"The Clarks" <mandtclark@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> 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
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:
Select disk 2
Select partition 1
and at this point, you should be able to see the drive with a letter in My
Computer and Explorer.