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June 14, 2014 11:06:01 AM

I recently formatted a 500 gb hard drive for installation with the Linux system Zorin. The first format went well, however I encountered an issue after having a USB fault out on me half way through the install, leaving some installed folders on the hard drive. Now, I'm unable to install Zorin on the hard drive because it can't delete the system files already installed.

I've got a dual boot system through 2 hard drives however, the other with Windows 7 Ultimate. Whenever I look at the drive in "Computer", it doesn't show up at all. I read another post, which told me to right click computer, go to management, and go under storage. I did see the drive, however, it stated it had one unreadable 500 gb partition without a file system (not a single other partition was there, either). It didn't give me the option to format, delete, or clean anything on that particular drive.

I then went and re-installed Zorin's USB launcher onto a different more stable USB, and booted to the live client. I went into computer there, thinking it may have formatted into a Linux only file system, but even when I went to format it there, it stated "Cannot Mount Drive", and when right clicked, everything was grayed out.

Throughout all of this, I could access both of the USB devices and the other hard drive just fine, in both Windows 7 and the Zorin live client.

Any help would be much appreciated!
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June 14, 2014 11:09:56 AM

You could try booting to a Windows disc, getting to the point where you would select the location of the install, selecting the drive that you can't seem to format (if it appears) and "delete" the partition on it. That's another way to format it.
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June 14, 2014 11:10:05 AM

Here, try this to start with. Then come back and tell me if it worked, or if you got stuck, and if you did get stuck, where exactly and what the error was. :) 

http://www.overclock.net/t/1227647/how-to-initialize-an...
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June 14, 2014 12:09:44 PM

JobCreator said:
You could try booting to a Windows disc, getting to the point where you would select the location of the install, selecting the drive that you can't seem to format (if it appears) and "delete" the partition on it. That's another way to format it.


I'll definitely keep that in mind in case the other method doesn't work, thank you for an extra method!

DarkSable said:
Here, try this to start with. Then come back and tell me if it worked, or if you got stuck, and if you did get stuck, where exactly and what the error was. :) 

http://www.overclock.net/t/1227647/how-to-initialize-an...


That thread was extremely helpful. It successfully made it an accessible drive again. I won't get too ahead of myself though, I'll come back with how it does in terms of the Linux installer accepting it.

As of now, things are much better than before, regardless. Thanks for the link!
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June 17, 2014 8:28:02 AM

Khranos said:
That thread was extremely helpful. It successfully made it an accessible drive again. I won't get too ahead of myself though, I'll come back with how it does in terms of the Linux installer accepting it.

As of now, things are much better than before, regardless. Thanks for the link!


So did it end up working for you? :) 
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June 17, 2014 11:03:52 AM

DarkSable said:
Khranos said:
That thread was extremely helpful. It successfully made it an accessible drive again. I won't get too ahead of myself though, I'll come back with how it does in terms of the Linux installer accepting it.

As of now, things are much better than before, regardless. Thanks for the link!


So did it end up working for you? :) 


Oh, yes, the format went flawlessly! I appreciate the solution. However, the installation didn't work, because I later found out that my RAM is virtually dead, but at least I know the harddrive wasn't the issue.
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June 17, 2014 4:51:06 PM

Khranos said:
DarkSable said:
Khranos said:
That thread was extremely helpful. It successfully made it an accessible drive again. I won't get too ahead of myself though, I'll come back with how it does in terms of the Linux installer accepting it.

As of now, things are much better than before, regardless. Thanks for the link!


So did it end up working for you? :) 


Oh, yes, the format went flawlessly! I appreciate the solution. However, the installation didn't work, because I later found out that my RAM is virtually dead, but at least I know the harddrive wasn't the issue.


Wonderful!
Sorry to hear about your ram, but at least that's a cheap replacement.
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