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#1 iron mum

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 12:47 PM

I added a second sata which I am going to put Vista on.
My first sata has xp and I'm planning on keeping it for the moment.
The problem is that my new sata shows up in the bios and hardware manager but not in my computer, when I click on my comp I can see the first drive © my DVD and CD but no second hard drive.
What heve I missed?, I don't plan on raid and set them as two seperat drives (I think).
Any help will be great.

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 01:33 PM

Any newly installed, unformatted hard drive...will show up in the BIOS and in Disk Management...but cannot be reflected in My Computer/Explorer until it is formatted/partitioned.

Once you install Vista, the partition/drive will be visible in My Computer.

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 02:37 PM

Thanks hamluis, thats what I thought but what was confusing me was that when I tried to install Vista it only found my first sata.

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 04:12 PM

Since you are installing Vista on a separate drive...I would just disconnect the drive with XP and try the Vista install.

I try to eliminate all points of contention when I'm doing an install.

If your BIOS supports RAID mode, make sure that this is not enabled. That's the one instance where the system could see two drives as one and be working perfectly.

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 07:40 PM

Since you are installing Vista on a separate drive...I would just disconnect the drive with XP and try the Vista install.

I try to eliminate all points of contention when I'm doing an install.

If your BIOS supports RAID mode, make sure that this is not enabled. That's the one instance where the system could see two drives as one and be working perfectly.

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oh yeah, and it'll trash your Boot sector if you don't unplug it. I've had trouble with it more than once already...

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 06:11 AM

Since you are installing Vista on a separate drive...I would just disconnect the drive with XP and try the Vista install.

I try to eliminate all points of contention when I'm doing an install.

If your BIOS supports RAID mode, make sure that this is not enabled. That's the one instance where the system could see two drives as one and be working perfectly.

Louis


oh yeah, and it'll trash your Boot sector if you don't unplug it. I've had trouble with it more than once already...

That's good info. Thanks I forgot.
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Posted 25 February 2009 - 12:23 PM

Thanks everyone I got it working, no problems.
The only enoying thing was I had to buy the 64 bit disk from microsoft but my comp is quite happy with Vista.

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 01:02 PM

Well done...happy computing :thumbsup:.

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