This is my first post to this forum.
Can I re-initialize, re-format, re-whatever, a WD4003FZEX so it's ready to be initialized for GTP?
My sister just purchased a new computer, Windows 8.1 Pro, and I decided this would be a good time to move to 4 TB external drives for backup. I run Win 7 Ultimate on my PC.
The only drives I trust anymore are WD Black. I purchased a pair of WD4003FZEX, Storage Review seems to like them, and two of those Icy Dock enclosures with the big fan in front. The big draw for the enclosures is the ESATA and USB 3 interfaces.
A quick Google and I now understand the what and why of GTP.
I went to the Win 8 control panel and stumbled into the “Storage Pool” window. The “Physical Drives” window did recognize the new drive. I didn't go far into that before realizing that was not what I wanted to do.
I went back to the familiar environment of my Win 7 PC, and found the following link:
As soon as I brought up the “Disk Management” window, the “Initializing Disk” window popped up. I selected GPT, and started formatting the 4 TB drive a couple of hours ago. It seems to be going fine.
When I bring up the “Disk Management” window on the Win 8 PC, the “Initializing Disk” window does not pop up. I don't see any "initialize Disk" button or menu item to bring that window up. I'm wondering if bringing up the “Storage Pool” windows somehow messed up the drive in a way that the “Disk Management” window no longer sees it as a disk that requires the “Initializing Disk” window.
Or is the procedure for doing this in Win 8 different from Win 7?
My PC is in the middle of formatting this new drive, so I'd rather not initialize the second drive to GTP on my machine right now, and my sister would like to be able to initialize a raw drive, and format it, on her own machine.
Edited by larry_l, 28 February 2014 - 02:57 PM.