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Installing extra SATA HD's with Vista - Dynamic/Basic Volumes?

By gwilliam ·
I have installed Windows Vista on a 40Gb Seagate HD. My other IDE uses a secondary 80Gb HD. Both of these work fine.

Before upgrading to Vista I operated XP Pro using the same HD configuration with the inclusion of two 200Gb SATA HD's.

After installing Vista the SATA drives are recognised in Device Manager which says they are working properly, however, they don't show up in Windows explorer? I get a message asking if I want to change them from dynamic volumes to basic, which essentially means I have to format them both? Is this necessary, as both 200Gb drives are fairly full with data?

I have a P4 3.2GHz, 1024Mb Ram, ASUS P4P800 motherboard.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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by p.j.hutchison In reply to Installing extra SATA HD' ...

If they don`t show up in explorer, then Windows may not have assigned a letter to them. Open Computer Management console, Disk Management and see if it picked up the volumes and then try re-assigning a drive letter otherwise you may have redo them again.

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