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Erasing HDD + Putting back whats missing to install windows?

post #1 of 8
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Hi,

Two questions both related,1. How do I erase an HDD that I want to resell that Ive previously had my OS on more than just a format, more importantly how do i not totally erase disk so windows can be re-installed?

2. Just about everytime ive used erase software I end up with a disk that windows wont install to, it recognised in bios but when i try install windows I get No disk found message. So how do I get that disc back to a state where windows will go on it? Its even shown in computer management and can write files to it, it bugs me!!!

Any help much welcomed thanks,

Chris
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Did you try to format it in Disc Management?
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hi yes did that it fomatted as i said i can write files to it just cant install windows. I used parted magic to erase it. Its not an ssd its an old sata11 seagate drive...thanks
Edited by moonmanas - 1/19/11 at 11:57pm
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post #4 of 8
1. If you erase a disk it should be in an ideal state to install Win on it (aka perfectly blank). If it wasn't recognized you may have had other problem.
2. HDD erase stresses disks, if they're close to failing before the erase, they are likely to fail during the erase
3. Just start an install and at the point when it asks you on what partition to install, just click "advanced drive options" and select "format" for the partition you want to install to.

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Hi drive has not failed Ive just hot plugged it, its shown as new volume F: i can write files to it, folders etc.

When i try install windows there is not a partiition to install, it wont let me make one i just have to exit install, weird!

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Do you have the option to set it as a "Boot drive" in BIOS? Didnt have that selected when i set up my RAID 0 and it took me a bit to figure that one out.
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post #7 of 8
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ahh now theres a point when i do the boot settings on install I just have my usb drive as boot with win install on and all others disabled gimme five ill try that thanks and rep, good idea! ahh if windows does install gimme 20 mins lol...

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Hi no that didnt work the USB was listed as boot and the seagate as 2nd drive, it went thru the motions as usual, then same **** I tried option to install driver as thats the only choice not greyed out. Then pointed to sata mobo driver on another usb stick it installed that then still said no HDD found.....grrrr least im tidying cables up with ties while im in case so alls not a waste lol
Edited by moonmanas - 1/20/11 at 12:55am
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