Solved hard drive partition?after complete zero fill

February 19, 2012 at 18:09:28
Specs: Windows Vista
its the hard drive that has been zero filled (high level) and when i connect it to the monitor and keyboard. there is nothing>>> they are defiantly connect correctly but the screen is just black and none of the keys have any effect Do i need some sort of partition disc or format disc before i us the os disc? (vista)

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February 19, 2012 at 20:27:31
you can download Gparted or something similar to create a partition. Vista cmd to partition is diskpart, but gparted may be easier. Is this a laptop/desktop? Sometimes you have to install the Sata driver for Vista to see your hard drive.

http://gparted.sourceforge.net/



#1
February 19, 2012 at 19:06:26
You need to boot off your vista disk and during install you will get those options.

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#2
February 19, 2012 at 19:08:40
You may have to go into the bios and change the boot order to boot off a cd first. Even with no hard drive attached you should get a bios screen, if you are not getting the bios screen at all, perhaps you have other issues.

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#3
February 19, 2012 at 20:13:17
i am booting with my vista disk, it reads the disk but when its done it just stops. no directions on screen, is it possible that i need a floppy drive with root directory, of a partitioning set up?

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#4
February 19, 2012 at 20:20:08
i see some hope in this answer or bad news one way or another. ok, the monitor is powered on (i am using it now) so i know thats ok but when i have it disconnected i see the error report that the cable my be lose....i connect this monitor to the new zero filled computer, the error report goes off, you hear the static but goes black and stays that way..

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#5
February 19, 2012 at 20:27:31
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you can download Gparted or something similar to create a partition. Vista cmd to partition is diskpart, but gparted may be easier. Is this a laptop/desktop? Sometimes you have to install the Sata driver for Vista to see your hard drive.

http://gparted.sourceforge.net/


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#6
February 19, 2012 at 23:10:39
"its the hard drive that has been zero filled (high level) and when i connect it to the monitor and keyboard. there is nothing "

The hard drive IS NOT the computer case,
http://www.newegg.com/Store/Categor...

and the computer case is NOT the CPU !
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centra...

You zero filled the hard drive, a.k.a. hard disk drive,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_d...

inside the computer case, which is connected to the motherboard.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother...

The keyboard also connects to the motherboard.

"Even with no hard drive attached you should get a bios screen, if you are not getting the bios screen at all, ..." YOU DO ".... have other issues."

"....the new zero filled computer, ...."

Only the hard drive is zero filled. That has no effect on the rest of your computer.

When a hard is new, it has no data on it. That's the same as if the hard drive is zero filled. Zero filled merely means all the data bits on the hard drive have been set to "off" . Data bits are either "on" - 1 - or "off" - zero.

You do not have to prepare a zero filled drive with anything before using the Windows CD or DVD with it, the same as you don't need to do that with a new drive.

There is something else wrong.

"... the error report goes off,..."


What do you mean when you say that ?
Are you hearing beeps from the computer's motherboard ? If yes, describe what you'e hearing.

E.g. for an Award bios,

- a long beep followed by two short beeps, then nothing further = a video problem on the computer.

- a beep of about a half second, silence for a half second, a beep of about a half second, silence for a half second, continuously = a ram (memory) problem.
You may get NO VIDEO when you have a ram problem.

Try the monitor with another computer if you can, but there's probably nothing wrong with it. .

If you have the monitor connected to a video port on a video card installed in a slot on the mboard, remove the AC power to the computer case, make sure the card is all the way down in it's slot, and that the metal bracket on one end of it is fastened to the case.

See response 2 in this - try cleaning the contacts on the ram modules, and making sure the modules are properly seated:
http://www.computing.net/hardware/w...

Restore the AC power and try booting the computer, and try booting the computer from the Windows CD or DVD.


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#7
February 20, 2012 at 01:13:06
its a desktop. I believe you may have found the answers though and i REALLY do appreciate the help!
Kat

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#8
February 20, 2012 at 01:20:16
I am aware of the difference between the case and the hard drive. the situation is that the previous owner used it as a business system and needed to remove all information before giving it to me . She did this by using a high level zero fill. I realize it should be able to boot from my Vista O.S. disk but apparently the space normally reserved for basic partition info has been filled also.

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#9
February 20, 2012 at 06:05:02
There are programs intended to 'kill' a hard drive so nothing can be read from it. These programs are intended to be used before a hard drive is thrown out and are not concerned with being reused. There is a portion of a hard drive that the drive uses for partition and other information about itself. IF this is destroyed then normal partitioning programs probably will not work. The only possibility that I see (other than purchasing a new hard drive) is to try the hard drive manufacturer's downloadable utility, make a bootable CD with it on it and try to see it that can fix the problem. If not then you will probably need to replace the drive before reinstalling.

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


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#10
February 20, 2012 at 06:32:30
"its the hard drive that has been zero filled (high level) and when i connect it to the monitor and keyboard. there is nothing"

You do NOT connect a monitor or keyboard to a hard drive. The HDD & keyboard connect to the motherboard, the monitor connects to the video card or onboard video port. In fact, you don't even need a HDD to be able to boot a system. If you have a hardware problem, it's a completely separate issue from the "zero-fill" HDD. Did the previous own physically remove the HDD, then replace it again? It sounds like something isn't connected properly.

Regardless, you've told us absolutely nothing about the HDD or the system specs. All we know is you have a Vista disk. Depending on the specs, Vista may not even be a good choice for your system.

To prepare the HDD, all you need to do is identify the make/model, then go to the HDD manufacturers website, download their software, then create a bootable disk. Make sure the HDD is properly connected to the motherboard, enter the BIOS to make sure the CD/DVD drive is set as the 1st boot device & that the HDD is being recognized, save the settings, then boot off the disk. Delete all current partitioning, then create one or more partitions (I recommend 2 - one for the OS, one for storage), & format them as NTFS. Once that's done, just boot off the Windows disk & install the OS.


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#11
March 15, 2012 at 10:51:06
Check The RAM

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