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Parted Magic Disk Erase Please Help


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#1 200254

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Posted 24 May 2015 - 12:24 PM

Hi,
I have used parted magic to erase my hard drive but after following the steps and waiting an hour and a half for it to complete it says Finished but there's no results box saying it's completed and it still says WARNING: Do not restart or power off the computer. I can't attach a picture of the message here so I've uploaded one on Google drive here: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B2wc2lSMDXYGalFfUEF6d29hVzQ/edit?usp=docslist_api
What should I do? I need to reset it and then I am going to install Windows on it.

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Posted 24 May 2015 - 12:41 PM

I think the warning not going away is normal. If it comes up as finished I think you are good to go. To make sure reboot the computer with PartedMagic and check the drive to see if any data is on it. You can use Gparted Partition Manager on the PartedMagic Disk. You should see a disk that it unallocated.


Edited by JohnC_21, 24 May 2015 - 12:42 PM.


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Posted 24 May 2015 - 01:36 PM

Thank you for replying. I clicked quit so I could shut down parted magic and restart my laptop but the message just came back on and I'm given no options to shutdown my computer- nothing happens when I click quit.I thought a box was meant to come up saying if it was successful or not because that's what I have seen on YouTube videos of people using parted magic to erase a hard drive. Any ideas?

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Posted 24 May 2015 - 02:03 PM

Power down the computer. Reboot with the Parted Magic Disk. Do you still show that error box in the desktop? If not run Gparted and look at your hard drive. It should show unallocated.



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Posted 24 May 2015 - 02:09 PM

Just before I read your reply I checked my laptop again and after me leaving it for about 4 hours after that message said it was finished I got another message saying it was a success and I was able to shutdown my computer so I'm going to boot it up now and see if I can install Windows 7. Thanks

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Posted 24 May 2015 - 02:26 PM

I'm sorry for asking you so many questions but now I'm trying to create a partition table for my hardrive before installing windows however I'm getting this error message and I've tried clicking retry but it doesn't work. https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B2wc2lSMDXYGTF9UaHU1X1V0Vms/edit?usp=docslist_api
Do you know how to fix it?

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Posted 24 May 2015 - 02:42 PM

You do not need to create a partition table with Gparted. Windows 7 will create your system reserved partition and Windows partition automatically during the install.

 

Edit: The I/O error on the drive indicates a possible failing drive. Were you having issues with the drive before you deleted the data? 

 

Edit Edit: Is the drive being connected via USB? 


Edited by JohnC_21, 24 May 2015 - 02:52 PM.


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Posted 24 May 2015 - 02:51 PM

Ok I didn't know that I haven't used parted magic before and was following instructions off a video. I'm going to try and install Windows now and hopefully I won't have any problems

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Posted 24 May 2015 - 02:59 PM

See my edited post. Hopefully Windows 7 will not have a problem detecting he drive.

 

Here is a guide on doing the Windows 7 install. You will not see any partitions as shown in the guide. Simply press next at this window.

 

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/operatingsystems/ss/windows-7-clean-install-part-1.htm



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Posted 24 May 2015 - 04:15 PM

The hard drive is internal I replaced my hhd with a sshd and I have installed windows and everything is working. Thank you for your help.

Edit: This isn't the first time I installed windows on the hard drive I had a number of issues with it boot up errors and more issues that I couldn't fix so it was easier for me to erase the hard drive and install Windows 7 on it. I know it's a new hard drive and it shouldn't be failing after less than a year but is there a way I can test if it is failing?

Edited by 200254, 24 May 2015 - 04:24 PM.


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Posted 24 May 2015 - 04:29 PM

Glad you finally are up and running. You are right in that the hard drive is not failing. You can check it with Seagate for Windows if a Seagate or WD diagnostics if a WD. You can also check the drive with a program called Gsmartcontrol.



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Posted 24 May 2015 - 04:38 PM

It's a seagate 500gb laptop thin sshd. I'll download seatools anyway just to see what it says. Thank you




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