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Second Hard Drive cloning/installation; no get.

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by llOriginll, Nov 9, 2009.

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  1. llOriginll

    llOriginll Thread Starter

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    Hey all,

    More noobishness here.

    Basically a second SATA HDD, intending to replace my old one (250gig 5000RPM to 500Gig 7200RPM with improved cache).

    Note: I refer to old hard drive as Maxtor, new as Seagate.

    Thought that it'd be simple enough, bang it in, plug it in the second slot on the board and give it a PSU cable... (see image for cables in Mobo).

    Booted into boot order to check that maxtor was still booting, set it to master and the seagate to slave; easy enough.

    Boot up into windows, fine, but now windows doesn't detect my HDD :( I want to use this to simply clone it, but can't detect it :(

    Do I need to format it? Have I missed something obvious?

    Cheers for any help.

    Chris
     

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  2. By_Rock

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    Did you try Windows Disk Management? There should be an unallocated disk under your active primary disk.
     
  3. llOriginll

    llOriginll Thread Starter

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    Aha xD

    That worked, I activated it and formatted it, am now cloning the disk :)

    Gonna leave this up till the clone finishes in case I have any more problems.

    If after the clone I disconnect the Maxtor, then boot up to check the Seagate works like normal, can I then format the Maxtor and use it as a second HDD to store stuff like music etc?
     
  4. By_Rock

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    Sure you can. But first, make sure your all important files are in safe, then you can format and use it for your other stuffs.
     
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