2nd HDD not visable in windows XP

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  1. the bomb

    the bomb MDL Novice

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    My 2nd HDD is not visable in XP 'my computer' tab even though it can be seen in the BIOS and there are drivers instaled for it and it can be seen in device manager.

    can anyone help me please?

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  2. HMonk

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    #2 HMonk, Jan 5, 2009
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    Initialize

    Your post lends itself to interpretation lacking a bit of essential data. If my assumptions are incorrect, let me know.

    An uninitialized HDD will be seen by the BIOS (which may inaccurately report its capacity) and by device manager (whose primary function is to report what's connected but not necessarily FULLY functioning).

    Your issue is USUALLY due to an uninitialized HDD. Via control panel, access ADMINISTRATIVE TOOLS>COMPUTER MANAGEMENT>STORAGE>DISK MANAGEMENT and, most likely, you will see your drive with INITIALIZE in the block. Initialize it. Post back with details about drive, (new/already installed/crashed, etc) if this does not work.

    Go to http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/3989?highlight=hmonk&page=2 and read my post (if memory serves it's # 19 in the thread) on how to initialize.

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  3. the bomb

    the bomb MDL Novice

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    ah yes I didn't give much info but anyway you guessed right.

    ok so ive initialized the drive but it still doesn't show up in 'My Computer' oh and it says ive wiped/lost anything that was on the drive :mad::mad::mad:

    how can i resolve this?
    thanks
     
  4. HMonk

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  5. the bomb

    the bomb MDL Novice

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    ok that software worked nicely and ive recoverd my data and formated the drive. All good now.

    thanks for your help
     
  6. HMonk

    HMonk MDL Addicted

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    Great going Bomb!

    Tuck that little Find and Mount prog away in your memory banks. It has pulled my bacon out of the fire twice and it's nice to know that there is a freebie that is so effective.

    Glad to help.

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  7. spidymasta

    spidymasta MDL Novice

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    I had this problem when i bought a new hard drive too. What i did to solve the problem was pop in my windows instillation disk and partition the drive and format it then exit the set up and kaboom the drive shows up in windows.
     
  8. HMonk

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    Format/Partition

    If the BIOS reports a drive (with or without correct capacity), Disk Manager (not Explorer/My Computer) will always report it (with or without correct capacity). Via Disk Manager you can then format/partition the disk. This simple process obviates the need to resort to aborted reinstalls - which to me, invites potential problems if one falls asleep at the wheel, or worse yet, if one selects the wrong drive/partition to initialize. Disk Manager clearly labels the unmounted drive/partition and usually autostarts a dialog with an initialize request.

    Once the drive is properly mounted, capacity issues, if they exist, are addressed by separate means.

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  9. Carl

    Carl MDL Novice

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    I miss Fdisk, it was so simple.
     
  10. pleum88

    pleum88 MDL Novice

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    Yeahh :) I think so...
     
  11. HMonk

    HMonk MDL Addicted

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    DOS, where are you?

    I still keep DOS utilities on a floppy; comes in handy now and then.

    Imagine MyDigital if DOS was still around. "When I enter 'type' to read a *.txt file, the contents scrolls by non-stop and I cannot read it; how can I read the file?" |MORE

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