How To Activate a New Drive

How To Activate a New Drive

What is a Drive?

A drive is a location (medium) that can store and read information that is not easily removed, like a disk or disc. All drives store files and programs used by your computer. For example, when you write a letter in a word processor, the program is loaded from the hard drive.

How To Activate a New Drive

In Disk Management, select and hold (or right-click) the disk you want to initialize, and then select Initialize Disk. If the disk is listed as Offline, first select and hold (or right-click) the disk, and then select Online. Some USB drives can’t be initialized.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get my computer to recognize a new drive?

In Disk Management, right-click the volume and select “Change Drive Letter and Paths.” In the new window, click “Change.” Here you can assign a new drive letter to your USB and click “OK.” This should fix the problem.

How do I open a new drive on my computer?

To create and format a new partition (volume)

The select Control Panel > System and Security > Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management. In the left pane, under Storage, select Disk Management. Right-click an unallocated region on your hard disk, and then select New Simple Volume.

How do I add a new drive in Windows 10?

Windows 10 and 11

  1. Right-click This PC and select Manage.
  2. Open Disk Management.
  3. Select the disk from which you want to make a partition.
  4. Right-click the Unpartitioned space in the bottom pane and select New Simple Volume.
  5. Enter the size and click next, and you are done.

How do I reactivate my D drive?

You can restore the D drive within two steps if your D drive is not missing from your computer.

  1. Press “Windows + R” and type “diskmgmt.
  2. Click “Action” > “Rescan Disks”.
  3. Press “Windows” and type “Create a restore point” in the search bar, then click “Open”.
  4. Click “System Restore” > “Next”.

How do I fix my drive not being detected?

  1. Solution 1: Check BIOS for hard drive detecting.
  2. Solution 2: Connect the hard drive to another computer.
  3. Solution 3: Change the drive’s letter.
  4. Solution 4: Diagnose by the sound that the hard drive is making.
  5. Solution 5: Data Recovery Software.
  6. Solution 6: Call a data recovery service.

Why doesn t my drive work?

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How to format a hard drive?

PC Instructions

  1. Select the drive you wish to format from the list.
  2. Right click on the drive and select Format.
  3. Enter a name for the drive in Volume label and select the format type in the File system dropdown box.
  4. Click OK. It will take a short while to delete all the files and change the format of the disk.

Can I format hard drive from BIOS?

Now that we know it is impossible to format a hard drive from BIOS you must be wondering if there is any other way of formatting a hard drive. Of course, there is; therefore, there’s no need to worry. The easiest way for you to do this is to boot the system with an installation media like a USB flash drive, DVD or CD.

How do I fix my new hard drive?


  1. Unplugging and re-plugging the external HDD or USB drive.
  2. Uninstalling and reinstalling disk drive.
  3. Running hardware and device troubleshooter.
  4. Running disk scan for hard drive errors.
  5. Running CHKDSK command.
  6. Assigning a file system to the hard drive in Disk Management.

Why is my new hard drive failing?

Physical contact or damage, heat, humidity, dust, power surges, or even time can cause hard drive failure. Dust, water, or dropping are some reasons HDDs fail, shortening their lifespan. Avoid taking your device with you when it’s not needed and cleaning it helps you conserve the hard drive and the data on it.