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#1 Paronga


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Posted 12 November 2005 - 02:24 AM

Hi all, well here is another newbie thread for me.

I have an old xbox HD which i no longer need, and wouldn't mind putting it in my old P3 666Mhz computer. So i went into XboxHDM, unlocked it, cleared the xbox patition table, and then booted up windows. But the problem is its not in my computer.....i can't see it there, but it has loaded drivers and stuff for it.

So, how do i format it? im kinda a noob at this so i posted it here.
Thanks for your help, Love you guys tongue.gif


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Posted 12 November 2005 - 02:44 AM

make sure its set to the right settings (slave, master, cs). run a program like maxblast (comes with maxtor hd's) and select to format it. or run the drive as a slave to another hd running windows, then format the xbox hd in windows.

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Posted 12 November 2005 - 02:55 AM

Yeah, i got it running in windows as slave, its just not showing up in my conmptuer, and i dont know how to format it. But windows has loaded teh drivers for it, perhaps its not plugged in correctly?

but what app would i use to format it?

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Posted 12 November 2005 - 03:00 AM

It needs a file system on it before windows can "see" it. Depending on the OS this can either be done from Disk Management on Windows XP. Or just boot a dos floppy, or windows based boot disc and format it to FAT32. (cos thats compatible with all OS's)

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Posted 12 November 2005 - 03:54 AM

ya, you see my problem is i have no idea on how do to any of these.
Isn't there some sort of app than i can run in windows like patition....something, i remember hearing about it. hmm i can't thinkf or teh life of me what it is...you guys know?

Well i found that computer/disk management utility thing, and ima formatting it now, thanks for your help, ill let you know how it goes!

Edited by Paronga, 12 November 2005 - 04:01 AM.

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Posted 12 November 2005 - 05:36 AM

Alright heres how to format it if you dont have some format disk

Get a bootdisk there free and available here bootdisk dot com

Put it on a Floppy or CD

Boot up your computer and it will load a DOS Prompt thing
(Make sure this drive is the only drive connected so you dont format the wrong one)

Then type in "format C:" (Without quotes)

Then it will format it and you should be up and running.

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Posted 12 November 2005 - 05:40 AM

for future reference, when formatting a drive its best to use

format C: /s

this way it copies the DOS system files (only a few kb) over so the drive is bootable by itself if you need it for something. just makes it a lil easier and its only 2 more chars to type to save you from finding a boot disk

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