My Carver 2tb internal HDD is finally formatted. But, now the drive letter(s) won’t stick. I’ve tried several programs and have been Googling for days. Please help.
Mobo: Asus Striker II
OS: Windows Vista
HDD: WD Caviar Green Internal SATA 2 TB WCAVY1039971
Initially I had a very hard time getting vista to even recognize the drive (BIOs always saw it and it’s full size), I tried several programs to no effect and went from thread to thread trying different fixes. Ultimately, what worked for me was actually finding this post:
http://community.wdc.com/t5/forums/forumtopicpage/board-id/caviar/thread-id/32;jsessionid=2A8593E62EB69232830DF31D053B47F3 which lead me to this post: http://seagate.custkb.com/seagate/crm/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=211211&NewLang=en which basically tells you to go to here: http://www.nvidia.com/Download/ScannForce.aspx?lang=en-usand upgrade your sata drivers. Also, for anyone who’s working on this, I had to go to this page several times and install several updates–it doesn’t do everything all in one.
So that took about two weeks and the end result is that when I go into disk management, Vista sees and recognizes that I have a formatted drive but it doesn’t have an assigned disk letter to it. I can assign one to it and it’s even recognized in “my computer”, but once I reboot, it’s gone.
So, I’ve tried the following programs and haven’t been able to get the drive letter to stick:
* Vista’s Disk Management
* EASEUS Partition Master 4.1.1 Home Edition
* Paragon Partition Manager (free version)
* Acronis True Image WD Edition
I’ve also tried creating several different sized partitions:
1 x 2tb
2 x 1tb
3 x 2/3TB