80GB Hard Drive Problem

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kingclaw

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Hi,

I needed more space on my pc so i bought an extra hard drive. I installed it on the second IDE, set my first harddrive as a master drive and set my second as a cable select (as it didn't have instructions for a slave drive). Booted the compyter, but the BIOS didn't pick up the new hard drive. When i booted Windows it would pick up the new hardware but I couldn't see it in Windows Explorer or My Computer.

I then unplugged the second hard drive and replaced my 2 CD-ROMS with it. So I had one hard drive on IDE1 and one on IDE2. This worked fine and the BIOS regonised it. However I can't plug both CD Roms and two hard drives because the IDE cables aren't long enough.

Does anyone have any idea what im doing wrong? Help would be greatly appreciated!
 
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If you are going to use cable select both hard drives must be set as such. The master goes at the end of the cable farthest from the motherboard with the slave in the middle. Not all cables support the CS setting. Once BIOS recognizes both drives, then you have to partition and format the new drive to be seen and used in My Computer. What operating system do you have?

Edit: You could also run into problems with the new hard drive due to the age of your system. So it might help to post that info also.
 
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Easiest way to set up would be to :

Set all jumpers for both harddrives and cdrom devices to CS (cable select)
Plug all devices to the cables in a fashion in which this can physically be done.
( most likely 2 HDs to one cable / 2 cdrom devices to the other cable )

If windows doesn't boot up, you may need to change your first boot device from IDE 0 to IDE 1 etc....

Once you are in windows, it should pick up the new device just fine.
The reason, you can not see it in explorer is because it is unallocated space ( you haven't formatted it yet)

Right click on MY COMPUTER icon, choose MANAGE
Go to DISK MANAGEMENT area and you will see your new drive there as UNALLOCATED space
right click and created partition / format NTFS etc..

good luck

Swiper
 

kingclaw

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Windows Xp. I had both drives set to cable select but still didn't work! I had the master drive in the middle of the cable because it said IDE 0 and the furthest from the motherboard says IDE 1. Can I partition and format the drive in Xp?

Thanks
 
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