Format a hd used in navi systems for computer?

i have a couple of these hard drives from pioneer navigation systems., http://www.toshibastorage.com/main.aspx?Path=StorageSolutions/2.5-inchHardDiskDrives/MK3029GACE/MK3029GACESpecifications
i need a small hd for my laptop and was wondering if there was a reason i could not format this drive to use in my laptop? i tried and it shows up on the boot screen but when i go to f disk or format it it says no drive found…??

Does it have a drive letter?

Hi,[QUOTE=AWILLIAMS64;2249819]i have a couple of these hard drives from pioneer navigation systems., (…)
i need a small hd for my laptop and was wondering if there was a reason i could not format this drive to use in my laptop? i tried and it shows up on the boot screen but when i go to f disk or format it it says no drive found…??[/QUOTE]Seems you need entirely wipe the disc (not formatting), then create partitions you can format with the filesystem you need.

Michael

i cant get as far as to get any drive letters,. when i try to fdisk it just says no fixed disc. I did find out that these disks are “locked”

ok, is there any reason if i buy a new hd like a 120g or whatever i can find that it would not work in this older laptop. compaq presario 1720us.

[QUOTE=AWILLIAMS64;2250192]i cant get as far as to get any drive letters,. when i try to fdisk it just says no fixed disc. I did find out that these disks are “locked”[/QUOTE]Have you tried wiping them? Overwriting the entire disc with Zeros might do the trick. Fdisk and Format under Windows are not the tools that are suitable for that job. :wink:

[QUOTE=AWILLIAMS64;2250198]ok, is there any reason if i buy a new hd like a 120g or whatever i can find that it would not work in this older laptop. compaq presario 1720us.[/QUOTE]A 120 GB HDD should work, normally.

Michael

i am not aware of that type of formating, i know the basics. I tried to use a win98 start up disk and do the fdisk. I have read that these drives are locked under ata password or something like that. They are made for pioneer car navigation units.,

Something like this: http://www.killdisk.com/. You can download an iso then burn it CD and then boot from that CD.

Okay. If they are locked with an ATA password (or a HDD firmware that is tied to the device it belongs), then you are indeed lost.

Many manufacturers of HDDs offer tools that also allow to entirely wipe the HDD including any boot sectors, partition information etc.
The Ultimate Bood CD contains several tools of that kind, maybe some will work with such a Toshiba disc.

Michael

[QUOTE=Whappo;2250489]Something like this: http://www.killdisk.com/. You can download an iso then burn it CD and then boot from that CD.[/QUOTE]I’d prefer dbanthen. :wink:

Michael

i downloaded this and zero’d everything out and then was able to go in and delete partitions. it had 4 partitions, some active, some not, it was a weird setup, but i got it to work! thanks, i ended up using a ibm drive, that was out of another navi unit. its only 15g but it will do the job just fine for this surf the net laptop!

[QUOTE=Whappo;2250489]Something like this: http://www.killdisk.com/. You can download an iso then burn it CD and then boot from that CD.[/QUOTE]