Error 0x8007045d "Failed to delete the selected partition."
I'll start at the beginning:
I restarted my computer and after the mobo screen it said "Please insert bootable media," or something along those lines. I restarted a few times and it would not go away or boot into Windows 7 or anything. I got fed up and decided to try a clean install of Vista on the hdrive. When trying to install it, during the copying phase it told me I had to reformat my drive first. So I deleted the partition (which was my whole hdrive) and then tried formatting, when I got the error 0x80070057 "Windows was unable to complete the format." I tried installing a few more times and it would not work.
The next thing I tried was hooking up another hard drive (this new one is IDE, the other one is SATA). I installed Vista on the new one and it all worked fine. I tried formatting the SATA drive in Disk Management and it would give me the same error code. Next I tried formatting it through the formatter on the Windows 7 install disk. When I tried to delete the partition I got the error 0x8007045d "Failed to delete the selected partition."
Now when I look in the BIOS my SATA drive is not even recognized, and is also not recognized in Disk Management, SeaTools, any of the Windows install partitioners, nothing.
I need help :(
The current state is I have Vista installed on a 40gb IDE hard drive, and I have a 500gb SATA hard drive hooked up properly that is no longer being recognized by anything.