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Anonymous2

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#1 11 years ago

I have two hard drives here that I don't know how to install.

Everything is plugged in and all set. Windows makes that noise notification that it recognizes new hardware. [These are external plug and play.] But nothing happens after that.

I've opened the device manager. But I can't see it listed anywhere on disk management. What should I do?




Dark Saint

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#2 11 years ago

Check the install paperwork ... You may need to install a software for it.

Big tip here : READ the instructions. If you have an issue from there, look for help. Some external drives or even internal drives have their own software to run. you may need to format them which means you will need something like partition magic ( or something similar ) ...




C38368

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#3 11 years ago

I believe what ~Merrick is trying to say is RTFM!

The drive is probably not formatted.




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#4 11 years ago

When you initially get a new hard drive, it's not partitioned or formatted yet. This is because of the differences in how people normally use them.

If you cannot see the drive, there is no partition. If you say it can detect that the hardware is there, you just cannot access it in anyway yet, then do this procedure;

Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > look for Disk Management

There you should see a listing of all of your drives, including your cdrom(s) Right click on the unpartitioned drive (the one you just installed) and tell it to add partition. This will assign a drive letter to it, or should. If not, right click on it again and choose 'format'. Leave the options alone, and ensure NTFS is the format selected and select OK. It will do it's thing, and when it's done the drive should be ready to use.

If it's not detected in Computer Management, you will need to use the included disk (should have been included unless it's an OEM drive) pop it into your floppy drive and restart so it can do the above off of that instead.

If it's an OEM drive, contact the manufactor (just the website) and look for some type of support information on making a recovery disk, or boot disk to format it.


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#5 11 years ago

C38368;3704452I believe what ~Merrick is trying to say is RTFM!

The drive is probably not formatted.

Yeah was kinda tired at the time. My brain was raid, but my body was well... nevermind.:P