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Cannot initialize laptop hard drive when connected to desktop.


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#1 trouble at mill

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 09:57 AM

Hello, I have taken out a dead hard drive from a Samsung notebook, I bought a replacement and wanted to initialize and format the new drive while connected to a desktop via usb, I can see the new hard drive in Computer Management listed as disk 5 unallocated, and not initialized, with a black bar at the top. I want to Initialize the drive and format it before putting it back in the laptop and loading an operating system. I have tried right clicking on the black bar to get an options list but the new partition option is grayed out. Can anyone tell me where I've gone wrong!.



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 10:59 AM

Try clicking on the disk number at the left and then right click > initialize

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 12:39 PM

I'd download Lili http://www.linuxliveusb.com/ and download and install something like gParted or Parted Magic. Boot it up - in BIOS just make sure your USB drive is primary bootable device or if you wish to burn it, have a spare CD  - boot up from CD you burned either of those Disk Managment OSs.

These are free, better (IMHO) and fast.

 

Cheers!


Edited by rebbael, 24 February 2014 - 12:40 PM.





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