trouble installing a new internal harddrive

Wd Caviar green 1tb hard drive
July 4, 2009 at 23:01:12
Specs: windows vista home premium 32bits, 4 GB
I just bought a new WD Caviar Green 1 TB hard drive, and i'm a noob at installing hardwares.
can somone help me? i hooked up everything fine, and it is running(there is power going through it), but the installation CD i got from the box only support up to XP (i use Vista, and my specs are at the end of this post), and my computer won't recognize the new harddrive...
can someone help me out?
btw, i'm upgrading my harddrive.

my specs: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...

and my motherboard:
Manufacturer: Asus
Motherboard Name: M2N68-LA
HP/Compaq motherboard name: Narra-GL8E

starting to get annoied by windows vista ><


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#1
July 4, 2009 at 23:46:47
Gawd, now our hard drives are 'green' too? Who'd a thought WD would save the planet with eco-friendly spindle motors? (When will this nonsense end?)

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#2
July 5, 2009 at 09:34:26
Click start. Right click computer. Click manage. Do you see the drive listed?

WinXp Amd 64 3000 Msi Neo2 Platinuim 1 gig ddr 400. When we cast a pebble into a pond we should look past the first ripple.


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#3
July 5, 2009 at 09:51:08
Watch the POST screens at start up to see if all your drives are properly identified by both the model and the FULL capacity. If the screens change too fast hit the Pause key at the right time to freeze the screen. Hit the space bar to resume.

If the new hard drive is not showing correctly in the POST screens then you either have something connected wrong, the BIOS settings are wrong, or your computer can't use a drive that large. If the drive shows in the POST screens but the capacity is shown as 127GB or so you motherboard can't use large hard drives.

There may be solutions.

Is the drive a SATA II model? If so, and your motherboard has SATA connections they may be SATA I type. Sometimes the motherboard automatically configures SATA II drives to run at SATA I speeds. Sometimes they won't work at all. Sometimes placing a jumper on the back of the drive is required.

If the drive DOES show properly for both the model and capacity then you need to look in Disk Management to see if the drive shows there. You may need tp partition and fprmat it from within Disk Management or by using the accompanying CD that came with the drive.

edit

Just checked and all Green drives are SATA II. So that question has been answered.


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#4
July 5, 2009 at 16:29:09
to Supertrucker:
yes, my new harddrive is listed in the computer management as "unallocated"

to OtheHill:
how do i know if my mother board is sata I or sata II?
btw, my original hard drive's serial # is WD2500JS
and i managed to turn on my POST screen for the first time while entering set up thingy when i first booted my screen. while i was there, i checked my new harddrive's capacity, and it says it is 1000GB, and it showed up in the POST screen correctly.

starting to get annoied by windows vista ><


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#5
July 5, 2009 at 17:43:07
The issue of SATA I or II is irrelevant if the drive is showing in Disk management. Partition and format the drive from within Disk Management. I suggest multiple partitions. Easier to maintain and image when partitions are a manageable size. OS should be on it own partition anyway. Look at the link below for ideas on partitioning.

http://partition.radified.com/


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#6
July 5, 2009 at 17:48:37
one more question to OtheHill:

in the disk managemsent, do i select Initialize disk by clicking right mouse key on my new Hard drive?
if so, which one should i set to? the master boot record or the GUID partition table?

starting to get annoied by windows vista ><


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#7
July 5, 2009 at 17:58:18
I haven't used Vista in the past. Matter of fact, just installed it yesterday so I haven't any experience using Vista disk management. Maybe Supertrucker can field that question.

Sounds like Vista's Disk Management is different than WinXP.

Actually I seem to recall reading threads here at CN that indicate folks having trouble partitioning and formatting large capacity drives in Vista.

I suggest you use Western digital Data Lifeguard to prep the disk. If you didn't get a copy with the drive you can download it. The link below will take you there.

http://support.wdc.com/product/down...


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#8
July 5, 2009 at 18:08:17
I agree with othehill

WinXp Amd 64 3000 Msi Neo2 Platinuim 1 gig ddr 400. When we cast a pebble into a pond we should look past the first ripple.


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#9
July 5, 2009 at 19:11:50
ok thanks guys
great help u've given me

starting to get annoied by windows vista ><


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#10
July 5, 2009 at 21:57:41
Setup depends on final drive usage. I would partition the new drive into smaller drives and copy the old drive to the 1st partition on the new drive then you can set the old 1 as a slave. Don't wipe the old 1 for awhile that way if something goes wrong with the new 1 your files aren't lost. Once you feel the new 1 is ok then wipe the old 1.

WinXp Amd 64 3000 Msi Neo2 Platinuim 1 gig ddr 400. When we cast a pebble into a pond we should look past the first ripple.


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#11
July 5, 2009 at 22:02:11
Oh yeah data lifeguard should ask if you want it bootable. Yes

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#12
July 5, 2009 at 22:05:13
Time for drugs (legal kind) and sleep.

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