Removed partitions. Now 'My Computer' doesn't see HDD.
Had DOS and nonDOS type OS's on HDD. Used Fdisk to remove a partition and booted each time. Confirmed partitions going one by one. Perhaps I went too far - too much use of Fdisk? Bios recognises HDD but 'My Computer' doesn't.
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You may want to use a program called Partition Magic to repartition your hard drive. You can try using the Disk Management Service built in to Windows 2000, XP, and Vista. This is available in "Computer Management" in Administrative Tools in the Control Panel.
Please note that after removing a partition, you need to create a new one then format it before the operating system can read it.
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You need to format your drive to work with your Mac. The drive is shipped formatted as NTFS (Windows).
I'm going to assume that you are using Mac OS X 10.5 or later.
1. Open Disk Utility
2. Select Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility
3. In the left hand column, click on the drive icon for the Iomega Hard Drive.
********Make sure you click on the high level icon, not the second level volume icon.********
4. Select the Partition tab.
5. Change Volume Scheme from Current to 1 Partition.
6. Select the format type from the Format drop-down menu.
Select Mac OS Extended (Journaled) (recommended) or Mac OS Extended.
7. Click on the Options button.
8. Select the type of partition you want to use:
GUID Partition Table - for boot ability on Intel-based Macs
Apple Partition Map - for boot ability on PowerPC-based Macs
Master Boot Record - if you will use the drive on a PC as well as your Mac. Use this option ONLY if you selected PC-DOS as the format type.
CAUTION! In most cases, the computer will fail to format the drive as a Mac OS Extended (HFS+) partition using Master Boot Record. For best results, always choose GUID Partition Table (Intel) or Apple Partition Map (PowerPC).
9. Click OK.
10. Click Apply (10.5-10.6) or Partition (10.4). The drive is ready to use when the format completes.
Your problem could be that the hard disk is not ACTIVE.
Boot up with a DOS disk (floppy or CD or USB) and run FDISK, select 4 to Display Partition Info. If the C drive does not have A under Status then press ESC and select 2 to Set active partition and then set Partition C to active.
you must trying re partition ur hdd with 3rd software like Ranish partition or partition magic, or you can try with fdisk from microsoft DOS with cd booting before you try to installed it with another system operation like win XP or win 2000 okey
*If you have access to another computer with a cd burner*
One way is to download the universal boot cd, boot a linux rescue disk image from it and use fdisk to remove all partitions. This way the disk will be seen by windows setup again.
This is a silly bug in windows setup i've discovered a long time ago. When it does not understand the partitions on a disc it just hangs during the setup screen.
Download the iso image from http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/download.html then burn the iso image to a blank cd. Put it in your dead machine's cd drive and boot from it. Then choose one of the linux boot options.
When linux is up and running type fdisk ENTER Then press p and a list of partitions comes up
Press d (delete) and then the number you see after /dev/hda etc.
Do this for every partition you see listed or just for the first if there is data on the second/third/etc..
Press w (write) q (quit) and reboot with the windows cd in place.
p.s. This does irreversably remove partitions and data on the disk!
Some of the following answer assumes a windows operating or possibly DOS based operating system. If your original OS was not Windows or DOS -- there may be different considerations.
1) Did you lose the contents of both partitions? That depends were they soft or hard partitions. Soft partitions are created as files inside of other partitions If that is what you had allocated in the formatted partition you have lost their data content. Hard or physical partitions allocated using FDISK and some other utilities the second partition would still exist.
2) Where are/were your system files. Often but not always they appear as the first partition of the master drive on the primary IDE controller all assuming a PC (based on the master slave comments you have indicated.) (sometimes the second when diagnostics are loaded on the first partition)
a) if the partition on the drive you formated contained the system files yes they must be installed to access anything on the disk for the most part. A significant exception may be utilization of a DOS boot diskette might permit DOS access to the other partitions if they are formatted with the FAT file system.
NTFS partitions and possibly FAT32 partitions may not be accessible to all versions of DOS -- there may be some bootable CD's that would allow access to NTFS partitions without installing an operating system.
Question back from the DOS and older version of windows days and even some more modern operating systens in subsequent actions with the disk did you use FDISK or another utility to rewrite the boot blocks to point to a different partition?
Question this was not a dual boot machine was it?-- if so disregard anything that follows.
Question did the machine boot after formatting the partition and before you started moving the drives around? If so the operating system is probably on a drive you have removed from the machine. It needs to be replaced onto the same cable position it was originally located upon -- probably on the Primary IDE cable master position or jumper setting.
If not reinstallation of the operating to the formatted partition is probably the correct next step. Be careful in doing this because if you choose one of the other partitions that were not formatted it could wipe out the data in them based on the installation process chosen.
Here's a fdisk utility for you to use:
That will help partition and activate drives. If you don't know how to partition a drive, then this link will help explain, in tech detail, what you are doing:
If you want more of a layman's explanation, then goto this link:
As the person there went into detail as to what you are doing from what I think is a not-as-technical explanation as most other sites.
Fdisk wipes your hard drive clear of anything when you run it, it then partitions the drives and activates the partitions so that a operating system can be installed on it.
With your RAM, why did you even try to install Vista? Vista needs at least 1G of RAM for optimal performance, not to mention a good graphics card, and just overall new hardware.
Afraid Excelstors hard drive repair tool requires the drive to get wiped to fix the errors not like seagate or western digitals, only thing worth trying is put in a windows xp disc and boot off the disc, Press R on the first screen to do a repair in like dos mode.
it will take you into a black screen with a dos prompt, type this in
CHKDSK C: /R
then press enter
it will take about 30min-1hr but has a good chance of getting the drive to read..
once complete take out xp disc and restart pc
all the best