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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


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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