Can i make my hard drive work?

By kumbalo ·
my PC complained recently that 'error loadind boot disk'. so i decided to format the HDD but while i was doing i noticed that the process was very slow. upon waiting for several minutes for the OS to check my system Hardware i got a report that it could not find any HDD volume. i am very comcerned because i think i have not done any thing to warrant damage to my HDD in a short time. please help me out i need objective suggestation. thank

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You are contradicting yourself

by LarryD4 In reply to Can i make my hard drive ...

You say the OS reports that it could not find any HDD volume.

Well if you format your HDD that means their is no OS on it, so the PC is reporting correctiy.

Once you format you have to reinstall your OS.

Or perhaps I'm totaly off due to wording..

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Sorry LARRY, but it's you that is contradicting yourself..

by OldER Mycroft In reply to You are contradicting you ...

As it is highly unlikely that an 'operating system' would report that it couldn't find any HDD volume. To have any valid operating system, you MUST already have a valid HDD volume, because the OS must already be loaded.

More likely that the error message is being generated by the BIOS.

The HDD failure is probably due to a corruption in a file or cluster.

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by balge In reply to Can i make my hard drive ...

You have formatted the drive.
This is now a blank, empty drive.
You reboot - BIOS says oooh, blank drive! You now have to reinstall windows (OS).
Put the disc in and boot again.
Follow onscreen instructions.
Have an ordinary day.

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Much more importantly test your HDD with the Makers Testing Utility

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Can i make my hard drive ...

You can find your HDD Makers Testing Utility here


If it passes you can try to reinstall your OS by booting off the Install Disc. However if you do not have a System Makers Recovery Disc and you do have a SATA HDD it may require you to add the SATA Drivers to the Root of a Floppy and press the F6 Key when the first blue screen appears on the Windows Installer. Then when you are prompted insert the Floppy and press enter that will load the SATA Driver and allow the Windows Installer to use a SATA HDD.

Of course if the HDD is damaged in any way it will need to be replaced. These can fail just from running as it all depends on how they where made to begin with. A while ago Seagate had problems with a new HDD Manufacturing Plant that they opened and a very high % of the initial batch of drives made there failed. Other makers also have their problems and as these are mechanical devices they can be affected by any number of things. This is why the HDD Makers provide a Warranty if their product fails within the time frame they will replace the failed drive at no charge to you provided you return it to them.


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