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Windows 7: HDD was seen by my PC, but after 3rd party format it is not visible

23 Mar 2014   #41
Pooky1959

Windows Pro 7 32bit
 
 

Ok everyone.
This is where I am at now.
I booted to my Windows Pro 7 disk to repair my External HDD. I went into advanced but, unless I am doing something wrong (which is possible), I found nothing that would make it any of my drives visible.
I made a UBCD (usb) and my computer did not see it as a bootable media. Should I not be using Rufus to put the ISO on the usb?
Right now I am using the Rufus option of "Check device for bad blocks" before creating the ISO image.
Oh, PeperMint3 didn't show up as a bootable media either.
Would PartedMagic be an option?


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23 Mar 2014   #42
Torah Lishmah

Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pooky1959 View Post
Ok everyone.
This is where I am at now.
I booted to my Windows Pro 7 disk to repair my External HDD. I went into advanced but, unless I am doing something wrong (which is possible), I found nothing that would make it any of my drives visible.
I made a UBCD (usb) and my computer did not see it as a bootable media. Should I not be using Rufus to put the ISO on the usb?
Right now I am using the Rufus option of "Check device for bad blocks" before creating the ISO image.
Oh, PeperMint3 didn't show up as a bootable media either.
Would PartedMagic be an option?
Okay, here is a stupid question, and please don't be offended. Have you ever burned an ISO image and had it actually boot? I'm asking because you seem to be having problems creating bootable media. If you haven't, then I can walk you through that process no problem, Bro.

And yes, PartedMagic can delete all the partitions on a drive.
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23 Mar 2014   #43
Pooky1959

Windows Pro 7 32bit
 
 

Actually I have.
I have a older version of Ubuntu on a USB that I loaded from a Torrent.
And I at one time I made a other bootable items on CDs and DVDs. But something other than Rufus when I made those. And to be honest it has probably been well over a year and I no longer have that app/tool.
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23 Mar 2014   #44
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Try this, it may be easier for you. Put a blank CD in your DVD drive, find the ISO and click the ISO like you were going to open it. The windows disk image burner will appear and show your DVD drive just click burn. When it completes, put the disk in the DVD and reboot. Either use the one time boot menu key or go to bios and select the DVD as 1ST boot device. If you use the one time key, it will no list the name of the ISO file, it will just show your DVD drive, select the DVD to boot from.
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23 Mar 2014   #45
Torah Lishmah

Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pooky1959 View Post
Actually I have.
I have a older version of Ubuntu on a USB that I loaded from a Torrent.
And I at one time I made a other bootable items on CDs and DVDs. But something other than Rufus when I made those. And to be honest it has probably been well over a year and I no longer have that app/tool.
Don't use Rufus then. Windows 7 actually has the capability to burn bootable ISO images, where previous versions of Windows did not. Download the Ultimate Boot Disc here: Ultimate Boot CD - Download the UBCD

Follow these very simple instructions, and you will be successful: How to Make an Ultimate Bootable DVD for Windows 7 | eHow

Save that DVD somewhere safe, because it is the only diagnostic bootable media you will ever need.
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24 Mar 2014   #46
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

I thought I just said that.
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29 Mar 2014   #47
Pooky1959

Windows Pro 7 32bit
 
 

I am happy to report that after using Parted Magic to Nuke (wipe) my drive; I was able to use HP USB Disk... to format my drive and and just finished copying some documents, PDFs and eBooks onto it to check it and I can open them.

Thank you everyone for your help, you were great.
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02 Apr 2014   #48
Torah Lishmah

Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pooky1959 View Post
I am happy to report that after using Parted Magic to Nuke (wipe) my drive; I was able to use HP USB Disk... to format my drive and and just finished copying some documents, PDFs and eBooks onto it to check it and I can open them.

Thank you everyone for your help, you were great.
AWESOME!!! I knew the drive wasn't bad. Like I said, mechanical failure is actually pretty rare. It's almost always corrupt software [firmware, partition, file system...etc] or a bad connection/cable. Happy to help, Bro.
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