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Internal h/d used as external with docking station problem


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#1 talx

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 08:35 AM

i have a docking station (recently acquired )that you can insert an ide/sata internal hard disc and use it as an external storage device (similar usage as a caddy but easy removal of h/d).

i admit this docking station can be temperamental but it seems to work, i have used an ide h/d in it and this shows up in 'computer' (Windows 7).

Today i acquired a sata external h/d (500gb off ebay) and tried it out in the docking station, unfortunately it is not recognised in 'computer' the docking station is recognised but not the sata h/d

this sata h/d is recognised in 'devise manager' and in 'disc management' so i thought i would 'format' it from there sadly on right clicking the largest partition (464gb) of the disc the only option i have is 'delete volume' and 'help' all the rest is greyed out.

i have had this problem before but with a different device (R-Driver 3) which was a lead instead of a docking station, but thought the lead might be faulty.

any help on this will be appreciated, thank you.

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 05:51 PM

Used drive. First thing I would do is download the drive makers diagnostics from the website
http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?lang=en#2 for Western digital

http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/downloads/seatools

The Seatools will usually work for other brands.

If the drive passes, then I'd think about removing the partition and recreating it then formatting the drive. But not til I knew it was good.

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