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Adding a new Hard Drive


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#1 KermitD

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Posted 17 May 2005 - 08:40 PM

I bought a new whaley 250 GB HD. When I cabled it up and started my computer, XP found and installed the driver for it. Setup sees it as my Secondary Master. Control panel/System/Hardware says it's working fine. "My Computer" doesn't show it. This means I can't partition it nor format it. I know I'm overlooking something simple, but I have been overlooking it for the last 10 hours and would sure like someone to give me a clue.

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Posted 17 May 2005 - 09:23 PM

Did your new drive come with a install Floppy or CD? If so you should try running it.
WIuld that be a Western Digital 250 GB drive from whaley.com that you bought?

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Posted 17 May 2005 - 10:22 PM

Right click My Computer, select manage and look for disk management on the left, highlight it. Now look to the right for your new drive, right click it and partition it and/or format if needed. After this it should show healthy, you should now be able to "see" it in My Computer.

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Posted 17 May 2005 - 10:25 PM

I bought a new whaley 250 GB HD. When I cabled it up and started my computer, XP found and installed the driver for it. Setup sees it as my Secondary Master. Control panel/System/Hardware says it's working fine. "My Computer" doesn't show it. This means I can't partition it nor format it. I know I'm overlooking something simple, but I have been overlooking it for the last 10 hours and would sure like someone to give me a clue.

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I think you have your HD to the second IDE in the main board >Maybe wrong JL

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Posted 18 May 2005 - 12:48 AM

did you try the jumper settings on the HD? (if any)

beleive me that is THE simplest thing to overlook... and you can get quite embarassed if that is the problem...

Edited by legoman786, 18 May 2005 - 12:52 AM.

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Posted 18 May 2005 - 08:32 AM

You have installed it fine, you just need to partition the drive wherupon the system will see drive letters (D: drive, E: drive, etc.) and then format the partition(s) so you can use them.
In the old days it was FDISK from a boot floppy, maybe that's been replaced by Disk Manager like QQQQ said - have to confess I've never tried it!
Look in your system help for partitioning a new hard drive - just make really sure that you have the right drive before you do anything to it!

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Posted 18 May 2005 - 10:02 AM

Assuming your jumpers are correct and you've cabled correctly, did you go into the BIOS and have it search for your drive? Depending on your jumpers and cabling, it should search for Primary Slave or Secondary Master or something like that.

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Posted 18 May 2005 - 07:19 PM

In Win98SE it was done from DOS with FDISK and FORMAT. In WinXP it's done with Admin Tools, look for Storage or Disk Administration. Even though the BIOS will recognise the 233GB (real binary space on the 250GB-marketted drive), WinXP has not yet mounted it. Selecting the drive and adding one or more NTFS partitions (or adding an 8GB Win98SE partition to play legacy games on and making the rest NTFS storage) will be easy if you mount the drive with the Storage Admin tool.
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