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Installing a secondary HDD

I installed a WD 2500js as a secondary drive in my HP Compact 1750NX with XP SP2.... I had purchased this drive for my son but he did not need it and it set here for months so I decided to intall it in my PC..... I can see the WD drive in CMOS and see it in the device manager (all is working properly) but can not see it in "my computer" or access it. I would think in may need to be formatted but if I can not see it I can not format the drive

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It needs to be activated . control panel/administrative tools/ computer management/disk management

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