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PI1536 MBR and partion table smashed/deleted completely, how do I get it initialized

Posted on 2007-07-22
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I just a laptop Fujitsu Siemens PI1536, with Vista Home Premium. I was installed with one partion and Danisch language.
As I want to separate Windows programs and Data I want atleast 2 partions. I also want to use Norton Ghost for fast restore of Windows so I maded 3 partions and reinstalled Vista. I select English as I never use the Danisch language versions and properly never will. The delivered CD include several languages so this was streat forward and it worked. After a number of days one evening the PC started to shut down due to low battery and I grapped the supply and plugged it in with the main turned on. When I restarted the laptop it coudl not boot.  I tryed to run Vista repair several times and it claimed to repair the MBR first and then the partion table, but no boot. Each time I ran repair it claimed to have repaired the partion table but no.
The laptop does not have a floppy so I need a bootable CD to run tools. I have allways used floppy tools like win98 fdisk, Norton NDD etc.
I found Ultimate Boot CD 4.1.1 and made a CD on my desktop. I ran some of the partion tools on it.
SPFdisk reported a number of overlapped partions and I used it to clear it all.
But now the tools and Vista install  can not find the hardisk!
It is a Western Digital WD1600BEUS-22RST0-(S1 ???
Does anyone know a tool or way to get the hardisk up and running again. I do not care about recovering any data.
Question by:handyman_ps_dk
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SysExpert earned 750 total points
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Go to bootdisk.com and find the wipe utility.

Use that to wipe the drive ( actually just track 0 ) or use the DIag CD from the  Western Digital site, there should be a CD image or burnable version.

Then you should be able to reinstall from scratch.

Also check the BIOS and make sure that the drive is recognized OK.

I hope this helps !

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johnb6767 earned 750 total points
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Keep in mind, the Vista Install might need the Sata driver, as that appears to be a SATA HDD.

Vista may not have a native driver to load for it, which is why it doesnt find the HDD at all any longer...
You can find the SATA Driver located at the MFGR Website, and when you find your model, look for the following when you go to the available downlaods....

"Tools and Utilities - Intel 82801GMU SATA AHCI Controller (ICH7-M) - AMILO Pi 1536"
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johnb6767 :
Please note that he had already partitioned and installed previously without any special drivers, so I do not think it is a SATA driver issue.
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Yea, I know that.....   :^)

But the following statement leads me to believe it might be needed....

"SPFdisk reported a number of overlapped partions and I used it to clear it all.
But now the tools and Vista install  can not find the hardisk!"

Since everything was cleared out, and Vista isnt seeing it....Thats why I suggested it....

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Hej Sysexpert and Johnb6767
I fixed it. Johns answar inspired me to look at WDC.com. It turned out that they had an  a complete .iso image that boots and include the needed CD driver. It displayed a mess in the partition table and deleted all when I deleted one.
To everybody please note there is a limit of 137GB in pre XP SP1 MS OS systems!
This may be why the older dos tool smashed it all, but I do not know.
www.bootdisk.com wipe tool may be just as usefull, but this web is meassy and did not locate it after several minutes of looking. Too bad with a low quality web design if they have great tools
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You can access larger HDD's in XP SP1, using the Enable BIG LBA reg mod....


The article says 2000, but XP also applies..

Glad you figured it out....


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