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    Hard Drive Won't Initialize ??

    I have this 500gb Seagate SATA hard drive that I am unable to initialize. it shows up in disk management as: not initialized & show a small circle with a red arrow pointed downward. When I try to initialize it, the virtual disk manager says: Device not ready. I tried Diskpart & did a clean on it but still wont work. Did a lot of searching on the web to no avail. Any suggestions or will I nee to chuck it ? Thanks........................
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    The first thing I would do is run Seatools on it. I would have done that before running any other tools like Diskpart.

    I prefer to run it off of UBCD5. But if that's not your boot drive, you could run the Windows version.
    https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorial...s-how-use.html

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    Thanks Midknyte, I'll give that a shot. Funny, I never thought of that. Guess the age is getting to me...Don't have time tonight, but will try tomorrow.......................
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    I downloaded & installed SeaTools for windows. However, it does not see the drive. I have the drive in a cradle powered by USB. I use these cradles all the time for accessing, formatting, etc. Disk management sees it but not the tool. When I first apply power to the drive, I get a message stating that I need to format it. When trying, I get another message saying windows cant format & to check if connected properly & to make sure it is not read-only, etc.
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    Seatools should be able to see drives in a USB enclosure. Seatools will even see non-Seagate drives. It sure sounds like the drive is bad. You could try another USB enclosure or even hooking the drive up to a SATA port on the motherboard.

    It's futile to mess with other fixes if you can't verify that the hardware is good.

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    yes, you're right about the futile process. I'll fuss with it a bit longer then trash it. Thanks for the help, anyway. You win some, & lose some. The name of the game.lol
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