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    Disk-management problem

    I took a hard drive from my old Vista machine. It is a sata drive. Put it in a USB 3.0 shell and plugged it in. My plan was to then format it. The drive does not show up in windows explorer. It does show up in disk management. However, there is no option to format or assign a drive letter when right clicking. Right clicking only offers properties or help everything else is grayed out.

    Any suggestions?
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    Have you tried initializing it? Right click in the grey square on the left.

    cheers, Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul T View Post
    Have you tried initializing it? Right click in the grey square on the left.

    cheers, Paul
    I had not but tried it now. Attempted to initialize using first GPT and then MBR. Both failed with error saying I/O device error. Any other ideas?
    Last edited by jcgc50; 2015-11-25 at 12:07. Reason: correcting typo

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    Either the disk has gone to god or it doesn't like the caddy. I assume the PC has a USB3 port?

    cheers, Paul

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    Sounds like you're going to have to try it on another computer and/or remove it from the enclosure and hook it up another way...experiment and find out what exactly is keeping it from functioning. Eliminate one possibility at a time until you find the culprit.

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    Old drive death?

    Man, that drive is AT LEAST 7 or 8 years old!

    Maybe admit that the drive just by being moved around a lot (removed from old PC, installed inn enclosure a.s.o.) may have finally have given up it's ghost. I have experienced that myself a few times.

    OR: Is the USB port/hub that you attached it to set to allow Windoze to turn the power off? Easy check and fix...
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    Tried it in another enclosure and on another computer and got the same error message. Appreciate the help but am going to pitch this one.

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