Windows 10: Computer Management-Upgraded Internal Secondary Hard Drive Solved

  1.    08 May 2018 #1

    Computer Management-Upgraded Internal Secondary Hard Drive


    I have a Dell XPS-17 L702X laptop running Windows 10 Pro x64. I upgraded my 500GB internal secondary drive to a 1TB drive. I did not do a quick format of this new 1TB but rather did the full, longer format. The new, upgraded 1TB secondary drive was made active and assigned the drive letter D, which is the same drive letter as the original 500GB internal secondary drive. I don't have any problems accessing this new 1TB Drive D but I notice a problem with the drive listings in Computer Management.

    I know that Drive C is the OS drive and is marked Disk 0 and that my internal secondary Drive D should be marked as Disk 1. However, the internal secondary drive is listed twice, once as Disk 1 partition 1 (Simple-Basic-Raw-Formatting) and also as New Volume D (Simple-Basic-NTFS-Healthy Active Primary Partition). I think I made a mistake during the initial formatting when I chose quick format and then cancelled the operation, instead selecting the full format.

    I believe that my new, internal secondary drive should be marked in Computer Management as Disk 1 partition 1 (Simple-Basic-NTFS-Healthy Active Primary Partition). How do I remove the extra listing "Disk 1 partition 1 (Simple-Basic-Raw-Formatting), which is the third listing down from the top? I don't know why is still shows as "Formatting" because when I attempt to cancel this listing it tells me that it is already formatted.

    I have attached a screenshot of my Computer Management window. You can disregard "New Volume F" as this is an external 1TB drive that I use as a backup for my Drive D and also to store a redundant copy of an Acronis full backup of Drive C. I am currently transferring the information from my old 500 GB Secondary Drive D which I had previously copied to New Volume F, from the New Volume F drive to my new 1TBSecondary Drive D, the one listed as New Volume D (Simple-Basic-NTFS-Healthy Active Primary Partition).

    How do I remove the extra listing "Disk 1 partition 1 (Simple-Basic-Raw-Formatting) and if I remove it will the listing now shown as New Volume D (Simple-Basic-NTFS-Healthy Active Primary Partition) be relisted as Disk 1 partition 1 (Simple-Basic-NTFS-Healthy Active Primary Partition) or will it still be listed as New Volume D (Simple-Basic-NTFS-Healthy Active Primary Partition)? I can't find any way to delete "Disk 1 partition 1 (Simple-Basic-Raw-Formatting)" and I don't know if I will cause problems by deleting it. In any event, I have an extra drive listing in Computer Management that should not be there.

    I have also attached a screenshot of how these drives are listed on my computer under "This PC" in the Start Menu. I could be wrong, but I believe that my internal secondary drive should be listed as Local Disk D.

    Thank you in advance for your time and assistance.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Computer Management.JPG   This PC.JPG  
    Last edited by Sichuan; 08 May 2018 at 19:09.
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  2. Caledon Ken's Avatar
    Posts : 10,637
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1803
       15 May 2018 #2

    Hi Sichuan.

    Did you get this resolved?

    Can I ask why you mark your new drive "Active"?
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  3. storageman's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 1803 17134.137
       15 May 2018 #3

    Looking at the OP's Attachements, looks like the 1tb drive is still formatting ? I do not know when he took the screen shot, but until its formatted he's not going to be able to use it.
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  4. topgundcp's Avatar
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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       15 May 2018 #4

    Don't know how you go about formatting D: but it does not look right. To fix the problem, open Admin command prompt (Win+X->Command Prompt(Admin)) then copy & paste or type:

    diskpart
    select disk 1
    clean
    convert MBR
    create partition primary
    format fs=ntfs quick
    assign letter=D
    select partition 1
    inactive
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  5.    15 May 2018 #5

    Caledon Ken said: View Post
    Hi Sichuan.

    Did you get this resolved?

    Can I ask why you mark your new drive "Active"?
    Thank you for the reply, Ken. I appreciate it. Yes, I did get it solved but it had nothing to do with any expertise on my part. I simply rebooted the next day and the unformatted drive, the one that said "already formatted" when I attempted to format it, disappeared from Disk Management. I don't know how it got there in the first place. The only thing I did was copy the contents of the factory installed second internal drive that was going bad to an external drive, removed the old drive, replaced it with a new drive, did an extended NTFS reformat of the new drive and then copied my external drive contents to the new drive. I've formatted and reformatted drives dozens of time. I don't know what I did wrong this time.

    "Why did you mark the new drive "Active"?"

    I really don't know. It should be inactive as it is the secondary drive in the laptop. It shouldn't hurt anything if I leave it as is since Windows is going to boot from my OS drive first, even though the second drive is also marked Active. I may change it to inactive, although it really shouldn't matter.
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  6.    15 May 2018 #6

    storageman said: View Post
    Looking at the OP's Attachements, looks like the 1tb drive is still formatting ? I do not know when he took the screen shot, but until its formatted he's not going to be able to use it.
    Thanks for the reply, storageman. I think what happened is that when I first installed the 1TB secondary drive, to replace the 500GB secondary drive that was going bad, I chose to do a quick format. I then decided to do the extended reformat, so in essence I ended up with two listings of the same drive. The one drive listing that should not be there, the one showing that it is still being formatted, was actually already formatted. I have no idea why it showed "formatting". In any event, the "formatting" drive listing that should not have been there disappeared after a reboot the next day. Everything is as it should be, except the secondary drive is marked Active. I may or may not change it to Inactive, since leaving it as it is should pose no problems.
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  7.    15 May 2018 #7

    topgundcp said: View Post
    Don't know how you go about formatting D: but it does not look right. To fix the problem, open Admin command prompt (Win+X->Command Prompt(Admin)) then copy & paste or type:

    diskpart
    select disk 1
    clean
    convert MBR
    create partition primary
    format fs=ntfs quick
    assign letter=D
    select partition 1
    inactive
    Hello topgundcp. Thank you for your reply. Actually, everything is OK. The drive listing that "doesn't look right" should not have been there in the first place and disappeared after a reboot. The correct D drive listing, marked Active, is functioning properly. I may or may not change it from Active to Inactive. I many or not change it from MBR to GPT. I haven't done any research to determine whether or not my laptop is suitable for GPT.

    I have included a new screenshot of Disk Management. You will note that everything is as it should be, with the exception of New Volume (D:) being marked Active instead of Inactive. The only thing I still don't understand is why this new drive D did not get labeled as Disk 1 partition 1, which is the correct labeling for it in Disk Management.
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  8. Caledon Ken's Avatar
    Posts : 10,637
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1803
       16 May 2018 #8

    Great. I would mark inactive so it doesn't cause potential issues latter (Recovery, reload, etc)

    I'm going to assume it does not call it partition 1 as there is only one partition. Keeps the view cleaner.
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