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Solved: Can't Initalize/ format hard drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by bigbear, Jun 21, 2007.

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  1. bigbear

    bigbear Thread Starter

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    Hi Guys
    Just to let you all know I have installed countless number of hard drives but never come up against this problem before.
    I have just installed a Seagate barracuda 250g pata drive in my sons pc.
    Checked in bios and is recognized correctly as slave.
    Booted to windows, went to diskmanagment and is correctly seen as unallocated.
    Now this is where I have the problem,
    I right click the drive and all I get is format (Greyed out) and properties.:confused:
    I am running a lowlevel format on the drive at the moment to see if that helps.
    Anyone got any ideas why this is.
    Windows XP sp2
     
  2. erick295

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    You can't format unallocated space -- you have to create a partition first.
     
  3. bigbear

    bigbear Thread Starter

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    Sorry my mistake.
    Should read partition (greyed out)
    Properties is the only option available
     
  4. bigbear

    bigbear Thread Starter

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    Found it
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