Ok, so I finally got rid of an error message because the remnants of Windows XP was on my D drive, which is my backup internal drive. Now my issue is that it doesn't even detect it in the BIOS or when I start Windows 7 using my C drive to boot from, there is no D drive either! I have tried unplugging and plugging back in the cables running to this D drive, to no avail. Also, as a side note, I am using a Asus P8P67 motherboard if that helps any!
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Does it show up in Disk Management?
Ok, so after Googling how to find Disk Management, and accessing it, my drive D doesn't show up as drive D, but instead shows up as Disk 0. It states it is a basic drive, like all of the other ones do as well, but instead of having a blue bar in the box to the left of it, it has a black rectangular bar similar to the blue ones on the other ones, and says "unallocated." All the other drives, including my optical drive states "healthy" as the status. Thank you for your help!
DBAN wipes EVERYTHING, including any high-level formatting and MBR.
For the drive to disappear from My Computer is perfectly normal and 100% expected. In fact I'd be very worried if it didn't disappear.
All you need to do now, is initialize and partition/format the drive in Disk Management, and you'll be able to use it again.
Ok, so I understand this can be accomplished by a simple reformatting using the disk management feature. Since I am using a secondary internal backup drive I am fine, but in the near future I am planning to wipe my primary hard drive, and still want to use the secondary internal one for storage only, and not as a boot drive. How would I go about reformatting the drive if I decide to use derik's boot and nuke for this? Is there someway to do this?
Formatting and partitioning the system drive is done as part of the Windows (or any other OS for that matter) installation process when doing a clean install.