HDD Formatting

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#1

I have an old 80GB HDD (WD800JD-75LSA0)

I took it out of an old computer that I no longer use. Any time that I tried to use it I would get BSOD. XP pro was installed on it so I figure that there was something wrong with it and causing problems. Either that or the drive was dead. I then used Active@ KillDisk to zero it out to see if this would allow me to use it.

My problem is that Vista wont recognize that its there anymore. The bios screen upon boot lists it, and opening up Active@ KillDisk sees it also but vista doesn’t.

I was going to simply do: format drive: /q
but I cant tell it what drive to look for.

This is where I am stuck, any advice would be appreciated.


#2

I think Active KillDisk removes the partition table as well.
Right click on “Computer” in the start menu, then “Manage”, then choose the Disk management option.
The drive (if its ok) should be listed there.
Right click on the drive, then select the “New volume” option, then format the drive, and give it a drive letter if required.


#3

Hi,

check Disc Management (no idea where it is located in Vista, so just have a look in Vista Help). Seems you need to create a partition at first before you can format the drive.

Michael

EDIT: Dee was a little bit faster (and she knows where Disc Management is located in Vista :smiley: )


#4

[QUOTE=mciahel;2486746]Hi,

check Disc Management (no idea where it is located in Vista, so just have a look in Vista Help). [/QUOTE]
Same as XP & Win7.
Right Click “My Computer”->Manage :wink:


#5

If you still haven´t found what you are looking for, there are a bunch of useful formatting and partitioning tools here, and my favourite: Easeus