How Do you format a new Hard Drive using the Docking station

I recently purchased USB3-SATA-UASP1 docking station from Amazon along with a Seagate 3TB internal drive. The docking station is not recognizing the drive nut I assume it’s because it’s not partitioned or formatted.

Can I do that from the Usb3 port - and if so, could you please provide the steps?
I’m running Windows 7, 64 bit.

Hi Donald-

Thanks for posting with your question, I’ll be happy to help.

New hard drives have to be initialized before you can partition them- this can be done over USB or “direct” SATA connections.

To do this, the fastest way is to press windows+r, type diskmgmt.msc (the press enter). The window that comes up, Disk Management, will let you initialize and partition the disk.

Further details are here, however let me know if you’ve any other questions:…

To be able to use the full 3tb capacity you’ll need to choose the GPT/GUID partition table rather than MBR.

Best wishes-

Jeff Everett
MCITP Enterprise Support Technician
Plugable Technologies