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Windows 7: How do I get rid of vista and just have 7?

30 Aug 2010   #21
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

This is from the disk management you posted, the "black" is Windows 7 and the "red" is your second Hard Disk Drive (HDD) that you are creating the partition to; it is totally separate from the Windows 7 HDD and you can use the new partition to store anything you like.


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30 Aug 2010   #22
Case1

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Ok I gotcha. Just curious...what is the purpose of creating the partiton, does it make the drive run better?
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30 Aug 2010   #23
Case1

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

When I try to right click and initialize disk it is saying that it is write protected.
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30 Aug 2010   #24
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Case1 View Post
When I try to right click and initialize disk it is saying that it is write protected.


You have to right click here to initialize a disk.


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30 Aug 2010   #25
Case1

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

This is what is coming up when I right click and hit initialize. On either MBR or GPT it then says this media is write protected, hmmm.

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Here is another shot of the message

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30 Aug 2010   #26
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

I would choose MBR partition style, then Create and format the partition, label it Data and away you go. Partition or Volume - Create New

One smart use of the second HD is to store a Win7 backup image. That way if your Win7 HD ever dies you can reimage a new HD in 15 minutes using the Win7 DVD or Repair CD and stored image. Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

Besides using it for storage, you can even move User folders there using this method to take advantage of having a second reader reading your data while the Win7 HD reader reads your OS/Program files: User Folders - Change Default Location
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30 Aug 2010   #27
Case1

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Hi Greg, I don't know what I am doing wrong. I right click on Disk 1, the "initialize disk" pops up, I check MBR and hit OK and that box in the previous post I put up on a screen shot pops up and says "The media is write protected". Hmmm... it even pops up when I check GPT.
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30 Aug 2010   #28
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Can you rightclick again on the Disk to set it "Online?"

If not, check that you have the latest BIOS version update from Support Downloads webpage for your model computer or mobo.

Check also the SATA controller setting in BIOS setup. You may need to update your SATA controller driver..

Next try resetting the CMOS: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS

Googling "Hard drive won't initialize Write protected" brings up a lot to read but these seem the most promising starts.

What I would also do is post that exact topic Title in General forum to hopefully quickly attract the attention of someone who knows for sure.
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05 Sep 2010   #29
Case1

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Hi Greg,

This is weird...I haven't done anything differently and now my external drive is in disk 2. Last screen shot I did that I posted to the forum it was in disk 1 and said unallocated. Now it is saying that it is a Healthy (Primary Partition). Is this the way it is suppose to be? Also when I right click on the disk it is showing another box that doesn't even give me an option of initializing the disk. hmmmm

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05 Sep 2010   #30
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Yes, it looks correct. Disk Management must have been reading it incorrectly.

You didn't mention before it is an external HD.
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