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Windows 7: Device Manager doesn't have INITIALIZE on the drop-down

24 Apr 2014   #1
jlumbtx

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Device Manager doesn't have INITIALIZE on the drop-down

I'm installing a new hard drive. In Device Manager I right click the new hard drive and the drop down menu says:

Update Driver Software
Disable
Uninstall

Scan for hardware changes
Properties

Nowhere do I see INITIALIZE or FORMAT. What am I doing wrong?

John


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24 Apr 2014   #2
derekimo

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You want "Disk Manager" not Device manager.
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24 Apr 2014   #3
jlumbtx

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

OK> I found that.
Now, when I try to Format I get a pop-up that says:
This is the active partition on this disc. All the data on the partition will be lost.
Are you sure you want to format this partition?

I click YES as there is no data on the disk yet.
I get a pop-up:

An unexpected error has occurred. Check the System Event
Log for more information on the error. Close the disk management console,
then restart Disk Management or restart the computer.

I looked at the Event Log but can't find anything that looks like "Failure to Format".

I tried something else and I get a popup that says:

The operation failed to complete because the Disk Management console view
is not up to date. Refresh the view by using the refresh task. Restart... etc.

I have restarted the Disk Manager twice, restarted the computer twice.
What next? I don't see any button labeled Refresh.

Also, HELP says I should be seeing a format wizard, but I am not.
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24 Apr 2014   #4
jlumbtx

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Disk Manager
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24 Apr 2014   #5
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Try it with Partition Wizard bootable CD,

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
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25 Apr 2014   #6
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Are you just wanting to install a new Hard Drive, or reinstall Windows on this new Hard Drive.

Can you post a Screen Shot of your Disc Management window. This will show what is what as far as your discs are concerned.

From what you have described it sounds like you are try to format your Operating System disc, which cannot be done from within Windows.
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25 Apr 2014   #7
jlumbtx

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Screen shot later.
Actually, I'm trying to clone my C drive onto a new hard drive. The new SSHD is in a dock. I can't start the cloning until I get the new drive formatted.

John
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25 Apr 2014   #8
jlumbtx

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

screen shot of disk manager attached. What am I doing wrong?


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25 Apr 2014   #9
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

How is your Dock connected to your computer?.
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25 Apr 2014   #10
jlumbtx

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

USB. Device Manager sees the hard drive so the connection is OK.
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