90% Format --- STOP!
I am doing s simple reload of WXP on a Gateway computer. No big deal. However, while formatting the HD in NTFS, it gets to 90% and then hangs at 90%, never gets done. I have never had this happen before. The drive is a Maxtor 60GB drive. When setting the partitions, a second device saying "unknown device" is displayed. There is only one drive. I have never seen this.
Instead of formatting, delete all partitions on the drive and recreate them.
Since you can get into Device Manager, I must assume that you are formatting the drive on another PC. Do you know if the hard drive had GoBack loaded on it before?
Mod w/ an attitude
Sounds like the hard drive may need to be replaced.
Run a full hard drive diagnostics then replace the drive if it reports errors.
Actually, I am using the Windows XP SP1 CD from Gateway to boot from and then to start the rebuild. During the process, I delete all partitions, recreate partitions, and then format NTFS. Since it was a Gateway, I am betting it had GOBACK loaded. This could cause a problem but I don't know how to get rid of it.
GoBack removal here:
As Sterling has suggested, you need to run a diagnostic on the drive. Run the GoBack removal first though.
Stark Raving MOD
Mod w/ an attitude
DBAN is the best at cleaning out ALL junk on a drive.
Run at least the 3 pass wipe.
I used Maxblast from Maxtor and it seemed to solve the initial problem. I have downloaded DBAN for future use. Thanks much to all.
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