Computer Help

Question

new hard drive

by 17Byron / January 25, 2013 11:38 PM PST

I have a new hard drive connected outside the box with data and power cable jumpers, but I can not find the drive on my computer.
How can I locate the drive?

Answer This Ask For Clarification
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: new hard drive
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: new hard drive
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

All Answers

Collapse -
Answer
You probably need to partition and format
by wpgwpg / January 25, 2013 11:53 PM PST
In reply to: new hard drive

Go to Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Disk Management. You should see the drive there. Right-click it, create a partition on it, and format it. Windows will assign a drive letter then that you can use to access the drive.

Good luck.

Collapse -
new hard drive
by 17Byron / January 26, 2013 12:16 AM PST

Ok. I found the drive labeld Disk 1, I right clicked but do not see create a partion on it.
I have available:
Convert to Dynamic Disk
Offline
Properties
Help
Where can I partition the drive?

Collapse -
Answer
New HD install
by Willy / January 26, 2013 12:41 AM PST
In reply to: new hard drive

Don't go half-cocked here. You provided no details of your setup. It matters because I don't know nothing other than you have a enw HD. Using what OS, HD type, cabling, what type, PC system, etc.? Though you can use disk management, you seem to lack what steps to take. Then at least google for disk management for your OS what it suggests to do. Be 100% SURE you're dealing with the new HD, otherwise you'll whack your current active HD. Didn't the new HD come with any s/w. Have you visited the HD maker's support website for any missing s/w and the procedure to add the new HD? The procedure is quite simple but can cause havoc if not followed properly.

tada -----Willy Happy

Collapse -
new hard drive
by 17Byron / January 26, 2013 12:54 AM PST
In reply to: New HD install

It is a Westen Digital SATA Drive, using Windows7, Sabrent USB to SATA hard drive adapter cables.
I am googling it now.
The new HD did nit come with anything, I have registaerd the HD with Western Didital.

Collapse -
Visit website
by Willy / January 26, 2013 2:21 AM PST
In reply to: new hard drive

WD is a good co. to get suppoprt. Visit the support website and using your HD model# enter or locate it. There you will find or links to the s/w you require. I believe its called LifeGuard or similar, though it maybe Acronis. If you're registered then getting al that shouldn't be a problem. I suggest you find your product and usually within the webpage is the s/w required. Also, any docs" that can help or download. You can then read what is required or follow instrictions. Also, don't do this unitl well informed. It seems hard but it really isn't. I also suggest if you haven't yet install the new HD on the next SATA port, if your current active HD is probably on SAT 0 or 1, thus the very next port is available, provided the CD/DVD drive isn't there, if it is move it to behind the new SATA HD port, like SATA 3. I think you get the idea. Hope this all helps.


tada ------Willy Happy

Collapse -
Answer
Is this for internal or external use
by janesman2005 / January 27, 2013 3:56 AM PST
In reply to: new hard drive

Sounds to me like you are plugging this in externally, usb to sata cables, your pc should pick right up on it as soon as you plug it in unless you have plug n play disabled.

Popular Forums
icon
Computer Help 47,885 discussions
icon
Computer Newbies 10,322 discussions
icon
iPhones, iPods, & iPads 3,188 discussions
icon
Security 30,333 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 20,177 discussions
icon
HDTV Picture Setting 1,932 discussions
icon
Phones 15,713 discussions
icon
Windows 7 6,210 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 14,510 discussions

Tech Tip

Know how to save a wet phone?

It's not with a dryer and it's not with rice. CNET shows you the secret to saving your phone.