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[SOLVED] URGENT HDD Problem... not showing up !!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Cymru Wolf, Apr 17, 2004.

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  1. Cymru Wolf

    Cymru Wolf Thread Starter

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    I have just installed a new HDD (2nd) and it isn't showing up in windows. :confused:
    It does however show up in the Bios and also in Device Manager. Also there are no conflicts and it is says running properly. :rolleyes:

    Someone did tell me that it needs to be allocated a drive letter,
    to be done in Control Panel... but I cannot find where !! :eek:

    Before I can use it I obviously need to format it, but I cannot even do that if its not showing.
    I am really desperate as this is my only day off and I need to get this sorted today !! :rolleyes:
     
  2. dai

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    try this
    delete it from the device manager
    then click on the monitor icon at the top to scan for h/w changes
    when windows reinstalls see if you can see it
     
  3. crjdriver

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    The drive must be partitioned and formatted before you can see it in windows. Go to disk management [you can go start>run type diskmgmt.msc] right click on the drive and click create partition. You will need to choose either a primary or an extended. If this is just for data, I would choose extended. Right click again and choose format; format with ntfs and you will see a drive letter and be able to copy files to the drive.
     
  4. Cymru Wolf

    Cymru Wolf Thread Starter

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    Cheers guys,

    Looks like its going well with your information. :D

    One question though....
    Why is it only letting me creating only 4 partitions ?
    That would make 4x30Gb partitions !!
     
  5. Neo4u

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    are you sating that you have a 120gig HD that only lets you divide it up into 4*30 gig partitions ?.

    if so i had the same problem and ended up having to set the jumpers to cable select and letting windows detect the HD on its own......
     
  6. crjdriver

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    What does disk management show? Are you trying to format as fat32 or ntfs? What os are you using?
     
  7. Cymru Wolf

    Cymru Wolf Thread Starter

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    I am using NTFS & Win XP.
    It is now set at 4 x 30Gb HDD. Think I'll leave it like that now LMAO
     
  8. crjdriver

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    It only lets you create 4 partitions because that is the limit for one basic disk. You can have 3 primary and one extended partition; inside the extended partition you can create one or more logical drives. So you can have more than just 4 drives; just not more than 4 partitions on one basic physical disk.
     
  9. Cymru Wolf

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    ok will remember that if I decide to reformat any of 'em in the future
     
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