initialize an erased drive

I erased a drive with WiebeTech DriveErazer.

Then I tried to initialize it in Disk Management.

Disk Management is telling me "Can't be initialized" and "Drive Not Ready."

I think I've done this before though.

Any suggestions for making this drive useful again?

Ron Hicks
Ronald HicksConsultantAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Use something like Kill Disk to erase all partitions and then try again in Disk Management to initialize it.

http://www.killdisk.com/erasepartition_win.htm

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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Is this internally connected drive? Check if all cables are connected tightly.
rindiCommented:
Maybe the disk is failing? Use it's manufacturer's diagnostic tool to find out.
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nobusCommented:
i had such a problem years ago by using killdisk - it was good and well killed - and i never used killdisk again

i assume the disk shows up in the bios?

Then i would test the disk on another PC first - and connect it directly to a sata cable, not over USB; but it's possible it was bad, or you have a bad connection

how is it connected?  usb or sata ?
Ronald HicksConsultantAuthor Commented:
i queried wiebetech, and they suggested I rerun the erase.  i did and was able to initialize the disk afterwards.  Crystal though is reporting "caution" status, based on 200 unallocatable sectors.

Thanks all.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You are very welcome and I was happy to assist.
Ronald HicksConsultantAuthor Commented:
I meant unrelocatable sectors .
WakeupSpecialist 1Commented:
I know this is old, but wanted to give some information from what I know about the issue.  What the Drive Erazer did most likely is that it usually 'locks' the drive when it is erasing.  For whatever reason it appears that the drive may not have been unlocked.  Reattaching it to the Drive Erazer most likely unlocked the drive again.  Perhaps the Erazer was stuck on the bad sectors.

I used to help test these units and provided some tech support.  It's been a few years though so some things may have changed.
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