How to format my hard disk without os

November 27, 2010 at 16:04:16
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Hi guys, I've got a configuration computer so I don't know the exact tech specifies. It has a hard disk 40gb but it doesn't get recognized by bios. There's no os. I'm trying to format it or make new partition on it with ultimate cd boot but doesn't work for me.

How to get it recognized and working normal so I can put a os installation cd and just boot it?

I really need your help, maybe the solution is quite simple but I'm not that good with non-os part of the computer if you know what I mean. Thanks in advance.


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#1
November 27, 2010 at 16:13:01
If the hard drive is not recognized in the BIOS then you can't partition and format it. If the drive is not bad then you may have the cables or jumpers set up wrong. Also a possibility the IDE controller may be disabled in the BIOS or be defective.

Describe how you have the drive connected. Is it on a cable be itself? How is the jumper on the back set? Choices are Cable Select (CS), master, master alone on western digital drives and slave.


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#2
November 27, 2010 at 16:25:33
actually, it is recognized. when i go to bios i can see the size of it (primary master or something) but I've tried to install ubuntu and it was all fine until I needed to choose a partition - there was none listed. When I go to Parted Magic from Ultimate Boot CD I can't make a partition because the partition table won't start up. I am so confused right now.

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#3
November 27, 2010 at 17:02:49
Did you mean Partition Magic from Ultimate Boot CD? That is a program to resize partitions. I am not sure it can create partitions. There should be something in UBCD to create partitions. Look for Ranish partition Manager on your UBCD and use it to create a partition.

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#4
November 28, 2010 at 05:55:05
Thank you for your advice. I made a partition with Ranis but Ubuntu doesn't recognise it and it shows empty partition table. Maybe I didn't identify it right? It says it's dos fat lba. Also I activated it and put it on the boot list but still.

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#5
November 28, 2010 at 06:50:43
I am not up to speed on Ubuntu so I don't know what the requirements are or if it can format a partition. You only created a partition, it still must be formatted in order to use it.

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