Solved internal HDD used as external storage using docking station

February 21, 2012 at 07:09:03
Specs: Windows 7, 6gb
i have a docking station (recently acquired )that you can insert an ide/sata internal hard disc and use it as an external storage device (similar usage as a caddy but easy removal of h/d).

i admit this docking station can be temperamental but it seems to work, i have used an ide h/d in it and this shows up in 'computer' (Windows 7).

Today i acquired a sata external h/d (500gb off ebay) and tried it out in the docking station, unfortunately it is not recognised in 'computer' the docking station is recognised but not the sata h/d

this sata h/d is recognised in 'devise manager' and in 'disc management' so i thought i would 'format' it from there sadly on right clicking the largest partition (464gb) of the disc the only option i have is 'delete volume' and 'help' all the rest is greyed out.

i have had this problem before but with a different device (R-Driver 3) which was a lead instead of a docking station, but thought the lead might be faulty.

any help on this will be appreciated, thank you.


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#1
February 21, 2012 at 08:37:21
If the new SATA drive is an external then just connect it using USB or eSATA as the case may be. Then go to Windows Disk Management to find the drive listing. Partition and format it from there. After that it should appear in Computer.

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#2
February 21, 2012 at 12:00:53
The hd is an internal but i have a docking station when connected to my laptop via usb it is only recognised in 'disk management' and the only 'right click' option i have is 'delete volume' the 'format' option is greyed out.

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#3
February 21, 2012 at 12:33:54
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You said
"Today i acquired a sata external h/d (500gb off ebay) and tried it out in the docking station"

Note the word external.

If this is the NEW SATA drive you mention above then just delete the partition (volume) and then make a new partition or more than one. Then format.

Sounds like the drive might be used.



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#4
February 21, 2012 at 12:54:14
sorry, my mistake it was an internal hd (no caddy), but the seller said it had already been wiped not sure if they meant formatted

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#5
February 21, 2012 at 14:28:00
So, it is used then. Just do as I suggested in #3 above. Perform those actions in Disk Management.

I suggest you also run a hard drive fitness test on the drive.

If you need to use it cross platform and need FAT32 then you will need to format it using the manufacturers utility for prepping drives.


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#6
February 21, 2012 at 16:57:54
yes i did that i used the option 'delete volume' it had about 4 partitions on it, so i made it so it didnt have any, gave it a drive letter could only format it to ntfs or is it ntsf, but found a nifty little portable app' on the net that will convert any size hd to fat32 and yes now it is recognised, i have never used 'disk management' before so was a bit weary.

thank you for your help i am very grateful

do you know by any chance why this happened, wasnt this hd formatted in any kind of recognisable format for Windows.

as i acquired this docking station for if i or a friends pc cant boot their hd but needed files or folder from that hd, if i have to format the hd it would be pointless.

anyway thanks again

all the best.


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