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Add another 250gb hdd

Windows doesn't see the drive, bios does but it is wierd.

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  • Paul Watz
    Paul Watz Oct 28, 2008

    internal. Maxtor maxline ii 250gb ata/133 hdd. I can see it in bios when i go into setup, but not in windows.

  • Paul Watz
    Paul Watz Oct 28, 2008

    I pulled this drive out of a dishnetwork 921 dvr reciver. It was probably formatted for their applications.

  • A Womans Computer Man
    A Womans Computer Man May 11, 2010

    good approach, amused..only question I have..doesn't it come preformatted, usually?

  • A Womans Computer Man
    A Womans Computer Man May 11, 2010

    so, this drive is external? usb or firewire?


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So far so good, now what do I do. I can't seem to format it or assign it a letter...

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Windows does not see it because there is nothing there yet.
You need to partition the drive, format it and assign a drive letter.
To do this, right click on My Computer (or just Computer if this is Vista)
Now click on Manage
Next click on Disk Management
In the botton right hand window you should see Disk 0 and Disk 1
(with Vista you may have more if you have a SD card installed)
You are probably interested in Disk 1 - look fr a drive with unpartitioned space.
Right click on it and activate the drive, then created the partition(s) and frmat the drive.
Finally assign it a drive letter.
Windows should see it now.

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  • John Hong
    John Hong Oct 28, 2008

    Right click on that drive again and it should give you a number of different options including the option to format and change drive letter.

    Reply to WeListen2You - most hard drives do not come formatted unless they are specialty models. There are so many different file systems, what would they use to format the drive? NTFS is the most popular for Windows XP and Vista but you could be buying the drive for data and want it compatible with Windows 98 and Linux and would then want to format using FAT32. If you owned an Apple you want HFS. Linux could be any number of different file systems. Take a lok at this list:


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