad sectors on the drive (I'm sorry, I don't remember the exact text). I thought that was odd, as I had just run a thorough scan via Scandisk in DOS and Scandisk reported no bad sectors or problems with the HD. Nevertheless, DOS and Windows ME only recognize 38.2GB of the HD's 40GB capacity...
I've since run Norton Disk Doctor in Windows ME (which took 5 hours) and, once again, no errors found on the drive. It's not the end of the world, but I'm curious as to where my missing 1.8GBs are!