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Phoenix_CRXsi

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#1 12 years ago

Hey, I recently had to completely reformat my laptop's hard drive, and basically what happened is now the computer recognizes that there's a hard drive there, and how much space it CAN hold... but it seems to think that it is completely full, and when I try to dir/w it in DOS, it says it can't read it, or something, then has that retry, abort, fail thingy. I was basically wondering, is there some kind of factory reset on the hard drive itself? like, can i take it out and maybe switch a jumper pin or something like that, so that it resets the whole thing? if there's not, I can buy a new one, I just don't want to have to spend the money if i don't have to.




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#2 12 years ago

All major HDD manufactorers make diagnostic and support tools for their specific drives. They can help you determin if your HDD is physically damaged or just needs a format and new filesystem. Find out who makes your HDD and visit their official websites to look for the correct tools to download.

You can also download The Ultimate Boot CD free of charge, burn it on a CD and boot your laptop from it. It also holds some HDD tools.




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#3 12 years ago

did you install an os? what os are you using? can you boot to the os? how did you format the hard drive?




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#4 12 years ago

Basically.. the hard drive has been COMPLETELY formatted, there is no os, you can boot to cd, but if you try to extract the os it says something like read file system error, or somthing.. and basically the HD just just locked out. i will do what i can, but at this point i think it might be better to just go buy a new hard drive, cuz at least i KNOW that will work.




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#5 12 years ago

you may have other issues here. if your hard drive is no good, generally speaking, you will not be able to format it either. if you can boot with a floppy disk and the win98se boot files on it, fdisk your hard drive, re-partition it and re-format, it should be a working hard drive.




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#6 12 years ago

Try a system restore to before the HD was like that




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#7 12 years ago
JakkcTry a system restore to before the HD was like that

There is no OS on the hdd.

Do an fdisk. Do you have a boot disk? (http://bootdisk.com). Set the floppy drive (assuming you have one) to first boot order. This should be the case anyway on default BIOS settings. Place the disk in and start your comp. When you get to the prompt (SHIFT+F5 I think) type in fdisk. If it's showing that it's full, that means there is still an active partition. Delete that partition (follow the options on the boot disk)then create a new one, then format it, and remove the disk. Now boot to the CDROM and try to install windows.

I use a WIN ME boot disk. You can also use a WIN 98 boot disk, it matters not as the options are the same.

[color=red]Caution:[/color] If this is a newer Dell or Gateway computer, you will need to create your media recovery CD's before you format (which in this case would already be to late). Instead of getting Media Recovery CD's with your new systems now these companies add all the programs on a seperate partition on the HDD. They then reccomend you use your own blank cd's and make your recovery cd's. They do this now because people kept losing their cd's and were pissed when they found out they would have to buy new ones.




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#8 12 years ago

i am working on the fdisk deletion and re-partition right now... it is almost done. i will post again when things are complete.. or i get stuck.

EDIT:

Ok, I deleted the partition, created a new one using the 'largest possible partition" or whatever.. and then rebooted.

when i pull it back up and go to format it, it says 'Invalid media type reading drive C, abort, retry, fail?'

i've tried deleting the partition and following those steps twice... same thing happens. any ideas?




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#9 12 years ago

ok, well i wouldn't double post if it would let me add another edit to that old one, so this is hopefully a one-time double post. basically, i've got the hard drive completely formatted, but when i boot the computer, whether there's a disk in any drive or not, it says invalid system disk.... can anyone help?




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#10 12 years ago
Phoenix_CRXsii am working on the fdisk deletion and re-partition right now... it is almost done. i will post again when things are complete.. or i get stuck. EDIT: Ok, I deleted the partition, created a new one using the 'largest possible partition" or whatever.. and then rebooted. when i pull it back up and go to format it, it says 'Invalid media type reading drive C, abort, retry, fail?' i've tried deleting the partition and following those steps twice... same thing happens. any ideas?

Once the fdisk is completed, and the computer reboot, don't use the SHIFT+F5 option. Look through the options that come up this time, because this time you will be selecting one of them. Right now I am not 100% sure what the options are, I will have to put the disk in and boot my comp (will do it after I submit this then edit my post). From that option I do believe you have to change it to c: then type in format. Once that whole procedure is complete you can then reboot, remove the disk and insert the CDROM and boot to the CDROM. If you get errors then your CDROM Disk might not be a bootable one and this might be the issue, not your HDD.

basically, i've got the hard drive completely formatted, but when i boot the computer, whether there's a disk in any drive or not, it says invalid system disk.... can anyone help?

Hmm place the OS CDROM into the CDROM drive, and I do believe you will have to tap the enter key to boot from the CDROM, it should give you the messege on the screen. If it gives an error, hit enter again and it should boot. As I said before the disk itself might not be bootable (should be if it's legal).




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