|Okay, now I seem to be getting somewhere with the disk, but I'm not certain what to do next:|
I ran the Western Digital gamut of diagnostic tools, using "Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows". I did the "Full Test", the "Quick Test", and both passed, so I did the option to "write zeros" to the entire drive (Full Erase), since nothing had failed yet, and I wanted SOMETHING to fail, so that I would have SOME indication of what wasn't working.
Well, at the end of writing zeros to the entire drive, it gave the usual "Pass", but with a caveat: "failed to update disk property".
I didn't know what that meant, but decided, now that the disk was no longer formatted, nor had a file system, that I would now format the disk. I chose to do the full format, in My Computer. After that finished, I received the message, "Windows was unable to complete format"
then I chose "quick format", and received the same message.
at this point, the drive was no longer seen in My Computer, after a restart, so I went back into Control Panel/Administrative Tools/Computer Management/Disk Management, to see if it saw the disk there, and when I did that, a window came up saying that a "disk 2" was present that had not been "converted", or "allocated", or something (I forget the word). I chose to have Windows recognize the disk, which was numbered "disk 2", as before, so I selected "disk 2" (the only option), and clicked "OK".
Now, finally, the disk was seen, in disk management, as "dynamic", like before, but this time without the red "x", and "unreadable" messages, and it showed 37.25GB "unallocated".
I'm not sure what to do now. Right-clicking in either field, I get (in field 1) "new volume", and "convert to basic disk", "properties", and "help". Field 2 (on the right of field 1, where the size of the disk is seen, offers "new volume" and "properties" and "help", when right-clicked.
I don't understand "dynamic" vs. "basic disk", but noticed that when my son was fooling around with this, he kept trying the "basic disk" option, but it wouldn't take. I don't know if I should try that, or not. I did not notice "new volume" as an option when he was messing with it.
So, what should I do? "new volume"? "convert to basic disk"? both, in a particular order?
I'll be seeing him on Saturday the 7th. So if no one feels like responding, I can ask him. But I'd kind of like to show him that I made some progress.