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I have a working Tivo 40 gig Quantum Fireball hard drive. Can this hdd be re-formatted to work on my pc as a regular pc hdd? If so, can anyone give ma an idea of how this is done.

When I connect the drive to my pc, the bios reports a capacity of 0 gigs (zero).
Any help would be appreciated.

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Chris.
 

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1) Yes, should be able to run a format on it.
2) Can't run a format if your bios does not recognize it though :)
 

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you should download maxblast from maxtor.com it should allow you to format it
 

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jazzzhead said:
When I connect the drive to my pc, the bios reports a capacity of 0 gigs (zero).
Any help would be appreciated.

Regards,
Chris.
It's locked. Use qunlock or diskutil to unlock it.
 

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by the way, i had a maxtor fireball 40 gig drive in my computer. it is from dec 17 2002. it died on me one day. now, it boots up as a maxtor ares 64...in cmos, the drive flashes.
this is a known error with this drive and costs about $300 to repair from a data recovery place.

i didn't lose much, only about 2 days worth of stuff, nothing crazy. i keep regular backups and backups of my backups.

i'm just saying, i don't think this drive is built well...
 

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then why does my 200 gig maxtor diamond max 10 drive have a 1 year warranty.
but my 250 gig and 300 gig 7200.8 seagate drives have 5 year warranties?
 

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The Seagate/Maxtor merger will not close until later this year; you can only expect warranty alignments *after* the merger is completed.
 
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