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I need help with Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Stumped, Jan 26, 2010.

  1. Stumped

    Stumped Flightless Bird

    I just installed a new Hard Drive and my computer can see it. I cannot
    manipulate it in any way. Can someone please help me assign it a name
    through DOS so that Ill be able to access it through windows?
     
  2. Bruce Chambers

    Bruce Chambers Flightless Bird

    Stumped wrote:
    > I just installed a new Hard Drive and my computer can see it. I cannot
    > manipulate it in any way. Can someone please help me assign it a name
    > through DOS so that Ill be able to access it through windows?



    The new hard drive cannot appear in Windows Explorer or My
    Computer, nor can disk management assign it a drive letter, until it has
    been partitioned and formatted. Right-click My Computer > Manage > Disk
    Management. Create and format partition(s) on the external hard drive
    as desired.

    (Oh, by the way, there is no "DOS" in WinXP.)


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  3. Stumped

    Stumped Flightless Bird

    Well I attempted that and nothing can be done with the drive. The right
    click options pop up as grey. it says its a primary partition its healthy
    and its GPT protective partition. Still cant access it though. Any
    workarounds?
     
  4. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "Stumped" <Stumped@discussions.microsoft.com> said this in news item
    news:EB9E3931-C1C2-4D00-A904-817128806642@microsoft.com...
    >
    >
    > Well I attempted that and nothing can be done with the drive. The right
    > click options pop up as grey. it says its a primary partition its healthy
    > and its GPT protective partition. Still cant access it though. Any
    > workarounds?


    You could use diskpart.exe from a Command Prompt, e.g. like so:

    diskpart{Enter}
    list disk{Enter}
    select disk 2{Enter}
    list partition{Enter}
    select partition 3{Enter}
    detail partition{Enter}
    delete partition{Enter}
    (this is the only command that will modify the disk)
    exit{Enter}

    Note that diskpart is a very sharp knife. Use it with care!
     
  5. LVTravel

    LVTravel Flightless Bird

    "Stumped" <Stumped@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:EB9E3931-C1C2-4D00-A904-817128806642@microsoft.com...
    >
    >
    > Well I attempted that and nothing can be done with the drive. The right
    > click options pop up as grey. it says its a primary partition its healthy
    > and its GPT protective partition. Still cant access it though. Any
    > workarounds?


    Apparently not an out of the box new drive if it is formatted as a GPT
    drive. A lot of information about GPT disks here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/device/storage/GPT_FAQ.mspx

    Pegasus has the apparent fix for you to access the drive and be able to
    partition and format per Bruce's post.
     
  6. John John - MVP

    John John - MVP Flightless Bird

    Stumped wrote:
    >
    > Well I attempted that and nothing can be done with the drive. The right
    > click options pop up as grey. it says its a primary partition its healthy
    > and its GPT protective partition. Still cant access it though. Any
    > workarounds?


    You're not clicking at the right place. Instead of clicking on the
    partition click on the Disk # button at the left. You didn't give us
    your Windows version, I suspect that you are using XP 32-bit. Windows
    XP 32-bit cannot read or write to GPT disks, you will have to change the
    disk to a basic MBR disk.

    John
     
  7. D. Kirkpatrick

    D. Kirkpatrick Flightless Bird

    In article <28036338-EE07-44A3-A055-ECD5935D9540@microsoft.com>,
    Stumped <Stumped@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

    > I just installed a new Hard Drive and my computer can see it. I cannot
    > manipulate it in any way. Can someone please help me assign it a name
    > through DOS so that Ill be able to access it through windows?




    The broader question is how it is wired.

    In most computers (broad statement here) there is a concept of a
    master drive and a slave (second) drive.

    On some systems you need to hard code this by changing a small jumper
    located on the rear of the hard drive chassis at the time it is
    installed. The manufacturer has documentation that shows where to
    place this jumper for master and slave.

    Then on other systems, you can place that jumper in a slot called
    "cable select" and the software can then determine which is the master
    and which is the slave.

    This may also be followed by a need to get the system BIOS to
    recognize that it is there. When you cold boot (power up from being
    shut off) you usually get a screen offering to enter the Set up screen
    before Windows loads. You may need to check in those screens to see
    if the second drive is being seen or not.
     
  8. D. Kirkpatrick

    D. Kirkpatrick Flightless Bird

    In article <EB9E3931-C1C2-4D00-A904-817128806642@microsoft.com>,
    Stumped <Stumped@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

    > Well I attempted that and nothing can be done with the drive. The right
    > click options pop up as grey. it says its a primary partition its healthy
    > and its GPT protective partition. Still cant access it though. Any
    > workarounds?




    If the drive can be seen but not accessed you may be able to format it
    with a program called Western Digital Data Lifeguard Tools.

    It is manufactured specifically for Western Digital dries but is a
    freeware and can be used to access other drives.

    I have an external Firewire drive that was originally on a Mac and
    Windows refused to deal with it. I used the above to access it and
    format it and it works like a charm.

    Careful however... this is a sharp can opener and could destroy your
    main hard drive if you do not choose wisely.
     
  9. Patrick Keenan

    Patrick Keenan Flightless Bird

    "Stumped" <Stumped@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:28036338-EE07-44A3-A055-ECD5935D9540@microsoft.com...
    >I just installed a new Hard Drive and my computer can see it. I cannot
    > manipulate it in any way. Can someone please help me assign it a name
    > through DOS so that Ill be able to access it through windows?


    You can't do that through DOS, because DOS does not exist on XP. What
    you see as a command window, or "dos box", is XP without the window
    dressing.

    The problem is that you haven't prepared the disk, which means initializing
    it, creating at least one partition, formatting, and assigning a drive
    letter.

    The easiest approach is to right-click on My Computer and choose Manage.
    Choose Disk Management, then right-click on the drive. You should be asked
    to initialise it, and after that, you can create the partition, format it,
    and assign a drive letter.

    If you really have to use a command prompt, launch diskpart. It will do
    exactly the same thing as Disk Management, without the UI.

    HTH
    -pk
     

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