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    unable to format partion???

    I have now put a different Hard Drive in the server and the Hard Drive is detected but whenb I try formating the hard drive it says:

    Setup was unable to format the partion. The disk may be damaged......etc etc make sure your SCSI devices are properly terminated etc etc

    You must select a differewnt partition for Windows.....


    WHAT SHALL I DO???? (Tried with 2 different hard disks)

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    Re: unable to format partion???

    So this is related to your previous post on your dead server?

    Please give us a full rundown of the hard ware, disk controllers, amount of memory etc...

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    Re: unable to format partion???

    The server is a Fujitsu Siemens Primergy Econel 100.
    Intel Pentium D

    the origional Hard Drive - Samsung HD160JJ (the one that will not boot)

    New hard drive(s) Maxtor Diamond Max 10

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    Re: unable to format partion???

    If you had one that wouldn't boot and now cannot format others what about the disk controller?

    Are these scsi disks or ata?

    Whichever they are is the controller sepearate or built into the mother board?

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    Re: unable to format partion???

    they are ata and i think the conroller is built in

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    Re: unable to format partion???

    Have you run any sort of diagnostics on it?

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    Re: unable to format partion???

    no the server will not do anything

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    Re: unable to format partion???

    download and burn ultimate boot cd and boot from that. it has many diagnostic tools on it including hard drive diag programs. www.ultimatebootcd.com

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    Re: unable to format partion???

    why can this server not install a fresh copy of server 2003 though??? It does not identify the disks. It formats them but will not put the OS on them?????

    HELP!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Re: unable to format partion???

    I don't know that but I would personally try buying an add on sata card (if its those type of hdd's) and installing that as a first port of call, so you can limit it down to saying either its the hard drives or the motherboard. As a coincidence it may well be the hard drives.

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    Re: unable to format partion???

    johnkay we are trying to help you but it appears that you are slightly out of your comfort zone.

    It sounds as if there is a problem with the built in drive controller.

    If it's just the data you want from them bung them in another machine and pull it off that way.

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    Re: unable to format partion???

    BINGO it's working!!!!!!!!!!! Thank for your help:

    badboyvtec & plexer

    regards

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    Re: unable to format partion???

    When you run setup it asks for third party disk or array controllers these need to be loaded for the setup programme. Otherwise setup cannot access the disk. Visit Fujitsus site and find out if you need any third party disk controllers. You will probably need a USB floppy drive if there is not a floppy disk drive in the server? To load them for setup, setup only looks to drive A: for these drivers.

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    Re: unable to format partion???

    Come on then tell us what you did.

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    Re: unable to format partion???

    Come on then tell us what you did.

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