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How to make Vista to recognize my old Hard drive

Hey all, Accept my apologies if this question was replied else where. Win Xp crashed and I replaced it with Vista. I formatted my old hard drive to install my Vista and tried to keep my SATA 2 Western Dig. HD with my data intact. Unfortunately Vista will not recognize that the 500 gig drive and signals that I should reformat it. Can I avoid reformatting the Harddrive? I am running an AMD with 1 gig memory so I should be able to do this right?

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    Dinoza Jun 20, 2007

    Thank you both for the excellent solutions.

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Are the drivers installed for this drive and the motherboard? Look in Control Panel/System/Device Manager/Hardware for any yellow marks (Or whatever indication Vista uses for missing drivers). You may need to download these drivers from your PC manufacturer's website.

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There are normally only two ways to get vista to recognise large drives and that is to format it within windows by way of right click my computer then click manage and then highlight your harddrive right click and select format. The other way is if your drive isnt being recognised because of the bios and needs updating, as most bios chips did when upgrading to vista.

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