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Windows 7: Western Digital 1021 2TB Hard Drive - No file system and can't format?


05 Feb 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Western Digital 1021 2TB Hard Drive - No file system and can't format?

So I bought a used 2 TB Hard drive and it supposedly was only used a couple of times and I got a good deal.

I plugged it in and the software was installed successfully but it doesn't show up in the explorer with a drive letter. Now when I go to the device manager it does show up but I am not able to format it or give it a letter etc. Also like I said in the title it doesn't have a fat32 or NTFS File System.

Here is a screenshot:



The hard drive I right clicked is the one I am talking about. If you need more pics let me know.

I would appreciate if you could help me get this external hard drive to work so it is viewable etc.

Thanks!

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05 Feb 2012   #2

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

I will assume you do not want any of the data that might be on the drive.

In the lower section of the Disk Management window there are 3 'boxes' next to Disk 2.
Right click on that middle (hatched) box and click "delete Volume".

Then Right click on the first box (System Partition) and click "delete Volume".

There should now be just unallocated space for the whole drive (black box). Right click on that and choose "Format".

Let us know if that will work.
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05 Feb 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Ok I got it to work, deleted the old volume then made a new one and formatted. This was very easy to do just never had to do this before.
Thanks again for the help
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19 Apr 2012   #4

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

OMG THANK YOU! You have NO idea how many days I have wasted trying to find a solution to this. My WD drive, BRAND NEW, and it kept asking me to format, I click yes, then it says Windows can't format it. Other sites said to do chkdsk...but when I do, it says it can't check it because it's RAW. I've tried other recommended solutions, and THIS finally did it! I want to go back to all the flippin sites I checked to pass on this info! THANK YOU THANK YOU. I only wish I had found this sooner! lol




I will assume you do not want any of the data that might be on the drive.

In the lower section of the [COLOR=#3485bd !important][COLOR=#3485bd !important]Disk [COLOR=#3485bd !important]Management[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR] window there are 3 'boxes' next to Disk 2.
Right click on that middle (hatched) box and click "delete Volume".

Then Right click on the first box (System Partition) and click "delete Volume".

There should now be just unallocated space for the whole drive (black box). Right click on that and choose "Format".

Let us know if that will work.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Apr 2012   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Glad you got it sorted! Congrats!
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