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    Recalcitrant hard drive

    When I rebuilt my wife's computer two years ago, I installed a fresh copy of Win 7 home in a new drive, thinking to use the old drive (with windows on it) as a back-up, which I did.

    Now I want to clean this disk off but windows 7 will not let me format it, probably because of the disused copy of windows that I did not delete when i swapped things around.

    I have an old copy of Darik's boot and nuke from years ago which I tried to use but there is no DOS floppy in that box to receive the error file generated when DBAN did its quick analysis and found bad sectors (not reported by other diagnostic software).

    Anybody got any ideas? Or just buy a new disk, they're cheap enough?
    Dan Lynch
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    Check in Disk Manager (Start > Run > diskmgmt) to see if the disk is listed as system or boot. If so you may not be able to remove the disk without some fiddling to move files to your main disk.
    If all is OK you can boot from a Linux CD and use one of the disk management programs to format the disk.
    Might also be worth running the drive manufacturer's diagnostics program to see if the disk really is flakey.

    cheers, Paul

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    You may want to try HDDScan v3.3 to check out the HDD http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/deta...r_windows.html

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    If it is an old drive and is already having bad sectors then it might be wise to replace it with a new reliable drive to avoid more future hassles trying to keep that old drive in your system.

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    Now I want to clean this disk off but windows 7 will not let me format it, probably because of the disused copy of windows that I did not delete when i swapped things around.
    If the OS won't let you format it, then go around, or underneath it; What is the Format Command?
    Make a boot disk and use the command prompt to format the drive, or dismount the drive and then proceed to format it.
    http://askleo.com/checking-and-repai...k-with-chkdsk/


    Anybody got any ideas? Or just buy a new disk, they're cheap enough?
    Once the formatting is done, perform a thorough chkdsk /r on the drive.
    Check the drive with Hard Disk Sentinel or CrystalDiskInfo

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    I've been in the process of monitoring one of my drives for the past several months.
    If you see the above then it's only a matter of time before a replacement will be in order.
    Last edited by CLiNT; 2014-07-15 at 07:35.
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