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Windows 7: installing used drive

07 Feb 2011   #1

win7 32bit
installing used drive

have an old ex sky box sata drive would like to use it on my computor,plugged it in etc, but its not not found,tried to reformat but get only..cant find how toswitch it on,format it etc..any ideas..

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07 Feb 2011   #2
Bare Foot Kid
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W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello joe900, welcome to Seven Forums!

If there's no data on it you care about, have a look at this tutorial at the link below to see if diskpart will detect it so you can do a wipe, clean all (secure erase) to it, that may help as it overwrites any/all data on the entire HDD and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

DISKPART : At PC Startup
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07 Feb 2011   #3

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit

As an aside to Bare Foot Kids' excellent advice , you will find the ex-Sky HDD a better quality drive than the normal run of the mill computer drive ,I dont Know the exact technical details but GB for GB the SKY drives are approximatly double the price
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07 Feb 2011   #4

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Vista x64 / 7 X64

I think that's clever marketing - not a quality issue.
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07 Feb 2011   #5

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit

Yes you are probably right SIW2, I was going by this qoute on one of the sky forums :-

" Drives intended for PVRs are different to those meant for computer use. One of the key differences I believe is error checking. Drives meant for PVRs are more defect tolerant and thus won't skip/jump so much if they encounter a glitch during recording, whereas a drive meant for a pc will be much more fastidious about every bit/byte being accounted for at all times, which can cause problems whilst it phaffs about trying to resolve the error"
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