Comp can't detect new hard drive

By domino23
Sep 14, 2010
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  1. topic start out here http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic153196.html but Bron' told me to make a thread here.

    basically, i had a infected HD in an old comp... i nuked it, and put it in a new comp... not showing up, wont show up on bios. help!
  2. domino23

    domino23 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 71

    ok i went to device manager and uninstalled it, then re plugged everything back up... it says adding new hardware and that its adding a drive...

    i restart...


    its still not there! the hell...
  3. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,358   +167

    You have to "follow the Windows trail" meaning.... the disk must appear

    1. First in Device Manager. Is it there and installed OK?

    2. Only when after verifying it's in DevMgr, then next check Disk Management. Is it there?

    3. Only after it's in Disk Management, then you can next check in My Computer and Explorer

    /* edit */
    Also.. you say it does NOT appear in BIOS but you said it appears in DevMgr? That doesn't sound possible.. unless you were looking at hidden/ghost devices in DevMgr?????
  4. domino23

    domino23 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 71

    its in device manager how do i get to disk management?
  5. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,358   +167

    Rt click My Computer->Manage->Disk Management

    Start by looking at lower pane in the window which shows:
    > Physical disks
    > and partitions on each disk
  6. domino23

    domino23 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 71

    i see it!

    disk 1
    unknown
    40gig
    not initialized
    unallocated
  7. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,358   +167

    excuse the double post, but as i know you're seeing my replies in near "realtime"


    btw.. is the new physical disk formatted??? does it have a partition defined??? If NO, it'll still be Disk Management but won't be in My Computer or Explorer
  8. domino23

    domino23 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 71

    i take it i right click and initialize? jus tryin to check with the pros haha...
  9. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,358   +167

    Bingo! Per my last post, that's probably you're problem. Format it
  10. domino23

    domino23 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 71

    whats the best way to do that? just right click and initialize?
  11. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,358   +167

    Rt click the drive-> Format. Choose NTFS for the filesystem and let 'er rip
     
  12. domino23

    domino23 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 71

    when i right click it only gives the option to initialize.
  13. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,358   +167

    OH.. which version of Windows are you running? (I'm looking at an XP machine, your's is probably different?
  14. domino23

    domino23 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 71

    xp home sp3
  15. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,358   +167

    Hmm.. i thought you'd see Format but, sure, go ahead and click initialize on the new disk
  16. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,358   +167

    OK. yea.. just double checked.. and since it's a new disk, you'll see Initialize

  17. domino23

    domino23 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 71

    ok i initialized it... but its not showing up on the top part of disk management or at my computer
  18. domino23

    domino23 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 71

    do i make a partion?
     
  19. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,358   +167

  20. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,358   +167

    Oh. And you only want a BASIC disk (ignore any instruction about dynamic disks)
  21. domino23

    domino23 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 71

    ok... it's goin'. thanks alot man. it never said anything bout BASIC disks or nothing though.
  22. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,358   +167

    Woo-Hoo! Good news :grinthumb

    I just meant if you read any instructions about XP Disk Management ignore any instructions about setting up Dynamic disk. You probably won't see XP ask about Dynamic disk by default.

    Laterz.... :)
  23. domino23

    domino23 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 71

    later much thanks
  24. domino23

    domino23 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 71

    one last problem im having trouble with then im out your hair.


    i took the cd-r out of my old computer, and put it in the new one where the zip drive was... but the comp doesn't detect it. i went to new hardware wizard but it can't find nothing new connected. do i gotta get the driver for it first in order for it to appear?
  25. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,358   +167

    No problem at all!

    As to your CD drive problem.. you need to do the same as before and "follow the Windows trail"!

    Windows doesn't need drivers to detect a device. It just needs the driver to actually use the device.

    Start with BIOS if it's an internal drive. Then check Device manager. Any sign of the CD drive in device manager? Also check to see if you see a category called Other in DevMgr (it might also appear there if problems). Do you see anything???

    You can also
    • Make sure all your devices (including that CD drive) is connected and powered on
    • Click Start->Run, enter: msinfo32. Click the + sign next to Components to expand it
    • Click Problem Devices. Anything appear?
    • If yes, click on it, Ctrl-A to select all, Ctrl-C to copy it, Ctrl-V to paste into next post
    • On the other hand, if no devices are listed, also let me know


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