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Windows 7: WD- 2TB Caviar Green won't initialize

11 Jul 2011   #11

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

That's ok.

Let's use DiskPart.

DiskPart should find your drive and allow you to set it up.

With diskpart, you will
list disk to get a list of the disks found.

Select the number of the disk that is troublesome.

use the Detail Disk command to make 100% sure you have the correct disk.

Then use Create Partition Primary which will create one 2 TB partition.

Now that is much too much for practical purposes, but later using Disk Management, you will shrink the partition anc create more PRIMARY prartions there. To avoid many problems, I recommend never using logical partitions unless such is an absolute necessity.

You will also declare the partition as Active, just in case later you want to use the drive for other purposes.

You can use the ASSIGN command to give a drive letter to the partition you created. This isn't needed but can be convenient.

Now let's see what canned write-ups I have for you.

Type these commands and follow each by hitting the ENTER key.

DISKPART starts the DiskPart program
LIST VOLUME shows drive letter assignment
EXIT exit the DiskPart program


type DiskPart, Enter key
type List disk, Enter key
note the numeral of the disk you want to clean
for example purposes, Iíll be using the numeral 2
type Select disk 2, Enter key
type Detail disk, Enter key
this info will let you know if you selected correctly
type Clean ALL, Enter key
your entire disk is being overwritten with zeros.
This can take a considerable amount of time
type EXIT, Enter key (only after Clean is finished)
type EXIT, Enter key (this gets you back where you were)

In your case, I don't recommend Clean All, simply use Clean.

Clean All will take forever on a 2tb drive.


Ok. I didn't find the file I wanted. so here goes.

Command Prompt - Elevated command prompt

Elevated command prompt = Run CMD.EXE as administrator
WIN | type CMD.EXE (do not hit Enter key) |
In the Programs list, Right-Click on CMD.EXE |
Click on Run as administrator | YES button

OR for keyboard fans:
WIN | type CMD.EXE (do not hit Enter key) |
key combo | ALT + y

WIN is the key with the Microsoft flag on top.

Now that you know how to run cmd as an adminisrator,

run cmd as admin
type DISkpart which runs the diskpart program
LIST DISK to list disks.
SELECT DISK to select your 2 tb disk
DETAIL DISK to make sure you have the 2tb sisk
CLEAN to put zeros in boot area
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY to create you monster partition
FORMAT FS=NTFS QUICK to format partition
ACTIVE so that could some day support a boot loader
ASSIGN Z you put the drive letter you want
EXIT to exit from diskpart
EXIT to exit the command shell

Now you go to disk management, shrink the partition, create more partitions.

You will have less problems if you keep partitions at or preferrably under I GB.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jul 2011   #12

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by p5bdkw View Post
Try an XP or VISTA disk if you have one, preferably XP, to partition the drive.
Go through the install process until you get to the partition screen.
Partition the drive as one partition, then exit.
Restart Windows 7.

I doubt that you won't be able to restart 7, but if you cannot, insert your Windows 7 disk and use startup repair.
Startup Repair
The preferrable approach is using DiskPart. Simpler, and a part of the operating system. Requires no additional dvds.

Diskpart /? will demonstrate the power of DiskPart.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jul 2011   #13

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit

Saddly diskpart did not find the drive T.T
My System SpecsSystem Spec

12 Jul 2011   #14

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Then you have a physical configuration problem.

I will bow out and let those who have personally encountered this problem help out. All I can advise is to review the manual for your motherboard and for the drive.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jul 2011   #15

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit

well karl the issues is this is the 2nd system i've tried the drive in with the same exact problem I am accepting the fact that this time I drew the unlucky number and got a bad HD and maybe play the lottery tomorrow. I really appreciate you attempting to help me but i guess this drive is just screwy for some reason.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jul 2011   #16

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

I reflected on your problem and decided that a defective disk was also a possibility.

Let's see what for links I have:

Hard drive diagnostics and utilities Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
latest diagnostic software and utilities from the manufacturer of your hard drive(s).

Western Digital Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

Western Digital Support
WD Support / Downloads / Select Product

Hitachi Drive Fitness Test
tests SCSI, IDE and SATA drives without overwriting data

that one is good for testing nearly any drive.

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