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Windows 7: Bought a new hard drive-"Device is not ready" when trying to initializ

02 Jul 2011   #1
cellfoneguy

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 
Bought a new hard drive-"Device is not ready" when trying to initializ

A while ago, my desktop was having problems. It would BSOD persistently through restarts and eventually, it stopped working completely. When i turned it on, it would make all the startup sounds (hard drive spinning, fan starting, etc), the hard drive would click a few times, and it would all start over. Thinking it was a problem with the hard drive, I decided to buy a new hard drive.
Today, i bought a Hitachi 2TB internal hard drive to install on my broken desktop. Wanting to try to partition/format/install an OS before i put it into the desktop, i hooked it up to my laptop with a SATA/USB adapter, with an AC plug. I went to Computer Management->Disk Management, and saw, along with my laptop's HD, a new drive called Disk 1. Knowing that was the hitachi i just plugged in, i tried to initialize it. However, it gives me a message saying "Disk is not ready". I tried restarting both the hard drive and my computer, to no avail. But now even the "initialize disk" button is greyed out. What's wrong?

tl;dr?
I recently bought a new hard drive, and am trying to format/partition/install OS with my laptop before putting it in my desktop (I'm using a SATA/USB adapter with an AC power plug). In DIsk management, i try to initialize the HD, but it tells me "Disk is not ready". After restarting my computer and the hard drive, now the "initialize disk" button is greyed out. What do i do?


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02 Jul 2011   #2
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Try removing the drive in Device Management then power down your computer and physically disconnent the drive cable from the motherboard.

Reboot and check Windows doesn't see a driver for the hard drive then power down again before reconnecting the drive. Reboot and with a bit of luck the drive will be recognised.
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02 Jul 2011   #3
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Welcome cellfoneguy,

Sometimes this may be a problem of not enough power to the USB port especially on laptops.
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02 Jul 2011   #4
cellfoneguy

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

seavixen: I'm connecting the drive through my laptop though, not my desktop. I'm using a SATA/USB adapter.
docbrown: Is there any way i can tell my laptop to send more power to a port or will i have to borrow a friend's desktop to try?
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02 Jul 2011   #5
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

As you are using a SATA/USB adapter with an AC power plug, there is no need.

Check all the cables for a good fit.
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02 Jul 2011   #6
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

You probably will have quicker luck with a Desktop
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02 Jul 2011   #7
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Sort of like this adapter setup ?


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03 Jul 2011   #8
cellfoneguy

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Yes! exactly like that. I'll try a desktop in a minute and post results.
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03 Jul 2011   #9
cellfoneguy

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

It worked! I could successfully partition and format it. However, it's being very slow. Just for the first 300gb partition, it's been over 2 hours and the progress has only gone by 2 percent. Is this normal?
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03 Jul 2011   #10
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

I think the last 1tb HD that I did was 3 or 4 hours.
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