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Unallocated new HDD

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#1 Barnack


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Posted 05 December 2017 - 04:54 PM


i've recently bought a new internal HDD for my computer, 1TB, Toshiba.

I was ready to install windows 10 in it, but when i launched the installation, during some of thhe very first steps where it asks in which drive i want the OS to be installed, weird stuff started happening.

Of course the new drive wasn't allocated BUT it shows 0.0 MB of total size and 0.0 MB of free space. If i click on the "new" button (the one which would create partitions) i can only increase the numeric value up to 7 MB and it doesn't even let me apply that amount (would be useles, but at this point i just wanted to test things out).


Running diskpart, the fist time the new drive wasn't even listed. The second time it was listed but i couldn't apply any change to it.

From Windows graphical interface for disk management it says me "function failure" or something like that when i try to initialize the drive.


I looked around for similar problems, and most references were talking about 3 or more years old drivers, speaking of possible failures; but this one is totally new...

Any idea?

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 05 December 2017 - 05:39 PM

Disconnect any hard drives other than the one on which you intend to install Win 10.


What model Toshiba is this system?


What steps are you taking to in your effort to install Win 10 on an OEM system?  Do you have an OEM license or a retail license?



#3 Barnack

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 10:34 PM

The model of the hard drive is:



The point here is not the installation, the point is the hard drive being totally unusable. For what it matters i wouldn't be able to install even dos in there. I can't format it, i can't use it as storage, and as extension i can't install an os over it.

If i can't even initialize the disk in no way i would be able to do anything else.

(and yes i tried switching cables and ports on the motherboard still not result). 

From either the windwos installation DVD, Windows XP and Windows 10 (which are on different hard drives) that disk cannot be initialized.

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 10:52 AM

I think you have a dead drive but if you are familiar with Gparted Live you can create a bootable CD or USB flash drive and see if it detects the drive and lets you partition and format it. 


You want to create a GPT partition table, not MBR, if you computer is UEFI. 



Edited by JohnC_21, 06 December 2017 - 10:52 AM.

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