|Tell us the make and model of your brand name system, or if you have a generic desktop system, the make and model of the mboard. |
The specific model of a brand name system is shown on a label on the outside of the case somewhere, or it can often be determined by going to the brand name's web site and loading a program they have available, if Windows is still working, on the subject computer.
If it's a Dell computer...
Go here for how to find the Service tag "number":
Tell us what it is.
If it's a HP or Compaq computer.....
Scroll down a bit.
Look for the similar label on the outside of your computer.
Quote the specific model number - that's at the end of the first line.
Quote the Product number - that's on the third line.
The model, sometimes the make, of a mboard in a generic desktop system is usually printed on the mboard's surface in obvious larger characters, often between the slots.
What type of SATA to IDE adapter ?
A USB drive adapter ?
An internal SATA to IDE adapter that connects to an IDE or a SATA header ?
Are the hard drives IDE or SATA ?
Did you look in the mboard's bios Setup to see if the drives show up there ?
New hard drives or used hard drives that have had their partition(s) deleted have no data on them.
If the hard drives have no data on them, they will NOT show up in My Computer or Windows Explorer. You have to go to Disk Management and software partition (e.g. using NTFS) and format at least one partition on each drive.
(Control Panel - Classic view - Administrative Tools - Computer Management - Disk Management)