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Second hard drive recognised, but only D partition.

by dafyd02 / January 24, 2013 2:46 AM PST

Hi. I added my old Vista hard drive (500 gigs) to my Win 7 computer. This drive came on the PC with the OEM. I bought Win 7 and cannot run some programs and installed the old drive hoping to use them. The screen went black for a second, I thought it was going to BIOS but changed back and said updating drivers. It assigned Drive letter G and it recognizes only D partition with 12-13 GB and says that it is empty. I put the drive inside the cage with the power and sata cables. Should I do something more or is it a lost cause? Thanks for any help. Bettie

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Clarification Request
Did you go to Disk Management?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 24, 2013 2:48 AM PST

What did you find there?

And no, programs rarely run from the old drive. It's possible 7 saw the drive as C and didn't assign it a drive letter.

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disc management
by dafyd02 / January 24, 2013 7:56 AM PST

Thank you both for replying. I went to disc management and the drive is listed exactly the same as D drive with roughly 13 gigs. Drive Manager shows 1 C drive, 2 D drives, 1 G drive. I wanted to use the Vista OS for 2 little programs, one a file lister and one b/u software both that do not work on Win 7. They both worked on XP and Vista. They are both easy programs to use and I am haaving difficulty with the newer ones.

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What is "Drive Manager"? Link follows.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 24, 2013 8:09 AM PST
In reply to: disc management

Just to check I opened it and it is titled "Disk Management" and not what you noted. It shows Drives and how they are partitioned. Your response has me thinking you are not using Disk Management.
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Drive Manager
by dafyd02 / January 24, 2013 10:07 AM PST

I am sorry. I meant disc manager. Drive manager is the b/u software that came on my external drive. Disc Management listed C, D, and G referring to the scond hard disc with Vista. Also the external drive. There is an extra connector on the power cable with no port. I assumed it to be for something like a RAID as a b/u.

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I'll need a screen shot of Disk Management.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 24, 2013 1:50 PM PST
In reply to: Drive Manager

Drive Manager is not useful here. If you don't have a place to share the picture, try photobucket.

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Old and new OS issues
by Willy / January 24, 2013 4:06 AM PST

You need to reformat and initialize it, if the whole plan was to add the old HD as a storage media, using the whole space. The plain fact you still have the old OS(Vista) present causes issues. So, under the disk managment area, do what it takes. You will lose whatever current data is on the old HD, so is that what you want?

tada -----Willy Happy

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screen shot
by dafyd02 / January 25, 2013 2:16 AM PST
In reply to: Old and new OS issues

I tried to send the screen shot of disc management. I did print screen, opened note pad and from there nothing happened. I am sorry I do not know more about using Windows; never uploaded or used photobucket. I do not understand why the screen goes black like it is going to bios (with the white print) and then switches back and opens in 7. Could Vista be trying to establish? I do appreciate the time you have taken with this.

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In Windows 7, try the Snipping Tool.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 25, 2013 3:41 AM PST
In reply to: screen shot

It can save to file to send to a web site. It's a native tool for 7, and notepad is not for graphics.

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Snipping Tool
by dafyd02 / January 26, 2013 5:00 AM PST

I used the snipping tool and attached the picture to the link in the notifications yesterday. I am guessing cnet did not receive it. I feel this is enough time spent; the failure is on my end. Thank you for the effort you put into the problem. I did learn about the snipping tool so something was gained. Bettie

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