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Windows 7: HDD wont save anything

01 Mar 2014   #21
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mitis3 View Post
i have removed the letter D
Good.


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and now my E drive is D
Interesting that it would change. Probably because the drive is still un-formatted.

After a drive gets FORMAT'ed it receives a unique "signature" that identifies it uniquely from among the possibly multiple drives you might have in your machine. And each signature is then associated with a drive letter. As long as the signature doesn't change (which would also correspond to a new drive letter getting assigned by Windows), the drive letter for that drive remains the same... no matter across re-boots or whatever else you do as far as adding other hard drives or partitions.

So the fact that upon re-start after removing the drive letter D on the "system reserved" partition the second hard drive (with the problem) got changed from E to D, well that just seems to me tied to the fact that it still has not been successfully FORMAT'ed, and thus still doesn't have a "signature" assigned.


[quote]but what i think the problem is that the hard disk makes widows thinks that there is a OS on there.[/quote[Naah... not possible, and not relevant I wouldn't think.

I think the drive's electronics are shot.


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i tried different ways formatting it to NTFS and it is a SATA drive
Well, we tried.


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but thanks for the help anyway! i think i'll buy a new one or see if i can recover a wiped harddrive from a friend but that is an other topic.
Good luck.

We tried. But sometimes the "hardware gods" are against us and the problem is simply unfixable. And then you realize it's simply time to buy something new as the right solution.


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