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Unable to initialize my hard drive in Vista

I can see my 2 newly installed hard drives but when I go into disk management and right click it does not give me the option to initialize - it only gives me the option to delete volume. I am the only one that uses my new computer and therefore I have not set up any seperate user accounts and supposedly I am the administrator according to information in the user accounts page of the control panel. Please help.

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    Yikes! Format it??? I previously had been able to preserve all my files on my hard drives without any problem when swapping in between my computers. I believe Tim is right about the jumpers - only thing is I'm not sure what the proper position for the jumper would be - my friend did it last time for me and he's away. If you have some insight on how to position the jumper - I'd really appreciate it.



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What you need to do is format your computer and select the drives that are not being partitioned.It is a problem with the way you partitioned you computer in the very begining.
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Try checking the jumpers on the hard drives. Are they installed on a separate controller or the motherboard.

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