For a different function, I already use an external USB-connected fully-enclosed hard drive on the same machine, and so I know that Windows can normally see and access any externally-attached memory device.
The new dock station is USB-connected also. The operating system on my machine is WinXP SP3.
The problem is that I can't format the Samsung drive in the external dock. In Disk Management, the brand new Samsung is seen as an 'uninitialised' drive with unallocated space, but when I right-click to format the drive, the partitioning/formatting function is greyed out.
With the new Samsung drive in the dock and connected to the PC, I've run my utility that normally makes partition and whole disc images but the utility doesn't fully launch and instead corrupts. It's a utility that runs in a pseudo-DOS environment and I've been successfully using it for years. So, it looks as though it too cannot fathom what's externally attached by way of a drive.
Anyone any idea as to what's happening here? It's years since I ever did a complete disc copy and I can only presume that the utility, like Windows, cannot properly see the drive because the drive is USB-connected and is, as yet, unformatted.
But why can't I format the drive in Windows Disk Management? What exactly does 'uninitialised' mean and how is an 'initialised' drive achieved?
There are some jumper pins on the Samsung drive but an information leaflet supplied with the drive states that those pins are not relevant for normal SATA2 operation., so I don't think the problem's caused by that.
The question as to whether the system BIOS recognises this new external drive-in-its-dock doesn't arise, of course, because this is a USB-connected device.
Is my only recourse to install the Samsung drive temporarily into my machine and to use my WinXP Setup CD to pre-format the drive?
Most drives I've bought have come pre-formatted to FAT32, but this one has come completely unformatted. It's still odd that Windows cannot see it sufficiently in Disk Management to allow me to format it, mounted in the external dock.
Edited by meditator (Sat 16-Apr-11 14:19:16)