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Win 8.1, GTP, and re-initializing Drive?

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Hi Folks:

This is my first post to this forum.

Short Question:

Can I re-initialize, re-format, re-whatever, a WD4003FZEX so it's ready to be initialized for GTP?

Long Story:

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:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2581408

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.

Suggestions?

Thanks
Larry

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Windows 8's Disk Management tool is pretty similar to Windows 7, shouldn't be any different. You may need to find it through Computer Management if it doesn't pop up by itself.

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Windows 8's Disk Management tool is pretty similar to Windows 7, shouldn't be any different. You may need to find it through Computer Management if it doesn't pop up by itself.

Thanks continuum:

It's kind of odd.

I was wondering if the enclosure might have a problem, so I put the second drive into the first drive's enclosure and the initialization wizzard popped up when the drive manager started.

So I put the first drive in the second drive's enclosure, and the first drive seems to be recognized and work fine.

I'm not going to take 6 hours to zero the drive, to see if the drive manager pops up the initialization wizzard, to be followed by another 6 hours to format and 8 hours to perform a new backup.

I was unable to find any menu or icon that would start the disk initilization on demand in the drive management window. How do I force that if I have this issue in the future?

I appreciate the time you have taken to help me.

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