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Windows 7: Low Level Format Prior to Installation

23 Dec 2009   #31
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Can you download mbam free , update it and do a full scan ?

Malwarebytes . org

Also:

http://www.avast.com/


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23 Dec 2009   #32
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I already have Malwarebytes, but neither it or the AV are of any use when the OS is not yet installed.
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23 Dec 2009   #33
gregrocker

 

I think he was referring to the reported download results for the Seagate DOS tool which sounded to me like some kind of bug, too.

Since you're trying to wipe the HD cleanly, how about using DBAN burned to CD?
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23 Dec 2009   #34
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Download a copy of Ubuntu and burn it.. boot and select the "Try without making changes ( Live Mode )"... From the Administration menu select the partition editor, and proceed with a format...
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23 Dec 2009   #35
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Have you tried using Dban for wiping that harddrive clean and rezeroing it? I've seen it work a bunch of times for these types of problems.

Darik's Boot And Nuke | Hard Drive Disk Wipe and Data Clearing
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23 Dec 2009   #36
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

No, but I do already have it downloaded and archived. I looked at it several times, and dismissed it, because I had given up on that particular approach to the problem. Since you mentioned it, I'll give it a shot.
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23 Dec 2009   #37
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

No joy. I ran "dban-beta.2006042900_i386.iso", but it wasn't clear whether it worked or not. I ran both the dod and dod quick methods, and each time the interface that was presented afterward was mostly devoid of values. The only thing that made it appear that it had run was the flashing lines of data prior to the interface, and a "1" count on the pass.

I ran the W7 setup again, and it still had exactly the same partition as before. The only difference that I saw was that the format command wasn't gray out on the partition. I didn't want to format it, because there is a 100GB space before it that I wanted the OS in, and I still couldn't delete the partition.

After so many different ways that I have tried to do this, I'm more convinced than ever that there is a hardware issue causing the problem. Therefore, I shall revert back to plan B and move the harddrive to the primary rig and see what happens there.
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23 Dec 2009   #38
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

If Dban doesn't work nothing will. There shouldn't be anything left on the disk after using Dban. You can also do what you want with the partitions after you install 7. You need to format the disk regardless. I would clear the cmos and try again.
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23 Dec 2009   #39
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

The CMOS is exactly why I think that the problem is hardware related, because I'm having an issue with it retaining it's settings, after shutting down. I have a chip that should arrive in the mail within a few days, but I had hoped that I wouldn't have to wait on it. If the problem disappears on the primary rig, then it will be clear that the secondary rig's hardware is at fault. If the problem doesn't disappear on the primary rig, then it will be clear that the harddrive itself is the problem.
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25 Dec 2009   #40
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I finally got around to moving the HD back to my primary rig, and the partition deleted as it should have before. This indicates that the problem must have been the motherboard on the secondary rig. I guess that I will wait until the new BIOS chip arrives before attempting to install the OS again, because if it could interfere with something as simple as deleting a partition, I doubt that the OS would install as it should. I just hope that the chip fixes the problem.
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