hard drive formating help

  spudsniffer63uk 23:07 13 Jul 2003

just got a brand new H,drive maxtor plus 8 30gb 7200 ome 6e03010 trying to format it so i can in stall win 98 but it only gets so far the it keeps telling me this trying to recover allocation unit tryed in 2 working pc still the same ,plus im getting the same message on seagate spare drive i had that had windows on ,iv tryed 3 diff,, boot disks ,dont think it the disk anyway iv managed to do one format on a 3rd spare drive ok anyone help me thanks dave.

  madPentium 00:39 14 Jul 2003

sorry, but your new hard drive has a fault. One of the platters surfaces is damaged.

  madPentium 00:41 14 Jul 2003

Did you run fdisk first and delete the partition/s and then create new partition/s ?
It may be worth doing this first because it verifies the itegrity of the drive and will definitely tell you if something is wrong

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