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Solved: Hard Drive format fail - now won't recognise device

Question: Solved: Hard Drive format fail - now won't recognise device

Hi everyone,

Was just trying to format my drive to FAT32 using cmd, it got to 2% and then failed for whatever reason.

Now when I plug the drive in nothing happens, not sure how to get it formatted again so it is recognised? I refuse to believe the hard drive is fried!

Your help is greatly appreciated.


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Answer: Solved: Hard Drive format fail - now won't recognise device

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This is my fiance's Pc so I am a bit unsure of the finer details, however...This is a HP PC - 1.9ghz processor and 512mb RAM It has 2 hard drives which are factory fitted and everythigns been ok. When the PC was sold to a family friend, the hard drives were formatted and all drivers were reinstalled so it was a clean slate for the new owners. However the PC isnt recognising the 2nd hard drive at all. In Device Manager, there are 3 yellow question marks. One for a USB device (which I beleive to be the speakers as the driver wasnt installed) and 2 for the 'video controller'.Are these linked to the problem and how can the hard drive be recognised? In the process of searching HP website.Thanks and Merry Christmas

Answer:PC won't recognise 2nd hard drive after format.

Fit 2nd HDDclick hereclick hereHve a look at the section regaerding setting up the drive.

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I'm setting up a Dual Opteron server but everytime I try and format it, it just hangs on the formatting screen.

I have,
ASUS K8N-DL -onboard RAID SATA controller
SATA Seagate 250 GB 7200 RPM x 2
2 GB of Kingston Registered ECC RAM

It recognizes the hard drives and let's me go through the formatting process, and I have configured the RAID in the BIOS. I've tried both 0 and 1 RAID settings.

I've tried installing Red Hat Enterprise ES (paid for), and Windows XP Professional Enterprise (paid for).

Also, when I try formatting on my personal computer it works fine. Anything I could of done wrong?


Answer:Hard Drive's fail to format

Do your hard drives have an IDE connection also.If so try to switch it to the ide connection just to format them and then switch back over to SATA and when you start to install windows use your 3rd party raid drivers disk.

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Hello, I believe last week I had the similar problem with my Memory card but I could still gain access and now my External HDD is acting up. I am not sure if I downloaded a file which may have caused a virus and damaged it.

Basically I don't even know if it is possible for me to data recover my files as I tried with 2 different machines and still displaying I/0 device error

I forgot to mention the drive makes a ticking noise

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i have a western digital 200 gb drive, used as a slave drive on win2k. while attempting to copy some files to that drive last night, the copy failed and i got an "unsafe removal of device message". when i looked at the drive in the my computer window, it showed  33gb used, which is correct, but only showed one 17mb excel file when i tried to browse the drive.i shut down the computer, checked the ide and power connections, turned it back on, and could see all the files on the drive again. i tried to finish my copy and the same thing happened a second time. after 2 more subsequent reboots, checking all the connections, and trying a different ide cable, i haven't been able to get any of the files to show up again.the computer recognizes what kind of drive it is, what size it is, and how much data is on the drive, but it can't show me the data this drive salvageable? is there any way for me to retrieve the data short of paying through the nose for a data retrieval company?

Answer:hard drive fail - unsafe removal of device

So it shows up in the BIOS correctly, and you can see what is there, but you just can't get it? Does it show it as RAW format? What did you use on it FAT32, several partitions, or one big NTFS drive? Is it an external USB drive or what?

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I have two PCs here, a windows xp sp3 boot cd and a 40 Gb western digital hard drive. I'm trying to install xp on one of the PCs. One PC is a Dell dimension gx260 with Pentiun 4 1GB RAM, the other is a Packard bell Media 50416 Pentium 4 with 1GB RAM. I have connected the hard drive to my laptop and formatted it and all is fine. The Dell PC does not recognise it atall, it says no hdd installed, even in the bios, it can't see it. I have it connected it to master slave and changed jumper pins, nothing makes a difference. When i boot from xp cd it stops when it is about to copy files and says there is an issue with hard drive and to make sure it is connected.

The Packard bell behaves slightly different. It sees the hdd in the bios and when I choose to boot from the xp cd it goes through the process of formatting the drive, then copying over the files and begins the windows installation, then after re-boot it says cannot boot from the hard drive even though windows is installed on it.

What am I missing here? I thought that if I formatted a drive and installed xp on it, that it would boot from it, doesn't xp create an mbr, please advise

Answer:Solved: pc won't recognise hard drive

As this is a 40GB hard drive I am assuming it is a good many years old. You are not doing anything wrong, I think the problem is most likely a faulty drive.

Follow this guide to download and burn to a CD the disgnostics from WD and run it in the PC that recognises the hard drive and see what the result is for an Extended test.

Identify the make of your hard drive and then use the appropriate link below to get the manufacturer's diagnostics.

These are direct links to the download (apart from Western Digital) so the download will start as soon as you click on the link.

These diagnostics are only available as ISO images to burn to CD except for Excelstore who also provide a download for a USB flash drive. Please note that this USB version is only for use on Excelstore hard drives.

Excelstore ISO for CD Or USB flash drive (instructions included in Readme.txt file)
Seagate, Samsung, Maxtor & Quantum
Western Digital Click on the Download button next to Diag504fCD.iso

NOTE: For Toshiba/Fujitsu, or any make of drive not listed, use the diagnostics from the Seagate link.

For the downloads that are in a .zip file, right click the file and select Extract Here and burn the image to a CD. (A re-recordable CD will be fine).

In Windows 7 right click the extracted file, select Open With, then select Windows Disc Image Burning Tool then follow the prompts.
For all other versions of windows (if you do not have an ISO burner) download this free software. ImgBurn Ins... Read more

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I have a Windows 7 pc. My BIOS wont recognize a second hard drive. The 6 SATA slots have my boot drive and 2 DVD drives that all work fine. The drive I am trying to add worked in this computer before but is not recognized now. I checked the drive in my sons computer and works fine. I have changed both the data and power cables still no good. I have tried a working SATA port and still no good. I am running out of ideas. Any help will be appreciated.



Answer:Solved: BIOS wont recognise second hard drive

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Hi there, I have WinXP Home on an older desktop and am trying to install a second hard drive as the primary is only 4gb! The computer did not come with the op. system disks so I am wanting to clone the HD onto the new one. I have tried to install two different hard drives and each time I connect the new hard drive and start up I have the following problems;
20gb Maxtor D740X-6L : stops or hangs at "verifying DMI Pool Data..."
40gb Barracuda 7200.7 / ST340014A : stops at "Detecting IDE Primary"
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Note: when installing the 20gb hd the system tells me that the CD/DVD drive = secondary
Also Note: that should I need to make changes to the CMOS Setup it is password protected and I do not have the password.


Answer:Solved: Xp home won't recognise secondary hard-drive

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Hi there,

This problem has been a pain in the *** for 2 weeks pardon my french.

So I figured to get some third party help.

Ok so I have a friends computer that needed upgrades, first off I cleaned it up virus wise file wise to see if that would be all thats needed, turns out it was still kinda I maxed out the ram (2gigs) and attempted a clean install of windows. Boot from cd, put in Windows XP loaded up to the accept screen (terms and conditions) then it goes to the Hard Drive selection screen for formating and partitioning..except no hard drives are displayed, I tried so many things, I used SeaTools (from Seagate the manufacturer) to clear the hard drive clean of any corrupt files...still no recegnition, I tried me and my teacher at school came to the conclusion that the hard drive is just cooked (not thinking, becuase the BIOS recognises the hard drive but windows xp doesnt) so I purchased a brand new seagate 250 gig HD, hooked it up and was ready for a successful windows XP clean install...when tadaaa same problem.. No hard disks found for formating or partitioning for just shows 4 blank areas saying no hard disk found. Another weird thing is everytime I try and redirect from that menu, it automatically bluescreens with a STOP message of either 0x00000050 or 0x0000008E.

So I know its not the Hard Drives,
Im thinking I need a thirdparty/raid driver to be installed?

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Answer:[SOLVED] Windows XP Install wont Recognise Hard Drive(s)

Installing XP on a SATA drive requires an additional step:

However, Most newer BIOS allow an Alternate method for SATA . . Go into the bios and check the "Sata Operation" setting,

change it to "Raid Autodetect/ATA if it is not already. Now try to install XP ( could be IDE Mode, Compatibility Mode or Legacy Mode - different BIOS use different terms )

some will say IDE instead of ATA)

If there are no such settings you'll need to slipstream the sata drivers on the XP CD, follow the instructions in this guide :


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Im trying to re-install win XP onto a Dell pc but i get an error saying set cannot find a hard drive.

