Sounds like the hdd is unusable to you at this point.
Recommend using a little gem of a utility (freeware version works great)...
It has enabled me to resurrect a few hdds that were "dead".
True, especially of the kids' hdds... :bigsmile:
Anyway, the program runs in dos. You may be able to run it from the command prompt now since they've added features. I always use a ms-dos boot disk and have never had an issue.
It's a watered-down version of the DoD's app for destroying data and will write 1 pass 0's to your hdd.
Be certain you have the correct hdd selected or unplug the non-selected hdds.
Once killdisk does it's thing, you'll have to format the hdd to recover it.
Good luck man.