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Hard Disk is not initializable (Device not ready/media corrupt)

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I really need help! My hard disk had some errors in the last months but
norton disk doctor was able to repair the disk each time. Now i decided
to format the hard disk in order to get rid of these errors.
I backed up all my files and started from an nomai mcd. So far so good,
then i tried to initialize the hard disk with apples hd_sc_setup (don´t
know the exact name) which i patched with resedit so, that it finds my
IBM 1GB hard disk, too, and not only apple disks.
It found the device on SCSI ID 0 and i pressed the Initialize-button:
the cursor changed to the rotating wheel but there were no sounds from
the hard disk. After 10 minutes or so, i stopped the program with
command-option-escape and rebooted.
This time hd_sc_setup didn´t find the hard disk any more. I tried FWB
Hard Disk Toolkit: it found the hard disk, but when i try to format or
test or to do anything else with the hard disk it says "Device is not
ready." (it is an internal harddisk so i cannot switch it off, and i
hear the sound of the rotating disks so it is on) when i look at the
detailed error message it says "media wrong or corrupted".
I never had such a serious problem before and don´t know what to do
know, i hope anyone here has enough knowledge and experience to help me!
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In the finder select your drive and choose Erase Disk from the special menu. From then on there should be no problem using something like FWB to reformat or partition the drive. If choosing Erase Disk from the Special menu doesn't work there could be 1.)a SCSI ID conflict. 2.)A drive that has just plain upped and died. Some other options might be to (If you haven't already) Boot from a Norton floppy and and run both Norton Disk Doctor and Norton Speed Disk. If there are bad blocks on the drive one of those will will sector it out. Then go back and from the top choose Erase Disk and/or use a utility to reformat.
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There is absolutely no macintosh file system on the Hard Disk, this means it does not appear on the desktop and norton can check it but not repair bad sectors!
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