I am building a new pc (Abit AA8-Duramax, Seagate SATA NCQ 160MB) and installing 1 SATA hard drive, but I get stopped at the WinXP Pro screen that asks for a quick or low-level format. I have tried setting up the SATA parameters in BIOS to IDE (then not hitting F6 on XP install), AHCI (I believe this should be the correct setting for NCQ but non-RAID drive), and RAID (following advice found on internet). My BIOS recognized the correct drive, but when I try to install XP Pro for the CD, and answer either quick or low-level format, I get a response saying something like, "Windows XP cannot format drive, may be malfuntioning ...". I went out and bought a WD 120MB SATA drive, tried the same thing (no AHCI because it is not NCQ) and received the same problem. I have:
1) upgraded the BIOS
2) tried different SATA drivers
3) cleared CMOS several times (some before and after BIOS upgrade)
4) tried formatting with the Seagate utilities
Any clues? I intially thought bad drive, then maybe bad motherboard, but I'm sure I am just missing something.