Download the Maxtor utility, Maxblast4 click here, that will allow you to partition and format the new 40GB hard drive,JT2. Download it to a computer that has a Floppy disk drive. When downloaded, insert a floppy disk (don't **download** Maxblast itself to a floppy) and double-click the maxblast.exe file. That will create a bootable floppy disk. Now go to the PC with the new [problem] hard drive, insert that floppy you have just created and start up the computer and follow the on-screen instruction to partition and format the drive. I'm assuming the first boot device is set as the floppy drive, as you have already tried to use the Win ME bootup floppy.