Solved I used wipe out to destroy my hard drive. Now I can't format

March 20, 2013 at 07:16:03
Specs: Windows 7
I tried win 7 , ubuntu, and recue disc. Nothing seems to work. I can't even use a boot disc to get it working. I use system repair disc, and nothing is being seen in the disc drive. I know the disc drive is ok.
Please help.
Thank you.

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March 20, 2013 at 19:42:39
If you download a hard drive utility from you hard drive manufacture's site in the form of an ISO image of their DOS disk utility, you then burn it to a CD, and then you can boot to it. Then you run their longest test to examine and repair the drive. Then you need to create a new partition or partitions, and then you can format it (them).
If this does not work, you may in the end need to purchase a new drive, but it is worth a few more tries first.
You are not the first person who has used a program intended to make a drive unreadable, rather than one that simply overwrites all memory locations with ones and zeros at random. The difference is that a program intended to be used at the end of a drive's life, does not exclude the portion of the drive that the hard drive uses to keep track of the drives sectors, platters, partitions, etc.

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



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March 20, 2013 at 07:35:15
You can use a Low-level Format Tools to bring the disk to factory condition. After that you can re-install an OS.

I suggest you visit your disk manufacturer's web site for a low-level format tool or just use a search engine to look for the tool over the internet.

Since you do not have a running OS, you may have to use a bootable CD with the tool or you may have to remove your disk and put it in another working computer temporarily to low-level format.

Be careful not to low-level format another disk.

CoolGuy


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#2
March 20, 2013 at 13:43:10
Why would you go to such extreme measures to wipe the HDD? Is this what you used: http://www.jetico.com/wiping-bcwipe...

What brand is the HDD? Did you try the manufacturer's diagnostics software to confirm the HDD is still good? Did you repartition before attempting to reformat? You can't format a non-partitioned drive.


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#3
March 20, 2013 at 16:25:50
Software like that are to basically destroy the drive before disposing of it. Almost as good as 30 pounds with a 5Lb sledge hammer.
Not what you would do if you planned to use the drive again.
I will not add at this time to the above suggestions as the above should work if anything will. Next time, try something less drastic.

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


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#4
March 20, 2013 at 16:39:16
I guess that I just learned the hard way. There is no hard drive to boot to.

Thanks to all of you. Guess I'll fet a new hard drive.


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March 20, 2013 at 19:42:39
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If you download a hard drive utility from you hard drive manufacture's site in the form of an ISO image of their DOS disk utility, you then burn it to a CD, and then you can boot to it. Then you run their longest test to examine and repair the drive. Then you need to create a new partition or partitions, and then you can format it (them).
If this does not work, you may in the end need to purchase a new drive, but it is worth a few more tries first.
You are not the first person who has used a program intended to make a drive unreadable, rather than one that simply overwrites all memory locations with ones and zeros at random. The difference is that a program intended to be used at the end of a drive's life, does not exclude the portion of the drive that the hard drive uses to keep track of the drives sectors, platters, partitions, etc.

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


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#6
March 21, 2013 at 04:49:08
Is the hard drive in question an internal or external unit?

If internal, is it the ONLY hard drive in the computer?


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#7
March 21, 2013 at 06:07:34
I have put a new hard drive in, and all is ok now.
I want t thank all the replays. It was good advice and I learned something because of it.
I am 84, but still like to stay in it because I love computing.

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#8
March 21, 2013 at 06:18:23
Thank you fingers. I put a new hd in and am ok. I happen to be 84 years old and was very glad to hear the answers, all but the one who said I should have been smarter than to wipe it out. I was looking for help and not heck.
Thank you and Might try it in a computer that runs ok.

Thank all of the replys


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#9
March 21, 2013 at 11:10:30
Although the type of wipe you used may have been excessive, it should not have damaged the hard drive.

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