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  • Started 1 year ago by charliemike56
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charliemike56
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I have read several of the articles on HTG addressing this subject, but none quite get me where I need to go.

I have a Hitachi 2.5" 160GB 5400RPM SATA HDD. I used PartedMagic to wipe it for resale. I screwed up and removed all the partitions. Now when I try to format it it is not recognized. I can find it in Device Manager along with my Main HDD. But it is not recognized in Windows Explorer. Also, PartedMagic no longer recognizes it.
Any suggestions or did I just create a paper weight?

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raphoenix
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Open an Administrative CMD Prompt

Type in:

diskpart and press enter key

list disk and press enter key

Tell us what you see.

Posted 1 year ago
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whs
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Look into Disk Management - there you'll see it. Make a new partition (right click on the unallocated space).

Posted 1 year ago
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charliemike56
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@raphoenix I did as you suggested. The HDD shows up on Disk 5 "Online" 149GB Size 149GB Free

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raphoenix
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Alright do this using the same method above.

DiskPart <ENTER>

list disk <ENTER>

select disk X (Where X is the Number of the hard drive)<ENTER>

clean all <ENTER> (Will Take a While)

create partition primary align=1024 <ENTER>

format fs=ntfs <ENTER> (Will Take a While)

assign <ENTER>

active <ENTER>

exit <ENTER>

exit <ENTER>

Reboot the machine.

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charliemike56
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@raphoenix
I don't care what anyone says, you, Sir, are a genius. Thank you so much! You just made a friend for life!

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raphoenix
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You're Welcome My Friend.

Come back and visit often,

Rick P.

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whs
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@Rick, " format fs=ntfs <ENTER> (Will Take a While) "

For the future, may I suggest: " format fs=ntfs quick" -- that takes only a few seconds. And especially on a SSD, you don't want all those zeros from a full format on your disk.

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raphoenix
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@whs,

I do the long format and Clean All for OPs to ENSURE their Mechanical HDs are in good working order.

On a Known Good HD OR SSD, just Clean and Format fs=ntfs QUICK is the Best way to go. :)

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whs
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Looks like we agree.

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