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Windows 7: Cannot Format Hard Disk

09 Jan 2010   #21
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

SIW:

As near as we understand, the PC in question has no OS.

He has other computers with Vista and XP.

But we may have been misinformed.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
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09 Jan 2010   #22
belikexp

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jradicle11 View Post
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.
What model is your motherboard?

GIGABYTE - Product - Motherboard - Products
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09 Jan 2010   #23
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi Ig,

You could be right.

Nevertheless - if he attaches it to the Vista machine and initialises it there - then moves it back to 7 machine - that may do the trick. Vista/7 partitioning rules are the same.

If Vista doesn't like it either - it is probably faulty - I am surprised Gparted didn't pick it up.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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09 Jan 2010   #24
jradicle11

windows 7/windows xp/windows vista
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by belikexp View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jradicle11 View Post
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.
what model is your motherboard?

gigabyte - product - motherboard - products
ga ma785gt-ud3h
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Jan 2010   #25
jradicle11

windows 7/windows xp/windows vista
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
SIW:

As near as we understand, the PC in question has no OS.

He has other computers with Vista and XP.

But we may have been misinformed.
Gateway laptop running Vista, would rather not take apart.

Custom built desktop running XP.

Custom built desktop that contains the hard drive I'm having trouble with.

It has only one hard drive. Nothing is on it, never been used before. I've called Gigabyte support and they told me the correct SATA ports to put my drives in so they would work in bios. By drives, I mean my optical drive and my hard drive, the only two I have connected.

Is there anything else that needs clearing up?

That sounded a bit hostile, I don't mean it to be.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Jan 2010   #26
jradicle11

windows 7/windows xp/windows vista
 
 

Sorry for the third post, an update.

The disc is recognized in diskpart when I run command prompt during by pressing shift + F10 during the Windows 7 installation.

Disk ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt
--------- ------- ----- ----- ---- ----
* Disk 0 Online 465GB 465GB

DISKPART> select disk 0

Disk 0 is now the selected disk.

DISKPART> create primary partition

Microsoft DiskPart version 6.1.7600

PARTITION - Create a partition.
VOLUME - Create a volume
VDISK - Creates a virtual disk file.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Jan 2010   #27
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

OK, then continue with commands listed earlier in this thread.

Your disk will almost certainly be seen as disk 0 by diskpart.

If so, your commands would be the following, with the enter key after each one.

diskpart

list disk (most likely it will show as disk 0)

Select Disk 0 (if that is what shows in the above step)

clean

create primary partition

active

format fs=ntfs quick

exit

the above exit command should dump you back into the Windows 7 install. Just continue on from there or post why you can't.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Jan 2010   #28
jradicle11

windows 7/windows xp/windows vista
 
 

Alright,

DISKPART> clean

DiskPart succeeded in cleaning the disk.

DISKPART> create primary partition

PARTITION - Create a partition.
VOLUME - Create a volume
VDISK - Creates a virtual disk file.

DISKPART> active

There is no partition selected.
Please select a partition and try again.

DISKPART> format fs=ntfs quick

There is no volume selected.
Please select a volume and try again.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Jan 2010   #29
jradicle11

windows 7/windows xp/windows vista
 
 

"create primary partition" wasn't working so I tried "create partition primary" and it worked.

It took like 2 seconds to format, not sure if that's normal.

Going back to install.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Jan 2010   #30
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

my error

you must insert this command


select partition 1

immediately after create partition primary

then continue with:

active

formatn fs ntfs=quick


the entire bunch is:

diskpart

list disk (most likely it will show as disk 0)

Select Disk 0 (if that is what shows in the above step)

clean

create partition primary

select partition 1

active

format fs=ntfs quick

exit
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