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Windows 7: How to get in contact with a harddrive ?

28 Jul 2013   #11
darkhorse

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

@whs

Sorry, here it is again, and the right disk is selected.

I have attached what I see, when the Computer Management starts up.

The window "Initialize Disk" starts up.

I have the MBR checked here.

Clicking "OK" here, and the window "Virtual Disk Manager" appears.

The same procedure starts again, by right clicking Disk 0, and choose Intilialize Disk

Is it ok this time or ?. Sorry for having not made myself clear enough




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28 Jul 2013   #12
darkhorse

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

@jumanji

Partition Wizard:

It detected the disk, and I ran the option to recover the partitions, but as I shall be away for some days, I stopped that again.

The disk as it is now is connected to a SATA port on the computer. It is installed as you say it.
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28 Jul 2013   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

With Disk0 selected you got a different error message. It points to a problem on the disk. See whether running a chkdsk /r in command prompt can fix it.
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28 Jul 2013   #14
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

My post,which I deleted immediately because I thought it was not appropriate before whs responds to your query, not only queried the results of PW but also said since the drive in question is installed as a second drive there was no need to run it - Partition Wizard - from a bootable CD, and you could as well install Partition Wizard in Windows and run it.

I was also not sure whether you want to bring the HDD on stream formatting it, or you want to recover any data from it before formatting.

Since you had run Partition Recovery Wizard, there is an intention to recover data.

Taking this into consideration I shall leave it to whs to respond to your query whether you should go ahead with initialising the drive.
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28 Jul 2013   #15
darkhorse

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
With Disk0 selected you got a different error message. It points to a problem on the disk. See whether running a chkdsk /r in command prompt can fix it.
I cannot give the disk a name, then how to use
Code:
chkdsk/r ?
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28 Jul 2013   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Try chkdsk 0: /r
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28 Jul 2013   #17
darkhorse

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I got this.

Code:
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.

C:\Windows\system32>chkdsk 0: /r
The drive, the path, or the file name is not valid.

C:\Windows\system32>
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28 Jul 2013   #18
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Hmm, I do not really remember how you specify the path to a drive that has no drive letter. Maybe some other member can step in and enlighten us. The 0: was just a guess but apparently it does not work.
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28 Jul 2013   #19
darkhorse

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I hope some other will knock on the door here to solve that question.

Your guess could have solved it, thanks

I'll be back again probably on wednesday or thursday due to a hospital visit.

Untill then all the best und auf wiederscreiben.
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28 Jul 2013   #20
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

My guess is that drive has a custom file structure/format that windows can't handle. It came out of a cable box right? Go to the drive makers web site and look for a utility to low level format the drive, or something that will wipe it clean by writing all zeros to it. Then see if windows will initialize it. Your not going to be able to recover any files on it, not easily anyway.
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