New comp not recoginizing old HDD

By HoldmysunnyD
Dec 5, 2008
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  1. System specs are:
    OS: Vista Ultimate 64bit
    MB: EVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel
    CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz
    Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100251SR Radeon HD 4870 X2
    Memory: 2x OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
    New Harddrives: 2 Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s in a raid0
    PSU: ABS Tagan BZ Series BZ800 800W ATX12V / EPS12V

    Now I've plugged in two IDE hard drives from my old computer to function as additional storage, and my bios will recognize them, but when I get into windows and try to access them, they do not appear. I've tried the Computer Management Tool packaged with Vista, but the HDD do not appear there either.

    Additionally, the raid drivers for my motherboard cause my computer to crash after post, upon reaching the vista loading screen. The BSOD flashes too quickly to be able to read it. As a result I'm not using drivers for my raid that I'm aware of. But the computer functions just fine.
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,451   +135

    You will need to format the old IDE drives and activate the partitions in Disk Manager
  3. HoldmysunnyD

    HoldmysunnyD Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    What if I want to keep the data that is currently on the disks?
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,451   +135

    "What if I want to keep the data that is currently on the disks?"...

    Take the old drives out and put them in a drawer. Seriously, install the drives in an older computer as slaves and see if you can access the data that way. Were they formatted NTFS or FAT32?
  5. HoldmysunnyD

    HoldmysunnyD Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    I think FAT32, though I may be mistaken.
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,451   +135

    Upgrade Vista to Service Pack 1 and see if the drives are recogized
  7. HoldmysunnyD

    HoldmysunnyD Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    I neglected to mention that it is SP 1.
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