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Disk Management Not Working?

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    Disk Management Not Working?

    I'm not entirely sure this hsould go here because I'm not exactly sure what the issue is.
    Basically, when I go into Disk Management, my interal hard drive, external USB harddrive (Western Digital) and Disk Drive are all unreadable. I am certain it was fine when I first installed Vista as I formatted and partitioned both the internal and external HD.

    I have tried rescanning and resetting my computer, both to no avail. It is interesting to note that Memory Diagnostic Tool doesn't seem to want to work either...Microsoft only suggested rescanning and resetting, so I'm at a bit of a loss as to what to do.

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  2. #2


    Badger Guest

    Re: Disk Management Not Working?

    TJ,

    In order to install Vista, you need to insert the Vista CD and reboot.
    You may need to go into the BIOS and set the DVD drive to boot before the
    hard drive does.

    Click Install and let the CD do the work for you.
    You can create partitions after you click Install, and be sure to format
    NTFS to make Vista work.

    It would be best if you disconnect the external hard drive first.
    You can format the external hard drive after you install Vista.

    Badger



    "TJ90" <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote in message
    news:8c6c940b63d96108caa6207143618ef3@xxxxxx-gateway.com...

    >
    > I'm not entirely sure this hsould go here because I'm not exactly sure
    > what the issue is.
    > Basically, when I go into Disk Management, my interal hard drive,
    > external USB harddrive (Western Digital) and Disk Drive are all
    > unreadable. I am certain it was fine when I first installed Vista as I
    > formatted and partitioned both the internal and external HD.
    >
    > I have tried rescanning and resetting my computer, both to no avail. It
    > is interesting to note that Memory Diagnostic Tool doesn't seem to want
    > to work either...Microsoft only suggested rescanning and resetting, so
    > I'm at a bit of a loss as to what to do.
    >
    >
    > --
    > TJ90

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  3. #3


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      Thread Starter

    Re: Disk Management Not Working?

    I apologise, I mustn't have made my issue as clear as I thought I did.
    I have Vista installed, no worries there. The problem is that Disk Management is saying that my hard drives are unreadable...(hence the thread title)

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  4. #4


    R. C. White Guest

    Re: Disk Management Not Working?

    Hi, TJ90.

    "Unreadable"? I don't think I've ever seen that word in Disk Management -
    and I use DM just about every day.

    Can you give us the exact wording of the message?

    And please tell us exactly which Vista version you are running. A bit of
    hardware description also wouldn't hurt. Remember that we can see your
    computer - OR the steps that you are taking to get to that error message.

    Exactly what did you mean by "rescanning and resetting my computer"? By
    "rescan", do you mean a malware scanner? Which one do you use?

    But something here "does not compute", as they used to say in the old TV
    show. If your internal HDD is truly "unreadable", then how are you managing
    to load Vista and run Disk Management - and post to the Internet?

    RC
    --
    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX
    rc@xxxxxx
    Microsoft Windows MVP
    Windows Live Mail 2009 (14.0.8064.0206) in Win7 Ultimate x64 RC 7100

    "TJ90" <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote in message
    news:8c6c940b63d96108caa6207143618ef3@xxxxxx-gateway.com...

    >
    > I'm not entirely sure this hsould go here because I'm not exactly sure
    > what the issue is.
    > Basically, when I go into Disk Management, my interal hard drive,
    > external USB harddrive (Western Digital) and Disk Drive are all
    > unreadable. I am certain it was fine when I first installed Vista as I
    > formatted and partitioned both the internal and external HD.
    >
    > I have tried rescanning and resetting my computer, both to no avail. It
    > is interesting to note that Memory Diagnostic Tool doesn't seem to want
    > to work either...Microsoft only suggested rescanning and resetting, so
    > I'm at a bit of a loss as to what to do.
    >
    >
    > --
    > TJ90

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      Thread Starter

    Re: Disk Management Not Working?

    I think a screen shot is easier than me trying to explain.
    I haven't done anything I just go Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Disk Management

    The version of vista I am running is right under my name dude...
    If you are asking for a hardware description, tell me what hardware, there is a lot of hardware on a computer. Saying that, I'm fairly sure you meant hard drive specs?
    Internal: ST9160821AS ATA (That's what it says in properties, best I can do)
    150GB

    External: Western Digital "My Passport Essential" USB drive
    250GB

    In Disk Management if you go to Action, you will find an option to rescan disks, I thought someone using DM almost daily would know that. The rescanning and resetting I refered to was just the instructions Microsoft help gave me, they didn't help. Anyway, that was kind of a big post...I hope it helps someone in debugging this problem for me.

