It is pretty much a sure thing that the partition table is/was amiss, as far as Windows is concerned anyway. But usually the Gparted live cd iso will overwrite this problem. If not you can easily zero the first part of the drive with the dd command or zero the whole drive for that matter, if you want a guaranteed virus free, virgin drive.
The Ranish Partition Manager is a Windows program. You might have to jump through a few hoops to get it to run, since you don't have a Windows install or even a Windows readable partition on the drive. Unlike the previous poster, I have about as much faith in Windows tools as I do in Windows itself. And that isn't much.
Get the latest stable version of Gparted live cd iso and burn it slow, 8X or less from:http://sourceforge.net/project/showfile ... _id=271779
If the solution in my first post doesn't work zero the first part of the drive by typing in a terminal:
sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hdx or sdx count=1000
Substitute the correct drive designator in the above or below command. This will zero the first 512 Kb of the drive which will take care of the partition table, mbr, and the first partition header area. If you want to zero the entire drive it will take a while so don't panic if it seems like nothing is happening. The CLI prompt will return when the run is complete. If this is your desire use the below command.
sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hdx or sdx
What this command does is write a zero to every memory location on the drive.
Then use the Gparted live cd to repartition as instructed in my earlier post. When Gparted asks for the structure you want in one of the first screens use the default, which should be msdos.