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Hard drive not showing in My Computer

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ccdand?, Sep 1, 2004.

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  1. ccdand?

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    Hi, I added a second hard drive for storage in my computer (Win XP Pro). I can see the drive in the device manager but it doesn't show up in My Computer. How do I fix that?
     
  2. norton850

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    Have you partitioned and formatted the new drive?
     
  3. ccdand?

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    no, how do i do that?
     
  4. norton850

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    This is a useful link

    http://www.theeldergeek.com/hard_drives.htm

    There are different ways to get into disk management. One way is

    Control Panel/Administrative Tools/Computer Management and under Storage choose Disk Management.
     
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    Sorry I realize now that the article only explained partitioning. After it is partitioned then in Device Management right click on the drive and choose format. Be careful with both partioning and formatting that you don't choose your original drive. Something that is easy to do (Yes I admit that I've done it.)
     
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    Ok, now whenever I click on My Computer it takes a long time for the contents to show. Also, when I enter a web address in Internet Explorer it takes a long time to find it. Why? And can that be fixed?
     
  7. ~Candy~

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    Did the problem start with the addition of the new drive?
     
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    Yes, it did.
     
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    You might check the jumpering then to be sure it's correct. Some drives, WD especially, has a different jumpering method if the drive isn't by itself on the cable.
     
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    Does it matter if the master is an IBM?
     
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    I don't have an IBM drive in front of me to check, it should have come with a small user's manual, or you can check IBM's website (actually, the drive division was bought out by Hitachi) for jumpering diagrams.

    So, I'm assuming the drive is not new then?
     
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    The master isn't. The WD is.
     
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    The IBM has different settings for "16 heads" and "15 heads". What does that mean?
     
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    Ok, so now you've thrown WD into the fiasco :D

    Check them both.
     
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    I don't know which setting to use for the IBM. It shows one setting for "16 heads" and another for "15 heads".
     
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