I think it may be due to needing a driver for sata drive but ive never done it before.

Can anyone help me please?


Answer:[SOLVED] Fresh install wont recognise hard drive

If you are installing XP on a SATA drive, there is an additional step:

However, Most newer BIOS allow an Alternate method for SATA . . Go into the bios and check the "Sata Operation" setting,

change it to "Raid Autodetect/ATA if it is not already. Now try to install XP ( could be IDE Mode, Compatibility Mode or Legacy Mode - different BIOS use different terms )

some will say IDE instead of ATA)

If there are no such settings you'll need to slipstream the sata drivers on the XP CD, follow the instructions in this guide :

You can get a reinstallation guide specific to your Dell here

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Hi, I hope someone can help me as i can't find anything on the internet or in the manual anywhere that might be able to.

I have a Panasonic Home Theatre SA-BTT755 that won't recognise any of my usb hard drives. I've tried a 1TB seagate, a 750GB Western Digital and a 4TB Seagate and the system just won't register there is any usb device plugged in. I've looked through the settings and can't find anything.

Can anyone shed some light on this problem.. Is there something i am missing?


Answer:Solved: Panasonic Home Theatre SA-BTT755 won't recognise usb hard drive

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I have a customer's Satellite L305D S5895 laptop. This was shipped to me by the customer who tried to install Windows XP Pro, Vista and none would install. He said he tried all installation CDs he had and finally gave up on it and shipped it to me.

When I got it the partition were deleted so I tried to install Win 7 and when I do doing a custom install I get an error saying the hard drive can't be formatted on disk 0 or it will give an error that no hard drives were found.

I reset the bios to default and no matter what I do it won't format or find the harddrive. I was going to upgrade the bios but the only way I found to upgrade the bios is after windows is installed. There is no way to make changes to the bios for settings that would have to do with the hard drive. This has a Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive.

When installing Win 7 I get the normal windows, "windows is starting", "Select Language", "Select System", "Type of install", "Custom Install", "Delete partitions", "New Partitions", "Format", then the error message "Windows cannot format a partition on disk 0. Error: 0x80070057"

This happens regardless what system I try to install. I've tried two different versions of XP, one of Vista and 3 Win 7 and each time a different install CD.

System Specs
AMD Turion (TM) 64 x 2 Mobile CPU
CPU Speed 2.00 GHz
Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive
Pioneer DVD-RW DurkD08l... Read more

Answer:Solved: win 7 can't find hard drive or can't format hard drive on clean install

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I want to replace my hard drive before it fails, but I want to keep software that was installed without having to reinstall it all. I expect that I won't be able to get the exact same drive.

Since at least some of the configuration information for most of the applications is kept in the registry, I'd like to just restore a copy of my registry after replacing my hard drive. But there is hardware configuration information stored in the registry and I fear that I won't be able to boot after I restore the entire registry.

I was hoping that either it wouldn't be a problem, or I could follow a process like:
Create an emergency repair disk before replacing the drive.
Replace the drive and re-install the OS (WIN2K)
Boot and restore the backup of the registry that I made when I had my old drive.
Shutdown and boot from the emergency repair disk.

Can you tell me what I should do?

Thank you very much.

Answer:Solved: My hard drive is about to fail

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I have a Fujitsu MPG3102AT 10.24 Mg hard drive that failed. I fdisk,but when it came to formating it goes to like 15% and then the format fails. Could this be a virus? Its a fairly new hard drive and if it can be fixed I would like to save the price of bying a new one. I have been told that I have to do a "Low Level Format" could anyone tell me how to do that or direct me to someplace that can or If you Have any more relevant Info On this subject it would really be appreciated

Waiting Patiently


Answer:[SOLVED] Hard Drive Fail Or Virus

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Upon switching my PC on at work this morning, it failed to boot. Instead it lets out a high pitched intermittent beep for about a second at a time. No picture on the monitor. All power lights are on.
It's an old Pentium 3 (probably 600Mhz), 128Mb RAM, W98SE.

Fortunately I have backups from noon yesterday, so I won't lose an awful lot if it's dead.

I've opened it up, and apart from it being thick of dust, it seems ok - the leads are all in place, nothing's hanging out or damaged. The processor fan spins happily, so the power supplies obviously ok.

Oh hang on, I've fixed it...
The memory strip wasn't quite snug. Bit weird - nothing should have dislodged it.

Ha ha
Strange thread.


Answer:[SOLVED] PC beeping - Hard drive fail?

maybe it was due to expansion/contraction over time.

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I'm using a Sony VAIO PC GRT786M with a DW-U50A DVD+/-RW drive (2x write).
I have it updated using the latest firmware version 1.5g, which according to Sony adds support for 1-4x discs.
My OS is Windows XP SP1, and my ASPI drivers are functional according to ASPIcheck. I've used Nero Infotool and DVDINfo, both say my drive can read and write DVD+RW's, and DVD-RW's too.
For burning (CD-RW's, CD-R's and DVD-R's are all I've used up until now) the software I'm using is Deep Burn. I did use Nero but it proved to be a pain, so I switched to Deep Burn.
I've just bought a 3 pack of 1-4x speed TDK DVD+RW's (code DVD+RW47MAEB) and I can't find any way to write to them. For starters, when I insert a disc, My Computer switches from identifying my drive as a DVD-RW drive to a CD drive, even though properties indicate 4.37GB free space on the disc.
FixDVD! fails to analyse the disc saying it's an unknown format, but WriteDVD! correctly identifies it as a 4.7GB DVD+RW even though formatting fails every time.
Quick erase via Deep Burn also does not work/change anything.
When I try to burn data to the disk via Deep Burn, it simply comes up with an error saying 'This media is not writeable'.

So basically my problem is that I cannot format or write to these DVD+RW's that I have, and before I got the TDK's I tried some Imation discs which gave me the same non-results.
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Answer:My DVD+/-RW drive won't recognise/write/format DVD+RW's

Did Sony provide a program with the computer or drive that it supports for use with this particular drive? If so, what is it?

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I have a WD usb external 500gb hard drive and it has stopped working....
Today I plugged it in to my laptop as usual for file transfering and find that it does not work. On boot up it makes a nice clicking noise so most likely its dead.... I have called WD and ordered a RMA but I need to figure out a way to get my data.

I have data recovery software but the problem is that I cant even get the drive to register in windows xp.

I plug in the usb cable and the drive powers up. The blue night in the front comes on and you can hear it powering up. A few seconds later you here the windows chime that indicates a usb drive has been connected. The Safety Remove Hardware icon also shows up in the the task bar and when you dbl click on it there's a USB Mass storage device listed.

However, nothing shows up in my computer.

So I ran a cross-ref to dbl check, in computer management, in Device manager, under Disk Drives it registers as WD External USB Device.

BUT under Disk Management there is DISK 1, only the DISK 0 which is the internal drive.... wtf???

Is there anyway to get the drive to register so i can run a data recovery on it???

Any help would be appreciated, thanks

Answer:Solved: USB Hard drive problem - will not register - possible fail?

I am having the same problem for the second time now with different ext hdds and also tried in different machines but still the same result...............pretty sure the drives had it.

If you or anyone finds out otherwise please let me know, thanks.

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I have run diagnostic test for my hard drive and it failed with the below error:

Hard Drive -DST short test
Error code - 0142
Msg:Error code = 2000-0142
Msg:hard drive - self test unsuccessful
Status :99

i have dell studio 1435 laptop.

So can anyone help me in telling the reason for the above error.
why this error came and how to get rid of this error??

Answer:Solved: Hard drive diagnostics test fail

can't get rid of it, that is a failing hard drive......back up all the data you want to keep, and get a new one.

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System Info

Alienware M14x
Windows 7 64 bit home
12GB ram
Ndvidia Gforce 555m
Hard Drive is failing on this system. Have purchased new one to install.

Issue is this- like many modern computers it didn't come with an actual windows 7 disk. Like an idiot I never made one.

I have access to my computer and HDD but it will usually crash after 5-10 minutes. I have MOST of my important stuff backed up and can easily manage the few files I need.

What I need though is to be able to install windows 7 on the next disk. I have obtained the windows key using Belarc. However, this does not match the key on the bottom. But I cannot completely read the key on the bottom Computer is a refurbished- is it possible they switch the windows key on the reformating?

