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[SOLVED] Can't see HDD after Low level format

post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 
I have just used Hard Disk low level format on my notebook HD. I usually use this program with flash drives, and after instalation I should be able to see the disk on my computer to normally format it, but I can't.

I have tried using linux and windows 7 instalation medias to try to format it but no succes, and now I'm out of ideas.

What should I do?



SOLUTION:

I used Computer Management to initialize the disk
Edited by EduFurtado - 1/22/11 at 4:28am
post #2 of 4
What was the program? If it was designed for flash media and you really did do a full low-level format you may have just killed your drive.

You should never use a flash media formatter on a HDD, since they have the potential to destroy the data embedded in the HDD platters that the drive uses to determine the head position accurately.

Can you see the drive in the BIOS, and do the Windows boot disks etc see the drive but fail to format it properly?

You can also try the HDD manufacturer tools - what brand/type of drive is it?
post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by the_beast;12099277 
What was the program? If it was designed for flash media and you really did do a full low-level format you may have just killed your drive.

You should never use a flash media formatter on a HDD, since they have the potential to destroy the data embedded in the HDD platters that the drive uses to determine the head position accurately.

Can you see the drive in the BIOS, and do the Windows boot disks etc see the drive but fail to format it properly?

You can also try the HDD manufacturer tools - what brand/type of drive is it?

never heard flash drives were so different in that level on an OS... well I guess they aren't.

How would I destroy my drive? ....

but thanks, I already soved it
post #4 of 4
On a low level, flash drives are massively different - so much so that (for example) Windows cannot properly format an SD card. If you use an SD card formatter on a HDD you can screw up the MBR (although usually this is reversible). Whereas Windows can format an SD card, what results doesn't properly comply with the SD card spec.

If you were working at an OS level then you didn't do a true low-level format. The clue is in the name - a proper low-level format interacts directly with the drive, and doesn't get caught up in the same block-level processes that an OS uses. It used to be the case (20 years ago+) that a proper low-level format was the only way to fix some drive problems, and you couldn't damage the drive because the actuator positioning data was stored on a platter that did not contain a write head, so the drive couldn't overwrite it. However nowadays the positioning codes are stored in amongst the data on the main platters, and if you get access directly to the read-write processes from the drive you can overwrite them and render the drive useless without a trip back to the factory.
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