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new hard drive

By Housatonic ·
I'm trying to install a new hard drive on my computer, but I can't find the menu to format it (using windows 2000 prof.) and I can't use the previous hard drive anymore either.

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by Ltop In reply to new hard drive

Hi there,

So the master drive that is installed is running W2Kpro and your installing a new 2nd drive?

Have you set the jumpers to slave (dependent on what is connected to the respective ide cables)

You can't use the previous hard drive anymore means what? Are you able to boot into Windows?

If you are booting into Windows and have installed the 2nd drive as a slave, disk administrator (under administrator tools) was used to format the 2nd disc and make it available for use.

If the OS drive is kaput, and you have removed it and want to replace it with a new drive that you can install W2k on, you should be able to boot from the OS disc.

Let us know how you get on,


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by _Christian_ In reply to new hard drive

Your question is ambiguous.

If the only drive present is the new one which you want to format, you need to do that while installing from the distribution CD. It cannot be missed, in the installation process.

If the new drive is an additional drive, and the original windows drive is still there, Answer 1 is correct, but incomplete.

Once you have made sure that the system drive is Master, and the new drive slave, you need to start windows, then run an administrator command (You MUST be logged with administrator rights)

The simplest way to go there is to select start, run.
In the run window, type (excluding the brackets) "compmgmt.msc"
This will open the "Computer Management Console".
Select "storage, Disk management"
After a little while, you will access the utility which REPLACES the old partitionning and formatting commands, for Windows 2000 and above.
You should have a window popping up regarding disc signatures ("Write signature and Upgrade Disk Wizard").
Click next on it.
DO NOT accept the upgrade options unless you know exactly what they are about, and want to (this is a non-reversible process), but accept the creation of disk signature for the new disk.
Once done you are back on the main window.
Your new hard drive will appear as an horizontal bar, with a black top line (color code for Unallocated)
On the left of this bar, there will be details about the disk itself.
Now, right-click anywhere on the bar, and a menu will pop-up, with options "Create Partition","Properties","help".
Have a look at the help first, then create whatever partition(s) you want.
Once You created a partition, right-click on it to get the formatting options.
Pick your choice, and let it do the job.

Et Voila...

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to new hard drive

While both the above answers are correct they also lack a bit of information and that is mainly because you didn't provide it when you asked the question.

What Type of HDD are you trying to install IDE. SATA or SCSI?

If it is an IDE Drive and you have put it onto the same IDE cable as the original boot drive it is quite possible that neither are being seen by BIOS now and you can not get the computer to boot.

If that is the case you need to pull out both IDE Drives and make sure that they are set correctly on the jumpers on each HDD. Now if you have an older M'Board you'll need to set one to Master and the other to slave or if you have a M'Board that supports the 150 IDE drives you can set both of them to CS {Cable Select} and then you put to original one on the end of the cable and the new one on the second plug. You may also need to open the BIOS to identify the drives or set the BIOS to AUTO to detect each drive either will work but depending on just how old the M'Board is it might be better to Auto Detect the drives in BIOS if you have this option. If you do not have that option you have one of the newer M'Boards and just setting them both to Auto will do the job.

Now if you already have an IDE drive installed and you are attempting to add an SATA Drive you will have to look at your M'Board book to see which socket to use and most likely you will need to install the drivers as well from the M'Board install CD that you should have got with your system.

Now both of the above could be a problem and both are quite possibly the problem as if you have IDE not set correctly or you have plugged in an SATA HDD to the wrong socket it will make the original HDD invisible to the computer.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to

There is only one other possibility and that is that you are using SCSI HDD's and if that is the case you have to assign each a different address or number., if you have 2 SCSI drives which want to be addressed as Number 4 or any other number they will just remain invisible so again you need to pull out both of the drives look at the addressing method that should be on the top of the drives and address them to different numbers from 1 to 7 or if you have the newer SCSI adapter from 1 to 15.

Once you have the HDD's visible to the computer you should be able to format the new one through the control pannel in the Drive Management Section of the Computer Management and then Drive Management Section. When you can see the drive here all you should need do is right click on it and select the Format option.

Lets know how you get on and what type of HDD you are attempting to use.


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by dmiles In reply to new hard drive

To install Windows 2000, you'll need to first prepare the hard drive for Windows 2000. There are two ways to do this: Using the four setup floppies supplied by Microsoft, or using a Windows 9x boot floppy. If you have any version of Windows 9x lying around, I recommend this approach because its faster. And make sure you've got a copy of SMARTDRV.EXE ("SmartDrive") on the boot floppy: It's a must.

The first step, then, involves booting the system with the boot floppy. If you're using a Windows 98 floppy, do not enable CD-ROM support. When the command prompt comes up, use FDISK to create one or more partitions on the hard drive. Then, reboot the system, choose CD-ROM support if you are using a Windows 98 boot floppy, and format the hard drive (at least the C: drive) from the command line. When this is complete, SYS the C: drive so it boots: While this isn't always necessary, on several occasions I've seen the Windows 2000 install process halt because it couldn't boot the C: drive during the first reboot.

Windows 2000, like Windows NT, needs to copy a slew of small files to the hard drive so that it can install. And anyone who has installed Windows NT without using SmartDrive will tell you that this process can take hours. So, execute SMARTDRV from the command line and then switch over to the CD-ROM volume (typically drive E: on a single hard drive system as the drive will be temporarily taken up by the Windows 98 boot floppy RAM disk). CD into the /i386 folder and run winnt.exe from the command line.

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