Solved Need help formatting a raw hard drive to ntfs

March 8, 2012 at 17:29:22
Specs: Windows 7
I have a secondary hard drive that now says it is raw, I don't care about the data, just want to make the drive usable again. Something went wrong when formatting the drive, and now it is useless. disk managment can see it, but can't format it. Windows wont assign it a drive letter, and the size comes up as 0mb. I am using windows 7 home if that makes a difference, and have the drive currently plugged into my computer via sata connection. Please help
I forgot to add that explorer can't see it

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March 9, 2012 at 19:46:44
You may be able to continue with this under windows but it may also be time to try a hard drive diag. Get the software from the OEM that made the drive and run it.

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#1
March 8, 2012 at 18:17:23
You have to partition it.

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#2
March 8, 2012 at 20:17:48
Yes, you need to create a new partition from within Disk Manager, it will assign it a letter and offer you the chance to name the drive and then you can format it. If it shows any remaining partition, delete this first, otherwise just make one partition or divide it into two or more partitions.

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March 8, 2012 at 22:02:24
You first need to delete the existing partitions then create new ones and format.

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#4
March 9, 2012 at 19:31:06
I'm thankful for the help, but disk manager wont let me format it. It gives me no options to do anything with the disk. I can see how to add/delete partitions and format with the options available on my main hd (c:), and none of that is even available with this one. Unless i'm hugely missing something, which is entirely possible.... Just for fun, I downloaded one of those "recovery" programs that's free (well, trial) and it sees the drive, and the old files that something happened to, so I know the drive itself is working. I'll be honest, Ive only used disk manager maybe twice. Normally I just right click in my computer to format, defrag, etc..

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March 9, 2012 at 19:46:44
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You may be able to continue with this under windows but it may also be time to try a hard drive diag. Get the software from the OEM that made the drive and run it.

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#6
March 9, 2012 at 20:24:45
Downloading western digital's software now. Thanks again for the help, I will let you know how this goes.

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#7
March 9, 2012 at 22:21:52
I ran western digital's data lifeguard diagnostic software's write zero's test, and had it do the whole drive. Then disk manager could format it and now its back working. Thanks!

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#8
March 10, 2012 at 05:32:54
Glad to hear that, thanks for letting us know.

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