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Old November 20th 03, 01:05 PM
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I have a new BSE 40GB ATA100 IDE harddrive that I am trying to install
in a older AMD K6-400 computer. I believe the BSE drive is actually a
Maxtor OEM drive.

Anyway, I ran fdisk and partitioned the drive into two equal (16GB)
partitions. When I try to format either partition, the format starts
normally, but quickly I get a message saying, "Trying to recover
allocation unit," and a countdown.

Does this mean the harddrive is bad? Does it mean the harddrive is
too large for this older machine? Is there any way around this?

The harddrive arrived with no documentation or drivers.
Old November 21st 03, 12:15 PM
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Just an update here.

I let the format run its course overnight. It took more than 12

When it was finished, it formatted correctly, but found 132.5 MB of
bad sectors. The second partition is formatting now, just to see what

My question is this: Will it be okay to use the hard drive? I
understand that the machine will not write to the bad sectors, but
will the hard drive continue to go bad?

Thanks again for your help!


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