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Windows 7: Original hard drive not seen, can't format

11 May 2012   #11
cbrundage

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I was following the instructions of Karlsnooks. There seems to be a disagreement about low level formatting. It puts me in the middle because I don't know anything about it.


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11 May 2012   #12
cbrundage

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I did start running the low level formatting program but it was saying every sector had an error and I could see it would take a long time to run so I stopped it. I don't know if I should have continued or not.
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11 May 2012   #13
vampman05

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
DiskPart is a powerful program that comes with your Win 7.
learn something new everyday, never knew Win7 had this program for this sort of thing. Thanks
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11 May 2012   #14
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

christina,
This one has over 40 years computer experience.
When he says do not low level format, the don't low level format.
Listen to the pros.

Now excellent that your drive showed up in diskpart.

Go back to DiskPart.

Select the disk.

then
DETAIL DISK

now I want you to copy what you see and paste it into your next post.

Also
LIST VOLUME
SELECT VOLUME 9 (or whatever corresponds to first volume on your problematic disk)
DETAIL VOLUME

once again copy and paste into your post.

Here is how you can copy and paste from that command shell window:
Up in the top left hand corner is a wierd looking icon.
Click on that icon | choose Edit | choose Mark
drag you cursor to "mark" the area you want to copy
Hit Enter

the marked area is now stored in the clipboard.
Switch back to where you are generating the reply post and use
Ctrl + V to paste the clipboard into your post

If you want to cut out some posts back and forth:
Select the volume for the problematic drive,
then
ASSIGN LETTER=K

that will assign the letter K to the volume.
K is just an example. Use whatever you would like.
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11 May 2012   #15
cbrundage

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Wow, that made me very nervous since I really didn't know what I was doing. Here is what I got, up to the volume part since it says there are no volumes -

DISKPART> select disk 1

Disk 1 is now the selected disk.

DISKPART> detail disk

ST3250410AS ATA Device
Disk ID: 00000000
Type : ATA
Status : Online
Path : 0
Target : 0
LUN ID : 0
Location Path : PCIROOT(0)#PCI(1F05)#ATA(C00T00L00)
Current Read-only State : No
Read-only : No
Boot Disk : No
Pagefile Disk : No
Hibernation File Disk : No
Crashdump Disk : No
Clustered Disk : No

There are no volumes.

DISKPART>
------------------------------------
LUN ID : 0
Location Path : PCIROOT(0)#PCI(1F05)#ATA(C00T00L00)
Current Read-only State : No
Read-only : No
Boot Disk : No
Pagefile Disk : No
Hibernation File Disk : No
Crashdump Disk : No
Clustered Disk : No

There are no volumes.

DISKPART> list volume

Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- --------
Volume 0 D DVD-ROM 0 B No Media
Volume 1 System Rese NTFS Partition 100 MB Healthy System
Volume 2 C NTFS Partition 465 GB Healthy Boot
Volume 3 E TOSHIBA EXT NTFS Partition 298 GB Healthy
Volume 4 H FAT32 Removable 7633 MB Healthy
Volume 5 G FAT32 Removable 3827 MB Healthy
Volume 6 F BRL2000 FAT Removable 988 MB Healthy

DISKPART>
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11 May 2012   #16
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

excellent.
Go back into DiskPart.
Select DISK 1 (your problem drive)
DETAIL DISK (just to make sure you got the correct one)
CLEAN ALL (will write zeroes to each and every byte on disk)
the clean all will take some time. Be patient and eventually the DiskPart prompt will reappear.
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY (will create a partition on the disk)
FORMAT FS=NTFS (will format the partition)
the format can also take some time.
ACTIVE (make the installation of OS on disk a possibility)
ASSIGN (will asssign next available drive letter to disk. You can change the disk letter later)

EXIT on out
WIN | DISKMGMT.MSC| enter

Now does your "old" drive show up?
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11 May 2012   #17
cbrundage

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

You are so kind to take the time to do this! I shall begin now, even though I am 74 and getting older by the second doing this!!
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11 May 2012   #18
cbrundage

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I'm at the "clean all" part. I am assuming it is doing something but there is just the blinking line in the next line.
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11 May 2012   #19
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Do you see the normal DiskPart prompt? Yes/no

Is there a light either on the disk or on your computer, blinking to indicate disk activity?
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11 May 2012   #20
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

as said,
Clean ALL can take a long time.

Just be patient.
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