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Disk not found

by archp2008 / July 21, 2009 2:35 AM PDT

I find that after trying to create a partition with Acronis Disk Director, I get the message "disk not found," after rebooting. I also tried using Paraagon Partitioning Manager. In this case after committing and rebooting there are simply no changes and no messages to the disk. I can get Vista Disk Manager to work probably because that doesn't require a reboot. Anyone know what could be causing these (boot related) third party software problems? I could add that lately I haven't been able to get Windows XP Installation to resume after rebooting either. It says, "operating system not found."

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The lesson I learned.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 21, 2009 3:52 AM PDT
In reply to: Disk not found

Use native partitioning software whenever possible.

I can't comment further because there are far too few details. XP for example does not know about SATA drives and the boot manager for Vista and XP are frankly "a big mess of trouble."

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Better start again from clean HD
by Willy / July 21, 2009 10:38 AM PDT
In reply to: Disk not found

I found 3rd party partitioning s/w adds another layer of confusion. This is why Robert probably mention sticking with "native" or what the OS provides. I do however like the HD maker's supplied s/w. If you don't have it, then get it from the HD makers support website. They go by different names but they should point to a obvious nature.

If you have an older HD, use KillDisk or DBAN to totally wipeout any prior partition no matter what it is, so you truly have a clean slate to work from. If problems persists then you got a bad HD, improper partition setup or corruption of loading s/w itself.

tada -----Willy Happy

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by archp2008 / July 25, 2009 2:35 AM PDT

Thanks for the replies. I found PartedMagic 4.3 (free software) to be a beautiful piece of software which loads from cd and completes the job without rebooting. I fixed the XP problem by searching for and downloading SATA drivers for my motherboard and copying them to a floppy. I then had to press F6 to load during XP install. First time I had to do this, though, perhaps because it was the first time i tried to install an SP1 disk as a single boot setup. I still have problems but they're Grub (Linux) related.

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