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Hard drive shows as unallocated in Disk Manager


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#1 Dacar92

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Posted 11 July 2016 - 08:45 PM

Hi,

 

I just finished this build and loaded Windows 10.  I have a SSD that Windows is loaded on.  Since I didn't have enough sata data cables I used one for the SSD and the other for the optical drive to get some drivers loaded.  Once I didn't need the optical drive any longer I switched the data cable to the 2 Tb HDD.  I also used a different sata connector on the Motherboard.  The disk shows up in the disk manager but as allocated after I initialized it.  The drive is empty.  

 

Any thoughts?


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Posted 11 July 2016 - 09:00 PM

The disk shows up in the disk manager but as allocated after I initialized it.  The drive is empty.


Do you mean unallocated, as per the title? If I understand your post correctly to mean you have a new (therefore empty) 2TB drive that you have just initialized, then that sounds normal, the space has not been allocated to any partitions. You can right click on the unallocated space and create whatever partition or partitions you want on the drive.

Please explain further if I've misunderstood.

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Posted 11 July 2016 - 09:04 PM

You are correct in how you read my post.  The drive is brand new, no data, just installed today.  I thought it would show up immediately in My PC as a usable drive.  Just like an external drive or flash drive does. 


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Posted 11 July 2016 - 09:10 PM

No, brand new internal hard drives are not normally supplied partitioned or formatted, as the requirement for it to be initialized on first connection indicates. The HDD manufacturer of course has no idea how you might want the drive partitioned up or what file systems you might want to use on it. It's all your own choice! :)

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Posted 11 July 2016 - 09:16 PM

Thanks!  It's solved.  And I feel like an idiot!


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Posted 11 July 2016 - 09:36 PM

Glad it's sorted. I hope I didn't say anything to make you feel bad, we all do some head scratching the first time we encounter an unfamiliar scenario.

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Posted 12 July 2016 - 07:58 PM

Glad it's sorted. I hope I didn't say anything to make you feel bad, we all do some head scratching the first time we encounter an unfamiliar scenario.

No, you're good.  I just feel like I should have remembered that. It's like forgetting to hook up the CPU power and wondering why the computer won't boot up.   :smash:


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