Volume on Salvaged Laptop Hard Disc

  britianicus 12:06 12 Mar 2004

I recently put a salvaged Laptop Hard Disc into a caddy. XP is fine with it. I.e. it recognises it but it won't let me format whilst in XP itself. XP tells me to quit other apps etc before formatting it. But I have tried via "My Computer." When I try and format it thru the command prompt it asks me for the "volume" of the HD. How can I find this out or can anyone give me any ideas of doing it in XP?

  anon1 12:57 12 Mar 2004

If it is asking for the volume it would appear it does not know the size of the hdd. Look at the properties of the hdd. Failing that click here and download advisor

  JerryJay 14:09 12 Mar 2004

Just a guess. The drive you got must be a primay partition (bootable), so WinXP will not allow you to format it. I am not sure, but this could be the reason. Fdisk from dos is not a option because it is not easy to get usb device work under dos.

One program which is good format and partion is Partition Magic. As for free option, you could try Casper XP click here, click here. This is a program to help to move data from drive to drive, but it also provide some partition/format function.

  britianicus 14:53 12 Mar 2004

I managed to sort it out within XP but thanks for your help anyways.


  anon1 17:29 12 Mar 2004

well close the thread then, you know tick the box

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