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Old 06-29-2020, 07:10 AM   #31
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Sorry got distracted there and forgot to put in written instructions for diskpart format >.< (I like to include video so you can see what you are looking for - then written is much easier to follow when typing in.)

Once you get the "Command Prompt" window up; type diskpart and hit enter say yes to open the diskpart window.

On the diskpart.exe window:

You'll type select volume 0 and hit enter

Then type format fs=NTFS label=whatever and hit enter

You need to do this for every volume (select volume 1, format, select volume 2, format, etc.) to make sure you've cleared everything off the drives/partitions before sending the system back for a replacement.
Thanks for all the info, Mys, but my head is about to explode from it all. I don't even want to think about DOS.
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If the machine won't POST, AFAIK there's no way to get any boot device to boot to any OS.
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Thanks for all the info, Mys, but my head is about to explode from it all. I don't even want to think about DOS.
Heh I hear ya.

Do you have a working system somewhere, maybe a friend? Could hook the drive up in their system and format it.
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Heh I hear ya.

Do you have a working system somewhere, maybe a friend? Could hook the drive up in their system and format it.
I'm using my old Windows 7, Dell unit right now. ...... I pulled the new HD and mounted it in the Dell in the 'slave' position. Booted the unit a couple times, but explorer would not recognize the drive. It was as if it wasn't there.

No expert here, but I assume it was connected as the Dell slave connection hooked right up.

Still haven't shipped it back, hate to with the data on it, but I'm about to give up on it.
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Try this when drive is hooked up to your other computer - https://www.howtogeek.com/268901/why...how-to-fix-it/

IF it shows up in the disk management list then format it 2-3 times - no quick format. Then you'll be safe to send it back and your password file will be gone.



Also make sure you have two cables going to the drive - one is data line, the other is power. There shouldn't really be a master/slave setting anymore, was kinda phased out in 2003 when SATA came out... Which kind of cable do you have on the Dell and on the back of the drive your passwords are stuck on?





Note on bottom drive in pic; you do not need both Molex Power and Sata Power - just one or the other. That drive is a transitional probs from 2005-2006 and just happens to have both options on it.
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Try this when drive is hooked up to your other computer - https://www.howtogeek.com/268901/why...how-to-fix-it/

IF it shows up in the disk management list then format it 2-3 times - no quick format. Then you'll be safe to send it back and your password file will be gone.



Also make sure you have two cables going to the drive - one is data line, the other is power. There shouldn't really be a master/slave setting anymore, was kinda phased out in 2003 when SATA came out... Which kind of cable do you have on the Dell and on the back of the drive your passwords are stuck on?





Note on bottom drive in pic; you do not need both Molex Power and Sata Power - just one or the other. That drive is a transitional probs from 2005-2006 and just happens to have both options on it.
Good stuff, Mys. Too late tonight but I will try and post a pic, of what I thought was the slave slot, tomorrow. Wiring doesn't resemble your pics.
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Interesting, I look forward to seeing what contraption you've got heh
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Have pics to post but see no way to do it other than the "insert image" tab above, which I assume means I have to first post them to a third party? ...... Another thread says go to 'manage attachments', but I don't see any such option.
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Manage attachments is a small window.

You want to click "Go Advanced" then scroll down a bit and click "manage attachments" then you can browse to your pictures and click "upload" after the picture is uploaded (it'll show up in the list) then you can close the manage attachments window and click the paperclip at the top of the message (post) window (next to the smile) and hit "insert all" to put them in your post
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Manage attachments is a small window.

You want to click "Go Advanced" then scroll down a bit and click "manage attachments" then you can browse to your pictures and click "upload" after the picture is uploaded (it'll show up in the list) then you can close the manage attachments window and click the paperclip at the top of the message (post) window (next to the smile) and hit "insert all" to put them in your post
Yes, looked for it before, other forums use it but it ain't showing up on my Chrome browser. Only thing following the 'advanced' window is an 'additional options' box, followed by the forum posts in reverse.

No "manage attachments" to be found here.
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BTW Mys, tried the link:

https://www.howtogeek.com/268901/why...how-to-fix-it/

Didn't show up there either. Although I did feel movement in the HD when I plugged it in as a slave drive.
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Try these instructions for pictures: https://www.diychatroom.com/f114/how...-posts-205921/


If the drive whurrs it should be accessible, just gotta figure out what setup you have

More drive types here:

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Try these instructions for pictures: https://www.diychatroom.com/f114/how...-posts-205921/


If the drive whurrs it should be accessible, just gotta figure out what setup you have

More drive types here:

Thanks for the pic Mys, still not able to post my pics, but the plug setup looks like the third from the top.

In lieu of pics, this is what the label says on the HD: 'Seagate Barracuda 500GB'.

It says more, let me know if more helps.
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No master or slave position for a SATA drive, if you really mean the third one down.
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Does this look like something you see on the drive?




If so, typically we want the jumper on Cable Select or Master.
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