So let me start off by telling you how my problem started. I had formatted a hard drive using an external SATA to USB adapter, Western Digital 320Gb SATA, to exFat32 in Windows 7 on my desktop computer. I then put the hard drive in my laptop, booted it up, and proceeded to install Ubuntu using an install disc. After the partitioning phase of installation, while Ubuntu was installing itself, my computer shut off due to a wonky power cord/battery problem. This is where the problem hit me. I rebooted thinking I would need to start installation again, but when it got to the partitioning phase my hard drive did not show up. I then took the hard drive out of my laptop and externally connected it to my desktop. It would not show up in 'My Computer' or 'Disk Management', but would show up in 'Device Management'. After searching on the web for days still yielding no advancement I hit a bit of luck. I went into device management, then properties for the hard drive, and tried to update the driver. It responded by saying the driver was up to date, however my hard drive now showed up in disk management as 'Disk 2'. Now starts a whole new problem. In disk management, on the left hand side of where it say 'Disk 2' on top of the icon of a hard drive is a red down arrow. Under 'Disk 2' it is labeled 'Unkown' and 'Not Initialized'. When I try to initialize the disk I get an 'Incorrect function' error. This is where I'm stuck. Any help/suggestions at all would be appreciated. Even a sigh of relief from someone else going through this problem would be nice so I know it's not just the universe hating me.