"The operation cannot be completed because the disk is not initialized."What? Isn't that what I'm trying to do here? Do I have to pull out my Knoppix or GPartEd LiveCD just to get a drive formatted to NTFS for Vista? This is not looking good. Windows Help was worthless when I searched for 'initialize disk'. Back to Google, where I typed in 'vista' plus the error message in quotes, and got a page with a grand total of three (hopefully now with this post it will be four) pages. The first was no help: the guy formatted the drive in XP. The second and third results both contained the solution to the problem. Apparently, we're supposed to all recognize that space to the left of the disk space illustration as right-clickable. Yep, to get a disk initialized, you need to right-click that space and select "Initialize disk" (which writes the partition table, by the way):
Because some people simply can't handle the true scope of my geekiness.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Vista: Partitioning and Formatting a New Disk
I just got a new Terabyte hard drive, and I popped it into my Vista Media Center machine (Elrond). When I booted up, it said it recognized the new hardware, and it installed the disk. However, no drive showed up in the Computer folder, so I poked around in the Device Manager. The drive was indeed there, installed and working. I tried rebooting. No effect. Finally, I remembered that last time I had to manually format the drive (I guess the drives don't come pre-formatted to NTFS like they used to), and so (after refreshing my memory with Google) I Opened up Computer Management, went to Storage -> Disk Management, and there was my drive, sitting there labelled "Unallocated". Excellent: all I have to do now is format it, and I'll be on my way. So, I right-clicked on the drive, selected format, and went through the wizard. Then I got this message:
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The programmer who wrote that code for Vista already knew how to do this so there was no need for a prompt. Duh!ReplyDelete
Thankyou you just saved me a smashed monitor!ReplyDelete
This tip saved my time, thanks. MS can be more user friendly :)ReplyDelete
Thanks for taking the time to put this info up. There's nothing like getting a new drive and not being able to get it to work, or worse yet, thinking it's defective!ReplyDelete
thank you, this saved me some stress.ReplyDelete
I tried right clicking on the area you describe but the initialize option wasn't there.ReplyDelete
My disk was a brand new SATA II so maybe it was a different scenario.
Anyway, using DISKPART on the command line allowed me to define a partition which initialized the drive. Then the status in Disk Management changed such that I could then format it.
Thank you for posting this! I was stuck at the same spot. So simple, yet so unintuitive....ReplyDelete
it is crazy ..... i try initialize and erorr it is still thereReplyDelete
Thanks!!! That was TRULY USEFUL!!ReplyDelete