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Hard Drive not appearing in My Computer

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  1. maracles

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    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.

    Any Ideas?
     
  2. bonk

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    Is the drive Partitioned and formatted??
     
  3. maracles

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    The drive is brand new, just had it delivered today.
     
  4. bonk

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    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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  5. maracles

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    It says not initialized and not allocated, i have attached a screen shot
     

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  6. bonk

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    OK go back into Disk Management and right click on it and choose Partition/Format
     
  7. maracles

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    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%
     
  8. bonk

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    Yes it will take awhile ...just let it finish.....let us know how it has gone after it has finished.
     
  9. bonk

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    You may have to Restart the PC afterwards.
     
  10. maracles

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    Ok will do. Cheers
     
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    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.
     
  12. JohnWill

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    Next time you do that, you can check the "Quick Format" box and the format will take about 30 seconds. :)
     
  13. bonk

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    Yea but you can't grab a coffee in 30sec :p
     
  14. jimbokb

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    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.
     
  15. jimbokb

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    Many thanks, the second drive is up & running, it was worth the long, long, long wait.

    Cheers (y)
     
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