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Maxtor 160 hdd

I have a maxtor diamond16 160 hdd. The hard drive is recognized in device manager but comes up as unalocated in disk management. what do you think is the problem?

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  • gsalazar Nov 26, 2007

    I'm trying to use it as an external hard drive but I cannot initialize it, nor can I creat a partition. Sometimes it shows up as online in disc management but after a reboot it asks me to initialize the disc again.

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Is this hard drive formatted?

Posted on Dec 07, 2007

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What do you need to do with it? I am not sure you have a proplem.

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