So is there a way for met to create a backup DVD of windows in under 10 minutes?

Would it work if I obtained a cop of windows 7 (not difficult here- I can buy copies for a few bucks) and used my original key? Is the Belarc key correct, if not how do I figure out my key (I can read about 90% of it on the bottom).

Any other advice on doing this?

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive Fail- how to reinstall windows 7

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The machine that I am trying to repair seemed to have a bad power supply, as it would not turn on. I got a new power supply and plugged it into the board and gave it power. It booted up to the bios ok, but with no peripherals conected, could go no further. I turned it off, connected the hard drive, and now it will not turn on. I repeated this with another power supply and am getting the same results. Any advice on where to go next would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Solved: power supplies fail as soon as I connect my hard drive.

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I have a custom built PC, installed with Windows XP. Lately its been having trouble, but it is full blown rebellion as of last night. I think its probably a virus but I'm not that experienced with diagnosing.
`My web browser (FireFox) crashes when trying to view certain things; PDF files are the main crash point
`I have a 16 GB flash drive that I have to reformat it every time I use it, which doesn't fix the problem it just lets me transfer again until I have to format it again.
`I have two hard drives that make up c,d,e,f,i,j,and k drives. When I opened "My Computer" I,J,and K:/ were missing. I couldn't see or access them.
`Its been freezing up a lot; forcing me to reboot
`(most recent)Now when I try to reboot it will rapidly switch screens from the black scanning, log in, windows xp (with the blue bar filling up), and a blue error screen. The blue error screen says to reboot if its the first time i've seen this; then it gives steps to follow if i've seen it before.

I've tried to run it in safe mode and it hasn't worked.

Please if you have any ideas let me know. Is it possible to recover my saved files? I backed up my files awhile ago but it is saved on a drive that is missing (I,J,or K) If you need more info just ask. Thanks for your help

Answer:Windows XP Crash Issues - Hard Drive fail, start up fail

Hi there
So what I gather is that you now cannot start your computer up at all, due to this issue. I'm actually unsure of the problem, it sounds to me like a Virus has been at your computer. It can't really be a hardware issue I don't think... I mean it is possible that what could have been happening is that your computer (Desktop or Laptop?) is overheating and its been damaged because of that... But that wouldn't really make sense, and also having Custom Built a computer I'm sure you'd have been smart enough to install a thoroughly capable cooling system.
It sounds to me like your hard drive has been corrupted though, BSOD usually means a pretty big issue. Thats why I was thinking hardware problem to begin with, you don't often get it for Virus's.
A couple of things we need to know:
Do you have any sort of Anti-Virus installed? If so, which one? How frequently did it scan? Did you find any virus's?
Also, how far into the boot process does the computer get before it loops? Are you able to enter BIOS settings before Blue Screen comes up and it loops? What happens when it loops?
And do you have a startup / boot disk for your computer. You certainly should do.

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Hey Guys,

I have a netbook which I want to recycle however it has been used for business purposes and I want to properly format the drive. The issue I have is that it does not have a CD drive nor does it have a working screen. I have connected the hard drive to external display and manually deleted all files from the computer but I know this is not really 'deleting' anything.

How can I format the drive from within Windows? Unfortunately I cannot get bios to display on the external display so I can not do anything from DOS or Bios simply because I can't see anything!

My latest attempt has been to use Active KillDisk to create a bootable USB however this is when I ran into the issue of the Bios and DOS not displaying, it will only display once windows has been loaded.

Any ideas?

Answer:Solved: Help needed to securely format hard drive - no screen or CD drive

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Hi. My external hard-drive stopped working yesterday. This is what's happening:

I plug it in as usual, then it says "You need to format the disk in drive F: before you can use it. Do you want to format it?".
I'm thinking it's more than likely an issue of having pulled out the usb cable without clicking 'safely remove'.

Yesterday I actually got it working again briefly by typing "chkdsk F: /R" into command prompt. Now when I do that it doesn't work, it says "The type of the file system is NTFS. Unable to determine volume version and state. CHKDSK aborted." And when I double click on F: drive in my computer it says "F:\ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted or unreadable".

Are there any other options besides using some sort of data recovery tool (I'd rather not do this just because it takes a long time)?

Answer:Solved: External hard-drive:...format the disk in drive F: before you can use it.

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Hi, I want to format my hard drive ( been two years ) ! It is now running XP Pro, which I do not have the discs, and I want to switch back to XP Home, which I have one disc that came with the computer !
I've tried booting up with the disk, so that I can format my hard drive, but nothing happens!
Can anyone help me to get rid of the Pro and switch back to Home ! The last time the computer guy put in Pro for me , but now I can't upgrade, because I don't have the disk !!
I want to try and save money by doing it myself, I guess that's the reason he put in Pro - so that I would have to call him !!
Please help, I know it must be easy, I just need to be shown the way !!

Answer:Solved: Format hard drive xp pro

Is your Bios set to boot from the cdrom first?
Where did you get this XP Home disk from? Is it a restoration disk or an actual install disk?

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Have a 160 g seagate sata hard drive that has a bad install of xp on it and am trying to format it to get rid of the bad install so I can install windows 7. Have it attached to another machine and tried to format but it still has the bad install of xp there. cant get rid of it. am I doing something wrong? Obviously, huh. write protected possibly...I dont know. Thanks.

Answer:Solved: Cannot format hard drive

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I'm putting an extra hard drive in my friends system and I can't find the proper procedure in my school book. This is my 3rd format but this time I'm leaving the origonal in place as master. I'm not going to do anything to that one. The system has XP Home and I will use ntfs. The new 160 gb hd did not come w/any inst. cd. It is man. by Seagate. I'm not real experienced so please give explicit inst. Thank You

Answer:[Solved] How to format new hard drive?

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I am trying to format my hard drive using the Windows XP CD. (I have Windows XP Pro installed on my computer).

The computer boots from the CD OK.
Then loads Files.
Then "setup is starting Windows".
"Welcome to Setup".
"To set up Windows XP now Press Enter".
Then I get the following message.
"Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer. Make sure that any disk related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufactures supplied diagnostic or setup program.
Setup cannot continue. The quit setup Press F3."

I have ran check disk twice with no results. I have downloaded a program called kill disc to a floppy but am reluctant to use it if I have underlying problems. The hard drive appears to work fine as do all the programs. The computer has been checked for viruses and spywear etc. and is clean.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.


Answer:Solved: Why can't i format my hard drive?

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I am having to format a hard drive and have never done one before. I am looking for some help and advice. If anyone wants to give me a hand I am all ears and willing to learn.

Answer:[SOLVED] format hard drive

Bryan posted this awhile ago, but it's a good read on how to format and reinstall win98

First what type of Microsoft CD do you have? I'll assume it's W98. If it's not, don't use these
instructions til you let us know what version you'll be installing. Anyway, if it’s an upgrade CD then
you’ll need to be sure you have your old W95 CD or 3.1 diskettes available. During the install you
will be required to prove you have a qualifying product for the upgrade. If you have a Full Copy of
W98 on CD, then that's all you'll need.

You'll also need a W98 bootdisk. If you don’t have one then you can make one
from here. Or if you still have access to your W98 PC or any other W98 PC you can make one from


Be sure to have your Windows "Product Key" available. You’ll need it during the install. It should be
on the sleeve that holds your W98 CD or on the Windows booklet. If you have neither but have
access to your W98 PC, then you can get it from the Windows registry. Start>Run, key in regedit
and press enter. Navigate to here by single left clicking on each one of these in the left pane,

The ProductKey is listed in the right pane.

Once you have all of that, insert the bootdisk and power on the machine. It should boot up to a boot
menu. If not, you’ll need ... Read more

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i installed linux then decided i wanted windows back so i tried to format the hard drive it wouldnt format, i looked at the file system and it says raw, what do i do???!!! i need that hard drive!!!

Answer:Solved: cant format hard drive

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Hi guys.
I have a second hard drive that's lost all of its content so I thought I'de format it before reloading my data.
I'm tried to format my drive without success.
I've tried through both Windows explorer and disk management.
It shows that it's formatting but sits at 1% for ever.
Any ideas guys?

Answer:Solved: Can't format a hard drive

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replaced hard drivewhat format should I use on hard drive to load windows xp (fat) or (ntfs)

Answer:Solved: hard drive format


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I have a windows 95 operating system computer. I need to load windows 98 to it.I was told that the Windows 98 Full O.E.M. version cannot be used I have to buy the windows 98 upgrade. The problem is I already purchased the Full version over e-bay is it true that even if I format the hard drive the O.E.M. still cannot be used?

