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Can't format a unallocated hard drive, in disk management

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Hey guys,

I put in an older WD 250GB HDD, that previously had two partitions. When I put it in, I went to disk management to delete the partitions, because I wanted to format as one big hard drive, instead of two partitions. So I right clicked and deleted the partitions, and now it says unallocated...but when I right click it, it only gives the options of partitions, when I usually see format. The options in the partitions were either primary or secondary. I wanted it as a logical, but that was grayed out. I'm not sure on this primary or secondary extension, that's why I didn't choose any one of them. I want it formatted as one single 250GB HDD.
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It may be because it was previously and Active Partition. I'd recommend trying out Acronis Disk Director Suite to work out that problem. Otherwise, I'm seeing a reformat of the whole drive in the future.

EDIT: If you boot up a "Live CD" of Ubuntu there is a really nice program that allows you to resize your partition without losing any data. I would try using that due to the fact that it is free.
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Or.... quickly reformat by booting from the WD DLG utility.
    
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Thanks for the replies, guys. That WD DLG Utility worked like a charm. Weird though. It formatted the drive in a couple of seconds. I was expecting at least 20 mins. Anyway it's formatter and it works.
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most will give you the option of quick format or ... forget what it's called... long format. you obviously did it quick-like.
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