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Thats it, I'm going Amish if no one can help me

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Kemble, Jan 11, 2004.

  1. Kemble

    Kemble Guest

    Let me preface this with the fact that I gave up cussin' long ago. 'cept for a few slips.
    Well, hear me now:
    F this computer.
    F this hard drive.
    F Windows.
    F MS drivers.
    And in conclusion, F those stupid quasi-circular-phillips head screws they use on this case I have.

    Of course, I mean 'forget' when I say "F" :roll:

    If anyone can help, great.:
    Got a new 80GB HD and LiteON 523252 burner for Christmas. Rather than describe my personal hell of the last 2 days, here is where I"m at:

    The 80GB new HD is now somehow formatted NTFS and recognized by 1.99GB of space in Windows. FDISK is of no use. Reformatting is of no use.

    I have an old Prog. HDD I want to get rid of and use my current DataHDD(40GB) as the new Progs HDD. And the new 80GB as the DataHDD. So I must transfer the 40GB data to the 80GB HDD and then transfer/image the current C drive to the new one (as it will now be clean).

    Windows2000, by the way.

    Used a 98startup disk to format the new HD, which would only get recognized if it were the the only thing on the IDE channel. Weird.

    And now it is nothing of use as it is seen as only one 1.99GB partition.


    Add to this that the new CDRW will only get recoginzed as a CDROM, and it appears that I have no generic mmc)?) driver for it. Only a CDROM generic driver, and I can't find the microsoft generic one anywhere to download.

    So, 14 hours later here I sit, with my machine gutted and all the parts that were on it 14 hours ago on it again.

    Stop the madness. :d:
    THANK YOU in advance
     
  2. laptoppop

    laptoppop Guest

    What brand of hard drive? Is it possible that there is a size jumper on the drive that needs to be moved? Some drives let you jumper them smaller -- and some controllers end up giving you the tiny drive like you mentioned.

    Just a thought,
    -lee-
     
  3. Delete the partition(s) on the 80 gig using FDISK and re-partition it. Then reformat it using FAT32, although I don't know why NTFS wouldn't work.

    Sounds like you don't have the jumpers correct in regards to the computer not recognizing the HD unless it's the only thing on the cable (ie, the new HD is set to Cable Select and the old HD is set to master maybe?).

    As far as the lite-on, that's weird. Windows should have drivers for it. Might be defective. I spent 3 hours trying to get a Sony CD-writer to write CDs and I finally gave up and took it back and exchanged it and the new one worked instantly.

    Hope that helps...
     
  4. Kemble

    Kemble Guest

    Thanks so far. Just checking in as I am now sane. I am pretty sure all the jumpers were the right way. I'm taking the parts to work tomorrow and am going to have one of my CPU Brain friends check it out. I just need the darn HDD formatted and partitioned so I can dump the data.

    As for the burner, I'm hoping they'll have answers too.

    Thanks every one.

    And sorry for the F bombs.
    Sorta.
     
  5. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Well-Known Member

    Some drives need a special "formatting" program that you can download off the net. We use mostly Western Digital drives on Windows 2000 and have not had any problems with them when using the tools built into Windows 2000. The only real problems we had were when we were using Windows 98 and had to download the special formatting program to initially set up the drive.

    Hope this helps.
     
  6. mjones4th

    mjones4th Active Member

    Therein may be the source of your problems. Win98 can't deal with NTFS, so try booting from your win2k reinstall disk (if you still have it) you get an option to format the HDD somewhere in there.

    mitz
     
  7. Kemble

    Kemble Guest

    I have the Win2000 startup disks (4 of them) and have started with them several times. As I recall I stopped the install because I thought it was going overwrite my C Drive or something. But at this point, I'm going to re-try when I get back home from work.
    Yeah, try that, and banging my head against the wall.... :roll:

    Thanks.
     
  8. mjones4th

    mjones4th Active Member

    Yeah, installing Windows is a nightmare, even if you do everything right. I usually block about 4 hours just to get over the hump. Its always fun!!!
     

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