Formatting harddrive

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by Tom Cook, Jul 29, 2007.

  1. Tom Cook

    Tom Cook Guest

    I have an un-used harddrive that I am trying to install in my new vista pc.
    It was listed as "not initialized". So I attempted to initialize it and
    recieved the message that it was write-protected. How do I get around this?
    Tom Cook, Jul 29, 2007
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  2. Tom Cook

    freddy Guest


    You partition, format and assign a drive letter using Disk Management in
    Vista: Right click Computer (formerly My Computer) select Manage and then
    Disk Management.
    freddy, Jul 29, 2007
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  3. Tom Cook

    Tom Cook Guest

    Yes, I did all of that. My question was about the harddrive being write
    protected, and how to get around that problem.
    Tom Cook, Jul 30, 2007
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    PaulB Guest

    Right click on the drive in Computer and select properties. Then select the
    Security tab and check what permissions are set. You should be in an
    administrator account when you do this. Your administrator account should
    have full control.
    PaulB, Jul 30, 2007
  5. Tom Cook

    Tom Cook Guest

    I was in an administrator account when I did what I did. Next suggestion
    please. How do I un-write protect this harddrive? Could it possibly be a
    jumper that needs to be moved around on the harddrive?
    Tom Cook, Jul 30, 2007
  6. Tom Cook

    freddy Guest

    freddy, Jul 30, 2007
  7. Tom Cook

    Tom Cook Guest

    Ok, I did a bit of exploring on the Maxtor/Seagate website, since this
    harddrive is a maxtor. They have a troubleshooting section. One of the
    initial steps in the troubleshooting is to list your OS. Vista is not even
    listed as an option. So I am wondering if this harddrive might not work with
    Vista. Its an ATA internal.
    If this is the case, would it be possible to boot up to Vista, then try to
    install XP on the ATA drive, letting XP take over and do the formatting,
    using fat 32? This is very important to me. I want to setup a dual boot
    system, so that I can use my stuff from before Vista.
    Tom Cook, Jul 31, 2007
  8. Tom Cook

    Tom Cook Guest

    I have tried your link a few times and the directions do not work, because
    when I click on the properties there is no security option to click on. I
    have tried it both from windows explorer and from control panel. Any more
    suggestions? I still can not access my new unused drive.
    Tom Cook, Aug 14, 2007
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    Cal Bear '66 Guest

    Control Panel (Classic view) > Administrative Tools > Computer Management
    (approve UAC) > highlight Disk Management (near bottom of left hand pane) >
    Right click on the new disk in the left pane and first set up Partition (s),
    then format and assign drive letter.

    Search Vista's Help and Support for partition and format for guided
    Cal Bear '66, Aug 14, 2007
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