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Vista won't quite recognize my SE16 HDD

by pieholes / September 20, 2013 6:01 AM PDT

I had used this drive (SE16 - WD5000AAKS) as a NAS drive for quite awhile as a backup drive....but stopped using it awhile ago. I thought that I'd put it back into service but as a standard drive in my computer. I hooked it up with a SATA cable and it is recognized on the bootup screen and shows up even in storage/disk management....but not in My Computer. Its status is "healthy," but the only options that I get when I right click on the partition is "delete volume".

Here is a screen capture of the Disk Management screen:

While I am open to reformatting the drive (since there isn't really any useful info on it) I don't see why I should have to. Also, the option is greyed out when I right click on the disk partition in disk management?

Any ideas on how I can get My Computer to see the HDD?



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That's proper for say a Linux EXT2 formatted drive.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 20, 2013 6:23 AM PDT

You said NAS but didn't reveal it's formatting. We know Windows won't identify most partitions beyond what Microsoft will admit to.

Why not start over as a fresh new drive. Delete all the partitions on that drive, create a new one and format it?

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Assuming you want to use the entire drive
by mchainmchain / September 20, 2013 5:56 PM PDT

If you look, you've got three partitions going on here.

The first two total 1020 MB in size. The third one is 464.72 GB in size. The two 1020 MB partitions combined is a little less than a full GB.

To get full use of the entire drive, you'll need to delete all three partitions to get to use the 465.76 GB available for you to use.

I'd delete all partitions and create a single partition using all available space (465.76 GB) and format it as NTFS. You can use the quick format option or the full format option, either will work. Full format will take some time, as it is a bigger drive.

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