I'm trying to get a hard drive working that has/had data on it. Tried OBCD's PartedMagic and 'Disk (External), writing 'dd' over all after I deleted the partition. Tried my 8.1 install disc but it gives Recovery error 'your pc needs to be repaired'.
Tried PM's secure erase 'Internal" w/writes zeros over all but get the error 'A password is to be used in conjunction w/this command.' Enter or use NULL, but when I try 'NULL' I receive 'In event of an unexpected issue ...' could brick the drive. I'm afraid other methods may also brick the drive. Should I try FDISK or some other method from UBCD? If I can solve this I'm sure my install will work. Alternatively, might there be something in the Bios that's causing problems, w/I can alter using UBCD?
Thanks in advance for any assistance,