Hard drive cannot be accessed

Western digital / Wd2000
September 21, 2011 at 10:28:48
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate x86, AMD Athlon x2 2.7 GHz, 4 GB
I bought a hard drive which I would like to use as my primary hard drive. It's a Western Digital 200 GB IDE hard drive. However, when I would like to make partitions on it, Disk Management tells me: 'The action cannot be performed because an I/O device error has occured.'. The hard drive shows up in the BIOS, CMOS and Device Management. I already tried fixing the MBR using FDISK, without success. Windows XP Setup shows a BSOD when trying to create a partition on it. Windows 7 Setup just says: 'Cannot install Windows on this drive.'. What should I do to make this hard drive accessible again?

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#1
September 21, 2011 at 20:11:14
Windows 7 install disk (boot to this disk with only the one hard drive installed), choose Install>Custom>partition/Format and create a new partition out of the unallocated space and format it, then continue to install. If this does not work and the drive is new, return it for a replacement. If you bought is used or on ebay, good luck getting it resolved.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#2
September 22, 2011 at 01:04:09
I have already tried to make a partition on the drive with Windows 7 Setup. The hard drive totally consists of unallocated space. In the Partition Management dialog it says the drive cannot be booted from.

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#3
September 22, 2011 at 04:44:16
"If this does not work and the drive is new, return it for a replacement. If you bought is used or on ebay, good luck getting it resolved."

You can try 3rd party software, but IF you cannot partition the drive from Disk manager which means you are trying to partition it as a second hard drive, Cannot partition the drive from Windows install disk (don't know what changing the MBR has to do with partitioning), you just might have a problem with the drive internally.
Try this one last thing: Put in the install disk and shut down the computer, UNPLUG the original hard drive (power and signal cables) and plug in the new drive (so it is the only hard drive installed), start the system and boot to the install disk and partitioning it now. This will ensure that there is no confusion as to what you are doing, no interference from the other installation of windows, AND will ensure that the installer will install a NEW MBR on the new drive rather than replacing the boot partition on the old drive, making THIS drive bootable by itself. If THIS fails, replace the drive (or if you think you made an error, have someone else with more experience try this for you). There is not much that is possible, though you can test your memory if you suspect that your errors are possibly originating there (does not sound likely, but maybe possible).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#4
September 22, 2011 at 07:45:56
I already tried partitioning it with the primary drive disconnected. It is still showing this error. It just shows the hard drive I want to partition, as it should be. When I try to make a partition into the unallocated space, it says it can't. The Disk Manager in Windows 7 says the drive needs to be initialized, but when I do so, it cannot initialize due to an I/O error. I think the problem is caused by a faulty MBR, however I do not know how to repair it. FDISK /MBR shows: 'The master boot record has not been updated.'.

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