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GA-EX58-UD3D and 1 SATA drive. Can't format SATA drive!

Posted on 2009-05-07
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I have a new GA-EX58-UD3D Motherboard and 1 Western Digital 300 GIG Velociraptor . I am not trying to use RAID just yet since I only have the 1 drive.  For some reason I cant get the drive to Format, I have booted from XP/Vista/Windows 7 disks and all see the drive, partition the drive, but all fail to format the drive. I have tried many of the SATA slots, I have tried switching to ACHI mode in the bios, I have tried loading the SATA drivers that came with the Motherboard.  Any ideas?
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by:torimar
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Download the Ultimate Boot CD 5 beta: http://www.layer31.com/ubcd50b12.iso

Burn it (you can use the free ImgBurn: www.imgburn.com), boot off it, and you have a selection of partitioning tools in the HDD menu section.
I'd recommend to use GParted, which you will find when booting into "Parted Magic" from the first menu.
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GParted is a graphical Linux partitioner, 'Parted Magic' a Linux recovery environment. Linux does not have the problem with SATA drives that we know from Windows.
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by:rlischer
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So you think this tool will create a partition that I can format to NTFS?  I am downloading it now.
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by:rlischer
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I created the partition like you said, went to format NTFS, after a few minutes I get "Syncing Device Failed" I guess nothing can format this thing!
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nobus earned 500 total points
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i would test the drive to know it's status . you can run the the manuf's diag fromm ubcd.
note that it can be a bad disk controller (onboard too)
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by:torimar
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Yes, looks like the drive may be faulty.
You will find the WD diagnostic tool on UBCD > HDD > Diagnosis > DLG Diagnostic

The best way to verify the integrity of the disk controller may be to connect another disk.
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by:rlischer
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I will try the diagnostics. Thanks
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by:rlischer
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Yes, the drive was bad.  It failed the diagnostics from WD
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by:nobus
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tx for the feedback !
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