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Hi i've just FORMATTED my HDD, using the "cmd prompt" . the system can detects my HDD,I already check the Disk Management and it s there, and it shows "enabled" and the problem ist i can't get any access to it btw i forgot to mention, my HDD used to have 2 partitions, i partitioned the first part, and leave the other one? did formatting 1 part can affect the data of the other 1? I already set the BIOS settings to detect w/c is the master and w/c is the slave but still it didn't solve anything. I tried to use the disk alone and when it opens the system say's " DISK BOOT FAILURE INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER" what does it mean? The said HDD was a slave all along ididn't load any os on it! Do i have to install an OS on it to be able to get any acces to it?? plsss someone out there help me!!!!!!!!! PLSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!! thank's A lot!!!!

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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.

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  • david Dec 10, 2007

    I just noticed the comments that this was a slave drive, if true. In all likelyhood this was not a system partition unless this was some form of dual boot machine. I get a strong feeling the drive you removed was the bootable drive with the operating system on one of it's partitions.

  • david Dec 10, 2007

    As far as immediate actions - Power off the machine and put the other drive back taking the slave drive out and get the machine to boot again. Open My computer and record the drive letters present if your machine boots if that succeeds -- shutdown the machine and reinstall physically the "slave" drive open my computer and record the drive letters == we will attempt to deal with situation from that point.



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