Adding Third Hard Drive - Windows Not Recognizing

By 512dude
Mar 17, 2007
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  1. I have added a third 80GB hard drive on to my second IDE channel but it does not show up in my Windows Explorer list and I cannot access it. I have seen it show up in my BIOS and if I access the Device Manager I can see that the system recognizes it there. The second channel shares a DVD drive but I'm not sure that makes any difference.

    How can I get it to show up in the Windows Explorer so I can start writing/reading files to it and format it?

    Here are some screen shots from the Device Manager with the first a summary of what is recognized and the other four the details of each item in the summary. I have noticed that the UDMA Supported entries and the Device Current Used entries are similar for the Primary and Secondary Drives on Channel 1 but that the 3rd hard drive supports UDMA 5 but uses UDMA mode 2. Could that be a problem? I'm not aware of what that means.

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    FIG 1: SYSTEM SUMMARY


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    FIG 2: CHANNEL 1 IDE DEVICE #1 (Primary hard drive)


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    FIG 3: CHANNEL 1 IDE DEVICE #2 9Secondary hard drive)


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    FIG 4: CHANNEL 2 IDE DEVICE #1 (DVD Drive)


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    FIG 5: CHANNEL 2 IDE DEVICE #2 (This is the hard drive that was just added)


    THX
  2. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    Simply go into the disk management console & partition/format your new hard drive.

    ps. having your DVD drive & the hard drive on the same bus means that both devices will work at the speed of the slowest one, in this case the DVD drive which is most likely ATA-66.
  3. 512dude

    512dude Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 20

    Didoun,


    >>Simply go into the disk management console & partition/format your new hard drive.

    Which is accessed from where?

    Thx
  4. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    Right click on my computer & click on manage. Once in there, you can find disk management in the bottom left area.
  5. 512dude

    512dude Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 20

    Thanks for your quick reply and help - that did the trick.
  6. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    Just in case

    Here's a picture to show you where to find the disk management console.

    ps. you're welcome.
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