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Thread: Sata HDD Woes




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    Default Sata HDD Woes

    Well here goes....


    I picked up a Hitachi Deskstar 400GB Sata drive, and for the life of me I cannot get it formatted.

    It is recognized by my BIOS and by Windows in the Device Manager.
    But it is does not show up in My Computer or Explorer. I have tried it on another computer which is also running XP. Exact same problem. Windows recognizes the device but does not allow me to access or format it.

    Does anyone have any idea's how I could get around this little problem.

    Thanks,
    Andrew

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    Default Re: Sata HDD Woes

    You have to create partition(s) on the new drive. Windows can only format an active partition. If you right-click MY COMPUTER and choose MANAGE, you will see an option called DISK MANAGEMENT. In the bottom right window you should see your drive if it is properly installed. Right-clicking the empty drive will allow you to create partitions on the empty space. Then Windows will be able to format the partitions and assign them drive letters.
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    Default Re: Sata HDD Woes

    Wow I feel like a bit of an idiot.

    Thanks for the quick reply, everything is up and running smoothly now.

    Thank you very much,
    Andrew

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    Default Re: Sata HDD Woes

    Quote Originally Posted by tild99 View Post
    Wow I feel like a bit of an idiot.

    Thanks for the quick reply, everything is up and running smoothly now.

    Thank you very much,
    Andrew
    nah your only an idiot if you have to be told the same thing over and over and over again

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