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Windows 7: Win7 not recognising new 3rd HDD

20 May 2012   #11
OldNick

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I am sorry. I should clarify. I called this a new drive. But it's not new. It is a drive that I had in the cupboard. It came from another PC and I am surprised that it is blank/empty. That is why I am being cautious.


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20 May 2012   #12
whs
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There can be no data in unallocated space.
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20 May 2012   #13
OldNick

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Ok. Thanks. I have done some silly things recently with computers and I wanted to be sure.

BTW your reply sounds like a good line for a SciFi movie.

"There can be no data in unallocated space......"

Off to format a disc and thank you all. I will mark as solved.
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20 May 2012   #14
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You're very welcome.

If it's any consolation to you, we've all done silly things with a computer, it was ever thus.
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20 May 2012   #15
OldNick

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HAH! I do wish to comment that this has been a really direct and helpful thread. They can otherwise sometimes. This was excellent. That's not a "feel good" I reckon good news should get back as well, sometimes.
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20 May 2012   #16
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

We're just pleased your problem has been solved.
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20 May 2012   #17
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by OldNick View Post
I am sorry. I should clarify. I called this a new drive. But it's not new. It is a drive that I had in the cupboard. It came from another PC and I am surprised that it is blank/empty. That is why I am being cautious.
If you FORMAT this drive then any data previously on it is [theoretically] lost.

The fact that you say it "is not new", but that "I had it in the cupboard, and it came from another PC" is consistent with your "I am surprised that it is blank/empty". But of course the mystery is why it doesn't appear to have a partition on it, nor any file type (e.g. NTFS).

What was the old computer machine environment from which it came? Was it previously FAT, FAT32, NTFS, from a Mac, what?

I suspect that if you go ahead and create a new partition on what Windows believes is an "empty" drive that you've really lost access to whatever was there before.

What was this drive in its previous life???

You've checked this thread as "solved", but was it really? Did you actually create a partition (say as NTFS) and all of your previous data on this drive was still there? I can't imagine that would be true.

So exactly what does "solved" mean? Is the drive now simply 100% empty and usable under Windows, but with all previous data lost and that's acceptable? Or what?
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20 May 2012   #18
OldNick

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Thanks for the reply.

Having used the diskmgmt.msc tool and seen that it, too could not find anything, I went ahead and formatted the drive.

I figured two things: the data could not be devastatingly critical and recovering it was not going to be easy.

So yes. I was happy to accept that there was no data on the drive, and it's now formatted and ready to use as an empty drive.

Like you I am puzzled why the drive should show as completely blank and unformatted. I am not able to tell you what its history was, regarding file systems etc. To be honest I needed some more storage space, and found this drive.
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