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Hi Can anybody help me to get my computer to reconize my new hardrive. I need to format it first as its not been used before. Do I have to go into bios first? if so how do I set the bios up to reconize my second hardrive I do have 2 diffrent types of hardrives one is the old type which I am currently useing and the other is a sata, it is this one that I am having problems with.I am useing MSI Athlon 3000 Motherboard Many thanks Chris

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  • lipreader1 Nov 17, 2009

    Hi,Tom I am already running the old drive no problems. I am useing it now and have no problems with it.I installed the new hardrive sometime back but have not had time to get it sorted. I do allot of photography and want to transfer my photos onto it, but need for the system to find it first. If I am correct it is something in the BIOS that you have to do to get it to be reconized. Many thanks Chris

  • lipreader1 Nov 18, 2009

    Hi Steve, ok I have followed as per your instructions and have now got the bios to reconize the disk, it is showing up in disk manager but it is not showing up in my coputer. All that is showing is local disc C which is the one I am using at present. I need it to show me disc D I have checked the volume and the details coming up are disk 0 Basic No volume showing or capacty. can you please advise further Many thanks Chris

  • lipreader1 Nov 19, 2009

    Hi Steve, I have tried the last part of your help and all I get on right click is right or left reading show unicode insert unicode control.Any other suggestions Thanks Chris

  • lipreader1 Nov 24, 2009

    Hi guys thanks for your help. The problem now solved. The problem was in the Bios setup. The sata drive was classed as RAID which should have been IDE. It is now working perfect5. Thanks again. Chris

  • lipreader1 Nov 26, 2009

    Hi The problem was in my BIOS setup. It had found the SATA hardrive but it was classed as a RAID, instead of IDE so I changed it to IDE in the drop down list found in the BIOS setup.I then reboot the system and used SPOTMAU DISK to PARTITION and FORMAT. In fact I have 3 HARDRIVES on my computer and they all work.

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    toomaspai May 11, 2010

    Hi, SATA drives should in most cases be recognized automatically in BIOS. How do you know that your HDD is not being recognized? It doesn't appear in your OS or you cannot see it in BIOS? I had a somewhat similar problem lately trying to get mb recognize a new SATA drive. In my case it was a bad mb, which had 4 of its condensators swallen - after replacing them, everything worked fine. Tom



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In the days of AMD Athlon chips we didn't have SATA, but it sounds like you do, and you have hooked the drive up?

1) Make sure the BIOS has SATA enabled as well as IDE
2) Make sure your device manager has a driver for your motherboards SATA controller
3) Open computer management
4) Choose Disk management
5) Initialise disk
6) Create partition.
7) Format as per normal.

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    Steve Rand Nov 18, 2009

    Good stuff! If you are in Disk Manager, you can right-click on the right-hand side where there is no partition, and then create the partition. When you are at the formatting stage, it will ask which drive letter you wish to use.

    A quick format should take 30 seconds, and then the disk will appear!

    Good luck!

  • Steve Rand
    Steve Rand Nov 19, 2009

    I think an email with a screenshot would help greatly.

    Unless there is a serious problem, we should be just about done.

    You can get to Disk Manager (control panel, admin tools, computer management), but i've never seen anything about unicode/insert unicode before.

    It *should* list your physical disks on the left, with their associated volumes/partitions on the right.

    Your new disk should be initialised, show as basic, and have 'unallocated' space on the right.

  • Steve Rand
    Steve Rand Nov 22, 2009

    Feedback would be "rockin" ;o)

  • Steve Rand
    Steve Rand Nov 25, 2009

    Ah yes, ideally, it should be AHCI which supports native command queueing and other SATA technology. It will be quicker at that setting, but it will require the SATA controller driver etc that I mentioned previously.

    IDE mode will force the chipset to recognise and use the SATA disk as an IDE disk... which will work, it's just not optimal.



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