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Windows 7: please don't laugh...

20 Oct 2010   #71
mypcbroke

Windows Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Or in PW CD rightclick Partition you made to Check File System.
It is grey, PW won't let me run "check file system."
How would I do it via command prompt? I don't know the drive letter name (you're welcome to eyeroll anytime -if you haven't already)


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20 Oct 2010   #72
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

When you format or partition, all the information about which files are stored on a disk and where they are stored is overwritten, but the files are still there. When you zero fill the HD, you write zeros to all the storage space on the disk, so the files are gone. But this means you need to format the disk to write information about where it can store files, so i guess a zero fill by killdisk should include a format afterwards.

I am sure the WD Lifeguard Tools disk has this option on it.
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20 Oct 2010   #73
mypcbroke

Windows Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Ok, I bruned WD Scorpio and booted it. I am getting:
NO DRIVE FOUND
ERROR/STATUS CODE: 0120

then I have at the very bottom of a all black screen:
A:\>

Am I supposed to be doing something with this?
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20 Oct 2010   #74
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mypcbroke View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Or in PW CD rightclick Partition you made to Check File System.
It is grey, PW won't let me run "check file system."
How would I do it via command prompt? I don't know the drive letter name (you're welcome to eyeroll anytime -if you haven't already)
You need to give partition a drive letter in PW to Check File System. WHile you're at it, Resize partition to include whole HD.

I would rightclick> Check File System and then Surface test with repair box checked. Then try the Data Lifeguard HD diag Full Test again.

Sometimes you need to repair the file system first, and PW Surface Test does the same thing as Data Lifeguard CD test but has less repair capability.
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20 Oct 2010   #75
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

  1. It should be seeing the HD, since we had it before ????
  2. You can now boot the computer to the diagnostics CD. Make sure your boot order in your BIOS is set to boot to the CD-ROM drive first.
  3. You will see the following options:
    • SELECT DRIVE - Always choose this option first, as it determines which drive you will be working on.
    • QUICK TEST - This option tests your drive quickly for any major physical problems. (Please note: Although this option is safe and does not alter the data on your hard drive, Western Digital recommends that you have a current backup of your data).
    • EXTENDED TEST - This option checks your drive thoroughly and it can repair any correctable errors. (Please note: Although this option is safe and does not alter the data on your hard drive, some data loss may occur, depending on the errors found and the errors corrected. Western Digital recommends that you have a current backup of your data).
    • WRITE ZEROS TO DRIVE - The Write Zeros option, wipes any and all data off your drive. This option used when your data is no longer usable or recoverable. If you no longer need any data from your drive and would like to start over, run this option to set your drive to an as new condition. NOTE: Please make sure that you have selected the correct drive to perform this function on as once ran, no data will be recoverable.
    • VIEW TEST RESULTS - You can see the results of the test you just performed
    • PRINT TEST RESULTS - Test results can be printed with this option. USB printers are not supported
    • LOG FILE OPEN/CLOSE - You can access the log file which is generated automatically
    • ENTER AND PRINT RMA INFORMATION - Information pertaining to each drive tested can be customized and printed with this option.
    • HELP - Brief descriptions of each option in addition to explanations of error codes are available in this option.
    • QUIT - Reboot your system once you have completed the selected tasks
  4. Select the task you wish to perform.
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20 Oct 2010   #76
mypcbroke

Windows Home Premium 32bit
 
 

You need to give partition a drive letter in PW to Check File System. WHile you're at it, Resize partition to include whole HD.


How do I give the partition a drive letter?
Also, I'm not sure what you mean with resive to include whole HD.
Currently, I have 2. One with 297.99GB (Primary Active) and the other has 104.47MB (logical)
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20 Oct 2010   #77
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

I think things are getting a bit too technical and may be overwhelming her. Can I suggest simply deleting both partitions, creating a single new partition with PW then booting the Windows disk and then creating a partition for Windows and programs and a 2nd partition for data. This would be so much less complex for her.
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20 Oct 2010   #78
gregrocker

 

That's fine. Boot PW CD, rightclick on each partition to Change Letter.

Then rightclick on each to Check File System with Fix box checked..

Then rightclick on each to run Surface Test.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tw33k View Post
I think things are getting a bit too technical and may be overwhelming her. Can I suggest simply deleting both partitions, creating a single new partition with PW then booting the Windows disk and then creating a partition for Windows and programs and a 2nd partition for data. This would be so much less complex for her.
You can certainly do this next if you want, but after 3 tries at Install with same error, the troubleshooting for this specific error needs to be commenced at some time. First would be Disk Check and HD Diag/repair CD Scan.

At any point, the OP can decide to run the Vista Recovery Disks to try to launch a Win7 clean install from there or if necessary an in-place Upgrade. I would first check for a BIOS upgrade to install from VIsta since that is another troubleshooting step for this error.
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20 Oct 2010   #79
mypcbroke

Windows Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Change letter isn't an option in PW... it's also greyed out
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20 Oct 2010   #80
gregrocker

 

How about Surface Scan?

Is there any chance you tried install to Logical partition? Because that is the first cause of this error.

You've tried partitioning and formatting using Win7 DVD resulting in error, then partitioning, formatting and marking Active with PW resulting in same error, correct?
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