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    Bill Daggett Guest

    Re: Disk Management Not Working?

    TJ90 <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote:

    >I think a screen shot is easier than me trying to explain.
    >I haven't done anything I just go Control Panel -> Administrative Tools
    >-> Computer Management -> Disk Management
    You call THAT "unreadable"????

    Your mind is unreadable.

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    Bill Daggett Guest

    Re: Disk Management Not Working?

    Bill Daggett <Daggett@xxxxxx> wrote:

    >TJ90 <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote:
    >

    >>I think a screen shot is easier than me trying to explain.
    >>I haven't done anything I just go Control Panel -> Administrative Tools
    >>-> Computer Management -> Disk Management
    >
    >You call THAT "unreadable"????
    >
    >Your mind is unreadable.
    Mine is. Sorry.

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  8. #8


    R. C. White Guest

    Re: Disk Management Not Working?

    Hi, TJ90.

    What we have here is a failure to communicate. :^{

    You are under the impression that I'm a member of your Vista64 forum. You
    don't realize that the forum simply relayed your bare-naked post, with NO
    "member profile" information, to world-wide Usenet, and specifically to the
    Microsoft public news server and to the
    microsoft.public.windows.vista.hardware_devices newsgroup on that server -
    and that's where I'm reading and replying. So I do not see what is "right
    under your name, Dude". But I'm trying to help you, anyhow. And I STILL
    don't know what version of Vista you are running. The screen shot does tell
    me about your hard drives and your SECOND post adds more details (which
    should have been in your FIRST post). Also, you did not quote the prior
    thread in your latest post; doesn't Vista64 offer the ability to do that?

    Your screen shot shows Disk Management, but you obviously took the long,
    newbie way to get there, and that puts so much extraneous information around
    the important stuff that it makes me feel like I'm doing disk surgery
    laparoscopically - through a keyhole. Try just clicking Start, typing
    diskmgmt.msc and pressing Enter.

    Of course I know about "Rescan disks", but you said you "tried rescanning
    and resetting my computer" - and that is NOT the same thing! I wondered if
    you meant you scanned your computer for viruses and other malware. Have
    you? Recently? And to Reset a computer means to press what we used to call
    the BOB (Big Orange Button) - a "warm restart" - just short of a power
    off/on. You might need also to scan your disks with the disk manufacturer's
    diagnostic tools, such as Seagate's SeaTools.

    Your screenshot shows an icon that I haven't seen before. It's the little
    "x-in-a-red-circle" just before "Disk 0" and "Disk 1". That MIGHT mean the
    disk is "unreadable", but, as you said, it seems to conflict with the
    "Healthy" Status for all the volumes (partitions) on the two disks. I've
    not been able to find the meaning of the icons shown in Disk Management.
    (Help files often fail to explain these, or hide the explanations. :>( )
    The closest I've come is the page on "Troubleshooting Disk Management",
    including the paragraph, "A basic or dynamic disk's status is Unreadable."

    I'm an accountant - and retired, not a techie. I've learned from 30 years
    experience with PCs - and a lot of reading. But I haven't hit this problem
    before. So I hope one of the real gurus can explain to both of us what this
    little icon means and how to fix it.

    RC
    --
    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX
    rc@xxxxxx
    Microsoft Windows MVP
    Windows Live Mail 2009 (14.0.8064.0206) in Win7 Ultimate x64 RC 7100

    "TJ90" <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote in message
    news:a9df14d048a7cbcc524ea0eba1938bbb@xxxxxx-gateway.com...

    >
    > I think a screen shot is easier than me trying to explain.
    > I haven't done anything I just go Control Panel -> Administrative Tools
    > -> Computer Management -> Disk Management
    >
    > The version of vista I am running is right under my name dude...
    > If you are asking for a hardware description, tell me what hardware,
    > there is a lot of hardware on a computer. Saying that, I'm fairly sure
    > you meant hard drive specs?
    > Internal: ST9160821AS ATA (That's what it says in properties, best I
    > can do)
    > 150GB
    >
    > External: Western Digital "My Passport Essential" USB drive
    > 250GB
    >
    > In Disk Management if you go to Action, you will find an option to
    > rescan disks, I thought someone using DM almost daily would know that.
    > The rescanning and resetting I refered to was just the instructions
    > Microsoft help gave me, they didn't help. Anyway, that was kind of a big
    > post...I hope it helps someone in debugging this problem for me.
    >
    >
    > +-------------------------------------------------------------------+
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    > +-------------------------------------------------------------------+
    >
    > --
    > TJ90

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      Thread Starter

    Re: Disk Management Not Working?

