System Type: X86-based PC
Processor Type: Intel Core 2 CPU firstname.lastname@example.orgGHz
Processor Clock Speed: 2.13 GHz
Dell Service Tag Number on case: C8K69C1
Mfg Date: 122006
I while ago I had one of the original WD 250Gb HDDs fail within my Dell PC. I replaced it with a 500Gb Seagate and everything connected straightaway. The problem is that it does not appear when I open "My Computer" nor does it appear in Disk Manager, although Intel Matrix Storage Console recognizes the Seagate and old "good" WD.
When I hit F2 upon start up the Seagate is listed as attached to a Port as SATA RAID (sorry I am not sure what that means). I opened the tower case and found the wires connecting from where the old and dead WD 250Gb HDD was and where the new Seagate 500Gb HDD is mounted. The wires trace back to a connection on the motherboard that is labeled "SATA1" which is immediately adjacent to where the "good" WD 250Gb HDD is connected which is labeled "SATA0".
After reading some forum posts I disconnected the wires leading from the Seagate and attached it to the motherboard where it was labeled "SATA4". I rebooted the PC and pressed F2 to "setup". In setup I made sure that SATA0 through SATA5 were "on". Saved and exited and although it recognizes that the Seagate 500Gb is on SATA4 in Bios, still nothing appears in Device Manager, Disk Management or My Computer.
I also tried SATA5 with the same results. After F2 setup RAID is the only choice, IDE, achi is not an option; end result is that Disk Management does not recognize Seagate HDD. I do not have an option for "RAID off" it is either "RAID on" or "RAID Autodetect".
How can this newbie obtain access to the Seagate so that I can free space on my C:? Please note that as a “newbie” I have limited knowledge of the computer vernacular. Your patience and assistance is appreciated in advance.
Edited by pigskinzen, 08 May 2015 - 09:20 AM.