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Solved: HDD <not initialized>

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Nebastion, Dec 2, 2009.

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  1. Nebastion

    Nebastion Thread Starter

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    Sup all, i went about putting in a spare HDD <IDE 80GB>
    But when i go into "computer manager" to format it, it displays this message:

    "The operation cannot be completed because the disc is not initialized"

    This message upsets me somewhat and id much appreciate some assistance

    Thanks in advance.
    Neb.
     

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  2. TacticalSniper

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    Go to Start > Run > type in compmgmt.msc and hit Enter key.

    On your left you will see the menu tree. Click on Disk Management. Windows XP should automatically offer you to initializing the HDD.

    Edit:
    Sorry, missed your screen. You should right-click the hard drive and choose Initialize. If you get an error, it might mean that your hard drive is faulty or connected incorrectly. If this is the case, I would suggest attempting to connect it to either another IDE port or attempt to set the jumpers to Master (or vice versa).
     
  3. Nebastion

    Nebastion Thread Starter

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    Im running windows Vista, and theres no "initialize" button.

    ill reconnect it and try again

    Thanks
     
  4. loserOlimbs

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    @ Tactical Sniper:

    C'mon man this is Vista, don't have to go that route... the run command replaces the run prompt...

    So you can Start- compmgmt.msc
    or Start -> fdisk, disk managemnet, or partition
    all four of these should work as well ;)
     
  5. Jack Hackett

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    Right click on the grey box that says
    Disk 1
    76.33 GB
    Unknown Not Initialized

    select Initialize from the context menu

    Equally you can right click on the hashed area that says Unallocated and Partition from there.

    You cant format in the way you are trying to because there is not yet any partition to format ;)
     
  6. TacticalSniper

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    Right, I forgot all about it :)
     
  7. Jack Hackett

    Jack Hackett

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    Here's another, just as quick
    Windows+R key combination
    type in
    diskmgmt.msc

    plenty of ways to skin this cat :)
     
  8. Nebastion

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    ........ Im disappointed in my self, it seemed i had been Right clicking in the wrong place all together!!!!

    Thanks guys

    Neb.
     
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