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Formatting Hard Drive Issue

Formatting Hard Drive Issue

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Hi, I have a IBM server x3100M4 Core i3-2100 3.1Ghz 2Gb with a SATA 1TB Simple-swap 3Gb/s Hard Drive.

I used to have vmware vsphere esxi and it worked out just fine with windows server and ubuntu server. But then i decided not to virtualize, so I tried to replace it with a install of Windows Server 2008 onto the machine.

On the windows installation I tried to format the HD and install the OS but I got this error: "windows cannot be installed on this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style."
There's some information here:
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...0-1e0db62af...

So I tried GParted gparted-live-0.16.1-1-i486.iso booting from USB. And now it seems my HD drive is dead, GParted loads but after a while then I get this:

devd[48]: timeout: killing '/sbin/modprobe -b scsi:t-0x00'
More here:
http://sdrv.ms/104GsvC
http://sdrv.ms/181tMYl

It keeps trying for 5 minutes like in a loop then just a black screen. I still see the partitions that were created on BIOS setup,

I also tried to restore vmware, but i thinks an issue with the hard drive.

Does anyone know how to fix it?

Thanks.

RE: Formatting Hard Drive Issue

That's a Seagate 1 TB hdd, Check to see if there is a firmware update for that hdd, I know there was a few seagate models that had flaky firmware. If not, It may be a bad HDD, the fact it states, it is reporting an invalid CHS should be of concern. You say you tried G-parted, but not what you tried, you should have just deleted everything, all partitions, and then let serverguide, or the windows media partition the drive for you. You may have some luck trying to do a low level format with the seagate tools from their website.

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