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18-May-2007, 09:26 AM #1
Hard Drive not appearing in My Computer
Hi,

Just bought a seagate sata II hardrive and have just connected it to the motherboard. On boot up of vista it says new hard drive found and installs a driver. However it does not appear in 'computer' or to any other programs.

I have looked in the device manager and it appears there along with my other 2 harddrives. Furthermore I have just done a clean Vista install so it should work fine.

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18-May-2007, 09:31 AM #2
Is the drive Partitioned and formatted??
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18-May-2007, 09:35 AM #3
The drive is brand new, just had it delivered today.
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18-May-2007, 09:44 AM #4
Check in Disk Management and see what it says about it

Click Start>>right click My Computer>>Manage and then on the left-hand side click on Disk management.
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18-May-2007, 09:50 AM #5
It says not initialized and not allocated, i have attached a screen shot
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18-May-2007, 09:56 AM #6
OK go back into Disk Management and right click on it and choose Partition/Format
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18-May-2007, 10:03 AM #7
OK, i clicked intialize and then did the single volume wizard - it is formatting now, but it is taking a long time - should it be slow, it is only on 11%
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18-May-2007, 10:08 AM #8
Yes it will take awhile ...just let it finish.....let us know how it has gone after it has finished.
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18-May-2007, 10:12 AM #9
You may have to Restart the PC afterwards.
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18-May-2007, 10:20 AM #10
Ok will do. Cheers
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18-May-2007, 12:23 PM #11
OK, im there. After a few niggles its all working and I have hefty 300GB extra to play around with now, seems super-fast too. Thanks a lot for the help, was very useful.
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18-May-2007, 12:29 PM #12
Next time you do that, you can check the "Quick Format" box and the format will take about 30 seconds.
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18-May-2007, 12:33 PM #13
Yea but you can't grab a coffee in 30sec
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11-Aug-2007, 09:49 PM #14
Second Hard Drive Not Showing In My Computer
Thank god someone else had this problem, it must be 2 years or more since I used the My Computer\Manage etc.
I had forgotten where, what & how.
I am just doing the format part now & yes it is bloody well slow.
I did not really want to format it but hey as long as it works i will be happy.
Did I mention this is my old computer which i just dug out of the back of my garage.
Bit of junk really.

Win XP Home, which I really don't like.
2 Gig P4, much to slow to play Command & Conquer 3 with the graphics right up.
768 Ram (Not even DDR 1 or 2)
Radeon 9600 Pro 128, not a bad card but as my Agp slot is limited to 4x it is a waste.

Flippin hell, still only 28% through the format, will it ever finish & will it show in 'My computer'

I will let you know.
Thanks for the help.
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11-Aug-2007, 10:19 PM #15
2 Hard Drives Now Showing
Many thanks, the second drive is up & running, it was worth the long, long, long wait.

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