First, please be aware that I am a computer user, not a computer understander.
About two years ago my DELL Dimension E510 hard drive failed (or I thought since I was getting error messages on boot-up telling me that I had multiple missing or corrupted files). I have a newer computer so until recently I was content to let my E510 wait in the wings for spare parts. Since most of my Best Buy award points were about to expire I used them to buy a WD Caviar Blue 320 GB internal HD.
Not knowing how large a partition needs to be, or even if partitioning is lnecessary, I followed the DELL instructions and formated the drive without partitions. It took about an hour, and at the end of the process I got an error message saying “format failed”. I tried again, and again “format failed”.
I created a partition (15 GB) and attempted to format. This time the message read something like “disk not repairable”.
I find it hard to accept that a new hard drive is defective, so I am asking this forum for some instructions on the proper way to install (technical, not physical) my hard drive.
I have the original software CD’s, but either I do indeed have a defective new HD, or I simply continue to screw up the steps for installation.
B.T.W., I reinstalled the old hard drive and for whatever reason, it now seems to work just fine.
Any constructive help will be welcomed!