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Computer Freezes when formatting 1TB hard drive

Posted on 2008-10-24
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Hello,
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?  

Thanks
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by:nobus
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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
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by:X-FiRE
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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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by:nobus
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>>   but my computer continues to freeze    <<   then it was not caused by the formatting
try testing ram and disk first :
ram    www.memtest.org
disk :  http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287
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by:X-FiRE
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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?

Thanks..
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probably; how many sticks do you have? test each one separately or- if you have 4- test with 2 or 3
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by:X-FiRE
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Ok.. it's not freezing anymore.. really odd - but thanks for your help..
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by:nobus
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the ram test jiglled it a bit...
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