Question about Hard Drives

2 Answers

160 Gig harddrive installation problem

I have a 40 gig harddrive and i want to install the new 160gig harddrive but my PC does not recognise it.

Posted by on

2 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 4 Answers
Re: 160 Gig harddrive installation problem

I don’t get a drive letter or an icon in My Computer for the drive even though it’s plugged in. How can I fix this?
If you have other drives installed on the system, Windows may try to install the Ultra TravelDrive with an existing
drive letter. This issue can happen in Windows 2000 and Windows XP. To correct this, follow these steps (You
must have administrative level access.):
a. Go to Control Panel.
b. Click on Administrative Tools.
c. Click on Computer Management.
d. Click on Disk Management.
e. In the drive listings, you will see the Ultra TravelDrive with its rated capacity. Right click on it.
f. Click on Change Drive Letter and Paths.
g. Click Change.
h. Click on the down arrow and select an available drive letter (We suggest “T” for TravelDrive.).
i. Press OK twice.
j. Close Computer Management and Control Panel.
You should now be able to see the drive correctly in Windows Explorer or My Computer.

Posted on Sep 24, 2008

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Vice President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 100 times.

  • Expert
  • 363 Answers
Re: 160 Gig harddrive installation problem

Is it being recognised in bios? If it is then you might need to partition it for windows to see it properly. You can do this in the disc manager (right click my computer > Manage) Hope this helps

Posted on Oct 03, 2007

Add Your Answer

0 characters

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add


3 Points

Related Questions:

2 Answers

Installed 500 gig drive with Windows XP. Computer only recognizes it as 127 gig.

You need to go to your computer manufacturers support-driver site and look your model up, then put in your operating system and search for drivers. In the drivers column, you need to find the download for an updated BIOS. Download this file and run its self-executable program and flash your systems BIOS. The new BIOS will allow your system to see large hard drives...right now your system has a limit of 132 GB.

Jan 15, 2010 | Western Digital Caviar SE16 (WD5000AAKS)...

1 Answer

1TB WD essentials external harddrive timing out.

Well, never mind then. A simple usb port swap did the trick. Always something simple...

Sep 04, 2009 | Hard Drives

1 Answer

Mecer wont load wi xp sp2 on 160gig hardrive


The BIOS is seeing the drive but your computer can only see about 120-130 GB of harddrive. If the drive has a pin option to limit it's size you may be able to limit it then install windows but if it doesn't you're back to looking for a smaller drive.

Hope this helps


Aug 17, 2009 | Hard Drives

1 Answer

Transferring to another notebook HDD and finding problems

did you copy your operation system onto your new hard drive? Must of the time they a hidden file that the manufacture does not want you to find. If you did the you may have to go to your bios and make sure that it's set to boot from your e dr1ive first because that 's where the operating system is on.

Dec 22, 2008 | Hard Drives

1 Answer

Bios won't reconise 160 gig maxtor harddrive

You could try a BIOS update to increase the size of the Drive the BIOS is able to see.

The second last one indicates that drive sizes are supported over 65GB. It may still not be able to see the 160GB HDD, but this is your only option with this Board. You could always upgrade the Motherboard to support larger drives.

Good Luck.

Apr 24, 2008 | Maxtor HARDDRIVES Hard Drive

1 Answer

Compaq 160 gig

as long as you have a compatible cable to connect your drive i suggest an external 2.5 caddy that works usb then any data you have will be accesable

Apr 09, 2008 | Hard Drives

1 Answer

Harddrive not detecting

hi there

the space is still there its just has not been partictioned. Goto diskmanager and you will see the other 60 gig that has not been partictioned, use windows to create a logical drive then format it then you will see the other 60 gig.

good luck


Jan 03, 2008 | Seagate (ST3160827AS) 160 GB Hard Drive

2 Answers

Hard drive instalation

To slave the Maxtor you remove the jumper or jumpers

Oct 30, 2007 | Maxtor Hard Drive

1 Answer

PC not recognising the slave drive

Assuming you set it as slave or cable select as required by the motherboard, you have to first get the bios to recognise it press F2 or Del on boot up to enter cmos and then there should be an option to auto detect drives, save settings for a re boot. When in windows, right click on my computer icon and select manage>disk management and then your drives will be listed, right click on the slave drive and select format or set as active and it will then show, but only 137GB may show depending on the bios version.

Oct 03, 2007 | Samsung (MP0804H) 80 GB Hard Drive

1 Answer

La Cie External Hard Drive 160 gig

sounds like hd is getting hot via firewire try and use the usb lead if same problem then get your files off quick and repace drive any thing above 80 gig will get hot in use that's why I use harddrive coolers on my large 300gig 400gig internal and only use my 250 gigs and 160 gig only when i need the files off they are turned off all time

Jun 07, 2007 | LaCie (300740) 160 GB Hard Drive

Not finding what you are looking for?
Hard Drives Logo

Related Topics:

317 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Hard Drives Experts

Brian Sullivan
Brian Sullivan

Level 3 Expert

27725 Answers


Level 3 Expert

281 Answers


Level 3 Expert

5660 Answers

Are you a Hard Drive Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides