Re: "Black Hole (Screen?)"
A low-level format can be done with, for example, DBAN.
But, there may be a recovery partition on the HDD needed to reinstall Windows.
If you perform a low-level format everything, including your data, will be erased - with no chance of getting it back.
To see what's on the hard drive:
Please download and burn the ISO image of Parted Magic
Boot the computer with the CD. When Parted Magic has loaded click the arrow next to the Tools icon and choose TestDisk.
Each of the steps (A, B, C etc) below corresponds to a new TestDisk window.
Use the keyboard's arrow keys to navigate.
At the first window, select “No Log
” and press the <Enter
Select which drive to analyse, choose “Proceed
” and <Enter
Select partition type – Intel if it’s a PC then <Enter
” then <Enter
>. The drive will be analysed.
” at the next screen, then <Enter
” if the partitions were created under Vista
” if not.
Select which partition to analyse and press <P
> to list any files in the partition.
Is there a C: drive? Any files/folders on it? Other partitions?