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Windows Me not recognizing new sata hdd

by 90smithstreet / July 13, 2011 7:02 PM PDT

Hi....I am trying to add more storage space to a family memebers computer which is running Windows ME.
It has 2 hdd with a total of 8Gb storage.
I have installed a new Sata 500gb hard drive, but the computer does not see it.
Do I have to do anything else other than just connect it up.
I thought Sata hard drives were automatically recognized.
Does it have to be formatted?


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Re: hard disk
by Kees_B Forum moderator / July 13, 2011 7:34 PM PDT

Everything can go wrong here.

1. No support for SATA in Windows ME.
2. Not the right driver installed.
3. No support for such a big hard disk in ME).
4. No support for such a big hard disk in the BIOS
5. Drive has no partitions.
6. Partitions are too big for the OS ((the limit in its successor XP was 128 GB).
7. Partitions are formatted NTFS.

With the value of this PC being approximately $0.00 (interesting experiment: try to sell it on eBay or Craigslist or a comparable second hand site) for $1.00 and see how much buyers you get) I'd see if you can get a much better PC for about the same price. A used XP PC with more disk space and probably a faster CPU should be $25 or less.


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Hard disk - new
by 90smithstreet / July 14, 2011 5:03 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: hard disk

Thanks for your prompt reply......I am going to give her my External usb hard drive instead. Too much hassle to try and put a new operating system etc. I will give her my external USB drive that has 250Gb to spare which is 240 Gb more than she has now. It's for her 8 year old and she was primarily concerned with lack of storage. So that should be more than enough and I will not have to reload all of their current programs.

Thanks once again.


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Re: external hard disk
by Kees_B Forum moderator / July 14, 2011 5:10 PM PDT
In reply to: Hard disk - new

Our sad experience with external disks is that they are rather unreliable. So it would be a good idea to take it with you once in a while and copy the information on it to your own PC so you have a backup if it fails.


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