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Re: WD Caviar SE 16
Have you installed it as the main drive, ie the one with the ops system on, or have you installed it as a secondary drive? Either way, check you have the drive set up correctly as per instructions on pack. You are not alone with this problem either, it is common with WD. Come back to me with more info re your install.
Personally, I would set it up in an external enclosure and access via USB. Much more realable that way, and it is portable for you.
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You don't have to swap drivers in windows it just a generic driver for all hard drives unless your using AHCI but that's generic too if your already using it. Just shut the machine down, don't get any static sparks from you fingers on anything, touch the metal PC tower firmly first, swap the drive, restart the computer and install windows. If the drive is in already and it's for a second drive and your PC isn't recognizing it it meamns your PC is to old and you need the Western Digital Acronis free version and you'll have to keep it installed on your computer for the life of the drive, it has a Tool or Utility called extended capacity manager that will recognize your drive properly. I can't see a SATA 2 drive being used in anything old enough to need software to recognize 500gigs. You wouldn't be able to use SATA.
Make sure that in the computers bios, the SATA port is enabled, and that all the cables are properly connected, if the drive is brand new it needs to be first Partitioned and then formatted for it to show up in your "my computer" or computer folder.
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.
Your computer may be older that when a 500 gb drive was even thought of, if that is the case you may have to go to the manufacturers support/driver site and download and flash your BIOS to accept the higher GB drives. Most cites have a BIOS updates for their models. Since that information is not included in your explanation, I cannot give you the link, if you want to srite back and include the computer name and model number as well as the operating system, I will try to furnish you with the link for the BIOS update. When you click on the BIOS file make sure the unit has a charged battery and is on AC power.
Change the drive letters, worked for me. I have 2 WD My Books, I made one R: and one S: worked fine after that. On vista go to Control Panel -> Classic View -> Admin Tools -> Computer Management -> Disk Management -> Right click on WD drive and change letter. For some reason G, F, E, ect seem to run into some problems
A couple of ideas:
1. There are 3 versions of this motherboard: Dragon Plus, V1.0 & V2.0, perhaps your BIOS needs an update to be able to recognize the new HD. This of course would require flashing;
2. There are two variations of a WD SATA hard drive: Serial ATA amd Serial ATA II;
3. Re Jumper settings: the eight-pin jumper block is only used to enable power management on the drive. There are no master/slave settings since there is only one drive per cable;
4. If you are fresh installing Windows on it, you need to press F6 when asked by the Windows Installer and follow on-screen instructions.
Hope this be of some help/idea. Post back how things turn up or should you need further information.
I guess there is nothing with BIOS since it identify your Western Digital Caviar Hard Drive.
Try changing the jumper setting of this Hard Drive by reading the Instruction that comes along when you purchase.
Otherwise you can visit the Western Digital website and click on Support-Knowledge BASE...http://www.wdc.com