has mentioned quite a few great suggestions. Did you try a bootable CD with: Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.
Or did you try the version that runs on Windows? You ought to try the bootable version to see how it sees the drive (without any interference from Windows).
If it still shows up as 'not initalized' when using the bootable Partition Wizard, boot back into Windows, open a command prompt and:
- Type: diskpart > enter
- Type: list disk > enter
- Type: select disk # > enter (where # is the appropriate disk number)
- Type: detail disk> enter
And give us a screenshot of the output so we can see all the details of that disk.
And if you're absolutely sure you've got the correct disk selected (you can do another list disk
; the *
on the left denotes the selected disk) and there are absolutely no files on it that you need, enter one more command in Diskpart
I think most of this has already been mentioned by Arc
and maybe other posters, but I wanted to see if the output of detail disk
reveals anything odd about your disk.