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This is a discussion on Need to create a new partition on my harddrive within the Hard Drive Support forums, part of the Tech Support Forum category. So I have a WESTERN DIGITAL WD5000AAKS Caviar Blue 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" internal hard drive.


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Old 07-21-2010, 07:55 PM   #1
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So I have a WESTERN DIGITAL WD5000AAKS Caviar Blue 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" internal hard drive.

I am trying to use the Vantec Sata/IDE to USB adapter so I can pull info from my old hard drive, however my computer isn't recognizing it.



On the Vantec manual it says:
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6. Creating A New Partition:
Note: Most hard drives should come with a CD that includes its
installation program. If not, a download should be available on
the manufacturer’s website. The best way to partition a new
hard drive is by using the manufacturers program. However, if that
is not possible, please try the following instead (if using Mac OS 9
or below, please refer to your hard drive documentation for
information on formatting/partitioning the hard drive):
I purchased the bare drive and I'm not sure what exactly to download from their website that can accomplish what I need done so I tried another option listed with the manual.


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Windows XP/2000:
1. Right click on "My Computer" and choose Manage.
2. Under “Storage” on the LEFT pane, select Disk Management
3. Windows should now give you the option to initialize the disk.
Continue through the wizard leaving the values at their defaults. If
the wizard does not appear, locate the new drive in the lower right
pane, right click on the new disk (where it reads "Disk #") and
choose Initialize. (This step will only be required if a red error
symbol is displayed.)
4. Locate your hard drive in the bottom right pane. Right click on the
area with a status bar (to the right of the “Disk #” area) and choose
New Partition.
5. Follow the directions of the wizard. The recommended partition
type is “primary” and the recommended file system is “NTFS.” Please
note that Windows XP/2000 limits FAT32 partitions to only 32GB.
Also, Windows 98 is not capable of reading the NTFS file system.
6. Once complete, you should now be able to see the drive in
Windows Explorer.
My problem is on step 3. The wizard does not appear and I don't understand what it means for the rest (latter half of part 3 and all of part 4). Here is a clickable thumb of what I see if that helps.


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Any help to get this adapter running/ a new partition created would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-21-2010, 08:23 PM   #2
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Let me see if I have this straight, you have two drives, one is brand new out of the box, the other is a drive that came from another PC? Which one is connected to the Vantec adapter? What is the C drive shown in Disk management? Is there power connected tot eh drive on the USB adapter and is it spinning up?
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Let me see if I have this straight, you have two drives, one is brand new out of the box, the other is a drive that came from another PC? Which one is connected to the Vantec adapter? What is the C drive shown in Disk management? Is there power connected tot eh drive on the USB adapter and is it spinning up?
Sorry I wasn't clear. I upgraded my computer (Replaced motherboard, ram, processor, harddrive, etc.) and my new hard drive is the Western Digital 500GB Sata drive. My old hard drive is a Western Digital 250GB IDE drive, which is whats connected to the Vantec adaptor. The power plug/switch is on.


I installed Windows XP and my Mobo drivers on the new hard drive, and it runs fine, however the Vantec manual mentions that a new drive partition may need to be created on some hard drives in order to use the adapter.



I plug my old harddrive to the adapter, plug it to the USB port, and flip the power switch I can hear the old IDE drive cycle on. My computer registers that there is a "Mass Storage Device" plugged in. For example, the below thumbnail shows an icon that appears when its plugged in.


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This is what comes up when I double click that icon.


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When I click the properties button.


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And this is what happens when I go to My Computer. With a normal USB flash drive a folder will appear at the bottom/ an autorun application will run.



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When you click on the icon, and you see the screen in pic 2, select the drive and choose stop and post a sctreen cap of the dialog that opens up. It looks like the drive itself isn't being recognized, - regardless of whether there is a partition or not, this should show the drive model, maybe no logical volume. It appears the drive is not being recognized.
What is the model number of the old drive?
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The old HD is a Western Digital Caviar SE.

Model number is WD2500AAJB - 00WGA0

This is what comes up when I click stop.


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btw just to be thorough I tried another old IDE drive. It does the same exact thing/shows the same exact thing as the WD2500 that we've been discussing.
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If the drive is being detected, it should be shown by model number. Are the drives spinning? Perhaps the power adapter isn't functioning. Make sure the adapter is plugged in completely to the drives.
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Its plugged in completely to the drives and the drives are spinning. I just borrowed my moms laptop and the adapter works just fine on the laptop. Here is the screenshots of the manual which led me to believe I needed a new partition.



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And I was in the process of trying this and I got stuck on step 3. (At that point I created this thread).

I couldn't find anything on the HD's website but perhaps its because I don't know exactly what to look for.


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The drive in question was detected correctly on her laptop?
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Yep it works fine on her laptop.
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