I own a Dell Dimension 4700. It came with 160GB SATA Maxtor Hard drive. Recently, i got problem with the partition. I resorted to the System Diagnostics tests, where i ran a test of my hard drive, which is most likely the problem(right?). This test returned errors in the :Read Test". The read Test returned "Fail, ERROR CODE 0F00:0244, Msg:Block 0: Uncorrectable data error or media is write protected"
hi....finally i resolved my problem.....i went to the maxtor's web site and found this utility "PowerMax" This utility is designed to perform diagnostic read/write verifications on Maxtor and Quantum hard drives. I used to try fdisk/ sfdisk / delPart / etc....but none of above isnt worked until i found the PowerMax from Maxtor.
I ran the test and it returned with error code and tell to contact Maxtor for the warranty. But, there an option in the utility that let you do a full scan format. I do so and the miracle was happen....my hard drive is come back....
Hope this will help another people resolving problem access with their hard drive....:)