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Need help "reinstalling" a hard drive

by jscottm / September 9, 2005 10:38 PM PDT

I have an XP system with 2 hard disks. The 2nd disk which was my d: drive and used as a data drive, became badly corrupted. I decided to completely wipe the drive clean and start fresh with it. I used one of those disk wipe programs that boots the system from a floppy and makes multiple passes to completely wipe everything off from the drive. I think it was called a Gutmann method and wiped the drive with 35 passes. After completing this, I rebooted the system. The drive is no longer recognized. It has no letter designation. I guess all formatting has been wiped off it as well. Perhaps even low level formating (whatever that is). When I go into device manager, however, this particular drive is correctly recognized with no errors. It says the device is working properly. My question is, what must I do to put this drive back into operation. I mean I know I'll have to reformat and repartition the drive but how to do this when I cant very well tell my computer to format drive d: or whatever, when according to "my computer" this drive isnt seen. Any help gladly accepted and most appreciated. BTW, if you could keep your response as non-technical as possible as Im not very computer savvy at all.



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Activate it. . .
by Coryphaeus / September 9, 2005 11:16 PM PDT
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re: activate it
by jscottm / September 9, 2005 11:24 PM PDT
In reply to: Activate it. . .

Thanks for the quick response. I went in to Control Panel and there is no "computer management" or "disk management option. Yes, I am logged on as Administrator. What now?

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Press Start, Help and Support.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 10, 2005 12:42 AM PDT
In reply to: re: activate it

Then type in...

disk management

There will be help explaining how to use Disk Management and where it is.


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Follow Bob's advice or...
by Edward ODaniel / September 10, 2005 7:01 AM PDT

simply click Start | Run then type DISKMGMT.MSC and click OK.

Now if you have trouble figuring out how to use it make use of the Help menu.

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re: Bob's and everyones advice
by jscottm / September 10, 2005 12:38 PM PDT

Ok, I think I'm on the home stretch. I accessed disk management and formatted the drive. The question I have is: The other HD on this pc is listed as a "basic" drive. This one is listed as a "simple" drive. What's the difference, and should it be a basic drive like my c: drive? Also, now that the drive has been formatted (as an NTSC) is it ready to use or do I need to install a partition? I'd like to have the whole drive as a single partition but seem to recall that even though keeping the drive as a single unit I still need to partition it. Is this correct?

Thanks again

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You need to partition before...
by Edward ODaniel / September 11, 2005 7:52 AM PDT


This might answer your questions regarding simple drive and basic drive (because the answer is neither simple nor basic). I KNOW it mentions Windows 2000 but it applies to XP Pro as well.

SIMPLE - A volume made up of disk space from a single disk. It can consist of a single region on a disk or multiple regions of the same disk that are linked together. You can extend a simple volume within the same disk or onto additional disks. If you extend a simple volume across multiple disks, it becomes a spanned volume. You can create simple volumes only on dynamic disks. Simple volumes are not fault tolerant, but can be mirrored. See also dynamic disk; dynamic volume; fault tolerance; mirrored volume; spanned volume; volume.

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