Computer will not detect new HD

By slowsl
Mar 5, 2005
  1. Guys,
    I just bought a 120G SEIDE Caviar series from WD.. Installed it and the computer now won't see the new HD ?

    I tried interrupting the boosting sequence by going to the setup and checked if the HD is recognized. It's there

    But it won't boot.

    I am stumped.

    Plugged back the old 40G HD that's acting up and it still works. So it's not a ribbon connection ..

    Jumper position is still the same.

    Using XP Home edition.


  2. dopefisher

    dopefisher TS Rookie Posts: 444

    have you installed windows or bios on it???
  3. slowsl

    slowsl TS Rookie Topic Starter

    No that's exactly what I wanted to do. Install a fresh XP - it's a brand new HD from Circuit City.

    I tried using the Data Lifeguard tools that come with the package but how do I even access any of the drives ?

    Maybe I am missing something basic here.

    edit : My wordings in the first post was wrong. I meant I will be using the XP Home edition. I use that on my 40G HD

  4. dopefisher

    dopefisher TS Rookie Posts: 444

    i think you need to hook both drives up at once so you can install windows and bios or whatever on the new one.
  5. patio

    patio TS Maniac Posts: 482

    A factory shipped new drive has to be partitioned and formatted before the OS will recognise it.
    Set the jumper to slave, run the WD software that shipped with it and you should be good to go.
    You need to make the primary partition active if you are installing an OS on it.

    patio. :cool:

    p.s. Check and make sure the 40G is jumpered to Master and is at the end of the ribbon cable...
    The new one should be jumpered as slave and set at the middle connector.
    The WD software will then pick up both drives. Make sure you look at the sizes of the drive so you prep the correct drive.
  6. slowsl

    slowsl TS Rookie Topic Starter


    Thanks for the reply. So

    Do I still keep the main old HD configured as master and then add the new HD as slave config and go from there


    Remove HD and plug in new HD but set in slave mode ?



    edit : Never mind .. I saw your edit too... thanks :)
  7. slowsl

    slowsl TS Rookie Topic Starter

    All set .. thanks a lot
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