Can't initialize hard drive

  Christopher Lewis 16:20 11 Sep 06

I'm using Windows XP
After an upgrade to a working machine, I want to move the drive to this machine. The drive is connected and running, but I can't initialize it.
In Computer Management/Disk Management the Disk 1 icon appears, but has what looks like a 'No Entry' sign next to it. It is labelled as 'Not Initialized'. If I right-click on the shaded bar, the option for 'New Partition' is greyed out.

How can I make this drive useable?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:45 11 Sep 06

Check jumper settings have you set it as slave if internally connected or master if connected in a external caddy.

  Christopher Lewis 18:19 11 Sep 06

Fruit Bat
Thanks for the interest. There are no jumpers, it's an SATA drive, linked straight to the mainboard. I was able to treat some other drives in the way I've described, without any problems.

  irishrapter 18:25 11 Sep 06

Try right clicking on the "no entry" sign, see if that has any options.

You could try using other software to format the drive, partition magic, Acronis etc.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:36 11 Sep 06

Assuming a new drive(no data on it) just right click the drive and select initialize.

Once initialised you can then patition and format.

  Christopher Lewis 19:23 11 Sep 06

Thanks guys, that was one thing I hadn't thought of!
I right clicked on the combined 'Disk/No Entry' icon, and was given the option to initialize.
Thanks again

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