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Windows 7: 3rd SATA hard drive won't format correctly

22 Jun 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM X64
3rd SATA hard drive won't format correctly

m/b: ASUS P5Q-EM CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400, 3000 MHz (9 x 333) O/S: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate RAM: 8GB Hard Drive: 2 x SATA 250GB - Hitachi Deskstar T7K250; Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250310 DVDROM: ASUS DRW-2014S1 ATA Device x 1; ASUS DRW-24B1LT ATA Device x 1 I have two SATA hard drives as can be seen above, and today bought a third drive - a Samsung 1TB SATA drive. I attached the drive and booted the machine. BIOS can see the drive. Windows Disk Management can see the drive. But... When I format the drive, it always comes up as a RAW partition and Windows cannot see it. Can someone help me to solve this problem? How can I successfully format this drive with, say, 4 partitions that are NTFS, not RAW?

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22 Jun 2010   #2

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Tell us the exact steps you are using to format the new HDD.

Or, you can follow this guide,

Create and format a hard disk partition

When formatting use NTFS and 'Quick Format'.

Or this Win7 tutorial How to Create a New Partition or Volume in Windows 7.

As mentioned below by theog.
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22 Jun 2010   #3

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Try a full clean & full format in command prompt.

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
Partition or Volume - Delete
Partition or Volume - Create New

1) Elevated Command Prompt (for command prompt)
2) Boot DVD, & Press Shift+F10 (for command prompt)
3) Command Prompt at Startup (for command prompt)

Type in command line
LIST DISK OR List Volume (If you have partitions)

3rd SATA hard drive won't format correctly-list-diskina.png

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