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In your formatting on a windows machine you can format by right clicking the new drive and select format. Or you can format by opening manager by right clicking on my computer and choose manage then go to disk management and locat the new drive and right click format
If it is a brand new drive it needs to be initialized then formatted before Explorer or My Computer will display it. Right-click on the "My Computer" icon and select "Manage" then "Disk Management." You should get a prompt that a new drive has been detected. Follow the instructions to initialize it then format it to NTFS. After that it will show up normally.
Right click on the "My Computer" icon on your desktop and choose "Manage". Then select the "Disk Management" option in the left column. This will bring up a list of the drives in your system. From here you can right-click on partitions to delete/format/etc.
New drives are not usually formatted, so the drive will not show up in the drive list when My Computer is opened. As this may be the case, the drive will need to be initialize and formatted. To do this make sure you have administrative rights and locate your My Computer icon which is located in the Start menu or on the desktop. Right click on the My Computer icon then select "Manage" and click on it. You will be presented with the Computer Management console. Locate and click on "Disk Management" under the Storage part of the management tree. Many times when this is opened, the system will present you with a wizard to initialize and format the drive. If this is the case then follow the wizard to complete the task. If this did not happen, look at the list of drives in the list. If the computer recognizes the drive it will appear without at drive letter next to it. If this is the case a right click on the drive with out a letter will allow you to initialize and format the drive. If the drive does not appear here, then over to the far left in the Computer Management console, find and click on "Device Manager" Once the device manager is open a tree with all the recognized devices will be displayed. Click on the + sign next to Disk Drives. If the drive is not listed here then the computer does not see it. If this is the case highlight and click the computer at the top of the Device manager that has the name of your computer. Now right click the computer icon and select the only option witch is "Scan for Change". The computer will look for devices for a moment or two. When complete see if the drive is now listed under Disk Drives in the device tree. If so follow the steps above to initlize the drive and format it in the Disk Management part of the console. If the drive did not show up, shut the machine down and check the connections to the disk drive. Also make sure the drive is properly jumped. Most Western Digital Drives have a jumper diagram printed on the label. Set the drive up for single drive or cable select. After restarting the machine, enter into the BIOS to make sure the machine is in fact seeing the drive. On a Dell Dimension this can be done on restart by pushing the F2 key. This must be done quickly right after start up. Once in the BIOS use the arrow keys to navigate. Locate the section for hard drives and verify the machine is in fact seeing it. It may be that the secondary IDE channel has been disabled. Make sure it is enabled. Also make sure the drive detection is set to auto if the option is available. Once complete make sure to save changes to the BIOS. When complete the system will be restarted. Allow the system to boot Windows. It may recognize the device now and prompt with the wizard. If not use the steps above to check the Disk Management under the Computer Management console to see if it is there. If the drive is still not there try testing it in a different machine or seek professional services to rectify the issue.
As you have said, that hard drive is recognized at bios level. Then the primary problem seem to be that it might not have been activated.
If you are using windows XP then go start menu===>>> my computer icon===>>> right click on it===>>> go to properties ===>>> go Hardware ===>>> go to device manager. Check there if both the hard drive are shown or not.
If it is present then go start menu===>>> my computer icon===>>> right click on it===>>> click on manage ===>>> disk management===>> > there you can see your newly hard drive installed. Format it once and then activate it here.
hence doing this step you should be able to access your newly installed disk.
For windows Vista. Do the same procedure.
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First of all, I hope the harddisk which has the operating system on it, and which the system is booting from is NTFS formatted. Try and crosscheck this first. Then after doing this, try and assign a new drive letter to the harddrive that is showing error from the Systems Management Page. This is how you do that : Right-Click on My Computer Icon, Go to Manage, Click on Disk Management, Then when you get to this place, You should see ALL the HardDrives installed on your system including the one singing for "format me"...lol. Then locate and right-click on the harddrive, and select "Change Drive letter and Paths", and select any new, unique letter for your HDDrive. then click on OK. Hope this helps. Goodluck.
I would remove the data with another computer using a usb adapter and then re format the drive but check your motherboard will support more than 528Gb chunks. If it won't, partition the drive accordingly.