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Need help reformatting and partitioning a hard drive - Windows 7

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I have a hard drive that I scrubbed with some software but I guess it did too good of a job. I pulled it from the computer and have it hooked to another via usb. When I try to do a chkdsk I am getting a message:

'The disk check could not be performed because Windows can't access the disk.'

So how do I fix this thing so I can install Win 7 back on it in my other computer?

It is hooked to a computer right now that is running Win 7 SP1 and the drive is  Western Digital 1-TB
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by:PBLack
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I should also say that I tried to install Win 7 prior to pulling it but Win 7 Install CD could not find the disk.
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by:CorinTack
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Can you put it back in a PC and boot from the Win 7 disk, then open the repair utilities and run chkdsk on it?

iirc, Chkdsk can't run on USB drives like that, it isn't able to properly lock the drive to run.
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Seth Simmons earned 500 total points
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run windows setup and in the beginning go to repair and select command prompt
run diskpart
select the disk (probably 0)
and do a clean
then restart setup and the disk should appear as uninitialized

Chkdsk can't run on USB drives like that, it isn't able to properly lock the drive to run.

i have connected sata drives in a usb enclosure and chkdsk works just fine
as long as an application isn't actively using it, there is no reason for chkdsk to not run
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
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Several suggested fixes here  - including checking you've legacy USB support enabled in the BIOS if you have a motherboard with USB 3.0 ports.  Looks like your disk scrubbing has removed at formatting for the drive.  You just need to replace it with a structure that Windows 7 can recognise.
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by:noxcho
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Delete first partitions from the drive. The diskpart command "clean" will do it as given above. After that the drive must be ok for Windows installation. Try it first and report back.
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by:PBLack
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Worked perfectly.

Thanks
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