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Windows 7: Can't access my hardrive

30 Nov 2009   #11
Olice

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Okay, so once I typed in clean. After a while, an error showed up. It said "The system cannot find the file specified. See the System event log for more information."


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30 Nov 2009   #12
rsvr85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

That's odd as the system shouldn't be looking for anything. Can you proceed with the other commands or not?
Have you looked at the event viewer for errors?

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30 Nov 2009   #13
Olice

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Turns out that the hard drive disconnected itself, I reconnected and retried. Now clean works, how long does this typically take?
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30 Nov 2009   #14
rsvr85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

As quick as you can type. As the drive is empty anyway, when you get to
format fs=ntfs
instead type;
format fs=ntfs quick
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01 Dec 2009   #15
Olice

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

EDIT: I typed clean but after a couple of minutes, it would disconnect the hard drive and say "The system cannot find the file specified." And then a couple of minutes later, the hard drive would reconnect. Anything I can do to stop this?

*EDIT: Once again, clean succeeded after a couple of tries.
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01 Dec 2009   #16
rsvr85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Once you have typed clean, the drive is clean no matter if you carry on with the commands or not.
Once the drive is reconnected & presumably 'cleaned') proceed with the following commands;

create partition primary
select partition 1
active
format fs=ntfs quick
assign
exit
exit
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01 Dec 2009   #17
Olice

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Whenever I type format fs=ntfs quick, it will disonnect the hard drive and say "The parameter is incorrect"??
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01 Dec 2009   #18
rsvr85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It shouldn't do either of those things, the parameter isn't incorrect.....

Try just plain old;
format fs=ntfs
or;
format fs=NTFS

(Stating the obvious here i know) Make sure that the drive is selected again, ie. diskpart, list disk, select disk #
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01 Dec 2009   #19
Olice

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Thank you so far, I only got to the step before formatting but I was able to assign a letter to the drive now, but it still will not let me format it. It shows up in my computer now but I still can't access it. Every time I try to format it, it always says Windows can not complete the format.
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01 Dec 2009   #20
rsvr85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Now the drive has been cleaned, no amount of assigning a letter to it will work unless it's formatted. The drive needs a file system ie. NTFS to function with the OS, it currently doesn't have that.
So, what happens when you get to; format fs=ntfs (quick) in diskpart? Does the drive just keep on disconnecting?
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