Answer:[SOLVED] format hard drive

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I bought a used 80GB hard drive and installed it in my computer as a second hard drive (F. When I started the computer it showed up and was accessable, showing all the files of it's previous owner and everything was fine.

I thought rather than digging through it and manually deleting redundant files I could simply re-format it by right clicking Local Disk (F and selecting properties/format. I chose the "Enable Compression" option and clicked "start". It went through the process and when it finished I got an error message saying "Windows could not complete the format".

My (C drive is jumpered to master and (F is jumpered to slave and it was working fine untill I attempted to reformat. Now all I get when I try to double-click on it is an error message: "(F is not accessable. The parameter is incorrect." If I double-click Local Disk (F, and select properties, it shows " Used space: 0 bytes. Free space: 0 bytes."

I'm not sure if it is even relevant, but is it possible that if it had a different version of XP than the original one on my (C drive (XP Home/SP2) that this could be a possible connection? I have never formatted a hard drive before other than a clean install of Windows on (C and I really have no idea what I did wrong or how to even go about formatting just the (F drive with a clean install of Windows.

Any help would be appreciated, thanks.

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive Format... Help

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I have a new harddrive I have run seatools on it to clear everything having done this I tried to format the harddrive but everytime I try this it says format did not complete, if I plug the harddrive into an icybox and try to format it on another pc then put it back in mine it works apart from i can't run chkdsk or disk defrag can anybody tell me why it won't work on mine as if it is faulty i can get my money back.

Answer:Solved: can't format hard drive

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is it possible to format a hard drive using my desk top and install the hard drive in my laptop and expect it to work?

Answer:Solved: Format hard drive?

The hard drive needs to be formatted and Windows installed in it in the computer that it's going to be used in.


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I installed a new hard drive and have some errors when booting up. I just want to format the drive and start over but it wont let me format saying cant use with this version of dos........please help!

Answer:[SOLVED] format hard drive

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Hello again, I just bought a western digital my passport 250gb portable hard drive. It came as fat32 and I have been trying to format it to NTFS. When I click the format button it starts off fine and everything goes well until it get to about 3/4 of the way done, then the light on the hard drive stops blinking and it is silent and the progression stops. Any suggestions?

Answer:Solved: Portable Hard Drive Won't Format

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Ok so one of my friends bought one of does cheap encloser here at a pc show so i put in an old HDD that i had w/ some stuff to test it out...and none of the 4 pc's at home will reconize it at all ??? i ready that crap manuel it has 1page lol so do i need to format the hdd cuz im gettin pissed off like allways when something dont go right

And one more and i have a MxtorII 300gigs and when i want to move files over it says disk full and it has 280gigs free any suggestions on that ?

thanks for the advice

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive Encloser (format or not)

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I decided to scratch the hd and redo everything after I just got a virus - even after the virus was gone everything was affected.

I create a C, D, and E partition. The C partition is for 98, the D for XP and the E for data. I formatted D: and installed xp - no problem there. then I went to C: and tried to format went through the usual gyrations and thermometer countdown but at the end it said "Windows was unable to complete the format". Am I doing something wrong? I tried FAT, FAT32 and NTFS.

I can think of two options - 1. there is something wrong with the hard drive 2. I should have worked with C: first (installed 98) and then proceeded to install XP

Help anyone!!!!

Answer:[SOLVED] Can't format a hard drive partition


You have to install Windows 98 first.
Boot the computer with a Parted Magic CD.
Delete the partitions - then create a FAT32 partition for Windows 98 - leave the rest of the HDD unformatted.

Install Windows 98.
When running Win 98 >> insert the XP disc.
XP installation will start >> choose New install (not upgrade).
After a little while the computer will restart and boot from the XP disc.
Create an NTFS partition where you install XP.
A dual boot will be created automatically.

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I have an 80Gig Maxtor HD I want to use with a new usb external enclosure. The drive is recognized when installed as an additional drive in my computer. Can I use the device manager to format it so it will be recognized when connected as an external drive? Or is there another process that is needed for formatting.

Thanks, Al

Answer:Solved: Format Hard Drive for External use

Right-click Computer, Manage, Disk Management. Right-clcik the drive and remove all partitions so all the space is unallocated. Create partitions the sizes you want and format. Change drive letters, if you want.

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I have made a boot diskette , added smartdrv , but won't accept the smartdrv command, I'm slowly going crazy !! How do I get to BIOS, and how do I configure to startup from cd drive ?? Please help !! Have wasted hours on this thing !!

Answer:Solved: Unable to format hard drive !!!!

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Holy *&^%, I am officially past aggravated. I needed to reformat an internal hard drive on a Gateway Laptop 7322GZ, 60GB drive. I am using a Windows XP Pro Upgrade CD (along with a full version of Windows 98SE for verification) and I deleted all partitions and set it to format the entire disk. Did not select quick format NTFS, just regular Format NTFS.

The drive used to have Windows XP Home on it. The boot.ini and many other operating system files were badly damaged or corrupt, so I had no choice other than to set it up as a slave drive and retrieve all of the data, then go for a full format and reinstall of OS. Now I am stuck here at my 2nd attempt at reformatting this drive and it will not format past 73%!!

I Googled and read about this happening (yes, at exactly 73%), but only on 160GB hard drive by Seagate and the solution was based solely on Vista 4 users. Yes, I searched and searched, but only found that exact entry/problem. (or maybe it was 260GB - I dunno).

So, what's going on and what is the easiest way to fix - or is the drive bad, or???

This is ridiculous .. really ..

Please, if anyone can assist soon I would really, really be grateful.

Answer:Solved: Can't format Hard Drive - stops at 73%. What the?!!?

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Hi Guys
Just to let you all know I have installed countless number of hard drives but never come up against this problem before.
I have just installed a Seagate barracuda 250g pata drive in my sons pc.
Checked in bios and is recognized correctly as slave.
Booted to windows, went to diskmanagment and is correctly seen as unallocated.
Now this is where I have the problem,
I right click the drive and all I get is format (Greyed out) and properties.
I am running a lowlevel format on the drive at the moment to see if that helps.
Anyone got any ideas why this is.
Windows XP sp2

Answer:Solved: Can't Initalize/ format hard drive

You can't format unallocated space -- you have to create a partition first.

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Bit of a long tail but it may help any that try to help.

I had problems with the second SATA HDD (a Maxtor 6Y250M0) which I use for storage/backups; it was divided into two partions. I checked with CHKDSK found it dirty and went for the recovery option; this failed with an i/o warning. Went for the option to reformat which appeared fine but when I tried to `Delete Partition` it refused.

I loaded the SeaTools floppy and used the Z (erase track 0) option. Whilst I was at it I did a check of the drive and it came back as `good`.
I then went to the format option, which loaded the Wizard, and set the drive up as a single primary basic NTFS partition. This can be written to and read from.

I now have the need to divide the drive back into two partitions but both the `Delete Partition` and `Format` options are greyed out. This applies to both drives.

Can anyone please help me regain the facility and tell me where I went wrong?

Many thanks in anticipation.

Answer:[SOLVED] Hard Drive Format Greyed Out

Had a similar problem read this thread.

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Compaq 5834
Windows 2000 Pro
Version 5.0
Servic Pack 4
192 RAM
c:\ Primary hard drive = 13GB
d:\system_save drive = 3GB
g:\Add on hard drive as slave = 40GB

Purchased a 'acomdata' 120GB usb2.0 hard drive.Followed installation instructions, but it will not format the drive. When the formatting screen appears, the only choice I have is FAT, NTSF, or FAT32 and start. I've tried all three, and I've tried formatting the drive on a Dell laptop with Windows XP with same result. After about 40 minutes, the process appears to complete by the progress bar and a message appears which says formatting cannot be completed.
H:\ shows on menu in MyComputer but clicking on properties show the drive has no free space even though there is 0 bytes of data in folders and files.
The Acomdata tech support desk has not responded. Any help out there?

