Hard Drive Hilarities

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by PowerHour, Aug 1, 2003.

  1. PowerHour

    PowerHour Guest

    Hi guys, I just bought a 40gb WD hard disk today and I installed it as prescribed in Maximum PC mag(yay for learning how to do this wacky computer stuff myself).

    There is one problem though. The drive is recognized by the BIOS as primary slave drive, however, it gets no recognition in windows. When I do Compmgmt.msc and go to the disk management window, I see my master hd showing up normally, the slave drive shows up but says Unallocated.

    I cannot assign a drive name, cannot format, cannot create partition. I have connected and re connected the drive jumpers etc... but it doesn't change.

    OS is win2kpro.

    any help is appreciated and will get you into the good graces of the Puppy God.

  2. canadian_divx

    canadian_divx Canadian_divx

    ok simple fix that i had problems with too, you need the data lifeguard tool from WD's site. in there downloads section it goes on to a floppy and then u reboot and just follow instructions, read the read me file when u download that program and all will be good
  3. canadian_divx

    canadian_divx Canadian_divx

  4. canadian_divx

    canadian_divx Canadian_divx

  5. canadian_divx

    canadian_divx Canadian_divx

    i got bored so there is the prog just wun it in windows and it will creat a floppy
  6. PowerHour

    PowerHour Guest

    +5 on your puppy god karma scale, but sadly, I do not have a 3.5" drive.

    Got anything else for me?:(
  7. canadian_divx

    canadian_divx Canadian_divx

    well umm other than finding a way to burn it to cd, and i dont know how. you can go to work or a friends and do it there and bring the thing home unless, if you have partition magic you MIGHT be able to do it with that but i dont know. never done it before like that
  8. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

    Sacramento, CA
    what happens when you try to format, partition, etc? do you get an error message or what?
  9. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

    If it's unallocated you should just create a partition and format it....

    I'm as curious as taurus to hear any error messages.
  10. PowerHour

    PowerHour Guest

    When I'm in the window I described before and I right click on the drive, it comes up with 3 options, create partition, prpoperties, help. And create partition is in grey. Cannot click it:mad:

    there is no error message or anything, it just doesn't let me do it.
  11. canadian_divx

    canadian_divx Canadian_divx

    my idea would be to pull it is a pc that has a flopy drive and do it there
    and then bring it back to host pc
  12. PowerHour

    PowerHour Guest

    Yeah I had that idea to. Thanks for the links and stuff divx, much appreciated:)
  13. jonifen

    jonifen pffff...

    I think the drive needs initialising before partitioning and formatting...
  14. PowerHour

    PowerHour Guest

    And how do I do that please?