I have a Dell Studio Desktop 540 running Windows 7 Home Premium. Recently, I bought a Western Digital WD Caviar SE HDD, model WD5000AAJS-57YFA2 (SATA) off of Craiglist. It was cheap and I thought I would use it as an internal backup drive to my Seagate. I was able to install the drive into the tower with no problems. However, upon boot up my Seagate HDD with the OS was very slow and when it finally finished it would just flash a screen with the following information pertaining to the WD secondary HDD: AMERICAN MEGATRENDS INC. V 2.61. The system would then finish booting into my Windows 7 OS. I went to My Computer/R Click/Manage and could not find the WD HDD within Device Manager or Storage Devices so I could not format the WD HDD for use. I then disconnected the Seagate HDD and booted up the pc using the WD HDD only. This gave me a screen showing again the American Megatrends Inc v 2.61, www.ami.com. According to the information displayed it was able to find my peripheral USB drives, including the SD slot on my printer plus the keyboard and mouse. However, it stated there was an 03 HDD error and gave me the option of pressing F1 for reboot (which didn't work) or F2 for Setup. Pressing F2 took me to American Megatrends BIOS v 1996-2006. I then set up that to boot to a 3.5 floppy drive that should have put me in DOS mode and allowed me to run the disk erase software on the floppy but all I got was a screen full of purple squares. I then attempted to boot to the CD-ROM with my Windows 7 disk enclosed in an attempt to install the OS to the WD HDD. This was unsuccessful as I got the error that no drivers could be found and to insert the disk containing drivers for the install to continue. I have never tried to install a second hard drive to a pc before so I am now at a loss as how to proceed further and am afraid to attempt much more because I do not want to risk corrupting my primary HDD with the OS. I do not have another SATA capable pc to attempt install with so I could play around and try to figure out why this WD disk appears to be protected from formatting for use.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how I should proceed or did I buy a WD HDD paperweight?
Thanks in advance for any help. All the Best.PS (10 May 12-1147) I wanted to add that I have researched the Western Digital website and the several downloads it has pertaining to this particular drive and I am a bit confused as to how to apply the software, or how to use it, to prepare the drive for use along side my Primary drive. Any education you can give me on that would be very helpful.
Edited by CainyG, 10 May 2012 - 10:51 AM.