Answer:[SOLVED] usb2.0 hard drive won't format

More that likely the drive is defective, take back to supplier and have them test and supply new one.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Business, Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) Dual Core Processor 5000B, x64 Family 15 Model 107 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1790 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon 3100 Graphics, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 476937 MB, Free - 329080 MB;
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 3029h
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled

I am trying to wipe clean an 80GB hard drive that I have. I want to reformat it (unless there is a simplar way of wiping the hdd clean). I have the HDD connected to my computer using my USB to IDE cable adapter. Windows Explorer does not list the drive in the tree but disk management does recogniz the drive as drive 1. I was wondering why the drive isn't showing up in the windows tree and how to reformat or wipe the drive clean. I am new to using Diskpart and so I haven't been able to wipe or reformat the HDD.

Please help if you can. Thank you.

Answer:Solved: Format extrernal hard drive

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I'm trying to install and old hard drive that I had from an old pc into my new pc for some extra storage. The drive is show correctly when I boot up however, under computer management in windows vista, the drive is show as disk 0, unknown, and not initialized. when i right click the drive and attempt to initialize it i get the following error: "The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error."
I don't know what to do from here and would greatly apreciate any help. I don't know what info may be needed for you to help me out so if there is any please let me know and I will provide it. Thanks alot for any help, its appreciated greatly.

Answer:Solved: 2nd hard drive unable to format.

Sounds like the drive is dead. Can you hear ot spin? Is ut recognized as being the correct size? How long has it been stored and where?

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I need your expertise for this one. I have an Samsung 60GB hard drive that I have been using for backup. The drive is in an external case connected thru a usb port & I have been using it for some time without problems. Since it was previously formated as FAT32, I decided to clean it up & reformat as NTFS.

After cleaning I ran Partition Magic 8, to set up 2 partitions & received an "error 27, Cannot lock drive".

Tried to reformat with Windows. After the format appeared to be finishing I received "Windows unable to complete format" .

The drive displays in MY Computer but shows no Total space or free space. If I click properties: it shows 0 used space 0 free space. Also none of the Tools in the run on it.

Running Win XP Home
What can I do to fix it????

Answer:Solved: Can Not Format External Hard drive

You may have to remove the drive from the external case and connect it temporarily on your secondary IDE channel. If you can't format it there, try the disk manufacturer's diagnostics and see if the drive has died for some reason. You might also try DBAN to totally clear the entire drive and see if that allows you to complete the partitioning and formatting.

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I have a Western Digital External hard drive and had problems with some corrupted files. As a result I decided to use the WD dianostics software to fix the problem but it didn't solve the problem. The WD software gave me the option of wiping the hard drive and I did that in the hope that I could start affresh and then copy my back up files to it again. The problem is that my computer now does not recognize the hard drive at all so it looks like I am going to have to reformat it to NTFS format. How do I get my computer first to recognize it and then how do I reformat it to NTFS format?


Answer:Solved: Format an external hard drive

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A big hello to the tech support forum, this is my first post!

I have recently installed a clean version of XP pro on a new hard drive and in an attemt to reformat my old hard drive I made the old drive dynamic. However, now when I try to format the drive using the new XP it fails. I fear it is becasue I have an operating system installed on the old disk and windows doesn't want to delete it.

Any help on how to reformat this disk would be much appreciated.

Many thanks


Answer:[SOLVED] Format dynamic hard drive

G'Day Hoopers, and Welcome to TSF!

My suggestion would be to set the 'old' drive up as a 'Slave' to your 'new' one first.

Once you have done this, boot up the computer and retrieve all your data; then; Go here, and look for a program called "Boot N' Nuke", which will completely wipe that drive clean....but read the article tips first!

'Boot N' Nuke' will be a slowish process, as it will 'zero' the drive.

Try this and report back with any queries/concerns.

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I am not sure where to post this.

I bought a new computer. It had an intermittent problem with the video card. The manufacturer agreed to replace it. I had loaded programs on the first computer and used it while awaiting the replacement unit. Now I need to return the bad computer, but I want to be sure that all my Information and personal data is gone. Can anyone tell me the best way to do it? The drive is a 1 TB with no partitions. I have tried using a program (Eraser) to securely delete my data , but that looks like it will take forever. I also tried Darik's Boot and Nuke. That would be the best solution but I could not get it to work. I think there was a problem with unrecognized USB ports. I know that a format does not guarantee my data cannot be recovered but I think that will be good enough. But how do I format the drive. I don't have a system disk, plus I don't want to reinstall the operating system in any case. I just want my stuff off the drive.

I will certainly appreciate any help. Thanks very much.


Answer:Solved: Want To Format Hard Drive To Return to MFG

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My computer sees c & d drive but when I look for it in device manager only the plug n play devices are there. Am trying to upgrade from vista to windows 7 & because the system can't see c drive the install won't work.

Answer:Device manager dosen't recognise c drive

Hi Shandy59

Something doesn't sound right with your problem description

If you look in Device Manager under disks, you should see a list of the physical disk drives on your computer. Your "C drive" is a logical "disk volume". Difference being the you can create multiple logical volumes on one physical disk. (so you might have both a C and E drive on the same physical disk)

But aside from all that... what problem/error do you see when you try to do the upgrade??

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Hi All

I’m having a problem rebuilding a friend’s computer which was suffering from the BSOD! I could not find a way of resolving this, but I did manage to get all the data by plugging the hdd into another sata cabled machine in the house.
I then formatted the disc, put it back in the original Dell Case and tried to load XP, this is where my current problems start. It loads the XP files and gives me the option to install, repair etc, whatever I choose I get the message “Windows cannot see a configured hard disk, make sure cables are connected etc”.
When I look in the bios I can see the disk is recognised ok!!
Could it be that I have removed something during the format that are vital to the running of the disk? If so does anyone have any instructions how to reinstall?
The problem machine is a Dell Dimension 8400 with a barracuda 7200.7 Sata hard disk.

Any Help would be greatly appreciated

Answer:Solved: Windows cannot see Hard Disk Drive after format - Help please

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I would like to know in very,very,simple plain english step by step instructions on "How to transfer code (for a signature I created on "" ),save it to HTML format,make a file on hard drive,import the file that can be sent along in all my emails"just so you
know how hard this may be to you that do not want to put up with me
here are some statistics(sp) I am a great-gran-ma computer illiterate
newbie,78years,but very eager and determined to learn.
So thanks to any of you brave souls willing to tackle this !!!!

Answer:Solved: Hard drive file,HTML format?

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Hi all,

I recently bought an Inspiron 1405 which has Vista installed on it. I would like to uninstall vista and install xp. So I inserted the XP CD into the drive and changed the bios so that computer boots up from CD.

It boots up from XP CD and goes to the blue screen and starts
loading the necessary files to start the installation.

Then after done with loading, it shows that famous blue screen: "Windows has encountered an error message and has to shut down otherwise it will harm your computer. If this is your first time, restart your pc and if it's not your first time them you have some devices which are not compatible, disable things blah blah".... So I never get to that point where it asks me to format or repair windows...

And when I restart the computer, ir either boots up from the CD again and comes to the same screen or it shows that Windows Repair wizard.

Please let me know how I should fix this problem so I can install XP...

Thanks in advance

Answer:Solved: How to format a hard drive with Vista and install XP?

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Okay so here's the story. I have just recently decided to try and use my old PC for some very basic Windows gaming. The problem is, it has Linux Ubuntu 10.0.4 on it at the moment and the hard drive is formatted in to something like an ext4 format. When I put in my Windows 7 install disc and boot from CD it all goes fine up until choosing where to install the OS. It won't let me format the hard drive inside of the setup process, yet to install Windows I believe it needs to be in FAT32 or NTFS format.
Also it won't let me format the hard drive inside Ubuntu itself because it comes up with the error that it is already in use.
So basically what I need is some advice on how to format it using either what I have already got or a little bit of freeware that I can burn to a disc and then power up the machine in to it to format the hard drive. Thanks in advance
Oh and here are the specs as they stand at the moment if you want them:

Old Packard Bell IMedia PC: (originally had Win XP 2005 Media Edition on but I have since installed Win7 RC then linux on it)
OS:Linux Ubuntu 10.04 Desktop
RAM: 512MB
HARD DRIVE: 80GB Hard Drive
PROCESSOR:Intel Pentium 4 (Don't know what speed it is running at)
GRAPHICS CARD:ATi Radeon Xpress 200

Answer:Solved: How do I format my Linux Hard Drive in to NTFS?

I have run into this with linux drives before. It is pretty easy to fix; simply wipe the drive with the drive maker's diagnostic app, DBAN, or any other wipe app. This removes everything from the drive ie it is how it came out of the box. If there is anything you need on the drive, make sure you have a backup before doing this task.

