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HDD Shows in Bios, sort of shows in Windows 7, can't format, partition, or install OS.

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March 17, 2014 5:01:23 AM

I ripped an old WD 80gb Sata drive out of an old PC, connected it to my main PC, formatted it and deleted partitions. I then tried installing an OS to it on a new HTPC rig, but the volume didn't appear in any way.

Put it back in the main rig, figured I'd add a partition through windows rather than the OS installer, detected in BIOS, and detected in device manager; in Disk Management, it sort of detects. Honestly, I've never seen this error before and I have no idea what I have done.

Screenshots to help clarify what I'm seeing. I have a Gigabyte P35 DQ6 motherboard. I have also run through the Wyomingknott guide.
http://imgur.com/bTdkpeQ,YvB6ZLX,oMB3Svm,AcubmjY#0
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Alex

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a b G Storage
March 17, 2014 5:09:04 AM

I would get Killdisk to effectively wipe (zero) the entire drive; that deletes all partitions and renders the HDD in a clean, factory-like state.
Then, reinstall the OS like any other new build.
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March 17, 2014 6:22:39 AM

Thatnks house. Did a full wipe, no change. Doing a kill, will update.
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March 17, 2014 4:28:46 PM

If it doesn't work after the kill, you'll have to take into account the age of that drive and the possibility that it's controller is dying.
For me, a killdisk failure usually means the HDD is toast. I have actually managed to give old HDDs a few more months extra life time after "killing" them, but eventually time will take it's toll. Putting the OS on such a drive is just asking for trouble in near future.
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March 17, 2014 5:53:15 PM

The kill worked. Thanks very much.
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