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SATA HDD problems

I just got a new 1TB WD HDD, and it's not showing up.

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    I had an older IDE hard drive, but now i took it out and im trying to put in a SATA one. How do you initiate it?

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Is this a 2nd hdd added into the system or a new primary replacing a hdd that you removed? If it is an additional hdd you will have to enable it in system bios & then format & partition it before you will be able to use it. Hope this helps.

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New HDs IDE or SATA need to be initiated under computer management then they can be formated if you need instruction on this reply to this message

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As show in this pic below.


2711d19.jpg Is the WD 500Gb drive SATA or IDE?
It's suggested when adding a new drive into a working system, the user should setup the drive by using the manufactures guide. Click on this link & download WD's pdf file:
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You mentioned the drive is hot. This only means it is running.
Include in this post the model number of your WD drive? So I can check the specs.

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