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Windows 7: How do i fix unknown, not initialized and unallocated external hd?

24 Aug 2013   #1
gameover11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
How do i fix unknown, not initialized and unallocated external hd?

Please help me fix this problem. any information you need just ask me i will tell you all you need.

Thanks in advance




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24 Aug 2013   #2
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Right click on it and choose Create Parittion. Choose the type of partition. Then format it. I recommend doing the slow format. It may take an hour or so, but I think you're better off in the long run.
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24 Aug 2013   #3
gameover11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

thanks for the reply but when i right click on it i cant see an option that says create partition.
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24 Aug 2013   #4
Northernsoul55

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Hi,

To initialize, in Disk Management, right-click the disk you want to initialize, and then click "Initialize Disk."
Select the MBR partition style. The status of the disk should change from Not Initialized to Online
Right click on the Unallocated space, and format, selecting New Simple Volume
Then you should be able to assign a drive letter?
Right-click and "Change Drive Letter and Paths."

Cheers

Dave
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24 Aug 2013   #5
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gameover11 View Post
thanks for the reply but when i right click on it i cant see an option that says create partition.
Sorry. I'm stuck with public library computers for the moment. They don't let you right click on anything. There's no Control Panel, nevermind Device Manager or Administrative Tools. So I can't right clcik to see the menu. But it looks like Northernsoul55 provided the particulars.

edit: I'm not sure Home Premium gives you the disk initialization bit. But in any case you can always get a complete bootable disk partitioning program like Partition Wizard to do the job if Premium doesn't have the function. Download the Partition Wizard ISO and burn it, then boot it, if you have to.
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24 Aug 2013   #6
gameover11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Northernsoul55 View Post
Hi,

To initialize, in Disk Management, right-click the disk you want to initialize, and then click "Initialize Disk."
Select the MBR partition style. The status of the disk should change from Not Initialized to Online
Right click on the Unallocated space, and format, selecting New Simple Volume
Then you should be able to assign a drive letter?
Right-click and "Change Drive Letter and Paths."

Cheers

Dave
when i click on the disk i cant click the option that says initialize disk.
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24 Aug 2013   #7
gameover11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Northernsoul55 View Post
Hi,

To initialize, in Disk Management, right-click the disk you want to initialize, and then click "Initialize Disk."
Select the MBR partition style. The status of the disk should change from Not Initialized to Online
Right click on the Unallocated space, and format, selecting New Simple Volume
Then you should be able to assign a drive letter?
Right-click and "Change Drive Letter and Paths."

Cheers

Dave
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24 Aug 2013   #8
gameover11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gameover11 View Post
thanks for the reply but when i right click on it i cant see an option that says create partition.
Sorry. I'm stuck with public library computers for the moment. They don't let you right click on anything. There's no Control Panel, nevermind Device Manager or Administrative Tools. So I can't right clcik to see the menu. But it looks like Northernsoul55 provided the particulars.

edit: I'm not sure Home Premium gives you the disk initialization bit. But in any case you can always get a complete bootable disk partitioning program like Partition Wizard to do the job if Premium doesn't have the function. Download the Partition Wizard ISO and burn it, then boot it, if you have to.
will try. thanks for the reply
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24 Aug 2013   #9
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Is it an internal HDD or external HDD? Make, model?

What is the history of the HDD?

I would think that as a first step you should run the HDD manufacturer's diagnostic/repair utility and check what it says.

Since your system is working, there is no need to burn the Partition Wizard ISO. You may as well install PW on your system and check the other drive. If you do that please post a screenshot.

If the problem HDD is shown as Bad Disk in Partition Wizard, the prognosis is not good but it is too early to jump to conclusions. Just a warning sound to prepare you for the worst.
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25 Aug 2013   #10
redfang337

Linux Mint 15 "Olivia" x32
 
 

please fill in your system specs, i need to know a few things before i help you, and it will help you with any problems in the future System Info - See Your System Specs
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