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Old 02-04-2010, 04:53 PM   #1
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Okay, so my teacher gave me an old computer from the school and before he gave it to me he erased the hard drive with a little device he had. This erased the operating system also. So now, I want to put Linux on it but when I turn the computer on, it says that the Master Drive failed. I'm not really sure what to do.
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You can run diagnostics on the hard drive ( click here )

See this for how to make a bootable cd
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Reseat both the data and power cables of the hdd then try and boot from cd and see if the os will install
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Depending what the device was the drive may not be functional. a degausser exposes the disk to high magnetic fields, this will erase not only the data area, but also the Service area of the drive which contains the firmware. This renders the drive completely no-functional. Do you know if the drive was degaused? Or what the device was he used?
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