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Unable to initialize disk in Disk Management

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    Unable to initialize disk in Disk Management


    Hello, thanks for reading and any help you may be able to offer.

    I have a Western Digital external hard drive. Model WD5000C032 500GB. It's an older device that was working just fine on my Mac (I don't know what OS it was running and do not have access to it any longer). I have brought this HD with me and am now trying to use it on my Windows 8.1 lap top. When I plug it in, the device is not assigned a letter. I can search for it in disk management, but it is uninitialized. I have right clicked on the drive to initialize, and receive an error message "the specific disk is not convertible because the size is less than the minimum size required for GPT disks." I searched online and found a thread on sevenforums that suggested downloading and using Partition Wizard. I downloaded the program and opened the wizard, but it does not see my hard drive. The screen shot will display as far as I've gotten.

    I am completely at a loss. I am NOT computer savvy and all of this is a little over my head. I'm hoping someone will be able to help.Click image for larger version

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    I have tried basic troubleshooting (rebooting computer, unplugging device from wall outlet, unplugging device from USB, switching USB ports). At first I thought it was a problem with the driver, but the properties states that the driver is compatible and up to date. I do not want to lose any data that is on the drive if possible (lots of photos, music, etc.). Thanks again.
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    Hi welcome to 8Forums,

    I think since you've used it in your Mac before, that drive must have been formatted in a different file system format that Windows cannot understand. With that said, you might try to download and install HFS file system drivers to your Windows system so that it might possibly be able to read the file system format of that drive.
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    San Jose - California
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    You can try diskpart, open admin command prompt: Win+X->Comand Prompt(Admin)
    1. Type: diskpart <ENTER>
    2. Type: list disk <ENTER>
    3. Type: select disk # <ENTER> where # is the disk number, probably = 1, check on the list for correct #
    4. Type: clean <ENTER>
    5. Type: Exit


    Open disk management and right click on the disk to initialize->Simple and follow the screen to create a primary partition and format
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    Quote Originally Posted by frozwire View Post
    Hi welcome to 8Forums,

    I think since you've used it in your Mac before, that drive must have been formatted in a different file system format that Windows cannot understand. With that said, you might try to download and install HFS file system drivers to your Windows system so that it might possibly be able to read the file system format of that drive.
    Downloaded HSFExplorer and per instructions How to read Mac OS HFS drives in Windows for free - PC Advisor on this site, am unable to select the hard disk. It is not being detected. Not sure how to proceed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    You can try diskpart, open admin command prompt: Win+X->Comand Prompt(Admin)
    1. Type: diskpart <ENTER>
    2. Type: list disk <ENTER>
    3. Type: select disk # <ENTER> where # is the disk number, probably = 1, check on the list for correct #
    4. Type: clean <ENTER>
    5. Type: Exit


    Open disk management and right click on the disk to initialize->Simple and follow the screen to create a primary partition and format
    If I do this, the files saved on the external drive will not be erased, correct? That's my primary concern.
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    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
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    Quote Originally Posted by goldenblind221 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    You can try diskpart, open admin command prompt: Win+X->Comand Prompt(Admin)
    1. Type: diskpart <ENTER>
    2. Type: list disk <ENTER>
    3. Type: select disk # <ENTER> where # is the disk number, probably = 1, check on the list for correct #
    4. Type: clean <ENTER>
    5. Type: Exit


    Open disk management and right click on the disk to initialize->Simple and follow the screen to create a primary partition and format
    If I do this, the files saved on the external drive will not be erased, correct? That's my primary concern.
    No, The files will be deleted so you need to somehow get the data saved first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    No, The files will be deleted so you need to somehow get the data saved first.
    Thank you. I will try this tomorrow.
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    BELGIUM
    Posts : 503
    WINDOWS 8.1 x64


    You lost me,

    you want to initialise a disk in Windows which does not work right now, but on the other hand you want to keep the data??????

    Or do i understand this wrong.?

    Jeff
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffrys View Post
    You lost me,

    you want to initialise a disk in Windows which does not work right now, but on the other hand you want to keep the data??????

    Or do i understand this wrong.?

    Jeff
    Kind of missing something too
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