A client of mine has a computer which won't boot. The recovery disk could not access the SATA HD. I tried to reinstall Vista and it asked me to format the HD, then it refused to format the HD saying it could not access it (catch 22). I used the recovery disk to load a DOS prompt. I typed Format C: and received this message. "The type of file system is RAW. New file system is NTFS. Proceed with format y/n?" Is it really possible that the HD had converted itself to RAW? If I say Yes to the DOS prompt will the disk be formatted to NTFS? Will the Vista recovery CD then be able to install Vista? Yours baffled Awestruck
Thanks for the prompt replies. The installation disk asked me to load drivers but with the driver CD inserted the computer could not find where the drivers were located on the CD. I tried directing it to each folder on the CD without success. Regards Awestruck
I had this same problem with my Vista laptop, it turned out to be a bad sector on the hard drive, it has a Hitachi hard drive so I downloaded their hard drive diagnostic software and burned to disc (which is bootable) and booted with it in the drive and it found and fixed bad sector and all been fine since.
Or you could download and burn Ubuntu to disc because that will boot and has a disc checker in it's list.