You download the diagnostic app from whomever made the drive ie WD, Seagate, etc. You will need the dos or boot version. One of the options is to zero fill the drive [sometimes called a LLF]

DBAN is available for download from many sites. Here is one

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I recently replaced my slave hard drive which I use to hold a drive image of by Windows XP OS on my "C" drive.
When I tried to partition the new drive (80 gig) using "Partitiion Magic", it failed, with an error message saying that there was a file error on the disc. Don't ask me to tell you what the exact error was because it has now vanished along with the contents of my hard drive. After the error message, I tried to format the hard drive and it refused to do so. I then downloaded a tool known as "Hard Disk Low Level Format Tool" and used it apparently sucessfully to format the hard drive.
I then tried to partition it again with "Partion Magic" and it replied with a message which I dont remember the details but it basically said that the hard drive was corrupt and therefore unfixable. Can anyone help me to "clean" the hard drive or should I just cut my losses and buy another. I was thinking of something like "nuke & boot" or is it "boot & nuke".
Thanks in advance.

Answer:[SOLVED] Problem trying to format my hard drive (slave)

use killdisk and partition and format from disk management

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hello u guys and i have finished up with the dban thing,after wiping my hard disk.

i just made a partition and i m unable to format it(Using Windows Format)
i have 500 gb hard disk.
4 Partitons

1- 100 gb(primary)(c:disk)
3-200 gb(logical)
4-100(which i m unable to format)(Logical)

all are ntfs partition

before making and formatting 3,4 partion a freind came to me he asked me to fill songs in usb drive.

i m using kis 2010 so i thought i need not worry bcz if any viruses or trojans are found they all will be deleted or disinfected by kaspersky internet security.

i found 8 viruses and 3 trojans out of which kaspersky deleted 5trojans and and two viruses and quarantied 1 virus.

i just scanned usb drive again and i found no viruses and trojan so i opened it and copied all data on 3 partion which is working correctly.

then i made and format 4th partion after restarting my pc.
i wasnt able to format this partion no matters how many times i format it.

i think the virus which was quarantined may have cause the problem.
i m confused bcz i scanned before opening the usb drive.when i found all viruses and trojans and whena ll viruses or trojans were deleted or quarantined the n i again scanned and i found nothing on usb drtive.

so i copied all the data to 3rd partion.after checking for viruses.

it hink the virus which kaspersky internet security quarantined is causing the problem.

the virus which kaspersky quarantined is moja.exe.

i dont know i opened to us... Read more

Answer:Solved: unable to format hard drive partition

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See attached jpg for question and screen snap shots. System Info below

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium, Service Pack 2, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q9550 @ 2.83GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8188 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT, 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 608359 MB, Free - 437860 MB; D: Total - 2047 MB, Free - 1016 MB; F: Total - 72316 MB, Free - 62651 MB; H: Total - 1430796 MB, Free - 1421870 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc, 0PP150
Antivirus: Lavasoft Ad-Watch Live! Anti-Virus, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Disabled

Answer:Solved: In Safe Mode - Still Cannot Format Hard Drive

Boot with the 75GB drive disconnected from the motherboard. My guess is you'll get some kind of error which should indicate how the drive is being used.

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Hi everyone,

I recently accidentally formatted a hard drive. So, I quickly install a file recovery software (EaseUS Data Recovery). Then the result shows that most of SWF files are big in size. I think that lots of my files have been converted or combine with other files. So, how do I recover my files?

Answer:File format changed into other format after format a hard drive

This may not be the best answer, but I would recover the files first. That is you biggest concern right now. Then try to see what you need to do to fix them.

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I'm new to Vista. I bought a 320gig hard drive and a external case and formated it with EXFAT. Ran into some problems and now Vista won't read the drive. I've tried 9 different recovery programs but none works with EXFAT. Is there anything out there that will? (yes, I didn't know what I was doing when I formated it. I thought FAT was FAT!) Any help will be greatly appreciated -Dot

Answer:Solved: recover files off hard drive with exfat format

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Whenever I connect a hard drive to my computer via USB port, Windows tells me, "You need to format the disk in drive G: before you can use it. Do you want to format it?"

The first sentence is a false statement. (The proprietary security software I use mounts and interacts with the physical hard drive just fine.) And okay, I get that Windows looks, sees neither FAT nor NTFS, sees no MBR, and wants to alert me to that.

It's the second sentence that terrifies me -- I'm worried one of these days I'll accidentally press Enter at the wrong time, or click 'Format disk' instead of Cancel, and Windows will proceed to wreckingball my drive.

How can I stop Windows 7 from issuing this alert that asks me to format the drive, when it sees an "unformatted" drive connected?

All solutions welcome. I am completely OK with reducing my machine's functionality, e.g. making Windows on this machine lose the ability to format any hard drives whatsoever. And I'm probably amenable to drastic haxxory if that's what it takes (I'm not nearly sysadmin-fluent but I can usually RTFM my way through complicated instructions, and I know the basics - how to write batch files, enable/disable Services, etc). I was disappointed to discover it's not as simple as editing AutoPlay settings.

Your help is greatly appreciated. I just can't afford to risk losing data that's probably worth a hundred times my annual salary to an ill-timed key press or an ill-aimed button click. (Granted, ... Read more

Answer:[SOLVED] Help? Can Win7's attempt to format a USB-connected hard drive be stopped?

Found this one which may do it Windows 7 ? disabling "you need to format the disk?" pop-up window ? PZolee's blog

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Not sure what has happened here. Toshiba Laptop M70 WinXP home SP2

Initial issue - Unabel to read files off the DVD/CD Matshita DVD-Ram UJ-8415

When checking "System" Hardware there is a yellow caution ! beside it indicating an issue.

Action: Uninstalled device and rebooted to let windows find appropriate driver.
System said found new device and identified it by name. But still the trouble indicator.

Tried a couple of things to no avail...
1) I have the toshiba - product recovery disk but I cannot access it due to the DVD error... so I attached my external DVD (usb) device Thinking I could load the disk in it and recover the drivers or what ever. My Freecom DVD now has a Trouble indicator on it as well... so it appears that the devices won't recognize. (tried to instal again - system recognizes it initially then show the trouble indicator again.

...then thought I'd just do a system restore.

Went to start programs acessories system tools - system restore.
- receive message "System restore is not able to protect your computer"

Went to Administrtion tools - computer management - services check if system restore was started, yes then went to "event viewer" and sorted source by sr -- see event errors - lots - failed.
Checked out a MS KB and found a article about starting in safe mode "Command" and starting system restore manually - got the same "System restore not able to protect your..."

Then tried to search for... Read more

Answer:Solved: DVD device won't recognise - unable to do system restore

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I assembled a pc from some parts i had, for some reason when i try to instal os it does not recognise that i have any hard disc connected.I have tested everything on my pc and the hard drive works fine. i think i may have altered a bios setting can anyone help

Answer:recognise hard drive

Is it a new hard drive and what is the make/model?

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Yesterday i removed some ram from my computer to see what type it used, however i didn't put it back in properly. As a result the computer would not create any power when i turned it on.

Thinking it was something to do with the power supply, i took out my hard drive and put it in another computer.

Having realised i hadn't put the RAM back in properly in my machine, i fixed it and hey presto..power!

So heres the problem. I put the hard drive back in my computer and it originally asked for a boot disk, but then being an ***** i reset all the scsi settings back to default. Now all it does is load up and shows my cd rom drive and just does nothing else.

Can anyone help please?

Answer:cant recognise my hard drive HELP!

Are you sure you connected the power cable (4 pins) and the IDE cable (ribbon cable) back to the HDD properly? The red line on the IDE cable should be toward you.

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Hi. I've had an iomega 1tb hd for a few months now, and I've had no problems so far. However, one day after booting I found that windows doesn't recognise it.

Turning the drive on and off again results in an error that the hardware has malfunctioned. I've tested it with my laptop and it works fine. I've noticed that when I turn the drive off and on just before I boot, it works fine. However, before I started having problems with it, I didn't need to do this before booting.

I've checked all connections and they are all fine. I've noticed that occasionally when I do get it to work, it randomly 'disappears' while I'm working and requires me to reboot after turning it on and off again.

Disk Management doesn't seem to recognise it either. I'm using Windows XP, SP3.

Any ideas? This has been a pain for quite a while now so any input is appreciated. If you need any more info, please ask.


