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  1. geno368

    geno368 Thread Starter

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    I bought a new 1TB platter hard drive and went into disk management to initialize it and get a drive letter. It showed the drive with a number.
    It shows unallocated ...when I r/click on it it only has 2 options.: convert to dynamic disk and convert to MBR disk .
    When I right click on the right side it has the option to "new simple volume"

    I want it as a data and program disk, not boot disk. Help would be appreciated.
     
  2. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

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    In Disk Management, have you selected "New simple volume" and then assigned a driver letter to that new hard drive and then formatted it in NTFS?

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  3. geno368

    geno368 Thread Starter

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    That is what I thought, just needed verification. I am replacing a 500gb hard drive which has programs and data on it. Testing shows that it is going bad so I need to clone the old drive or copy everything over. Any suggestions on what to use?
    Thanks very much.
     
  4. crjdriver

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    OK, if you are going to clone a drive, you do not want anything on the new drive ie no partition info, no formatting, nothing. Just install the drive like it comes out of the box. I use and recommend acronis true image for all imaging, cloning, etc.
    I always do all imaging/restoring/cloning from the boot usb rather than from within windows.
    Note if one of your drives is a WD, you can download the WD version of acronis for free.
     
  5. geno368

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    I have already formatted it with a usb external drive reader. The new drive is a WD blue..How to I remove what I have done?
    Please explain "I always do all imaging/restoring/cloning from the boot usb rather than from within windows."
    Thank you.
     
  6. crjdriver

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    Just delete the partition in disk management. That will leave the drive as unallocated for cloning.
    Just exactly what it says. The acronis program will make a bootable usb or cd as a recovery disk. I use this for all acronis needs. In fact, I do not even have acronis installed; I do everything from the boot usb.
    Since you have a WD drive, you can go to the WD site and download the free version of acronis. Up to you if you want to clone from within windows. I do not however many people do and works either way.
     
  7. geno368

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    Thanks so much for the help..I would like to leave the topic open for a little while in case I have difficulty. I have made the dvd and need to study the instructions before I start this endeavor
     
  8. geno368

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    All is fixed and running smoothly...Kudos to you crjdriver!
     
  9. crjdriver

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    You are welcome. You an mark your own thread as solved using the button at the upper left; no need for this one, I will mark it for you.
     
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