    Yeah, OK, I agree, communication is a problem...the internet sucks for stuff like that.

    I'm running Vista Premium 32bit SP1.

    Running DM "the pro way" doesn't help in the slightest and doesn't really change it particularly much.

    Yes, I have rescanned the disks and virus scanned my computer, I'm not sure the diagnostic tools will have more luck, but I will try and post and update if they succeed, otherwise I hope someone can help me sort out this problem, it's quite frustrating.

    Quote Originally Posted by R. C. White View Post
    Hi, TJ90.

    What we have here is a failure to communicate. :^{

    You are under the impression that I'm a member of your Vista64 forum. You
    don't realize that the forum simply relayed your bare-naked post, with NO
    "member profile" information, to world-wide Usenet, and specifically to the
    Microsoft public news server and to the
    microsoft.public.windows.vista.hardware_devices newsgroup on that server -
    and that's where I'm reading and replying. So I do not see what is "right
    under your name, Dude". But I'm trying to help you, anyhow. And I STILL
    don't know what version of Vista you are running. The screen shot does tell
    me about your hard drives and your SECOND post adds more details (which
    should have been in your FIRST post). Also, you did not quote the prior
    thread in your latest post; doesn't Vista64 offer the ability to do that?

    Your screen shot shows Disk Management, but you obviously took the long,
    newbie way to get there, and that puts so much extraneous information around
    the important stuff that it makes me feel like I'm doing disk surgery
    laparoscopically - through a keyhole. Try just clicking Start, typing
    diskmgmt.msc and pressing Enter.

    Of course I know about "Rescan disks", but you said you "tried rescanning
    and resetting my computer" - and that is NOT the same thing! I wondered if
    you meant you scanned your computer for viruses and other malware. Have
    you? Recently? And to Reset a computer means to press what we used to call
    the BOB (Big Orange Button) - a "warm restart" - just short of a power
    off/on. You might need also to scan your disks with the disk manufacturer's
    diagnostic tools, such as Seagate's SeaTools.

    Your screenshot shows an icon that I haven't seen before. It's the little
    "x-in-a-red-circle" just before "Disk 0" and "Disk 1". That MIGHT mean the
    disk is "unreadable", but, as you said, it seems to conflict with the
    "Healthy" Status for all the volumes (partitions) on the two disks. I've
    not been able to find the meaning of the icons shown in Disk Management.
    (Help files often fail to explain these, or hide the explanations. :>( )
    The closest I've come is the page on "Troubleshooting Disk Management",
    including the paragraph, "A basic or dynamic disk's status is Unreadable."

    I'm an accountant - and retired, not a techie. I've learned from 30 years
    experience with PCs - and a lot of reading. But I haven't hit this problem
    before. So I hope one of the real gurus can explain to both of us what this
    little icon means and how to fix it.

    RC
    --
    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX
    rc@xxxxxx
    Microsoft Windows MVP
    Windows Live Mail 2009 (14.0.8064.0206) in Win7 Ultimate x64 RC 7100

    "TJ90" <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote in message
    news:a9df14d048a7cbcc524ea0eba1938bbb@xxxxxx-gateway.com...

    >
    > I think a screen shot is easier than me trying to explain.
    > I haven't done anything I just go Control Panel -> Administrative Tools
    > -> Computer Management -> Disk Management
    >
    > The version of vista I am running is right under my name dude...
    > If you are asking for a hardware description, tell me what hardware,
    > there is a lot of hardware on a computer. Saying that, I'm fairly sure
    > you meant hard drive specs?
    > Internal: ST9160821AS ATA (That's what it says in properties, best I
    > can do)
    > 150GB
    >
    > External: Western Digital "My Passport Essential" USB drive
    > 250GB
    >
    > In Disk Management if you go to Action, you will find an option to
    > rescan disks, I thought someone using DM almost daily would know that.
    > The rescanning and resetting I refered to was just the instructions
    > Microsoft help gave me, they didn't help. Anyway, that was kind of a big
    > post...I hope it helps someone in debugging this problem for me.
    >
    >
    > +-------------------------------------------------------------------+
    > |Filename: Untitled.jpg |
    > |Download: http://www.vistax64.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=14405|
    > +-------------------------------------------------------------------+
    >
    > --
    > TJ90

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