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Messed up formatting new drive

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    Messed up formatting new drive

    I installed a WD Black 4Tb internal drive and when asked, selected to initialise and format it as GPT. Then I created three simple volumes and all was well. Then I made the big mistake of deciding I didn't want that and tried to install it again as an MBR drive. I did something wrong somewhere as now I can't access the drive.

    I downloaded the WD drive utilities but they don't see the drive. Windows Disk Management doesn't either. I also tried booting from a live Linux but that doesn't see it either.

    I have tried three different SATA cables and ports and even tried the Marvel SATA ports rather than the Intel Z87 ones.

    Since the WD utilities can't see the drive I can't low level format (or rather write zeros everywhere) either so am stuck.

    Any ideas please?

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    I've used the free software AOMEI for this type of thing. Can you disconnect the drive and then hook it up via USB to another PC to run the AOMEI software on?
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    I'll give it a try, thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by azasadny View Post
    I've used the free software AOMEI for this type of thing. Can you disconnect the drive and then hook it up via USB to another PC to run the AOMEI software on?
    In addition to this. Since this is an internal drive, you might have to get a USB adapter that supports 4TB.
    BTW, does the BIOS recognize your hard drive ? If it does then you can try diskpart.
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