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Hard Drive Reformatting

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November 28, 2011 10:36:26 PM

How do i reformat and repartition a hard drive externally? This hard drive is messed up because i failed a windows installation and so i cant even log into windows on that laptop.
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a b G Storage
November 28, 2011 10:52:54 PM

If you are installing Windows you will be given the option to format the drive. Just boot to the CD/DVD and try again.
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November 28, 2011 10:54:52 PM

umm... if it isnt detecting the hard drive when i install the os, does it mean the hard drive is dead? i can see the hard drive in the bios though.
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November 28, 2011 11:03:08 PM

not necessarily. It might need some kind of drivers. What version of windows are we talking about?

I would take the drive out of the laptop and connect it to a desktop. Maybe try to reformat it on the desktop. At the least it will let you trouble shoot a little better than using the win install disc.
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November 28, 2011 11:07:20 PM

yeah that was what i was thinking, some kind of driver problem. But how do i connect this laptop hard drive to a desktop?? windows 7 64 bit*
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November 29, 2011 1:29:26 AM

its a SATA drive right? Just plug the sata cable to the mobo, and connect the power cable.
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November 29, 2011 1:33:39 AM

Use disk management... Right click my computer and click manage. Then click Disk management
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