Start Over Since this wasnt a drive with any system information, I felt pretty confident that I could reformat it. I was wrong. The first time I ran the drive reformat under Windows, the system froze. Upon reboot, I found that the drive was virtually untouched. I tried again. This time I left the system running overnight to finish the job (since I did see the bar moving forward ever so slowly). In the morning, I found that the reformatting was nearly complete. As the bar reached the end, I felt a sense of reliefuntil the system told me that the reformat had failed.I visited the Maxtor Web site and downloaded its free MaxBlast 3 utility, which lets owners of Maxtor drives reformat themand even create partitionswith an easy-to-use graphical interface. I installed the program and ran it. It recognized the drive and its size and allowed me to reformat it. I skipped the advanced/custom options that would have allowed me to partition the 100GB drive. The software told me the drive had been successfully reformatted, but when I tried to access the drive, Windows XP said it wasnt formatted (and asked me if I wanted to do so). I performed this same task a couple more times to see if I could somehow coax the drive into usabilityno luck. I then decided to try partitioning the drive to see if I could force the utility to do a little more work and complete the formatting. I set the utility to create two 50GB NTFS partitions and began running the process. The program ran for a few moments and crashed. I went back to the My Computer window and noticed that I now had another drive. So the utility had successfully broken the drive into two 50GB partitions, but neither one of them was usable: I clicked on each and Windows XP told me they werent formatted.
That turned out to be a bit of a lie. The drive was now empty and being reported in a "raw" state. My 100GB drive had just transformed itself into a worthless brick.