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External Hard drive not getting recognized


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#1 ddhruv

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Posted 16 May 2016 - 08:15 PM

Hi,

I'm using windows 10. I have an external hard drive(1 TB), that doesn't show up in My Computer (This PC). So the deal with my hard drive is this: It was originally an internal hard drive for another laptop, but I used a case and an adaptor to turn it into an external. It still had all the old OS files (That was Windows 10 too). It worked perfectly fine, but I wanted to clear that data and install Linux on it. I formatted the drive, and it cleared all my data as required. It seemed to work fine after that. While I was installing a linux ISO file onto the drive, the install froze so I cancelled it and unplugged the hard drive. The next time I plugged it in, it did not show up under my computer. However, when I go to disk management, it shows up but it is not initialized. When I try to initialize it I get an error "The specified disk is not convertible because the size is less than the minimum size for gpt disks.". When I click on properties for the drive, it says that the drive has 0 capacity. How can I fix this?



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 16 May 2016 - 09:25 PM

Most likely Windows does not detect the drive because it now has a linux file system on it. The easy way is to download Partition Wizard and wipe the drive. On a 1TB drive it will take awhile using Quick Zero Fill. This will give you a clean slate to either reinstall linux or create a partition and format to NTFS.



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Posted 16 May 2016 - 10:04 PM

I downloaded the partition wizard and it doesnt detect my external drive. Any advice?



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Posted 17 May 2016 - 06:41 AM

Attach your external. Open an elevated command prompt. CMD in the search box > Right click run as administrator.

 

Type the following commands

 

diskpart           Opens the diskpart window

list disk            Is your external drive listed?  If it is then type

select disk X   where X is the number associated with your external. Make sure you are selecting the correct number as the next command wipes the disk

clean all          this will zero the disk and put it in a clean state.

exit                 exits diskpart

 

If list disk does not detect your drive then I would download and run Seatools for Windows which will diagnose the drive if detected.






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