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Old 12-13-2006, 08:11 PM   #1
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Hard drive has been messed up by partitioning

While trying to install Ubuntu I had to do some partition juggling, and in one of the reformats GParted had an error. This error has rendered the hard drive inoperable.

GParted and QtParted both have an error when making a partition table, and my VAIO windows system recovery disk complained that there was no C:\ drive, and when it recreated the RAID, it thought that C: was not even connected properly.

Is there any way to manually reformat a hard drive, BIOS reformat, or was it physically damaged by the softwae error?
Old 12-13-2006, 10:38 PM   #2
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The software cant make any physical damage in the hard disk.

If you need a dual boot, First install windows. Then install linux in the last partition.

If you need only linux, then delete all the partitions and recreate from the start.
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RAID??? How is this tied in? Please give a complete description of your system.

If you want to simply re-format the drive and start over, then you have many options.

First, does GParted recognize the disk at all? If not, it is still conceivable that there has been some more basic failure (coincidence?)

You can also try wiping the disk using something like DBAN. You can get this from Sourceforge. It goes on a floppy--you boot from floppy and then select wipe options form a menu.
Old 12-14-2006, 09:47 PM   #4
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The two drives came configured with RAID by default, both considered to be my C: drive. When I ran Gparted it recognised them as seperate disks. I repartitioned them several times (problems with GRUB error 21) and in one of the partitioning failed. When I ran the windows repair disk it only let me restore RAID. When I tried it, it failed. GParted and QtParted still recognise both drives, but with one I cannot create "partition tables" or "disk labels"


I have a feeling that my hard drive just plain failed while paritioning, no software involved. Aww.

Last edited by Battle Bott; 12-14-2006 at 11:39 PM.


crash, partition, reformat

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