Hard drive formatting problem
Posted on 2005-04-12
I have a 120 GB Seagate Barracuda drive model ST3120026A.
I am attempting to use this drive in an external usb2 enclosure. I made a mistake with the jumper the first time I plugged it in and jumppered the pins limiting drives to 32GB. I then formatted the drive in windows SP (NTFS) while the OS was running. I soon realized my mistake.
I took the drive out of the enclosure, fixed the jumpers so the drive is now on cable select, plugged the drive directly into my motherboard on a secondary IDE channel.
I then booted the computer and tried to use partition magic to fix my error and reformatted the drive. Partition magic listed the drive format as BAD. When I clicked on properties the drive serial number was not found. So I chose to format the drive NTFS within partition magic but an error occurs.
The error is listed as
BADMBR, primary volume, 114471.0 MB on disk 4
error 4 while executing batch
error 4 bad argument/parameter
So i tired Seagate’s disk wizard to format the drive the utility did not seem to find the drive.
The weird thing is windows recognizes the drive and it can be format the drive in NTFS format. I would ultimately like to format the drive as FAT32 so it can be read on both windows machines and Macs.
Do i need to fix the MBR?