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Windows 7: Cannot Format Hard Disk


09 Jan 2010   #1

windows 7/windows xp/windows vista
 
 
Cannot Format Hard Disk

So my hard drive would show in up bios but wouldn't show up in the windows 7 disk selection screen even after loading the drivers numerous times. I tried to format it in my brothers working computer, it said it could not format the disk. I tried to install xp, it recognized the hard disk, but again I couldn't format. I tried to boot the GParted Live and delete/create some partitions, the disk doesn't even find my hard drive.

My question is:

Is this a semi-common problem or do I have a faulty hard drive?

My hard drive is in my specs.


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09 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

have you tried Diskpart?
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09 Jan 2010   #3

windows 7/windows xp/windows vista
 
 

Well, I think I want to completely wipe it of all partitions, then try to create one. Would that be able to completely wipe it?
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09 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

It should yes.

open a elevated CMD promp

type the following commands:
1.disk part
2. list disk
take note of the disk number it gives the disk you want formated

3. Select Disk <target disk number> I/E if it shows it as disk 3; Select Disk 3
4. clean
5.create primary partition size=
6.format fs=ntfs quick
7.exit

See if this might work. If it does, you can likely go into disk management now, delete the main partition and create them however you choose, or keep just the 1

Also, Have you tried running the LifeGuard diagnostics utility?
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09 Jan 2010   #5

windows 7/windows xp/windows vista
 
 

Wait, do this in command prompt? This is a clean hard drive, I just bought it and have yet to use it.

Are the steps you're describing with diskpart?
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09 Jan 2010   #6

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

You can access diskpart by pressing shift and F10 keys early in the Win 7 install--when you come to the screen where you would select language, keyboard, and location.

I think the command to run it is diskpart rather than disk part.
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09 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Yes it is, my erro. thanks ignatzatsonic.

diskpart not disk part

i was thinking you were trying to do this from within windows, my fault.
if its the only and your trying to install Windows 7 on it, It would be as ignatzatsonic suggested.

by Shift + F10
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09 Jan 2010   #8

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

New Drive.

You need to make ACTIVE, before formating.
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09 Jan 2010   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Yeah.

Jradicle11: insert the command active after create primary partition size and before format.
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09 Jan 2010   #10

windows 7/windows xp/windows vista
 
 

So during installation, around the language select screen, press SHIFT + F10,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster
type the following commands:
1.disk part
2. list disk
take note of the disk number it gives the disk you want formated

3. Select Disk <target disk number> I/E if it shows it as disk 3; Select Disk 3
4. clean
5.create primary partition size=
6.format fs=ntfs quick
7.exit
then the command: active
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