Hard Drive Formatting - Unusual problem - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-05-2007, 09:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 20
Default Hard Drive Formatting - Unusual problem

I just got my hands on an old computer from a friend, so I decided to throw linux on it and make a server. However, the distribution I downloaded messed up its hard drive and now i can't really do anything with it

Is there some program out there that I can throw on a floppy (the computer can't boot from anything else) to format a hard drive that has no viable operating system on it?


static244 is offline  
Old 06-05-2007, 09:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
Wizard Techie
Law's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: the data closet
Posts: 4,200
Default Re: Hard Drive Formatting - Unusual problem

It would be easier if you just put in a CD drive. Use GParted or the Linux distro CD should do all the partition and formating for you.


Law is offline  
Old 06-06-2007, 04:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
QuaziBee's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Calgary, AB
Posts: 661
Default Re: Hard Drive Formatting - Unusual problem

If it cant boot from a CD (like it doesn't have a drive and you don't have an extra) you can make a linux boot thumb drive easily enough. I'm not too familiar with linux so I can't remember exactly how, but I did it once to format a HD digital TV tuner. I remember using Slacks to create it.
QuaziBee is offline  
Old 06-08-2007, 12:49 AM   #4 (permalink)
True Techie
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 207
Default Re: Hard Drive Formatting - Unusual problem

You can even make a couple boot floppy disks that install the very very basic essentials to ram. Then it uses your network interface to download the rest of the distro. Look up Debian, they have a method to install over the internet.
poorman is offline  
Old 06-09-2007, 01:40 AM   #5 (permalink)
Monster Techie
sPlAtOiD's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2002
Posts: 1,748
Default Re: Hard Drive Formatting - Unusual problem

You can use a windows 98 boot disk. At the A: type fdisk. There you can see your partitions no.4 and Delete non dos partitions and dos partitions also.
sPlAtOiD is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Formatting a Hard Drive Shando Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 6 06-01-2007 04:50 PM
Hard drive randomly disappearing Gooms9 Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 11 05-18-2007 08:19 PM
Hard drive fails File Structure test tropicalfish Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 3 05-15-2007 01:37 PM
External Hard Drive causing problems mel6280 Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 1 04-15-2007 03:41 PM

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:34 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.