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Installation of 2nd SATA drive probs


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#1 timeship

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 07:06 AM

Hi newbie here with probs, not an expertcan any one help please?

windows xp
installing a new samsung 640 g SATA h/d as a second drive,
connections all ok plugged into slot 2
pc runs up ok
test screen shows 2nd sata drive there
main screen comes up recognises drive says its all ok
but when i open explorer up it does not show it (no letter or name)
device manager shows its working ok but under volume tab its says its not initialised
been into bios , shows its there and all sections same as first h/d

so thats were i am at the moment, dont know where to go next to initialise it and get a letter allocated to it.
so, help!
Thanks for your time anyway

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 07:17 AM

Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Computer Management>Storage>Disk Management You should see the disk listed. Partition and Format, and call it a day.

Might be a shorter way to get to "Disk Management", but I have always been too lazy to check.

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 07:49 AM

Thanks dpunisher that did the trick,

thanks for the quick reply

seasons greeting to you

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 07:53 AM

Yup Dpunisher is right. Basically you need to format and partition it in order to use it.

A quick way to open disk management:

Click Start > Run and type diskmgmt.msc in the Open: line and click OK. The Disk Management snap-in will open.
If all else fails, hit the reset button.
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Posted 15 December 2008 - 08:01 AM

Thanks firekracker

never played with sata drives before and didnt know about the disk management side of it

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 09:54 PM

FWIW

Right Click on My Computer/select MANAGE/Disk Management

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 02:46 AM

On this same subject, if you do have more than one Sata drive, I'm assuming you have one jumpered as a master, then the others as slaves? And does it matter what Sata slot on the MB it is in? New to this Sata stuff, and thanks for any replies.

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Posted 17 December 2008 - 10:48 AM

Basically SATA drives are jumperless they manage themselves.
If all else fails, hit the reset button.
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