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Hard drive formatting instruction for brand new hard drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by rskin2001, May 16, 2006.

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  1. rskin2001

    rskin2001 Thread Starter

    Sep 20, 2004
    I installed a brand new hard drive in my hp pavilion ze4630 and even when booting from the the Win XP disk it does not see the new hard drive. I tried using a Win Me disk in an attempt format from dos but unit does not boot into dos. The hard drive is a Toshiba MK4025GAS and i did not find a driver on their site. What do i need to do to initialize a virgin hard drive ? Also tried installing as slave drive to my desktop and format with functioning Win XP but it also did not see the drive. Thanks for assistance with this matter.
  2. prunejuice


    Apr 2, 2002
    Can you see the drive in the BIOS setup?
  3. photolady


    May 5, 2004
    If after you install the drive in the laptop, make sure your computer/laptop is set to boot from the cdrom/dvdrom/cdrw/dvdrw drive first.

    And although windows in your desktop, doesn't see the slave drive, if you right click on My Computer and chose Manage, chose Disk Management when that window opens, you shoud see your drive in there, then you can partition it and format.
  4. Jedi_Master


    Mar 12, 2002
    Howdy folks...

    If XP isn't seeing it then more than likely the BIOS isn't either, make sure that it is connected correctly, if it is then take it back it's defective...
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