01-31-09, 04:48 AM #1
Hard Drive issues.
I have an ASUS F5-R.
It came with an 80 Gig SATA HDD installed.
I purchased a 150 Gig SATA HDD and upgraded.
Here's the problem.
The 80 Gig Hard Drive works in the Laptop, but not the drive enclosure I bought for it (Welland Sunbright 2.5").
The 150 Gig Hard drive works in both the enclosure and the Laptop.
I have previously had the 80 Gig Hard drive working in the enclosure.
The specific error is that Windows (XP Home, and Vista Basic Home - yes, I dual boot) registers that there's an external drive present, but tells me "I need to insert the disk".
This morning, after a stroke of inspiration I put the 80 Gig back in my laptop and used the disktools that XP-home has to delete all the partitions, and reformat the Hard-drive, but when I did so, it allowed me to do that, and registered the partitions, but, it seemed to think that there was something else there that it didn't know what to do with (it seemed to want to treat it as a seperate physical drive, it's hard to tell).
I have a feeling that this is related to my attempting to run Redhat and/or Ubuntu on that Hard drive, because I have had problems in the past with Linux versions creating partitions that windows can't get rid of, and lemme tell you it's a pain in teh toosh.
The only way i've found in the past of dealing with this is using PM-Pro, but, I only have PM-pro 5, it's on 3.5" disks, which my laptop doesn't have a drive for (and I lack an external one) and now Symantec want me to be US$70 to get PM-pro.
So, any suggestions on how to unscrew my Hard drive?
Any free Partition editors that an work on a USB drive?
01-31-09, 08:50 AM #2
You could use a "drive wipe" program that will wipe the whole drive. It will write characters to every bit on the drive. That should get rid of those shadow partitions. Then just create a new partition and format.
Here's a freebie...it says the evaluation only does 25% of the drive, but that should get the partitions.
Last edited by MacGyver1968; 01-31-09 at 08:55 AM.
01-31-09, 09:24 AM #3
the only solution i can think of is to boot with a floppy that has fdisk on it then run the following command:
you will then need to repartition the disc.
01-31-09, 09:41 AM #4
Trippy, is this an IDE or SATA laptop hardrive?
01-31-09, 09:53 AM #5
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01-31-09, 11:09 AM #8
One other solution. Partition magic will, I think, fix his issue. He has already paid for a copy of it, so I don't see any reason why it would be wrong to just download the torrent of PM that is cracked...and use it.
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