Format / Initialize Mirror Raid dynamic drive

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I have a hard drive that was part of a Mirror Raid
Because it was a Raid Mirror, it was also set to as a Dynamic Drive
in Server 2003. I used it to test a system and then did not use it.
It is New.

I want to use it as my hard drive for my home computer, Windows 7 Pro.

I have tried to format it, but windows will not let me Initialize it, says drive is not ready.
I went to Properties under disk manager and tried to uninstall the drivers, did not work.

How can I  Initialize the disk and format it so that I can use it?

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Does Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Disk  Management find it?
If so, there's probably something on the disk that Windows doesn't like.
 Is it listed a Dynamic Disk in your computer? If so, convert it to Basic Disk
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/26829-convert-dynamic-disk-basic-disk.html 
 
Perhaps check this out if you want to erase everything on the disk and then format it:  http://www.killdisk.com/
It has a free version, seems like you have nothing to lose.
 
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Can you take screen shot of Windows Disk Management and post it here?
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Hello webdott,

I am assuming that you were using a 'soft RAID', correct?
  o Meaning that you created this RAID using Windows Disk Management apps.

In any event, Mr. PCableGuy suggests are right on target.  If you want to wipe a disk clean, Killdisk will do just that.

BTW, what sort of topology is the disk (IDE, SATA, SCSI)?

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Yep, you will need to nuke that disk (zero-fill).
As mentioned, KillDisk will do it, so will the Manufacturers diags utils, as well as several programs.
Most of them can be found on UBCD

Ultimate Bootdisk and diag utils: (lots of good stuff)
http://ultimatebootcd.com 

I prefer KillDisk as it seems to be about the fastest.  

Active KillDisk (if you just want that)
http://www.killdisk.com/

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whoops, missed that PCableGuy already linked it.   : /

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if i use killdisk,  i thought that makes the drive unusable?

i want to use the disk.
noxchoIT Product Manager
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Nope, killdisk will wipe the drive. Physically it must not kill it though nobus killed one old drive with it.

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so once i run it and it writes zeros on the drive,
is it as simple as inserting windows 7 and installing like on a new drive or
do i have to do something else to prepare it for installation of windows?
 
thanks for all your help on this
 
noxchoIT Product Manager
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Just run it on test machine first and see how does it work. Only then run on work machine.
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It worked awesomely!
I went to :  http://www.killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm
downloaded the ISO file found in the middle of the page.
after downloading, it has a burn iso application in the download.
clicked it and it created me a bootable DVD - you can also use a CD
ran the Free One Pass Zero's
rebooted with windows 7 cd and no errors or issues.
 
That was Sweeeeeet!
 
Thanks to all for the info.
I am going to divide the points due to the extra info provided from everyone.
It all helped me save hours of frustration.
RojoshoRTCC-III Level-2 Support

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Hey Webdott,
RojoshoRTCC-III Level-2 Support

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Hey Webdott,

Sorry about that, hit the CR too soon.

GREAT news and glad we could help.

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Hi Webdott,
Glad that worked out.
Everyone else, thanks for the additional advice on Killdisk.
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