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  1. #1


    The Clarks Guest

    initialize USB disk

    Hi, I have Vista and I have a hard drive that I had for my personal stuff
    from XP, my son installed it into my new PC then I got the drive
    disconnected so as not to void the warranty when the technician from Acer
    came to fix a problem I was having. I decided to get a casing for the drive
    and use it as a USB device but can't initialise the disk.
    I go to control panel/admin. tools/computer management/disk management. My
    disk shows but I don't know how to initalize from there. When I right click
    I get a help message only and not the options I get when I right click my
    other drives.
    The guy who sold me the casing installed the drive for me and I'm sure it is
    OK as it shows that the disk is there.
    It doesn't show when I look in the computer.
    Thanks, I hope I have explained my problem properly


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  3. #2


    Patrick Keenan Guest

    Re: initialize USB disk


    "The Clarks" <mandtclark@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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    > Hi, I have Vista and I have a hard drive that I had for my personal stuff
    > from XP, my son installed it into my new PC then I got the drive
    > disconnected so as not to void the warranty when the technician from Acer
    > came to fix a problem I was having. I decided to get a casing for the
    > drive and use it as a USB device but can't initialise the disk.
    > I go to control panel/admin. tools/computer management/disk management.
    > My disk shows but I don't know how to initalize from there. When I right
    > click I get a help message only and not the options I get when I right
    > click my other drives.
    > The guy who sold me the casing installed the drive for me and I'm sure it
    > is OK as it shows that the disk is there.
    > It doesn't show when I look in the computer.
    > Thanks, I hope I have explained my problem properly

    You were using this drive, and you have data on it? In that case you do
    not have to initialise it. That's really only necessary before it's been
    partitioned.

    Try assigning it a drive letter, and at worst you can try the command line
    version of the disk management utility. Open a command prompt and type
    "diskpart", and then work through the commands. Basically the process is
    to list the disks, select the disk you want, list the partitions, select the
    partition you want, assign it a drive letter. In diskpart, the ? key will
    get you the help text. You don't have to list the items if you know
    exactly what they are, but it helps to be sure.

    The syntax is like this:

    List disk
    Select disk 2
    List partition
    Select partition 1
    assign
    exit

    and at this point, you should be able to see the drive with a letter in My
    Computer and Explorer.

    HTH
    -pk


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    Opinicus Guest

    Re: initialize USB disk

    "Patrick Keenan" <test@xxxxxx> wrote

    > you can try the command line version of the disk management utility.
    > Open a command prompt and type "diskpart", and then work through the
    > commands. Basically the process is to list the disks, select the disk
    > you want, list the partitions, select the partition you want, assign it a
    > drive letter. In diskpart, the ? key will get you the help text. You
    > don't have to list the items if you know exactly what they are, but it
    > helps to be sure.
    > The syntax is like this:
    > List disk
    > Select disk 2
    > List partition
    > Select partition 1
    > assign
    > exit
    Boy that sure jogged memories. It's like working through an old "Adventure"
    game...
    ;-)

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    Re: initialize USB disk

    When I bought a brand new drive I could not format it as it was not initialized. Nowhere in Vista could I find out how this is done.

    On another forum I found the answer.

    Under Control Panel/Disk Management I found the new hard drive to appear but in black, not like the other drives.

    Next to the name was a small red cross. Right clicking the red cross allowed me to initialize it?

    Why is it so hard to do this in Vista and why is there no help for this process

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    a1000 Guest

    Re: initialize USB disk


    HI,
    I have a somewhat slightly differnt question regarding disk
    Initialization...
    I installed a usb drive (brand new) and when I went to the Disk Manager
    it asked me to initalize the disk so I Clicked yes, and then poof it was
    doen..however it initalized the 250 g as a 130 g and I can't get windows
    xp to change it . I read the help files and then say to rgiht click the
    drive and select initalize but that option never appears...any
    suggestions?
    Many thanks


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    Gene E. Bloch Guest

    Re: initialize USB disk

    On Mon, 16 Nov 2009 06:33:18 +0530, a1000 wrote:

    > HI,
    > I have a somewhat slightly differnt question regarding disk
    > Initialization...
    > I installed a usb drive (brand new) and when I went to the Disk Manager
    > it asked me to initalize the disk so I Clicked yes, and then poof it was
    > doen..however it initalized the 250 g as a 130 g and I can't get windows
    > xp to change it . I read the help files and then say to rgiht click the
    > drive and select initalize but that option never appears...any
    > suggestions?
    > Many thanks
    In Windows the word is Format.

    Your BIOS might not allow larger file systems - the number 130 "g" (you
    meant GB, right?) rings a bell in my brain.

    If your computer is a 5 or 6 years old and running Windows Me, the BIOS
    might be the reason.

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    a1000 Guest

    Re: initialize USB disk


    Hi,
    It is an older machine (2006) but its running windows XP. The question
    is how can I re-initialize the drive with the propwer 250 GB as opposed
    to 130 GB.
    Thanks in advance..


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    Roy Smith Guest

    Re: initialize USB disk

    a1000 wrote:

    > Hi,
    > It is an older machine (2006) but its running windows XP. The question
    > is how can I re-initialize the drive with the propwer 250 GB as opposed
    > to 130 GB.

    Right click on My Computer, either on your desktop (if present) or in
    the Start menu. In the pop-up menu click on Manage. On the left side
    of the Computer Management window click on Disk Management. Now
    right-click on the entry for your USB drive and select delete partition.
    Finally try to create the partition again.


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    a1000 Guest

    Re: initialize USB disk


    Thanks Roy,
    Unfortunately I've tried that...several times to no avail. Even on a
    newer machine. Seems Once Windows has decided tio initialize the disc as
    130GB, that's it. Do you know how Icould perfrom a low level format and
    erase the boot sector?

    Again thanks in advance

    (would a magnet work..lol)


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    a1000 Guest

    Re: initialize USB disk


    Considering all the bad luck I've had with hard drives these days ... it
    may be that....
    I have iniatilized other hard drives using the same enclosure (it's a
    5.25 enclosure with removalble drive bays) without any problems.

    Are you suggesting I take the drive out and install it in another
    computer as a slave drive and then see if windows will re-initialize it
    (i.e. re-write the boot sector) once I remove the partition?
    or
    Am I to take it, that since win xp has written the boot sectoer to
    130GB... I'm struck with a 130GB hard drive.

    thanks again for all your help guys ...too bad computers are as user
    friendly


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