Can't erase hard drive to virgin status
Posted on 2014-07-11
I bought a brand new Western Digital 3TB drive to format and load windows 7 Ultimate. The short story is I made a mistake and now have two unallocated spaces. I did this within Win 7 using another computer. One is fine and I can create a partition if I wish. I did do this with Paragon Hard Disk Manager 14 but then when I went to create a partition from the second allocated space it will not allow me to do anything with the space. I then deleted the "good" partition thinking that would solve the problem, but it did not. See the two images attached. You will see in the good allocated space (on left) the program will allow me to do anything I want to it. The other unallocated space (on right) leaves me with no real options. I can't delete, format, partition, resize, nothing at all. I even opened it in Win 7 disk management and it is the same. Both programs see the unallocated space but can do NOTHING about it! Other strange things I noticed during my "mistake". Some warnings said the drive was not initialized, I also noticed the drive has no label name. I admit my mistake, but all I want to do is bork the drive back to its' original virgin condition and start over. I am a mid level experience guy on computers and have set up HDDs many times, but I have no clue what I did or how to fix it. Very frustrating. Please help. I want to do the easiest thing possible and be able to get back to virgin state and create one large partition to load Win 7 and then assuming it would be "normal" I can simply go in and resize, create more partitions, just like I've always done.