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Hey again guys.Ive just installed a small Hard Drive, the bios picks it up as a Quantem something, which is fine, and Windows seems to have picked it up as if i goto device manager, disk drives, its there waswell as my main hard drive.However, heres the problem, when i goto my computer, theres noting there, you know, you should get like a little icon, as my main hard drive has one, aswell as my cd drive and cd re writer, but my new hardd rive just isnt there, i cant install anything onto it or anything.Any suggestions on how to solve this?Thanks.

Answer:How do i get my PC to recognise a new Hard Drive?

you have to fdisk and format it - - - do a search on this forum, more threads than you can shake a stick at. Careful when fdisking though, make sure you have selected correct drive.

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Answer:PC does not recognise Hard Drive

I have a Packard Bell Club 60 pc running Win 98 SE. I have had it for 4 yrs and just b4 xmas after turning the pc on a strange whirring noise occurred in the Hard Drive. I was asked to use the boot floppy, which I did, but got a message telling me I had no hard drive. I have changed the internal lithium battery, since then, but still no luck. I had been thinking of upgrading my hard drive etc., but is there anything i can do in the meantime so i can at least backup my personal documents etc.Thanks for your help.

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I expect I'm missing something foolish.
running WIN 8 PRO 64-bit
After I had Win 8 set up with my basic programs, I created a custom-image using CMD and the recimg.exe included with Win 8. [My laptop came with a C: OS partition and a D: partition].
I have since done two things. I created reduced the size of my C: partition and created an E: partition.
When I run the recimg.exe in the CMD(as admin) window, it starts to run and then I get the error message that the drive I instructed it to write to is not a "fixed drive". I've tried both the c: and D: drives.
What am I missing? Thanks for your help

Answer:recimg does not recognise my hard drive as a fixed drive.

My guess would be that the problem occured because you reduced the size of C.

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I'm not particularly knowledgeable with computers, so please bear with me if I'm missing something overwhelmingly simple.

Anyway, I'm trying to figure out exactly which graphics card is in this old machine. A friend passed it along to me after mine gave up the ghost and I reinstalled Windows XP. I checked DirectX Diagnostic Tool and Device Manager, but neither can tell what the heck the graphics card is. Neither can find the sound card, either. I need to know what it is so I can find the appropriate driver. Here's what Device Manager lists under "Other devices";

Audio device on high-definition audio bus
SM bus controller
Video controller
Video controller (VGA compatible)

I also tried the AMD auto-detect tool, but it flicks open for a moment, then closes immediately for some reason.

I also opened the machine up to see if I could find a product number on the graphics card, but there isn't one. There appears to have been a sticker at one point, but it isn't there now. The best I can tell you is that it's red and bears the words "graphics by ATI Radeon".

I'm afraid I don't know much of anything else about this computer, but if there's anything you need to know, ask away and I'll do my best to find out. If a photo of the card would help to determine its model, I can do that.

Thanks in advance, sorry I couldn't offer more info.

Answer:[SOLVED] Device Manager doesn't recognise graphics card

What is the make and model# of the computer? Go to the manufacturers support/download drivers site and type in your make and model# and download the Chipset, Audio, and Video driver for your model.

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Hi there,

When i used to plug in my Canon Ixus40 Digital Camera via USB my winxp sp2 pc would recognise it in" my computer" as a MSD as well as bring up the Canon Browser software supplied. Now it only does the latter and no longer recognises it as a MSD in my computer.
All views and suggestions appreciated. Thankyou.

Answer:Solved: winxp dies not recognise mass storage device

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Well, previously my Seagate 2TB External Portable Hard Drive was working very well on my windows 7 operationg system but a few days ago it went wrong and now it says unknown device!! it doesnt show up in disk management and when i uninstalled it from the list of USB hubs(where it says unknown device) and installed it again, it just said unsuccessful... what should i do?

Answer:Solved: Seagate 2TB Hard Drive is Unknown Device

try it on another computer...if it does the same...crack it open and get a caddy

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I am trying to get help getting windows to recognize a hard drive can anyone help please.

Answer:Windows won`t recognise hard drive?

Failure to recognize a hard drive can be caused by a jumper pin missing, a bad hard drive EIDE or power cable (they get brittle and disconnect as they age).

But usually, it is the failure of the hard drive. They often fail for no good reason, just like a light bulb burning out... or a chip failure on the back of the drive. Sometimes the magnetic material on the internal plates will begin to curl up and flake off. Others will have the bearings burn out or freeze up preventing the plates from turning. Still others have glass plates covered with magnetic coating that suddenly shatter from the centrifical force.

Try borrowing another drive to try, just to test the connectors.

It can be tricky to save the data on that drive, but you can expect to be successful about 66 to 75 percent of the time.

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hello computer hope,I am having troubles geting my 97 asus to recognise a second hard drive.I have fliped and switch my IDE cable and rebooted inbetween, bios wont see it. What should I do                                                                         ,Zukru

Answer:2nd hard drive wont recognise

1- Hard Drive with your OS should be the MASTER disc.2- New HD should be the slave.3- Set jumpers on BOTH HD's (1- Master, 2-Slave)4- Master connected to END of cable.5- Slave connected to MIDDLE of cable.6- Power to both HD's.If you still have nothing give us MoBo ser. number, make, model, size of both drives, operating system and version, etc., etc.Hope this helps.jim

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Installed Ubuntu 16 on laptop . I had a external drive which i was using at a system containing windows 8.1 . I plugged in my Hitachi 320GB external hard drives into system which had ubuntu . Now the file system has changed from NTFS to Binary (application/octet-stream).
The main problem is now my windows 8 system does not recognize the external hard drive and iam in not in a position to use .It contains 298 GB important data. How do i make this workable.Please guide me.

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I am running XP pro on my system, and have just bought a new HD.I had two HD on my system, the Primary is a Western Digital Cav 250Gb IDE 7200 8Mb. The slave drive was broken so I replaced it with a Western Digital Cav 320Gb IDE 7200 8Mb.The jumpers are set as follows;Primary Jumper Settings "Primary with Slave" - this has not changed as this has always been my primary with a slave attached.Slave Jumper Settings "Slave"The BIOS recognises the device is there, as does Windows XP Device Manager. Both show the device is working, and the Manager tells me there is nothing wrong with the device.The problem is that XP hasn't given the drive a letter and I can't access it. If I go to My Computer or Explorer, the drive just doesn't appear anywhere there. Only the three partition drives on my primary are present.I have installed HD's before although it has been sometime so I think I must have forgotten something really simple.Has anyone got any ideas that might help?

Answer:New Hard Drive Problem. XP won't recognise.

Right click my computer,select manage then disk managment,highlight the drive right click and select format,when its done you should see it in my computer.

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I have a Dell inspiron 1100 notebook. When booting the computer goes into bios, but then the boot process stops with an error because there is no hard drive or bootable disk. There is in fact a hard drive. Thinking that perhaps (hopefully) the hard drive failed somehow - I ordered a replacement hd and installed it using all the normal precautions. The same error persists. I have checked bios and everything looks ok, I can boot DOS off of a cd, but the hd is not recognised.

I am taking a guess that this is a mobo problem and that I will need a new one. If anyone has any other ideas of what to try before the considerably painful process of swapping mobo's on a laptop please let me know.

Answer:laptop does not recognise hard drive

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Hi, Im having problems with an external hard drive. It was initially used with a PC. Then it was used with a mac and now my windows vista laptop wont recognise it. I tried HFS Explorer but that didnt work. The Ext Drive shows up in Device Manager with an exclamation mark. Under device status it says:Quote"Windows is uninstalling this device. (Code 21)Click 'Check for solutions' to send data about this device to Microsoft and to see if there is a solution available."Can anyone recommend some free software to render the drive usable for a PC again please!

Answer:PC wont recognise ext hard drive.

What does it say in disk management?

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I have a MSI K7N2 Delta-ILSR and it won't recognise my 120Gb seagate Barracuda hard drive. I've tried to install the Promise 20376 RADI drivers on windows xp but it won't work.

I've downloaded the latest drivers from the MSi site, put them on a floppy, installed them multiple times inside windows and rom the windows install disk when it says press f6...

My mobo bios has no SATA options and i am completly stuck. How can i get my mobo to recognise my hd?

The driver for the RAID controller in installed in windows but the HD still isn't recognised.

Answer:MSI board won't recognise hard drive

Try setting it to boot from SCSI.

