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Initiate internal hard drive

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#1 myastone98


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Posted 07 May 2014 - 07:18 PM

So I just did a complete wipe of my internal hard drive using DBAN. When it was done, I put in the first of three recovery disks which the computer recognized as such but I'm now stuck with a screen reading "Error-the hard disk was not found! ...You may need to run the FDisk program to initialize the disk...FDisk will perform a low-level format on the disk and all data will be lost."


So my question is: What is FDisk; how do I get it; how do I run it? (the lost data is not an issue, as I already wiped the hard drive)


Thanks for any helpful information, links, tips, whatever you've got...

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#2 JohnC_21


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Posted 07 May 2014 - 08:23 PM

Hello and Welcome


Fdisk is the Dos partitioning utility.

I am not sure how to get a disk with Fdisk anymore but you can download the bootable version of Minitools Partition Wizard. Burn the iso on another computer with WIndows 7 own burner or Imgburn. If you use Imgburn, opt out of any optional software. Boot the disk and create a primary partition formatted to FAT32. Set the Drive letter to C:


After the partition and format, make the partition Active and then use the install disks.

Edited by JohnC_21, 07 May 2014 - 08:26 PM.

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