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Windows 7: Cannot Initialize HDD

12 Aug 2010   #1
Andrew Miller

Windows 7
 
 
Cannot Initialize HDD

Hey there,

I'm having trouble getting my new Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB HDD to initialize. It Shows up under devices, and I'm able to see it's properties etc... When I locate it with the device manager, and right click it, I'm only given the options to Uninstall, Update the Drives, Disable, Scan for Hardware Changes and Properties.

On the properties tab, I've populated the drive, and it specifically states that it is "Not Initialized" but I can't find a way to remedy it.

Currently its hooked up via a Super Speed USB 3.0 port via a Rosewill case.

Any Help would be greatly appreciated,

Thanks

Andrew


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12 Aug 2010   #2
gladson1976

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (XP, 98SE, 95, 3.11, DOS 7.10 on VM) + Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx
 
 

What happens when you right click on the Not Initialized disk and click on Initialize ?

If you haven't tried it, then right click on the drive in Disk Management and select "Initialize". Should take a couple of seconds to finish. After that right click again and Format the drive.

EDIT: One more thing, If the Rosewill case has an external power adaptor, connect that also and try initializing.
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12 Aug 2010   #3
Andrew Miller

Windows 7
 
 

First,
Thank you for the response Gladson, but I'm unable to follow the steps given.

It won't let me click on not initialized. I've included a couple screen shots for clarification.

This is the drive in the Device Manager, along with the drop down menu that shows up when I Right Click
Pic One

And this is the drive in the properties menu, after I "populate" it, where it tells me it is not initialized.
Pic Two

The Rosewill case requires a separate power supply anyway, so it is already plugged in.

Hopefully this helps clarify,

Thanks,
Andrew
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12 Aug 2010   #4
gladson1976

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (XP, 98SE, 95, 3.11, DOS 7.10 on VM) + Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx
 
 

The right click was not for Device Manager, it was for Disk Management

Click the start orb and type "Disk Management"
You should get something similar to this
Cannot Initialize HDD-initialize.jpg

Right click on the disk that says Not Initialized and select "Initialize Disk"


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12 Aug 2010   #5
Andrew Miller

Windows 7
 
 

Yay!

Success! Thanks a million for the help, I probly would have realized what you said initially if I hadn't been trying to do it at 4am.

Drives workin perfect, thanks for the help!

Andrew
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12 Aug 2010   #6
gladson1976

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (XP, 98SE, 95, 3.11, DOS 7.10 on VM) + Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx
 
 

Glad it worked out
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