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Windows 7: Cannot Initialize HDD in Computer Management Window

05 Mar 2016   #11

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
First thing I would do is to define a partition with a drive letter on it. That can be done in disk management - or with Partition Wizard if you prefer.
I cannot set a letter for this device, i cannot see any option to do it when i do a right click on computer management or in partition wizard sir

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05 Mar 2016   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

Are you beating a dead snake?

Please run the HDD manufacturer's diagnostic/repair utility and check the status of your drive.

If it does not recognise the drive or having recognised the drive fails the Short Test and Extended Test scrap it. You can't bring a dead snake alive.
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09 Mar 2016   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Hello monskaye!

So this drive is completely empty, there is no data you may need from it?

You say you've bought a new HDD as the old laptop HDD can't be formatted any more, you have used a software to retrieve your data but you wish to be bale to format this old laptop drive, which is in this case the problematic one? I see two drives in the Disk Management, is this still a laptop or are these connected to a desktop? Are both drives internally connected or is the older drive externally connected, perhaps?

For now it is shown as a “bad disk”, still, I would suggest you change its cable(s), make sure it(they) is(are) correctly and firmly connected. Then boot up again and again check Disk Management. If the drive is showing up the same way, go to diskpart:

1. Open the Start Menu, type diskpart, press Enter
2. Type list disk, press Enter
3. Type select disk X (where X is the number the certain drive if it shows up), press Enter
4. Type clean, press Enter
5. Type create partition primary, press Enter
6. Type format quick fs=ntfs, press Enter
7. Type assign letter=X, press Enter
8. Type exit, press Enter

This should clean and then repartition and reformat your drive in basic NTFS file system.

In either way of this outcome, the drive may truly be too damaged to be used and it wouldn't be advised to store your data. If it fails, you will lose the data. :/

Good luck! :)

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