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Two hard-drives… I think!!??

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  1. Rasu

    Rasu Thread Starter

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    Can anyone please help me figure out how I can use both my harddrives?? I recently got a used computer from someone who left the country. The PC has 2 harddrives when I open it up, but when I log in, I can only see one drive (Drive C).

    I ran an application that gives a screenshot information of installed components in our PC (called Belarc Advisor), and it gave me the following information about my processor and harddrive:

    Processor:
    450 megahertz Intel Pentium III (2 installed)
    32 kilobyte primary memory cache
    512 kilobyte secondary memory cache

    Hard Drives:
    27.31 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
    21.38 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

    FUJITSU MPE3273AH [Hard drive] (27.32 GB) -- drive 0
    FUJITSU MPE3273AH [Hard drive] (27.32 GB) -- drive 1

    So it looks like I actually have dual Pentium 3 processors, and two internal harddrives as well. Is that right? More importantly, how can I access the SECOND harddrive, so that I can perhaps format it and use it as extra storage space?? Please please help.

    Thank you.
     
  2. DVOM

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    In w2k or XP you can right click "my computer>manage>disk management".

    In there you should be able to partition the extra drive and format it.
     
  3. Miz

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    Check to see if TweakUI is installed. In XP, it will be on the Start Menu. Expand the My Computer category, select Drives and make sure there are check marks in all boxes. (All boxes because you don't know what drive letter designation was given to the second drive) Click OK and see if the second drive is visible.
     
  4. Jedi_Master

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    Howdy Rasu...

    Looks to me like you have a server, and the hard drives are probably setup as a Mirrored set...

    If that's the case the second hard drive it the mirror of the first...
     
  5. Rasu

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    Thank you for the reply. I was able to right click "my computer>manage>disk management", and from there, I saw the second harddrive, assigned it a letter (Drive_E), and was prompted to format it (it was empty). I formated it in NTFS, and I now have my 2 harddrives back!

    :)
     
  6. Jedi_Master

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    Cool I guess I was wrong....
     
  7. Rasu

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    Actually the JediMaster can never be wrong! ;-)

    This PC was used as a server before. I too had suspected what you had thought too. THANKS! (y)
     
  8. Jedi_Master

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    LOL!!! I wished that were true ( at least where my wife is concerned ;) )....

    But glad it is working thanks to DVOM...
     
  9. DVOM

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    Jedi_Master, I got lucky on that one. But you were completely right, it was a server. I had initially missed that.
     
  10. Jedi_Master

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    Hey no problems here my friend :D ...

    If it was a Mirrored set, not 100% sure that the mirror could be broken by formating through Disk admin. ( never tried it ), so looks like it wasn't a morrored set...
     
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