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Windows 7: Installed 2nd Hard Drive, Windows could not complete the format?

09 Dec 2013   #1
LesslieBB

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Installed 2nd Hard Drive, Windows could not complete the format?

I am Wondering if I did this correctly? I put my old laptops hard drive into my new laptop and want to use this for just more space,. When I put the drive in, my new laptops w/ Windows 7 , I formatted the second drive G: which was Windows vista, and It did get rid of everything in it, though, at the end of the formatting a window came up and said " Windows was unable to complete formatting" or whatever. I am able to move files and folders from my regular C: drive to the G drive and utilize the G: (2nd" drive). But when I go into Disk manager and try to format the G drive again, in order for it to "Fully" format it comes up and says " This drive has primary partition you sure you want to format? And also the G; drive shows as active? Why is that, if it is the 2nd drive? I don't understand. SO basically, I am wondering if someone can let me know whether or not I have properly done what I need in order to use this second hard drive as just extra space, and it is not holding any important things in it for my computer, like, can I take the drive out if I want, and then my laptop still boot up with just the regular drive that came in it, or have I done something wrong? Here is screen shot of my Disk manager C; drive is the main drive, which came with my laptop, and G: drive is the one I popped in and formatted, and it had said "windows was unable to complete format?

This is what disk manage looks like :


This is what disk manage looks like when I want to format 2nd drive. drive should be empty, why is it active? And why is is saying active partition if it is 2nd drive?
is this correct?



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09 Dec 2013   #2
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09 Dec 2013   #3
LesslieBB

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Ok, I will look into that. Thanks. Though , I am not worried about losing anything on this 2nd drive, There is n o operating system on it, and appears to be clean/empty since I did the format, even though, windows said, It was unable to complete the formatting. There is 184/184 Gigs free on it and so I just dont see how windows says it was unable to format, when it seems to have rid the drive of everything, formatted it (NTFS) and made it a primary, active partition. I basically want to make sure I can take thid 2nd hard drive out if i want, and my computer still turn on like normal. I am able to read and write to the drive also... is this normal?
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09 Dec 2013   #4
LesslieBB

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So I now have done all that you said, and this is what disk management looks like, Should I be all set now to just move any files or store any files onto this 2nd drive/Drive G: ?
sorry it is so small, the words, I am not sure how to make them bigger here, they look bigger on my real screen, but now here...
but just checking to seeif all i have done makes this all set?

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09 Dec 2013   #5
LesslieBB

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LesslieBB View Post
So I now have done all that you said, and this is what disk management looks like, Should I be all set now to just move any files or store any files onto this 2nd drive/Drive G: ?
sorry it is so small, the words, I am not sure how to make them bigger here, they look bigger on my real screen, but now here...
but just checking to seeif all i have done makes this all set?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post


All set, thank you, everything does seem fine, now. I was able to move files to this drive. And I appreciate your help a bunch! Thanks ~
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