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I have a home made unit from a couple of years ago that while old I dont want to dump just yet. I posted on here a while back about this machine. At the time it was acting funny freezing up running real slow at times also when you go to add remove programs in the control panel it would never populate the list. After tring everything virus programs etc I formated the hard drive. It was a western digital and it promptly died. So after reading the reviews I got a seagate 300 gig. Reloaded windows xp pro. Dang thing acts almost the same takes forever to populate the add remove program screen but finally does. And get this when I try to check my email it will not show the text just a big blank page. Also I have a 2nd western digital hd that has all my music on it. If I click on it the machine tries to format it. That one was working fine before I formated and installed the new hd.Specs: dfi board with amd athlon 3200 plus processor, 2) 512 memory sticks, antec 350 watt power supply, 24 bit sound blaster card, xfx video card etc.

Answer:Help! Unit will not recognise hard drive

After getting your new drive, did you install Antivirus and Antispyware/adware?What happened prior to the slowing down? Anything in particular?

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I just bought a laptop and my 320GB hard drive came pre-partitioned. The 40GB partition set for vista quickly became full, mainly because I now know that my documents was for some reason being saved on the C Drive (vista). I attempted to use Partition magic to resize the partitions and upon loading, the program gave me two error messages and said "would you like these to be fixed?" of course I clicked yes to both of them then the program wouldnt work at all. In fact vista wouldnt recognise the Hard drive altogether. I restarted and following that vista recognised the Vista Partition but not the data partition.

I finally decided to just back up my docs and restore to factory default. After that though to my annoyance Vista still refused to recognise my data partition.

What should I do and is there any program I can use to fix this situation....?


Answer:Vista won't recognise Hard Drive!

Go to:

control panel -> Administrative Tools - > Computer Management
in there choose ' storage' => 'disk management'

Your data partition should be there, if necessary you will have to format and make sure that it is an active primary partition.

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Ok, so I have got my corrupt hard drive out of my laptop and bought a hard drive enclosure.However, (my enclosure is driverless) Windows isnt recognising the drive under My Computer or anywhere, Im guessing as it is corrupted, how do I get it to recognise the driver for use with data recovery software?Thanks

Answer:Cant recognise my Hard Drive in Enclosure

If the drive is faulty it might not be seen, connect it in place of the dvd/cdrw and then see if windows can recognise it.If it does then transfer wanted files across.

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Hey, yesterday I installed my Gigabyte MA790X-UD4P Motherboard and a AMD Phenom II x4 3.0 Ghz Deneb Black Edition into my computer (Thanks BG-0 and CRJ!!). I've installed all drivers, (love my 5.1 Dolby (7.1 supported) on my Tritton AX5.11 Headset.)

I've reinstalled Vista 64 Ultimate Edition, and it's been saying

Safely Remove Hardware: SATA WDC WD1600AAJS-7 SCSI Disk Device

This isn't a major OMG problem, but It does get annoying at times.

Any help is appreciated. If it helps any, GA-MA790X-UD4P ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

Is the picture of my motherboard, and I am using the purple SATA closest to where my Hard Drive is; to the far right.

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive reads as removable device/SATA

Those ports aren't ran by the southbridge, that could cause it to recognize a drive in them as an extrenal drive. I would use the yellow ports if in any case possible.

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A few weeks ago, I had to redo my entire laptop. When everything was finished, I plugged in my external hard drive (Maxtor 3200) and it worked perfectly fine. A couple of days ago, I went to play some music (which is all on my external hard drive, along with some pictures) and the drive wasn't showing on 'My Computer'. Ive searched everywhere for suggestions and have done them all: let it sit unplugged overnight; uninstalled all the USB ports and installed them again; searched for the most recent driver for that piece of hardware...

When I plug it in, it makes the sound that Windows recognizes that the device has been plugged in. And same when I unplug it. But I always get the yellow exclaimation point with "The Device Cannot Start (Code 10)" message. Now I've run out of options. I updated Windows XP. I'm using a USB 2.0 port and cord. The thing I dont get is how it worked a few days ago, then just decided to crap out. ANY suggestions would be SOOOOO helpful!!

Thanks in advance!!

Answer:Solved: External Hard Drive: The Device Cannot Start (Code 10). HELP!!

Sounds like it's gone. Now you need to determine if it is the drive or the enclosure. You may be able to salvage the data by connecting it internally, but if it is the drive itself, you better just use your backups. Externals fail pretty often. Because they are external, they get knocked easily. And even a gentle blow can destroy the hard drive.

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Originally Windows 7 Home Premium 2 hard drives on a desktop PC
Upgraded it on desktop PC using ISO copy of Win 10 on a DVD downloaded from MS site
It took 3 hours to upgrade
Faults found
The second hard drive did not show when clicking my computer, went to device manager looked at the hard drives entry and only the one with Win 10 was shown.. Device manager not showing 2nd hard drive,
Scanned for new hardware and after 10 minutes it found the drive, PC went to sleep and had to restart
Rebooted PC went to device manager, second drive not showing, rescanned for new hardware and it found the drive again . I exited and clicked My computer but 2nd drive still not showing, Tried a 3rd time in device manager and this time it managed to retain the info and showing the drive in windows explorer and I could browse the drive.
I wanted to save a system image so went to control panel file history. The window shown was that usually shown for windows 7 clicking on create system image then new window opened showing the Windows 8 format. Scanned for the hard drive to put system image on and it found the second hard drive as expected. Started to take system image progressing OK then it failed with message drive not loaded. Checking with device manager and 2nd drive not there again. Note I had created a system image from Win 7 without a problem onto the 2nd drive

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Hi Ya gurus,My Evesham Computer - seven years old now - came with a 20 GB hard drive. When I found it running out of disk space I installed a 40GB Hard drive. Evesham told me at that time that my Motherboard would only take the max 40GB Hard Drive. My friend helped to to Partion my 40GB into 13GB for all my Personal Documents Etc and 27GB for the rest. Now I find that my main Partition C Drive has less than 8GB space left. Would I be able to install an 80GB hard drive and Partion it 40/40GBs. Would my Motherboard recognise both Partition Drives.That will Give me plenty of more space on both sections.Please let me know if this is possible & how to do this particular Instalation.Motherboard - K7 Pro ATX IR3 Mainboard.AMD 800 Athlon Processor.Power supply I think 300/350 Watts.ThanksSolartopi

Answer:Will My Motherboard Recognise an 80GB Hard Drive

Do you have XP?This link will provide the information required re partitioning:click here

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When I try and load XP Pro SP3 (32 bit) it will not install as it has no SATA drivers. I have downloaded drivers and have an external floppy to install drivers by pressing F6. My question is the machine is listed as 64 bit and the XP Pro is 32 bit. Do I choose the ICH8M 32 or 64 bit drivers. IE does the 32 or 64 bit on the ICH8M refer to the hardware or operating system. Computer is Satellite Pro A200 PSAE4E-01700WEN.

Any help appreciated


Answer:Satellite Pro A200 does not recognise hard drive XP Pro


If you use the 64bit OS, then you should use also the 64bit drivers.
I found very nice ?HowTo? from Toshiba.

Check this! It?s definitely interesting and should be helpful.

*+How to integrate a SATA AHCI driver in a Windows XP Setup CD+*

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HiI just got a new internal hard drive because about a week ago my laptop was running slow and freezing so I did a full refresh putting the laptop back to factory settings, then a few days ago I got the black screen of death I ran BIOS hard drive test and it told me short DST failed leading me to conclude the hard drive failed. To get to the point have a deleted a boot device, how do I get my laptop to recognise my new hard driveThanks in advance

Answer:new internal hard drive, laptop won't recognise it

What laptop is it? So the new hard drive is not showing up in BIOS? 

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I have replaced the hard drives with new blank ones, but I cannot now reinstall Vista from the Reinstallation DVD because no drives are seen.
I have updated the BIOS to the latest available version, but still no joy.
I have taken out the drives and, using an external HDD port, can access them from another PC, so I'm certain there's no issues with the drives themselves.
I've tried Paragon 2010 Suite, but even that cannot "see" the drives, so I'm deducing that it's an issue peculiar to this Dell model.
I would be grateful for any advice.

Answer:Inspiron 1721 will not recognise hard drive

This system uses an AMD chipset - you likely need the AMD RAID drivers

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I have made a new build PC using Giga-byte 7NF RZ motherboad Bios version F4. Bios recognised my 120gbhard drive but Windows 98 sees it as 1.99gb! Any advise please.

Answer:Windows 98 Won't recognise my new 120gb hard drive

Does click here help?

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