Strange error in Disk Management

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  1. Questor

    Questor Guest

    I have an IDE to USB dongle that works fine with all my spare disks save

    one. When I try to get it to install I get the "USB device installed

    correctly" tone but nothing shows up in the Computer panel.



    I then go to Computer Management and check on the disk. It is showing

    with a tiny red mark of some kind (very hard for my eyes to see) and the

    word "unknown" under Disk1. In addition, 'not initialized' is under the

    unknown notification.



    Right click on the disk and choose Initialize Disk. The pop up shows

    Disk 1 as checked and the radio button for MBR is pushed. Clicking "OK"

    produces the error "Incorrect Function" - which is what baffles me. How

    can it be an incorrect function if it is the only one selected? Is this

    a bug or an indication of some esoteric error that the disdk manager

    can't deal with?



    Questor
     
  2. AJR

    AJR Guest

    An option to initializing the disk - format.

    "Questor" wrote in message

    news:%23N7t5ao$KHA.1448@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...

    >I have an IDE to USB dongle that works fine with all my spare disks save

    >one. When I try to get it to install I get the "USB device installed

    >correctly" tone but nothing shows up in the Computer panel.

    >

    > I then go to Computer Management and check on the disk. It is showing

    > with a tiny red mark of some kind (very hard for my eyes to see) and the

    > word "unknown" under Disk1. In addition, 'not initialized' is under the

    > unknown notification.

    >

    > Right click on the disk and choose Initialize Disk. The pop up shows Disk

    > 1 as checked and the radio button for MBR is pushed. Clicking "OK"

    > produces the error "Incorrect Function" - which is what baffles me. How

    > can it be an incorrect function if it is the only one selected? Is this a

    > bug or an indication of some esoteric error that the disdk manager can't

    > deal with?

    >

    > Questor
     
  3. Questor

    Questor Guest

    Nope. When I click the OK button I immediately get the error. There

    are no further options displayed.



    Questor



    --->

    > An option to initializing the disk - format.

    > "Questor" wrote in message

    > news:%23N7t5ao$KHA.1448@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...

    >> I have an IDE to USB dongle that works fine with all my spare disks save

    >> one. When I try to get it to install I get the "USB device installed

    >> correctly" tone but nothing shows up in the Computer panel.

    >>

    >> I then go to Computer Management and check on the disk. It is showing

    >> with a tiny red mark of some kind (very hard for my eyes to see) and the

    >> word "unknown" under Disk1. In addition, 'not initialized' is under the

    >> unknown notification.

    >>

    >> Right click on the disk and choose Initialize Disk. The pop up shows Disk

    >> 1 as checked and the radio button for MBR is pushed. Clicking "OK"

    >> produces the error "Incorrect Function" - which is what baffles me. How

    >> can it be an incorrect function if it is the only one selected? Is this a

    >> bug or an indication of some esoteric error that the disdk manager can't

    >> deal with?

    >>

    >> Questor


    >

    >
     
  4. Chuck

    Chuck Guest

    On 5/28/2010 5:28 PM, Questor wrote:

    > Nope. When I click the OK button I immediately get the error. There

    > are no further options displayed.

    >

    > Questor

    >

    > --->

    >> An option to initializing the disk - format.

    >> "Questor" wrote in message

    >> news:%23N7t5ao$KHA.1448@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...

    >>> I have an IDE to USB dongle that works fine with all my spare disks save

    >>> one. When I try to get it to install I get the "USB device installed

    >>> correctly" tone but nothing shows up in the Computer panel.

    >>>

    >>> I then go to Computer Management and check on the disk. It is showing

    >>> with a tiny red mark of some kind (very hard for my eyes to see) and the

    >>> word "unknown" under Disk1. In addition, 'not initialized' is under the

    >>> unknown notification.

    >>>

    >>> Right click on the disk and choose Initialize Disk. The pop up shows

    >>> Disk

    >>> 1 as checked and the radio button for MBR is pushed. Clicking "OK"

    >>> produces the error "Incorrect Function" - which is what baffles me. How

    >>> can it be an incorrect function if it is the only one selected? Is

    >>> this a

    >>> bug or an indication of some esoteric error that the disdk manager can't

    >>> deal with?

    >>>

    >>> Questor


    >>

    >>


    >


    Can you identify the make & model of the disk drive, and perhaps the

    approximate date of mfr?

    A few drives were/are subject to a firmware update.

    Jumpers may also come into play.
     
  5. Questor

    Questor Guest

    --->

    > On 5/28/2010 5:28 PM, Questor wrote:

    >> Nope. When I click the OK button I immediately get the error. There

    >> are no further options displayed.

    >>

    >> Questor

    >>

    >> --->

    >>> An option to initializing the disk - format.

    >>> "Questor" wrote in message

    >>> news:%23N7t5ao$KHA.1448@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...

    >>>> I have an IDE to USB dongle that works fine with all my spare disks

    >>>> save

    >>>> one. When I try to get it to install I get the "USB device installed

    >>>> correctly" tone but nothing shows up in the Computer panel.

    >>>>

    >>>> I then go to Computer Management and check on the disk. It is showing

    >>>> with a tiny red mark of some kind (very hard for my eyes to see) and

    >>>> the

    >>>> word "unknown" under Disk1. In addition, 'not initialized' is under the

    >>>> unknown notification.

    >>>>

    >>>> Right click on the disk and choose Initialize Disk. The pop up shows

    >>>> Disk

    >>>> 1 as checked and the radio button for MBR is pushed. Clicking "OK"

    >>>> produces the error "Incorrect Function" - which is what baffles me. How

    >>>> can it be an incorrect function if it is the only one selected? Is

    >>>> this a

    >>>> bug or an indication of some esoteric error that the disdk manager

    >>>> can't

    >>>> deal with?

    >>>>

    >>>> Questor

    >>>

    >>>


    >>


    > Can you identify the make & model of the disk drive, and perhaps the

    > approximate date of mfr?

    > A few drives were/are subject to a firmware update.

    > Jumpers may also come into play.




    It is, or was, a Maxtor 80Gb drive. I have determined that it has

    crashed - permanently. The heads will not load. All they do is cycle

    to the disk and then snap back. No hope for it now. Since they never

    loaded, I figure the error was Disk Manager's way of telling that

    'something went wrong' by giving me the first error that popped into

    it's little mind.



    My thanks to the folks who answered me.



    Questor
     

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