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why wont my new hard drive show up in my computer?

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why wont my new hard drive show up in my computer?

zack247
Today i got a brand new 500gb sata hard drive made by western digital. it is the wd caviar blue.
i am currently running windows 7 off of an ide hard drive paired up with my dvd rom drive, since my computer has only one ide socket. i got a new hard drive, and i plugged it in and started the computer. it got recognized in the bios, and windows installed the drivers for it, but why wont it shopw up in my computer? in the bios i can set it to "ide" "raid" or something else. i have plugged it into all of the sata sockets and have tried two sata cables but no luck.

my specs are:
-intel d945gtp desktop motherboard
-256mb ati radeon x700 se pcie graphics card
-2gigs of ram in 4 slots
-1 20gig maxtor ide hdd
-1 dvd/rw ide drive
-intel pentium d processor
-350w power supply

why wont it show up in my computer? plese help me!
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Michael Jay
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may be native mode or compatibility mode, set it as such in the BIOS and see what happens.

Also can you see anything in the disk manager?

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seanferd
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Probably needs to be partitioned and formatted.

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zack247
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i didn't know how to do inside of windows, so i just used my winxp cd and cancelled the setup after it partitioned the drive. it has shown up in my computer and i can use it now.

thanks!

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Michael Jay
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to access the disk manager, right click on my computer, select manage click disk management, this will show all of your drives and their status.

I mentioned it in my first post, should have offered more info.

Good to see you got it going.

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Michael Jay
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it is the same only different, in explorer right click on computer, then manage, then disk management.

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QASIMARA
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It's too hard.

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seanferd
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OH Smeg
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Open Disc Management and right click on the new Drive. From the Drop Down Menu left click on the Format Option.

After that it will show in both My Computer and Explorer.

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zack247
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seanferd said it needed to be partitioned, so i used my winxp cd and quit the setup after the partition manager. it showed up in my computer and now i can use it.

but how exactly do i get to the disc management?