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Problems formatting 1.5TB Sata II over USB in TViX 6500 media jukebox on older PC

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#1 AllenG


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Posted 28 March 2009 - 03:17 AM


I have recently bought a DVICO TViX 6500A HD media jukebox and a 1.5TB SATA II Seagate Barracuda drive. I installed the drive in the TViX and connected it to my PC with USB. (5 yr old VIA chipset KT600-A motherboard with 2800 Athlon CPU, 1500MB RAM, XP Home up to date). The motherboard has 2 x SATA ports (unused)

The PC recognised the USB drive, and let me partition it, but after formatting for a period of time, a message informed that format had failed. I tried partitioning unto small parts EG 300GB, but it still failed.

I downloaded Seagate seatools, and the short and long generic tests failed, reporting multiple LBA errors. I returned the drive, only to have it returned with no fault found. The drive was returned formatted with NTFS

I put the drive back in the TVIX, and connected it to my work PC where it seems to to working OK.

The drive is not in the serial number range that have BIOS problems

Heres the questions please...

1. I discovered that my PC has virus and/or trojan infections (which I have posted on the Hijackthis log .... thread). I'm not connecting the drive to my PC again until it's clean. Is it a known behaviour for malware to interfere with windows disk management/disk formatting?

2. As the drive is connected with USB, is it neccassary to update the motherboard Bios or onboard SATA driver to use a drive this big?

3. Is it possible that the TViX BIOS can't format the drive, but now that it's formatted it's happy?

Regards, Allen.

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