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I am unable to initialize my simpletech 500gb disk. It shows up in MY Computer and Disk Management but is in-accessible and shows disk as unallocated.

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  • tmorse2 Feb 01, 2010

    will not format.

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Then you need to go into Disk Management, right-click on the disk and format it.

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  • Art Ellison
    Art Ellison Feb 01, 2010

    If the hard drive won't format, then it sounds like it has gone bad on you. Is it still under warranty? If so, submit it for replacement. If not, I guess you'll have to get another one.

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