Newbie here with XP hard-drive problem

By Texas59
Jan 12, 2008
  1. :confused: Hoping somewhere here on this board can help me with my pc problem.
    I bought used pc from that famous auction site... the hard-drive was bad when it arrived (Maxtor 80gb) so installed a used Western Digital 40gb instead.
    Formatted and then loaded XP Pro on it...that worked fine.. but as I wanted some extra storage for all pictures and stuff, I installed a second hard-drive tonight ( Western Digital 80 gb, also used but was told in working condition.
    I set the settings on the two drives as Master and Slave..with the operating system (40 gb as the master with XP loaded...and the 80gb as slave with the pin's.

    I booted it up and a flag came up (Found new hardware) and after a short while another flag came up..(Your new hardware is ready to use)

    Eureka !! I thought.....njaaa...not exactly right ........
    When I go to "my computer" it doesn't show up

    If I click on DISC C in the same screen and "propertys" the second hard drive (80) shows up ?

    Why doesn't it show on 'My PC ?
    and I was trying to defragment the whole pc...the second hard-drive doesn't show up either...and same with Norton...just drive C shows up ?
    It's there, but no icon and not able to format or use it...
    Im stumpfed.......

    this pc..HP Pavilion A 288 N.

    It boots up without any problem..takes some time but think that's OK, and no flicker or error messages...Just the second hard-drive doesn't seem to be around, but the property section it says it's enabled and working..

    Any ideas ?
    Am I out on deep waters or is this a easy fix for a newbie like me ?
  2. Texas59

    Texas59 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Was trying to post scren shots but need 3 posts first:approve:
  3. Texas59

    Texas59 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ;) Almost to the finish line with pictures.
  4. Texas59

    Texas59 TS Rookie Topic Starter


  5. Texas59

    Texas59 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The second hard-drive shows up here:

    but not in "My computer" ?

    and if I click on C-drive > got to Local propertis, it's there, but no way to format or make it work, what am I doing wrong ?:eek:
  6. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    Wow great shots
    at desktop go to (right click )my computer
    left click manage
    high light disk management drive should be here to format
  7. Texas59

    Texas59 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for your speedy response, will try that directly and let you know:rolleyes:
  8. Texas59

    Texas59 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    :confused: Nope..doesn't show..only the first drive 40 comes up.
    Any idea why ?
  9. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    check on boot the bios see if it is in there
    before you do that
    at your last image highlight the 80gb drive click properties at bottom
    this should then give you more info and maybe enable drive
    if you can make it the 2nd ide channel as slave
    that does not work config both the optical and the 80 to cable select
    just caught the part about showing enabled in properties dah
    back at my last image above click action and rescan drives
    system may be booting faster than drive can start this means it's going bad
  10. Texas59

    Texas59 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The 80 gb hard drive isn't in there...just the 40 and the two Cd Rom..
  11. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    if you already have the drive on 2nd channel IDE put it on the 1st as slave
    if still no go make it both drives cable slect here's where you have to watch out
    master drive should be at the end of the cable
  12. Texas59

    Texas59 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the tip.
    I took out the master and set up the salve as master instead to test.
    Found out it's bad...:(
    Guess never buy a used hard-drive...
    Thanks for your help, will order a new one instead and try again.
  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,693   +1,880

    Hmmm....Dead Huh... Ya don't Say......

    One of the pitfalls of "shopping victoriously".
  14. Texas59

    Texas59 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    :)So true..those auctions sites can be dangerous, but have good news, after the last attempt a brand new spanking hard drive got installed and running smooth.
    Thanks again for the help
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