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Second Hard drive not recognized in My Computer

by Bud_Page / May 30, 2012 6:45 AM PDT

I installed a second hard drive in a
Dell Demension e521with a windows XP operating system. I followed the instructions for setup on the Dell site. The drive is showing up in the hardware manager but is not showing in My Computer. Any recomendations?

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Clarification Request
By hardware Manager, do you mean
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 30, 2012 7:17 AM PDT

Disk Management?

If not, try that first. Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Disk Management. See if the drive is listed there and if so what state it is reported as.


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2nd Drive
by Bud_Page / May 31, 2012 4:07 AM PDT

Hi Mark, I appreciate your follow up.
I really meant device manager. I did follow up on Disk management and the disk reads: Satus: Healthy unknow partition: and below says, Disk 1Unallocated.

Thank you. Bud

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In that case
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 31, 2012 5:25 AM PDT
In reply to: 2nd Drive

In Disk Management right click that hard drive and see what options there are.

You should be able to "Create a new volume" then format it. Then it should be seen in Windows Explorer, (My Computer).


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Thank you
by Bud_Page / May 31, 2012 10:25 PM PDT
In reply to: In that case

Mark I followed you instruction, formatted the disk and everything is working great. Thank you so much for you help. Bud

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That's good
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 31, 2012 10:36 PM PDT
In reply to: Thank you

Glad it worked for you, and thanks for letting us know.


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