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Old 02-06-2004, 12:44 PM   #1
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Hard Drive repartition crashed


My friend and I were trying to repartition a hard drive (western digital Caviar 800JB) and the program crashed(partition magic). Now nothing will recognize the drive. When it is attached to a computer the computer will not boot. We have a hard drive tray that we can attach via USB so we can attach it to a comp after it has been running. Is there anyway that anyone know of to reset the dirve or anything like that? Someone suggested a magnet but I'd rather not go that rout as I am not sure what would happen. THanks for all of your help in advance

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Old 02-06-2004, 06:35 PM   #2
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"My friend and I were trying to repartition a hard drive (western digital Caviar 800JB) and the program crashed(partition magic). Now nothing will recognize the drive. When it is attached to a computer the computer will not boot. We have a hard drive tray that we can attach via USB so we can attach it to a comp after it has been running. Is there anyway that anyone know of to reset the dirve or anything like that?"

Just partition the drive again. Try something other than Partition Magic such as fdisk.

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Old 02-06-2004, 07:13 PM   #3
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I would if I could but the BIOS doesn't even recognize the dirve and if the bios doesn't recognize it I cannot get any partitioning program to recognize it. Sorry, I should have stated that from the start. My fault. Thanks for your help so far jailbait

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Old 02-06-2004, 08:26 PM   #4
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"the BIOS doesn't even recognize the dirve and if the bios doesn't recognize it I cannot get any partitioning program to recognize it."

My first guess is that this problem is in the BIOS, not the hard drive. Most BIOS have a geometry table for the hard drives. Put the hard drive back on the IDE controller and check the BIOS to see that it has the geometry correct for this drive. Try getting the BIOS hard disk geometry correct and then see if it will boot.

Another test that you could run is to disable the hard drive in the BIOS (if your BIOS will do that) and see if you can boot with the hard drive attached but disabled in the BIOS. If you cannot boot then the problem is probably in the cabling or in the master/slave jumpers. You don't have two hard drives jumpered as master on the same cable do you?

Another possibility is that you could have a CD-ROM attached as master and the hard drive attached as slave. A few CD-ROMs will screw things up in this arrangement even though you have it set up correctly. If that is your problem then make the CD-ROM slave and the hard drive master.

Another possibility is that you put the hard drive on a 40 wire cable when it needs 80 wire.

What device is the hard drive on? Are you using a secondary IDE controller?

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Old 02-06-2004, 09:30 PM   #5
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I am using the secondary IDE controller. I used the dirve on that as the only drive and put the jumper in all possible positions. The hard drive has no operating system on it right now. therefore there is no way to boot to it. I am using an 80-Pin cable and yes I have tried another cable and i even tried a 40-pin just to see. I have tried to disable the drive in the BIOS and still nothing

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Old 02-07-2004, 03:00 PM   #6
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"I am using the secondary IDE controller. I used the dirve on that as the only drive and put the jumper in all possible positions."

You could try the hard drive on a primary controller. That might show whether the problem is in the secondary controller or if it is in the hard drive.

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Old 02-07-2004, 07:07 PM   #7
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OK...tried it and that didn't work either. I am plum out of ideas. Thanks for your help jailbait. :-)

Dazed and Confused,

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Old 02-07-2004, 11:19 PM   #8
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This is what I'd do:

1. Disconnect all other drives except the WD 80G. Make sure it's the primary drive on IDE1
2. Put a boot floppy or a Linux bootable CD in your drive. Reboot. During boot up, press DEL or F12 or whatever to get into BIOS. Verify that the HD detection is set to Auto.

3. Allow booting to continue. You should be asked to partition/format the disk, set it up however you want and you should be able to continue. Worst case scenario would be that you'd need to get your hands on a Win98 floppy boot disk, which would permit you to paritition your disk as vfat. Once that's done you can proceed with other plans.

Overall though, I agree 100% with jailbait's recommendation that you just need to reformat the drive. Good luck -- J.W.
 
  


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