how to partition a zero filled hard drive

February 19, 2012 at 11:44:20
Specs: Windows Vista
the hd has been zero filled, and now there is no communication with am keyboard.monitor. nothing they ar correctly connected i have restarted with a vista os cd disc. nothing... what am i missing.

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#1
February 19, 2012 at 11:51:47
Look for the drive in Windows Disk Management. If it appears there you should be able to partition and format it there.

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#2
February 19, 2012 at 12:18:54
Your post is confusing. Are you referring to the tower as a hard drive? Is there anything on the screen when you bootup the system? Any lights or beeps?

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#3
February 19, 2012 at 18:02:39
If your only hard drive has been wiped by a program that writes zeros to every location, probably more than once, the drive will not boot. Some of these programs are for disposing of hard drives and they do not intend for them to be used again. What program was used? IF it is still possible to use the drive and you were using it as a second hard drive then Disk Manager would be your best bet to partition and format it. IF you are planning on using it as your system drive then you need to set your BIOS to boot from your CD/DVD drive first, then insert your Windows Install Disk, boot to that, Choose Custom when you get the choice, then Partition/Format, delete any existing partitions, create new partition(s) and format. Then install.
IF Disk Manager or your Install Disk is not able to do this then the program has overwritten a part of the disk that is reserved for the disk to store partition and drive information. If this is the case, you may not be able to use the drive.
You can try the disk software offered by your disk manufacturer (make a bootable CD), boot to that and let it analyze the drive and see if you can partition/format it from there. If not then purchase a new one.

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#4
February 19, 2012 at 20:03:17
A friend is giving me her computer, she did the zero fill and shipped it to me. when connecting keyboard, monitor to that computer :the monitor shows the error indicating the cable connection...until it is connected , subsequently the scree goes black and stays that way. the key board's number lock ..indicator lights will blink, the f1, esc, f8, ctrl, alt none of them have any effect. do i need some kind of boot disk or partitioning disk, The Vista disk in the c.d. drive reads but nothing happens.
Thanks for your help.
Kat

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#5
February 19, 2012 at 20:07:27
nothing on monitor, keyboard does nothing, it is a computer that a friend zero filled and shipped to me. thinking i could just use my vista OS disk to partition,, but it reads the disk but nothing ..
Thanks for your help,
Kat

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