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Gentlemen, I have been trying for the last couple of days or so to try and get my pc to recognise my second hard disk, (it was labeled 'Back up'), to no avail, it did have an old original backup I did when I first had the pc on one partition, and on the second just photos and a few programs. I removed the backup and all the photo's and programs. I wanted to use the whole disk for a backup so I could try Windows 8. I have tried a few programs to help me. I am not an expert but can find my way round a pc. The programs tried:-
Paragon Partition, Paragon Backup, ZAR 8.9 Zero Assumption Recovery and Seagate Disk Wizard. I have even tried Diskpart, from an elevated DOS. I am beginning to think that the disk is 'Dead', Gone to meet its maker. The disk shows in 'at start-up in POST, Computer and in Device Manager and in Computer Management. In computer management there is no 'Initialize' when I right click the disk. All the blogs and help forums say 'Right click' and then 'Initialize' but I haven't got 'Initialize'
Should I reload win 7 and try all over again or in your expert opinions is it the hard disk??
If the disk is kaput would it still 'Format', Simple Volume, stripe etc, in 'Disk Management?'
Any/all suggestions appreciated,