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Ensign Riles VIP Member

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#1 11 years ago

I'm having problems with one of my harddrives. I've been keeping it in storage, but now I'm trying to create a partition on it, but it's not letting me do anything on it. I tried installing some various programs, and each time it gave me an error about not being able to access the D drive. Of course it's the C drive, and I have no others installed. I go to ScanDisk, and it won't start. Tells me this:

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Okay, I have it do its thing at startup. Then this:

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I'm at a bit of a loss. Any ideas?




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#2 11 years ago

I'd download the Ultimate Boot CD, burn it to a CD, boot from it and format it using one of the tools on that. Then Windows can't be bitchy about it, because you're not in Windows. Just be careful not to wipe your Windows drive, ok? :p




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#3 11 years ago

I've tried a different program and done that, but it told me that there were errors with the disk and that I had to run ScanDisk. I noticed there was a problem when I was running Linux off of a LiveCD. Told me that there were a bunch of sectors that had multiple copies or something like that.




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#4 11 years ago

Try defrag. I don't really know if that will help but if it does then your welcome. Im not really familiar with HDDs and i leave messing with them to the pros. After defrag then try scandisk and/or chkdisc




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#5 11 years ago

If you don't have anything vitally important on it, a reformat would be best.




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#6 11 years ago

Hit it untill it works. Theres always the chance it will scratch the disk molding it into its correct formatting.




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#7 11 years ago

If you just got the hard drive out of storage, and you just put it in, are you sure you have the jumpers set up properly, or that you even have them? If you don't have the jumper on the right pins, the hard drive won't work.




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#8 11 years ago

Heya Dude, Sorry to hear about your troubles. It does suck when this happens.

A few questions:

Is this device solely connected to the IDE/SATA Bus? (i.e. are there other disks present)

Following the above, is the drive set to cable select, master or slave, This will have an impact - and if going from one computer (or motherboard) to another you will find some don't like cable select, or prefer to have master/slave set.

Have you wiped the MBR (master boot record) on the disk? Is there multiple partitions on it? If so it may interfere with correct detection on the OS level. (as mentioned by others your best bet is to find something "lowlevel" such as a MSDOS boot disk (or windows boot disk) , 3 1/2 floppy, format the drive reboot, and attempt to write to c:\ and then read. If you can do this without too much trouble your looking at a software issue rather than a hardware/BIOS level issue.

Have you tried a linux disk (or something that has generic drivers on) and attempted to use "wizard style" installations such as those included with fedora, suse and other proprietary installations disk's. Obviously you don't want to use Linux I expect, but it is helpful in determining where the point of failure is!

Does your motherboard require additional drivers that might have an impact in the detection of the device? Are the VIA IDE drivers installed? (These are included in the Via Pro and Via 4 in 1 Packages I believe)

Goodluck with your problem, and I know I've asked a lot of questions, I'm just hoping that the "aptness" of them help assist you in your troubleshooting process.

Edit: AHHH I have spotted that you are using Windows 2K, perhaps this is the issue (well, not the problem but part of it). I've seen this before, you should try installing A later version of NT (like win xp NT 6) your likely to have more success, and it saves you troubleshooting like a nutter.




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#9 11 years ago
Jesus of Suburbia;3542749If you just got the hard drive out of storage, and you just put it in, are you sure you have the jumpers set up properly, or that you even have them? If you don't have the jumper on the right pins, the hard drive won't work.[/quote] I don't know anything about that. I just know that I've hooked it up before and it worked just fine. That goes for all four seperate harddrives. :uhm:
Azio;3542750Is this device solely connected to the IDE/SATA Bus? (i.e. are there other disks present)
No, but in the past I hooked it up to my current disk to transfer some files.
Following the above, is the drive set to cable select, master or slave, This will have an impact - and if going from one computer (or motherboard) to another you will find some don't like cable select, or prefer to have master/slave set.
I only have one computer. [quoe]Have you wiped the MBR (master boot record) on the disk? Is there multiple partitions on it? If so it may interfere with correct detection on the OS level. (as mentioned by others your best bet is to find something "lowlevel" such as a MSDOS boot disk (or windows boot disk) , 3 1/2 floppy, format the drive reboot, and attempt to write to c:\ and then read. If you can do this without too much trouble your looking at a software issue rather than a hardware/BIOS level issue.

How can I wipe the MBR? On this disk I only have one partition.

Have you tried a linux disk (or something that has generic drivers on) and attempted to use "wizard style" installations such as those included with fedora, suse and other proprietary installations disk's. Obviously you don't want to use Linux I expect, but it is helpful in determining where the point of failure is!

Not entirely sure what you mean. :uhm:

Does your motherboard require additional drivers that might have an impact in the detection of the device? Are the VIA IDE drivers installed? (These are included in the Via Pro and Via 4 in 1 Packages I believe)

Last time I checked all drivers were present.




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#10 11 years ago

Try what I said. If the disk tools on the UBCD can't create a partition, nothing in Windows or Linux is likely to be able to and you may as well write it off as dead (or soon to be dead).




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