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need help formatting a drive out of a DVR

by salworks4u / October 19, 2008 10:22 AM PDT

I purchased 2 hard drives out of a dvr system. When I hooked them up, my computer didn't show them. I've got a Dell inspiron with vista athlon 64 dual core in case that matters. I want to format them for use as storage, any advise? The drives are western digital caviar se 500gb SATA drives.

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Checked Disc Managment?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / October 19, 2008 10:55 AM PDT
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tried that -didn't work-thanks
by salworks4u / October 19, 2008 12:57 PM PDT

I tried that but that didn't work---it says :disk 1 unknown/Not Initialized-so i rt clicked to initialize....=the drive cannot find the sector requested. any other ideas??? thanks grif

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Did you
by Jimmy Greystone / October 19, 2008 1:06 PM PDT

Did you partition it like was suggested in Grif's post? Meaning deleting any existing partitions and creating new ones.

If that doesn't work, there's a chance the drives are locked. If that's the case, unless you can guess the password to unlock them, you bought yourself a couple of useless drives.

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The Link I Provided Showed...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / October 19, 2008 1:34 PM PDT


3. Right-click an unallocated region on your hard disk, and then click New Simple Volume.
4. In the New Simple Volume Wizard, click Next.
5. Type the size of the volume you want to create in megabytes (MB) or accept the maximum default size, and then click Next.
6. Accept the default drive letter or choose a different drive letter to identify the partition, and then click Next.
7. In the Format Partition dialog box, do one of the following:
If you don't want to format the volume right now, click Do not format this volume, and then click Next.
To format the volume with the default settings, click Next.

8. Review your choices, and then click Finish.

Are you not able to do the steps above?

Hope this helps.


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by salworks4u / October 19, 2008 1:55 PM PDT


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Just another link and...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 20, 2008 12:30 AM PDT
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by salworks4u / October 20, 2008 1:19 AM PDT

tried that too but no go-there's no blue or black lines indicating partitions or allocated space. any other ideas? both show/do the same thing.

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it's dead or badly configured.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 20, 2008 1:32 AM PDT
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Sorry, if the drives do not show in the BIOS screen or you forgot to connect a power or data cable then you need to review your work.

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by salworks4u / October 20, 2008 1:38 AM PDT

they do show in the bios screen- they say "sector not found" when i try to initialize them. any ideas--thanks

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Looks dead to me.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 20, 2008 1:40 AM PDT
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Last hurrah? The drive maker's test programs.

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Why not try the WD Diags to test the drives and to wipe
by VAPCMD / October 20, 2008 3:59 AM PDT
In reply to: Looks dead to me.

'em ?

Once should be able to connect partition and use normally.

Also depends on what version of the OS you are using as to how much of the HDD you see when you try to partition and format.


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