windows explorer won't recognize new hard drive

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I've installed a second hard drive. It shows up in BIOS and under Device Manager but not under My Computer/Windows Explorer. I assume I need to format it but I can't because Windows hasn't assigned it a drive letter.
Any ideas?
 
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If it is a brand new drive, you may need to partition it before you can format it. To do this, you need to boot to DOS and run FDISK.

Detailed information on how to do that can be found at:
http://www.onecomputerguy.com/install/fdisk.htm

Then you can format the drive from DOS as well.

Just to be safe, I generally first disconnect the power to any drives you don't want to accidentally erase.
 
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Glad the simple solution worked. So many times folks tend to use a lot of fancy utilities to do such easy things.
 
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