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By hefty10 ·
Hi
I have installed a second hard drive on my pc which is running a 1.9 P4,512RDRAM,Windows XP.The problem is it used to have two 40gb hard drives,one set as master and one set as slave which worked fine.I took out the slave 40gb HD and installed an 80 gb hd which I tried to use as a slave,leaving the original 40gb hd as master.The 80 gb is detected in the BIOS and in Device manager but it is not in Windows explorer or in My Computer.Only the 40 gb hd is in Explorer and Device Manager as well as the bios and My Computer.I have tried swapping the HD's around as master and slave and tried cable select,but the same thing happens.Can anyone advise me how to fix this problem please?
Also on a second PC,it had a 10 gb HD,a CD burner and recently a DVD burner added.It all worked fine so a 40 gb HD was added as a slave which works no problem.The only trouble is,it has been detected as F drive.The main HD is C drive with the two burners D and E drive.I was wondering how I can change it so the two HD's are C and D drives and the two burners are E and F drive.If I remember rightly,it used to be possible to change it in Device Manager in Win 98,but it does not seem to be able to be done in XP.Could anyone tell me how I can change this please?
Thanks
Steve

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by Jaqui In reply to Detecting a hard drive

for the second question,
remove the cable from the optical drives ( cd, dvd ) delete the drives from the system beforehand, then shut down.
when the system starts up with no cable on them it will un-install them.
reboot and connect the drives in this order:
slave hard drive.
reboot
cd,dvd
then it will install the second hard drive as drive d.

check bios for the first, make sure it is set to auto detect the drive size.
if that doesn't work repeat steps for second pc for the first, this will force xp to rebuild the system information.

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by willcomp In reply to Detecting a hard drive

The answer to both problems is Disk Manager. To get there: Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Disk Management.

For new 80GB drive, you need to initialize, partition, and format disk in order for Windows to recognize it as a drive (assign a drive letter). It should show initially as as an unpartitioned drive. Right click on drive to partition and format.

For second PC, Disk Manager allows you to change drive letter assignment for all but boot disk (drive C).

Dalton

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