Windows 10: Installing New Hard Drive To Replace one under warranty Solved

  1.    14 Feb 2017 #1

    Installing New Hard Drive To Replace one under warranty

    Recently I replaced a hard drive under warranty. 2GB WD. I received in it in the mail, hooked it up with a sata to USB cable to copy everything off the bad drive before I installed the new one. I formatted it, and created a (GPT Protective Partition) Upon completion of the transfer, I installed it in the machine. I cant see the internal drive in explorer .... but I can see it in Disk Mgmt and in Bios. I can't intialize it. The only option it gives is me is to convert it to a dynamic disk, that in which when I do... it errors back that I don't have enough space. Suggestions?
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    The drive also comes up that it has 100% Free Disk space... which I hope is untrue being that it hasn't been intialized and fully read yet. Worst case... I can format it and start from scratch since I have the other drive to copy from again. However, I don't see an option to do that either. Any help is greatly appreciated!
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       14 Feb 2017 #2

    The issue is that the drive has the GPT Protective Partition, what you wanted was a simple GPT partition scheme. See this article for info on how to remove the Protective Partition which is preventing you from formatting the disk: Troubleshooting GPT Protective Partition Issues
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  3.    14 Feb 2017 #3

    Fantastic! That worked! Thank You!
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       14 Feb 2017 #4

    Glad you got it working.
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