How long to Format Hdd 40GB??

  AMD 4 ever 13:31 15 Feb 2003

Hi all,

I am formatting a friends hard drive, after a lot of Problems...i.e setup files corrupted and WPF(Windows protection files etc...)
Now it has taken 15mins to do 10%...I think this is not right and possibly a hard drive error..What do you all think. The Hdd LED is just stuck.
P4 1.7ghz
40GB Hdd Maxtor 5400rpm
MSI Mobo

Any thought...onboard sound and VGA.

  -pops- 13:36 15 Feb 2003

Assuming you're working on a pre-XP system and that you're formatting from a boot floppy, have f-disked prior to formatting?

I'm a bit vague on W9X systems now but I recall having all sorts of difficulties formatting, all cured by doing an f-disk first.


  AMD 4 ever 13:39 15 Feb 2003

Well I have Fdisk, and still it got to 10% and has taken ages. So I thought I'd try XP and it is still the same.

  Ghloria 13:44 15 Feb 2003

If this helps.. I just installed a new 2nd 40gig HDD and the total time spent with software was 1hr 2omin and that was slow me being a first time upgrader.

  AMD 4 ever 13:50 15 Feb 2003

It just seems weird as I have built many PC's and this is the longest that a 40GB hdd has tken, wondered whether anyone had come accros a maxtor fault etc.

Thanks all.

  -pops- 14:02 15 Feb 2003

There was another occasion where f-disk took on an alternative meaning and I had to buy a new one.


  « Ravin » 14:20 15 Feb 2003

15 mins to get to 15% is very very slow! took me about 4 to 5 mins for the entire drive on a similar setup.

  Djohn 14:34 15 Feb 2003

The last time I formated My 40gig disk, it took about 15 minutes, Regards. J

  woodchip 14:36 15 Feb 2003

If you use Partition Magic or Acronis on a floppy disc it will be done in no time

  cream. 14:51 15 Feb 2003

AMD 4 ever

You could try format c:\q

This should format the drive in about 40 seconds.

That is if it is supported on the start up floppy.

  cream. 14:55 15 Feb 2003

Sorry that should read a:\ format c:/q


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