HDD formatting problems

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Hardware' started by RobThaRobba, Apr 26, 2013.

  1. RobThaRobba

    RobThaRobba New Member

    Jan 20, 2013
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    So Ive just gotten my PC back from repair; everything is working perfectly, except for a HDD.

    I have 3 drives, one being a SSD with the OS on it, the other two being WesternDigital 1TB drives. The problem is that one of the two HDDs is recognized, but not intractable.

    The repaired PC came back freshly re-installed (on the SSD), and I proceeded to format the two unformatted HDDs using Disk Services. I had no problem formatting the first drive (a WD1002FAEX-0). But the second behaves very strangely (an old WD10EAVS-00D).

    It is recognized by the BIOS, post and device manager and listed there alongside its companions with the correct storage space. But in the Disk Services, "datenträger2" (data storage device 2, i have windows in German) is listed but does not have a volume; the bar is simply empty and grey. Right clicking it gives me the options to convert it to a dynamic drive/ GPT drive (both of which don't work), but the two top sections used for formatting are greyed out.


    I checked multiple times if the SATA and power plugs are in correctly, but i cannot verify if the disk is spinning (too loud PC).

    I am using an ASUS p8p67, and all other components are working fine.

    Thanks for any help,

    - Rob
  2. Digerati

    Digerati Extraordinary Member
    Microsoft MVP

    Oct 25, 2009
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    If you rest your fingers on the drive, you can often feel it spinning. To be sure, if the drive is unmounted from the case, sensing motor movement may be easier - just take care not to touch the circuit traces on the drive's controller board while live.

    What was the status of this drive before the repair? Was this drive expected to be working upon return from the repair shop? If so, you might consider taking it back. You might also try this drive in another computer, or an enclosure attached to another computer to see what happens.

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