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Posted on Thursday, February 7, 2002 - 10:20 am:   

I have a maxtor 20gb hhd it is partition into two drives 10gb each. I can use scandisk and defrag on "c" drive fine ,but on "D" drive won`t defrag windows because it can not access part of the drive.I ran scandisk Thorough and with fix errors, ran almost to the end of the disk and stopped. I try safe mode same thing! Is there something in my bios I need to change. this happened when I first installed harddrive but can`t think of what i did to fix it ?
Windows Me
Gigabyte GA-7DX Mobo
Award bios
Matt Weston (Matt12330)
Posted on Thursday, February 7, 2002 - 7:18 pm:   

Is the "D" drive formatted ? If not, format it and try again. It shouldn't take much to defrag if this is the cas - as formatting wipes out whatever is on the volume.

If you bought this HD new, it should have come with some software (probably called Max-Blast" or something similar) on a floppy disk. Boot from this disk and run the diagnostic software to analyze your drive.

If you don't have the disk, the programs are available at :
Posted on Thursday, February 7, 2002 - 9:05 pm:   

it was formatted when I installed it, I have defrag and scan it before and worked fine. It just started to do this ? can i reformat the d drive or do I have to do the drive as one C and D ?
Posted on Thursday, February 7, 2002 - 9:17 pm:   

Can I format my D drive by right clicking D drive in my computer and use the format local disk ? without affecting the C drive ? There is not anything on the D drive.
Matt Weston (Matt12330)
Posted on Friday, February 8, 2002 - 7:23 pm:   

You should be able to format the drive from within Windows. Just be certain that there is nothing on it that you might want.

Did you buy this drive new (in a sealed box)?
I used to buy hard drives from computer shows when they would come to town, but you can't always be certain that they are new. I would like to think that most vendors are honest, but......

As far as the BIOS is concerned - the AUTO setting should detect the drive correctly, but if you have the specs for the drive, and reformatting D doesn't work, try setting them manually.

I have never been very fond of Maxtor. I had a lot of problems a few years back with a couple of their drives, and the experience has left me a bit skeptical.

Let me know how it turns out. Good Luck.
Posted on Friday, February 8, 2002 - 9:14 pm:   

The drive is OEM From Ebay the add Said new?
I did run the powermax Program from maxtor It said the drive is fine. This is the second drive, I sent first one back to the seller he sent me a new one.
the first one did the same thing that what made me
think that maybe the bios setting may need changed. the mobo is new also ,there are a lot of setting I am not sure what they do. the user manual is more for someone that knows what they are doing.What drive do you use?

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