So I've been out of the PC scene for a while since I switched to Macs, but I ordered a new hard disk drive for my pop's computer since he was running out of space. It's an older Dell that utilizes IDE cables. I got the hard drive today, made sure to put it on the 2nd slot on the IDE cable, set it to cable select, and made the primary disk (the original drive) the master. I try to go and use the disk, it's in RAW format. No problem, I go to Disk Management and then try to convert it there after creating a new partition and assigning it a letter. It goes to 100% before saying "unable to format due to error" or something along those lines. I've done it over four times now, and it just won't work. Is there something I'm missing? I bought this HDD from Newegg and it didn't come with any packaging or anything...simply a HDD inside of a static protection bag wrapped in some bubble wrap. BTW, it's a Seagate 7200 Raptor disk. Any help would be appreciated. The next thing I'm going to try next weekend (since I don't live at home anymore) is to get a XP cd and try to format it from the CD while booting.