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Cannot get new computer to recognize 2nd disk drive

by tprosser / December 3, 2007 12:53 PM PST

I just built a new computer and purchased a new disk drive. I installed my old disk drive as the 2nd drive. It sees it in BIOS and recognizes it under device drivers. But it does not show up under my computer and I cannot access it. They are connected with SATA. Please help

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I've seen that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 4, 2007 12:38 AM PST

The drive had to be partitioned and formatted once installed.


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old drive not recognized
by tprosser / December 4, 2007 4:41 AM PST
In reply to: I've seen that.

the new one works but the old one does not and it has all my info

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Try the old drive in some USB case.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 4, 2007 4:43 AM PST

That sidesteps many issues. As to it having your files (hostage?) where is the backup copy?


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disk manager
by hectorbuddy / December 6, 2007 5:24 AM PST

Does windows see your extra drive in the disk manager? and also what version of vista are you running?

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