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Unable to see new HDD

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Diddler, Jul 27, 2006.

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  1. Diddler

    Diddler Thread Starter

    Jan 11, 2006
    Okay, yesterday I bought myself a new 250GB Hard Drive - Maxtor IDE - Brand new....I hooked it up to my machine and it appears to be working fine, it is detected in the device manager and from the system it looks like the correct drivers are installed.

    However, when I open "My Computer" I cannot see it, I then checked the properties - It can populate the Size but in another section I think it says "not initalized"

    What do I need to do to be able to see this HDD?

    Thank you in advance.



    Spec - Dell (ish) PC - Pentium 3 - 512Ram - Windows XP Home Edition SP2
  2. lehatche


    Jul 26, 2004
    Diddler, Did you formate the HDD?
  3. CHR15B


    Jul 25, 2006
    Some hard drives need to be initialized with dedicated software before use, I also had this problem with a Seagate Barracuda not too long ago.
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