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Windows 7: Brand new 1.5TB Extension not recognised - cannot "initialise"

27 Dec 2011   #21
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severussnape11 View Post
okay so when i right click --> 'wipe partition', it asks me to choose a 'wiping method':

Fill sectors with Zero (Quick)
Fill sectors with One (Quick)
Fill sectors with Zero & One (Quick)
DoD 5220.22-M (3 passes) (Very Slow)
DoD 5220.28-STD (7 passes) (Very Slow)

can anyone shed some light as to what option i should choose to wipe each partition?
Either of the first Quick methods will work, but will still take a couple of hours I think. Is there no option to simple Delete Partition?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Dec 2011   #22

windows 64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
I would advise the OP to format the external drive on another PC using HP USB Disk storage format Utility assuming that it works on another PC as he had mentioned. Only the USB drive will be shown and that way he won't be confused and mess up with his PC even accidentally.(I am amused to know he has four partitions on a new hard drive.)

HP USB Format tool:
okay, this is definitely next step i will try if deleting the partitions on my laptop using the wizard doesnt work.

why is it so amusing i have 4 partitions on a new hard drive?!

i swear its new, i got it for christmas, wrapped in the box!!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Dec 2011   #23
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Wellll, being a new one we'd expect it to have one large partition formatted in NTFS. It is odd for one to have 4 and one is marked as active.
What is the model and brand of the drive?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

27 Dec 2011   #24

windows 64

its a seagate 1.5 tb expansion portable

im not sure what model (there are lots of numbers on the box), but it says STAX1500300 on the box so ill go that.

ok so the wizard is currently (slowly) wiping the partitions. what should i do when that process is complete?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Dec 2011   #25

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

Not to bother about it @severussnape11. Someone could have used it before in some way.. Anyway it is not serious and can be undone. If you got it from a vendor, be sure to protest but if from a friend , don't tell him anything.

OK. if you decide to try the HP tool, download it from USB Disk Storage Format Tool - Freeware - EN - since the link I had given earlier seems busy always.

It should definitely be possible to delete the partitions with Partition Wizard. My only worry was that you may accidentally delete your PC partition if you are not careful and know which is/are your internal drive/partitions.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Dec 2011   #26

windows 64

ah ok, yes i see what you mean haha. im definitely capable of that, but i guess i should thank Partition Wizard for being very clear between disks '1' and '2', to prevent that!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Dec 2011   #27
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

STAX1500300 Seagate® Expansion™ Portable 1TB Hard Drive | Seagate

From the Seagate site.
Brand new 1.5TB Extension not recognised - cannot "initialise"-capture.png

Maybe the drive is defective and you can return it.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Dec 2011   #28

windows 64

perhaps, but it works exactly as stated on my 6 year old lap top so i dont necessarily think so.

britton can you clarify what i need to do when this current process is finished? it looks like this wiping of the partitions is going to take all night, so ill leave it going and get back to it in the morning. at that point though, what am i looking to do?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Dec 2011   #29
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Try to then format it. No option to simply delete partitions?

Was the box factory sealed? As the site says it should be automatically be reconized by Windows.
The 6yr old lappie either is XP or Vista?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Dec 2011   #30

windows 64

i think the 6 year old lappie is vista.

good point on being factory sealed or not. it was the very last one the store had now that i think about it, so i wouldnt be surprised if it were used as a store model.

yeah, there was no option to simply delete the partitions (at least in partition wizard). why do you ask - is 'filling the sectors with zeros' not actually do anything meaningful?

when you say i should format the drive after this, will that also be using Partition wizard, and do you know if it will take as long as wiping them did?

thanks a lot for your help!
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Brand new 1.5TB Extension not recognised - cannot "initialise"

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