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undetected hard drive

October 13, 2005 at 09:02:11
Specs: xp pro sp1, 2.2 ghz

i have just bought a new hard drive, and was told to use admin tools to set it up as i don't have a floppy drive to use dos. so i did that and asked for it to be a "simple" disc. since formatting, xp see's the drive but will not show when i open "my computer". everything else is there, but not my new drive
xp says its working properly, but it obviously isn't.
I'm pc savvy, so i'm not shy about getting my hands dirty lol. any help is much appreciated.

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#1
October 13, 2005 at 09:20:31

Maybe some info in this-

Hard Disk Does Not Appear in My Computer or in Windows Explorer

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;330140


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#2
October 13, 2005 at 10:41:27

Thank you, I read the link, but it didn't apply to me. I have done a search here in C.net, but didn't find much. it's seen in bios, and device manager, when i use computer management it says the device is "unallocated". it showed as a dynamic drive at first, and xp said it was unreadable. so i changed it to the only other choice which was a "simple" drive.
I can't find a way to format the drive, and i'm stuck how to make it useable.
Many thanks


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#3
October 13, 2005 at 10:56:14

right click on the drive in my computer and select the format option it will ask if you want it in ntfs or fat 32 then youll be set

xp pro 3.0gz pent 4 1gb ddr400ram 120GB Hard drive nvida 256 mbx8 video card asus ps4800 mainboard wireless networked dvd+/-rw NO PAGE FILE


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#4
October 13, 2005 at 11:01:43

I can't do that because the drive doesn't show up. i've only done what i explained in my previous posts, and searches are not coming up with much lol.

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#5
October 13, 2005 at 11:06:35

sorry i didnt read your post properly
try to see you hard drive in disk managment in admin tools and re allocate it

xp pro 3.0gz pent 4 1gb ddr400ram 120GB Hard drive nvida 256 mbx8 video card asus ps4800 mainboard wireless networked dvd+/-rw NO PAGE FILE


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#6
October 13, 2005 at 14:03:35

I managed to get it recognised, and it will not format even after 3 attempts, so i'll class it as faulty and return it for an exchange.
Many thanks for your help people :o)

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#7
October 15, 2005 at 01:35:47

Yodadude.

I presume that you intend to use this drive as a slave.

I presume you have a CD burner.

My suggestion is that you go to the Website of the Drive manufacturer (in my case Western Digital) and from the get the free download of their diagnostic tool. You should be able to get both floppie or/and bootable CD.

With that utility you can do a number of things including preparing the drive.

I have found in the past that this tool is far more successful than anything that windows can do with Hard Drives.

And the beauty is if you completely stuff up the preparation of the drive, you can always load it full of Zeros and start all over again...Bonus!

Regards

Thinking hurts my head that's why I live in West Australia


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