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Windows 7: Can't initialize drive

16 Apr 2014   #1
paul7475

7 home 64bit
 
 
Can't initialize drive

Just built new pc. My os is on an ssd. Win 7 home. I also have a 1 tb mech drive. When initializing the mech drive I canceled the process. Dummy. Now I am unable to initialize. The drive is listed in the device mgr. It is shown under manage drives but nothing telling me that the drive needs to be initialized. When I rt click on the drive initializing is not shown as an option.I tried shutting down, unpluging the sata cable from the drive, Restarting. The mech drive was no longer shown. I then shut down, reconnected the drive and restarted. The drive is back but I am not told that I need to initialize. Rt click on the drive in manage does not give me the option. I am wondering if I have to start from scratch as far as the os is concerned?


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16 Apr 2014   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

I assume you have no apparent problems with the SSD and the OS?

Does the mechanical drive show up in Windows Disk Management?

If it does, post a screenshot of what you see there.
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16 Apr 2014   #3
TVeblen

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

No need for that.

Run the CLEAN command from the Diskpart utility to reset the file table (Clean All is not necessary).
Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

When it's done restart the computer and you should be ready to initialize the disk.
Be careful not to clean the wrong disk!
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16 Apr 2014   #4
paul7475

7 home 64bit
 
 

Thanks TVeblen. That did it.
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16 Apr 2014   #5
TVeblen

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Excellent!
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