putting together a very cheap box for a needy friend here and using a lot of old spares I had laying around (MB and 2gig Intel dual core are new)
I am using a sata 500 gig seagate that I haven't used for over a year, but was fine when I retired it I think. there were 6 or 7 partitions on it - some Linux some ntfs.
Deleted all of them before formatting ntfs (not a quick format)
It is going very slowly. I am just formatting 100 gigs for a C drive and it is at about 85 percent after two and a half hours or a little more than that. It's going steady, no speed ups or slow downs just slow. Would that raise any red flags to anyone? would it indicate a lot of bad sectors?
I have half a dozen spare IDE drives around so easy to switch.
I'll let it finish and start an XP install and see how it does.
just sort of thinking out loud here...