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windows explorer won't recognize new hard drive

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by Westerberg, Jan 26, 2005.

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  1. Westerberg

    Westerberg Thread Starter

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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?
     
  2. Bob Cerelli

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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.
     
  3. Westerberg

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    That did the trick. Thanks a lot.
     
  4. Bob Cerelli

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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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