Computer Freezes when formatting 1TB hard drive

Posted on 2008-10-24
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I replaced a 200GB HDD with a 1TB HDD and my computer freezes when formatting the new drive.

I use XP SP2, and I have saved the settings in BIOS to reflect newly detected drive.

What could be causing the freeze-ups?  Do I have to reinstall the OS?  

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ID: 22802174
are you formatting it from windows?
is it an USB drive? (can be too slow)
you may try connecting it as an internal one, and format then

Author Comment

ID: 22802243
I was able to actually format it using safe mode.  but my computer continues to freeze i suspect it is because of xp sp3?
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ID: 22802313
>>   but my computer continues to freeze    <<   then it was not caused by the formatting
try testing ram and disk first :
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Author Comment

ID: 22804112
The ram checking program shows there is an error on the module (screen shot attached).  Does this mean this is the cause of my freeze-ups?

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nobus earned 500 total points
ID: 22806396
probably; how many sticks do you have? test each one separately or- if you have 4- test with 2 or 3

Author Comment

ID: 22809724
Ok.. it's not freezing anymore.. really odd - but thanks for your help..
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ID: 22810566
the ram test jiglled it a bit...

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